Time is also a factor here as it’s likely that their guests will be patiently waiting at the drinks reception for the arrival of the bride and groom. Unless the couple have specified that they would like a longer shoot, try not to take any longer than 20-30 minutes when taking photos, otherwise this could hold up their arrival at the wedding breakfast.

Ask the couple to get close together and snuggle up – this will help them relax and get into the right mood for the shoot. When dramatic light presents itself, make the most of it! You’re often on a time limit when shooting the couples shots, so take opportunities when they present themselves. Ensure that the day goes as smoothly as possible and make weddings work for you.

Being able to cope with the added sense of responsibility and pressure that comes with shooting a couple’s big day separates wedding snappers from the rest of the pack. Get it right and your career as a wedding photographer will be incredibly rewarding – both emotionally and financially. But get it wrong, and you risk ruining one of the most important days of a person’s life. No pressure then!

That’s why any sensible person looking to venture into the world of wedding photography will do their research and make sure that they have their head in the game before even thinking about reaching for their camera and taking a shot.