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Unusual Ways to Display Your Wedding Photos
So you’ve decided you are just getting your wedding images on a disc.You don’t want a formal wedding album that you think will just gather dust up in the loft, so what will you do with that disc? Are you going to leave it neglected in a drawer or are you planning on getting creative and displaying your
Well today I have a few ideas on how you can use those digital images, so that they are not just left languishing on your laptop.
Unusual Ways to Display Your Wedding Photos
The most obvious way to utilise your favourite wedding image. It’s a lovely way of thanking your guests for their part in your big day using an image that is special to you.
Planning Photography For The Wedding Day
Planning Photography For The Wedding Day
Happy new year everyone. We are back with a bang. Straight into wedding planning and one of the thorny issues of wedding organisation. Planning wedding photography for the wedding day. There is so much choice, variety and variations of quality out there that choosing can cause headaches. Yet even after you have chosen, you still need to work with your photographer to get the best out of your wedding day images, without it impacting too much on your celebrations. So here is our guide to planning photography for the wedding day.
There are several ideal time frames a photographer will consider when planning for your wedding day. Most weddings tend to run a little behind schedule and the day also feels like it flies by. So here’s a look at your photographer’s ideal timeline.
Dress, Rings, Shoes, and Other Little Details
At Anna and Mina’s intimate wedding photos, at least an hour and a half is allocated for photographing details so that there is plenty of time to get the perfect shot of the rings, shoes, dress, bouquets, and other bits. Sometimes the hotel room can be too crowded or just unappealing, but taking the dress all the way down to the lobby or outside can be well worth the effort and time.
Allowing about 45 minutes to an hour of preparation is ideal for Reid Studios wedding photography in Melbourne. During this time close-ups of makeup and hair as well as those candid moments with groomsmen and bridesmaids as they get ready for the day are taken.
Straight after preparation is the best time to take individual portraits of the bride and groom, separately of course. Hair and makeup are completely fresh at this point and the day hasn’t run away with them yet.
First Look, Daytime Couples Session
More Questions to Ask A Wedding Photographer
So we have covered this topic before but it is always worth repeating and tweaking over and over. There are a lot of wedding photographers out there, with different styles, prices and personalities. Finding the one that suits you and your pocket is really important. Your wedding photos are one of the only lasting things that you will take home with you after your wedding, as well as your rings, the marriage certificate and each other! So today we are sharing more questions to ask a wedding photographer to ensure you get the perfect fit for you.
The hunt for the perfect photographer isn’t an easy one. Once you have finally narrowed it down to your potential few, you will want to meet them all in person. It’s important you get to speak to them in person to gauge whether you will feel comfortable with them on the day. You want to communicate with them all of the ideas for your dream photos and knowing they fully understand what you are looking for is a huge part of selecting your wedding photographer.
Even if you just have a Skype chat, this is better than nothing. You will be able to pick up on the vibe of the photographer. This is important as the more comfortable you are with them, the more genuine and ‘real’ your wedding shots are going to look. Whether you are picking wedding photography in Melbourne or Manchester, the advice is the same. Find a photographer to suit you and your fiancé’s taste and style is important as these photos will be something that you’ll look back years from now. Obviously your instinct will play a huge role in the final selection but you will want to ask them specific questions first to see if they are up for the job.
More Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer
What’s your style?
Knowing the style they specialise in is important because it will reveal whether they will be able to deliver what you have in mind. The majority of professional photographers will offer a mix but it’s good to clarify this up front. Make sure for example that if portraits are the main style of photos you want, this is what they are comfortable with.
Can I see your portfolio?
Getting a glimpse into their past photoshoots will enlighten you to whether they are the right fit for your wedding. It gives you an idea of how your own finished product will look. It might just also inspire you on some winter wedding ideas and tips that you can use on your own wedding if ever it is scheduled around the winter season.
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Wedding Photography – Things to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Photographer
Planning a wedding can be a very long process, and it is important to make sure that you spend a good amount of time to get the best photographer for your wedding. Looking at the portfolio is a good start in finding a good photographer, but you also want to make sure that you ask them the right questions as well. Any good photographer will be just as happy to talk about their work, as well as their pictures. Australia has always been at the cutting edge of wedding photography so let’s get an Aussie perspective on choosing your wedding photographer.
A World of Choice
When you look for professional wedding photographers, Brisbane, as well as most other towns and cities, have an abundance of people offering their services. It can take quite some time to contact all of the local photographers, but you can work through all the websites that you find, and ask some initial questions before going into too much detail. It is also a good idea to make sure that the photographer is local to the area of the wedding, rather than where you live. The first line of enquiry should be something along the lines of;
Are you free on the date of the wedding?
What are your standard charges?
These questions are all you need to do in the first instance as you can make an initial judgement on the pictures used on the website. You may find a Brisbane portrait photography studio responding to your enquiry, but you will need to make sure they have plenty of experience at weddings, which is usually a less controlled environment compared to back in their studio. Collate all of the information together, and then try to narrow down your list to around eight photographers that are within your budget, you like the pictures that you have seen, and they are available on your requested date.
Go Into Detail
When you speak to the photographers, you will need to ask them about their experience with weddings, and ask them about the funny stories they have, as most photographers have a few stories to tell. Then go into some more detail with them with their experience such as:
Have they taken pictures at your venue before, if so do they have any examples?
What sort of poses would they suggest?
What sort of timeframe is needed to complete the group shots?
What would be your plan for bad weather?
What back-up plans would you suggest?
How do you get the best out of your subjects?
Are you okay dealing with children?
By asking these and also similar questions, you will be able to gauge each photographer on their experience, as well as to see a little bit into their creative side. One way to delve into their creative side is to come up with a ridiculous theme for your wedding, just to gauge their response. Putting them on the spot is a good way to see what imagination they have.
Joking aside, you will need to tell them in detail what it is that you are looking for, but it is also important to go in with an open mind. What you think would be brilliant for your wedding, might not be so good from a professionals point of view. Also be prepared to listen to what they suggest, but do not feel pressured to adhere to what they say. It will take a bit of time, but you will be able to work through your list of photographers, and find the perfect one for your upcoming wedding.
Wedding Photography – Immortalising Your Wedding Day
A wedding should be a perfect celebration that you’ll want to remember the rest of your life. Wedding photographs have become an important part of that experience. We send them to far off friends and relatives who were unable to be there on the day. We show them to our children to help them understand the love that surrounds them, and we treasure them in old age. Most people, however, have no idea how to choose a wedding photographer or what to do to help ensure they get the kind of pictures they want. If you’re working hard to find the right clothes, venues, celebrant and caterers, it’s worth taking the time to think carefully about photography too.
Wedding Photography – Immortalising Your Wedding Day
What do you want from your wedding photographs?
Many people assume that all wedding photographers work the same way, and they can expect a certain set of images if they give no instructions at all. The difficulty is that everyone expects something slightly different, so to take this approach is to risk disappointment. It also means that you risk missing an opportunity to have a set of pictures that could have far more personal appeal. Every photographer has a different style, so finding somebody whose approach to the day mirrors your approach means you are far more likely to end up with something you’ll love.
A good way to start thinking about what you want is to consider what is most important to you about the day itself. Is it the formal moments? Is it the family gathering? Is it the thrill of anticipation, the nerves and emotion, or is it the small, intimate moments you share with your beloved? Perhaps it’s the clothes and the grandeur of the experience, or perhaps you’re holding a themed wedding and want images that will capture that. You may also want pictures of wedding paraphernalia like the invitations, the bouquet, and the ring. All these things can help to direct the focus of a good photographer, and if you discuss them with the photographers you’re considering, you’ll find it easier to decide on the right person.
Memories and the moment – keeping it in balance
Spending time working out what you want from your wedding photography beforehand can help things to go more smoothly on the day. The last thing you want is to be so focused on getting the right pictures – along with remembering where to stand and what to say – that you miss out on enjoying yourself. A good photographer will know what to snap but will also know when to step back, and will never get in your way. If you can work out which formal pictures you really want, your photographer can advise you on how long setting them up will take, so you can make sure there will be plenty of time left for less formal activities.
Documentary style photography
One way to ensure that you get lots of great pictures from your wedding day without too much intrusion is to hire a documentary wedding photographer. The technique they employ is based around storytelling and capturing important moments with minimal formality, so that instead of a series of staged pictures you end up with a moment by moment record of what actually happened. Documentary photographers specialise in capturing facial expressions and natural reactions to events that provide a lot of personality to the video. Most of the time you’ll hardly notice they’re there, but they will capture moments like the bride’s nervous glance as she gets out of the car and tries not to tread on her dress, the bridesmaids laughing together over champagne or the groom fumbling for a moment as he tries not to drop the ring. They record people interacting naturally, so all the smiles you see are real, and the pictures will help people remember what they did on the day.
Working with your photographer
Whomever you ultimately choose to record your special day, there’s a lot you can do to increase the chances that the photos will look good. First of all, you can set a schedule and stick to it, so that it is easy for your photographer to know where to be when – bearing in mind that it can take a bit of time to set up in order to capture particular shots. If you have a wedding rehearsal, invite the photographer along; if not, try to arrange access to the venue. Photographers can do better work if they know the space they’re going to be working in and adapt to things like the direction from where the light originates. They will usually also want to talk to the celebrant so they can find out which parts of the venue are off-limits and determine if there are parts of the ceremony where the celebrant would prefer them to stay out of the way. If you have a friend or relative who also likes taking lots of pictures, you can help by asking that person to stay out of your official photographer’s way!
Enjoying your photographs
Gone are the days when a leather-bound wedding album and a few silver frames offered the only way to enjoy your wedding photographs. Photographers can now offer a wide range of options. Many people like to have a digital album they can easily share with friends in far off places. Giant prints that dominate your walls are also an option, and you can even go for the royal approach and have your faces printed on a mug. Subtler possibilities include cufflinks, notelets and coasters. Just talk to your photographer to find out what’s available.
In the end, the most important part of choosing a photographer is finding somebody you feel comfortable working with for your wedding photography needs. If you can get along with that person, and you like the previous work that you see (always ask to be directed to samples!), the chances of you getting pictures you’re happy with are good. The only other thing you need to make sure of is booking well ahead. Good wedding photographers are usually booked months or even years in advance, so don’t leave it until the last minute – make sure you get the photographer you really want.