A Picture Perfect Wedding

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A Picture Perfect Wedding

Weddings are definitely one of the happiest moments in a persons life. But this momentous occasion does not always come as blissful as the event itself. Days and even months before the big day, couples usually cram up with the littlest details.

The process of listing down and cutting down everything into specific details the wedding date, the venue, the reception, the caterer, the designer of the gown and suit, all the way down to the wedding coverage are the areas where stress usually ushers in.

Due to hectic schedules, most couples usually do not pay much attention to one of the crucial things in any wedding, the wedding coverage. Despite the overwhelming tension and excitement, couples do not have to be nonchalant when choosing their wedding photographers if they want their fun times and precious memories recorded very well.

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To avoid making this slight neglect that usually leads disastrous results, couples have to decide first what kind of wedding photography they would want to have.

Most wedding photographers today categorize the types of wedding photography into two: the traditional or classic style and the wedding photo journalistic style.

The most common style used by wedding photographers today, the traditional or classic wedding photography is considered as a ‘timeless’ and the safe style because you normally see in countless wedding albums. Characterized by classic poses of subjects aware of the camera, this style involves so much control from the photographer because he is in-charge in arranging individual and group shots before, during, and even after the wedding.

Having excellent portraiture skills, expect the photographer to focus more on the quality of the photograph by making the subject look great from the littlest details. Expect typical wedding photos like pre-ceremony pictures, formal shots of the bride and groom posing with brides maids and ushers, cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss, and the like when you choose a classic wedding photography. This style is ideal if the couple would want to keep portraits of family members for their wedding album.

If the couple is adventurous and unconventional, then you might want to consider the wedding photo journalistic style of photography on your big day. An increasingly popular style today, wedding photojournalism offers fresh and new style of taking photos in the occasion. Characterized by candid shots of the subjects unaware of the moving camera, the photojournalism style lets the attendees act freely to capture their pure and true emotion.

Sourcing style from his experience in journalism, the ‘photojournalists’ pays more attention to minute details and candid shots rather than arranged ones. She’s more into eyeing interesting moments and capturing those in her lens to produce a narrative collection of images that tell a story.

Although some traditional poses will be present, expect photos that show actual emotions of the bride and groom and of other participants throughout the duration of the wedding when you choose the photojournalism style.

In order to avoid ruining the documentation of your wedding, here are some tips in making your wedding a picture perfect one:

1. Weddings are one of the most exciting chapters of one’s life. Make sure that you choose a wedding photographer that can meet all your standards. Meet with the photographer before hand the so you could discuss the details you want.

2. Inform the important participants about the schedule of photo sessions and make sure they know where the photo shoot will be so it will cut down the stress.

Above all, relax and enjoy your day.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

Image from www.suetaylorphotography.com.au

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7 Uniquely Creative Things To Do With Your Wedding Photos

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You spend a lot of money to have your wedding, and a large part of that budget goest towards amazing Wedding images. These days, most photographers supply you with your stunning images on a disk or USB stick. After a while they just end up sitting in the draw with all your other wedding day keepsakes. Why not get a little creative and display your memories in some fun and unique ways. Here are 7 ideas for you to display your beautiful photos.

1. Photos on Canvas
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your favourite wedding photo transformed into stunning photo art? By printing the image onto a hand-stretched canvas you can give an artistic, finished look to your most classic wedding photo.

2. Personalized Stamp
Turn your favourite wedding photo in a custom postage stamp. All you need to do is upload a photo and then customize it just the way you want. Each stamp is actual valid postage and can be used to decorate your thank you and holiday card envelopes or as creative wedding favours. Add a personal touch to everything you send by mail and create a timeless keepsake as well.

3. Custom Thank You Card
By featuring one of your wedding photos on the front of a custom note card you can create classy customized thank you cards for your guests and others who helped with your wedding planning. Each of your guests will now have a photo keepsake from your special day.

4. Create a Multimedia DVD Slide-Show
You can create a DVD slide-show presentation of your wedding photos that can be played on your TV. You can even select your first dance or other favourite song as your background music. A neat and interactive way to create a memory of your wedding day.

5. Online Scrap Book
Tell the story of your wedding by publishing an online scrapbook. Include photos from the events leading up to your big day including showers, stags, rehearsal parties as well as the ceremony and reception. Your scrapbook will be easy to share with all of your guests because it will be available via the internet.

6. Digital Photobook
Trendy coffee table style albums are becoming more and more popular with so many people looking for new ways to display their digital prints. These unique albums include hard cover options such as suede and canvas. The easy to use software helps you design your photobook just the way you want it with many choices for image sizes and layouts.

7. Wedding Caricature
A wedding caricature is cartoon version of you and your spouse on your wedding day. Each image is hand drawn by an artist and makes for the perfect first anniversary gift.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

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Sue Taylor Photography – Supplier of the Month

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Business Name: Sue Taylor Photography

Phone Number: 0416 144 277

Web Address: http://www.suetaylorphotography.com.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/suetphotography

What do you love most about weddings?
I love capturing each and every moment as it unfolds, whether it’s happy, sad or reflective.
To be able to tell a story with only images and no words is what I love.

Why did you decide to start your wedding business?
I never wanted to be a wedding photographer, I’d hear too many bridezilla stories and it scared me off.
I did my first wedding and loved it. The rest is history.

How long have you been in business?
10 years.

Tell us a little about your service?
Five star, boutique, old fashioned serviced. Like business used to be years ago.

What’s your favourite wedding moment that you have experienced with one of your clients?
When a groom surprised his wife at the reception with a key to their new house, that she knew nothing about.

Best piece of advice you can give a couple planning their wedding?
Don’t stress. It’s not rocket science, you are planning a special event that is only one day of your life.
Don’t get too caught up in hype. Think about your planning like a business, not with your heart as your heart will spend a lot more money than your business brain will.

Your favourite wedding trend?
I like tradition. Tradition is now becoming rare so it’s a trend onto itself in my eyes.

What is your favourite Romantic Movie?
Joe vs the Volcano

What do you do in your spare time?
What is this thing called spare time you speak of?

What’s your favourite dessert?
Any lemon dessert, any chocolate dessert, any ice cream dessert, any cake dessert, shall I go on?

Favourite Wedding song?
Paradise, Cold Play

Do you have a special talent?
Every photo I take reflects my special talent

Tea or Coffee?
Tea but with no caffeine and no milk

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Number One Wedding photographer in Australia (make that 2 years)

A last word from Sarah…
I have worked personally with Sue for quite some time now and I can not recommend her enough. She is passionate, fun, honest, extremely talented, kind, a great problem solver and above all a wonderful person. If you are after a true professional who will capture all your treasured memories, that will last generations, then Sue is your girl.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

Wedding Photography…What you NEED to know!

wedding photographyOne of the biggest decisions to make for your wedding is who to choose to capture the most important images of your life.

Make sure the photographer has a good portfolio of work and can show work across at least 6 weddings. Anyone just showcasing photos from one wedding has probably only ever shot one wedding for free and took 5,000 photos to get 100 shots that have been photo shopped to death. That’s not professional and that’s not the way you want your photographer to work.

A photographer needs to guide you through the day with their experience and knowledge of the wedding industry, working in with all other vendors on the day.

View client testimonials or ask for contacts of previous brides and talk to them about their experience with their photographer. Word of mouth is huge when it comes to wedding vendors.

If you have a friend who is a hobby photographer who is going to use your wedding day to practice their wedding photography skills for free for you, then you are a very brave bride indeed. Wedding photography is the most complex and technically challenging work that photographers do. Along with the artistic component, dealing with time deadlines and multiple locations to visit on the day as well as family politics, you need experienced professionals! To use a friend with no or little experience is setting yourself up for disaster.

I’ve known brides who have done this to save money and have had nearly all of their photos not turn out, be out of focus, poorly edited or badly composed. They wished afterwards they found the money to do it properly I can assure you of that. So if you do decide to use a non- professional, place no expectation on what you receive so you aren’t disappointed. If you get some good shots it’s just a bonus. You could lose a friend if they totally make a mess of it.

If you have a tight budget, just book the basics, which is edited photos in jpeg files burned to a DVD. Have them edited in colour & black and white. Look at albums later when you are more financially comfortable or don’t worry about an album at all.

If you have no budget restrictions, well lucky you! Go for the best photographer with the finest reputation, but don’t believe everything you read on websites. Talking with their past brides is my best advice.

If you are having photos taken during your preparation at home or at a hotel, keep the space tidy. How can you expect to have beautiful photos if there are clothes and rubbish all over the place? For the best photos you need a neat, clear and uncluttered background, so make the effort. You can’t expect all your rubbish to be photo shopped out of each photo. It’s unrealistic and very expensive for you.

Remember all those stunning photos you admire in bridal magazines have had a full crew and set designers working on the shoot ensuring each photo looks amazing, so help your photographer out because they don’t have a full crew.

Posture will ruin the best photo every time. Pull your shoulders back, don’t slouch and suck your tummy in. Ask your photographer to remind you during the day so that you don’t hate all your photos because of bad posture.

Nearly every guest now has an iPhone or iPad and it’s getting pretty crazy, especially when the bride walks down the aisle. It’s often hard to get a shot of the bride through all the guests’ devices! If this concerns you, put on the invitation for guests to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony or to be mindful to not get in the photographers way. If you don’t mind, just let them do their own thing but they just might ruin a great shot the professional photographer missed because they jumped in front of them with their iPhone.

Once I was up the front of the altar, as the bride was making her grand entrance and a guest with a video camera jumped up and stood in the middle of the aisle in front of her blocking my entire view. I couldn’t believe it and I wasn’t quite sure what to do. I have an obligation to my brides and grooms to get the shots they desire and I didn’t feel it was a good enough excuse to say that silly Uncle Bob blocked the aisle. So I ran up to him and grabbed his shirt from behind (as he was walking backwards while filming) and told him politely to get out of the way! Afterwards I saw him outside the church and explained that I wasn’t being rude but he was ruining some of the most important photos of the day. A good photographer will be committed to their couple at all costs!

A good photographer will also be professional across all business dealings in the lead up to the big day, will submit everything to you via email, provide a contract or booking form, has public liability insurance, is punctual, polite, has a professional image, understands the politics with families at weddings across all cultures, will make you feel at ease and of course takes amazing photos.

Read the fine print carefully as there are still photographers out there that will rip you off and there is no way to sugar-coat it. Ask every question you can think of if you are not sure and trust your intuition or gut feeling and you’ll book the right person.

Weddings can competently be covered by one photographer. If it is a big wedding with 300 guests or more, two photographers will become necessary. Two photographers mean double the price, so be sure it’s what you need so you don’t waste money.

Whether it’s a church, garden, the beach, or at a venue, what happens as soon as the ceremony finishes is that guests come up and give you a hug and kiss and they often jump straight in their car and leave. Then fifteen minutes later, when it’s time to do the full group photo of everybody, half the people have gone and it’s a little bit of a shame, because a big group photo of everybody that attends your wedding day is a really special photo. The way to overcome this is very simple. Put on your family members’ invitations, or personally speak to them all asking them to not leave after the ceremony, as family photos are very important to you both.

If you choose to have table shots at the reception there are things to consider. If you have 10 tables it will take you at least 2 minutes to do each table if your photographer is really efficient and sets it up to move quickly from table to table. 10 tables x 2 minutes is 20 minutes absolute minimum to fit into your reception schedule. You have to do it early in the night either before or after entrée and before mains as after mains people start to move around and you never get a full table for a table shot. Once guests start drinking alcohol you lose a lot of control also.

If you have high or large centre pieces on the table, it’s impossible to take a table shot as they block the guests. They need to be moved off of each table for the shots and then put back which takes more time. Sometimes they can’t be moved, as they are too heavy and bulky. The best way to do table shots is to get the MC to announce that he will call up one table at a time to a designated spot in the reception where the bride and groom are set up to do standing table shots. It works well and is a smooth transition between tables as long as your MC controls the flow.

If you have a very packed room with little space between tables, this is your only option. If you are not having a professional MC, ensure the MC you have is really on the ball and communicates with the photographer about the flow of the evening. I have shot weddings where I have been in the bathroom only to return to find the couple cutting the cake because the MC was a family friend who didn’t think to tell me!

If you decide to leave the family photos until the reception, it’s an absolute disaster! Once your guests get into the reception room and start drinking, they wander off and you can’t find people. When you do find them they are usually being silly and you can’t get a lovely photo like you can straight after the service when everyone looks their best and are completely sober. It’s all very easily resolved with some simple communication on invitations.

Remember to look at the camera. So many times photos are useless because people won’t look at the camera. It won’t bite and it doesn’t hurt a bit to look at it. When we shoot outdoors in bright light it’s very hard to see the image clearly on the back of your camera and we can’t always tell if people are looking at the camera at all. A good photographer will constantly encourage your guests to look at the camera to get great shots.

Remember brides, that you have the face you have and the body you have and putting on a wedding dress and having professional hair and makeup doesn’t transform you into Miss Universe. I see so many brides who are disappointed with how they look, as they are unrealistic about the end result. You will look like you but the best and most beautiful you possible, that’s the truth. It reminds me of my years in hairdressing when a woman would come in with a photo of Elle McPherson thinking that if they had their hair done like her they would look like her. My response with tongue in cheek always was, “Madam this is a comb not a magic wand.”

Thanks again Sue, you really know your stuff, especially about photography.  Check out Sue’s website www.suetaylorphotography.com.au

Cheers!

Sarah