10 questions to ask your wedding photographer

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bay area photography

So you have planned out how you want your wedding to be; you decided on the

couple photoshoot

couple photoshoot

decor, the dinner, the dress and the cake but you don’t want them to be a fleeting thing. Nobody does, so up came the wedding photographers with promises to frame pleasurably some unforgotten moments forever. But since their works are going to exist almost near-eternity, the price you need to pay is a hefty one.

Well, that was the scene even a few years back when digital photography was at its nascent stage. Today, because of a tough competitive market, even the prices for traditional photography have come down to a level at par with its digital sibling. However, with the right info under your belt, you may slash that even further and arrange for a wedding that’s inexpensive, yet beautiful. And if you want, you may even make the technological extremities meet.

Bride posing in front of the cam

Bride posing in front of the cam

Being carried away at the glance of the equipment of a wedding photographer is

Portrait wedding photography

Portrait wedding photography

often a factor that raises the total wedding bill. But equipments never speak of the style (unless you are well-informed on the subject); thus before hiring a wedding photographer, asking a wedding photographer questions (interviews are a part of every employment, temporary or long-term) shall be helpful towards cutting the budget down to a great extent, which shall reflect on your total wedding budget.

The first thing that needs to be addressed is his preferred style; it is not always that your preferences shall match. If he is good for clicking at everything posed and formal, it’s not necessary that he shall be equally good in framing a candid or relaxed mood; a photojournalistic approach may not be a creative one and vice-versa. However, if he is good at artistic photography while staying within the traditional boundaries, paying him a little higher in comparison to others might prove a wise decision. After all, portraying something traditional without bringing in the boredom requires skills and a lot of thoughts.

Thus, to ensure you are really going to have substantial savings on your wedding budgets, note down the following:

Classic wedding photograph

Classic wedding photograph

  1. i. Color photographs or is it going to be in black and white? Color photos are cheaper but black and white, in skilled hands, turns out real sensuous.  With digital formats; however, the prices are more or less, the same.
  1. ii. Shot list: If the wedding photographer has one ready (the usual format), it won’t cost extra; else, he may charge more if you give him a shot list to work from.

  1. iii. The master and the apprentice: Often the photographers send their assistants (or, the studio PR person) to chalk out the initial details. While that’s good, make sure you meet the actual person before signing and sealing the contract. That way, you shall get a complete detail on the styles, the equipment, the complimentary services and overall, a clearer picture of the total money outflow. Savings are vital.

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My favorite Wedding Destinations

Bermuda Wedding Destination

Bermuda Wedding Destination

Selecting a wedding destination for your wedding can be really a tough decision. If you are planning a beach wedding, the options available are so many that it becomes really difficult to decide. I have prepared a list of my favorite wedding destinations for a beach wedding, go through this list and am sure you’ll find one that will suit you perfectly.

Wedding Destinations –

A seaside wedding destination

A seaside wedding destination

Anguilla – Anguilla, British West Indies is rightly called tranquility wrapped in blue. Romantic couples look upon this spot as one of the best in the whole world with 33 beaches all over which some term as the best in the Caribbean. It is one of the perfect wedding destinations.

Antigua & Barbuda – This supreme island is in fact the favorite of adventurous water sports loving couples. It is at this island that one of the foremost maritime events the Sailing Week is conducted. The island boasts of beautiful coral reefs that attract snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world. The powdery soft beaches are simply the most inviting for couples who are planning to start a new life.

Belize – It is a paradise for adventure seekers. The adventure opportunities offered by Belize are unmatched by any other country. For couples who want a touch of adventure in their wedding this is the perfect place to be. You have the tropical forests as well as the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere to enjoy.

Sea side wedding destination in British virgin Islands

Sea side wedding destination in British virgin Islands

Bermuda – This uniquely secluded place boasts of offering a rare experience. The ambience of this place is awesomely pure; which is in fact a rarity in today’s world. It is a favorite of romantic couples hunting for a wedding destination.

British Virgin Islands – British Virgin Islands is rightly called Nature’s best kept secret. With isolated beaches, secluded islands, white sand, the beautiful water all around, all these make this place rank high in the list of every romantic couple.

Cancun – Cancun boasts of a lot of activities for you and your guests too. Warm beaches, rich indigo colored water all around, romantic nights, snorkeling, fishing, diving, archeological sites, nightlife, awesome hotels, you name it and Cancun has it.

Hawaii wedding Destinations

Hawaii wedding Destinations

Saba – Saba is a paradise perfect for your honeymoon. With its breathtaking unspoiled landscapes, warm, friendly people your wedding and honeymoon will definitely be special.

I am sure you’ll be able to find your dream beach wedding destination from this list. There are many more beautiful places available but these are definitely my favorite.

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Things to look for outdoor wedding photography

Outdoor Photographs of Couples

Outdoor Photographs of Couples

So you are planning to have an outdoor wedding! That’s an awesome idea; an outdoor wedding adds a sense of drama and romance to the already special day. But you have to keep a few things in mind in order to keep the day perfect and also to help the outdoor wedding photographers from facing too many difficulties while clicking your snaps.

Outdoor Wedding Dais

Outdoor Wedding Dais

Check out a few tips that will help your photographer click some really good photographs.

· G Good Background – Make sure to choose a good background. It helps in making the picture more alive and the subject in front more prominent. In an outdoor wedding you can use the background to create drama. Imagine standing near the cliff with the mountains as the backdrop, it will be an awesome picture.

· S Sunlight – The best time for outdoor wedding photography is an hour before sunset and sunrise. Because during this time the natural light takes a beautiful golden hue which can create amazing pictures and make people look even more beautiful.

· B Black and White – Ask your photographers to shoot some or most of your snaps in black and white. The natural light and the natural surroundings help in creating some amazing black and white pictures.

· B Bugs – Make sure to use a bug zapper or to light citronella candles in order to control those pesky little pests. Neither will your guests like it nor will the photographs come out good if the guests have to continually swat the air.

Outdoor Wedding Aisle

Outdoor Wedding Aisle

· N Nature – Keep in mind that nature may plan to play truant on that very special day. Make sure to have second option like a tent or an indoor arrangement. However good your wedding photographer be even they won’t be able to capture good images if there’s a heavy downpour or a big snowstorm. Though the chances of such an incident are very rare yet it is always better to be prepared.

· P Permits – Make sure to get hold of permits for conducting your outdoor wedding, otherwise everything will go haywire. Make sure that the venue you have chosen allows outdoor wedding photography.

Whenever you are planning an outdoor wedding make sure to have a thorough planning. And always have an option b with you. You never know when things may go wrong. An outdoor wedding can go terribly wrong at times due to even small things getting neglected, like the absence of loads of sunscreen while having a beach wedding. Make sure to make your guests feel comfortable, only if they are happy and comfortable your outdoor wedding photographs will come out good. Irritated guests can never be made to look happy even by the best wedding photographer. Plan it through and have a great outdoor wedding.

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How to Judge the Quality of Glamour Photographers

Glamor photographers or boudoir photographers are a lot in demand by models and actors who want to build their portfolio. These photographers are also rightly known as model portfolio photographers. Glamour photographs are basically sexy, sultry pictures that lead to titillation but can in no way be termed pornographic. Glamour photography does not necessarily include nude photographs.

Outdoor Glamour Photography

Outdoor Glamour Photography

There are various factors that determine the quality of glamour photographers or headshot photographers. Many factors come together to produce the right effect that can be correctly termed as glamour photography. Let us take a look at the various factors that help determine the success of a glamour photograph.

Equipments – Though many photographers take their glamour shots inside the studio with the help of expensive equipments, some are able to capture the right mood with the minimum of equipments present.

Vertical Snaps – Most glamour photography is done using the vertical mode. The reason being, it helps focus the attention only on the model and takes attention away from the background by not wasting much space on it.

Backgrounds – Glamour photography generally tries to keep background to the minimal, thus keeping the focus on the model itself. Plain backgrounds are most popular. Sometimes a simple doorway or an arch way is used as a background and also to add mystery to the photograph. A glamour photographer generally tries to create a sense of mystery round the picture which gives it a captivating quality.

Props – Props though not necessary yet can sometimes enhance a glamour photograph a lot. Imagine a leather clad biker with a single rose shot in sepia tone. The single rose along with the color scheme creates a sense of mystery around the leather clad rough biker. But it has to be kept in mind that the props should only add to the photograph and not take away from it.

Lighting – Lighting is a major part of glamour photography. It helps the professional photographers to create the right mood for the snap.

Lovely Glamour Photographs

Lovely Glamour Photographs

Posing the Models – A glamour photographer needs to know in which position and at which angle a model will look his/her best. And not only the particular model, the knowledge of how the human body moves, bends etc helps a boudoir photographer to get the right image.

Interacting with the Models – The photographer should be able to interact well with the model and make him/her not only feel comfortable but also help them bring out the right expressions on their face and to portray the right body language.

Eyes and Smile – A photographer should always try to emphasis the eyes and smile of the model. Though in glamour photography, in many snaps the mouth portrays nothing while the intense glare of the eyes says it all. The photographer has to know what he actually is looking for and should be able to get it out of the model.

Hair and Eye make-up – Generally in glamour photography the hair and eyes are kept as natural as possible, unless some special emphasis needs to be placed on either of them. The whole body is required to enhance the glamour photograph and so the eyes, hair, lip all need to a part of the picture and not take the attention away from the model as a whole.

We need to keep in mind that glamour photography is all about sexy, romantic, mysterious pictures that enchant us but should never be such that they get teamed up with pornographic images.

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An Exotic Island Wedding – II

Do you want to make your wedding ceremony a memorable and an extremely stylish one? Are you looking for marriage locations that are innovative and certainly removed from the usual, run-of-the-mill ones? In case you are, an exotic island wedding is just what you should opt for. Island weddings are one of the best ways to add that extra dollop of panache to your marriage ceremony. There are plenty of attractive and inspiring island wedding locations to choose from for the marrying couples. Every island wedding scheme comes with its unique island wedding package, and these packages also need careful consideration.

Island Wedding under Palm tree

Island Wedding under Palm tree

There are a few issues that need to be handled well, in order to make an island wedding a grand success. Some of these factors are:

Special places of interest

There are several alternative locations for island wedding ceremonies. Each of these spots holds out special attractive features, making them ideal venues for island marriage ceremonies. Some such exotic island wedding locations are:

i) Sandals Grande Antigua Resort (this resort offers combined wedding and honeymoon packages),

ii) St Lucia Sandals – Grande St Lucian Resort & Spa,

iii) Sandals Jamaica Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa Resort,

iv) Aruba Beach Weddings and Honeymoon resort,

v) Punta Cana – Secrets Excellence Punta Cana Resort

Apart from the above five, there are quite a number of other island resorts too, that would be just perfect for a stylish island wedding ceremony.

Bridesmaids dressed in traditional dress

Bridesmaids dressed in traditional dress

Island wedding packages

Marrying couples can choose from numerous alternative island wedding package options. A comprehensive coverage of the wedding ceremony (along with wedding photography) is desirable. Certain packages also provide pre-wedding photography options, as well as smart packing styles, and different photo enlargement options. Wall portraits of wedding ceremonies are also available in some packages. Coverage of the wedding reception can be limited or unrestricted, depending on the packages. Digital collage albums and DVD slideshow of the wedding photos can also be made available. Certain islands also provide combined packages of wedding and honeymoon.

Island wedding locations as well as packages are many in number, and marrying couples need to decide upon the one that is best suited for their needs. A proper selection of island wedding package and location can indeed make a marriage ceremony a truly memorable occasion.

An Exotic Island Wedding – I

Bridesmaid in Island Traditional Dress

Bridesmaid in Island Traditional Dress

Wedding ceremonies on exotic locations always seem to be an attractive option. An island wedding offers a stylish and much more innovative option than a conventional, run-of-the-mill church wedding ceremony. Weddings are, beyond doubt, one of the most important days in any person’s life. It is really desirable to make this day special and truly memorable, choosing a nice island wedding destination is a great way of doing so. Although not the first-choice among strongly traditionalist and/or Catholic families, different types of island wedding plan have steadily gained in popularity over the years. An island wedding and related island wedding photography are truly an ideal way to make your marriage a memorable ceremony indeed.

Before you can actually hold a successful island wedding ceremony, you need to carefully plan an exotic island wedding. These ceremonies are ideal, both as a venue for marriage as well as for a romantic renewal of vows (i.e., a quaint and emotional ‘second marriage’). The marrying couple needs to visit the island prior to the ceremony in order to ensure that it satisfies all the desirable conditions for hosting a perfect marriage ceremony. The beauty of the beaches, the cultural styles of the area, and the often exotic styles of the islands are some of the features that need to be considered while choosing a particular island for marriage. The various island wedding packages and their corresponding expenses need also be studied in detail.

Wedding Guests and Couple

Wedding Guests and Couple

Island weddings are, by nature, exotic; in order to keep these ceremonies etched in memory, wedding photography is also a crucial element at these marriages. Some general tips on island wedding photography are:

a) Studying the wedding location à A wedding photographer needs to know exactly how an island would appear during different parts of the day, and how conducive it is for photography purposes. Hence, a prior study of the island (that has been selected as a venue for marriage) is an absolute necessity,

b) Lighting arrangements à In the case of an outdoor wedding, direct sunlight should be avoided for suitable wedding photography. Conversely, during an indoor wedding, the presence of adequate lights is a must,

c) Photo angles à Photographers need to click wedding snaps from different, innovative angles. This would indeed provide for stylish island wedding photography,

d) Camaraderie with the couple à The marrying couple should be comfortable and completely at ease with the photographer. The latter should ensure that the couple do not feel stressed or nervous at any stage of the ceremony, and

e) Background selection à The best wedding photos have beautiful backgrounds that perfectly blend with the entire photo. The photographer should, hence, select the different backgrounds for his photos with great care.

If you are looking to add a dash of style, panache and innovation to your marriage ceremony, you can easily opt for island wedding ceremonies. You should also have arrangements for expert island wedding photography, in order to make the occasion a truly memorable one.

To be continued…

Guidelines on Church wedding photography – Some Do’s and Don’ts

Church wedding Photography

Church wedding Photography

It is at the church, at the altar that the most beautiful and memorable moments occur and every couple treasures those moments and wishes that the moments can be captured and kept safe with them forever through the camera. But unfortunately church wedding photography is not at all easy, it involves too many restrictions. It generally becomes very difficult for photographers to capture snaps during the church wedding.

Most churches do not allow the wedding photographer anywhere near the altar. They only let the photographer to click his pictures standing behind the lat row of people sitting at the church. It is really unfortunate as it becomes very difficult to capture any facial expressions from that far. And if the bride and groom are facing the priest then there remains nothing for the photographer to shoot. Most churches restrict the use of flash by the wedding photographer. But the irony is that though so many restrictions are burdened on the wedding photographer, the guests simply keep on clicking with their digital cameras in the flash mode.

White frills and decoration

White frills and decoration

It is always better if the couple finds out in advance the restrictions on photography and informs the photographer in advance. This would help the photographer to make his plans in advance as well n order to capture the church wedding celebrations in all its glory.