Monthly Archives: January 2009

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.

Stress free photojournalistic wedding photography – from top wedding photographers

Your wedding day is your special day and you surely don’t want to waste in posing for the camera most of the time. Many of us get conscious when asked to “say cheese” on camera, we end up looking awkward and silly, but with the new age stress free photo journalism offered by top wedding photographers you can just relax and enjoy your day while your best photographs will keep getting clicked.

Photojournalism on Wedding

Photojournalism on Wedding

Wedding photography has been taken to a completely new level with wedding photo journalism. With photojournalism the photographers don’t ask you to stop and pose for the camera while they click away, instead they take photos of things that are happening around. They recreate your wedding day just the way it happened through the photographers.

wedding couple pose for photojournalism

wedding couple pose for photojournalism

Photojournalism wedding photography

Photojournalism wedding photography

Photo journalistic wedding photography offered by top wedding photographers offers stress free wedding photography. The whole headache is handled by the photographer and his assistants, carrying as many extra cameras, rolls, backup equipment as required for the project. They will arrange the time according to your schedule; ask you how much time you can afford for the snaps and what is most important for you on that day. The top wedding photo journalists will arrange groups in the most relaxed and fun way without making it all look forced and awkward.

The stress free photo journalism can’t be learnt in a few days, it needs years of experience, specialized techniques, back up equipments, lots of patience, an artistic eye, and the ability to work right at the moment. Not every wedding photographer can make it happen. Two of the top wedding photojournalists who have taken wedding photography to a new level are Denis Reggie and Jeff Ascough.

Photo journalism captures you looking your best without be in anyone’s way or being a nuisance. With photo journalism you just go having fun on your special day while the photographer keeps capturing all the events as beautifully as they happen.