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10 questions to ask your wedding photographer

bay area photography

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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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.

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.

Chinese wedding tradition – from top wedding photographers

Chinese weddings primarily focus on maintaining the bloodlines; next, it is for the purpose of creating alliances. But the changing times replaced the mindsets; modern Chinese weddings retain only a part of the old customs. But exceptions always remain present; there are certain orthodox Chinese families who still abide by the traditional practices.

Chinese wedding couple

Chinese wedding couple

Now, traditional doesn’t always mean dogmatic; at times, they can initiate a good deal of fun. Say for example, the mode of communication of yore. Letters in forms of scrolls and written in ornamental fonts carry both a feel of warmth and raiment that emails or e-cards do not; moreover, portrays more of a betrothal than a mere wedding process. And if you are naturally inclined to ancient customs, you can even go for the set of three i.e. one letter each for request (letter conveying the confirmation of formal arrangements); for the gift (a documentation of wedding gifts with their respective emotional values) and the final one for the bride’s family given right on the wedding day.

You may also replace the bachelorette’s party with the Pomelo (large pear-shaped fruit similar to grapefruit but with coarse dry pulp) water bathing ceremony you’re your closest friends, but don’t forget to choose the lucky wedding date according to a lunar calendar. It shall also ensure the stellar positions for the Heaven to shower the blessings; however, for the optimum results, you should marry at a time that’s perfectly between the time of initiation and ending of the auspicious period. The common belief is, that way; a couple can begin their new lives on an upswing.

Chinese wedding tradition

Chinese wedding tradition

Colors play a vital role in Chinese traditions and red gets maximum attention in this aspect. Red portrays vitality and energy; also boldness, love and prosperity. Agreed that golden on red looks a little gaudy, but if it’s a Chinese wedding ceremony you are following, you got to stick to that.

When all that’s done, let your parents know you want a new bed; even you can afford a hundred of them. It should come complete with pillows, pillowcases, and related paraphernalia for you require to sleep on it a night before the wedding. Tell your young nephew (if you have one) to jump up and down on the bed; it shall bring you two a fair bit of good luck on producing an heir.

When all the prior formalities are done with, it’s time to concentrate on the wedding day. Be prepared to serve tea along with your bride to both your parents, family and the guests to pocket the gifts. Jewelry and money in red envelopes is the tradition, but I-Pods and cell phones in red wrappings shall do in the new millennium.

chinese traditional wedding dance

chinese traditional wedding dance

The bride might get a little offended since she has to change dresses three – a different one each – time, but she is not going to dislike it completely. Start looking for a white dress with veil (to be worn during the ceremony); a traditional Chinese wedding dress (for the banquet with a twelve-course meal) and the going-away dress as soon as you finish reading this piece.

But you are going to like the Chinese wedding tradition most if you love hogging hogs; know that a Chinese wedding ceremony is incomplete without a roasted pig and shark fin soup. That shall give you enough energy to sustain through the post wedding ritual the day after, where, the bride needs to get up earlier!

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