Wedding Photography

The top 3 things you must do when booking a wedding photographer

Wedding photography is perhaps one of the most lucrative businesses that deals with photography. These days, there are many photographers who have decided to specialize in wedding photography for the potential income they will get to have from it.

As a couple making those wedding plans, it is a certainty that you will be overwhelmed with the many photographers out there who would vie to get your services, each of them offering attractive wedding packages and promos. And with the prevalence of the internet, especially the social media, and how many photographers are using this venue, it can be overwhelming and confusing on your end as a client still shopping around for that photographer to hire.

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Your wedding is a special and once in a lifetime moment that deserves much attention and preparation. That level of attention and preparation should be given in choosing your photographer. While there may be differing considerations with regards to the packages you seek for in a photographer, it is imperative that you do the following 3 things to ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience with your photographer, whoever it would be.

  1. Prepare a list of questions to ask the wedding photographer

Before your first appointment with the photographer, you need to prepare a list of important questions to ask. You can ask about the photographer’s photography style, experience, equipment, backup plans, when the prints would be ready, and similar questions. Don’t hesitate to ask questions related to your wedding preparations as well. If you have no idea what to ask, there are some sites that have a prepared list that you can refer to for the questions you should ask.

Of all the questions though, always remember to ask first if the photographer is available on your chosen wedding date. If he’s not free on that day, then you’d better move on and meet with other photographers who would be available for that date.

  1. Choose and book as early as possible

When you and your partner have already chosen a date for your wedding, get moving and start finding a wedding photographer. The more popular wedding photographers get booked as early as over a year before the wedding date. So as soon as you found your wedding photographer, make the booking at the earliest time possible. Some would recommend eight months before the wedding date would be the latest in booking a wedding photographer.

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  1. Understand the contract before signing it.

Firstly, it is important that your wedding photographer, whether it’s someone like Mark Seymour Photography or someone else, must provide a contract of the service he will provide you. Never ever deal with photographers who are unable to provide you such contract, otherwise you will be dealing with potential headaches, not to mention the danger that you would be scammed of your money by the photographer by way of non-appearance or provide less than quality output which does not equate to the money you paid for his/her services.

The contract is usually prepared by the photographer but it is flexible enough to be open to whatever changes that would be made that would make it amenable to both parties, namely yourself and the photographer. If there are portions in the contract that you are not in agreement with, then be upfront and politely ask for it to be changed. As always, you need to read the contract thoroughly before finally signing the agreement.

By booking the right wedding photographer, you can be assured that you will have quality, wonderful wedding pictures that will make such a memorable occasion even more memorable for years to come.

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How Couples Should Select a Professional Photographer for Their Wedding

wedding photographyEngaged couples are normally excited for their wedding. They need to prepare and plan for life event which may only happen to them once. These couples would love to cherish the moments of their wedding and reminisce years from now how romantic, solemn or fun the wedding was. To help them receive memorable and brilliant wedding pictures, they need to hire a professional wedding photographer who can deliver the beautiful wedding photos they want.

Listed below are some helpful tips on how couples should select a professional wedding photographer.

  1. Do a background research

As a start, find several wedding photographer from friends’ recommendations or by visiting website. Do a background checks of each photographer to asses initially who seems fit to cover your wedding. You can talk to them over the phone to set an appointment and during the appointment examine their work portfolio and some complete wedding album of his/her past clients.

  1. Manage your own expectations

Couples should keep in mind that weddings vary and there are essex wedding photographers who stand out because of their creativity or uniqueness. You have to totally know what you want or what you expect so you can voice it out to your wedding photographer. If possible, write down specific details like what photography style you want, what products you desire to get and even

  1. Set a budget range

Since there are too many wedding expenses to incur during this special event, you have to be wise in allocating your wedding budget. Set a wedding budget depending on what is the reasonable wedding photographer’s fee in you are. Stay within the budget range and do not try to go beyond the maximum you have set.

  1. Shortlist a few photographers

Never limit yourself into interviewing only several photographers. Start with many an eventually shortlist a few, maybe 3 to 4 photographers before making a final choice. Remember to consider the personality of the photographer. Does he/she seem nice? Are you comfortable working with him/her? Do you think he/she can mingle well with the guests?

  1. Check and compare different wedding packages

Most photographers offer different wedding photography packages. The packages usually vary in terms of the products to be delivered, number of shots to be taken and number of photographers who will work in the wedding. You have to carefully check and compare the prices and other details of each package. Inquire as well if the photographer is open to changing a wedding photography package based on your needs.

  1. Make your choice at least 6 months before the wedding

Once you are engaged, you can already start looking for a wedding photographer. Great wedding photographers normally get booked fast so it is best to start with your search and appointment setting early. Once you have found the wedding photographer you like, ask for a wedding contract, read it before both of you sign it. You must be able to formally hire a wedding photographer at least 6 months before your wedding.

Be extra meticulous when choosing a wedding photographer. Remember that your wedding photos will be kept and shared even after many years later. You have to look great in the pictures and this can only be possible when you hire the right wedding photographer.

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10 Wedding Moments Every Wedding Photographer Should Not Miss

Weddings are one of the most important celebrations in a person’s life. As such, wedding photographers like Russell Neal have the unenviable task of making sure every important moment of such a celebration gets to be captured.

Granted that there are many moments to choose from, if one would not which moment matters most, there is a chance that at least one important moment would be missed, creating an incomplete wedding experience that no one would want to have. Thus, we have prepared the 10 most important shots that must be captured during the wedding to serve as a handy guide for both the photographer and the couple to ensure that an event as memorable as wedding is captured extensively well, with no important missed in the process.

The Wedding Ceremony

  1. The procession of the bridal party

This moment marks the beginning of the wedding ceremony proper, so it is important that this is captured. In particular, the moment the flower girl and the ring bearer walk the aisle is worthy to capture, especially if these roles are played by children which would provide a moment of cuteness.

2. The bride marches down the aisle

To say the least, the moment the bride enters and walks down the aisle is a magical moment that cannot be expressed in mere words. It also shows the bride at her most radiant and most graceful that makes this moment picture-worthy, so to speak.

  1. The bride and the groom meeting at the altar

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Symbolically, this moment is a transition period in which the bride and the groom would meet for the last time as boyfriend and girlfriend onwards to their first moment to come as husband and wife. For both of them, it is a moment mixed with excitement, nervousness, and joy, emotions that should be captured as an important part of the ceremony and of their lives as well.

  1. Recital of vows of the bride and the groom

This is an important part of the wedding ceremony in which both the bride and the groom express their promises of love and faithfulness to each other. It is a sincere moment that never fails to tug the heartstrings.

  1. The exchange of rings between the bride and the groom

This is also another important part of the wedding ceremony that carries a lot of meaning. No words are necessary as the act itself is enough to show that the bride and the groom are now ready to face a new chapter in their lives together as a married couple. For this moment, it is important that the action of the hands are captured clearly.

  1. The kiss

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Of course, this is the most well-known and the most anticipated part of the ceremony, the highlight of the event for that matter. Nothing else needs to be said but it is important that this moment is captured as perfect as possible.

The Wedding Reception

  1. Sipping of the champagne by the bride and the groom

This is one of the traditions of the wedding reception that should not be missed as it serves to celebrate the union of the bride and the groom as newlyweds as well as the hope of a blissful and fruitful union of the two.

  1. First dance of the bride and the groom

This moment never fails to provide a romantic atmosphere as the newlyweds do what is considered their first romantic act as husband and wife. It is considered a sweet and lovely spectacle, not to mention a milestone that deserves to be recorded.

  1. The bride and the groom cut the wedding cake

The cutting of the wedding cake is one of the oldest wedding traditions that has managed to survive over the centuries, which further stresses its significance. It is also one of the most symbolic as it symbolizes the continuity of their relationship, their support for each other, and hopes for good luck and fortune.

  1. The bouquet toss

It is one of the most popular highlights of the wedding reception and also the most fun part as well. It would be hard to miss capturing the smiles and the “competitive spirit” of the women who will try to catch the bouquet.

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Photographing A Friend’s Wedding With An iPhone

Years ago, taking photos on a mobile phone seemed unthinkable, considering the low quality that phone cameras had at that time. Nowadays, many people are now taking more photos over their phones rather than their digital cameras as technology has made it possible for phones to match the image quality, if not exceed, that of digital cameras.

In my case, I have found myself using my phone more in my photography, especially for taking casual shots that I do more often, while I still use my regular DSLR to if I want to capture more detailed or artistic photos. Besides, a phone is more handy for me to carry around for casual photography.

The phone I’m using by the way is an iPhone 5s, which I have found to be very good in taking photos with its true-tone flash that provides really good low-light performance and its burst mode which helps me take action shots better.

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But recently, I found myself taking the capabilities of my iPhone’s camera to the limit when I was invited to attend a friend’s wedding. I originally intended to use my DSLR to take photos of that memorable moment. Unfortunately, my DSLR had to undergo repairs at a local camera shop.  Thus, I was left with no choice but let my iPhone do the job.

THE TOOLS

For this job, I made sure to bring some extra tools for the job. Considering the iPhone’s battery life, I brought two chargers: a regular one and a portable one to make sure I don’t lose power in the middle of the event. I also brought a special tripod mount for my iPhone (and a tripod of course) just in case.

I also used some special lenses that can be attached to my iPhone to maximize and extend its capabilities when it falls short on its own. I have a wide angle/macro lens, fisheye lens that I could use for some fun shots, telephoto lens to extend the zoom capabilities of my iPhone, and a polarizer lens which helps reduce glare on my photos that is caused by sunlight.

COVERING THE WEDDING

The wedding I attended was a garden wedding, so during the ceremony we were outdoors where the lighting present is a natural one coming from the sun. Apart from the polarizer lens, I also made use of my iPhone’s built-in HDR function to balance the exposure of the shots. If you are not keen on using the iPhone’s built-in HDR, there are also 3rd party apps available that provide HDR functionality to your phone.

Speaking of apps, I also have a number of iOS camera apps on my phone that help improve my built-in camera’s performance, depending on the need and situation. Camera+ and Procamera provide better exposure control and wider angles. Slow Shutter Can is also another good app that control’s the phone’s shutter speed so you can create artistic DSLR-quality photos. These apps are helpful especially if you have do not have any special lenses available.

And being someone who is guilty of having shaky hands at times when I hold the camera, my iPhone being connected to the tripod via a special tripod mount helped lessen those blurry shots I tend to take from time to time. Plus, this special setup also allows me to take more creative shots, something I would not gotten under the regular setup.

As I noted earlier, I made sure I got things covered, especially with regards to my phone’s battery life. But apart from the extra chargers, I made it a point to disable unnecessary apps running in the background to save battery life. Another important thing I did was to turn off the cellular signal of my phone so I would be able to take photos without being interrupted by phone call that would ruin the moment, so to speak.

THE SAME PHOTOGRAPHY RULES APPLY

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The tools may be different but the same rules in photography apply. Composition still plays an important part in the photo. As a photographer, I make sure the photos I take with my phone have those qualities, regardless of the phone’s limitations.

And sometimes, knowing your phone’s limitations also helps spur one’s creativity, trying to go around those limitation with creative solutions that will turn out just as nice as they would if taken by a regular camera of a hampshire wedding photographer.

PROCESSING

Once I was done, I was ready to process the photos I’ve taken. I managed to process and upload some of them to social media accounts like Instagram and applied some artistic filters when necessary. For the other photos, I edited them on my computer before uploading them to make sure they would turn out ok.

Overall, it was a unique but satisfying experience to have been able to extensively use my iPhone to cover an entire wedding. While the quality may not match that of a photo taken by a DSLR, the output is still very good and in some cases, looked better with the iPhone. In the end though, what matters more is that your camera gets to capture the priceless memories a wedding brings about, whether it’s a DSLR or an iPhone.

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7 Top Tips for Great Group Portraits in Weddings

wedding photographyWedding photos are important not only for the couple but for their relatives and guests as well. These wedding photos bring fond memories of the beautiful union even after many years have passed. Looking at your brilliant photos will make you realize that you made a great decision to get a professional wedding photographer and not just an average shooter.

Professional wedding photographers can produce unique, creative and various types of wedding shots. Some are shots of the couples which can be formal or candid while others can be family or group portraits. The couple is not the only one who is conscious of how they look. Even the guests would like to look fab in the pictures. And one way to ensure that everyone looks fresh and gorgeous in the wedding photos is to take group portraits before the wedding starts.

In weddings, the wedding photographer will have a sincere talk with the client and every detail related to wedding photography will be discussed. More often than not, the clients are asked by the photographer on what their expectations are and if there are specific shots they want not to be missed.

Couple and group portrait shots are usually done an hour or two before the wedding. For the couple shots, it won’t be too much of a problem for the photographer. Now, when it comes to shooting a group, this can be a little difficult for the wedding photographer especially if he/she is new to it and is not used to handling group portrait shots.

Below are 7 top tips for great group portraits in weddings that can hopefully help newbie wedding photographers.

  1. Talk to the couple

Ask the couple if they have a wedding group shot list that they want you to follow. If there’s none, you can request for one or if the couple is too busy seek help from a relative in deciding what group shots to take.

  1. Do it fast and efficiently

Some people tend to easily get bored so you will need to compose your image fast before the subjects become uncooperative. Make sure the location or scene is ready before helping the subjects with the poses and position. Shoot fast but make sure you have done it efficiently.

  1. Limit your shots

Too many shots of one group can be a waste of time. Limit it to 2-4 takes per group shot so no guest will have to wait their turn for a long time.

  1. Have a go-to person

A go-to person is someone who can assist you in calling out members need for a group shot. He/she must be a relative of the couple or someone who knows most of the wedding guests. This can help reduce the time spent in looking or calling out of people for a shot. If possible, share with the go-to person your list before the wedding so he/she can possibly contact members earlier.

  1. Start from big groups to smaller ones

Take shots first of big groups and smaller groups will come later. Big groups can be the close and distant relatives from each side then you can let the others leave and the closest relatives will remain for the smaller group shots. The close relatives are expected to be more cooperative and patient so it won’t mind waiting for a while.

  1. Use a tripod

A tripod is an essential accessory when taking group portraits. You can better compose or plan your shots with the help of a tripod. You can just place your camera on it then help the guests with their poses before clicking for a shot.

  1. Have a backup plan

A backup plan should be in place in case something wrong will happen or things don’t turn out the way you want them to be. You can think of an alternative location in case it suddenly rains or plan on what accessories to bring in case the sun is too bright when you shoot outside.

Don’t forget to check the background before you take group portraits. Make sure there are no unwanted objects that can possibly ruin your image. By applying these tips, you can come up with better group portraits in weddings.

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