Posts Tagged ‘advice’

Why get married on the Isle of Wight

May 6th, 2013

Why get married on the Isle of Wight? Well for starters it’s one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, a picturesque Island just off the south coast of England, where no passport is needed for the short sea crossing to get married here. The Isle of Wight boasts 13 award winning beaches and more than […]

 

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Why get married on the Isle of Wight? Well for starters it’s one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, a picturesque Island just off the south coast of England, where no passport is needed for the short sea crossing to get married here.

The Isle of Wight boasts 13 award winning beaches and more than half of the twenty-three by thirteen mile Island is classed as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including spectacular and unspoilt scenery and a rich historical heritage as well as a stunning coastline.south coast of England, where no passport is needed for the short sea crossing to get married here.

There are a number of Churches and Approved Premises on the Island which are licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnership ceremonies giving you a wide choice of settings for your day ranging from striking grand manor houses with stunning sea views to wildly romantic retreats set in beautiful gardens.

Beach weddings, garden weddings and outdoor ceremonies – the Isle of Wight can cater for them all and as one of the UK’s sunniest and warmest places why marry abroad when the Island provides such a diverse backdrop for your wedding?

Wedding on the Isle of Wight in a garden

Stunning coastline Isle of Wight wedding

 

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The secret of getting the best wedding photos

October 18th, 2012

Want to know the secret of how to get the best wedding photos? Book me– that’s it. OK, that was a joke but seriously I’m going to let you in on a little tip I give all my couples about how to get some awesome photos of the two of you looking your best on […]

 

Want to know the secret of how to get the best wedding photos?

Book me– that’s it.

OK, that was a joke but seriously I’m going to let you in on a little tip I give all my couples about how to get some awesome photos of the two of you looking your best on your big day.

The secret of getting the best wedding photos

 

Whilst meeting all the different wedding co-ordinators involved in the planning of your dream day you’ve probably already started thinking about a rough timeline of events. That’s great and will really help you to organise timings for things like the wedding breakfast, first dance etc. but how is this related to getting the best wedding photos I hear you ask? Bride and groom portraits, that’s how.

Throughout the day I’ll be there documenting events as they happen and capturing the natural moments, but the photos that are most likely to end up being your favourites usually happen when the bride and groom take 20 minutes or so out away from everyone to relax, let their hair down and just enjoy being together in front of the camera.

Allocating some time (the more the better) for portraits of just the two of you not only gives you a chance to take stock of the day (as it all goes FAR too quickly) but it gives me a fantastic opportunity to capture some amazing images of yourselves which you’ll cherish forever.
Imagine one being framed up on the wall at home- it’s your favourite photo and takes you straight back to that wonderful moment every time you walk past.

So sssshh.. Don’t let everyone in on the secret but this is one of the many ways I ensure you get the best wedding photos and all you have to do allow time to enjoy yourselves.

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Why hire a professional wedding photographer

August 1st, 2012

Why hire a professional wedding photographer when you’ve probably got a ton of friends and family who have awesome cameras and can take good photos? It’s a good question and so I thought it might make an interesting discussion blog piece. Now, I totally understand that spending thousands of pounds on a wedding photographer simply […]

 

Professional wedding photographerWhy hire a professional wedding photographer when you’ve probably got a ton of friends and family who have awesome cameras and can take good photos? It’s a good question and so I thought it might make an interesting discussion blog piece.

Now, I totally understand that spending thousands of pounds on a wedding photographer simply isn’t possible for everyone, however I want to write a bit about what a professional wedding photographer brings to the party that a friend with a nice camera simply won’t. This post isn’t meant to bully you in to using a professional and hey, maybe your wedding photography isn’t that much of a big deal to you? That’s fine, I’m not here to try and tell you otherwise but it would be great if you took a moment to have a read and think about the reasons why you should hire a professional wedding photographer 🙂

Experience – Weddings are a whole different beast to most other types of photography. You have to work fast, remain calm and composed and provide amazing customer service at all times whilst being an artistic storyteller, a risk manage­ment specialist and a professional bow tie straightener. Oh, and most importantly, do all this whilst ensuring the happy couple have a great day! Getting good at it comes with experience which a friend or relative may not have
Service – Working with friends at any time in life can be hard. You’ve got a solid relationship but if you weren’t happy about something it’s difficult to bring it up with a friend through risk of potentially losing a friendship. In life we hire professionals for their service to ensure that we have an enjoyable experience. This starts at the booking stage and continues right the way through to delivery of your wedding album, and on your wedding day nothing makes more sense than this.

Equipment – All that expensive camera gear a photographer uses comes as a price, but for a good reason. Whilst digital photography is getting more and more affordable, a family friend wouldn’t necessarily think about bringing spare cameras, lenses, flashes as well as all the usual stuff like batteries and memory cards – because you never know when something might break
Insurance – It’s one of those things that you should never have to use but a professional photographer should have Public Liability insurance as an absolute minimum. On top of that, my equipment is fully insured and for peace of mind I have Professional Indemnity. This is the kind of insurance that your solicitor or accountant might have and is there to protect and guarantee that the quality of my work be at the standard you expect

As I write this we’re in the midst of trying to decide who’s going to be photographing OUR wedding so I appreciate that it’s a tough job.
I’ll end on this thought:

Your wedding is a once in a lifetime moment and your photographs will be treasured forever – is it really worth not hiring a professional?

  Professional wedding photographer ninja

P.S. These guys aren’t real ninjas. Well, at least I don’t think they were….

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How to choose a wedding photographer tips

February 26th, 2012

Finding a photographer to suit you, your style, your budget and your personality can be tricky but finding the right one is vital. Your wedding photography is going to be one of the most important aspects of your day. Long after the cake has been eaten and your first dance seems like a distant memory, your […]

 

Finding a photographer to suit you, your style, your budget and your personality can be tricky but finding the right one is vital. Your wedding photography is going to be one of the most important aspects of your day. Long after the cake has been eaten and your first dance seems like a distant memory, your wedding photos are the one thing that you can keep forever and look through again and again.

So with so many to choose from, what do you need to look for when choosing a photographer and what are the important questions to ask to help you pick the perfect person to capture your day?

Style

There’s a ton of inspiration out there on the various wedding blogs and in magazines, so take some well-deserved me time to sit down to have a flick through to decide what sort of style photography you like. Once you’re settled in a comfy chair go through and pick out photos that you LOVE. Don’t get distracted by the latest trends and buzz words floating around or the style of wedding in the photos, forget about it all and just pick out photographs that you are drawn to simply because you like them. It won’t be long before you notice a trend in the style of photography you like ranging from posed and formal traditional photos to relaxed and natural, artistic reportage shots. (If you’re doing this online then a great website is Pinterest where you can pin photographs you love to a board.)

Research, research, research

Creative wedding photography Once you’ve got an idea of the style of photographer you are looking for then ask for recommendations from friends, spend some time on Google, look at articles on wedding blogs, this is your chance to see what photographers are around and if they fit your budget. There are some amazing (and likewise not so amazing) photographers at every price bracket so spend as much time as you can and when you find a photographer you love, check out their prices and decide if this works with your budget remembering that these images will be your lasting memory of your day.

Meet your photographer

You’re going to spend a lot of time with this person throughout your wedding day and so once you’ve found some photographers you like, give them a call or drop them an email and arrange to meet up. You’ll know from the offset if you’re with someone who makes you feel comfortable and relaxed, and this is the key to looking great in your photos.  Choosing a photographer whose work you think is great but you don’t get on with is never going to work. If you want those relaxed smiley images where you REALLY smile then you need to book the photographer who can get the best out of you.

A great way to really get to know your photographer is to have an engagement shoot and aside from being great fun it’s a perfect way to get used to having your photograph taken and will mean that you’ll be a lot calmer on your wedding day.

Questions to ask when you meet the photographers

  • Why does the photographer photograph weddings? This is a great question and will tell you a lot about them as a person. Enthusiastic people who really love what they do are very good at their job and so working with them is going to be much more fun.
  • What is their style? Ask to see an album showing a whole wedding and not just selected shots. Hearing the photographer’s thoughts on their style is an interesting way to learn more about how they work.
  • Who has the rights to the photographs? Whilst the photographer automatically owns the copyright to the photos, will you get copies of them, and can you print them for your friends and family? Or are the photographs only available to order directly from the photographer?
  • Does the photographer have insurance? A professional should have Public Liability insurance as well as Professional Indemnity.
  • What is the timescale after the wedding? When should you expect your finished images? If you’re having an album, how long does the design process and delivery take?
  • How long will the photographer stay for? When does your coverage begin and when does it end? Some charge by the hour, some offer all day packages.
  • Extras? Lots of photographers offer extras such as engagement shoots, additional wedding albums for parents, prints etc. If the photographer doesn’t mention something you would like then ask if they can provide it.

Hopefully I’ve given you some things to think about and this helps you to choose the perfect photographer for your day!

 

 

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