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- Photography Tips - Planning your Special Day.

Photography Styles Reportage or Formal

Tips for the Big Event Photography on the Day

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Photography Tips

Wedding Photography

Planning your special day

Plenty of advice is given about planning your Wedding day/ Event or Special occasion, but sometimes planning for photographs is forgotten. We assist and help couples think about their part in making their wedding photographs the best they can possibly be for this is the most important special day of your life.

From the Style of Photography you want to preparation for a big day Event or Secial Occasion, Including make-up (also for models and portrait sessions) and Preparing for Great Wedding Photos that capture those special moments for life !

Try to find a photographer well in advance for your wedding. Budget and time is normally concentrated more on getting the right venue, dress, cake, music etc.. and the photographer is one of the last to be booked, so don't limit your chances in finding the right photographer for you by booking late or with an exceeded budget. Remember that after the event and when the cake has been eaten, the champagne has lost its bubble and the dress put away in the wardrobe never to be worn again (we hope), your photographs will still be the only treasued moments you have left to remember your special day.

Its important to have a trial run with your make-up to avoid last minute disappointment. You know what you feel comfortable with, again, this needs to suit your personality. You want to mingle with your guests feeling comfortable and self assured. Your wedding make-up should compliment you, not change you - rather keep it natural and fresh.

Girls already know to wear base makeup which matches their skin tone and about blending it down their jawline and neck, but get a pro to do your makeup if you can. You really want to wear some color on your lips, not colorless lipgloss. Wear more color than you normally do. Trust me on this, if you don’t have color on your lips, your face is going to look washed out. A girl without her lipstick is like a present without a bow, it finishes your look.

For wedding photos to be timeless, go for a classic, simplistic hair style that would be easy to manage throughout your photo shoot or day.

Consider your hair, nails and skin. A manicure and pedicure is a must. Don’t do anything drastic to your hair or skin right before the event. Facials and hair removal can cause breakout of acne or irritation bumps and red skin. New haircuts and overprocessed hair treatments should be a no-no close to the wedding day. That goes for guys too!

At the venues think about what the background will be in your photos. What do the walls and floor look like? We have done receptions where the sorroundings are not always ideal for your special day. Remember to think about what is on the wall behind the cake, where you will be seated, and other strategic places for photos. Is there unsightly wire, posters, or anything that distracts at the venue? Consider some kind of backdrop for those problem areas in advance or chose a different location at the site.

Consider your taste. Do you want to take a limited amount of posed photos before going on to your reception? Do you like candid, formal or photojournalism? Do want want the traditional bouquet toss and other traditional photos, or do you just want to dance? We will always share your vision and help in giving advice? We cater for reportage photography and posed traditional photos,(see Style of photography below)

Most of all NO stress on the day, we try to make a bride comfortable and trusting of our photographers as this is the most important thing "By being happy and setting the mood you'll get the pictures you want." Keep the main thing the main thing - firstly you need to feel comfortable and most importantly be yourself so that your unique personality would reflect on the photos.

Style of Photography

Wedding reportage/ photojournalist

images are captured spontaneously to emphasize moments and emotion and present the story of the day.

By using available light or on-camera flash rather than using traditional, formal posing techniques and studio lights. This gives you time to enjoy your day, with everything going on this helps limit further stress and time as the shooting techniques we use minimizes posing and scene manipulation. We are as unobtrusive as possible while capturing the reality of the event with little interference. We focus on finding moments during a wedding that happen naturally, rather than setting up portraits.

This informal style of wedding photography is much more than snapping candid photographs. The craft requires a strong sense of composition, lighting and timing. We also Enhance some or all images as per your requirements including glamour wedding shots ( depending on scene). We still provide the traditional formal wedding portraits and some posed shots of yourselves if you so wish, however these can be limited for just group shots of friends and family.

Formal/ Traditional/ classic photography

Traditional wedding photography provides for more classically posed images and a great deal of photographer control and interaction on the day of the wedding. However this requires more time for the photographer to capture all the photos required. Please take this into consideration when booking photographers time. (Please also be aware of limitations imposed at venues such as by registras and in a church with flash photography, during the first dance etc)

During the reception after the cake cutting and such is done we are not likely to repeatedly ask you to pose for this or that photo because we know you want to have fun and visit with family and friends. On the other hand, if you grab your best friend and ask the photographer to take a photo, that’s what it’s all about! You are the boss.

Tips for the big day event

1. Prepare a list of Extra special shots you may require, in advance of the event (we arrange this when making a booking with us). Remember we will normally take all the standard photos per event anyway, so try and limit your list to the must haves, as we are going to be following you around, until we get all the photos you require.

2. Although not essential it is advisable to assign a member of the party to assist the photographer with who is who at weddings and special events (and contact number at hand incase he can not be found on the day). This would usually be a Relative, Friend, Best Man or Bridesmaid to ensure that the photographer is directed to key individuals whom you wish to have photographs taken.

3. The photographer will also take extra photos of the event as you require and to fit your time schedule. "Great wedding photography takes time. Make sure you always add time, taking into consideration the unexpected (which does happen), we suggest if you need 4 hours for example, make it 5. (This also depends on the style of photography you require).

4. Be sure all parties of the wedding know when and where they are supposed to be for pictures. This will also avoid the situation of wasting valuable time waiting for a distracted mother-in-law or a confused groomsman :).

Allocating sufficient time for photographs to be taken at the Event / Portrait sessions or at the Wedding, will also give the photographer time to prepare e.g Cutting of Cake, Speeches, getting together the right groups for each shot and preparing the area for photos etc... We will work with the you to come up with a 'shooting schedule' for the big day.

5. Be aware of distractions from other keen digital photographers. All your guests may have digital cameras and would want to take photographs, you should give the main photographer precedence over your guests in order to take the photographs you require from the Event.

6. Please note that there are sometimes limitations and rules imposed by registrars, ministers and venue management as to what can and cannot be done. For example some ministers insist that no flash photography is allowed, and others will insist that the photographer shoot from a specific location. It may be best to make yourselves aware of the rules of the venue concerned and if necessary negotiate with the indiums concerned. Most Hotels, reception and registry offices will have these rules displayed or when your signing the agreement for payment. In such circumstances please let the photographer know in advance.

Our procedures for booking with us

Contact us firstly to check if we have a photographer available on the date of your Event (A suitable date for portraiture must also be made in advance).

We will then proceed to find out details of what you require from our photographers, such as time, venues and whether you require photographs or a CD etc..(don't worry we will help you here when calling). You can be as Flexible as you like.

A price is normally given over the phone according to your needs & requirements.

For further information regarding our products and services and to give you a rough idea of pricing and what we can offer as packages see our Prices guide and the relevant sections there in.

We also offer a FREE Consultation and advice regarding your event (No bookings are made during this time). We help you select the style of photography you want - from Formal to Reportage, Traditional to Modern Storybook & Glamour style weddings, arrange a schedule, whether you’d prefer a cd/ dvd or photographic prints, album or book, colour, sepia or black and white photos; with or without frames or a mix of everything. Planning a wedding can be so stressful but we can offer some advice here too, we will work with you to give you what you want and a price for your photography to make you happy. Remember however that we do not take any bookings during this time, our aim is for you to get a better understanding of how our services can work for you. This will ensure that you are happy with our photographer before proceeding and normally only take bookings once you are completely satisfied.

Upon receiving a Booking deposit normally 10% or min £50 a package planner is sent to you which includes everything you have requested.

Nearer the date: We also meet with you again at least a month prior to Your Wedding or Special Event to finalise schedules and times for the days photography or anything else you might want to add. This will also help build our relationship so you are comfortable with our photographer on the day.

We like to develop a rapport with our clients before the big day, so you feel at ease when being photographed.

Final balance Paid.

On full day photography bookings we can also arrange with you prior to the day of your Event to visit the venue for the best areas to take photographs.

We hope the above tips have helped and please feel free to call us on 020 8350 6591 or (+44) 07870 941 833 if you require any further information with regards to our Retouching photo services, tailor made package prices or advice.





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