Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Choosing your Wedding Photographer

The most important thing to remember is, Photographs are your lasting reminder of your wedding day. They will remind you of the atmosphere of your wedding, your dress, family, and guests. They will be on display in your home, and are a record of the most special day of your life for you to look back on.

Find your photographer

It is vital to find a photographer who is experienced and aware of the requirements for your special day. You need to feel  sure that the photographer you choose will take photographs showing the heart and soul of your wedding and be able to make you and your guests look fantatstic.

There are many photographers available to you. Photographers are a varied breed specializing only in weddings or doing weddings only as a sideline. Some do little or no advertising, others advertise in many places. A good place to start would be to make inquiries with the selected photographers that appear in the local paper in your town. You may also consider asking friends and family for recommendations. It is also worth trying your local camera club to see if they have any members who are wedding photographers.

There is a professional list of Wedding Photographers to which some photographers choose to belong that publishes a list of it’s members. Although it is not an full list of wedding photographers, it can prove a useful reference point if you are struggling to find a suitable one.

Making contact

Once a firm date for your wedding is decided, you can begin contacting photographers to see if they are available. It is worth starting your search for a photographer early, as the better ones are booked up quickly. It is vitally important that you view a photographer’s work before you book.

A good tip is to invite a few people to come with you when you visit a photographer, especially if they have a hand in paying for the photographs. The presence of a parent, bridesmaid/best man or friend will help you to keep a clear head and give you advice on the appearance of the photographer and his work.

Decide what you want

You need to have a clear idea in your minds of what you expect your wedding photographs to be like, or at least some idea of style or specific shots required.

Would you like traditional or more journalistic style of photographs?

Do you want exclusively formal shots?

Would you like portraits of special people taken at home on the morning of the wedding,

Would you like a confetti in the air shot, and do you mind if this is staged rather than spontaneous?

Do you want color, black and white or sepia, or a section of them all?

Know what to ask for.

There are a number of things to look for when you examine the work of a photographer.

Ask to see complete albums of photographs from two or three weddings.

Do you feel that the album tells the story of the whole wedding?

Do the  pictures of the couple differ from each other: some close up, some mid distance, some full length?

Are the groups shots  group shots well organised?

Ensure that the person is the centre of focus in the picture rather than the background.

Make sure you can  detail in the pictures: of the dress, the cake and the flowers

Would you feel happy owning your version of the pictures you are shown?

Questions to ask

Remember, it is important to discuss all of your needs with your photographer. They will do a  better job of your wedding photographs if they are conscious of your hopes for the final outcome. Make a list of your wants and likes.

Here are some important questions to ask the photographer.

Ask if the person you are meeting will be the person there on your wedding day.

Ask how long they have been a photographer, and how long they have been taking photographs of weddings.

Ask if the photographer has professional indemnity insurance to cover the cost of retaking your photographs if something goes horribly wrong.

Find out how long the photographer spends taking their shots after the ceremony and/or at the reception.

Ask how the photographer copes if the weather is not good.. Here it will help if the photographer has worked at your wedding and reception venues previously and knows the local area.

When making a booking

Having found a photographer that suits your requirements you need to discuss a price for the job. You will find that you generally get what you pay for and the more experienced photographers are likely to charge more, but this is not always the case.

Make sure you ask each photographer to quote for the same job otherwise you will not be able to compare quotations. There are  variables in the cost of a wedding photographer: how long you want the photographer to be in attendance, the approximate number of photographs taken, the number of shots to be included in the package that is presented to you and the type of album the final photographs will be presented in.

Finally, make sure the photographer explains their quote and tells you of any extras that may be involved in advance.

Elements Of Wedding Ceremony Music

Elements Of Wedding Ceremony Music


Elements Of Wedding Ceremony Music

When planning your wedding ceremony music, a common questions wedding planners receive is, “How many songs to be performed during the ceremony and where should they go?” There are no hard set rules and there is no wrong way to do it. The following is a useful set of guidelines you can use while planning your wedding reception music.

Prelude – music performed prior to the beginning of the wedding ceremony, while arriving guests are being seated. For the prelude, you may select a pianist a guitar player or a string quartet. The music played in the prelude is more often than not instrumental.

Common classical songs include:

“Air on a G String” by Bach
“Ave Verum Corpus” by Mozart
”Water Music (Air)” by Handel
“Serenade” by Schubert

Processional – music performed while the wedding party enters the wedding ceremony site. The processional is meant to announce your arrival. The guests will stand as you make your way toward the center point.

Common processional pieces are:

“Canon in D” by Pachelbel
“Concerto in D Major” by Vivaldi
“Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke
“Wedding March” by Mozart

Ceremony – music performed for the duration of the ceremony.

Songs frequently used are:

“Coronation March” by Walton
“Ode to Joy” by Beethoven
“Trumpet Tune in C” by Purcell
“Triumphal March” by Grieg

Recessional – music performed as the wedding party leaves the ceremony site. For many, this part of the ceremony is considered the most exciting. You’re husband and wife. All your ceremony guest will stand as you make your way out of the gathering place.

There are many choices for this music and some songs include:

“Brandenberg Concerto No. 4” by Bach
“Exsulate, Jubilate” by Mozart
“Rigaudon” by Campra
“The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi

Postlude – music performed as the guests exit the ceremony site, which is normally the same music played during the prelude.

Regardless of what music you choose, be sure they can be performed by a traditional musical instrument such as piano, organ, guitar, or flute or harp.

The Basic Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

The Basic Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer


The Basics – Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

The Basic Questions

Do you have my date available? NOTE: Obviously, if the answer is NO and you’re not willing or able to change your date, don’t bother asking the rest of these questions.

How far in advance do I need to book with you?

How long have you been in business?

How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?

How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)? NOTE: It’s helpful to know the differences between wedding photography styles so that you can discuss your preferences with your photographer.

How would you describe your working style? NOTE: The answer should help you determine whether this is a photographer who blends into the background and shoots what unfolds naturally, or creates a more visible presence by taking charge and choreographing shots.

What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?

Do you have a portfolio I can review?

Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?

What type of equipment do you use?

Are you shooting in digital or film format or both? NOTE: The general consensus seems to be that either format yields excellent photos in the hands of an experienced professional, and that most people can’t tell the difference between film and digital images anyway.

Do you shoot in color and black & white? Both? Infrared? NOTE: Photographers who shoot in a digital format can make black & white or sepia versions of color photos.

Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?

Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session (along with other photos the couple provides) and show it during the cocktail hour?

What information do you need from me before the wedding day?

Have you ever worked with my florist? DJ? Coordinator, etc.? NOTE: Great working relationships between vendors can make things go more smoothly. It’s especially helpful if your videographer and photographer work well together.

May I have a list of references? NOTE: The photographer should not hesitate to provide this.


Avoid Wedding Nerves Weight Gain

Avoid Wedding Nerves Weight Gain

If a bride tells you that she’s not worried about fitting into her wedding dress, then she is probably lying. While the stress of planning a wedding can cause a lot of women to forget about eating, others find comfort in nibbling a little more or can’t find time to exercise and increases wedding nerves.

The result is a wedding dress that needs to be taken out, rather than in at the final fitting. And every bride fears this.

Keeping your dress

When it comes to staying in shape, you need to think of a few things before weighing yourself constantly. First of all, your health is number one at this time. You are under a lot of pressure, so you need to make sure that your body is able to handle it well.

To do this, you will want to find some way to incorporate exercise into your life. Of course, you might laugh and wonder where you’ll ever find the time, but know that you should. Even if it’s just fifteen minutes a day, you need to walk, run, bike, whatever.

Exercise creates stress resistance. You’ve heard the expression of blowing off steam by going out for a run, well it works. Not only are you creating a great distraction for your body and mind, but you’re also strengthening your body for any added pressure.

Of course, burning calories is always nice.

Watching the nibbles

Mindlessly nibbling is the quickest way to gain weight. And even though you don’t have the time to prepare the healthiest of meals, you may want to consider healthier choices. Finding salads with low-fat dressing is good, but overall, they’re not very filling. You can actually go to the drive-thru and get a burger; it just shouldn’t be the biggest one on the menu. Choose the plain hamburger and a salad—it’s a quick and filling meal.

You will want to watch the sweets for a while. These can cause you to want to eat more and that’s the last thing that you want.

When you’re having your fittings for your wedding dress, you will want to be honest about what you can wear. Just because you want to wear a size six dress doesn’t mean that your size ten body is going to magically shrink to accommodate you. Be realistic about what you’re going to be able to wear and tell the person who is altering the dress if something is too tight.

You don’t want to be an uncomfortable bride now, do you?

Choosing a Destination Wedding Photographer

Choosing a Destination Wedding Photographer

Choosing a Destination Wedding Photographer

Many couples get so caught up with planning all the obvious details of their wedding–such as the cake, the wedding decorations, the gown and gifts for members of the wedding party–that they often overlook the importance of selecting the right wedding photographer. It’s important to remember that the photographer you choose will be responsible for capturing the moments and memories of what may be the most important day of your life! With this in mind, you’ll want to take great care in selecting a wedding photographer considering there are no second chances.

As you might imagine, wedding photography is one of the most challenging types of professional photography. The wedding photographer has to make everyone look beautiful, shooting in a multitude of locations in all kinds of weather conditions–and accomplish all this in minimum amount of time. At the same time, your wedding photographer should have the personality to complement you on your most joyous day. Take your time and follow some of the simple suggestions discussed below, and you will most certainly be satisfied with the outcome.

Where Do You Begin?

Personal referrals or asking friends, relatives and co-workers for suggestions, is a great place to start. Typically, people who have had positive experiences with photographers are more than willing to share that information.  In addition, you’ll already have some insight about the photographer’s personality before you actually meet.  After compiling a preliminary list, visit each photographer’s web site and thoughtfully review his or her online portfolio. If a portfolio looks appealing you, chances are, that photographer might be a good fit. Next, call or email each photographer on your list.  Through this initial contact, you can determine the photographer’s availability, the type of work they specialize in (candid or traditional) as well as an estimate of the cost and what you’ll receive for that fee.

Schedule appointments with the photographers who seem most appropriate and ask to view their portfolios in person and discuss more details. Ask each of them to show you a complete portfolio of a single wedding–this will give you a much clearer sense of what you can expect than a collection of choice shots from several different events. Pay attention to whether the photographer is adept at portraying individual expressions and personalities. Ideally, these meetings should include the bride and groom as well as the bride’s parents since you will all be interacting with the photographer.

What Questions Should You Ask?

Be sure to write down all of your questions beforehand, and take thorough notes during the meetings. Although most professional photographers will provide you with a clear outline of their services and fees prior to your meeting, you will, in all likelihood, still have a large number of questions to ask. Remember, the more information you have, the more confident and relaxed you’ll feel on your special day.  The following are some questions, courtesy of, you may wish to consider asking:

•How will you show me pictures for selection (e.g., electronic, proofs, contact sheets, online gallery, etc.)?

•Will you help me choose the final pictures?

•How will you make it easy for friends and family to order reprints?

•What are the costs of the various levels of coverage?

•Are there different degrees of coverage?

•What is your photography style; photojournalistic, traditional, mixed, etc.?

•How much for the duplicate prints, albums, folios, enlargements, thank you cards, etc.?

•What’s your time frame for preparing the pictures for my selection?

•How about engagement session?

•How long do I have to make up my mind as to which pictures I want and how many?

•How long have you been in business?

•What kind of guarantee comes with my hiring you?

•What’s your philosophy for photographing weddings?

•Will you have an assistant?

•Do you have travel fees?

•How much is your overtime fee?

•What do you plan to do at my wedding to make my wedding photographs unique and personal to me?

•Do you have a backup?

•Will you be shooting my pictures personally?

•Will you use film or digital?

•What’s your payment policy?

•Do you give any guarantees on your services and photographs?

•What is the possibility of the pictures fading?

How Much Will It Cost?

The following are some points, courtesy of, that will help prepare you for what you might expect to pay for your wedding photography:

•Plan to allocate a significant portion of your wedding budget to ensure photographs are perfect. Expect to spend at least $1000 on a professional wedding photographer to document your event. Albums and prints are usually extra. Other extras that may increase your bottom line include additional hours, additional photographers, custom albums etc. etc. Add on too many extras – and your photography budget could quickly creep to $5000 and beyond!

•Cut the extras and purchase a basic wedding photography package from a skilled photographer. By paying for the photographer’s expertise only, you will ensure great images – and you’ll buy yourself some time to save up for the custom album and prints after the wedding.

•Get the proofs! To that end, try to find a photographer who will let you keep the proofs. Many photographers consider themselves to be photographers only – artists not in the business of selling photographs. After the big day, they’ll hand over your proofs and be on their way. They’re yours to keep – you can print them in any manner you please or save them for printing after you’ve saved up some cash.

•Enter the digital age with digital photography. It’s less costly than film, and with technological advances in equipment – digital images are no longer a sacrifice in quality. Many photographers have taken the digital plunge – which results in savings for you!

•Cut the timeline…the longer your event, the more it will cost to document it. Since photographers often charge based on the number of hours they will spend at your wedding, a shorter/smaller wedding celebration will yield big savings in your photography budget.

Making a Commitment

At this point, you should have a relatively clear idea of which photographer is best suited to capture your wedding day memories. Once you have made a decision, be prepared to leave a deposit to reserve the date. You may still wish to reassure yourself by asking about a few final details. For example, find out what the photographer’s policy for wedding-date changes is and what the alternatives are if he or she is not available on the backup date. Also, ask about their policy for an unexpected cancellation. If you feel the photographer is right for you, then relax and make the commitment with the confidence that you’ve made a well-formed, intelligent decision in planning the most important day of your life.

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