Wedding Tips - Wedding Lush » Photography and Video Wedding Ideas Thu, 09 Dec 2010 11:53:59 +0000 en hourly 1 Choosing a the Right Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding Tue, 07 Dec 2010 13:55:43 +0000 galleca The amount of people these days who will try to market themselves as a photographer is amazing. Many brides have discovered that sadly, the photographer they hired who was supposed to have years of professional experience, was only a 'casual' photographer who hadn't even taken any professional wedding shots in his or her life.

To find the right photographer, follow these steps so that you know that you will end up with some beautiful pictures that you and your groom will love looking back over for years to come.

Who did your Friends Use?

Know a friend who got married lately' Like the pictures that he or she had done' Then why not try to book the same photographer' Photographers thrive off of 'word of mouth' marketing, especially since there is so much competition in the field. If you know that they have done a good job before, then they will probably do a fantastic job again.

Check their Samples

Make sure that the photographer you choose actually has sample shots of wedding photos in their portfolio. An album full of flowers and artistic photos may be nice and all, but wedding shots are a bit different than taking pictures of a lily. Wedding shots require creativity, knowledge of positioning, and they have to have a quick eye so that they can get those impromptu wedding shots taken fast.

When do you Want the Photographer?

To pay for the photographer for the entire day will probably be quite expensive. Some of the times in which you may want your photographer present are:

  • As the bride is getting ready
  • The ceremony, particularly the 'kiss' and signing of the Marriage Certificate
  • The bride, groom, and wedding party shots after the ceremony, and before the reception (or pre-reception)
  • During the reception
  • The 'after party' once the meal has been served

Read the Contract

One thing that a lot of brides and grooms don't do is actually read through the contract. They will take the vendor's word for what they think they will be getting, only to then sadly discover on their wedding day that what they thought they were getting was not in the contract.

All basic contacts should include:

  • The amount of time the photographer will be at your wedding
  • If they will be at the ceremony, the reception, or both
  • How much per hour you will be paying the photographer
  • How many shots you will be receiving after the wedding, if they are color or not, and in what time frame you can expect the pictures to be delivered

If you discuss any other details, such as if they will be doing any videographer work for a reduced fee or even for free, make sure that that is penciled into the contract; otherwise there is a good chance you won't get what you asked for. Remember, the contract is the agreement to what services you will be getting; if the service isn't on there, then you probably aren't going to get what you thought you were getting.

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Do I Really Need a Videographer for my Wedding? Wed, 01 Dec 2010 19:04:21 +0000 galleca what actually happened on that day after the day is done! From all of the moving around you do, to all of the people you meet and all of the different events that take place, it's no wonder that brides and grooms completely forget what has even happened on that special day! If you don't want to miss out on the small details, there's a good chance you have already looked into hiring on a videographer to film your wedding day so that every single special moment is caught on camera. But do you really need one?

My Friend will Do It

Sure, your friend will film your wedding. Yep. And they'll take pictures too ' at their own convenience. Remind yourself that your friend is there to have a good time too and that he or she will become preoccupied and busy catching up with friends and family who are also undoubtedly at the wedding. Because of this, a lot of 'friend' videographers will miss out on special events, leave the camera on so the batteries die, and chances are they won't be using a tripod so all of the footage will be very shaky and vomit-inducing. Not exactly the best you can do for your wedding day now, is it?

Remember, if you do consider having a video taken of your wedding, you should probably have the job done right. This wedding video is going to be something that you, your children, your grandchildren, and possibly generations later will be watching, so make sure it's of decent quality.

But I'm having Pictures Done

Having a good photographer is number one in almost every brides books, and justifiably so. But this doesn't mean that you shouldn't also have a videographer who is of quality too. The videographer will catch those touching moments that a still camera can't, such as hearing your wedding vows or the smiles and tears you share during the ceremony. A lot of photographers do also offer videographer services, so ask them before you hire them on about what they can do for you and how much it will cost. Which leads us to'

So how Much is a Videographer?

It's not cheap. If you go for a professional videographer, take into consideration that for them to even become a videographer that they had to sink $20 000 into equipment, training, and they have spent numerous years perfecting their skill. If you go the professional way on your wedding day, you will have two cameras with separate operators. They tend to shoot for 5 hours or so at a time. So take those two cameras, both with 5 hours of footage, and understand just how long it will take the videographer to edit and put together that raw footage so that it tells a continuous story of the wedding day. Expect the amount you pay to be at least the amount you would pay a well-paid 40 hour a week worker in an office

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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer Sat, 27 Nov 2010 10:30:14 +0000 galleca Your wedding may only last for one day, but photographs last a lifetime. This is why it is important that you choose the best photographer that you can find (and that fits in your budget!). Seemingly everyone is a 'photographer' these days, but very few will produce quality pictures that you will be proud of years down the road. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of photographers there are to choose from, here are some things to bear in mind when choosing one:

Experience: Just what is this photographer's experience level' Not only that, but you will also want to know what their experience level with weddings is. Is this something that the photographer does for fun' Or is it how they support themselves' This will help you determine just how serious they are about their craft.

Personality: Once you speak to or meet the photographer, what did you think of the photographer? It's important that you choose one that shares your vision and that you know will capture images that you will want to keep.

Style of Photography: Some photographers do a whole array of different styles, while others only specialize in black and white, or color. Make sure that if you want black and white, color, or a mix of both that you specify this when you contact the photographer. They will be able to tell you exactly what their style is, and hopefully show you a portfolio of their work as well.

Dress: It's important to have the people who are working at your wedding appear professional. The photographer probably does not need to wear a tuxedo or a fancy dress, but it would be nice for them to be wearing professional attire.

Delivery Time: Another thing you have to consider is just how long it may take to have your photos back. Ask them how long it would take for any proofs that you may want, especially if you plan on using them for thank you cards. Some photographers will have top quality photos to you within a week or two whereas others who do this more casually may take up to three months or even a year!

The Package: Most wedding photographers offer some sort of package. Do you actually understand the package that they are offering' If not, ask for clarification. If you want something that isn't included in the package, or if you feeling that something that is in the package is unnecessary, then see if you can make substitutions or receive that package at a reduced price.

The Price: Though no one enjoys talking about budget, when it comes to your wedding you must take budget into strong consideration so that you can be sure you do not end up in debt at the end of your wedding. If the photographer you love is within your budget, there isn't a problem. If they charge too much, see if there is any way you can have them lower the costs and still get what you both want and need.

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How to Find the Best Wedding Photographer Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:44:51 +0000 galleca Photographs are forever, which is why you find a wedding photographer who will be able to fulfill your every desire on your wedding day. There are a lot of wannabe photographers out there who may own the right 'lenses', but there is a good chance that they do not know how to use their equipment properly to make you and your wedding party look their best, or they just don't have the experience to capture you at your most intimate and special moments on this wonderful day.

Wedding photographers can cost any amount of money; it's all about how much you are willing to pay and the services that you receive along with the price that you pay. Here are some tips on how to choose the right wedding photographer for your wedding.

#1: Skip on the Relative unless they are a Professional

A lot of relatives will tell you that they will take 'great' and 'beautiful' pictures of you and the wedding party on your day, but that doesn't mean that you will find them great or beautiful. It really is a worthwhile investment to pay for a professional photographer to come into your wedding and take the shots, unless your family member is a professional photographer.

#2: When looking at examples of photographer, Go for Creativity

Wedding photography is often said to be one of the most difficult types of photography known to man. Why? Because these photographs are not being taken just to catch your 'good angle'; these photographs are supposed to tell a story and show a great amount of emotion along the way. Wedding photography is a whole lot more than posing and putting a smile on your face!

#3: Where can I Find a Good Wedding Photographer

The best place to find anyone to take care of your wedding is to call up someone who has done a good job on someone else's wedding you know. If a girlfriend got married recently and you loved the pictures that her photographer did, give them a call! The photographer lives for references such as these and will be more than willing to accommodate your needs.

You can also check out bridal magazines (though these tend to offer the most expensive photographers of the bunch which may not bode well for those on a tight budget), call up wedding planners, check out newspapers or even go onto online classified websites to find photographers in your area. Most photographers also have websites that show examples of their work so you can get a good idea if what they do before you contact them.

#4: If you Like the Work and the Price, Sign the Contract

One of the biggest mistakes that brides and grooms make is not signing any contracts when they find a provider that they like. If you love the photographer, set up a contract with them! Most photographers already have contracts that you can sign all laid out and ready for you. If you don't sign on the line, you are not guaranteed to have this fantastic photographer on your important day.

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Make Your Own Wedding Photo Books Sat, 01 May 2010 09:07:28 +0000 admin Wedding photo books are a memory of your wedding that you and your significant other will cherish for the rest of your lives. Traditionally it is a gift that’s passed on to the happy couple by a member of the wedding party, such as the Maid of Honor, or another member of the bridal party. For those of you out there seeking to make your own, take a look below for what’s involved.

Plan Ahead

If you want to end up with complete wedding photo books, it’s necessary to attempt to attend each event that precedes and proceeds the event, along with the wedding itself. If the book will be a gift, but you weren’t able to get photos from the shower, and Jack & Jill, you will need to have a hook up to pass photos on to you (a partner in crime so to speak). Don’t make this a last minute thing; where you run around after the fact asking everyone you can if they have suitable photos. Instead plan well in advance and either have someone take photos on your behalf, or make sure you clear your schedule for the events surrounding and up to the big day. Wedding photo books will not only take time to put together, but you may find that the photos you’re left with don’t fit the “image” you want for your awesome gift.

Naturally, the more involvement you have from friends and family of the couple — the better the end result will be. Your “Partner(s) in Crime” can help facilitate the extra details, such as saving trinkets and decorative aspects of the wedding, while you concentrate your efforts on choosing and arranging the layout of the photos to be used. As things progress try to capture memorable quotes from family, special things the bride and groom say to each other along the way, along with anything else that ends up feeling relevant for use in wedding photo books.

Packaging the “Material”

This may be your very first time considering the layout of wedding photo books. If so, look online, check out your parent’s/friend’s photo books from their wedding. It can get pretty overwhelming once you get everything in front of you, then suddenly get gripped by the realization that this is someone you love and you don’t know how to move ahead. It can get hectic wanting to please your special friend, or family member and give them a memorable gift. Whatever you use for inspiration, just remember they will appreciate your efforts regardless of how it turns out.

Hit up a local paper shop, or do some research online to find materials that are known to be long-lasting for wedding photo books, or buy a ready made template book — these can be had much more cheaply online, if you plan ahead for shipping, etc. It’s a commonly used idea to include invitations, wedding plan, and even a copy of the wedding certificate if you can manage.

Final Thoughts

Making wedding photo books for friends or family is really quite easy. It won’t likely feel that way at the time, but once you’ve “made delivery” you will feel like a million bucks, for the memories you’ve captured. So enjoy your special project, it’ll all be over soon enough.

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Getting Creative With Your Wedding Photo Ideas Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:50:31 +0000 admin Wedding photo ideas aren’t hard to come by. After all, weddings have been taking place forever. If you and your spouse want to have creative and unique ideas to remember your special day, it’s important to think “outside the box”. Now the big day is fast approaching and you have to come up with something to capture your love.

Why make your wedding plain and just like everyone else does it? Instead, try to come up with a creative idea to wow your loved ones, and capture the day in a memorable way.

What is a safe way to be creative?

You are probably trying to think just how creative your wedding photo ideas can be, without “crossing the line”. This is “your” wedding day. But weddings tend to be traditional, and most of your guests will expect to see certain traditional things at your wedding. Most likely, parents and future in-laws will expect some pictures of your wedding that are traditionally recognized. Make sure even if you two have a a few creative wedding photo ideas, that you include some traditional ideas so the “older” folks aren’t left disappointed.

*E.g., its a good idea that you two have a few pictures taken with each other with your respective families including: parents, grandparents, grooms, and bridesmaids.You’ll also need to include pictures of the actual wedding ceremony. Besides those consideration, you can start to think of “out of the box” and creative wedding photo ideas to make you stand out from the crowd.

Another great idea that isn’t used too often is changing the backgrounds in your photos…

If the two of you are having a “themed” wedding, think of a background that’s unique to use in your wedding photo ideas. The majority of photographers have ready access to unique backdrops, and can bring a few to the wedding to use in your photos. Maybe the two of you are having a “Star Trek” themed wedding and will want some backgrounds that include solar systems, and other-worldly scenery. While “Star Trek” has lost some of it’s popularity–you get the idea. Just ask your photographer, you will be surprised what they can offer you when you ask the question.

Even if you are not including a theme in your wedding, you can still make use of creative wedding photo ideas in your backdrop. For example, if the two of you like to ski, include a snowy mountain in your background. If your vacationing in Cancun, make an exotic tropic beach part of the backdrop setting. You can instantly create the impression of being at the beach, getting married with all of your family there with you.

As you can see…there are so many ways to be different with your wedding photo ideas, and still keep a traditional feel. It’s great to be able to look back and laugh, while still being able to feel the love you had for one another on your special day. Creative ideas need not cost insane amounts of money–most photographers will include the backdrops of your choosing at slightly higher costs–you can even alter them yourselves.

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How to Find a Wedding Photographer Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:19:53 +0000 admin There are a few ideas and a number of tips that you should always keep in mind when choosing a wedding photographer. While some people try to save money when it comes to this step or think that they can start planning their wedding photography late, the fact is that the photos from your big day will be something you keep and cherish forever. That is why you should take choosing a photographer seriously and try to find the best one as early as you can.

You should always ask to see a photographer’s full portfolio of a wedding rather than just giving them the chance to show you their best pictures. By looking at the album you should be able to get insight into the entire wedding and determine if the wedding photographer was able to tell a story with his pictures. You also want to make sure that there is a lot of variety when it comes to the types of pictures that were taken and you also want to look for photographers that do not just use the same old traditional pictures over and over again.

Be sure to ask the wedding photographer how much experience they have when it comes to weddings and how long they have been in the business. Once the more awkward pictures are out of the way you can start to delve deeper into the style of the photographer and find certain pictures they took that you love. You also want to find a wedding photographer that offers a number of different packages and gives you the chance to customize your order in order to keep you satisfied during all of the planning.

The most important thing that you can do is choose a photographer is pick one whose style you like and whose pictures you enjoy. You do not want to pick someone based purely on their reputation or because of a recommendation, especially if they do not offer a package you want or a style that you picture your wedding photos being in. You should always find a photographer that you can relate to and that will offer help in ensuring that all of your dreams are achieved on your special day.

Understand that many wedding photographers are excited about building up their portfolio and they can often end up taking over on the wedding day. These are the types that you want to avoid as you need someone carefree, easy going, and who is able to switch things up and keep things entertaining.

Finding the right wedding photographer is a very important part of wedding planning and will go a long way into building the type of memories that will last a lifetime. You are going to look back on your wedding pictures for years to come and you want them to reflect your wedding theme and personal sense of style above anything else. The right wedding photographer should be able to do that and more.

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Making the Most of Wedding Photography Fri, 02 Apr 2010 12:36:50 +0000 admin Pictures and photos are usually the single best thing you have to look back on in order to remember your wedding day, which is one of the most important days in your life. That is why you will want to find a photographer that specializes in wedding photography and make sure that you do not end up taking the cheap way out. Sure you may be tempted to save money by skipping out on wedding photography or having someone in your family take the pictures, but a few years down the road that is a decision that most people regret.

In order to make the most of your wedding photography it is important that you seek out your photographer early and give them a list of must have pictures that you have always imagined in your head. Just be sure to still allow room for the wedding photographer to be creative in order to allow them to make the most of all of your pictures.

Make sure that your photographer has a lot of experience with wedding ceremonies and receptions and is capable of communicating with other vendors on your wedding day. They will be in charge of bringing it all together so you definitely want to make sure that you hire the most professional photographer you can.
Many brides do not realize that one of the first things they should do when planning a wedding is to take care of their wedding photography. A lot of the best photographers are booked a long way in advance and that is especially true if you are planning a wedding in the spring.

You can start your search for the perfect wedding photographer by asking for recommendations from friends and family that already have been through the wedding planning process. You can even ask them to see wedding pictures and try to find a photographer that does great wedding photography that way. Aside from friends and family, there are many other people that can recommend photographers such as caterers, florists, wedding planners, and managers of popular venues.

Choosing the person who will be taking your wedding photography is a big decision, but it does not need to be a stressful one. As long as your do your research and start the process early you will be well on your way to having memorable wedding photography that dreams are made of.

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