Archive for 'Photography'

by Jasen Arias of Studio Moirae

(photos by Studio Moirae)

We all know that wedding  trends are moving targets, and the photos are no exception. Brides are no longer content with the traditional images with her family and new husband. Wedding photography trends are on the move and starting to include requests for more of an edge and focus on fashion. Images  can often take more time out of your special day. Unfortunately there are still only 24 hours in that day and there is still nothing that can be done about what time the sun sets.  So let’s look at how your day might potential play out.

8:00 A.M.: Your wedding day starts out bright and early. The ceremony is at 5pm so you can catch the 6pm sunset in your photos.  Since the reception starts at 7pm, you have more than enough time to celebrate with the 150 of your closest family and friends. Everything is timed perfectly with room to spare. You have checked with all of your vendors, your friends and family are all accounted for, this is going to be a perfect day.

9:30 A.M.: Friends and family start showing up to start the excitement of your day. Before you know it, you have had breakfast and you are on your way to an 11am hair and make-up appointment. Your photographer shows up at noon to catch all the excitement as you transform from bed-head to stunning bride in just a few short hours. It’s in that moment you hug your mom, your best friend and realize that in roughly 2 hours you will be walking down the aisle to start a new journey in your life. Now is the time to get in your dress. The photographer catches every angle, every moment, every emotion.

3:30 P.M.: You and your fiancé decided beforehand that you wanted to do a first look with the photographer. You are anxiously sitting, dreaming and tapping while you wait for your photographer to tell you it’s time. As you walk around the corner, you can see the future standing in front of you. His hands clasped together, giant smile on his face and the hint of a tear in his eye. It was a perfect moment and you have the perfect photos to remember it by.

4:00 P.M.: You have to be done by 4:30 to get ready for the ceremony so you sneak in a few formal portraits with your bridesmaids and groomsmen. The ceremony goes off without a hitch. A few tears, a few laughs and a load of moments to remember. You are running 10 minutes late, but what wedding doesn’t run a little late at some point. After all, you can’t rush Grandma.

5:50 P.M. : You walk back down the aisle. Trying to avoid your guests so you can catch the 6:07pm sunset, crazy Uncle Frank grabs your hand to give you a hug and tell you a short story about his wedding. You look at the sun and check in with your photographer who tells you that you still have 15-20 min after the sun goes down to get the sunset photos. You still have to get family photos and a full bridal party portrait. You remember telling both sides of the family to be available for photos directly after the ceremony, so no problem. As you gather the group, you see good ole Uncle Frank grabbing refreshments for everyone at the bar. You can tell his hands are full so you send your brother to help him. On your brothers way back he gets stopped by his best friend who steals a couple drinks out of his hands. You’re kinda starting to freak out, but then tell yourself…”relax, it will all work out”.

6:25 P.M.: You are wrapping up those family photos. No time for that awesome bridal party shot you wanted. You now only have 7 minutes of orange tones left on the horizon, so you and the photographers rush to a perfect spot where you can see the sky. Just as the color fades from the horizon you get one nice pose and a couple clicks. Not quite what you wanted and you start to worry about the photos you missed. What is your album going to look like without those images. Is there that iconic image you will want enlarged. What about the artistic shots of just you and your husband. Oh no! Dang that Uncle Frank, my Brothers best friend AND Grandma! This is their fault! If we only had another 20 minutes, this would have been perfect! Then you look over at the photographer with different type of tears in your eyes. That is when they tell you not to worry and remind you that you booked a “Day After” shoot. Once you remember that, you exhale with a huge sigh of relief. Your red eyes look happy again, and you realize you can get all of those images you wanted. . . . .and more.

6:45 P.M.: The planner approaches to tell you that you have 10 minutes till the DJ announces the bridal party. The excitement returns to your evening as you think about getting some food, refreshments and dance moves. No worrying about photos. . . .now you only hope that those new shoes don’t give you blisters before the night is over. Cuz you are rockin those glittery kicks and they are NOT coming off.

All too often brides are forced to decide between having a sunset ceremony or sunset photos. Most of the time couples cross their fingers and try to time it to allow for both. This not only rushes and adds stress, but can also leave them disappointed with photos or moments they didn’t get. Definitely not the way anyone should feel at any point during their wedding day and especially not after walking down the aisle. That’s why we are starting to see couples opting for a “Day After” shoot. Allowing you not only to wear that fabulous dress and glittery kicks again, but it’s a perfect opportunity to take as much time as you need to get all of those incredible bridal portraits you dreamed of. No stress, no time constraints and no Uncle Frank. You have so many more options as well. Do you take additional photos at the same venue or if you had another special location. This is the perfect way to add an additional set of images to that incredible wedding collection that you always dreamed of and will now always have.

 

By Garrett Dauphars

1.  Hire a professional photographer who specializes in weddings. Experienced photographers know how to handle all the challenges that may come up on your special day such as odd lighting, difficult guests, and limited time schedules.  It’s also important that you trust your photographer and pay attention to their direction.

2.  R-E-L-A-X and go with it.  Some brides dislike the formality of posed shots, but in years to come, you’ll appreciate being patient.  Candid photos of the dancing, drinking and such, rarely get hung on a wall or featured in an album.  Professionally posed photographs will be treasured forever.

3.  SHARE.  Share with the photographer anything special you and your fiance want captured at your wedding.  This may be a sentimental item, a meaningful location, or even a specific pose.  Also, be sure to notify your photographer of any special events, guests, or surprises you have planned.

4.  INTRODUCE.  Introduce the photographer to someone who knows both of your families and friends.  This will make it easier for you and your fiance when the photographer is setting up the shots on your photo list.

5. ORDER NOW.  Order prints/albums now.  You may think having the CD of your images is enough, but print ‘tangible’ products will last forever, regardless of technology.  Ask your photographer to show you what types of products they offer to preserve your memories forever.

 

by Garrett Dauphars

Wedding photography can be one of the most difficult decisions in your wedding planning; let’s face it, we all know how the venue looks, did the food tasting, and picked the flowers we like, but the photography, that is the real mystery.  We don’t get to see it until AFTER the wedding… yikes!

Years of tradition and experience have proven that a professional wedding photographer can be one of the best investments for your wedding day and will pay its dividends for many years into your future.  Professional photographs can be likened to “memory insurance.” AS the years go by, you will be able to remember the people, evenets and moments like only a visual image can provoke.

First and foremost, ensure you hire a professional.  You want to do this for many reasons, some of which may not be immediately apparent.

VISION AND STYLE.  Every photographer has a slightly different vision and style.  Your photographer should talk to you and your fiance prior to the wedding to ensure he/she captures exactly the images that mean the most to you, tempered with his or her own technique and vision/style.

SERVICE.  Another often overlooked benefit is service.  Your photographer is a service; he or she is there to serve YOU and YOUR needs, and to make your life easier.  You are paying not only for the images, but for their time and service on your wedding day.  Add to that the countless hours spent processing your images, creating albums and you can see the value that professional photography can bring to your wedding experience.

PORTFOLIO.  When it comes time to select a wedding photographer, review their portfolios and find a style you like.  Contact the photographer and get more information to make the best decision to fit your needs and budget.   Ensure they are a qualified, full time wedding photographer and that they will serve your needs the best.  After all, it is YOUR moment and YOU deserve it.

So when it comes to wedding photography, tell your loved ones and guests to leave their cameras at home.  Let them enjoy the celebration with you and leave the work to the professional that you hire to serve your needs best.