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Wedding Tip: Should you go Traditional or First Look?

June 17th, 2011 No comments

There is an excellent article written on the first look by EverLastDetailblog.com, you should read the article it will help you decide. To me, as a photographer, the big advantage of the first look is that ”You will have created spectacular images that you can enjoy for the rest of your life”, also the images can be however you want them, and easier to capture emotions better in a controlled or more beautiful setting. Another advantage is the stress factor, the first look is less stressful for the bride and groom if done “first look” style in a beautiful garden, versus the traditional way done in the church at the altar. As a photographer, you can schedule more time for creating those special images for the bride and groom AND also do it traditional style when the bride makes her first appearance at the entrance. To me, it’s better to do first look & traditional!!! A great article, enjoy the read!!



Image from Laurie & Benjamin’s wedding

Wedding Tip: Some Couples Tell Guests to Put Down Their Devices.

June 13th, 2011 No comments

When I came across this article it really hit me because I see it all the time. Almost everyone wants to be a photographer these days, and people just can’t help themselves with taking pictures, even with the worst cameras in the world, they try to take pictures of everything they see. For whatever reason, I have no idea.. But almost everyone is connected to social media these days and almost everyone has some kind of camera (Digital camera, 35mm film camera, point and shoot digital camera, cellphone camera, etc.). With so many cell phones and smart phones out there, wedding images are uploaded instantly to Facebook and other social media sites! Even in a lot of churches, priests make an announcement to not use cellphones or cameras to take pictures and no flash during the ceremony. A lot of “photographers” complain about it, maybe they are jealous or whatever but as long as they don’t get in my way and block me from doing my job, I honestly see nothing wrong with it. As a professional, I am quick and I can usually plan where to position myself before the shot happens, so wedding guests with their cameras don’t really bother me unless they are standing where I need to be to get my shots. This does occasionally happen (most often during cake cutting or family photos at the church) but I have no problem politely asking them to move out of my way, and usually when they see my huge camera and my bulging biceps they have no problem moving out of my way!! haha :) For those persistent people that make it their goal to be annoying, a little friendly nudge and kick in the butt might be needed!! haha jk ;) But yeah, if you are hiring a professional to document the day and he/she has a free photo gallery for all of the guests to see and enjoy the professional photos for free, it’s a no brainer, tell those uncle bob to put down the camera so every picture that the professional takes of of him won’t be blocked by the camera up to his face..! haha

The Off Beat Bride (click here) has an excellent article with HILARIOUS pictures that are 100% REAL, I have seen stuff like this in my years as a wedding photographer.. This is well worth the time to read, very entertaining stuff here and there are a lot of excellent points made!



Image taken from offbeatbride.com, Image by Photo by Nora & Troy at Aurora-Photography.com

Wedding Tips: 8 Wedding Expenses You Should Never Skimp On

May 14th, 2011 No comments

I found this article on WeddingStand.com – 8 Wedding Expenses You Should Never Skimp On. The article makes some pretty good points, and interestingly the #1 thing that they list is Wedding Photography.

“#1. Wedding Photography. Do not hire your friend because she took one photography class. Do not give all your guests disposable cameras and hope for the best. Wedding receptions tend to be dark, busy, and complete nightmares to photograph. It takes the skills of a professional to correctly capture those memorable moments. You put so much time into your wedding and no matter how you feel now, you will want pictures to look back on later.”

Very true, very true!


Try getting an evenly lit shot like this with your friends point and shoot camera or guests disposable camera!!! HA!

Image from Kelly & Tony’s wedding

Wedding Tip: Saving Money on your Wedding Day!

January 22nd, 2011 No comments

Ok so there are many ways to save money on your wedding day. And I constantly think of more ways to save money, so I think this post will continue to grow and grow as I think of more things, instead of making multiple blog posts about this… I will probably eventually organize this nicely too, but for now, here’s all of my thoughts in a nutshell..

Your wedding venue may have decorations already!!! Ask them if you can borrow them.
This is much more effective than buying something new for your wedding that you will never use again.
But watch out, some higher end wedding venue’s might try to charge you top dollar to “rent” their decorations, where it might be better to spend a couple extra dollars just to buy it so you can have it forever..

Use your framed family pictures, that’s some free decorations that will catch people’s attention and they will be a conversation piece..
Moms and dads, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grand parents etc… These images really add extra closeness, warmth and emotion to your day.

Another way to save a bit of cash is your wedding venue.
The location you select can seriously affect your budget.
Instead of a catering hall, you can opt for a less expensive venue.
A beautiful back yard
Fire Hall
Public Garden
Community Center
VFW
Barn
Winery
Historic Building
Restaurant
If you do have your heart set on a particular venue, opting for a Sunday or even a weekday is an alternative route to have your dream venue at a lower cost.
Also, there is a 90% chance you will be able to negotiate an even lower price during the off season (December, January, February)!!!!

Cutting your guest list is definitely the easiest way to cut wedding costs!!
And if you take my advice and do a Sunday, Weekday, or Off-Season wedding this might be easier than you think!!!

Never buy anything with the word wedding in it. I heard this advice before a loooooong time ago, it’s kind of common sense but it has been said many times and passed around forever. If you can find an alternate product, you will be saving money, kinda like buying generic stuff. It seems items such as “wedding shoes”, “wedding dress”, “wedding invitations”, “wedding cake”, etc.. have an inflated price just because the people who sell these things know that people go crazy for wedding stuff…

Wedding Tip: Wedding Invitations Made Easy with the Help of Google Docs

January 21st, 2011 No comments

Does the thought of gathering email addresses for all of your wedding guests make you want to cry!? It is a difficult part of the wedding planning process, but Google Documents helps to make it easier! Watch this video on how you can use Google Docs to send out a form to all of your friends & family to complete. This will make your life and your wedding tasks much easier! And best of all it is FREE!!



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