Camera Ready: Tips to Plan for Your #WeddingPhotos

Getting ready for your wedding portraits is one of the most important parts of planning for your wedding day. You will keep your photos forever, even if you don’t keep your dress, your bouquet, or your shoes! Here are some tips for planning your wedding portraits so that both bride and groom will be picture-perfect when they tie the knot.

Skin Secrets

The appearance your skin and hair will have a lot to do with how well your wedding pictures turn out. Of course all brides and grooms want their skin to be clear and healthy and their hair to look well styled or arranged.
Be sure to use an effective acne treatment, if you need one, for several weeks before your wedding to ensure any breakouts have cleared. Use makeup to cover any scars or blemishes and use pressed powder to conceal shiny areas of your face to avoid glares. Some people also choose to cover their tattoos for their wedding portraits.

Hair Helps

Keep your hairstyles simple and classic. The bigger the hair, the more distracting it is. After all, you don’t want to detract from the main purpose of your wedding portraits. Make sure you hairstyle won’t be dated in a few years. You want to be sure your wedding pictures look as timeless as possible.

Jewelry Joy

You might not think the jewelry and accessories you wear, such as earrings and necklaces, could make that much difference in your wedding portraits. However, large, bright or shiny jewelry can be really unflattering in the finished photos. This, of course, applies to both the bride and groom. Consider taking out that big gold hoop or eyebrow ring for the most important photos of your lifetime. Stick with pieces that are simple, hold special significance and don’t distract from the overall portrait.

Teeth Tips

Your smile should light up your face, and show off how happy you are on your wedding day. The condition of your teeth will also have a huge impact on your finished wedding portraits. If you have yellowed teeth, a lot of visible, dark colored fillings, or other dental work that needs to be addressed, you really should get this seen to before your portraits are taken. According to a family Utah dentist, whitening programs can be finished in just a few weeks. Visit SmithFamilyDental.com to find out how other natural whitening techniques as well.

Lip Love

For really great smiles, you’ll want to ensure that your lips are moisturized to avoid cracking and peeling. Once you have applied lip balm, put a layer of subtle gloss or lipstick over the top. Keep your lip balm handy for touch ups during your portrait session. Don’t do any color that will be too dramatic for your color photos.

These are just a couple of the things you can easily do to make a huge difference in your wedding portraits, ensuring that you are camera ready on your big day.

The author Brooke Chaplan is a guest blogger and can be reached at brookechaplan@gmail.com.

More Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Photographer – #wedding

Hardy 3How do you find the perfect photographer? There are different methods used to figure out how much to budget for the photographer but that doesn’t guarantee you will find the perfect one by looking only at your budget.  I photographed weddings where the bride spend half of her budget on the photography and others where I was a tenth of the budget. This only gives you an idea on how the importance of photography varies from client to client.

Here are some tips on choosing your wedding photographer:

  1. Google – Of course this should be a great resource to find everything you need for your wedding- but beware! All the photographers listed on, let’s say the first 2 pages, tell you one thing and one thing only: ” I am an expert on how to work this search engine”. The photographers you like and the ones who secure your perfect wedding photo with a lot of experience may be further in the back of your Google search result. So go there and give them a chance.
  2. Wedding consultants – Here is a great approach to help you to plan your perfect wedding day. All the photographers a consultant will refer to you are pre-approved and within your budget. The only decision you have to make is whether you like the person or not. No trial and error involved.
  3. Photos – This is an obvious one… of course the photos will tell you who is good and who is not, but is this enough for you to make a good decision? I don’t think so. Think about this: The photographer will be the person who spends more time with you on your wedding day than your fiancée. You need to have a great rapport with the photographer to get the best pictures. Make sure you LIKE the photographer and feel he will take directions from you and remember to get the shots you give him on your shot list.
  4. Questions about the equipment – Tools are important. I have to admit I always have a little smile on my face when I see those photographer websites: “What is in my bag.” You find all this stuff they carry around. The questions that always comes is: How do they get all this equipment fast enough from point A to point B, when the wedding couple is moving? If this photographer has to leave his equipment somewhere to follow the couple, will he/she more worried about the equipment being stolen or how to get the best photo of you? Don’t judge a photographer by his equipment, take a good look at his/her photos.Hardy 5
  5. Friend’s referral – You have seen him/her work at your friend’s wedding. That is probably the best resource you can have. You see everything; how he/she works, you will see the photos after your friend’s wedding is over and you get the inside scoop on how the photographer handles the work on your friend’s album. I don’t think there is a better way to find a good photographer than a personal recommendation.
  6. Advertising in magazines – Many photographers use ads to get their name out and you should start here to find one. I can see the fun, you just got engaged and now you are sitting with all your girlfriends, a bottle of wine and a bunch of wedding magazines in your apartment planning the big day. Here is a thought; every town has this one restaurant everyone is talking about, but you just can’t find it. They don’t have a website, they don’t advertise. When you finally get the phone number to make reservations, you are informed that they are booked out for the next three weeks. How does this work? Good service, great products and a good name does not need advertising. People start talking about it. So listen to your friends, they might have name for you.
  7. Meeting with the photographer – “10 questions to ask your photographer when you meet with him the first time.” Oh, we vendors love those forms in the magazines. Sometimes I’m tempted to write an article: 10 tips on how to find a good wedding magazine! Believe me these forms wouldn’t be one of them. Don’t get me wrong, those questions are a start but they won’t tell you anything about the photographer. We all know those question catalogs and we all have the answers ready for you. Please ask new questions, personal questions which are important to you and your event. Bring your mom and your fiancée to the first meeting. I always encourage my brides to bring their fiancées and their moms to the first meeting.
  8. Slide shows during your wedding reception. This point is a big one. Let’s be frank: You hired a wedding photographer and not an entertainer for the wedding reception. Here is another inside scoop for you: Those instant slideshows at your reception have only one purpose for the photographer: advertising! I don’t think you would like the DJ having a big banner hanging across the dance floor with his name and phone number on it, so why would you want a table in the room, surrounded by half of your guests, with a laptop in the middle playing photos of your wedding?
  9. Uncle Harry – May I introduce to you America’s busiest photographer: Uncle Harry is still in business and his name stands for all the friends and relatives who have a camera, like to take photos and offer the wedding couple their help. We thank you for that Uncle Harry, but No Thank You! We want to be sure uncle Harry has the same fun time at your wedding as does everybody else in the family. Your wedding day is the story of two families joining together and a story about love and emotions. Do you really want this to be documented by someone with no experience? Uncle Harry has the tendency to only photograph his family side. He does not know the other people at your wedding, so they are not important to him. The time will come when he will ask himself the question: Do I still need to be the photographer, or can I change to be a guest? I promise you he will decide to be a guest. Photos from the cake cutting will be taken from his table. Too bad that you didn’t hear him calling you to turn around and smile into the camera. The details of your wonderful decor, Uncle Harry didn’t think that this was important to you, so he wouldn’t waste any time on photographing it.
  10. Hardy 9 It’s your day, your show – The documentation of your day should be the photographer’s priority number 1. Hire a photographer with this in mind and not just be there to fill up his portfolio. Let the photographer be “the fly on the wall” who tells your amazing wedding day story. The best complement I received from a client was “your photos showed me the most wonderful moments of my wedding day I didn’t even know that I had them”. This is what wedding photography should be all about.

 

About our guest Author

Colorado Wedding Photographer, Hardy Klahold is pleased to bring you this article on choosing the best wedding photographer for you. If you are interested in seeing his work, be sure to check out his website at http://www.hardyklaholdphotography.com/.

 

Preparing For Your Big Day: 5 Photographer Tips To Keep In Mind

The big day is approaching fast, and you want everything to be perfect. In the excitement and stress of planning the big details of the wedding, there are some logistical things that are easy to overlook. Wedding photos are a big part of the process, and the afterglow of a beautiful day can be spoiled bad pictures. So here are 5 photographer tips for you to consider:

Choosing Your Photographer

Choosing the right photographer is important to getting the look and feel you want from your photos. Online photography blogs and websites for local photographers will give you a good idea if the photographer’s style matches your own. Make sure you meet with the actual person doing the photography before the wedding; photos are much better with someone you trust.

Get Plenty of Rest

There’s no rule that says you need to overdo it the night before. You’ll find yourself more relaxed, more photogenic, and better able to cope if you call it a night a little early on the eve of the ceremony.

Photo-Readiness on the Day

Aside from getting enough sleep and and staying relaxed, it’s important to be well-groomed. This is no time for home hair cuts; your wedding photos are something you’ll want proud to display for years to come. A professional hair cut, manicure, and shave or trim are in order. They’ll not only help you look great, they’re very relaxing. White teeth are essential for a great pictures. Professional cleaning or whitening gives you a radiant, wedding day smile. The professionals at Drake Dentistry in Charlotte recommend getting your teeth whitened for a brighter smile. Make sure to book your appointments well ahead of time, professional whitening may take several visits. Try to schedule your final visit for a day or two before the ceremony for a fresh, clean look .best-teeth-whitening

Dare to Be a Little Different

Standard wedding photos are beautiful and traditional, but there are some new traditions that will help you get better photos. One new trend is the “First meeting” photos, and they’re a great opportunity to help you and your betrothed relax and enjoy each other and the rest of the day.

The best photos of any event occur when the subjects are relaxed and natural-looking. You’re put-together, looking great, and you’ve hired a professional photographer whose vision matches your own. Smile bright, relax, and let the day happen. Even those inevitable quirky little moments add to the memories you’ll take with you into your life together. The planning is finished, enjoy your big day.

 

 

Our guest blogger, Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

How To Find The Best Photographer For Your Special Day

You’ve already decided on tablecloths and little shapes for your napkins. Choosing a wedding photographer, however, is a bit more time-consuming. With so many studios and freelancers clamoring to capture your big day, how do you look past the lens and know which one is right for you?

Here are a few tips for choosing a the best photographer for your wedding day.

Choose A Photo Style

The easiest way to find a good wedding photographer is simply to flip through portfolios until you see something you like. But what if you don’t have time for that?

Start by narrowing your search and focusing on a particular style. Different photographers specialize in different areas, like outdoor weddings versus traditional settings, black-and-whites versus color photos, etc. Some studios like Lasting Expressions do them all. It doesn’t really matter what you decide to focus on so long as you have that focus: Construct a detailed vision of what you want your wedding photo album to look like, then search for a portfolio that matches it.

Know Your Limits

Once you’ve found your niche, you can eliminate more options by setting a price range and deciding the extent of your required services. How much of your wedding budget can you set aside for the photographer? Will you be asking for physical prints or just a CD/film roll? Do you only need someone for a few wedding portraits, or do you want them cataloging every step of the rehearsal, reception and ceremony? Can you afford it?

Meet The Photographer

Be sure to actually meet your photographer in person before committing to their services. They’ll be sticking to you like glue during the most important day of your life, so you’ll want your personalities to mesh! You can also take the opportunity to really hash out the details of their employment and re-negotiate any complicated points.

Know Who To Avoid

Don’t ever hire a relative! Not ever! Just don’t do it!

You should also watch out for anyone who has an insanely busy schedule. They’re either overworking themselves, which means they won’t be at their best for you, or they’re handing off events to assistants and associate photographers.

Seek Unbiased Opinions

A good way to vet any potential photographers is to figure out what previous customers have to say about them. Don’t trust the reviews on their personal website; look for third-party ratings and rankings. The best review anyone could give goes something like, “I was having (X) problem but my photographer managed it efficiently and got my portraits back on track in a minute!”

You should also be wary of photographers recommended by your venue or wedding coordinator. They may, in fact, be great at their job, but chances are high that they’re paying to be networked and endorsed by other industry professionals.

100_2018Trust Your Instincts

You can’t be sure how your pictures will turn out until you actually have them in your hands, so choosing a photographer is by necessity an act of faith. Once you’ve browsed, classified and analyzed all your options, all that’s left is to go with your instincts.

They led you to your spouse, after all. They can lead you to a wonderful wedding photographer as well.

And once you have found the perfect photographer, make sure to give him a list of the shots you want him to take. One great shot is a picture of your wedding invitation bring it to your engagement session or have some at the wedding venue.

Choosing the Best Wedding Photographer for you

Hardy-1Part of the wedding planning process involves finding someone that is going to be able to capture the entire day in the way that you want to remember it by. A wedding photographer is well trained in their expertise and they understand the importance of professional photography for your special day. However, not every wedding photographer is going to be the best for you as every person has a different wedding style and personality that requires a photographer that understands their style. Here are some tips for choosing the best wedding photographer.

Style

You should have an understanding of what the style of photography you would like for your wedding. Every wedding has a theme or style with it – whether it is something such as a country theme, black and white, formal, or a more laid back style that shows your goofy and outgoing lifestyle. By knowing what the type of photography you want to have you are going to have a better understanding of what to expect from your photographer and they will know what you want from them.

References

Once you know the style you desire, ask around for some references of photographers that friends, family, and colleagues recommend. You can also go online and search for photographers, then look at samples of previous work they have done. See how their work compares to the type of photography you would like to have.Hardy-8

Meeting

After you have narrowed down your options to a few photographers after seeing their work, set up a meeting with them to get to know them in person. You will want a photographer that is going to be easy to get along with, be willing to flow with your wedding day and also is professional. You do not want a photographer who might show up late or act unprofessional on your wedding day.

Agreement

Once you have settled on someone, write up a contract that you both agree on, including the date and time they are needed, the pricing, and the types of photography that you desire. Keep in touch with your photographer for the whole time up until the day of your wedding to ensure they are still going to make it and that you are not left without a photographer on your wedding day.

Your wedding is a day you want to remember and have excellent photographs that capture your day. Having a professional photographer that you are able to get along with and who understands your desires is going to make your day more hassle free as you create those long-lasting memories.

Hardy-9About the Author:

Colorado Wedding Photographer, Hardy Klahold is pleased to bring you this article on choosing the best wedding photographer for you. If you are interested in seeing his work, be sure to check out his website at http://www.hardyklaholdphotography.com/.

 

 

How to choose a photographer for your wedding

69-YZPhotography-300x300 Your wedding album is a photographic record of perhaps the most special day of your lives. It’s certainly something that you’ll want to cherish forever, but more than that it becomes an important part of your family history which can be passed down to your children and their children. Memories can fade over time, but photographs endure; that’s why choosing the right wedding photographer is a decision you have to get right. So what is the best way to make your choice?

Well, as with any big decision or purchase, you need to do your research thoroughly and shop around for the best deal. But of course when it comes to your wedding photographer, it’s not all about getting the best price. The best deal will not only come at a price you can afford, but it will deliver the style and quality of photography that you’re looking for too. Wedding fairs are a great way to look for a wedding photographer as you’ll be able to look at several at the same time and view their portfolios to see if they’re to your taste. If you can’t make it to a wedding fair, you could search online or go by personal recommendation, but no matter how you find them, make sure you ask your wedding photographer to show you several complete albums so you can verify that their standard is consistently high. Choosing a photographer whose style is fairly traditional is best as gimmicky shots will quickly date, so keep it classic and timeless.
It’s vital to book your wedding photographer well in advance. The best photographers are constantly in demand and could be fully booked for a year or more. Arranging your photographer early also gives you a chance to get to know each other and plan your shots to that everything goes smoothly on the day.67-YZPhotography-183x300

Once you’ve found a wedding photographer it’s essential to nail down the budget. Now as we’ve already said, you’re not looking for the cheapest package as quality is paramount. However, you do need to understand exactly what you will get for the agreed price and what will cost extra, so you need to check up on certain key information:

  • How many images or how much of the photographer’s time do you get?
  • Will the photographer retain copyright on the images? If so, you’ll have to order any reprints through them so how much will they cost?
  • How will the images be supplied? Many couples like to have a copy of their pictures on disk or on a website for easy sharing with guests. Are there additional charges?
  • Do they have professional indemnity insurance in the event that anything goes wrong?

Above all when selecting your wedding photographer you need to feel comfortable with them and know that they understand exactly what you want from your photographs so that when the big day arrives you can be confident that they’re going to deliver an album you and future generations can treasure.

63-YZPhotography-300x199Our guest blogger today is from the UK:

Cheryl Luzet (cheryl.luzet@wagada.co.uk) 0 www.yzphotography.co.uk/weddings 

Yakir Zur is a wedding photographer in Hertfordshire who captures your special day for you to treasure forever.

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