Sunday, 16 December 2012

What questions you should ask your prospective wedding Photographer

What questions to ask your prospective wedding photographer

If your Wedding Photographer wont or is reluctant to answer these questions is he/she the one for you.....

Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer probing questions so that you are happy that he/she is the right person. It is one day of your life and there is only one take. No retakes, and no going back.  Here is a list of some questions that you should always ask a photographer -
How long have you been in business?
The images on your site, are they models from a course, or real weddings?
Do you have public liability and professional indemnity insurance?
Will you be on your own, or with an assistant?
Will it be you that takes my wedding photographs?

Have you photographed at this venue before?
How much will it cost for reprints/extra pages in the album/parent albums/frames?
Will I be able to view my pictures on-line?
Will my website gallery be password protected?
How do you back up your files?
Do you have a back up plan if you break your leg on the morning of my wedding?
Are your albums digital, or traditional prints?
Can I view a gallery from one of your previous clients?
Do you do engagement / pre-wedding shoots?
When do we pay?
Are there any hidden extras?

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Lauren and Richards Beautiful Frosty Wedding at Wynyard Hall

As promised here is the beautiful wedding of Lauren and Richard at Wynyard Hall. We had a lovely day at Wynyard Hall with Lauren and Richard, the couple were married in the Wynyard Chapel and it was a lovely service, the temperature was lucky to be more than 2 degrees but we still had a lovely time, if you notice the lake was partially frozen!!
Lauren had a beautiful vintage style wedding dress, this a is a lot more from their lovely day.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Local Heroes Marquee Hardwick Hall

Just a few photos taken of the Local Heroes Evening at the Hardwick Hall Grand Marquee last night.
This was before the event started...

Monday, 3 December 2012

Mobiles and Uncle Bobs at Weddings


As the old saying goes,
getting married is one of the most important days of your life....

Walking down the aisle or
waiting at the altar is meant to be a time to connect with family and friends to share the joy.
Imagine, then, being confronted by a sea of smartphones and cameras held in front of the faces of those you hold most dear.
The aisle littered with all manner of tech gadgets recording your every move, while Aunt Ruth stands reticent in the corner with her SLR and telephoto lens.

Our desire to document everyday life increases with each passing moment, so it's no surprise that it is becoming ever more difficult to separate our online existence from the real world.
We have always wanted to participate in a wedding by taking a photograph of the happy couple, but an increasing number of guests are using their own equipment — whether that's a smartphone or an actual camera — to document the day in a more extreme manner. Does this scene sound familiar to you?

I have noticed a trend in over-zealous guests going overboard with taking photos at weddings over the past 18 months. Thanks to the lower barriers to entry for owning an SLR, everyone has the potential to see themselves as a professional photographer.

"I am actually more aware of these guests, as they tend to interfere without realising it, as they have never shot a wedding before or worked alongside other professionals,"
"When there are already two videographers and two photographers at a wedding, adding a fifth person trying to get an angle can make things difficult for those hired to document the event."
Apart from getting in the way of the professionals who are hired to document the day, do potential brides and grooms want their guests to spend the whole day glued to a smartphone or camera screen rather than experiencing it first-hand?

Unplugged weddings.

Over the past few years, a new trend has started to emerge in wedding etiquette. Couples who are frustrated with their guests devoting more time to their smartphone screens rather than the day itself are now asking for "unplugged weddings".
It's a phenomenon where the bride and groom request that their guests leave their smartphones in their pockets or at home, holding back the temptation to share proceedings on social media as they happen.
This year I have had four Brides and Grooms request specifically ask for guests to avoid tweeting, Facebooking or Instagramming their wedding altogether, so that they can share their special moment with the rest of the world at a time of their choosing, not while they are still eating the wedding breakfast!
The worst I ever saw it was one guest who had come in late to the ceremony and promptly kneeled at the front of the couple in the aisle and just off to the side. She stayed there for over five minutes with her iPhone taking video, and I could see the stressed looks on the bride and groom's faces. I have also had guests literally shoot over my shoulder, and another who moved an unmanned camera on a tripod to get his shot,
Certainly, there are benefits of going "unplugged", which include your guests experiencing the event with their own senses rather than mediated through technology. But it's also to help control what the outside world sees. Managing social-media profiles is becoming increasingly important for anyone with an online presence.

Social media has created an addiction for many people to constantly be connected to their friends and family through the events they attend and the things they see.

So many people take photos just so they can post to Facebook, and not necessarily to have a captured memory. I think this is highlighted even more at a wedding, because the bride and groom may not consent to their guests posting photos online before they have had a chance to do so themselves.

Couples book us because of the high-quality wedding photographs we produce, so it's always a concern when someone not hired to document the event takes matters into their own hands ... one way for them to reach their guests about not bringing cameras or completely switching them off during the ceremony is to mention it on their invitations.

If it's too late for that, then the perfect way is to have the celebrant or priest make an announcement before the bride arrives.

Inevitably, it's up to the couple to decide just how they want their ceremony to pan out, with or without the aid of guests as photographers and video makers. But it's definitely safe to say that today's weddings look totally different from ceremonies held only 10 years ago, as we tweet, Facebook and Instagram our way through living memories.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

How do you choose your wedding photographer

How to Choose the Right Wedding Photographer for you!!

Everyone wants their wedding to be perfect, from the cake to the flowers. It takes a lot of time and planning to pick the perfect dress and tuxedo and the caterer. It's a day that will last in your memory for a life time and to keep that memory fresh, it's important to choose the right wedding photographer.

When you budgeted your wedding, you might not have realised how expensive wedding photographers can be. Some of them charge by the hour and for distance travelled. Before you book with the first one you come across, do a lot of research.

Many wedding photographers offer different packages, so that they can stay within most price ranges. Naturally, the lower priced packages will include fewer pictures. Other factors involved are the size of the pictures and whether you want them in black and white. Go over all of the packages that the various wedding photographers offer and decide what pictures you can do without. Do you really need the photographer to follow you around and capture every second? This will help you save a lot of money.

Another important thing to consider is how many copies you want. Many couples like to have a small picture to include in thank you cards. There are also both sides of the family to consider as well as friends, so make sure you have an accurate figure in mind when ordering the number of copies. You will also have to choose how long you want the wedding photographer for. There are many pictures to be taken of the bride and groom and the wedding party. This should take about 90 minutes, so make sure you choose a package that will include enough time with wedding photographer.

When you choose your wedding photographer, you want the best one available. Get referrals from friends or family members. This can provide a measure of comfort. Make an appointment to see several wedding photographers and be sure to view their work. 
Don't just look at the portfolio of their best work. 

Ask to see pictures that are not included in the portfolio, so you can get a better sense of their work.

Once the day is gone, it's gone forever so you only get one shot at the pictures. 

Take your time and don't be pressured into buying their services until you are sure that they are going to do the best job for you.

Despite doing the best research and choosing the most recommended wedding photographer, there's always the chance that something can go wrong. This is where wedding insurance comes in. Since wedding pictures are so expensive, having the insurance will protect you in case the pictures are flawed, because you won't have to pay the wedding photographer. It's good to have this insurance because no matter how well you plan, there's always the chance that something could go wrong. You might suffer from not having pictures of your special day, but at least you won't have to pay for ones that are not what you wanted.

Lauren & Richards Lovely Wedding Wynyard Hall

We had a lovely day yesterday at Wynyard Hall with Lauren and Richard, the couple were married in the Wynyard Chapel and it was a lovely service, the temperature was lucky to be more than 2 degrees but we still had a lovely time, if you notice the lake was partially frozen!!
Lauren had a beautiful vintage style wedding dress, this a is a little taster from the wedding more to follow...