Hiring A Destination Wedding Photographer

It’s hard enough finding a wedding photographer that’s right for you, let alone gambling on a stranger from another country. If your wedding photographer doesn’t speak English well, you could be in serious trouble when problems arise.

Although the memories of your wedding are likely to last a lifetime, how will you be able to reminisce on the most important day of your life if your photographer falls through? For members of the family who can’t make it to the ceremony, what will you show them? Sometimes it pays to play it safe and stick with what you know – that’s where destination photographers come in.

Package Deals

Paying for a photographer from home to follow you across seas can be exceptionally expensive, so see if you can get a package deal out of them, at a fixed price. Get this sum as low as possible because you’ll be paying for a shed load of extras: accommodation, transport, air fare…and that barely scratches the surface. Agree what you’ll pay for beforehand, or you’ll be in for a nasty surprise when the bill comes through.

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Be Kind To Your Photographer

Treat your photographer as a guest. They may be expensive, but they’re carrying out one of the most important jobs of the evening. Encourage them to have the occasional glass of bubbly and relax. When it comes to accommodation, set them up with the rest of the guests, rather than in some nearby dive.

Digital Copies

Ask your photographer if they deal in digital or film photos, as X-Rays from luggage security can damage rolls of film. Not ideal. Also see if you can keep several copies of the day’s photos – obviously you’ll want your photographer to go through every single one and bring them up to scratch, but if you have copies, should the worst happen, the originals are safe.

Get To Know Your Photographer

Have the same photographer take your engagement photographs and build up a relationship with him or her; you’ve got to like this person and their pictures, as he or she will be effectively tailing you for days. Inviting your photographer to spend time with your family will ensure a personal connection – a fast way to get fantastic pictures.

Fly in your photographer with the rest of the party. He or she will need a few days to acclimatize to the country and get inspirational juices flowing. If country house wedding venues are your thing, he or she can visit the ceremony location and start planning photo ops. Use these extra days to take plenty of pre-wedding photos to flesh out your album.

Snap Them Up At The Right Time

Plan to book your photographer on an ‘off season.’ Prices will be cheaper, as it’s likely that your photographer is struggling to get work.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are all prime wedding days, so if you plan to fly on the Monday and get your photographer back for Thursday, you could argue that you’re not impeding on the photographer’s work schedule. Cheaper prices, yay!

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Alternative Ways to Capture Moments That Last Forever

Of course, a wedding is very important, and at times it gets very serious; you are pledging yourself to another human being for the rest of your life after all. However, the moment that you want to capture forever should have more smiling faces than stern faces in it. It’s a celebration, and thus, it should show up as such when you look back in 20 or 30 years from now. Sometimes it can be an afterthought, because hiring a photographer to captivate your special day, isn’t as important as all the other things that actually, make the day possible. On the other hand, it could be something fun, interactive and very personal. It isn’t just about capturing the dress, the moment the bride and groom meet at the altar, it’s about the friends and family, the joyous occasions with the children and making the best out of looking your best, that matters.

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Video vlogging

You could give the responsibility of capturing the day to a few of your closest friends and family. Modern retail video cameras are very high quality and have the ability to store a ton of footage onto their SD cards. You can easily switch out a card, and put another in, and within seconds, resume filming. Vlogging the entire day from multiple angles is a very, very personal approach. It’s the inside view of the entire wedding. You’ll get to see what your friends and family were doing when you were getting your hair ready. Instruct the wedding vloggers to go around and do interviews with the guests, and ask them what they think about the lucky couple, the party they put on and reminisce about old times. Even though you as the bride will technically be, behind the scenes, while the guests are the audience coming to see you, the truth behind the scenes is all the cogs and gears in the form of organizers, who should be filmed too.

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Fun photography

A wedding is essentially a big party and the celebration of love. After you take your vows, the serious part is over, and now it’s time to have fun. You may never look this good again, with a lavish white dress and perfect hair and makeup, so strike the poses you want with Booth Boy. A booth-style photography is a great way to get that fun mood and vibe going. It captures all the friends and family while they let their hair down. There are props you can use and much around with a bit of role play. There are many different backgrounds, colors and lighting styles you can choose from to suit the current party mood. It’s a much more informal way of capturing the day, and not as serious as professional wedding photographers.

Capturing the moment can sometimes be a bit fake when you’re doing so with a traditional wedding photographer. It’s a lot of forced smiles and standing up straight and being perfectly still. There are alternative and more personal ways to capture your happy day, which show the true atmosphere and love you share with family and friends. You’ll look back on that day of fun and flair, while also reminiscing about the different personalities that were on show at your wedding.

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The Wedding Photos You’ll Want in Your Album

Your wedding album is supposed to be a beautiful reminder of your big day, and that’s exactly what it should be, but so many brides and grooms neglect to have shots taken of some of their most special moment, perhaps because they’re not considered that important at the time, or simply because they don’t think to do so. This is something you should avoid if you want to be able to look back on cherished memories from every part of your wedding day.

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With that in mind, here are some wedding photos you might not have thought of, but which you will definitely want in your album:

The Getting Ready

Getting ready for the big day is one of the most exciting moments of your wedding. The anticipation is mounting, you’re surrounded by your nearest and dearest and it’s your last few moments as an unmarried bride or groom, so document it! Get pictures of you having your hair done or the groom and his guys doing their ties up – trust me you’ll treasure them just as much as that picture of you kissing at the bottom of the aisle.

Your Wedding Dress

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Before you put it on, get the photographer to take a picture of your wedding dress in all its glory. Sure, you’re going to have hundreds of photos of you wearing it, but if you have one of just the dress, when you look back at it in years to come, you’ll remember how you felt seeing it in the shop for the first time.

The Groom’s Accessories

Artfully arranging the groom’s accessories (tie, button, etc.) and taking a few shots of them will do the same for him as seeing a picture of your wedding dress will do for you and it also makes a great arty shot to put up on the wall too.

Your Wedding Rings

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Having the photographer take a nice close-up shot of your wedding rings is a must for any happy couple. Have him, or her take one photo of your rings separately where you can see the detail and one of you holding hands with both rings visible as a symbol of your love.

The Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is such a traditional, not to mention beautiful, part of the wedding that it would be a shame not to get a few artistic shots of it both with and without you holding it. You might also want to have your bouquet pressed and framed, so you can keep it as a memento forever if you aren’t fussed about throwing it to your single friends.

Pre-Ceremony Shots

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Most brides and grooms have their photographer concentrate on capturing the wedding ceremony as it’s in progress and the reception as the day goes on, but very little time is given to the pre-ceremony proceedings. Traveling to the venue, walking to the church, crowds of loving family gathering for the big event – these are all things that deserve to be captured as extensively as the actual wedding itself.

Which less common wedding shots did you have taken? Which are your favorites?

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Achieving The Image Of Perfection On Your Big Day Made Easy

If there’s ever been a day when you want everything to look perfect, it’s your wedding day. Appearances are pivotal as you bid to create those magical memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. Knowing this can pile on the pressure, but there’s nothing to stop you achieving those goals.

The key is to make everything feel manageable. Here are five killer points to focus on. Get them right, and your big day will be even more spectacular than you imagined.

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#1. The Look

The big day is all about the happy couple, which is why you both need to look your best. The wedding dress and suit are the most important outfits that and bride or groom will wear. Knowing that they are perfect will give any couple a boost in self-confidence.

Makeup and grooming rituals are important too. Meanwhile, the special guests including best men and bridesmaids should also look the part.

#2. The Venue

When picturing the big day, most girls picture their dream building or backdrop. Whether it’s a church, a temple, or a beach doesn’t matter. This one element sets the tone for everything ahead. Visit https://www.weddingwire.com/c/fl-florida/fort-lauderdale/wedding-planners/15-vendors.html to find more about planning this aspect early on. Let’s face it; the longer you leave it, the harder it’ll become.

In addition to the esthetic, you need to think about the location. If it isn’t accessible for the guests, you should probably consider an alternative solution.

#3. The Décor

The venue itself provides solid foundations. However, it’s still important for the loving couple to stamp their authority on the big day. Finding a theme for your wedding brings everything to life. Moreover, it aids with the color schemes and additional decisions.

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Combining traditional elements with modern twists is often preferred. Meanwhile, you can use things like previous holiday destinations to guide things forward. As long as it provides a winning result in the eyes of the happy couple, that’s all that matters.

#4. The Arrival

 When the big day arrives, you realize that months of preparation have been leading up to that one moment where the bride arrives to meet her new husband. This is one of the most important parts of a woman’s life, let alone the day itself. Getting it right is key.

Choosing the right transportation ensures that she can make the grand entrance without having a single hair out of place. Find limo hires at http://www.fl-limousine.com/limo-service-fort-lauderdale for a great solution. Not only will the bride have plenty of space for herself, but she’ll have the support of her bridesmaids too.

#5. The Photos

 The memories created on this magical day will last a lifetime. Nonetheless, the photographs offer wonderful mementos of the special event. Knowing how to pose before the big day is key. Meanwhile, you should probably arrange to meet the photographer to avoid any awkwardness.

A modern approach also involves getting guests to take snaps on disposable cameras for a more natural representation of the big day. With the right combination of the two, those iconic images will be everything you hoped for and more.

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How to Pose for Wedding Photos

A wedding is a joyous occasion. You’re surrounded by family and friends, and all eyes are on you. But, sometimes that’s the problem! If you’re nervous around crowds and you hate having your photograph taken, your wedding day can be just one big ball of anxiety. To prepare yourself for what’s to come, you may want to take a look at some tips for posing for wedding for photographs when you’d rather not.

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Rely on Your Partner

You’ve just tied the knot and you no longer have to deal with life’s struggles alone. By looking at your partner through some of your wedding photos, you can achieve some romantic shots. If you both feel awkward, you may end up laughing when you look at each other which can create some natural and beautiful photographs. If you’re nervous about getting good shots, find a photographer that’s good at getting natural pictures.

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The Kiss

A wedding photography session can go on for a long time. If you’re tired of posing and your jaw hurts from smiling, try switching to ‘the kiss’. Kissing your partner is not only an easy photograph to take, it gives you a break from doing the things that feel awkward. You can almost guarantee that a picture of the married couple kissing will make the wedding album. You can’t go wrong with ‘the kiss’. You may want to have some chap stick handy though!

‘Smizing’

It’s a term used by Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model. It means, to smile with your eyes. Sometimes smiling can be painful after a while on your wedding day. Use your eyes to show how happy you are and you’re sure to get some glistening pictures for your photo frames.

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Look Away

You don’t have to look directly at the camera to get a good shot. Whether you’re posing on your own or with your partner, gazing away can create a wonderful photo. The aim is to look into the future and dream about the life you’re about to start. What do you wish for? What will make you both happy? It’s sure to come across on the picture.

Use Props

Shakespeare had some of his characters where disguises because he knew a mask would create more confidence. You can use props in the same way. Suddenly, the attention isn’t all on you. Whether you choose to use something as simple as your bouquet of flowers or you use something quirky, like oversized sunglasses, they’ll give you the confidence you need to pose. Get some ideas here.

Relax

Sometimes, it’s easier said than done, but relaxing is the key to getting great photographs. Perhaps you could have a glass of champagne to calm your nerves before the session. If you can let go of your insecurities and have fun with your partner, the rest will be easy.

Look to your photographer for guidance during a wedding photo shoot. Photographers have done it many more times than you, so you should get some good advice.

 

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How to Make a Wedding Slideshow to Save the Happy Memories

It goes without saying that your wedding is definitely one of the most memorable days of your life – and the mementos that you keep from it such as the photos and videos will give you a way to look back to those happy memories later on, as well as share them with family and friends. That is why it makes a lot of sense to create a slideshow out of the best photos (and maybe even videos) from your wedding – so that it can really capture the entire day.

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Assuming you want to do that, here’s how you should proceed with the Movavi Slideshow Creator (http://www.movavi.com/photo-to-dvd-slideshow/)

1. Pick the best photos and videos and arrange them chronologically

It always makes sense for your slideshow to take place chronologically as it will have an easily established frame of reference. Once you’ve chosen the best photos and videos all you need to do is add them to the software and arrange them in the timeline according to the proper order.

2. Decide whether or not you need to edit or enhance the photos or videos

At this stage you may want to fix certain parts of the videos, trim them down to size, or maybe even rotate some of the photos so that they’re all oriented the same way. Whatever the case, you’ll find the tools are readily available to do so.

3. Add stylish transitions tastefully and insert background music

These two ingredients are what will make your slideshow stand out. With stylish transitions between certain photos or videos, as well as a great music track as the background music, you could really capture the spirit of your wedding.

4. Save using the presets available

Depending on the platform that you intend the video to be used on, you’ll find there are numerous presets available that will automatically optimize the format and video settings accordingly.

Once you’re done, you’ll have an amazing video slideshow that really looks like it has been professionally produced. If you want to share it on Facebook or YouTube there are presets for that too, so be sure to take advantage of them. Because the Movavi Slideshow Creator is so intuitive, you should have no problems getting all this done in a matter of minutes, and can then sit back and enjoy the reactions that you get when you show it to others.

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