2014 August - Archive
Does this look familar? Do you have a shoebox full of old photographs taken way-back and either shoved into random boxes and drawers? Each time you see them you promise yourself that “one day” you will get them all together, date them and put them in a beautiful album. Or better yet! You have loads of images on memory cards and CD’s that contain some of life’s most special moments, and it’s a huge task to put them all together and finally print them so that you really get to share them with everyone. Let’s face it – there are always more important things to do. How about a special gift for your Dad’s 50th or 60th birthday? Or getting pics of all the grand-kids together and making a sentimental album of special memories for the grandparents? The options are endless! So here is a solution for you! Bring all your favourite old photos, those memory cards and CDs and by scanning them in, I will be able to create the most beautifully designed coffee table albums for you. There are different albums to choose from depending on your budget and the quantity of photos that you want to use.
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At some stage of planning their event, clients often takes a look at their budget and some are tempted to give a friend or family member the responsibility of taking some “nice” photos of their special day instead of hiring a professional photographer. My advice to you?
Don’t do it!! It is too big a responsibility to give someone who may not have the skill or correct equipment that they require. The would possibly really rather be enjoying the festivities and celebration as guests at your wedding. We hear of countless horror stories which mostly end sadly with ruined images, and in many cases no photographs at all of the most memorable day of their new lives together.
Taking creative photos and accurately capturing your special memories is a HUGE responsibility and best left to the professionals for the following reasons:
- Professionals have full frame cameras, (that are able to work in challenging light) along with excellent lenses and flashes – achieving consistent high quality standards
- Professionals always have backup equipment on standby – in the unlikely event of technical problems
- They have acquired experience and skill over many years, and hundreds of functions and weddings
- Each photograph is individually edited with calibrated monitors by the photographer
- Strict backup procedures are followed, ensuring your photographs are stored in multiple storage devices
- They have access to the best selection of creative albums to showcase your event
- By attending workshops and courses, they stay abreast of popular trends and concepts
Imagine that? What an awesome way to start your married life together! Book your wedding to take place at Blue Horizon Estate, and you could be the lucky couple to win your wedding prize worth R100 000-00
Having worked at this spectacular venue several times, we can assure you that Blue Horizon Estate has a lot to offer as one of Cape Town’s finest venues with outstanding cuisine and spectacular views! This is an amazing opportunity for couples planning their wedding in the next few months!
- The front garden overlook majestic ocean and mountain views
- The garden ceremonies are spectacular, you may be fortunate to see the whales in the bay!
- Easy access to beautiful beaches for your special romantic photographs
- The venue can take up to 140 guests with a dance floor
- Interesting and mouth-watering menus to choose from
- Blue Horizon Estate offers a variety of services, including decor, event planning and stylish wedding cakes
- Luxurious sea-facing bridal suite plus 3 twin en-suite rooms for guests
To read more about this awesome venue click HERE The lucky winners will be announced on 21 September 2014
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Filled Under : Weddings & Engagements
The dressing of the Bride pics are really important. Your photographer should arrive at least 1½ before the ceremony in order to get photos of all the accessories, flowers, details etc. Remember that this is the perfect opportunity for shooting the bridal portraits. The Bride will be looking amazing, with perfect make-up and every hair. Dressing in a spacious uncluttered room with loads of natural light makes such a difference to your photographs as there shouldn’t be empty shoe boxes, packets, glasses etc. in the background. It’s also nice to have your bridesmaids present at this time, but it is recommended that they are completely dressed, (curlers out their hair)! This way they can focus 100% on the bride, and the photos of them fussing around the Bride in the gorgeous dresses are priceless. Please ladies, allow for enough time of your portraits! After all those months of preparation, there is nothing worse than rushing to get everything done moments before walking down the aisle!
Filled Under : Tips for your wedding day!
Why have a Pre-Wedding Shoot? Booking a pre-wedding shoot gives clients the opportunity of seeing the photographer “in actio n” in a natural, relaxed and comfortable setting. It’s a great way of connecting with your photographer, and gives clients the opportunity of sharing any concerns that they may have. Let’s face it, not everyone is comfortable with having their photos taken, and many people admit that they really just don’t know how to relax and look “natural”. The photographer will give you some valuable advice and tips regarding posing and working with the camera and an ideal opportunity to get a feel for what to expect on the wedding day! I have noticed that couples automatically feel far more relaxed and confident and they are reassured that they are in “safe hands” and have hired a professional! The idea is that is supposed to be a very relaxed shoot. We can be creative and adventurous! Try something different, experiment a little and laugh a lot! Time is not limited, and there is no pressure. Remember, on the wedding day, the bridal couple are the centre of attention, and are being pulled in all directions. Time is also fairly limited on the wedding day, and most couples simply don’t want to leave their guests for too long when they go for the couple shoot with the photographer. Most couples are anxious to get back to the party, and enjoy every moment with their guests! Many couples use the photos that are taken at the Pre-Wedding Shoot to make their Save-the-date reminder. Other clients incorporate these images in the wedding stationery, for menus, table seating and even for the official invitation! Have a look at some of the photos that are on the GALLERY Page! The venue was exquisite, Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch.
The Bridal Couple Photographs Enjoy the time your photographer is shooting your couple pics! These are really important photos, and will most likely be the ones you get to enlarge for your new home. Brides, remember to take a pair of comfortable shoes along for the shoot. You don’t really want to ruin those beautiful Steve Madden heels! It is a great idea to take your bridesmaid with for the shoot, to assist you with your beautiful dress, fix the unruly veil and re-apply the lipstick that the Groom has kissed off! Take a bit of time for this – and enjoy it. To get the absolute best photographs, you need to remember to make this Your moment, and relax. Now is the time to trust your photographer, stop stressing about your dress getting dirty, be bold and adventurous, look up – laugh and allow the photographer to work her magic!
Your Family Photos These are truthfully some of the most important photographs of the day. Mom’s and Dad’s are all out in the finery, and lots of thought and attention has gone into every detail of their outfits. It is extremely important to get awesome sentimental moments of the closest family members. Remember, it’s as big a deal for them, as it is for you! These are most likely the photos that will be beautifully framed and kept on the mantle-piece. Your photographer along with the assistance of the MC should take control of these photos, as this can easily become a tedious affair. By keeping the family group photos uncomplicated, wasted time is avoided. We have all been to those weddings where the family photographs take forever to complete, and no-one seems to know what’s going on. This can be avoided by giving your Photographer and MC a concise list of family members for each group photo. It all happens like clock-work, and everyone can move on to the delicious bubbly and canapés!