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Professional Photographer

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


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Tips for brides (2) Getting Ready!

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!

AC_0441The 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!

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Tips for brides (1)


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!

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Tips for brides (6)
How to look awesome in your photographs!
Don’t underestimate the power of laughing.   Avoid giving the camera a fake smile, but laugh from your stomach and smile with your eyes!

  • Brides like to look bronzed and beautiful on their wedding day, but don’t overdo it with the spray tan! Similarly, glitter and other luminescent lotions when excessively applied can look like perspiration instead of sparkle.   Go easy – Less is more
  • Double chin’s are a no-no.  To avoid this, elongate your neck by moving your head slightly forwards, and lift your chin ever so slightly.
  • Most wedding dresses are strapless.  Ensure that your dress is laced up tightly enough and properly fitted.  There’s nothing worse than seeing the bride struggle with her dress the entire day.
  • Put your shoulders back, chest forward pulling your belly button towards your spine.  The better your posture – the thinner you look!
  • When posing for that pic, remember to put one shoulder slightly towards the camera, put more weight on one leg than the other and take a nice deep breath.
  • Breathe out and dazzle them with your happy smile!

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