Rain Wedding Photography Planning
When planning any wedding if it is an outside wedding or if you are planning your pictures in a garden, by the lake, conservation area etc.. outside you should always have a plan or two for various weather scenarios. If there is a little drizzle we will cover out equipment but will the garden grounds be soft or muddy? Is that OK? Will all the ladies bring flat shoes (heals really dig into the mud). You can also get some lovely photographs using fun or clear umbrellas.
That might be great for the wedding party but will it be OK for the younger and older guests / family? We may need to split up the pictures and do some outside and some indoors?
What is the plan if it is a thunderstorm and the weather is inappropriate for anyone to go outside. Before your special day we will need to understand what the hall or church can accommodate for large group pictures?
Did you want to get dressed back up the next days or a few days later and do a post wedding photography session? There are many reasons to due this, not just the weather.
As with every one day event planning for all occasions is an important part.
Day After Wedding Photography
A new trend for Brides and Grooms is to schedule a wedding photography session the day after the wedding day. If you are not leaving immediately after to go on your honeymoon setting up a post ceremony photo-shot allows the photographer to focus on family and friends set up as well as candid photographs of the day. Odds are pretty good that the day after you will feel more relaxed and there will be less time pressure to “fit it all in”. You don’t have to schedule this early so don’t worry you can sleep in. Generally the best light is later in the day (in the 2 hrs before sunset).
Wedding Beauty Tips For The Bride
There are a few sites that offer great all around advice for your wedding. The Knot is one of those tools. If you haven’t been there yet, take a look. As I was looking around I like this article on starting early (as soon as you are engaged) with your beauty regime. I will summarize some of the points, especially those that will make a difference with the wedding photographs.
- Start having your nails done frequently (weekly or bi-weekly) as everyone will be asking to see your ring.
- Look at whitening your teeth, this can be through your dentist or at home but whitening will pay off in your wedding photographs
- 3 months or more before the wedding day start getting regular facials, it will improve your skins health and complexion making your skin look clearer and brighter in the pictures, don’t forget to moisturize regularly
- Don’t forget your lips, make sure you regularly use balm to have them look healthier on your special day
- Get in shape and eat healthier, if you feel better you will look better
- Plan all your makeup, hair and other beauty needs well in advance and have a trial run if you can.
You will always look gorgeous on your special day, these tips will help with that little extra and really bring out your beauty in the wedding photographs.
Dressing for a Engagement Photography Session
We get asked a lot about what you should be wearing for an engagement photography session or any session for that matter. Engagement photography is a special time. First and foremost the outfits you pick should be a reflection of both of you and your personality. If you have an outfit or piece that is meaningful for you than bring or wear it. There is always an opportunity to do a change or two to capture different moods.
- Don’t be afraid of colour, a splash of pink or vibrant shirt can really jump out in the pictures.
- You don’t need to be in the same colour but make sure you are in the same palette or complimentary
- Colors located in direct opposition to each other are termed “complementary” colors. That means they complement each other. That means they look good together.
- This is another good article on combining colors an neutrals.
- Keep away from logo’s or to many / bold patterns, general solid dark colors flatten the most
- Make sure you are wearing things that are flattering to your body type.
- Sleeves can often flatter your arms
- Boots can stretch your legs and make them look longer
- Collars on guys make a nice frame to their face
- V-necks on women help elongate the your neck
- Try not to have to much loose clothing as it is generally less flattering
- Here are a few tips from harpersbazzar
- Take care with your makeup and nails
- You will have these photographs for ever and be sharing with lots of people, if possible have your hair and makeup professionally done
- Get your nails done if you can, maybe for both of you. Remember your hands will be a focal point in these pictures
- Take a few test shots. If you can try on your outfits before you come to your session and have a friend take a few pictures of the two of you with your camera just to see how they look together.
- Bring some things that are meaningful, if he played you songs on the guitar than feel free to include it. Is there a special gift or item from when you were dating. A few nice pictures with those items ads a sentimental touch to the photography session.
Thanks to my Photography Clients
In every business no matter how good you think you are any success is because of your clients. I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every client. We honestly feel that we have the best clients that any business could want to have. I feel blessed to be able to capture the moments through photography of people and families in every stage of their journey together. This could be the very beginnings in weddings, engagements to maternity and newborns right through families growing with kids, pets and events.
Photography is a great industry to be in as you get constant feedback during the session, through seeing comments in social media and from client testimonials and most importantly from having customers return. It isn’t as often that we get to say thank you to all of our clients for their part in our success and growth.
Chef David Adjey At the Oakville Milton Humane Society
One of the causes that is near and dear to my heart is the humane society and animal protection. I try and give back by donating time and fundraising for our local humane society. Sometimes as part of this I get to do something fun as a result. Yesterday was one of those lucky days. I got to take photos of Chef David Adjey from the Food Network today.
If you would like to learn more about the Oakville Milton humane society please visit here.
Please come back here to learn more about our humane society events.
Wedding Photography – The details
In life sometimes it is the details that we forget and wish we remembered most. Your wedding and your wedding photography is no exception. When you are planning your special day don’t forget to have good pictures of all of the little details. How did your hair, nails, makeup look right after you were done. A close up of your shoes, rings still in the box. What did you flowers look like as soon as the arrived when they were at their freshest. The detail on all of the dresses. The programs, centerpieces and all of the items that you spent so much time carefully selecting.
Someday you might want to share these little things with you grand-kids ……
DIY Wedding Photographer
Sometimes due to budget or other reasons (destination weddings) you can’t have a professional wedding photographer. Generally we wouldn’t recommend it as after your special day those pictures will be what you have to cherish and share with friends, family, your children. But if you can’t than we thought we would share some advice we have and some advice that others have shared to make your pictures as good as possible.
- Plan ahead. Weather you are a professional or an amateur know what pictures and groups of people you want to get and have a list. It is very easy to forget something on the day of.
- Before the big day practice in different lights. It is much different taking photos in bright sunshine than it is on a cloudy day or late at night at the reception. You don’t want your pictures to be blown out due to bright sunlight
- Learn you camera and lenses. Depending on what type of camera you have there are many features that might be available to you. You will get better wedding photography if you understand what your camera can do. There are plenty of videos on youtube to learn the basics. Most cameras allow you to put them in a mode where you adjust one setting (like ISO) and the camera adjusts the rest. This can allow for some additional pictures that you wouldn’t have otherwise gotten.
- If you are going to use a flash be careful, don’t point it right at someone.
- Take lots of pictures. You have a better chance of getting everyone’s eyes open and capturing a wedding photo of a moment you weren’t expecting.
This article on the new your times has a few more tips as you get more advanced. Also make sure everyone has fun…
Blink Of An Eye – Wedding Photographer on Social Media
As part of our overall photographer community we have many properties available for our customers to engage and communicate with us. Feel free to browse any or all of our sites. Some of these properties are dedicated to weddings while others are part of our overall business. Blink Of An Eye focuses on the early years of building your relationship and family together.
- The beginning (your engagement and wedding) – Brides
- Maternity (the start of your new family) – Bellies
- Newborns (the early years) – Babies
- The first few years together (newborn, infant, toddler, pre-school)
Our online photographer community
- Wedding Photography Site (you are already here)
- Maternity, Baby, Infant Photographer site
- Blink Of An Eye Photography on Facebook
- Blink on Twitter
- Google Plus
Having a wedding on a holiday
Not sure how many people do it but we did. Would you consider having your wedding n a holiday especially if it isn’t on a weekend. As most services are much less booked on weekdays you can likely get a lot more choice and often a better deal on everything if you have your wedding on a non traditional day. For us it made sense. Many of our friends and family were coming from across the country or oversees. They were already coming for the week and with many flights and schedules it was easier to travel Saturday to Saturday so a mid week wedding actually made it easier. For local people they had the weekend to do what they wanted and we were at the end of a long weekend so it was a nice way to finish the long weekend and some people took the week off anyway. As we picked a holiday that falls on a specific day every year now we are always guaranteed to have the time together on our anniversary even when it falls on a Wednesday. From a practical perspective our venue and suppliers were all free and for many of them we were able to work out a deal.
All in all it turned out great for us and would definitely be something to consider. Maybe it will work for you.