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Planning your wedding day timeline

Tips to enjoy your wedding without being rushed

I have worked with this timeline numerous times in the past and know it works very well but I love that each wedding is unique.  So please add your personal touch to your special day.

Check out an example of a wedding timeline: Wedding timeline tips

Things to keep in mind for your timeline:

  • Travel time & traffic between venues & locations for the bridal party.
  • Remember to keep your guests & photographer’s travel time in mind as well.
  • Remember hair and makeup appointments may run late.
  • Allow yourself time to relax and soak up the fun and remember to eat a light lunch!
  • Use your golden hour (best light) to allow me to capture beautiful photos during your couple shoot.

I am more than happy to talk you through all the smaller details so just give me a call if you have any concerns.

 

 

The Girl With The Camera

x x x

Wedding Family Photos Stress-Free

Photos of the family on your wedding day

One of the most frustrating and often stressful times for couples is their family photographers during the wedding day There is the small window of opportunity for these photos. These can be done beautifully and with little stress, if planned well beforehand.

Help me to help you. Quick but beautiful images of family members during a 10-30 minute time frame.

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List of some photo combination ideas

Please send your family photo list a week in advance to me as well as one person of each family to help gather the family combinations.  It always helps if the MC can help with arrangements and gathering of big groups.

Parents

  • Bride + Bride’s Parents
  • Bride + Bride’s Mom
  • Bride + Bride’s Dad
  • Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents

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Siblings

  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Siblings
  • Bride + Bride’s Sister(s)
  • Bride + Bride’s Brother(s)
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings

 

 

The Girl With The Camera

x x x

Cosy Winter Photoshoot Tips

Creative Winter Photo Shoots

The last few days it has been freezing. When I schedule family shoots, it is always something to consider if we are shooting outdoors. No one wants to get sick after a photoshoot. So if you are hiding from the cold like me, perhaps consider a cosy indoor photo shoot with your family.

According to my google dictionary, cosy refers to warmth and shelter especially in a small space; “a cosy nook near the fire”; “snug in bed”; “a snug little apartment”...

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So let’s get cosy

 

  • Dress the part – not a lot of people are happy when they are freeing.
  • Combine textures – it creates beautiful images.
  • Wear layers that you can peel off if you getting a bit warmer.
  • Keep the kids moving – it will help to keep everyone warm.
  • Find a small but warm spot in or around your home.

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Items that come in handy during your shoot:

  • Blankets are great for adding textures, keeping you warm and adding a splash of colour to your colour pallet.
  • Tissues to keep those little noses from running away.
  • Hot chocolate or coffee to drink during your shoot.
  • Why not add your pets too – they are normally up for a cuddle in colder weather.

As long as everyone is warm, you will be able to have fun and I will capture beautiful moments of your family.

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The Girl With The Camera

x x x

Choosing your wedding photographer

“Writing Stories Without Words”

As with anything you can buy, there’s a good, better and best version. Think shoes: Do you like Jimmy Choo Shoes or a street side flip-flop? Make sure you find the JCS of wedding photographers to fit your style.  You will always find a photographer more expensive and you will always find a cheaper one too.

A picture is worth a thousand words… this refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image or that an image conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does. Well, at least that is true for those of us who are not writers.  Choosing your wedding photographer will determine how you remember a lot of the detail of your wedding in a big way. Your photographer’s view and approach will influence how your story will be told.  You will probably look back on your wedding day years from now and when you look at your album, you should still be smitten with your photos. So the question I ask is will those photos resemble your wedding day in the finest detail?

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My Style

My style has been described as light, airy, and whimsical. I have a very relaxed approach on the day, and I love shooting natural images and moments for the most part. Together with a few minutes of more formal photography for the family and bridal party photos, I like to make this as brief and enjoyable as I can!  An Engagement shoot is a perfect time to get comfortable in front of the camera, your photographer and also to check out the images afterwards...

If you love your photos it will be worth every cent you spend on them. I am not suggesting taking out a loan to hire a wedding photographer. I am suggesting that you do some research, ask around and choose a photographer who you will be comfortable with on your wedding day. Technically the photographer might be good but if you are not comfortable with the person it can show in the photos.  I love searching for beautiful moments. As a photographer, I love to prove that life is beautiful by looking for unique moments at every wedding I get to capture. This gives me the pleasure of saying I do not have one favourite wedding – but rather favourite moments of each wedding.

 

How long do we wait for our photos?

Your wedding is unique and important and you want a photographer that thinks the same way and doesn’t just pile you in with one of the 100 brides they’re photographing that year. I shoot every wedding myself, as well as editing your wedding to designing your wedding album. If you do not receive a reply to your email immediately be sure to know I will respond as soon as possible. I love my work and take pride in making sure my clients are happy every step of the way.

While you are on honeymoon you will be able to view a few photos on my website and Facebook page. My brides receive their electronic images in 2-3 weeks after their wedding together with their album design, excluding weddings in December. December weddings will receive their images and album design in January.

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Tips to help find your perfect photographer

  • Does the photographer have good quality images? Look at skin tones and wedding dress colour, etc.
  • Do the photographs have an altered colour or editing style that is not natural or timeless?
  • Does the photographer fit the style of what you’re looking for (soft and dreamy, loud and fun, funky and sexy, etc)? And most importantly is that style consistent throughout the wedding?
  • Do you notice wrinkles, blemishes, unattractive angles, awkward poses or distracting backgrounds in the pictures?
  • A good way to see this for yourself is to ask to see an entire proofing gallery and make sure that the quality of photography is consistent throughout like this one of mine.
  • The photos should tell a story – and if you view a complete wedding the style should be consistent.
  • An engagement shoot is a great way to see if you are comfortable with the photographer. Part of the job of a professional photographer should be to make you feel comfortable so that you will look and feel great in front of the camera.
  • If you are planning on printing images make sure you will be getting high-resolution files, typically 3mb-10mb for printing larger than a jumbo print.
  • Do not expect your photographer to re-create photos from other weddings in an exact way, but you can expect that they can work in difficult light situations as well as under pressure.
  • Is the personality of your photographer one that you’ll love working with over the next year – Your photographer is one of the wedding vendors that you’ll have contact with the most before, during and after your wedding, so make sure they have a personality that’s knowledgeable, calm and has pleasant demeanour that you’ll want around you for a while.  When my clients laugh at my jokes I know we will be a good match!

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Show me the album …

Your wedding album is the first family heirloom that you’ll pass on to your children and grandchildren and will be in your family’s homes for generations to come. Rather invest in high-quality prints or albums later if you cannot afford it now. Most photographers will be glad to design your album even if it a few years down the line. You receive the design with your photos electronically. We discuss the design and if you are happy with the design, I send it to the printers.  It will then takes between 3 – 6 weeks before you can collect your album.  No albums will be printed without your final thumbs up.  In a standard album, you can use around 60-100 images to tell your story. Take these points into consideration when looking at a sample album.

  • Look at the seam of the page. Is there cracking, pinking or discolouration of any kind?
  • Look at the corners and sides of the pages. Are they peeling up or not laying flat?
  • Look at the book closed and view the sides of the pages. Are they waving or warping in any way?
  • Look at the printing itself. Is it colourful, vibrant and matching to the quality of the images you saw on their website?

Check out a recent album I designed for a bride and groom that had their wedding over two days.

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Happy wedding planning – The Girl With The Camera

x x x

What is in my bag?

Skills and experience

Apart from the umbrellas, raincoats, an extra pair of shoes (which a bride actually borrowed) and wedding-day emergency kit, I carry my camera bag, ladder, and sometimes even a chair with me on your wedding day. Not only do I need one camera, but also lenses, tripods, memory cards, batteries, a backup camera, lights, flashes and gadgets to take with me to every wedding.  One of the reasons I need to have an assistant with me on your wedding day is to help me with all the gear.  You can give all the same equipment to someone who has little professional experience and they may take one or two nice shots. However, a professional photographer with years of experience will take a whole album worth of stunning shots that tell a story.

This is what you are paying for. Someone with years of experience, someone you can trust to make the most of your wedding day.  My work is not done when the wedding day is over as I then have the responsibility of choosing the best quality photos and making adjustments where necessary.

What gets me excited about your wedding day?

Quite often I glance around to see the reactions on peoples’ faces during the day, and I love to capture the teary eyes or the big, heartfelt smiles. I also enjoy capturing the beauty in the details, whether it’s the lace on a bride’s dress or beautiful flowers – it’s so important to preserve these special details you took months to plan!

I love to wait for great moments. Waiting for you to lock eyes after the first kiss as Mr & Mrs, or the bride glancing in the mirror after getting dressed or the family congratulating you after the service.

What is my style all about?

My style is light, airy, fine art wedding photography. I have a very relaxed approach on the day, and I love shooting natural images and moments for the most part. Together with a few minutes of more formal photography for the families and bridal party, but I like to make this as brief and enjoyable as I can! When the sun has left the celebrations it is time to take out the flash – I love getting creative with a few shots of the newly married couple after dark with some additional light to add to the romantic atmosphere.

Have fun and let me worry about the photos…

I love searching for beautiful moments. As a photographer, I love to prove that life is beautiful by looking for unique moments at every wedding. This gives me the pleasure of saying I do not have one favourite wedding – but rather favourite moments of each wedding.  There are no cookie cutter weddings.

Happy wedding planning

The Girl With The Camera

x x x

Photo project ideas when you get stuck…

Creative Photography ideas

Some days are harder to get inspiration. Some days you need help to get you snapping away.If you get stuck on what to photograph, give these a go and you will be surprised on how much time one can spend on one topic.

  • Rainy days
  • Hands
  • My lunch
  • My desk
  • My family
  • Things I love
  • All things pink
  • Toys
  • Flowers

Pretty much anything you can think of.  The most important part is that you enjoy what you are taking pictures of and if you stick to one theme it normally gets the creative juices going. Take picture often and do not pack your camera away. It needs to be close by to capture the smile or the acquired moment. Challenge yourself to take one picture each day, or one every week. Keep them in a file and after one year you would have captured a great story. Make moments count by capturing them forever.

After all, every moment is a memory.

 

Want to know more about their camera and develop more skills ?

 

  • Join in with a small group of other like-minded people.
  • Course will run over 6 consecutive weeks.
  • The focus will be on the basics of photography and getting to know your camera (ISO / Aperture / Shutter speed / White balance ext.)
  • Book early – only a few seats available.
  • Bring a friend along and get 10% discount.
  • You don’t need an extravagant camera but bring what you have as well as a note book if you would like to add additional notes.

 

The Girl With The Camera

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Taking pictures of children

Tips for taking pictures of your children

Any one that has children and animals in the same photo would know that it’s not an easy task to get them all to look at you, smile and look natural, while mom is pulling the dog off dad’s shirt and dad is clamping the boys between his legs, in an attempt to keep them still for the picture.

So my solution to this is – let them be. Let them be who they are. There aren’t many children I’ve met before that are great with sitting dead still for long periods of time. So I let them run around, play with their toys and even get dirty. I like to get the natural shots when they are tackling each other and dad is just shaking his head. Or that shot when you are not realising I am taking a photo. Those are the great shots.

Tips to take natural photos of your children:

  • Get down on their level
  • Use an environment that is child-friendly
  • Use a fast shutter speed for the active children
  • Take photos when they are rested and not hungry
  • Incorporate their toys that will keep them occupied and happy
  • Relax and have fun while taking photos

Enjoy the time spent with your children – Every moment is a memory!

The Girl With The Camera

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