Brides Guide to Choosing the Right Wedding Videographer

Your top tips to choosing the right Wedding Videographer

  1. Use popular magazines to search and browse for current videographers. Competition is fierce for your business. You will normally find the cream of the crop in local and national bridal magazines.
  2. Use google or other search engines and use the keywords book wedding photographer followed by your area, city or town. This will give you an idea of who offers the services. Then take a look at each of their websites and make a list of your favourite five. Take your time and go through them and see the products and services they offer. You may be surprised to find out that those videographers who offer the cheapest services end up being the most expensive. Check for hidden extras such as mileage charges and accommodation fees.
  3. When you narrow your choice down, make an appointment to go and see the videographer. You have to spend the whole day with them, so you need to check out their work and their personality.
  4. Ask them to see a sample of 2 to 3 complete weddings and scan through them to see the quality of work for yourself. Too many videographers show you a beautiful DVD with their best work. You want to see a couple of real weddings.
  5. Listen carefully to the quality of the sound. Use the remote control to look at the volume level. You really want to hear you vows, so you will want to make sure this is an important factor on your checklist.
  6. Ask what time the videographer will arrive and depart and what their fee includes. e.g Do you get 3 copies of the DVD and can you make your own copies or are the discs copy protected. If they are, how much is it for extra copies.
  7. Do you want Video, DVD or High Definition? Make sure you are getting what you are paying for. High definition is a new market leading technology that very few videographers can offer. Many of them use inferior cameras and DVD quality work is produced and dumped onto High Definition Discs. Make sure you see the disc and make sure the camera states on it that it is High Definition.
  8. Ask how many cameras the company uses. You are better off with a cameraman who has 2 cameras valued at £3000 each, than one who has only one at £50,000. If something happens the camera you want to make sure you have a backup in place on your wedding day.
  9. Does the videographer require a meal. Most of them do. If they don’t great, but remember the meal will cost you an additional £25 to £95 depending on your reception location. If the videographer has 2 assistants you bill will mount up rapidly.
  10. Finally ask the videographer how long it will take to get your wedding on DVD. Most videographer take between ten to twelve weeks. Much longer than this is unacceptable. So be weary of paying up from in full for those who offer this return time period.

There are of course many factors which need to be considered when booking your wedding video, but if you follow the general tips above you wont go far wrong. Good luck and happy hunting. Take your time and choose wisely. Remember you have to look at the product you receive for the rest of your lives and after the wedding is over, quite often the Video is the only thing that remains to remind you of your special day along with your photographs.

Tidbits In Wedding Photography

Simply put, wedding photography is the photography of wedding activities. It includes the coverage of photography taken before, during, and after wedding ceremony, the reception and even post-nuptial pictorials. There are a lot of styles and approaches in wedding photography. But the two primary styles are the traditional and photojournalistic styles. With traditional style the couple does a classic pose and is mostly controlled by the photographer. On the other hand, photojournalistic style focuses on candid and unposed photos with lesser photographer interaction.

Like any other kind of photography it is an art. It requires not only technical knowledge and skills in photography, pictorial plans, wedding details and procedures but it should also to capture the “specialness” of that memorable day.

If you want a big-bang in wedding photography you have to be prepared right before the event. Starting from the prenuptial preparation down to the post nuptial, a lot of things could happen. It is important not to miss these fleeting moments because as they say this happens only once in a life time. For photographers, it is best to attend the rehearsals because this’ll give you plenty of ideas for possible locations, lighting and amazing angles come the real wedding.

Scout the whole location. Familiarize yourself with the itinerary of that day’s affairs so you won’t miss the special coverage. Expect the unexpected so prepare and condition all your equipments and have a back-up plan. Preparation also comes with a good strategy so consider having an assistant wedding photographer to divide the task.

For a wedding celebration to succeed it takes a lot of effort and cooperation from everyone involved especially the couple. This is their big day so discuss with them, know what they want to achieve and also inform them of your plan. Negotiate and agree on the price of your over-all service for the event. It is also better if you lay them the details of the work you’ll be doing.

Capture even minor the details. Flowers, dress, the rings, shoes, table setting, etc are little witnesses to this special day. These shots will also add a heartwarming touch to the wedding album. Timing is everything so be bold but don’t be obtrusive. As for the formal shoot and the reception direct the couple and the other party of what you want them to do. Handle the show. Every wedding is unique as the couple so it’s always best to personalize the unforgettable day of their lives.

Getting The Best Photographer For Your Wedding

The biggest challenge about finding a photographer for your big day is that you really can’t be sure of what to expect until the results are out. Unlike a wedding cake vendor who can make you the exact sample of the wedding cake you want so you can taste, there is little you can do to weigh how suitable the photographer is for the wedding. Luckily, even with fewer checks before hiring you increase your chances of having the best moments of the day captured in the best way possible for you to relive them all over again years to come.

1. Know the photography type and style that you prefer

Professional shooting comes in different styles with the most common being documentary, fine art, portraiture and edgy bold. If you care about the style, then you should get familiar with the options available so you are able to get yourself a photographer who can deliver exactly what you are looking for. You can always ask your photographer in advance which styles they can handle beforehand so you avoid wasting too much time on a photographer who doesn’t have what it takes to shoot and tell a story like you want with your wedding photos.

2. Read through reviews from recent brides and grooms

It is one of the best ways of getting to know the potential of your photographer. Because most professionals have blogs and websites, you will not only have the chance to check out some photos they have shot, but you also get an idea of what style they apply in the shooting. Reviews on such pages from recent customers can also help you decide whether to go to the next step of contacting the photographer or not. If any negative comments are given, find out how the photographer has responded before jumping into any conclusion.

3. Review several full wedding albums

Photographer use portfolios of the best pictures they have ever taken and you should dig deeper if you want to be sure of what they can do. Instead of relying only on the portfolio offered on the website, ask to see a few wedding albums of real weddings they have actually shot before. A full gallery is always better because you get to see even the not very good shots too. When reviewing the albums, pay attention to photo crispness, lighting and angles too. A good wedding photographer should be in a position to also capture emotions.

4. Confirm shooters

When dealing with larger photo studios, there are chances that you could end up being allocated a specific photographer and probably not the lead photographer. It helps to ensure that the photographer you interview is the one who ends up shooting your wedding and not any other photographer. It is also important to remember that some photographers come with assistants hence the need to confirm and also get to know the assistant and what their presence means to you and the budget too.

Perfect Wedding Sand Ceremony Made Easy

As you plan your wedding, why not add something different to your wedding ceremony? Doing a sand ceremony provides a perfect avenue where you can express your message of unity and bondage to your friends, families and guests. Incorporating sand ceremony to your wedding ritual is easy. All it takes are simple preparations. Follow these simple suggestions to perform your wedding sand ceremony in perfection.

Smart set up. You need to think of the spot where your guests can have the best view of your sand ceremony instead of just looking through your backside. A suggestion would be a small table where the officiant stands in the middle and facing the guests while the couple stands facing each other with the table in between. Another option would be the couple, standing side by side facing the guests while the officiant standing to one side.

Setting the scene. A bare table in front of your guest with a jar of sand and a vase will look like something that is unplanned. Pay attention to details. Choose a small table so the vessel or the vase will not be visually lost. Choose a nice table cloth or a pretty table runner to dress it up. Set up the table and add accents such as flowers that match the wedding theme. You can also scatter rose petals, shells and other accents that can make the table visually interesting.

Consider the Humidity of your wedding location. Sand usually clumps when subjected to moisture. If you happen to be getting married in a humid area, make sure that you store your sand in an air tight container. That will ensure that your sand pouring ceremony will be mess free as the sand will be poured smoothly into the vessel. Also, before starting the ceremony, check the texture of the sand you will use in the ceremony to get rid of any lumps before the ritual starts.

Eliminate mess. Accidents can happen when you are pouring the sand in the vessel. To make sure that such a disaster will never happen, place a transparent funnel on top of your vessel or vase. This is important especially if the mouth vessel you brought is not wide enough for the bride and groom to pour sand at the same time. Ask the officiant to place the funnel as you pour in the sand. If you can find a nice funnel that will match the color or texture of your vessel, a pretty piece of paper that is rolled and taped into the shape of a cone will do.

Practice doing the ceremony. Purchasing extra sand prior to the wedding sand ceremony will allow both the bride and the groom to practice how the ceremony should be done. This will also allow them to iron out all the possible ‘wrinkles’ in the sand ceremony and prevent them from happening during the real wedding. Practicing the ceremony allows the couple to focus on the meaning of the ceremony during the actual wedding, rather than worrying about not messing up.

To make sure that all the details of your wedding sand ceremony seamlessly blends into the whole wedding ritual; you can meet and discuss sand ceremony details with your wedding planner or wedding coordinator.