Traditionally, couples didn’t see each other before the ceremony. This dates back to the days of arranged marriages - the woman was heavily veiled and the couple-to-be didn’t see each other until they were at the altar, just in case the wife wasn’t much to look at ... Horrible, right? However since you already HAVE seen each other, you can forget about this whole “bad luck to see each other before the ceremony” business. If you want to see each other, go for it.Some couples worry that seeing each other will take anything away from walking down the aisle towards each other – it doesn’t. You’ll try as hard to keep it together as if you hadn’t seen each other. Trust me, I’ve seen it. And photographed it.Now what exactly is a first look session? It is a moment that is carved out just for the two of you. Away from your guests & the rush of last minute details. A moment to enjoy together before you say “I do”. And a moment for me to sneak incredible pictures of the two of you.Another cool bit about you seeing each other before the ceremony is that it lends itself to a much smoother flow for family pictures because we do those right after our first look session thus freeing you from any further formals after the wedding ceremony. In short: you’re going to be able to join cocktail hour and hang out with all your friends & family and actually enjoy your wedding.I’ll be honest - as a wedding photographer, I LOVE when a bride and groom see each other before the ceremony but in the end, it doesn't matter because it’s not my day. It’s yours. There is no “right and wrong”, just what feels right to the two of you. So many times couples ask me “is this how you do it?” or think there are rules to weddings (can’t see groom before, must throw bouquet, can’t be seen together as a couple until the grand entrance) but what it comes to is this: Do what makes you happy.Enjoy & happy wedding planning!Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Q) What are the most challenging aspects of taking photos of wedding jewelry?
A) I remember whilst studying in photography school I had several studio classes on how to photograph jewelry. One thing I had in class which I certainly don't have at a wedding is time. At school we would spend an entire afternoon manipulating lighting and composition to create a couple of photos. When it comes to photographing the rings on a wedding day I allow myself around 5 minutes to find nice light and an interesting way of presenting them. I always enjoy the challenge and now actually look forward to my 5 minutes of jewelry photography. I try and do something a little different for each and every wedding.Q) Working in the 'city of love' you are obviously spoilt for choice when it comes to romantic locations. Do you have any personal favorites?A) It's true I am spoilt being a photographer in Paris. One of favorite, my most romantic images was taken just recently during an elopement. The location was an old railway bridge with the Eiffel Tower in background. Very cliched. I did set the scene a little, had our driver park the Rolls just where I wanted it and moved the couple into position on the bridge. However the couple were so caught up in one another they just began dancing then the groom began lifting up his new bride. At that moment at old gentleman was crossing the bridge in the background. The scene was so romantic and so Paris.Q) Being a professional photographer is pretty cool, what are the things you love about the most?A) I have a couple of favorite things about being a photographer. Firstly I really love meeting the many people I get to work with each year. I'm invited into one of the most important days of their life. To document it. To meet their families. To really get to connect with the people within that short amount of time I spend with them. Its quite an honour. Also I love being able to see Paris through new eyes. My clients are constantly pointing out the beauty of the city. It stops me ever taking it for granted.Q) How important is it to understand the personality of a bride and groom when taking photos of the big day?A) I think understanding your clients is a big part of any business, particularly important when you're a photographer documenting the day of a bride and groom. Without sounding too sure of myself I believe one of my strengths is understanding people and helping put them at ease. I have a very laid back way of working. I've been in front of the camera on several occasions and understand entirely that it's not easy for everyone. Part of my job is to help make my clients feel comfortable enough so that together we can create the best images possible.If you are considering a romantic breakaway in Paris, why not also get a professional to capture some of the most memorable moments? Ian Holmes can be contacted at the following:Contact: Ian Holmes
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Today's guest blogger Amy Sunley shares her three favorite jewelry photos taken in 2012.
Amy is an experienced professional photographer based in the UK. Amy Sunley Photography specializes in wedding and lifestyle photography. Amy loves animals, cake and all things shiny - especially jewelry!Below you will see the hands and rings of the lovely Sarah and Tim. They married in York, England in June 2012 and I just love this shot of their jewelry. I adore a good photograph of the rings somewhere quirky, quite often the quirkier the better, but sometimes you just can’t beat the rings on the hands themselves.
Another of my favourite photographs of 2012 came from a best man’s joke…Anyone for Haribo rings? Luckily for Suzi and Robin the best man also remembered their real wedding rings. I’m not sure who got to eat these, all I know is that it wasn’t me!
I also like to use clients’ wedding rings in other shoots. This next picture is of the gorgeous Louise and her bump with her wedding rings balanced on top. Bump incidentally is now a gorgeous little baby boy. Luckily for us he kept his feet to himself and didn’t kick them off. Although that would have been a photograph and a half!
My challenge for 2013 is to get the rings involved in a pet portrait shoot! Many couples love to include their furry friend in their pre-wedding shoot, and I love having them along, so I’m already thinking ribbon, collar, rings!
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My name is Hardy Klahold- I'm a wedding photographer living in Denver, Colorado. I'm German and when I proposed to my American wife, I was not aware of the routine I started with her, “YES”:After we set the budget, chose 2-3 possible dates, started a guest list, and decided on the wedding style, we had to find the perfect venue.If you are in the same situation, you should give yourself a few weeks (1 to 3 max) to check and tour all of the possibilities, keep the numbers in mind, and picture your wedding day there. So what are you looking for? Look at your wedding as a picture. In this picture, you find yourself on your most important day in your life surrounded by all of your family and friends. Your wedding represents your style and the venue provides the frame of your wedding day.If you have a simple and elegant wedding, you don't need a castle. Your country-style wedding fits best somewhere in the mountains, outside with a beautiful barn as a backdrop. If you prefer the urban-style elegant wedding, a rooftop right in the middle of downtown would be your place to be. It is important to set your to-do list right and everything else just falls into place.Sometimes my clients asked me for my favorite wedding venues, they want me to give them a referral. Of course I have my favorite venues where I shot weddings. There was castle Friedewald in Germany, built in 1491, which made for a beautiful backdrop for a wedding I shot. If you are more looking for a beach destination wedding, I love to shoot at the Kapalua Golf Club on Maui.Maybe you are more the mountain wedding bride and you still like the elegance of a nice Hotel: I love to shoot weddings at “The Broadmoor Hotel” in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you want a spectacular mountain view, I recommend in the 5 star hotel, “The Little Nell” in Aspen and plan your ceremony on the wedding deck standing 11,212 ft high on top of the mountain.
Whichever venue you pick, make sure it suits you, your budget, and your style. I promise you that your wedding photos will show your special day in the most perfect way.
For more information about myself and my services as a Denver wedding photographer, visit my website.Hardy Klahold Photography[p][w] www.hardyklaholdphotography.com
Winners of 'The Best of The Knot North Carolina for 2011, 2012 & 2013', as well as 'Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice Award for 2011, 2012 & 2013', today's guest blogger is Greyson Steele Photography.Greyson Steele are located in North Carolina and have kindly provided us with some easy to follow and imaginative wedding jewelry photography tips.Dawn Gaddy from Greyson Steele says "Some may find it difficult to photograph wedding rings & jewelry. But, we both personally love it… it gives you the opportunity to be super creative with the surroundings and available light you have. It’s somewhat of a challenge and the creativity that comes out of those shots is absolutely gratifying. Everyone’s seen the rings on the piano keyboard shots… we do them too, clients love it… But we love to be unique and really put some thought into these photos.
We offer 10 simple tips that will help you capture the beauty found in your wedding jewelry:
Even during engagement shoots, we always try to get a great shot of the ring, in a unique way. It truly emphasizes what that shoot is for.Plus, what brides don’t want to show off the new karats! And, when they see the artistry in these shots, they are in awe…. Or shall we say bedazzled by their bling!"Happy Bedazzling!!!www.greysonsteelephotography.com
- No pun intended, think outside of the box
- Sometimes the box can make a great opportunity too
- Use available light sources to add amazing bokeh
- Use decorations and party favors
- Use invitations and place cards
- Rings in/on flowers are always gorgeous
- Include bridal accessories, shoes, veil, etc..
- Use down time at the reception to really take time to get these shots
- Reflections can make great ring shots
- Be creative!
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Choosing a wedding photographer can be one of the most intensive and nerve racking parts of planning your wedding. There are hundreds of wedding photographers available and each one has a different style, personality, price and trying to find the perfect one for you can be, well, time consuming. Your end goal, of course, is to get the best wedding photographs possible based on your taste & personalities. Just like a wedding dress, there is no one perfect wedding photographer for every client. However, this means you also have a great opportunity to find that one unique individual who fits your style, budget and personality.
When shopping for your wedding photographer, the first thing, obviously, you'll be drawn to is their work. When you find a wedding photographer (or photographers) who really appeal to your sense of style, take the time to look through their blog, facebook pages or other photo galleries. You want to make sure their work is consistent through several full weddings. If you can locate a wedding they photographed at your venues, then even better as you can really get a feel for the work they'll produce for you.After you've narrowed down your choices based on their work, lineup consultations to meet the ones who you know are in your budget. Many wedding photographers won't list their pricing on their website but, often, you can find a starting price either on their website or by email. Meeting your photographer is, quite honestly, all about personality. Your wedding photographer is around you and your fiance all day long even more then your family and new spouse. Having a good relationship with your photographer is, more often then not, just as if not more important then how much you love their work. If you are uncomfortable at all with them it will translate into the photos.If everything is a fit, the last important thing is to look at price. Generally speaking, the more experience a wedding photographer has, the more they will cost. Experience is what sets decent wedding photographers aside from excellent ones! Weddings are very, very fast paced and your wedding photographer needs to be two to three steps ahead all day so they can make sure to get those oh so important emotions & moments and capture them. Once those have passed, they are impossible to recreate.Brian Mullins is a professional Raleigh wedding photographer with 8 years experience. He has shot for both local and national magazines, won numerous awards, consults with several media & software companies and has shot weddings for over 8 years.Brian Mullins919-414-0869
Earlier this week we spoke with Emily Clack, a respected wedding photographer located in the Washington DC area. Emily was kind enough to share her views on the importance of engagement photo shoots and why photographers and couples alike always enjoy the engagement photo shoot experience.According to Emily: “Today, photographers are taking a fresh approach when taking engagement photos of newly engaged couples by incorporating beautiful and interesting scenery as well as mixing candid and posed moments. I strongly encourage couples to have an engagement photo session for several reasons:1. It’s a great way to get to know your photographer's style of shooting.2. It's also a great way for you, as a couple, to get comfortable being in front of a professional photographer's camera.3. Having photos taken before your big day will build up a trust and familiarity with your photographer and your photographer will already have experience taking your picture prior to your wedding day.4. Most couples have not had professional photos of themselves before their wedding day. They can be used for Save The Dates, Wedding websites, Christmas cards, or just to have a few framed around your home.5. Engagement photo shoots are fun! They are laid back and an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours together - showing off your happiness.
Engagement shoots are very enjoyable for me because I get to work with a great new couple each time and we can take our time during this shoot and go to a variety of locations, versus a wedding where the day is on a tight schedule.
What also makes an engagement photo shoot enjoyable is when my couples really get into the shoot and are over that initial nervous feeling of being in front of a camera while in a public setting. I especially love it when we can brainstorm about ideas together about what the next pose or location should be. I can tell when a couple becomes relaxed in front of the camera when they start doing things on their own - just being involved with themselves and being in love - and I no longer have to give any direction. This is when the beautiful moments happen - when you forget your photographer is even there and you are just being yourselves! Whether it's laughing together, holding hands, or getting lost in your partner's eyes - these images should be a reflection of your relationship together and love for one another."Check out Emily’s recent engagement photo shoot, which was featured on one of our favorite wedding blogs, ‘United With Love’.About Emily: With a background in Graphic Design, she fell in love with photography and hasn’t looked back since. Emily says “I have a photojournalistic approach when it comes to shooting weddings. I like to let things happen and not interfere too much, because it is already a day filled with beautiful moments and details"If you want to view more of Emily’s beautiful photos or to contact here direct:Email: email@example.comTelephone: 804.931.7479Website: http://www.emilyclackphotography.com