Wedding tips: Keep a proper paper Trail (Week 24)

I deal with many brides every week at different stages of the planning process. With all the different communication methods it’s so easy to get confused. Between Email, website enquiries, Whatsapp messages, Text messages, Facebook wall messages, Private FB messages, Twitter, Linkedin and even a plain old phone call it …

Wedding Tips: Get info (Week 22)

Wedding Tips: Get as much info from the Officiant/Pastor/Minister as possible. As a seasoned professional Wedding Photographer, I have encountered many different personalities marrying couples. This range of people giving me freedom to do what I want right through to people not wanting a photographer in the church. I have …

Wedding Tips: Now what? (Week 21)

It was a good Easter weekend. Your boyfriend popped the question. Your Mom is ecstatic. Dad is grumbling something about the budget. Your little sister is jealous and your brother still does not care. You have the ring on your finger. You are going to get married. Now what?! What …

Wedding Tips: Wedding candles in the wind (Week 20)

Ambience created by lighting has a major impact on the mood of your wedding. An easy and stylish way to achieve this is candles. If your ceremony and reception area is very dark its crucial to light it up. No use in having the whole of Kirstenbosch inside your venue …

WEDDING TIPS: FACING THE GUESTS (WEEK 18)

  I love it when the bridal couple faces the guests. See photo. In my opinion, this is probably one of the best ways to position yourself during the ceremony. You are basically at a 45 Degree angle towards the officiant on the one side and 45 degrees to the …

Wedding Tips: Group shots – Bench (Week 17)

  I talked about group shots a while back. See Wedding tips: Groups Where possible I also suggest using a bench. It creates a nice atmosphere and it’s easier to get more people in one photo as you can use levels. We have once even carried a big couch into …

Wedding Tips: Ladder – Group shot (Week 16)

  It’s always difficult to fit in 100 people on one photo. I luckily have a wide angle lens but the problem comes that I normally can only see the first row of people. The answer then is elevation. Unfortunately not every wedding has a high vantage point so the …

Wedding Tips: Cake Cutting area (Week 14)

  I find it sometimes so odd that professionals will spend days to prepare the most amazing cake just to put it on a table, in a corner, next to a Fire hydrant. The cake looks amazing but your eyes are immediately drawn to the BIG RED FIRE HYDRANT. Rather …

Wedding Tips: The R10 000 per hour bride (Week 13)

As a wedding photographer, I have the luxury of being right in the middle of all the action, but also having that outsider’s look on the whole occasion of a wedding day. After around 400 weddings I have seen my fair share of different type of brides. EVERY type of …

Wedding Tips: Predrinks (Week 12)

I always enjoy it when the couple actually joins for a part of the pre-drinks. It is such a social and casual event and it gives people the opportunity to really mingle and loosen up. Group photos also work great during this time. Obviously, at some stage, you have to …

Wedding Tips: Dates (Week 11)

One of the questions I get the most on e-mail is probably: How far in advance do we need to book you? The answer: I don’t  know. Probably anything from 1 day to 2 years. It all depends on the date. Here is an example: In 2013 – April 13 …

Wedding tips: Guestbooks (Week 9)

Traditionally guest books were a bit of a boring part of the wedding.  You had a very formal book and people wished you well in it. It was bland and very unimaginative. But these days there are so many options that are a lot more fun! Engagement/personal photo book I …

Wedding tips: Confetti (Week 8)

The Confetti part of the wedding has and always will be a great deal of fun and makes for great photos. It’s the first time the guests can say congratulations and pour “blessing” over the couple. According to www.weddinggs.co.uk: “Confetti is Italian for sweets which in Italy are thrown over …

Wedding Tips: Contacts (Week 7)

Chances are you have a found a service provider for your wedding that is REALLY good at what they do. They have been doing it for a while. You absolutely love their work and can’t wait for them to be part of your wedding. They know the industry and the …

Wedding Tips: Plains, Trains and Automobiles (Week 6)

Four to five years ago “The Wedding car” was still a major issue at weddings. It was almost as important as the wedding dress. Probably the groom’s stamp on the wedding day. Recently most of the weddings that we do all happen at the same venue, so the wedding car …

Wedding tips: Time of your life (week 5)

This is probably the most important planning that the photographer can help you with for your big day. The reality is that you only have so many hours to get a LOT of stuff done. You have to keep a lot of people happy plus you have to work with …

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