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17 Feb 2012
How to Capture the Right Photographer - Canadian Bride
1. Create a short list of photographers based on recommendations from family and friends. Conduct a short phone interview. The first question to ask is if they are available on the date of your wedding!
2. Narrow down your list based on the phone interview, and then meet with at least two potentials. You need to consider whether his or her style and personality matches your overall vision for your wedding day. It’s imperative that you have a comfortable relationship with your photographer.
3. Review a few of their albums. This will give you a sense of their finished product and ensure that the photographer does, in fact, have experience.
4. Once you’ve selected the photographer, discuss the specific services you require and the hours you will need them. Usually photographers come early – perhaps two hours before the ceremony – to capture some candid moments. It can be typical for a photographer to spend eight hours covering a wedding.
5. Work with your photographer. You need their help coordinating the day’s timetable to ensure that portraits are being done in the best light, that everyone shares the same vision for the photos, and that there is no rush.
6. Seek your photographer’s input on photography conditions at the venue.
7. When the photos arrive, pour over all the proofs. Decide on your package in advance and determine what kind of album you want, how many portraits you would like, and if a disk of high resolution images can be included.
8. Save a few smiles – and kisses – for the end of the night. Your photographer will want to get some of these to close out the evening – and your album.
28 Feb 2012
The wedding day items that could save your butt
Shooting weddings has taught me a lot about common mishaps and mistakes that are prevalent and almost communal in the fact that they've happened in almost EVERY SINGLE WEDDING. One of the last weddings I shot, the bride had craftily brought her own "Oh Sh*t" Kit. That's when the proverbial lightbulb went *ding* in my head, and I thought — like every Californian needs an Earthquake Preparedness Kit, every bride should have an "Oh Sh*t" Kit.
Here are the things to include in your bridal "Oh Sh*t" Kit:
Needle and thread: In fact, pack an entire mini sewing kit with scissors, needle, threads, extra buttons, safety pins, etc.
Scissors: There's always something that needs cutting, weather it be a loose thread or the price tag left on a dress or tie.
Super glue, or any other kind of adhesive: I once saw a bridesmaid break her heel right before the ceremony — super glue came in reeeeeally handy.
Sunscreen: VERY necessary if you're having an outdoor wedding, not only for the bride but for the whole bridal party. Even if you're not having an outdoor wedding, consider bringing some if you plan on doing portrait sessions outdoors.
Bobby pins and hair stuff: Bring extra bobby pins, hair ties, and a brush or comb.
First aid kit: I love these Johnson & Johnson mini first aid kits so much that I supplied them in my welcome bags for all my out of town wedding guests. They came in really handy in a lot of unfortunate occasions — like when I got stung by a bee at the rehearsal dinner!
Stain remover: A Tide To Go pen or Shout Wipes have saved many a near wedding outfit stain disaster at one too many weddings, let me tell ya. Whether it's a stains on your white dress from sitting on something funky, or an unbalanced bridesmaid with a glass of red wine, these babies come in SUPER handy.
Something for headaches: Advil, Aspirin, Tylenol — whatever works for you when that stress headache rears its ugly head. Also great for near the end of the evening when your feet are KILLING you from your fancy new wedding shoes.
Lighters: Trust me, even if you're not a smoker, bring a lighter. There's always a candle that goes out or even a bon fire pit at the venue that may be calling your name.
Something naughty: Speaking of lighters… sometimes an emergency stash of your guilty pleasure can be the ONLY thing that will bring you back from the brink of wedding day insanity. Keep a secret cigarette stash for a quite moment to yourself. I've seen bridesmaids do a pre-wedding nip on a flask to calm nerves. (The one pictured above has room for both!) Hell, what about a Vicodin or a mini vibrator? Whatever calms ya down and makes ya' happy in an emergency 'sitch.
Snacks: Bring an apple, a bag of trail mix, or an energy bar in case you don't have time to eat. It'll calm your stomach and any residual crankiness. Also a bottle of water can be a life saver.
Tote bag: The great thing is that all these items are small, so you don't need to bring a very large bag with you. A tote that's the size of a lunch bag will do just fine. So find something fun and funky that will stand out and be easy to find like this child's lunch bag.