Wedding photos: 5 popular trends

Photography by Milisa

Wedding photos: 5 popular trends

 
 

Wedding Photography

Make sure your wedding documentation is as picture-perfect as you’ve imagined.
Planning to get married? As you prepare for a picture-perfect occasion, consider these trends for five elements of modern wedding photography:

The engagement

Engagement photos have become increasingly popular as couples plan their weddings. The photos can be used in wedding-related materials, such as newspaper announcements, save-the-date cards, and even reception decor. A common trend for engaged couples is to choose a setting with personal significance, such as where the proposal took place or location of the first date.

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These pre-wedding photography sessions can also produce creative images of important wedding items, such as dresses and rings, or can transition into such niche wedding photography as boudoir shoots.

Here comes the bride

Photos showing the bride walking down the aisle can emphasize movement and anticipation and highlight the joy of the moment…

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What does God want from man?

A few weeks during Easter (2014), I had the privilege to be apart of an outreach in New York City, Central Park. The video attached to this post deals with a question that I think a lot of us ask? “What does God want from me?” Well to put it simply, he just wants your heart (the whole thing). Enjoy.

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Photographer’s Job Description

So you’ve got a great camera, your friends and family have told you that you have “a great eye for photography,” and you’re thinking, “What could be a better job than using my great camera to get paid for taking pictures?”

A few days ago at WPPI/ Photoplus Expo (Oct 2013) in New York City I attended a seminar by North Carolina instructor, published author, and award-winning children’s photographer, Tamara Lackey, she was terrific and quickly summed up a Photographer’s Job Description…

Here is her summary of what professional photographers do during a photo session that I found a little humorous and a lot true:

Professional Photographer Job Description (Photo Shoot Only):

Go out and not only think about taking great photographs, but also pour all your energy into finding innovative, fresh poses that don’t look posed, while constantly keeping your eyes open for fantastic candid moments while brushing back hair and wiping away snot and staying ever-cognizant of using great lighting, even as it shifts and changes bringing in fill lighting and rim lighting as needed, while you are scanning for the most interesting, least-distracting, backgrounds and foregrounds, despite the mosquitoes sucking blood from all exposed skin, and the sting of sweat dripping into your eyes, shooting flattering angles, but also mixing it up and composing and framing as artistically as possible with as much variety as possible while engaging your subjects individually, based on their specific personality types that you have been told about, as well as that you’ve surmised, taking care to represent families as a one, as a collective grouping o individuals who belong together, being sure to adjust your camera and lighting settings, as well as the position of your subjects to keep any collection of multiple individuals in the same plane of focus, avoiding lens glass glare and errant color casting, or any sort of under or over exposure, adjusting your ISO, shutter speed, aperture, exposure metering and white balance as you go while, of course keeping in mind everything the client wanted from the shoot; both the things they told you, and the things they didn’t, while referencing a list, either in you head or on a piece of paper or on your phone, of everything you wanted to get so you don’t miss out on any configurations that they might want when it comes down to preparing and showing them all the options for what you’ve captured while you are consistently responding to the energy of the unique dynamic that is each subject in each shoot as you create an experience that is exciting, relaxing, fun, upbeat, interesting, and, of course – lest we not forget – comfortable for our client. (Tamara Lackey)

So, you’ve got a great eye… Thats nice 😜

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Inside Out Project

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Inside Out Project
The Inside Out Project is an ongoing global multimedia, participatory art project started by the artist JR in 2011. It emerged after JR was announced as the winner of the 2011 TED Prize which awards US$100,000 to use towards “one wish to change the world.”[1]

For the Inside Out Project, JR wanted to include the public in the artistic process and ”transform messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.” As he told the New Yorker magazine, “Now I am just the printer.”[1]

Participants take photos of themselves and upload them to the Inside Out website. JR prints 36“ x 53“ black and white photos in his NYC studio and mails them to back to the participants who then paste them in their communities. Participants can contribute individual photos or can collaborate to create group projects. According to the official website on the 31st of May 2012 there were over 75,000 photos printed, around 9000 locations, and over 4000 projects.[2]

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A Photographer’s Review of a Jacques Reception Center (Hazlet, NJ)

A Photographer’s Review of a Jacques Reception Center (Hazlet, NJ)

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Many of my North & Central New Jersey Client’s who are planning their wedding will often contact me asking, “Hey, do you know any reception/ caterers we should check out?” Well, Jacques is one that I often refer. I have photgraphed quite a few weddings at the Hazlet, NJ location.
How’s the cerimonial garden for my wedding or reception? 

The reception center’s exterior feels a little bit like Rome. I love the Ceremonial Garden. You follow the cobblestone paths around a beautiful Roman Urn fountain. With grand old entry gates in to the lovely little Italian garden and the smell of the blooming flowers, sound of the splashing water, you and your guests will forget that they are in Jersey. As nightfalls the lights of the fountain turn on as well as the many accent lights around the garden…as a photographer, thats fun for me; I love ambient light and evening photographs.

How’s the interior of the reception center? 

The Bridal Suite is cozy with an antique old world charm. The main room has imported Italian crystal chandeliers, granite dance floors, warm contemporary colors, and a stone fireplace…yup, it’s nice!

How’s the staff?

From the moment you arrive, you are treated as you should be… “its your special day, and they make you feel like it”, said one of my brides.  Most of the weddings that I’ve photographed at Jacques were cultural and all had very large wedding parties! If you’ve ever attended a cultural wedding, you understand that tradition is very important and most all, schedules fall behind; my clients were all treated very well, and the staff was pleasant and very accommodating to my clients needs.

How was the food?

I’m a photographer, I don’t eat, I’m hired to work! lol The food looks lovely though =)

So, if your looking for a venue in North or Central New Jersey go and check out

Jacques Reception Center

Website: http://www.jacquescatering.com/reception-center

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JacquesCatering

Reception Center
500 Palmer Avenue,
Middletown NJ 07748
Phone: 732-671-0700

Thanks for stopping by,

Milisa

Photography by Milisa

http://www.photographybymilisa.com

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Wedding photos: 5 popular trends

Wedding photos: 5 popular trends

 
 

Wedding Photography

Make sure your wedding documentation is as picture-perfect as you’ve imagined.
Planning to get married? As you prepare for a picture-perfect occasion, consider these trends for five elements of modern wedding photography:

The engagement

Engagement photos have become increasingly popular as couples plan their weddings. The photos can be used in wedding-related materials, such as newspaper announcements, save-the-date cards, and even reception decor. A common trend for engaged couples is to choose a setting with personal significance, such as where the proposal took place or location of the first date.

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These pre-wedding photography sessions can also produce creative images of important wedding items, such as dresses and rings, or can transition into such niche wedding photography as boudoir shoots.

Here comes the bride

Photos showing the bride walking down the aisle can emphasize movement and anticipation and highlight the joy of the moment. If your wedding has a theme and your guests are dressed to complement it, having photographs taken at this time can be a great way to emphasize aisle decorations, capture the emotions of witnesses and show how everything has come together. These pictures are usually taken in a photojournalistic style by an unobtrusive photographer.

After the ceremony

While traditional photography may call for photos of the first kiss, newlyweds are finding additional moments to immortalize. Some find humor in having a photographer capture either the bride or groom escaping the wedding chaos to relax, while others enjoy the poignancy of photographing the couple stealing a moment together during the reception. In addition, more couples are opting for photo sessions after the wedding in which they don their formal wear for the last time. This can result in adventurous experimentation, such as a “trash-the-dress” session, as couples no longer have to protect their attire.

The reception

Modern receptions are often relaxed affairs, and one trend has photographers capturing the celebration naturally and candidly. That way, you have a  real representation of the day’s events and reactions of guests. Posed group shots can still be taken, but they often they incorporate carefree, edgy or overtly celebratory poses. For true party photos, some photographers set up photo booths for spontaneous and fun pictures.

Must-get shots

One of the most popular wedding photo trends isn’t a specific picture or pose, but the style in which it is shot. Contemporary couples are increasingly attracted to timeless, highly stylized wedding photos that incorporate expensive fashion, dramatic lighting and magazine-style poses. Such photographs can also offer you the opportunity for flattering and controlled closeups.

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Before you hire: Always select a photographer who is reputable and experienced. Make sure the photographer has the skills to frame you in your best light and produce timeless pictures. Peruse samples of potential photographers’ work to become familiar with their styles and see how they match your particular vision. Be sure the photographer you hire is open to your ideas

http://www.photographybymilisa.com

 

Date Published: Mar 05 2013
by S. Gonzales
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Plan early to pick photographer for your big event

Plan early to properly hire a photographer to document your wedding or other special event. 

 Just about everyone with a cell phone can take a focused picture. But not just anyone can photograph a wedding or other special event so its essence is forever captured. For that, you need an experienced wedding or event photographer. To find the right pro for your big day, follow these tips:

Set a budget: Decide on a price range before you contact photographers.

Identify your style: Be clear about what kind of photography you like, and what mix of image types you want. Answer these questions:

  • What kind of story do you want your pictures to tell?
  • Do you prefer a photojournalist approach or something more traditional?
  • Do you want mostly candid or posed shots?
  • Will you want pre-event photos, such as engagement portraits?

Review pros’ styles: Check photographers work online. Note the ones whose work you like.

Plan early: After choosing the date and venue, hiring a photographer is one of the major decisions when planning a wedding or major event.

Get recommendations:  If you plan to employ a wedding or event planner, ask for photographer recommendations. Or, ask family and friends who they’ve liked. 

Meet first: It’s important to schedule an interview with photographers you’re considering. When you do, make sure:

  • He or she’s available on the dates you’ve set.
  • To review any albums or additional images beyond what’s available online.
  • Avoid anyone whose personality you dislike or who is a poor communicator.

Be careful before signing a contract: It’s important to get everything in writing and equally important to read everything before you sign. One important element to consider is who will own the photos from your wedding or event. Make sure you know who has rights to the images. Also, be clear about what form your images will take. Will the photographer provide digital or print images or a combination? Ask about additional services, as well, such as a formally edited CD presentation, physical photo album or framed pictures.

 

by Rebecca A. Taylor (Online Contrib)
 
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Wedding Photos: 5 Things to Cover Before You Hire Your Photographer.

Wedding Photos: 5 Things to Cover Before You Hire Your Photographer.

How do you find your ideal wedding photographer? Ask the right questions about experience, specialty, customer service standards, availability, equipment and product package. The more you know about your photographer, the more composed you will be on your wedding day.

Are you a good photographer?

Every professional photographer will claim to be good. Your task would be to find out if he or she is good for you. Start by checking online presence — portfolio website, social networking pages and customer reviews. A serious photographer will have a site where he flaunts his or her body of work. Beyond looking at the work online, ask these questions when you meet:

  • How did you get into wedding photography?
  • When did you start selling your services?
  • What photography style are you known for?
  • Could you show us samples of wedding albums you’ve done?
  • Can you provide us with references we can contact?

Can we rely on you?
You want a photographer you can depend on, someone with professional work standards, good ethics and skill at crisis management. On your wedding day, you shouldn’t have to cope with service failures and frustrations. Ask these questions when qualifying prospects:

  • What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on our wedding day?
  • What do you do when your equipment malfunctions?
  • How early can you arrive and how late can you stay?
  • What if the event lasts longer than scheduled — will you charge extra?
  • If we have an outdoor reception and the weather forces us to relocate, how will you adapt?

Have you done this before?
Familiarity with your wedding’s location would be an advantage for a photographer. If you’re having a traditional or thematic ceremony and the photographer has experience shooting it, then that’s another plus. This includes knowing where to set up gear, which angles to shoot and what lighting tools to use to best capture the moments. If you see value in this expertise, be sure to get answers to these questions:

  • Have you photographed at our venue before?
  • We will have an unconventional wedding ceremony — have you had experience with something similar?
  • Have you worked with a wedding of this size?
  • Will you be taking the pictures yourself?
  • What types of equipment will you use?
  • How much space do you need?

What else can you do?


Don’t forget to discuss package deals, special offers and complementary services. Clarify specifics in terms of turnaround time and cost. These questions will guide you in exploring your options:

  • What services are included in your package?
  • Will you cover the engagement party and wedding rehearsals?
  • Can we give you a list of specific shots we want?
  • Will you offer online ordering for us and our quests?
  • How soon will the proofs be ready?
  • Will they be available digitally? Online?
  • When will we receive the wedding albums?

What are your terms and conditions?


As with any contractual arrangement, the terms and conditions between you and your wedding photographer must be clear at the outset. To avoid any legal entanglements, ask about your rights and responsibilities:

  • Can we review a sample of your service contract?
  • How far in advance of the event must we sign the contract?
  • What are your payment terms?
  • What is your cancellation/refund policy?
  • Do you have liability insurance?

Date Published: Feb 28 2013
by Ruby Bayan, Angie’s List contributor

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Editorial Photography

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Britney, editorial photography

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Freezing still in April

Freezing in April

Freezing in April

 

Its still freezing out, but at least the view is great!

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