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Aargh! I’m SO excited to share this one with you, can you tell?!!! Can’t believe it took me so many days to even think of the idea for it really, considering how few the things are that really make me think MINE in any kind of possessive way!
You nearly had a picture of a dark chocolate Terrys Orange – funnily enough chocolate was both my first response to today’s subject and my daughter’s too – hilarious how alike we are sometimes!
My next thought was my beautiful classical guitar, a much treasured and enjoyed christmas present from over 30 years ago, but although I can still play it passably well, strictly speaking I’ve given it to my son, who has far surpassed my Grade 4, and is currently getting ready to take his Grade 8 Classical Guitar exam in a few months time. He’s so talented at all things guitar that he was actually chosen with a couple of friends to play a medley of guitar pieces for the Queen when she opened the Turner Centre in 2011.
And then I remembered.
Tucked away, in tissue paper and it’s original box, at the top of the airing cupboard is my own wedding dress. Made of ivory coloured raw silk, simple in it’s design, and the fulfillment of every girlhood dream I had ever had about my one day dream wedding dress, and all MINE! Also carefully folded with it was my full length veil, edged in antique lace. I LOVED that veil! And after a quick dig in the cupboard I dug out my pearl necklace that was also bought especially for my wedding day.
When I got married 20 years ago, wedding photography was still very formal, with lots of group photos dominating every album. I was lucky, in that my eldest brother was a keen photographer, and was also an RAF photographer in his ‘day’ job, so more than qualified to take the photos of my wedding day, and I did get lots of other, more informal wedding photos than was usual at the time. Even so, all of the little wedding detail photos which I love to photograph today were just not the norm back then, so I never had an detail shots of my wedding dress, veil, necklace or shoes.
Until today…when the title of today’s photo challenge made me think of my own wedding dress. So here it is, one to tuck in to my own wedding album I think!
You would have thought that this would be an easy title, coming straight after Christmas like this, but I really didn’t want to just go with the obvious with this project, so a pile of new christmas presents was quickly ruled out.
Then I wondered whether I could get away with using it as an excuse for visiting the January Sales…..well it was worth a try right?
So then my mind wandered right back to my photography, as it so often does, and I knew just what would fit the bill. For quite a while now I’ve been looking at ways to incorporate a more fashion inspired style into various aspects of my photography – wedding photography is ideally suited to incorporating some posed and styled portraits within the mix, and teenagers love nothing better than getting dressed up in their finest and striking a pose if you make it a fun and fashion oriented portrait photography shoot in a cool location. So along with buying some additional lighting equipment so that I can add a bit of drama and even more creativity into the mix, I’ve also been on the look out for a good book or two for inspiration.
So here’s my Something New, my christmas present to myself, of a gorgeous book of black and white portraits of influential american women, all wearing Calvin Klein, and photographed by Bryan Adams. Something to feed my soul and give my creativity a little nudge. And because I’m something of a bookaholic there’s a 2nd book in there too, on how to get things done, in the hopes it may help get me organised!
Choosing your Kent wedding photographer
In the first part of How to choose your wedding photographer I discussed decisions about the style of your photographer, and the need to consider their personality and how it may impact on your day and that of your friends and family.
In Part 2 I want to give you some ideas about how to judge the quality of a wedding photographer’s work, and consider the things you might ask.
Quality of photography
While this may seem like the easiest or most obvious part of choosing your photographer, it can actually be the hardest for lost of couples. At first glance, the images on many photographers websites may appear perfect purely because they look way better than what most of us are used to posting on facebook straight from our mobile phones! But when you start taking a more considered look, and start comparing the work of different photographers more carefully, you may be surprised at the variation in quality of work that you will find.
Things to look for include:
- Are their images sharp and properly focussed, nicely composed and properly lit and exposed? As simple as it sounds, sadly, you would be surprised at how many ‘professional’ photographers cannot even achieve this.
- Do the colours appear natural, or do they have a strange colour cast to them? Now that the world of photography has gone digital, photographers can no longer rely on the photography lab to colour correct their images for them, but have to do this themselves as part of the post processing of the images. It is important that your photographer has an understanding of how to achieve this and that they are working on monitors which they have been correctly colour balanced with the specialist equipment required for the job. All monitors vary in the way that they portray colour, so when you are looking at wedding photographers websites it’s worth looking on a couple of different devices if you really like an individual photographer’s style but are concerned that the colours look a little strange, as it may be that the monitor you are looking at is also not accurately portraying their work! This is also a reason why I as a photographer am always so keen to be able to provide the final printed product for my customers, as I have access to professional labs and equipment which I know will do full justice to the colour of the images that I captured. Unfortunately this is not always the case with the cheaper high street laboratories. It’s also worth noting that colour casts aren’t always wrong – they can be used creatively to give a nice warm glow to a cosy evening image, or a cold wintry bite to a winter wedding image for example.
- Has the photographer used the focus creatively to draw the eye into the photograph, and highlight one aspect of the image over the rest, or are their images uniformly in focus throughout? It’s true that this can be the chosen style for a handful of photographers, but more often it indicates that the photographer has a lack of understanding of how to use his camera in a creative manner, or lacks understanding of basic photographic techniques.
When you meet with a wedding photographer, don’t be afraid to ask to see a larger selection of photographs from one or two complete weddings, in order to satisfy yourself that they can maintain the standard of photography displayed on their website throughout a whole wedding.
In addition, think about any particular issues with regard to your wedding, and how they might impact on your wedding photography, and ask the photographer how they would handle those issues. For example, are you having a winter candle-lit ceremony, or is your church or venue particularly dark or poorly lit? You need to feel confident that your photographer knows how to manage these types of situations and that they have the professional level of camera and lenses to manage in these situations – of course no camera can take photos in the dark, but there is a huge difference between what a newer model professional specification camera can achieve compared to an older model or a hobby or entry level digital slr can achieve.
Next time, in Part 3 of Choosing a Wedding Photographer I will look at decisions and choices regarding the cost of your wedding photography and what you might expect to get for your money.
If you are still looking for a Kent wedding photographer for your wedding, why not give me a ring on 07500 149415 for a friendly chat about how I might help you, or alternatively why not drop me a line about what you are looking for here: Kent Wedding Photographer