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One important question that couples should consider asking their Reverend or Registrar is if their photographer has to follow any restrictions during their wedding ceremony.
What kind of wedding ceremony restrictions?
Some examples of common restrictions:
- No flash photography.
- The photographer is only permitted to stand in one position and not move during the service.
- The photographer is only permitted to photograph from the back of the church.
- Not allowed to photography during the wedding ceremony.
- No confetti in the courtyard.
Why are there sometimes restrictions?
Your Reverend may feel that flashes going off, constant clicking sounds from a camera whilst taking photos or a photographer moving all over the place taking photos at various angles etc is too much of a distraction during your wedding service.
Are they right?
My personal view is that if the Bride and Groom pays and books the wedding venue and hires a professional photographer to take photos during their wedding ceremony then it should be up to the Bride and Groom to decide on what restrictions their photographer should follow.
However, its currently down to the individual discretion of your venues Reverend or Registrar.
So what should I do?
My advice is speak to your reverend or registrar to find out if there are any restrictions that your photographer has to follow during your wedding ceremony, so that you know in advance.
Notice – Wedding Prices are due to go up from July 2013 so take advantage out of current prices and Book now!
(IMPORTANT NOTICE) – Book before July to take advantage of my current prices as from July, my prices are due to go up.
Professional Photography is rewarding and I love every bit of it but it is also expensive. Therefore, after careful consideration and feedback from previous clients who love my work and have said that I should charge more as well as feedback from my friends and family, I have decided to increase my prices to match the expense of running this business, the hard work I put in and the quality of work I produce.
I have found over the last few years that after all the expenses of running this type of business and having to work a part time job to survive that it is now time for me to push myself in becoming a full-time photographer and cover the cost of running this business more effectively so that I can continue to produce beautiful photography for my lovely past, present and future clients.
My prices will still very reasonable and aimed around the same as my local reasonably priced competition.
I am still offering my budget photography package for only £225 (previously named Ceremony only package) as I still want to provide photography packages to those with different types of budgets.
So to summarize, from July, my prices will be:
Budget Photography Package – £225
(unlimited photos, up to 2 hours coverage time)
Half Day Package – £595
(unlimited photos, up to 5 hours coverage time)
All Day Package – £795
(unlimited photos, up to 10 hours coverage time)
(The half day and All Day Packages come with a Leatherette Folio included in the price) (see my full Wedding Package info and Prices here)
So as you can see, although my prices are due to go up, there are still very reasonable for the service and quality of work I aim hard to provide!
When booking your Wedding photographer, it is always a good idea to meet them before hand so that you can discuss whats on offer in their photography packages aswell as learn a little bit more about each other and find out more about how your photographer works.
I recently had a lovely meeting with Georgina and Adam in Dorchester at their home to discus their upcoming wedding at St George's Church in Dorchester and then their Wedding Meal and Speeches at the Dorchester Corn Exchange.
We discussed my style of natural photography where I document the Wedding through photos being as unobtrusive as possible while they enjoy their special day. I discussed with them how I like to capture happiness and expressions between couples, family and friends as most often at weddings, your wedding guests would probably have not seen each other for a little while and theirs normally lots of catching up to do. As a photographer, it is my passion to capture these emotions and all the little goings on thats happening around the bride and groom during their special day as well as capturing the celebration of their wedding day.
I got out my laptop and showed them a Wedding slideshow of one of my favourite weddings and they really loved the style and how natural my photos were.
I answered any questions they had regarding my experience and style and I feel that we bonded very well. The atmosphere of the consultation was great as we got on really well and they happily decided to book me as their wedding photographer.
I feel it is important that the photographer and the client(s) bond well as this makes the day of shooting their wedding in a much more relaxed enviroment rather than having some stranger turn up to your special day who you may or may not like.
I always try to make my clients feel as comfortable around me as possible as this helps in the process of creating beautiful photography.
If you are getting married or know of someone who is getting married and in need of a reasonably priced professional photographer then please do get in touch so that we can meet up and discuss your special day as well as asking any questions you may have and get to know each other so that you will book me for your wedding day.
I really am a nice friendly photographer, get in touch to see for yourself
Well today we went to Maiden Newton in Dorset for the event ‘Maiden Newton At War’. The weather wasn’t too bad and there were a lot of things going on.
We had a great time and I got plenty of snaps of the things going on around, I would recommend Maiden Newton at War event to anyone, its brilliant for all the family.
My Photos of the Event
The following except was taken of the website: http://www.maidennewtonatwar.co.uk
Maiden Newton at War is an event run by ’1940s Maiden Newton’ to raise funds for local charities and good causes.
During the Second World War Maiden Newton was recognised as an important railhead for the D Day preparations. A U.S. Quartermaster’s Store was established and supplied by road and rail. Maiden Newton was also directly linked to the coast by two different railway lines, the Great Western Railway to Weymouth and the Bridport Branch to Bridport and West Bay. Because of this Maiden Newton was turned into an ‘Anti Tank Island’. Hundreds of anti tank blocks were constructed along with anti tank ditches and road blocks to form a ring of obstacles around the village. In addition several ‘Pill Boxes’ and at least one ‘Spigot Mortar’ was also constructed, there is also evidence to suggest that two ‘Flame Fougasse’ booby traps were established in the lanes leading to the village.
In recognition of this important role that Maiden Newton played during WW2 a group of local residents decided to put on an event in June 2008 called Maiden Newton at War. This event attempted to interpret our history both military and civilian with displays, authentic music and battle re-enactments. Maiden Newton was never attacked by German forces, however if Operation Sea Lion, the planned German invasion of England, had taken place then one of the landing forces was tasked to progress along the Bridport Branch Line to Maiden Newton, then onto Bristol via the Great Western Railway. Our battles reflect what might have happened. It was due largely to the efforts of the RAF during the Battle of Britain in 1940 that this invasion never took place and a good deal of uncertainty amongst the commanding officers of the German army, navy and air force. Had they all been able to agree then the story might well have been different.
A second, overwhelmingly successful, event took place in 2010. We were joined by a complimentary event – Armour and Embarkation, which brought a great deal of WW2 armour to West Dorset for the first time since 1945. We also had the privilege of leading the Dorchester Carnival along with Armour and Embarkation. Our battles were bigger and better than ever with a Seafire joining in on the Saturday and Jim Clark’s Sherman tank coming out to play on the Sunday. The quality of the re-enactors was outstanding and we were joined by the ‘Red Ball Express’ for the first time. Maiden Newton at War just gets better and better, we can’t wait for 2012.
The seating plan is a critical organisational task of planning the reception. It becomes an increasingly difficult juggling act as complications arise, people drop out and new guests are added. The seating plan must never be left to the last minute.
It should be decided if there will be a traditional top table and whether young and old will be mixed. People’s personalities, history and interests should be considered when placing individuals.
When looking into booking a Wedding Photographer for your special day, it can be quite a bewildering task for many brides to be in understanding the difference between all the different styles of photography available to you.
Many years ago (even to this day) The Traditional Wedding photographer would be known for his/her formal style where every photo was staged and posed including grouping your family members and your friends. This once was how things were done but it got to a point where the final product lacked a certain lustre in style and uniqueness.
Nowadays the varied contemporary photojournalism styles have become more prefered to the original formal style. The Wedding photography world has become more about telling the story of the special day rather than about everyone in attendance. This is why we now have styles such as candid, informal, documentary and reportage photography to choose from, but what the heck do they all mean I hear you wonder, well keep reading and I will enlighten you.
This style of photography is a style of spontaneous point and shoot. A candid photograph is created without making a posed appearance. This style of photographer would likely mix within the crowds to capture the celebration and joy within your photographs with up close shots of your friends and family catching up, enjoying themselves, making fools of themselves after a few too many glasses of alcohol and also focusses on expressions, smiles, laughter and glances of love between your and your partner during your special day.
Candid photography describes the style of spontaneous “point and shoot” one might associate with the paparazzi. A candid photographer is experienced in seeking out the intricate stories and details during your event; often mixing amongst the guests to get the best shots. This style is ideal if you really want to capture the essence of joy and celebration within photographs; up-close shots of friends and family enjoying catching up, drinking and dancing. A candid photographer focuses in upon the smiles, expressions and glances of love exchanged between you and your partner, throughout that special day.
Reportage / Documentary Photography
Reportage Photography is not a lot different to the contemporary style of candid photography and is used to capture the story of your special day through pictures.
A Reportage Photographer will likely be as unobtrusive as possible so that he can capture the event as naturally as possible by using certain angles and natural light to take photos that you were most likely unaware they were being taken.
This style of photo journalism is about capturing the story of the wedding or event in a documentary style.
*Please note that Reportage and Documentary photography are the same thing, some photographers use the word Reportage as it sounds nicer but they are exactly the same thing.
Informal photography is the style a photographer would use to go a step further to make each photo a unique piece of art using a combination of composition, depth of field and candid photography and generally the photos really stand out!
A Informal Photographer would often include both candid and reportage styles and sometimes uses software like photoshop to touch up the photos however the majority of professional photographers would get the balances right to achieve the effects naturally. (or a bit of both).
Formal Photography is generally applied to staged / posed photographs that are accustomed to framing and hanging on the wall after your special day.
Formal photography is great if you prefer to formally photograph all of the important people attending your wedding in the photos.
Formal photography is somewhat outdated these days but many photographers still use aspects of it to include those all important group photos that we all love in our wedding album.
There are some concepts you should know that can make you look better in pictures, regardless of whether it’s a professional photographer who poses you or it’s your uncle whose instruction is limited to “stand over there and smile”. For the most part, these tips about how to pose yourself are optical illusions, usually caused by the fact that the camera is monocular (one-eyed) as opposed to binocular (two-eyed). The tips are easy and might be likened to the world’s most painless diet. If someone were to say that you would look ten pounds thinner simply by standing a certain way, I’m sure you would jump at the chance.By knowing these secrets, and even spending some time in front of a mirror practicing thembefore the big day, you can help look your best on your wedding day.
TIP #1: The Movie Kiss
This is probably the most important tip that you should learn prior to your big day, if you master this, then your photos will look AMAZING!!
During your day, there will be a lot of kissing going on and it is normal to passionately smash you lips and nose together and become one face whilst having a very passionate “I truly Love you Kiss” but on photos these just don’t look good!.
Instead, Do it like they do in the movies (for the photos at least!) Barely touch your lips together, keep your noses and cheeks apart and tilt your heads in slightly opposite directions. Now Hold it! Your photographer (hopefully me) will need some time to take some photos and capture the moment. Now once your photographer is done, you may release and come up for air. repeat as needed.
TIP #2: Point Your Toe
By pointing your toe, you shift your weight to your
back foot, which in turn causes your hips to shift.
This hip-shift makes you look more appropriately
curvy. You want to end up with one of your hips
and one side of your buttock slightly more
pronounced than the other. As with everything, a
little goes a long way, so just shift your hips a little.
TIP #3: Stand Strait, Don’t Slouch!
Standing straight can do wonders for your image.
Although the groom can also benefit from good
posture, it is especially important, and perhaps
more difficult, for you. This is because chances are
that you have never worn a headpiece and veil for
a whole day before. Don’t worry about your
headpiece falling off; if it does, there will be plenty
of willing hands to help fix it.
TIP #4: Relax Your Shoulders!
People have a tendency to tighten and raise
their shoulders when they get nervous. This
causes a few problems. It makes your
shoulders appear narrower than they really
are, your neck seems shorter, and most
importantly, it creates a feeling and look of
tenseness. This is quite subtle, and to resist it
you have to concentrate on relaxing your
shoulders. Let them fall naturally.
TIP #4: Position Your Shoulders to 45°
Because of the camera’s monocular view, it is
hard to judge depth in a photograph. If you
turn your body slightly to the right or left, you
can appear thinner.
For example, if you are standing with your
shoulders parallel to the camera you might be
24 inches wide when measured from shoulder
to shoulder.But, if you turn your body to a 45°
angle, the measurement from shoulder-to shoulder,
in the photo, might be reduced to
only 18 inches.
With your shoulders square to the camera
your body might only be eight inches deep
from breastbone to spine. With your
shoulders at a 45° angle, the depth of your
body, which is now measured shoulder to
shoulder, is probably 12 to 15 inches.
In fact, generally speaking, your entire body
should never be square with the camera; is
should always be at some angle, usually 45°
TIP #5: Get Your Elbows Away!
In a photograph, if you stand with your
elbows touching the sides of your body,
your body will look as wide as the elbow-toelbow
On the other hand, if you move your elbows
slightly away from your sides, creating a
small separation between your body and
your arm, people will notice the cut-in of
your waistline in your photographs.
With your arms out, separate from your
body, your torso appears slimmer.
In the course of moving your elbows
outward, make sure that you don’t also lift
This trick requires care in its use. You want
to see a slight separation between your
body and elbows. If you move your arms
too far away it will look like you’re doing the
TIP #6: Banish Those Double Chins
In an effort to hide a double chin, many people will
tilt their head slightly backward. In actuality, this has
an adverse effect. It makes your chin more
conspicuous, shows off the insides of your nostrils,
and makes your eyes, the most expressive facial
feature, look smaller.
Lifting the chin is the right idea because it stretches
the folds under your chin more tightly, helping to
eliminate this unwanted feature. However, the
foundation for this illusion starts much lower in the
body, it starts at your waist.
To reduce the look of a potential double chin, lean
forward slightly at the waist and then tilt your head
slightly backward. This keeps your face in its normal
position, and the tilt at the waist cancels the
backward tilt of your head.
TIP #7: Lower Your Chin
Now that we’ve taken care of any double chins,
it’s time to accentuate the facial feature that
expresses the most about you—your eyes.
If you lower your chin by a small fraction of an
inch, you will be tilting your face downward and
your eyes will therefore be closer to the camera
than your chin and mouth. This will make your
eyes appear larger.
Just a tiny dose of this little trick is all you need,
so use it sparingly.
You will need to practice these two techniques
together in front of a mirror. They may feel
unnatural, but like all professional posing, the
results should be beneficial.
TIP #8: About Eye Glasses
I’ve seen brides with a tired eye who don’t wear
their glasses and then are unhappy with their
photos because their eye is wandering in every
picture. Other brides go to the trouble and expense
of getting contacts, but don’t spend enough time
getting used to them before the wedding. Their eyes
then get bloodshot, or they find the flash annoying.
These brides often end up with a stack of proofs in
which they blink a lot of the time.
If You Wear Glasses
1. Photo-gray lenses are just no good. They
darken when outdoors, and even when you
are inside, they appear dark in photos.
2. There are non-glare lenses that you can
put in your existing frames for relatively
little cost. While not 100% effective, they
help reduce reflections.
3. Have your frames professionally adjusted
before the wedding. Make sure the lenses
do not tilt upward because this will amplify
the reflection from the camera’s flash.
4. If possible, the lenses should tilt slightly
downward so the flash will be reflected
harmlessly towards the ground. This trick
can also be accomplished by lowering your chin slightly.
TIP #9: Relax Your Forehead
Many times, in an effort to accentuate their
eyes, brides will try to open them as widely as
possible. You’ve probably heard some family
photographer say, “Don’t squint.” Yet all too
often in the process of ‘not squinting’ people
raise their eyebrows.
This only creates unwanted wrinkles on their
forehead. While it is important to avoid
squinting, you want to avoid raised brows or a
It helps greatly to practice your facial poses in
front of a mirror. This is true of all of the posing
mentioned; take the time to practice until you
are familiar with the movements
TIP #9: Important Words to the Wise
All the suggestions and little tips and tricks
about posing should be used sparingly. Your
application of these ideas should be measured
in fractions of an inch.
As a test case, stand in front of a mirror and
look at yourself. Now lower your chin 1/4 of an
inch (such a tiny distance). Then, try it again, but
this time lower your chin a full inch. In the first
case you’ll hardly notice the difference in the
mirror, but in photos, your eyes will look larger.
In the second instance the photo may result in
No one trick is going to magically transform
you into a super-model. However, by using all
of them, each one improving your presented
image a little bit, the end result should add up
to a noticeable change in your photographs.
TIP #10: Bouquets
There are three basic types of bouquets; arm,
cascade, and snowball.
The arm bouquet is made from long-stem flowers
and doesn’t have a handle in the traditional sense. It
most often looks best running along one of your
forearms with the blossoms nestled into the crock of
your arm. Place your free hand on your waist or
wrap your fingers (with your hand palm-down) around
the lower part of the stems.
Hints for the Arm Bouquet
1. Never cup your second hand under the
end of the stems. It appears very
uncomfortable and your hand will look like
a closed fist.
2. You should flip the bouquet to either arm
depending upon how you are standing so
that the blossoms and not the stem-ends
are more prominent.
3. Never hold an arm bouquet vertically.
Snowball and cascade bouquets are similar, but the
snowball is round while the cascade is elongated
with the flowers flowing out and down. Both have
As with the arm bouquet, you should never cup
your free hand under the base of the handle.
Instead, keep your wrists near your hips, with the
rear hand holding the handle and the other palm-up,
supporting the blossoms.
Finally, when holding either a snowball or cascade
bouquet, you should not be able to see the flowery
top of it when you look down. Tilting the bouquet
slightly forward, you should be able to see a bit of
your hands and the handle next to your belly. This
way it will be set appropriately for the camera.
A Final Word on Flowers
All too often the flower sizes chosen do not fit the
bride that they were made for. An overly large
bouquet for a petite bride, or a very small
bouquet for a full-figured bride, can create an
Also, whichever bouquet you happen to choose,
the question, “How should I hold my bouquet?”
can be answered with just two words, “Lower it.”
If you are unsure how low to hold your flowers,
just remember to point your palms inward and let
your wrists rest on your hipbones.
* The majority of this post was adapted from Steve Sint’s book ‘The Bride’s Guide to Wedding Photography’, Lark Books, 2004, pp. 20-25, 32-33,35.
AVERAGE WEDDING COST (UK)
(This information was taken from www.weddingsday.co.uk)
Depending on where you look, the average wedding cost here in the UK falls anywhere between a huge £15,000 and a staggering £25,000, with the cumulative average figure settling around the £18,500 mark (in case you’re reading this after 5 pints or a bottle of plonk, yes, you did read it correctly!)
Understanding how much each activity or item will cost is crucial to effective budgeting, so based on this figure of £18,500, we have put together an average wedding cost chart to help you on your way (exclusive of the engagement ring and celebrations which for information average out at just over £1000).
It is important to remember that it’s not how much you have to spend, but how effectively you spend what money you have that counts. With this in mind, even if you have a budget of just a £1000 or so, you can still have a superb wedding. The key to everything is to pay attention to the average wedding cost percentage figures in the right hand column, not the average wedding cost figures in the centre column.
Reception (Venue, food & drinks)
Evening Reception (Venue, food & drinks)
Balloons & Decorations
The Bride’s Outfit
Hair & Beauty
The Groom’s Outfit
The Wedding Cake
Stag & Hen Nights
Honeymoon & First night hotel
The above table is based on the average wedding cost for a UK-based wedding – weddings abroad are, on the whole, cheaper affairs. The table also assumes that you will plan, organise, and arrange everything yourself – things that a wedding planner can do for you. If you do wish to hire in such help, costs do vary and you will either be charged a flat fee, percentage based fee, or a combination of both.
(Taken from www.weymouthweddingfayre.co.uk)
Inspired from previous Brides, weve managed to come up with a list of the unforgetables to help your day run smoothly!
- Book that beauty appointment! Clean, shaped eyebrows open the eyes and create a wide eye look. They will also advise the best skincare and makeup for the day. This is great for photos and your confidence.
- Get your feet measured, most of us assume we are wearing the right size. Try to wear your new shoes and break them in. Cover them with cut off tights, so not to damage them and wear them at least a few weeks before the wedding.
- Always buy new shoes in the afternoon or early evening when your feet are at their largest. Feet swell during the day.
- If you’re wearing a veil make sure its fitted correctly by the hairdresser or bridal store. It takes a while to learn how to hold a pose whilst wearing one.
- Most brides choose a creamy white dress, this is so it doesn’t create glare when photographed and it’s also kinder to most skin tones.
- Be careful with make up trends,the classic look is probably best and your photos will be timeless.
- In photos don’t keep both arms entirely straight, bend one or both to create space between the arm and body.
- Before close up photos of the rings shake out your hands, gently place them on bouquet or grooms hands etc, so that they look beautiful, and not like a claw.
- When entering the church or venue and walking up the aisle, look up at your friends and family and your fiancé. Smile and they will smile back at you.
- Even if you have a professional photographer booked, give every guest disposable cameras to get their view on your special day.
- A Celebrity trick, in your photos, stand at an angle with one foot slightly in front of the other, and on hip if you want to. It elongates the body for an instant slimming trick!
- Make sure you have a suitable storage box for your dress, acid free boxes keeps them looking as good as new.
- Keep all your wedding plans and ideas in a pretty folder, it makes very intresting reading for any little girl in years to come.
- Dont forget the groom, always make sure hes up to speed with his plans!
- Try to keep your wedding day yours. You get what you wish for. If things dont go according to plan, just celebrate the day and enjoy the ride!