Memories Go Pro by Sean van Tonder
The bride will be radiant on her wedding day in her carefully chosen gown, hair and makeup perfect, hands and feet manicured. The groom will be dressed to the tee, suite fitting perfect, shoes polished, hair, face and hands prepped. It is possible that the two will never look as glam ever again.
The ceremony and reception locations are booked and the decor planning is turning out better than imagined with all dreams and plans coming together perfectly.
This is reason enough to record the day. A wedding is a defining moment in a re- lationship, emotions will run high, words will be spoken from the heart, and you will want to record each precious moment for eternity.
Photography is an art. When you hire a photographer, you are effectively com- missioning an artist to capture the magic of your special day. Photographic styles appeal to different tastes. You and your fiancé will decide on a style that appeals to you. Are you after formal, posed shots? Candid, fun shots? A photo journalism ap- proach with creative flair? More often than not your photos will be a blend of these photographic styles. Many photographers have excellent websites with galleries fea- turing many of their images – view these to make a shortlist of the photographers that appeal to you most.
Once you have compiled a shortlist it is ab- solutely essential that you actually meet with the photographer.
Not only to you have to ensure that you are hiring someone that does beautiful work, but you also need to feel comfortable with the photographer and actually like them. You will be spending a large part of a very special and important day with the photographer and it is essential that they bring out the best in both of you and your fiancé. Look for someone who will listen to what you want, but will also be organised and confident enough to provide di- rection where necessary.
A Few Wedding Day Tips •
Book you photographer at least a year
in advance – this will ensure that you get your first choice. •
your photographer. At the end of the day, when the party is over, photos are the memories that will last a lifetime. • •
Plan your wedding reception schedule Allocate at least 12% of your budget to
You generally get what you pay for. Communicate with service providers and
photographer on the time allocation for the day. They will tell you what time is needed to capture those special moments. •
ensuring that guests are entertained while you are having photos taken. •
Organise a pre-wedding shoot with your
photographer. It is really fun and helps you re- lax in front of the camera. •
Ask your photographer for service pro-
viders – hopefully he has been in the industry for some time and has a list of good vendors. A wedding is an amazing occasion – allow a professional to capture memories. w w w . s e a n v a n t o n d e r . c o m
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