Whether it is a wedding, Sweet 16 birthday, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or major anniversary in Jacksonville, the celebrants want to hold on to their memories through as many pictures as possible. Even a professional photographer will not be able to capture all of those special moments and emotions. The solution is to have as many photographers as possible. However, that can be a bit expensive. Therefore, consider having disposable cameras that the guests can use to take pictures and share with the party hosts.
If you are in the party planning business, or even selling cameras, these are great products for special occasions. The disposable cameras do not cost much and provide an opportunity to get a wider range of pictures then just having a professional. This is a great suggestion for the host and a great opportunity for your business to offer something truly special.
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Each photographer has his or her own style of taking pictures. After many years of shooting, you usually can narrow the various techniques and approaches into different style categories. I have narrowed it down to four different typical formats of wedding photography that we cover. We are completely and fully comfortable shooting each one and allow the couple to choose which style best represents their personality and personal flair!
1. Wedding Photojournalism
A wedding photojournalistic style of photography involves the photographer not being involved nearly as much as normal. The story is told though the photographs and emphasis is taken off of the typical posed and planned pictures. With this style of wedding photography, we tend to stand on the sidelines and shoot from the background, becoming as unobtrusive as possible. However, the photos we capture put the viewer right in the mix of what is going on. We capture natural moments that happen in reality without the typical setting up and posing a picture. With this style of photography, we consider ourselves to be "photographic storytellers," guiding the viewer through the "story" of your wedding day. This is our choice format of wedding photography. We truly enjoy finding those definite moments of significance that often pass by too quickly and capturing them within our lens.
2. Traditional Wedding Photography
Unlike the wedding photojournalistic style, this style of photography has much involvement from the photographer. Many of the portraits are set up and posed, incorporating a more traditional approach to wedding pictures. The wedding photographer acts as a director of sorts, guiding the wedding party and guests into formations and poses for photos. Although the main style of shooting for our studio is the Wedding Photojournalistic style, we do have experience in directing and leading wedding parties into the posed group and individual formal pictures.
3. Fashion Wedding Photography
This style of wedding photography rings true with its name - it is focused on the element of fashion. Brides who request fashion wedding photos to be taken often book studio time outside of a normal wedding day shoot. This allows the photographers to plan out a session incorporating more lighting and creative techniques. Doing a fashion wedding shoot in studio also allows the bride more freedom in moving into typical fashion poses (such as the hands on the hips, hunched back pose) paired with a more serious and "fashion-like" facial expression. Both brides and grooms request this style of wedding photography to add something different and dramatic to their wedding photo album.
4. Trash The Dress Wedding Photography
Synonymous with its name, this style of wedding photography involves the "dirtying" of wedding dress worn after the fact. This style of wedding photography is also called "fearless bridal" or "rock the frock." Typically, brides choose this after everything is said and done to offer a creative alternative to storing away their wedding dress that they will never wear again. A bride can venture out to a beach or a fountain, take pictures in city streets or on railroads, in abandoned buildings or fields, or even get muddied up in the woods. Often times, brides feel that this helps them release the deep tension from the wedding. It can be a bride's declaration that the wedding is done and the dress will never be worn again, so why not be creative and artistic with it? At our wedding photography studio, we are more than happy to work with brides who would like to "Trash The Dress!"
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Wedding photography is a very high pressure and stressful type of photography. While other types of photography can be more difficult, with a wedding there is only a single opportunity to get the shot right. The bride and groom will be very emotionally invested in the quality of the photos, which means that a very careful and professional approach is required.
Here are several useful tips that can help the wedding photographer:
A major aspect of wedding photography is to communicate with the bride and groom and fully appreciate their requirements. By discussing the requirements ahead of time it is possible to find out what the couple expects from the photos, and also lets the photographer give guidance on what they are able to deliver.
Scout the location
To be better prepared for the wedding day it certainly helps for the photographer to scout the location of the ceremony and reception. It can benefit to visit the location at a similar time to when the wedding is taking place to get a full appreciation of the lighting. Taking several test shots can also help to understand the picture quality and find the best places to take the shots. If there are any potential problems, they can usually be solved before the wedding day.
Also, learn the location rules. For instance, there are many churches that forbid the use of flash photography while the ceremony is taking place.
Create a shot list
A well-planned shot list is certain to make sure the wedding photography goes as smoothly as possible. The shot list is a great reference for the ceremony or reception to avoid forgetting any key shots during a very hectic schedule. This list can be referred to the couple to ensure it fully matches their specific needs.
Carry extra equipment
It is possible to avoid issues with equipment failure by packing the extra camera, cards and batteries. It is useful to take at least two cameras and multiple memory cards for the wedding shots. It could be a complete disaster if any piece of equipment fails at a wedding because there would not be time to run out and replace it.
Make use of an assistant
An assistant to help with the wedding photography can be helpful for a variety reasons, including the ability to lessen the chance of missing important shots and to gather family members together when it comes to posing in the group shots.