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The Secret To Looking Great In Photos

by | Photography Wisdom, Wisdom


corey256, Beautiful - Corey Rankin Photograpy

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”Don McCullin

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Image by Corey Rankin Photography

The purpose of wedding photography is for you to relive and share the joy, tears and laughter of your special day. So apart from trusting that the photographer you hired for the occasion is going to deliver, how can a bride make sure they have a beautiful wedding and at the same time want to look at the photo album again and again? Here are a few tips.

  • Be your best self. Being your best is something you can take beyond the wedding day to the rest of your life, but for now, if you’re fuming at your maid of honour for not holding your dress when you exit the car then you’re going to look like a grump in the photo. Beauty lies not in your features but in your expression. As a photographer, my best photos are of people who are expressing themselves without caring what others may think. It’s their true self shining through, and in the art of photography this shining self is the subject par excellence. Be your best self no matter what, not only for the joy of looking good in the photos, but because it will make the whole day that much more fantastic.
  • Ignore the photographer. That’s right, while you trust in them to take great photos, don’t let them tell you what to do. It’s your day, so everyone else better deal with it. I’ve seen too many weddings that look more like a photographic fiasco than a sacred ceremony, and the more photographers you’ve got, the more of a circus your wedding becomes. A good photographer takes a great photo without you realising they’re doing it. Sure, let them pose you for the location shots and smile towards the camera every now and again, but have them work around you and don’t let them interfere with your ceremony. Your wedding day is a one-off special event, so don’t stress out for the sake of a photo and ruin this unique experience.
  • While you’re at it, lay down the photographic law. You’re paying good money, so make sure the photographer knows how you expect them to behave at your gig. What if you hire someone and half-way through you don’t like the way they’re working? I’ve seen paid photographers jump in the bride’s face and make stupid animal noises in the hope of getting some kind of reaction out of the stunned bride. Assign someone to talk to the photographer during the day to iron out any issues. The last thing you want is to get into an argument with any of your suppliers, and as photographers tend to have fragile egos, let your dad, brother, aunt etc handle them while you stay detached from any drama and have a wonderful day.
  • Don’t be concerned with the weather affecting the photos. If there’s a chance of rain, make sure someone’s got an umbrella for you. Maybe the same if it’s forty degrees. If the photographer is any good they will be able to take beautiful photos in any light or conditions. Consult them during the day if you are worried the weather will ruin the shots, and they should be able to have a plan you can work with. Whatever happens, be calm, be happy, and enjoy whatever the day brings, because that’s the secret to looking great in photos.

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Ms Gingham say: The best photos are always the ones where you are having a blast and have no idea that someone is taking your picture. Such great advice by Corey. Enjoy the moment and your photos will be joyous!

About Corey Rankin: “For me its about quality rather than quantity. I’ve seen photographers hold the camera up in the air and take fifty photos in the hope that they will get one good one. I just take one good one”

Pre-Wedding Jitters Or Cold Feet?

by | Good Reads, Wisdom, Wise Words


meganluscombe, Starting Today Coaching

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Image by Nina Claire Photography via Afternoon Engagement Shoot In Homebush

No two relationships are the same and no two people experience love the same, and it’s this fact that most people don’t realise during the early stages of their relationships.

We’ve all experienced the ‘honeymoon’ period and have our doses of butterflies, endless back and forth text messages and the all consuming thoughts of our object of desire, however when the lust starts to subside and real love begins to develop is when most of my clients seek out my services.

Why? Because real love can be scary.

Don’t assume it’s only woman who have pre-wedding freak outs, because I can testify that nearly half of my clients are men experiencing them too.

The most common anxieties and fears that I hear from my clients surrounding their wedding (and relationship) focus on questions such as:

* What if they aren’t the one?
* What if they’re not my ‘soulmate’?
* Why don’t I get excited as much anymore?
* What happened to the butterflies?
* I want the ‘spark’ back
* Do I love them enough?
* What if one day I don’t find them attractive?
* What if I ‘fall’ out of love?
* Have I made the right choice?
* What if they change?

and so much more

Any of these sounding familiar to you? Rest assured you are not alone if they do because it’s completely healthy (and normal) to have these questions roaming through your mind when you’re going through one of life’s biggest transitions.

Part of my job is to listen to how people really feel in the lead up to their marriages and allow them to feel that way without being embarrassed, ashamed or even guilty.

I focus on relationships because it has come to my attention that most people don’t feel comfortable talking about how they truly feel in the lead up to their wedding day. This may be due to fear of the potential response, fear of judgement, fear of having to explain their feelings to friends/parents and their partner (when they might not even understand them themselves!), fear of having to let go of old beliefs and the biggest fear of having to surrender ones need for control.

Getting married is a big deal! It is letting go of single hood, letting go of yourself and entrusting your goals, dreams, ambitions and your heart into that of one person – forever. It is without a doubt (in my opinion) a time when you are expected (and most certainly allowed) to experience moments of doubt and hesitation.

If you are one of the men/woman experiencing pre-wedding jitters or engagement/relationship anxiety please remember you are not alone, and it’s a lot more common then you think.

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Ms Gingham says: Hugely normal at many big occasions in your life as a couple. Communication (which is harder than we sometimes think) is the key.

Megan Luscombe of Starting Today Coaching has just launched a workshop specifically designed for these women who might be experiencing what’s essentially a normal reaction to a major life transition. These seminars will take place nationally with the next one occurring in Melbourne on July 27 at the Rydges Melbourne.

How To Choose The Right Wedding Photographer

by | Photography Wisdom, Wisdom


Ella Otranto

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Hi everyone! My name is Ella from Layla and Associates photography. I was asked this question from a future bride and thought it would be great to share the information with everyone here.

The question - I am looking for a photographer for my wedding but I am worried as some of my friends did not get what they wanted from their photographer. How to choose the right wedding photographer?

Well that is easy, choose me! icon wink How To Choose The Right Wedding Photographer I understand where you are coming from as I often have brides ask me questions like, are you sure the images are high res as my sister in law or whatever can’t print her pictures as they go all pixelated! My number one tip is to ask as many questions as you like and make sure you have your photographer explain their contract. Most photographers will not give you all of the images that they take on the day, you will receive a selection. We do offer all of our images in every single wedding package however I understand why lots of photographers refuse. It can be bad publicity for a customer to post a “professional” photo that has technical issues. However the reason I offer all images is because I trust my brides. I know that you want that random photo of your uncle laughing or whatever it may be, and I know you probably won’t print it, post it or add it to your album, some images like that are just nice to have, and I figure just because I don’t find it a great photo technically, it doesn’t mean you won’t love it. Make sure to let your photographer know if there are any particular photos you would love to get too!

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Secondly there are a lot of photographers out there to suit all budgets. Please bear in mind that to some extent you get what you pay for. Granted there are some pricey photographers out there who may disappoint but generally if you choose a photographer that is too cheap chances are it will reflect in your photos. Make sure you look through their galleries, ask to see a whole wedding, edited images, unedited images all of it. Some cheaper photographers may be students or part timers doing what they love and they may even offer all of the unedited images to you. Make sure you check out their work though before you book them. Find out if they are experienced with lots of wedding or is there a gallery from only one wedding or even a wedding workshop! Make sure you meet with your photographer and not only feel comfortable with their ability but also with them. I have met some high end photographers (in another country mind you) who were not personable at all, and this can make it very hard to capture great photos if you look like you are uncomfortable! There is no right photographer for everyone, different photographers and different styles of photography suit different people, the main thing is to pick what is right for you.

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So after you’ve narrowed your selection down, you will need to meet with your candidates before booking. Here are my top 10 questions you should ask when meeting with a potential photographer.

  • How many images do I get with this package?
  • Do I get the digital files and are they high resolution? And if they are not included can I purchase them separately and how much will that cost?
  • How many weddings have you done?
  • Can I see whole wedding? And edited or unedited photos? – note if they do not offer unedited photos they will probably not show you them.
  • How much editing do you do, for example, do they batch edit all the images or will they remove blemishes etc on all the images?
  • How do they back up your photos?
  • How quickly will your photos be ready after the wedding?
  • Do their photographers have a working with children check?
  • Will it be specifically them photographing on the day?
  • What are the hours covered and do you have the option to extend the hours on the day if things run late (and at what cost)?

Images by Layla and Associates

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Ms Gingham says: I think these “interview” questions are so spot on! Everyone should make a note!

About Ella: My name is Ella and I am head photographer at Layla and Associates. I love photography and I love weddings! Our style is a mix of candid and posed artistic photos, the kind that make amazing artwork on your wall. We are very easy going which is great for our clients as they become very comfortable with us which makes for great pics : )

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