Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Photography’

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How To Get Ready for a Boudoir Shoot.

February 23, 2017

Your wedding, anniversary, or even the mid-term of your pregnancy is around the corner and you’ve decide to do something bold – a boudoir shoot. Now the session is creeping up, and let’s face it, most of us don’t do these types of shoots on the regular. So what the heck do you do now to make the most of it all!?

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BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR SKIN.

Boudoir doesn’t mean you have to find the tiniest piece of lingerie known to man (unless of course you want to!) because there’s really a lot of options. Plus, just like our everyday clothing, there will be things you feel more (comfortable) and sexy in than others. So here’s a few options for your boudoir outfits:

  • Bra/Bralette & Panty Set
  • Corset or Bustier & Panty
  • Babydoll or Teddy & Panty
  • A Button-up Shirt & Matching Panty
  • Sport jersey & Matching Panty

Panties could be boy shorts, cheekies, thongs, or even g-strings depending upon your personal preference, or what works best with the top.

 

GLAM IT UP!

Your look doesn’t stop at the lingerie (or lack there of.) Don’t forget to accessorize just like you would for any other shoot, but on a whole new level!

  • Chunky or long, fancy, fun necklaces
  • Long string of pearls or long plain necklace
  • Body Jewelry: Body chains, arm bands and etc.
  • High Heels – sexy black, colorful, printed or ones full of character
  • Brides – bring your veil and special wedding day/night lingerie.
  • Lingerie accent pieces: hosiery, garters, garter belts and etc.
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HAIR & MAKE UP.

Consider taking your make up look to the next level. Doing so can help really accentuate your best features.

  • Bold, Dramatic & Defined Eyes
  • False Lashes
  • Lipstick – Fun, contrasted colors will really pop!
  • Body Glitter – to give you a little extra glow and shine
  • Hair loose and down – whether curled or straightened – looks super sexy!

Whatever you choose to do, especially if it’s new to you, be sure to practice it ahead of time. One, to make sure you really love it, and two, because there’s nothing more time consuming than applying your cosmetics only to remove them and try again.


Lastly, remember to relax! Boudoir sessions should be sassy, sexy AND fun. You are beautiful, so be confident and your images will reflect how you feel. Clients may even decide to theme their shoot: Pin-up, Classy retro, Rockabilly, Wedding, Girly, Dark & Seductive and so much more! Don’t forget to be strategic in your session scheduling if you’re trying to make it a surprise for your other half.

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Happy Creating!

Noel

 

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Ways to Display Photos at Your Wedding

June 7, 2016

June marks the beginning of prime wedding season. For many couple’s this means finding creative ways to display their two lives becoming one at their big day. The following are a few of my favorite ways to see couples layout their love story!

NOTE: As with any photo project, remember to use copies of your photos and not originals!!! Personal scanners or a scanner at a photo lab can be used to make copies of original prints. 

 

Monogram Collage

Found on Pinterest by Delachic.

Found on Pinterest by Delachic.

A monogram collage is one of the ultimate ways to display individual and couple photos on your new shared initial. I especially love all the sepia or black and white photos as an alternative to mixed color photos. Doing so makes a unified statement that will match any other decor.

Another alternative to this idea would be first name initials for each of your baby photos, then your last name initial for couple photos. Smaller letters may be ideal for this version of photo monograms.

 

Jars Jars Jars!

There are countless ways to display photos in jars, plus hundreds of jar types to choose from. But here are a few of my favorites.

Upside Down Jar Photos

Upside Down Jar Photos

Using various shapes and sizes for your jars can make a localized display very visually pleasing. Plus, flipping the jars upside down gives them a whole new look! Consider adding flameless tea lights under the jars to add an evening glow.

 

Jar Frame found on Pinterest by alittlecraftinyourday.com

Jar Frame found on Pinterest by alittlecraftinyourday.com

A whole new meaning to “framing.” This is an easy DIY to add photos to your centerpiece mason jars. Simply apply an adhesive chalkboard label to the jar and paint over it to make a little window. Add in the centerpiece decor of your choosing and done!

 

Floating Vintage Photo found on Pinterest by Home Decorating Trends.

Floating Vintage Photo found on Pinterest by Home Decorating Trends.

This may be my all-time favorite of the jar displays, and an awesome way to incorporate a truly vintage feel. These photos are suspended in vegetable\olive oil in a mason jar. The oil won’t soak in to the photo, therefore, keeping it afloat. Add a small dried flower stem, like lavender or baby’s breath, for an extra vintage-romantic feel.

 

Clothes Line 

Like with jars, “clothes line” picture holders can be done in many ways and placed in various places. In front of tables, across old windows, between, around or hanging from trees and much more! Not to mention, clothes lines can be scattered with pictures or made into a timeline of your stories.

Clothes Line Pictures found on Pinterest.

Clothes Line Pictures found on Pinterest.

Use an old window to create your clothes line in a popular place, such as a drink station, dessert table, gift table, or wedding favor display. Scatter the photos or dedicate each layer to a “his, hers and ours” timeline.

 

Tree Clothes Line found on Pinterest by Bridal Guide Magazine.

Tree Clothes Line found on Pinterest by Bridal Guide Magazine.

Incorporate the outdoors in your outdoor wedding! Simply wrap a tree with twine and clothes pin your photos around the tree. Rustic Love!

 

Clothes Line Board found on Pinterest.

Clothes Line Board found on Pinterest.

Another easy DIY is to wrap a barn wood or stained board in twine to clothes pin photos to, or simply slip photos behind the string!

 

Photo Walls

This can be done to match any style of wedding. “Walls” also allow room for a large amount of pictures, or even framed images.

Pallet Wall found on Pinterest.

Pallet Photo Wall found on Pinterest.

Pallets are a popular trend that are rustic, easy and relatively inexpensive to get. Not to mention they allow for plenty of surface area to display large, framed photos and even accent decor pieces.

 

Shutter Photo Wall found on Pinterest.

Shutter Photo Wall found on Pinterest.

Shutters are a great alternative to pallets for a rustic\chic look. They also can be found in various colors! The small slats make for easy hanging, and adding hinges allow the shutters to be displayed anywhere at your wedding.

 

Wall Collage(s) found on Pinterest.

Wall Collage(s) found on Pinterest.

Looking for a more modern style? Create a collage wall using foam core boards, mod podge and copies of your favorite photos! Take an organized approach like the square images (above to the left) or a more scattered collage (above to the right.) Foam core makes for easy transportation and display at your event.

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What are your favorites for wedding displays? Leave your comments or questions below! Thank you all for reading and be sure to follow my blog here on WordPress or by email. Then hit the LIKE button on my Facebook page for more updates from Noel Photography & Design.

Happy Creating!

Noel

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Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

April 3, 2015

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, meaning it should be documented exactly the way you planned, and remember it to be! Nobody wants a scenario where they thought their photos would temporarily “take their breath away,” and instead get ones that make them stop breathing all together.

Now-a-days, the options for photographers are overwhelming, making it easy to grab one and go. Unfortunately, many couples realize later they should have taken more time to select a likable candidate. Take a look below at a few of Noel Photography & Design‘s tips, to help you find the right artist for your special day!

Photo courtesy of Public Domain.

Photo courtesy of Public Domain.

 

Your Style.

Every wedding has a theme or certain feel to it. Your personality should definitely be carried out through your photos. When you look back on your images, you will want to recall the feeling you had that very day! Every photographer will do their work a little differently, so it’s important to make sure your artist fits your needs, in the category of style.

Before diving into contacting hundreds of photographers, and asking the same questions over and over, use the web to your advantage. Take the time to browse different photography approaches and styles online.

Do you like high contrasts or airy chic filters?  Would you prefer traditional, or extremely artistic shots? Will I want my photographer to shoot with film or digital? The options are endless, so by doing some research on creative approaches, it will help you decide the look you’d like your photos to have.

 

Location. Location. Location.

Whether you choose your style, or the location of your photographer first, it doesn’t really matter. But you will definitely want to consider where your artist is coming from. Most photographers take into account they will have to do some travel, and reflect that in their cost. However, if your wedding is a long ways out-of-state from where you live, consider finding a photographer in the area of the event. Extensive travel and potential housing usually ends up being additional costs, outside of their package price. Not to mention, a local photographer will know the “lay of the land.” Meaning they know the area well, and may provide better backdrops and scenery for your images.

After you’ve chose both the location and style you want, browse portfolios of artists in that area. This will significantly narrow down your search, by seeing which one fits your theme in the most convenient location.

[Out-of-country Destination Weddings see below.]

 

Cost Expectations. 

After style and location, is the subject of money. Let’s first discuss cost expectations. One question often brought up for wedding photography is, “Why is it so expensive?”

There are several things to consider when choosing your photography budget, and knowing what goes into your cost will definitely help. Remember artists not only have to charge for the time they spend at your wedding, but the hours they will be putting into editing your photos afterwards. On average, an hour of shooting produces 75-100 photos. Now consider they are at your event for at least two to four hours. That’s a lot of post-production!

On top of the hours of service, for your protection and theirs, event photographers need insurance on their person and\or equipment. After you factor in those expenses, plus any additional costs, such as travel and housing, it all starts to add up quickly. Most would be shocked to realize how low a wedding photographer’s hourly rate actually is, despite what they charge.

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Photo courtesy of Public Domain.

 

Budget.

Now that you have an idea of what is going into your cost, how do you choose a budget? Some are maybe thinking, “Well can’t they cut out editing or something, I don’t really need that, do I?

Making only two important questions that couples need to ask themselves:

 

1. Do we want a professional photographer?

If you want the quality and creativity, then YES, choose a professional artist. When I say “professional” I mean those who have experience and\or a degree in photography. Professionals charge what they do because of their experience and post-production skill. You never know what will happen the day of, so having a professional will help keep the photo drama to a minimum.

If you’re thinking no, to keep the cost down, I am going to ask you to first take a minute to reconsider. Yes, professional photography is more expensive than Aunt Rita, or your neighbor who has a “professional camera.” However, just remember, its not the camera that produces that level of professionalism- its the artist.

Having a nice camera, does NOT guarantee great photos.

Someone who does a “shoot and burn” session, completely skips the post-production step. So all you receive is an archive of unedited photos. This means: no lighting correction, no color adjustments, and any skin blemishes standing proud. More often than not, unedited sessions result in photos you’re not happy with.

In summary on this question, choose a professional artist that meets your location and style criteria, but who also has plenty of package options. Doing so will accommodate your budget, while still getting those breath taking photos that include all the perks of being professional.

[Note: Typically a professional will edit all, or at least 50-75% of your images. So regardless what price level you choose from a professional, ALWAYS ask what their retouching procedures are. Do they edit all, some or none? Doing this will make sure you don’t hit a random, expensive “professional” who is cutting corners.]

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2. Do I want full coverage of the event, or just a few hours?

As mentioned above, photographers often have different package “levels.” So the second, and real deciding factor question, is all about time.

After all, “Time is money…”

On average, if you are looking to have your whole day, or at least 3\4 of it covered, with multiple photographers, its safe to say you should probably budget at least $2000. Some may even reach upwards of $5000-$10,000.

On the contrary, for a less expensive option, choose a smaller package with just a few hours, or partial coverage of the event. While you may have to decide what portions of the day are most important, smaller packages will likely be $1999 or less. This varies upon the exact time you need, number of photographers, how many images they deliver and edit.

[Note: For package options, its extremely important to ask your potential candidates what their packages include. Examples may be: copyright release to print and post photos, physical prints, and/or specialty items. All of those are great package extras, and are important to know, to make sure they meet your needs.]

In a nutshell, a good rule of thumb to remember with photography: You get what you pay for.

 

Destination Weddings.

These types of weddings are somewhat of an exception. Trying to find a photographer in another country will likely be too much of a challenge. Hiring out-of-country may cause communication, cultural, or currency issues. In the case of destination weddings, it will probably work best to first define your wedding style (as described above), and then narrow down by who is able to make the journey. If you prefer someone local to you, check their website, or make a call to find out if they’re willing to travel. On the other hand, a simple search of “destination wedding photographers” will produce a list of candidates. One way or another, bringing your own photographer will be better than trying to find someone there, or using a resort’s on-staff photographer. Your personal artist will be more likely to get the quality and kind of photos you want.

As for budgeting expectations on destination nuptials, it would be wise to plan for at least $3000 on professional photos. Again, keeping in mind quality, creativity, travel, food, and housing expenses.

Image From Public Domain Files

Photo courtesy of Public Domain.

 

Hopefully these tips will put you on the road to successfully finding your wedding photographer. If you have questions, or helpful comments on this subject, please feel free to comment below!

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Happy Creating,

Noel

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