Three reasons why you should consider a wedding day first Look

Three Reasons why you should consider a first look on your wedding day:

1. Light

If you are having a winter wedding or an evening ceremony, you may need to consider doing a first look.  During the winter months the days are shorter means you have less light to work with.  If you prefer natural light photos, a first look is a must.

2. More Photos

The usual wedding day timeline allows 1-1.5 hours at the most for portraits. This includes family and bridal party photos. Bride and Groom photos are usually the last to get finished which means if things are running late, the bride and groom portrait time gets taken away. Choosing a first look would mean more time for photos, even if the day is running a little behind.

3. Calms your nerves

Every  bride and groom gets a little nervous leading up to the ceremony. It’s normal to be feeling those types of emotions. After all, you are committing for life! :) I’ve had brides and grooms who were more nervous than others and once they had their first look, all those nerves went out the door. Some of my brides who weren’t 100% set on a first look later raved and recommended it to other brides. You can compare it to a weight being lifted off your chest. All that pressure of seeing each other at the end of the alter is gone.

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First Look wedding photos

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Photos by Brittany Anderson Photography 

Wedding Day Exit Ideas

Something old, something borrowed, and something new is a wedding tradition that has been around for generations. There are some traditions that are fading out, such as the bouquet and garter toss. One tradition that I hope stays is the wedding day exit! This is by far my favorite moment of the day.

The old exit tradition guests would throw bird seed at the bride and groom as they left the church. These days you have SO many options to choose from. You can exit the ceremony venue with rose petals, dried lavender, bubbles, confetti, beach balls, ribbon wands, and more! Some churches and venues won’t allow these things due to the messy clean up so some brides are waiting to exit from their reception venue. I’ve seen brides use sparklers, fireworks, and lanterns.

I highly suggest incorporating the wedding day exit into your wedding day. They can be some of the best photos of the day!

Tip: Using rose petals can be costly. Buying in bulk from a local flower farm or from a wholesaler would save you money. I recommend Fifty Flowers.

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photos by Brittany Anderson Photography

 

Tofurious | Marketing Strategy for Photographers

Tofurious is a marketing blog that was created with the intention to help photographers and other artists to market smarter.

Since there is a lot of noise in the online world, Lawrence, (author of Tofurious) with his years of experience in entrepreneurship and advanced degrees in teaching and business administration, dissects complex ideas and make them easily applicable to small businesses. He specializes in business analytics, management, and operations.

You can read his blog here.

How NOT to Choose Your Photographer

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the woman his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

-Ellen Rohr

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When considering your photographer, keep in mind that it is not based on how chic the studio looks nor the size of the cameras used. This is especially the case since many new cameras are mirrorless, which also means that they are more compact.

Bigger does not mean better just as how, to Picasso, faster does not mean cheaper.

While there is a myriad of reasons to consider, please do not be completely persuaded by the extrinsic attributes. Rank compatibility higher!

Include Children In Your Wedding Day

When you’ve already begun your life story together and created children and a beautiful family, how do you create that ‘new life beginnings’ story with your wedding? Or perhaps are brining two families together when you get married, in either case, do you have ideas on how to involve the kids in your wedding day?

Some children are too young to even realise the importance of the day or to play a big role, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be involved! They will look very cue in a beautiful flowergirl or pageboy outfit – what better way to include your children than to have them in your bridal party.

Blended vows is another way to celebrate a special moment between mum, dad and children at a wedding. Blended vows is when mum and dad make their lifetime promise to their child, and vice versa. Bound to bring tears to the eyes of all at your wedding ceremony.

As you exchange your wedding rings, why not present your children with their own wedding jewellery along with your lifelong promise – an engraved pendant or watch, or even a ‘family medallion’ for all family members.

One of my favourite ‘tug at the heartstrings’ ideas is that instead of following tradition and having your father walk you down the aisle, have your kids meet you half way down the walk, so they too can escort the beautiful bride down the aisle to the groom.

Some other ideas include:

–               Family sand ceremony or candle ceremony.

–               A family head table instead of bridal table

–               Change wording on your invitations to include the kids

–               Special dances  – following the first dance, share a moment with the children – have them help pick the song too!

–               A family bridal cake topper.

As an Adelaide wedding Photographer, I spend a lot of time watching the cherished moments unfold when kids are included in a wedding day, whether they are children of the bride and groom, cousins, nieces and nephews or special family friends. No matter how you do it and no matter the age, when you’ve included the most important people in your wedding day – your kids –it is a moment both you and they will cherish forever.

 

Kids in your wedding day

Why not have your kids be flowergirls and page boys at your wedding?

Regional South Australia Wedding Photography

Are you trying to find a >wedding photographer in Regional South Australia or any regional area in Australia? It can be a hard task – especially when you are looking for the best regional photographer you can get.  With major towns few and far between throughout rural South Australia finding a quality wedding photographer who knows the area and is also an amazing photographer can send you up the wall – but it doesn’t need too!

If you are looking for a photographer to cover your rural wedding, you might be worried about the charges for travel when you fall in love with an Adelaide Photographer….and your wedding is out of their 100km fee free range. When you have an amazing wedding photographer in regional South Australia who likes to make the most of the beautiful rural South Australian landscapes as well as being a road trip fan, you can be assured that you aren’t going to be charged exorbitant travel costs with wedding photography.

Wedding photography in rural South Australia can give you the best locations for your beautiful wedding photos, there are so many different landscapes that you can take advantage of. Depending on your location, you can have rustic themed wedding photos, beach themed wedding photos, country themed wedding photos, winery themed wedding photos – or all of the above, just by choosing a regional South Australian wedding location instead of a city one.

Just because your wedding photography is in rural South Australia, doesn’t mean it is going to be any less elegant, in fact, the photos with the most wow factor come from weddings in regional South Australia.

So if you are searching for the best wedding photographer in regional South Australia, don’t think that it is a fruitless search – just find someone with that passion for photography and the rural Australian landscape and you will be amazed at your beautiful wedding photos.

 Jade Norwood Photography is your number one wedding photographer in Regional South Australia and has previously covered weddings in beautiful South Australia rural areas such as the Quorn, Hawker, Gawler Ranges, Wilpena pound, Clare Valley, Eyre Peninsula, Adelaide Hills, West Coast, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Flinders Ranges.

There are many beautiful landscapes for amazing wedding photography in regional and rural South Australia

There are many beautiful landscapes for amazing wedding photography in regional and rural South Australia

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Wedding Flowers, how to choose real or fake?

Girls love getting flowers, there is no denying it – we love the gift of fresh flowers, the special note with it and the fact that someone spent a bit of money on something they know won’t last very long, but they did it because you would love it.

The thing is, with all of the other expenses in the budget, fresh flowers might not be achievable for your budget wedding day – so lets look at both fake and fresh wedding flowers.

Real flowers – there’s nothing quite like the excitement of them, and how beautiful they truly are. You may find that when you have fresh wedding flowers there are not only budget constraints, but also availability of the flowers you have your eye on according to the season and also wilting of your bouquet on particularly hot days.

But silk flowers (or fake flowers) don’t wilt! Not only can you get whatever flower you want (in an unusual colour as well!) but they aren’t going to wilt, ensuring they are kept in mint condition all day.

Both real and silk wedding bouquets can be accentuated with personal touches, crystals and ribbon that makes the bunch uniquely yours, there are no restrictions there.  If you’re prone to severe hay fever – well silk becomes the obvious choice.

Silk flowers aren’t always cheaper – get quotes on both to really compare your choices rather than just making an assumption going in the completely wrong direction

Consider how and when you can actually pick up your chosen bouquets – and if flowers are being used to decorate your wedding venues, who will deliver and arrange those?

Don’t just think that real flowers are only for the day of your Adelaide wedding and have no use afterwards. The tradition of drying flowers isn’t so old fashioned anymore. There are preservation options as gorgeous as “Everlasting Bouquets’ who frame your wedding flowers. You can go down the homemade route by drying your flowers and choosing particular blooms for your own display.

You don’t even have to go with a traditional bouquet – how about these for your bridal party or how about a gorgeous vintage brooch bouquet?

If decide you want the real deal of flowers for your wedding day but your budget only covers wedding flowers for yourself and your bridal party, you can still decorate your venue with matching silk flowers which later on make great memento gifts for those involved in your wedding. The opportunities are endless – just check out pinterest or etsy! See the Adelaide Wedding Photographer  Jade Norwood Photography for wedding flowers inspiration – we’ve had some great brides with very different ideas!

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Stunning silk wedding flower – a DIY bride idea

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Beautiful unique wedding flowers in green

 

Drawing a Business Roadmap

Strategic planning is the process of defining how a business will compete in its marketplace. It’s the roadmap, so to speak, of an organization that guides the team toward desired outcomes. A well-considered strategic plan makes it easier to establish priorities over time and use resources efficiently.

There are three basic components to a strategic plan. They are—in order of hierarchy—goals, strategies, and tactics.

Alice: Oh, no no. I was wondering if you could help me find my way. 

Cheshire Cat: Well, that depends on where you want to get to.

Alice: Oh, it really doesn’t matter, as long as …

Cheshire Cat: Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.

Alice in Wonderland

Goals must be set before anything else takes shape; because without goals, we’re aimless. Think about it in terms of driving with no sense of where you want to go. A lot of time and fuel can be wasted by meandering through neighborhoods and urban centers without getting anywhere. But with a clearly defined destination—a goal—the effort is validated and worthwhile.

So if your goal is a destination, then strategies lay out how you’re going to get there. Strategies are the set of actions that function together to achieve the goal. It’s the route in our road trip analogy.

Finally, tactics are the details, the specific moves and turns that you take to achieve your strategy. Tactics must remain nimble and able to change as obstacles and opportunities present themselves in the real world of implementation.

But first things first. Before we can develop meaningful goals, we need to know where we stand right now. Where does the business currently fit into the market in relation to competitors and in the minds of consumers?

A popular exercise for making this assessment is known as a SWOT Analysis. So before we talk further about goals, let’s look at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of your business.

Otherwise, you’re going to have a blurry goal.

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For more clarity, read this post about goals, strategies and tactics.

 

A-Fotografy 2013 Wedding photography Highlights

Hi guys. My 2013 wedding season has passed and what a year I had. Been to so many awesome Scottish wedding venus starting from various castles to urban city venues. Today wanted to share some of my Scottish wedding photography highlights. These posts are so hard to get short. So many great images to share and so many great places to show. Be ready see quiet a few wedding photos.

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I have learned so much during last year. Gained few new creative set ups and learned more how to photograph more wide photos. Seems like wide angle images are slowly become my signature photos. You can see quiet few of them here as well.

You can also visit wedding photography photo blog here It shows all of these wedding with full stories and  a lot more images as well. You can also maybe find some inspiration there as well.

Thank you and see you back here soon.

Regards,

Armands

 

Including your children in your wedding

I think I have just seen one of my favourite episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta’. It wasn’t because a woman had an ‘I’ve-transformed-from-ugly-duckling-to-swan-princess’ moment. There were no tears because they gave an unwell girl a free wedding dress when they connected with her story. Instead it was a fantastic mixed family searching the racks for mum’s wedding dress that had me giggling and feeling the warm and fuzzies.

It got me thinking – when you’ve already begun your life story together with beautiful children, or perhaps are brining two families together when you get married, how can you involve the kids in your wedding day?

Some children are too young to even realise the importance of the day or to play a big role, but look ridiculously cute in a beautiful flowergirl or pageboy outfit – what better way to include your children than to have them in your bridal party.

A beautiful moment between mum, dad and child is blended vows, when mum and dad make their lifetime promise to their child, and vice versa. Bound to bring tears to the eyes of all at your wedding ceremony.

Some other ideas include:
–               Family sand ceremony or candle ceremony.
–               A family head table instead of bridal table
–               Change wording on your invitations to include the kids
–               Special dances  – following the first dance, share a moment with the children – have them help pick the song too!
–               A family bridal cake topper.

No matter how you do it and no matter the age, when you’ve included the most important people in your wedding day – your kids –it is a moment both you and they will cherish forever; as Adelaide wedding photographers we can freeze that moment for you forever.

including your children in your wedding

including your children in your wedding