13 Questions About Wedding Photography

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1. Should I hire a professional wedding photographer or relative/friend? While you may feel comfortable with a relative or friend to capture your big day, a professional photographer possesses the technical mastery of shooting, logistics and time constraints. Experienced photographers will work with you, understand the vision of your event, and then capture your most precious memories without getting swept up in the celebration, lose entire segments of your wedding or forget backup equipment. If a relative or friend shoots your wedding, he or she is more likely to get caught up in the celebration and miss important shots. Professional photographers anticipate and capture the most expressive split second at the exact time. They know how and when to crop the picture to highlight an important detail and keep all the other elements in the background. Professional photographers can also preserve all the details in a picture and keep all the important objects in sharp focus. Most importantly, experienced photographers can make your event look magnificent regardless of your wedding budget. 2. What is a proof? 
A proof is a low-resolution digital image or small-sized print. Photographers do not retouch all the pictures from their event shoots. Instead, they print more » Continue reading

What makes great wedding photography

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What is great wedding photography? Is it the perfectly posed photo that captures a couple’s brightest smiles and star-struck gazes of true love? Is it the candid photo of the two caught in the act of being their goofy, down-to-earth selves? Better yet, what is great wedding photography in the perspectives of the photographer and those who are photographed? How does that saying go…”A picture says a thousand words.”? That’s right, photos are like works of art that are interpreted in the eye of the beholder. We all see the same thing, but at our own angles. Today, we hear from a professionally photographed bride paired with my own thoughts on what makes great wedding photography. From Photographer (Tatiana): What do you see when you look at a wedding photo? Excellent lighting, ideal composition, great direction. That’s what you see when you look at these photos. What my clients see transcend the beauty of these photos, they relive the meaningful moment captured in that image over, and over again – the photos are alive and have breath, they will live on and on, through memory. To capture these once-in-a-lifetime shots for my clients, I need to understand who they are as a couple and what is meaningful to them. I have to be present and listen to exactly more » Continue reading

Why a Couple Should Hire a Professional Photographer for Their Wedding Day

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Planning a wedding can be a daunting task as every decision is like a building block that you will eventually solidify as an event of a lifetime – One of the most important days of your life, your wedding day. Hiring a professional photographer to capture every memorable moment of your big day can require hours of research, but it will prove to be well worth it when you’ve yet again “found the one”. Take it from the words of a self-planning bride herself, Meredith from Texas, USA shares with us her sentiment on who, what, when, where, and why she chose a professional photographer for her big day. Q: What is your vision for your wedding day? A: Well let’s start off by saying that my vision includes absolutely no rain, plentiful sunshine and a ton of love in the air. Other than marrying the love of my life, the thing I’m most excited for is seeing all of our family and friends together. I anticipate a ton of laughs, very little stress and an all around beautiful day. Q: What has been the most memorable or eventful time during this process of your wedding planning? A: The day more » Continue reading

My Secrets to a Flawless Bridal Getting Ready Photo Shoot

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I was recently asked by Brides.com to share my secrets to a flawless wedding getting ready photo shoot. Here are my eight tips that will help to get the best getting ready photos. As a former corporate employee, I treat every wedding as a complex project where every element depends on advanced planning prior to the Wedding Day. With more than 12 years of hands-on wedding photography experience, I believe that pre-planning helps all the major players of the big day – including the couple, bridal party and immediate family members – stay on schedule and get better quality photographs. Here are my top tips on achieving better getting ready photos: 1. Ask your hair and makeup artist for the estimated time needed to complete your wedding day makeover. Add 30-40 minutes to their estimate and be prepared for anything. There are always unexpected things that will get in the way including an urgent phone call, an important missing item, or a friend who wants to congratulate you early. This all adds up and consumes precious time. Don’t be surprised or frustrated by it; just plan for it. 2. Ask your photographer to start shooting when your makeup is almost ready. The makeup more » Continue reading

Planning a destination wedding or a honeymoon? Let a professional travel specialist help you!

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Yesterday, we sat down with travel agent, Laura Hanaford. Laura specializes in custom vacations, honeymoons, group travel for destination weddings and travel for out of town guests to local weddings. Her company, The Trip Trotter, is part of the Tzell Travel Group. Laura helps us understand why in the world of internet bookings where information is at your fingertips, it’s still best to work with a travel agent. What is your process for working with couples choosing a destination wedding? Resort matching is the longest and most difficult part of planning destination weddings, yet it’s the most important. Most of the time, couples don’t have a resort in mind, but they have an idea for a location. It’s also important to know where they don’t want to have their wedding and why. Ironically, couples actually book on islands that they originally did not want to because they had previous false misconceptions. I begin by either meeting the couple in person or having a phone interview. It’s important to learn about who they are, their families and any expectations and must-haves that they need for their wedding. Obviously, budget is a largest factor when planning but unlike planning non-destination weddings, the more » Continue reading

7 reasons to hire a professional wedding photographer…Or will Uncle Bob do just fine?

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WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER? OR WILL UNCLE BOB DO THE JOB JUST FINE 1. NO MISTAKE CAN BE MADE BECAUSE… THERE IS NO SECOND TAKE! 2. SHOOTING ON “AUTO” CAMERA SETTINGS WORKS “OK” OUTDOORS BUT DOES NOT WORK WELL INDOORS 3. GREAT CAMERA WILL NOT PRODUCE GREAT IMAGES IF ONE DOESN’T KHOW HOW TO USE IT 4. IS UNCLE BOB ARTISTIC ENOUGH? HAVING A GREAT EYE IS PIVOTAL FOR A (WEDDING) PHOTOGRAPHER 5. PLANNING IS A MUST FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY UNLESS YOU ARE OK WITH LOSING SOME IMPORTANT SHOTS 6. POST-PRODUCTION? IS UNCLE BOB A PHOTOSHOP GURU? 7. IT IS CHEAPER TO PAY A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER THAN TO TRY FIXING UNCLE BOB’S PHOTOS AFTER THE WEDDING CONTACT ME, A FULL-TIME WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER; MY LIVELIHOOD RELIES ON DELIVERING HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS! MY NAME IS TATIANA VALERIE, GOOGLE ME ARTVESTASTUDIO.COM | 212.300.3897 YOUR PERSONALITY, YOUR VISION, YOUR STYLE, YOUR BEAUTY, YOUR STORY… I GET IT. I CARE ABOUT IT. I WORK HARD TO CAPTURE IT. Continue reading

Benefits of Professional Wedding Photography: Education, Training and Experience

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Your big day is approaching and you have everything in order. You have your caterer, your church, your reception hall, the cake, the rings, the dresses, vows are written, and everything is in place. Or is it? Who is doing your photography? Oh not to worry – your cousin is an amateur photographer and he is taking the pictures. It was a good way to shave a few dollars off the budget. Good idea right? Wrong. Why is it not a good idea? Why do you want to hire a professional wedding photographer for your big day? Pictures are pictures right? Again wrong. There are benefits to having a professional photographer for your wedding and these benefits far outweigh what you can shave from your budget by having an amateur do it for free. These pictures are the placeholders for the memories of your wedding for the rest of your life. Your cake will be devoured in a night. Your pictures will last longer than a lifetime. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and those pictures will be one of the most important items in your box of memories. The more incredible the more » Continue reading

What Happens at Your After the Wedding Day Photo Shoot

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What is an after the wedding day photo shoot? It is a photo session a few days after the wedding or after the honeymoon. The bride and groom dress in their gown and tux and have a relaxing and stress free photo session. What is really nice about this session is that you don’t have to worry about getting your wedding clothes dirty or wrinkled if your photographer wants you to take pictures outside. Since these pictures are taken within weeks of the wedding, the bride and groom are still in the honeymoon stage and the emotions come through in the photos from any good professional wedding photographer. Another major advantage to this kind of after wedding photo session is that the pictures can be taken anywhere in any setting. If you live in New York the pictures can be taken at Grand Central Station or in Times Square or Central Park. When you are not pressured on time, your professional wedding photographer will be able to use her creativity to the best of her ability. In this way her photos taken after the wedding are exceptional. This is an opportunity to get some very different kind of pictures than more » Continue reading

What makes a wedding photograph stand the test of time?

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We all can remember looking through an old wedding album and snickering at the outdated dresses, hair styles and poses.  Every album has the bridal party standing in the church in the same configuration: everyone lined up, bridesmaids on the left and groomsmen on the right, with the newly married couple in the middle.  Every album has pictures of the bride and groom posed with various members of the family.  When you think of modern day photography versus these old photographs, do you picture something different?  Are these traditional photographs passé?  What makes a wedding photograph stand the test of time? With the development of digital photography, that almost completely replaced film, there are many trends that, over the years, have been popping up in wedding photography. Some deal with the coloring of a picture. Perhaps the person or subject in the photography is in black and white with one particular item still vibrant in color (a somewhat tacky trend of 2003-2006).  Maybe the pictures have been airbrushed to the point of erasing all details in the bride’s wedding dress or worse, her face. The washed-out look in photography has become popular in recent years. Unfortunately, modern and trendy practices more » Continue reading

7 Must-have Qualities Of Your Wedding Photographer

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It’s been said that the substance of excellent wedding photography is emotion.  After all, what good is a wedding picture if the couple is standing somber and just staring at the camera?  Isn’t the picture much more indicative of the day if there was a twinkle captured in the eye of the groom or a tear escaping from the corner of the bride’s eye as she gazes up at her new husband? Who can resist the pull of heartstrings while looking at a picture of an emotional tearing up mother dancing the mother-son dance? Classic.  Timeless.  Priceless.  Emotions are definitely the substance of good wedding photography.  How can you make sure you end up with photographs that will stir the emotional memories every time you look at them? Hiring an experienced photographer is a must if capturing the emotion of your wedding is important to you. Finding a wedding photographer who will respect your vision and someone who you feel comfortable with will also ensure a more natural feel to the emotions seen in the photos. The wedding photographer should arrive early and interact with the couple to put them at ease. The photographer should be familiar with the family more » Continue reading