South Wales Wedding Photographer
We had such a great evening with this lovely couple. Abbie and Josh decided to have their pre-wedding photoshoot at two gorgeous locations. Dunraven Bay was the backdrop for their ‘glam look’ we love it when our girls get dressed up! Next stop for a more casual shoot was the stunning remains of Ogmore Castle. Here are the highlights.
The aim of this blog is to provide you with 6 great tips for your Engagement session. We have included what we believe to be important advice and things to consider such as, location, clothing, hair and makeup and other tips.
All of the information included will help your session run smoothly and ensure that we are able to produce some wonderful imagery that you can have and hold forever.
When you think of your engagement session what do you visualise? An open field? Urban brick? A weeping willow tree? What is it that you feel suits the two of you the most? Are there any special locations that might be ideal for your engagement shoot? If not, don’t fret! It is not about where you are but who you are with. A lot of couples leave the location up to us which means we get to scope out spots ahead of time. The way we shoot the focus is on you and your beautiful faces, not the background. However, if there is a place that is special to you, or you would like to include a family heirloom, a pet or something else that is meaningful we would love to incorporate this into your images!
Don’t feel like you need to go on a mega shopping spree for your engagement session (but if you do more power to you) We want you to be comfortable, we want you to connect with your images. So if you are a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl, then rock it on with full colour. Our couple often bring an outfit change to their session.
Most choose for a dressier option (eg: a flowy maxi dress) and a casual option (eg: jeans and a blouse) We have made a little Pinterest board for inspiration but are always open for chat wardrobe. Don’t feel that you have to opt for plain classics the entire time. Have fun with colour texture and a variety of styles!
This is all so you can remember this special time in your lives, so why hold back!
3. Hair & Makeup
We cannot stress this enough girls, really! Professional hair and makeup make a world of difference. As photographers it excites us to know our girls are spending the day getting pampered before a session. It allows you to relax, feel beautiful and confident! There is nothing like a set of lashes to bring out your inner model. Consider using this time as a test run with your makeup artist and use your session as a time to evaluate your wedding day look and how it will photograph. Ladies, if you can swing it please consider getting your hair and makeup done for your session! We promise you it will make a world of difference and you will look and feel absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and we are right here if you need any recommendations!
Timing is everything for your session. As natural light photographers we plan sessions around the lighting of the day. We usually begin them 90 minutes prior to sunset, which will allow for an outfit and location change while shooting in golden hour. Being on time means we do not cut into your session time. Once the sun goes down there isn’t much we can do, so staying on track with timing and lighting is the best way to ensure gorgeous images. This also means that at times we may have to reschedule your session due to the weather.
This is the whole reason you chose your photographer, right? Because they know the best lighting, the best poses and the best techniques to make you both look and feel like supermodels! Now its time for you to take a deep breath and trust the person you chose to work with you. The more trust you place in us the more free we will be to create the images you will love. You may initially feel uncomfortable and awkward but in-between those moments come little gems of authentic interactions that can only happen when two people really are in love. Relinquish the control, give trust out freely and let go of your expectations.
6. Have Fun
Have Fun! This is such an exciting time in your lives. We know that engagement sessions can seem nerve wrecking but it’s important to go in with an open mind and the ability to laugh. We want you to flirt your brains out, love each other and just have fun, we might even finish the session with a bottle of champagne and we promise that you will love these beautiful images for years to come. Engagement sessions are the perfect time to hang out with your photographer, get comfortable in front of the camera and flirt with your soon to be spouse! What more could a girl ask for?
Once the cake has been eaten and you return from your amazing honeymoon you will await your wedding gallery. Our online galleries are delivered fully edited within 4 weeks of your wedding day. We believe that your timeless photographs deserve to not only be shared with friends and family on social media but also to become meaningful, lasting, tangible memories as pieces of art in your homes!
For this reason we thought we would put together a guide to talk you through your Pic-time gallery.
This is the platform we use to deliver every single one of our galleries - wedding, engagements & boudoir photography.
We love that it is a fully integrated system that allows you to view, download, share, print and even create a beautiful album all in one place.
You can view your gallery from either your computer, mobile phone or tablet. You can then favourite your most LOVED images, share them with family and friends and order fine art, exceptional quality prints.
Here we will cover:
Accessing and viewing your private online pic-time gallery
Selecting your favourite photographs
Downloading selected images and your entire gallery
Sharing your gallery with family and friends
Printing from your gallery
Using the pic-time shop feature
STEP ONE | VIEWING YOUR PIC-TIME GALLERY
Click on the ‘View Gallery’ button in the email we send you regarding your gallery.
Once you click the ‘View Gallery’ button you will be directed to a pretty home page where you will be asked to enter your email address. (Don't worry - this email address will be used to send you your images when you are ready to download).
Scroll down to view your photographs. These are organised into scenes of your wedding day timeline such as ‘Getting Ready’ ‘Ceremony’ and ‘Reception’
STEP TWO | FAVOURITING YOUR PIC-TIME GALLERY
Once you have chosen your favourite photograph just click on the ‘Heart’ icon.
Click the other 'Heart' icon in the top right corner of the page to view your favourites page. Remember to create a favourites album for your printed wedding album.
STEP THREE | DOWNLOADING YOUR PIC-TIME GALLERY
To start, click the download icon, which is found at the very top of your gallery to download the entire gallery or at the bottom of a selected photograph as shown. This will then bring you to an option to download ‘High resolution’ or ‘web size’ images.
STEP FOUR | SHARING YOUR GALLERY
It's easy! Click the 'Share' button in the top right corner of the page. Share your pretty gallery to your favourite social media platform! Or copy the link to send to family and friends.
STEP FIVE | PRINTING YOUR GALLERY (Yay!)
Printing your images at drugstores can drastically change the colour tones of your photograph and reduce the quality and lifespan of your pictures. Thankfully, Pic-time makes it easy to order professional-grade prints from your gallery at an affordable price.
Printed by Loxley colour lab on professional photo paper with a semi-gloss finish, for the highest quality and longest lasting print. These full bleed prints are available in a variety of sizes.
Select the stunning image that you want to order and the size, then ‘add to cart’
Choose how many of each print and make sure to double check that all your images are cropped the way you would like them.
When you are finished selecting your images, click 'Checkout' and follow the prompts.
Your images are now being printed at a professional printing lab based in the United Kingdom and as soon as they are ready, your gorgeous pictures will be shipped directly to you!
You may also wish to purchase beautiful deckled edge prints. Printed on acid-free archival Matte Cotton Rag paper (310gsm) with a rich slightly textured finish, these gorgeously feathered edge prints create truly timeless heirlooms, with the most exceptional quality.
STEP SIX | PRODUCTS IN YOUR ONLINE SHOP
Your online shop comes with the option to purchase stunning frames, the perfect setting for your photographs, these frames come ready to display and hang on the wall.
Printed on lustre photo paper with full bleed (no borders or mats), framed in a wooden box-style frame with black paper backing and hanging hardware
We believe that timeless, classic memories should be hanging from your walls and sitting on your lounge table to be enjoyed over the years!
FINE ART WEDDING ALBUM
You can either order an Heirloom album with us by choosing your favourite images and we will design it for you or you can creat your own gorgeous fine art album in your online shop.
Using pigmented inks on Art Matte Paper, this lightly textured album provides museum grade printing and is paired with a raw oatmeal colored linen presentation box.
Perfect for those who are looking to have their memories expressed and preserved in the finest way.
This Royal Over-seas luxury wedding shoot combines the elegance of a historic mansion with the style and charm of a modern wedding. The clubhouse is at the end of Park Place and has it's own beautiful private garden that was decorated to perfection with modern florals and textiles that worked fabulously against the lush, green backdrop of the park.
The shoot could was absolutely perfect! The bride wore two stunning wedding gowns by Watters and what about that bouquet!! - I'm in LOVE!!
Host | Christine Chang Weddings
Planning & Styling | Yep Enterprise
Art Director | Flowing Communication
Florist & Styling | Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design
Caterer | Graysons Venues
Dress | Watters
Bridal Shoes | Freya Rose
Suits | The Disguisery
Textiles | Allegoria Textile Delights
Jewellery | Kensington Parker
Cake | Rosalind Miller Cakes
Hair & Makeup | House of Thabiso
Stationary | Gourmet Invites
Shorkie Pup | Jasper ( @jasperexplores )
I believe our couples would agree that prior to their wedding day they dreaded the thought of ‘group shots’ but during and after they have such a giggle that they all comment they loved them! One thing is for certain: these group photographs are the most downloaded and loved by your family and friends and an important part of documenting your day to look back on and cherish in years to come.
Family photos traditionally happen after the ceremony ends but that is not a hard and fast rule. Some couples like family portraits captured before the ceremony starts and others wait until after dinner (usually this is in the summer when the sun is still out and there's a pretty area around the reception).
Others split it up—they might take photos with immediate family before the ceremony begins, photos with grandparents and close relatives directly after the ceremony and huge group photos right before the dancing starts (this is also a great way to capture a more casual photo with a big group of friends).
Here are a few tips for planning your ‘wedding group photos’
Sit down and put together a full list of all of the family combinations that you might want.Rather than stressing about what you're supposed to do, think about the photos that you might actually want in an album or framed on your walls. Who are the people you want to remember being there when you show your wedding photos to your kids in 30 years? Most couples have 5-10 groups, plus a few more casual groups at the reception later. You can absolutely plan for more or less, but make sure that you leave enough time
Send the list to your parents to make sure that you haven't missed any combinations.There might be photos that they want for their own homes that you hadn't thought about. Just make sure the list doesn't get so long that this will take over a huge chunk of your wedding day. Again, a max of ten groupings is ideal.
Put the list in order. We like to start with the largest groups so that they can leave first and clear the area out, but sometimes it makes sense to prioritise grandparents and who may have a hard time standing or need extra help or children who will have short attention spans. It's also helpful to note who is "finished" after each grouping so the person calling names can tell them that they're all set to go.
Assume that groups will take an average of five minutes each. It only takes a few seconds to take the photos once everything is set up, but it can take a few minutes to get everyone in place, especially large groups. Smaller groups can usually jump in and out within two minutes or so, but we always leave a buffer in case things run over or we can't find someone who we need (it does happen).
Share the list with everyone who is on it, and let them know where they need to be and when.You can email out the master list to everyone ahead of time, then print out copies to pass out to family members so they know when to be ready.
Find your ‘group caller’ Identify the person knows the most people. This person will get a copy of the photo list to help gather the groups.
And here are a few other things to keep in mind:
If your parents are separated, don't feel pressure to put them in a group photo together. Again, if you wouldn't frame it, don't feel like you have to capture it. This is really a personal decision.
Think about special occasions that you might want photos for in the future. Don't forget to have a photo with just you and your siblings that you can give to your mum on her birthday. The same goes for photos with just you and each parent individually. These can make simple gifts for Mother's Day/Father's Day.
So you’ve chosen a date to get married. Where do you even begin to decide on a wedding venue? Here are a few things to consider that may assist you finding the wedding venue of your dreams!
Nine things to consider when selecting your wedding venue
What three words would you use to describe your ideal wedding day?
Create a vision board on Pinterest, don’t over think it, collect pins that inspire you. Is your dream wedding day: timeless, boho, rustic, grand? This will usually shed some light on your vision and help provide direction in your venue selection.
How do you imagine the space feeling?
Similarly, what words would you use to describe the atmosphere and feeling of your wedding venue? Is it light with a clean colour palette? Is it near the beach or out in the country? It is important to consider the time of the year and the date you are getting married. Be sure to visit your chosen venue around the date you are getting married the previous year. This way you will see it for its reality and daytime lighting. Are the flowers in full bloom is it fully decorated with Christmas baubles?
Will it match your dress code?
If you have always dreamed of wearing an elaborate ball gown wedding dress would this be fitting for a beach side venue? Are you requesting your guests wear black tie? Think about the overall style of your wedding day and the venue will be your best starting point to plan from there.
Now it’s time to consider the details:
How many guests will you have?
Ask your venue their maximum capacity. Will you be able to host all your friends and family? You may need to meet a minimum spend per head or overall guest count, this can vary with season– What is your price point and your priorities?
What contractual obligations come with your venue?
Some venues, only work with certain caterers that have a trusted relationship. Is this the case with your chosen venue? Or may you bring in your own desired caterer and if so what is the cost of this.
Does the vision match the reality?
Having shot various destination weddings I am sure my brides would agree that a venue visit abroad is imperative to a successful destination wedding. take a trip and put yourself in your guests shoes, how easy is it to reach the venue? How about parking or will you be required to book coaches. Enlist the help of a wedding planner as they are vital when organising weddings abroad.
Do you want exclusive use of the venue?
Will other events be held at the venue on the day of your wedding? Where will your guests be able to access indoor and outdoor spaces
Is the venue weather proof?
Take a look at there a back up plan in place for all types of weather: searing heat, heavy rain. You want yourselves and your guests as comfortable as possible
How soon should you book?
Many popular wedding venues book up months (or even years) in advance, some wedding venues in Cardiff have a two year waiting list. If you know it’s the one you want book it!