Different types of wedding photography discussed
By Michael Thompson the bride's view wedding and portrait photography in Consett County Durham Tyneside in the North East of England
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Different types of wedding photography discussed
By Michael Thompson the bride's view wedding and portrait photography in Consett County Durham Tyneside in the North East of England

Alot of time and energy goes into
the creation of a picture-perfect
wedding. Photographs are tangible
memories, records of the emotions
shared on your special day. Many of the
important decisions you make—from
your dress and veil to the wedding party
attire to makeup to the type of exit you’ll
select to the décor at your reception—
will either positively or negatively affect
the outcome of your images.
It is important to consider the color harmony
of the dresses, flowers and makeup
of any of the key players, as all of these
variables can make or break an image. It
is also important to consider the figures
of the bridal party when selecting bridal
attire. One of the most effective ways to
ensure a great, cohesive look is to pick
out a material and color theme you prefer
and allowing the bridal party to pick
out styles that flatter their figures. (This
preference also often extends to parents
and family members.) These matching
gowns look great in photographs and
make the party feel comfortable in the
style they are wearing!
Recently, a photographer shot a wedding
where the bride selected a beautiful
taupe shade for the bridal party to wear.
The mothers were instructed to wear a
cream or beige color. The sister of the
groom (who was not asked to be in the
bridal party) was then added to the family
portrait, and because she was wearing
a bold, deep-purple dress, she did not
look like an important member of the
portrait. Be certain to include stepparents and siblings in this effort. It will
make them feel included and will
improve your images, too.
Makeup is a tricky subject. Find a professional
who has lots of experience with
wedding makeup so you don’t end up
looking washed out or overly made up.
Selection and application is best left to a
professional makeup artist who can analyze
your skin tone and how your makeup
works with your flowers, your bridal
party’s attire and the room décor.
Formal pre-wedding images will help
you to see how everything looks prior to
the big day. When you see these images,
you can determine whether any changes
need to be made to your appearance. For
more information on formal portraits,• Doves have great symbolism and
impact, but use more than two for
the ultimate images.
• Streamers can block the view of the
photographer when he or she is
photographing the bride and
groom. Make sure everyone has
plenty of room to move!
• Sparklers have become popular but
you have to consider the possibilities
of damage to the dress and the
amount of smoke they generate.
• Butterflies rarely fly simultaneously,
so the supposed “Wow!” finish
often becomes a series of smaller
“Ahs. . . .” They are best used for
outdoor ceremonies.
• Bells and candles can be cute, but
they don’t necessarily add a lot of
oomph to your images.
• Organic rice is great for photographs,
but be prepared—you will
be a sticky mess by the time you
get back to your hotel room!
• When coordinated correctly, bubbles
and rose petals are usually the
most photogenic!
Whichever type of exit you select,
know that it will become an intricate part
of your story line. Like many other photographers,
photographers Stewart and
Susan Powers believe, “Exits are vital to
the story, so they [the bride and groom]
prepare for them as much as possible.
Each bride has a different idea for her
exit. Some are grand, some are fast and
some are furious!” They suggest you
inform your photographer of your plans
ahead of time so he or she can prepare
with fresh batteries, new flash cards and
the right lens and be ready to go when
you are! An exit image will help define
the sequence of the event.
Photographer Andy Marcus explains
that using exit images in the album can
help to visually convey a good story andthe specialness of the day. Exit images
help to create a rhythm, a time line—and
help to create a more valuable album.
When conceptualizing the décor for the
reception, consider the fact that many
photographs will be taken in the room.
To ensure great images, consider color
harmony of the décor and lighting.
Magical hues can be created by the decorator,
the lighting technicians and often
even the photographer. Different colored
gels and filters can alter the ambience of
the event. Lighting can be added to the
walls, the dance floor or the décor by the
lighting technicians or even decorators—
or a colored gel can be added to an external
flash to create interesting backgrounds
by your photographer. Pink and
blue hues can add a mystical touch to
your atmosphere, while brighter, bolder
colors can pump up the party as the
evening progresses. Consult with a professional
to ensure the color is lighting
up the appropriate areas and not washing
out your skin tones! Your lighting effects
can be dramatic or subtle, depending on
your budget. However, simply using special
lighting for the main events like the
first dance or the toast can add excitement
to your wedding day and creativity
to your images!
Once the images are captured, there
are many ways in which they can be used
at the reception. Some couples purchase
signature frames, which can be autographed
by guests. Many couples use
image reflection displays—a slide show of
continuously-running images from the
wedding day. If any of these options are
important to you, you’ll need to discuss
them with your photographer and make
arrangements for their use when you plan
your reception. Additionally, if your photographer
offers online ordering through
his or her web site, you’ll need to place
order-instruction cards at each guest’s
place setting. For more information on
these topics, see chapter 6.
If your photographer has access to a digital
camera, consider using an image
reflection display at your reception.
Image Reflection Displays. Also
consider creating an image reflection display—
a stream of images displayed on a
laptop or television—at the reception. It
provides entertainment for the grandparents
who may be tired and for any
guests that do not like to dance. Properly
placed, the display will not distract from
the activities scheduled for your special
This display can be set up in three
different ways, depending on your preference.
First, consider keeping things
simple: you can set up the laptop on a
highboy cocktail table with a candle and
a small flower arrangement. Place the display
near the gift table or close to the
exit. When people are leaving they will be
astounded to see images from the day on
these screens! You might also consider
viewing your images on a large-screen