Vis­ual record of wed­ding day should be care­fully planned

South Waikato News - - WEDDINGS -

When it comes to choos­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and video op­tions for your wed­ding, take the time to work out ex­actly what you want.

Don’t for­get these two me­dia will be the only vis­ual records of your spe­cial day. Of­ten on the day the bride and groom only have eyes for each other and miss out on many of the other vis­ual plea­sures around them.

Some peo­ple sim­ply choose to have the cer­e­mony pho­tographed and a few pic­tures of fam­ily groups af­ter­wards, which could cost as lit­tle as $400. Many want the whole day cov­ered – from dress­ing the bride ‘‘at home’’ shots right through to the cel­e­bra­tions to the late-night drink­ing.

Al­though it may be tempt­ing to ask a friend to take the pho­to­graphs for a nor­mal price, there is no guar­an­tee of qual­ity and the re­sults could eas­ily be dis­ap­point­ing for you and em­bar­rass­ing for your am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher. Most pro­fes­sion­als han­dle a large quan­tity of wed­dings and ac­cu­mu­late a wealth of help­ful in­for­ma­tion and skills specif­i­cally suited to wed­ding days.

You may need to book a pho­tog­ra­pher up to a year in ad­vance of your wed­ding.

As the per­son who is re­spon­si­ble for im­mor­tal­is­ing your big day, it is im­por­tant to make sure you choose a pho­tog­ra­pher you feel per­son­ally com­fort­able with.

The pho­tog­ra­pher will need to know ob­vi­ous de­tails like when and where, also things such as the style of the wed­ding dress and the brides­maids’ dresses. Dis­cuss the cost of re­quests like black and white, colour or sepia-toned pho­tos (or a com­bi­na­tion of all).

Make sure you pre­pare a list of any spe­cial pho­to­graphs you would like taken (with spe­cial relatives or friends) in ad­vance so the pho­tog­ra­pher can also plan his or her day. It is too easy, in the ex­cite­ment of the day, to re­alise you didn’t get a pho­to­graph with ev­ery­one you wanted to.

Ar­rang­ing a pro­fes­sional wed­ding video pro­vides a per­ma­nent record of the wed­ding day – al­most like a doc­u­men­tary star­ring your­self – that will en­able you to re­live your spe­cial mo­ments and see for your­self how much your guests en­joyed the day.

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