Monday, June 11, 2012

Photograpy with Steve from Studio8 Photography

Thank you to the Wonderful Steve from Studio8 Photography for sharing his knowledge and tips for choosing your wedding photographer.
You can view Steve's website at

- How long have you been a wedding photographer?
We have been producing professional photography since 2004.

- How long in advance should a client contact you to discuss their wedding photo's
Although quite a few of our bookings come at relatively short notice, it’s better to book as far in advance as possible to secure your date. This is particularly important from September to March, as these are extremely popular months for weddings. Booking the photographer should be one of the early priorities like the church or ceremony location and reception venue. You don’t want to accept an average photographer because all of the good ones are already booked.

- Do you charge any extra for photos on a disk?
All of our packages include the photos on disc. We don’t charge any extra and very importantly, all of our photography is “free from copyright,” which means the married couple can make as many copies of their photos as they like at no additional cost. This is extremely rare among wedding photographers, but we feel very strongly that people should “own the rights” to their photos once they’ve paid for them.

- What do you recommend people look for when they choose a wedding photographer?
There are a number of key points people need to consider when choosing a wedding photographer.

-      Will they place copyright on your photos? The last thing you want is to pay good money for your photos, only to be told you’ll need to pay for copies. This is extremely common in the industry!!! Be aware!!!

-      Make sure you will be receiving “all” of your photos from the day and not just a “selection.”

-      Be sure to view samples of a photographers work. Do they have a website where you can view their work? If not, it suggests they are more hobbyists than professionals. All professional photographers should have a website!!! A Facebook page is also an important addition, as it allows you to see a greater variety of the photographers work.

-      Is the photo editing included in their package price, or will you have to pay an additional charge? You want to be sure that you are not required to pay more to have your photos edited, as it can become quite costly.

-      Be certain that your deposit will be deducted from the final balance and isn’t just a “non refundable” holding deposit. Once again, this is not uncommon among some photographers.

There are many other hints and tips to choosing a wedding photographer, which I will be happy to expand on down the track.

- Is it important to have a list of the type of photos you want or do you let the photographer take the lead?
Having an idea of what type of photos you would like is an advantage, but a good photographer will always have ideas to best maximise your location, etc. Just be sure you view samples of their work prior to confirming your booking. The last thing you want are photos that look like they’ve just been taken in the 1980’s!!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Do you, or don’t you when it comes to online shopping for your wedding??

Online shopping seems to be a busy girl’s best friend these days but when it comes to your wedding, how far is too far?? I know every girl loves a good bargain but where do you draw the line and what are the risks involved with doing your wedding shopping online....

I don’t know about you, but I have heard numerous horror stories from friends and on some wedding websites about how a bride brought a ‘designer’ wedding gown for a quarter of the price from some online wedding store on the other side of the world...hhhmmmmm. Only to be devastated when it arrived and

a) It looked nothing like the picture
b) The material was poor quality 
c) It was the wrong size and didn’t fit at all
d) It was the wrong colour
e) The stitching wasn’t finished and the seams were coming apart
f) The dress is see I’m not kidding
g) The dress doesn’t show up all.....

Do you see where I’m going with this?? If you only listen to one piece of advice we give you, then this is it! DO NOT BUY YOUR WEDDING GOWN ONLINE!!!!! I know your inbuilt bargain hunter will be trying to convince you this is a good idea, but trust me it’s not and if you’re still determined to buy a cheap wedding dress, keep an eye out for the sales rack, most wedding dress stores have them and at least you can see beforehand what you are paying for!

Buying things like favours, invitation and place card paper, costume jewellery and decorations online in my opinion are fine, if you can save yourself some money then go for it, but like you normally would in stores, shop around! There are heaps of great secure online wedding stores and if you sign up to their email alerts you will be notified of when they are having sales, so it’s a win win! Below is a list of some of the ones we have used.

If you do decide to do the bulk of your shopping online, just be careful and shop with caution. Keep in mind most places charge a delivery fee so we suggest buying breakable items like champagne flutes and cake knifes from a real store. The delivery fees can get crazy expensive! I know how easy it can be to get caught up in the wedding planning bubble but always try to use your common sense! If something online looks too good to be true, then it probably is! Last but not least, be very careful who you give your credit card details too, if it’s not a secure website then do not put in your details. This seems like a no brainer but it’s easy to be fooled.

So ladies shop with caution, but remember to have fun! Happy Shopping J

K & C

Here is a list of some online wedding stores that we have used, if you know of a good one please let us know so we can share!

Real Flowers!

A wedding doesn't really feel like a wedding unless you have some fresh flowers!

 Keep an eye out for our next post on fake flowers, they are becoming quite popular as the materials now being used make the flowers feel and look real!

But if you cant go past the real thing check out these pics for some ideas!

K & C

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