The dreaded email I wish I didn’t have to answer…
Wedding Photography is without a doubt my biggest passion, I absolutely love my job, my clients and ofcourse the process in which I perform to give back the ultimate magical story of your special day.
Upon reading this email that graces my inbox from time to time I try really hard not to be upset with my clients who ask instead assuming they didn’t really understand the full meaning of RAW. After informing me that Photoshop nor lightroom is not part of their lingo their request is becoming clearer in the fact they didn’t really understand what they had asked me for.
Win it Instead!
Wedding Photography is definitely something we’d be taking very seriously if we were to ever dive into the world of Martial Bliss…. You see the truth is with a large percentile of weddings you will find the suits are returned, the wooden rounds, table runners, photo booth props, wishing wells and mason jars are quickly auctioned off to the next over zealous brain hunting bride, the cake gets eaten, the flowers wilt in water, and the dress is hung in the unlikely case it will some day don your daughter…. unfortunately photos are one of the very few things apart from your new hubby you have that is a physical reminder of your special day….
The Great New Zealand Bridal Show 101
Groom in Tow … very few grooms seem willing to brave the strange, occasionally terrifying world of Bridal Expos. With a jungle of vendors where do you start?? , walls of carrot and chocolate delights, rows of facepainting extrordinaires, the photoshop masters, and of course the labyrinth of Satin and Lace. The first time you step into an expo, you can be overwhelmed. With so many photographers, florists, MUA’s and DJs in the area you often don’t know exactly where to look, so you walk around, bewildered, while brides and their posses swarm around you.
When Love is Black and White
Every bride has a vision of how their perfect day will unfold, everything will go to plan, the groom will shed a tear as she floats down the isle in her layers of lace and tulle, the I’do’s sealed with a kiss amid family and friends, on the most beautiful summers afternoon.
As a wedding photographer its something I tend to keep to myself, the fact Ive been praying all morning for a cloudy ambush of fifty shades, whilst singing a powerful grammy winning rendition of I’m only happy when it rains – may have been a little inappropriate for the time and place…. Never the less on Saturday I got lucky! my prayers were answered with a sky full of moody monochromes which left me smiling like a a basket of chips.
“You and Tequila” and a glass of Sangria.
Its something I keep rather quiet as my credibility goes from hero to zero in a matter of seconds so Ive been told. My love of country music is somewhat frowned upon by some, usually those whom have not been privy to this incredible toe tapping, hat tipping genre. That seductive twang, the story of heart ache, the girl you met by the lake whilst peddling a big red tractor…now if that ain’t what dreams are made of I don’t know what is…..
Blue Steel Swag weds a Pocket Full of Dynamite – Dolce Wedding Photography
As a Wedding Photographer stepping onto the Air New Zealand flight I knew i’d have my work cut out for me with this one. It was clear to me these two had gone for the the “upsized” option when planning their nuptials and this was going to be on hell of a hum dinger affair with all the bells and whistles.
Go Big or Go home sprung to mind when I spotted the 70 something bottles of Moet, the 12 + two bridal party, the 3 choppers, the 100+ BFFS, the Malibu boats towed by the latest Rangeys…. yes everything was certainly on the GRAND scale of things, apart from one… our pint sized pocket rocket bride Renee….
Making it happen with the Wedding Industry Network
Millions of women all around the world are guilty of it, the day they get engaged they immediately start calling venues, registering in two to two hundred online planning sites, buying $10 bridal magazines by the dozen, collecting mason jars, milk bottles and ribbon by the truck load, as all these “brides to be” can not wait to push play on organizing the day they have been waiting for their whole life.
Taking the Hasselblad H3d-39 for a spin
They say CHANGE is as good as a holiday, In this particular instance id have to agree.
As a wedding photographer recently being given the opportunity to test drive this fine piece of equipment this particular vacation I found very memorable to say the least.
As the average Jo you could be forgiven in thinking I was sporting an oversized 80’s camcorder, yet on closer inspection you would find in fact I had in tow a beautiful Hasselblad H3d-39. With an alluring first impression, I followed through, although a bit slow to boot, once aroused she greeted me with a spectacularly large, bright view finder and conveniently placed pistol grip for fantastic ergonomic hand holding. Simple exposure and aperture wheels placed at your thumb and index finger make driving her a dream! The easy to use menu is a delight in navigating with no manual required! Shooting at 39 megapixel an XXL CF card is recommended with a RAW image offering an incredible 50mb file size.
Pre engagement shoot I set out for a trial run, tripod in hand I let the camera do the work. Over an impressive “African style sunset” it’s clear that the Hasselblad excels at capturing the many soft tones of golden dusk light, perfect for Wedding Photography not to mention impressive detail in both highlights and shadows. Bypassing the option to make use of the “not so amazing” back screen I loaded the images up and was amazed at the incredible resolution. This camera truly delivers results, building excitement for our “second date”.
Unfortunately coming in at the 10K price tag I don’t see our love affair lasting, a beautiful piece of machinery, with images to match this camera is for those folk with cash to
With one date left, our time is nearly over, however I look forward to showing you what this little beauty is capable of…Stay tuned for Ross and Nellys engagement shoot!
Finding the Perfect Photographer is probably the most important aspect of any wedding
Wedding photography is perhaps the most important field because these are the special moments in life we want to capture. Portraits are important and often play a major roll in wedding photography, but there are more to the wedding and finding the perfect photographer. Below are several tips to finding the perfect photographer for you.