Planning your Wedding Photos
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After all of the celebration, Pomp and Ceremony, the “Love and to Cherish” and “Until Death do us part” is over, arguably the next most important outcome of a wedding are the Photos.
During the run-up to your wedding, it’s easy and surprisingly common to overlook this most critical piece of the puzzle. The most perfect of weddings can suddenly take a negative turn when the photos arrive and do not capture the essence of your big day.
Planning your Photos is as crucial as the ceremony and reception and there are several ways to ensure that your wedding is captured, in its true image.
While hiring a great Wedding Photographer is the obvious solution, one should not rest upon their laurels alone. While the best of photographers can deliver amazing images, failure to communicate with your photographer before the wedding, is likely to result in post wedding feelings of “what if” and“if only”.
For all of the talent and experience in the world, most photographers will welcome your vision and what you want from their images with open arms. On average most wedding photos are presented with around 20% of the images Black & White or Sepia, with the remaining 80% in glorious Colour. You may wish to discuss the effects and overall balance of your images and may even have some particular shots you wish to include, that say a little about you.
Obviously, there are a million and one tricks that photographers can and do pull out of their hats, so don’t be afraid to ask if there is a particular shot you really want. At the end of the day, it is those clever angles, those effects, the props and backdrops, which will ultimately paint your overall picture.
As you flick through your Wedding Album in one, five or fifty year’s time, it is important that not only the moments are captured, but your personality and emotions are too. Everyone is different and that includes the bride and groom, so it goes without saying that stamping an individual’s persona into a wedding photo, is much like a watermark and creates a far bigger picture.
Such photos are often achieved by exploiting your sense of humour, perhaps applying a little silliness that is exclusive to you and yours. For the more fashion conscious, some classic shots focused on your styling will highlight your eye for costume, decor and the surroundings.
Researching and creating a collage of images from magazines or the internet that identify with you, is a very good idea indeed. There is absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever with requesting your photographer recreate an image that you like or associate your persona with. Putting time into finding examples of wedding photography that relate to you, is time well spent and will help your photographer no end, in understanding what you wish to convey and what you wish to encompass in your wedding photography.
The photos included in this blog are of Beth and Dean, who recently married at the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, in Koh Samui, Thailand and really did put their stamp upon the images that ended up in the Wedding Album. By applying many of the ideas listed above, the couple most certainly injected their fun and wonderful personalities into every image, creating a window in time that captures their hearts and their souls!
To see more of Beth & Dean's amazing photos, click here!
Thanks for your on-the-ground insight Daniel.
We too have certainly seen a shift towards Koh Samui, which as you say, is in part due to the increase in Phuket Wedding prices and the Beach Wedding restrictions. There are of course some exceptions and affordable options with Beach access do exist in Phuket, such as the stunning Cape Panwa Resort, on the southern tip of the island.
To explore these options, Brides are always welcome to discuss Phuket or Samui weddings with one of our planners.
Websites such as yours Daniel also offer an invaluable perspective into Thailand Wedding Photography that is certain to promote a keen interest for this gorgeous destination, while inspiring couples already decided upon Thailand to get creative with their event.
Thanks again Daniel and we look forward to seeing more of your stunning work in the future.
Great read!, I knew that the weather was better but didnt know why.. And yes Samui is my winner all around better!.. It the past 10+ years Thailand has been a huge growing market for destination wedding!, Phuket and Koh Samui in particular... Phuket's market being the bigger of the islands with the most venues, suppliers, the best photographer & videographers to choose from. However in the past few years weddings have decreased in Phuket and increased in Koh Samui and a few other Islands. Because Phuket banded its beach weddings and all private beaches are no longer private, huge crowds surrounding the wedding celebrations, oh and not to mention the prices for everything have gone up 30% or more, many people have moved over to Koh Samui to have their wedding, Samui has always been popular for weddings but in general they were smaller more simple weddings. Koh Samui with the growth of the market has really stepped up in quality and it has some of the most stunning wedding venues and locations in the world!, its much more private with amazing sea view, beach front villas and resorts making it the new leader for destination wedding couples around the world!.. Check out my website for more info regarding weddings in Thailand as I am a photographer & videographer who has shot over 300 weddings here http://www.dbaciphotography...
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