Beach For the Bride to Be

beach weddingsYou may have noticed that themed weddings are the norm these days. Couples usually prefer a themed wedding because having a motif makes it easier for everybody to plan the wedding. A focus on a single theme will mean easier color, decoration, wedding favor and even venue coordination. A Beach themed wedding is perhaps one of the most popular motifs for weddings today. There are lots of beach in the internet. You just need some creativity and a lot of imagination.

Beach weddings are fun and very exciting to plan for. The atmosphere for beach weddings are light and gay but it can also be sweet and romantic at the same time. Nothing can be more heartwarming than having that first kiss during sunrise or sunset.

For any wedding, one of the first things on top of the checklist is the budget. Depending on how much you plan to spend, beach themed weddings can be as affordable and as expensive as you want them to be. Once you have settled on a budget you are comfortable with, everything comes easily into place.

The invitation sets easily conveys to your guests the theme of the wedding. One of the cutest beach we have come across is to use starfishes as invitation decorations. You don’t have to use an actual starfish but alternatives include Papier-mache starfishes, ceramic starfishes and even hand drawn starfishes.

Food is another one of the most important considerations for any weddings. Most guests will expect at least a light snack or a full meal after the wedding. With beach weddings, receptions can be held indoors or outdoors. Ideas for food can include a barbecue or grilled assorted seafood. Dessert can range from ice cream to tropical fruits. Speaking of tropical fruits, these make beautiful centerpieces for your guests’ tables. They can be arranged in beautiful and creative ways. It gives the wedding reception a tropical beach feeling.

The cake is the piece de resistance of any wedding reception. It symbolizes fertility and good luck. Wedding cakes have been a wedding tradition ever since the Roman Empire. Wedding cakes for beach weddings can be decorated accordingly. Aside from starfishes, shells, wave designs, mermaids and corals; the whole sea can be an inspiration for your beach themed wedding cake.

Beach are easy to come up with. Take your groomsmen’s boutonniere for example. Instead of the typical red rose, why not exchange it for leis? The bridesmaid’s headdresses and bouquets can be made from tropical flowers. Your cute little flower girls can wear hula costumes instead of gowns while they shower the aisle with colored sand and petals.

Perhaps the best thing about beach weddings is that you can hold the wedding and reception on the sands. The mood is almost always light and festive compared to church weddings. The wedding party can enjoy the view of the beach and be comfortable walking around either barefoot or wearing sandals. The beach is almost always breezy so you won’t have to worry about fainting spells or stuffy atmosphere.

Thinking up beach are an exercise not only in creativity and imagination but in originality as well. As it becomes more and more popular people are finding lots of ways of personalizing their beach I do’s.

Photojournalism – The Most Sought After Style of Wedding Photography

Before a wedding both the bride and groom and their families have to look after every big and small arrangements that are related to the wedding. Wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of the marriage. Everyone wants to remember their wedding so they shoot and record the beautiful moments of their wedding by hiring a professional wedding photographer. Now your wedding can be captured in different styles according to your taste, interest and personality.

From a traditional style to contemporary the couples can be captured in whichever style they want to be seen. But today a more unobtrusive and naturalistic style of wedding photography has emerged, which is called photo journalistic style of photography. It is the style which gives a sense of a documentary film, meaning you get a feeling of watching a short documentary film while looking at your wedding album. Your wedding album will be just like a storybook of your wedding depicted in pictures. It is the most naturalistic style of taking wedding photography devoid of any formal poses.

As is the case in traditional style where the wedding pictures are taken in formal poses or the contemporary style where the pictures are more edgy, glamorous and magazine types. Photo journalistic style is nothing like this; it is more natural and informal. No one has to stand in any deliberate poses and no one has to put on any extra makeup for the pictures. All the people and the ceremonies are captured as they are, nothing artificial is added not even studio lighting to add that desired effect. The moments are captured as they are in their original form making the end result beautiful.

You can actually relive your whole wedding ceremony as it happened systematically years after by just looking at the pictures in this style. The photo journalistic style is often called documentary, candid or reportage style. No words or caption is needed to describe the photos as the pictures depict every story clearly. Why couples choose the photo journalistic style because the photographers record all the emotion, fun and laughter present at the wedding without making their presence known. This is an added advantage for camera shy people. If you have someone like them in your friends or family then you can easily have their pictures without even making them conscious.

Usually this style of wedding photography requires a lot of honed talent to tell the story of the wedding. You just can’t snap thousand of pictures hoping of taking a few good snaps. A lot of thought goes into saying the story in its original form and not making it highly interpretative.

Photographing Grumpy Kids – The Solution

I recently ran a couple of baby & toddler portrait photography sessions back to back and had a great morning photographing some gorgeous kids. But one of them was really grumpy and didn’t want a bar of the whole thing.

How did we deal with it? Every parent wants a smiley happy shot of their kids with bright eyes resonating happiness and joy with few parents happy to sit back and let the mood of the moment shine though. It was an interesting session with the first gorgeous wee girl one of those perfect models born for the camera and happy to be the star of the moment. Our more subdued candidate came a little later and certainly wasn’t in the mood to be in front of the camera. However – this little man had a more serious demeanor and just didn’t fit the standardised smiley face we tend to see in a lot of kids portraits. So we all relaxed and just got him engaged in activity on the studio floor with his wee brother…. but still no smiles. What we ended up getting was my personal favorite shot of the day…. a poignant photograph of a perfect face with incredible clarity and a unique moment in time. It reminded me of why we are there in the first place as photographers – to record moments in time and try to represent more than just mimicry of other images we may have seen or been asked to create. So to answer the question I posed at the beginning of the article?

  1. Relax Mum & Dad Make sure Mum and Dad are as relaxed as their tension will only add to the problem of grumpy kids. Remind them that this is completely normal and won’t ruin the time you have with them. We all know in extreme cases its best to draw the line and re-book sometimes and its by no means the end of the world. Everyone has their off days.
  2. Smile You can’t expect your subjects to have fun if you aren’t – You will often be a total stranger to some of these little fellas so you will need to establish some trust boundaries and a comfort zone.
  3. Get Involved Studio lighting and equipment can sometimes be scary to these little ones so for the older kids, getting them behind the camera to take a few test shots for you is often a great way for them to comprehend whats going to happen and why everyone is there in the first place.
  4. Wait Take the pressure off yourself and just be prepared to wait for that shot…. you know… the one that makes it all worth while and the shot that you would personally hang on your wall.
  5. Go with the flow Time to get unconventional – I tend to rig the lighting in the studio to give me as much coverage as possible so when these little ones go mobile, you’ve got the capacity to simply follow them on their journey around the studio. We’ve managed to get some great candid shots this way as they engage with various elements and people onsite.

If you’ve photographed kids for any length of time I’m sure you can relate to the above – however if you’re just starting out – don’t despair if your first few shoots don’t go according to. With a relaxed attitude and practice, you’ll be shooting like a pro in no time.