Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer in Goa for You

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Outside of the venue, the biggest and most important expense will be your chosen photographer. Many couples have changed their wedding date just to book their desired photographer, which speaks volumes! You’ve probably read countless blogs that state “Pictures are important; worth a thousand words; will be there long after the cake is cut and your garter is tossed.” All are indeed true, but this week’s OneTouch wedding tip focuses on our thoughts on choosing the right photographer which consist of the 3 P’s: Portfolio, Personality and Professionalism. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences (pleasant or painful) about your photography search.


Were you impressed with the photos of a friend/colleague recently married? Ask them about their experience with the photographer. When you hear “I loved my photographer” add them to your list to contact. Referrals are always great and can take a lot of guesswork out of which you should proceed with contacting about photographing your wedding. Prior to contacting the professional, check out their bio and on-line portfolio to get a sense of their photography style – traditional /classic wedding photography or photojournalistic style. There isn’t one “correct” style and great photographers can capture a fusion of both, producing wonderful images that reflect your personality and wedding vision.


Personality is key for all of your wedding vendors, but photographers in particular. Your relationship may start at your E-Session (Engagement Photos); followed by rehearsal dinner and a full day of shooting as you and your bridal party are getting your beautification on. Your photographer will glide and blend into the background of the day’s activities, but he/she will be just like family with the amount of time and close attention to detail necessary to capture the most intimate moments with your immediate family, and new husband or wife. When first meeting with a photographer, if you can’t fathom being strapped to the hip with them for 10 hours, RUN. No love of their award winning work, multiple publications or 20 5-start reviews will ease the anxiety that you’ll have on your wedding day if you just don’t like the photographer. It’s that simple.


This takes us back to referrals but more so, past reviews. Promptness on event day, understanding lighting concepts used in your Halloween themed night wedding and responding to questions & providing photo proofs and images within a timely (and contracted) manner are just a few considerations when evaluating professionalism. During your consultation, this will become much more evident, but I’d be remiss in not strongly suggesting preparing for the conversation with your questions. Who will be my actual photographer? What is your back up plan for your back up plan, (think equipment)? What are the details of each package? Familiarity with the venue site is a bonus but not required. As long as he /she is willing to conduct a site visit to get a feel for the space and understand any rules associated with the location for contingency planning (i.e., no photos during ceremony in the sanctuary).


No worries, I have you covered! When you work with me to help plan your wedding, you have unlimited resources of only the BEST of the BEST wedding vendors that Atlanta has to offer. I’ll be sure to help you only meet the photographers that I feel could be a perfect match for your perfect day. Simply contact me to set up a consult.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Bridesmaids Gifts: Make Your Own Jewelry

Bridesmaids’ jewelry can be a way to thank your girls for being there for you on your big day, and can be a way to add another design element in your wedding. If you have looked at some jewelry, you know that it can be expensive, so why not think outside of the box and make your own?
If you haven’t considered the thought of making your own jewelry because you think it’s too difficult or could be costly, I’m here to tell you that it can be easy and cost effective. Check out your local craft stores jewelry section and you can see there is a plethora of items to choose from at varying difficulty levels. There are even jewelry kits you can purchase if you’re so inclined. If you have never been to the jewelry section of the craft store, it can seem overwhelming with everything available, but it can be better if you go in with an idea of what you want to make.
Go in with a game plan, or you’ll be lost in the craft world jumping from idea to idea. For example, if you know you want to make earrings, it’s better to have an idea of what type of earring you want to make by coming up with a design beforehand, or knowing whether or not you want to make hook dangles, or beaded studs, or if you even want to make earrings at all. You should know if you’re making necklaces and if so, what you envision your necklaces to look like, and same goes for bracelets. Once you’ve got your game plan it’ll be much easier to select your beads, clasps, cuffs, etc.