Category Archives: Wedding and Photographer

Arrive at your wedding ceremony

Obviously, if a bride arrives at her ceremony and notices that her guests are still arriving, it’s fine to take a quick bog lap in the limousine and allow everyone to take their seats and get comfortable.

Arriving fashionably late would have you walking down the aisle 10 to 15 minutes after everyone’s seated and the ceremony has officially begun. Most guests will allow for this and might even expect it – though they should still arrive earlier than the specified ceremony time to allow for any parking mishaps or traffic.

While it’s good fun to see the groom hopping around at the altar in anticipation to see his bride, your guests will start to get bored if you leave them waiting for more than 20 to 30 minutes. Arriving 20 to 30 minutes after your ceremony is supposed to start is not fashionably late – if deliberate, it’s inconsiderate to your guests, your fiance, and your officiant.

Think about it – if you were a wedding guest, would you want to wait around for an extra 20 to 30 minutes for the bride to arrive? And what if it were a hot day in the full sun? Put yourself in your guests’ shoes before arranging your late arrival.

“Pros: you get to wear two beautiful gowns on your wedding day; there will be no need to pay for a bustle on your first gown (to hold the train up for mobility at the reception); your guests will get a beautiful surprise at your reception; and you may be more comfortable. If you are planning on wearing a princess gown during your ceremony, then a knee-length gown for your reception will allow you to be able to move around a little better during the night, and you’ll get to use the bathroom without the help of your bridesmaids!

Boutique questions answered

Did you know Easy Weddings has an expert advice section entirely dedicated to getting your questions answered by those who know best? This is just a taste of the many questions being asked daily by real brides and grooms across Australia. Here are your bridal boutique questions answered by real industry experts!

 

Q: Is it better to walk into a bridal boutique or to book an appointment?

 

A: by Bernice Fashions and Designer Bridal House

“If you are able to make an appointment, it is most certainly worth it so that you can have the one-on-one time and try on in comfort. We do take walk-ins, though if we are busy at that time, it may not always be possible. Our studio is small with lots of variety and we prefer to give you an experience. We also offer appointments after hours if this is required.” – Bernice Fashions

“We highly recommend that you make an appointment for a one-on-one bridal experience with a consultant. You would be offered a full hour to try on as many dresses as you like! With walk-ins, you may have to wait around for a change room. The bridal shopping experience should be one of the most exciting and enjoyable parts of planning your wedding!” – Designer Bridal House

 

Q: Do I have to bring bridesmaids to my fittings?

“I’m not having bridesmaids and my mum actually lives overseas. Is it okay to come alone?”

 

A: by Raffinato Bridal

“It is perfectly fine to come to your appointments solo – in fact a lot of brides do for their first time. Of course, having your mum and bridesmaids there is fantastic, but can sometimes get a little bit overwhelming with all eyes being on you. Also, everyone is going to have an opinion of gowns which can also become a little much.

Bridal consultants are friendly and often quite chatty, so there is no reason to stress about going alone. Plus, at our store, you’re more than welcome to take a couple of snaps to send to your bridesmaids or even Skype/Facetime your mum during your appointment to keep them involved!”

 

Q: What happens if a store only carries up to a size 16 but I’m an 18?

“Does that mean I miss out? Will something still fit me?”

 

A: by Maggie’s Bridal Centre

“This can be very frustrating for brides as everyone loves to see a gown fitting well before making the commitment to purchase. I would suggest calling ahead and making sure every store you plan to visit has gowns in your size range so you can enjoy your day shopping rather than being frustrated. If the gowns are a size or two too big, you can usually be pinned in or have a panel pinned into the back so you can get a feel for how it would look when perfectly fitted.”

How to Truths About Photography

I love photography, and I’m guessing if you’re reading this that you love photography, too.

But it can be a love-hate relationship, right?

There are good days when you find an incredible deal on the lens you wanted or snag a great shot.

But there are also bad days when your memory card fails or you plan a photo shoot and it goes all wrong.

Such is the nature of the beast!

Eric Rossi’s video, “8 Ugly Truths About Photography,” reveals a few qualities about this hobby and profession we all love that we might not realize at first.

Check out the video above, and for a play-by-play of some of my favorite ugly truths, check the text below.

When you’re on the hunt for a camera, doing your research is absolutely critical.

Just because you’re looking at a Nikon or a Canon or another major brand doesn’t mean that it’s automatically a good camera. More to the point, it might not be a good camera for you.

For example, the Nikon D810 is a fantastic camera and one of the best available on the market today.

But it’s a full frame, professional camera with a big price tag…

That makes it great for a professional photographer, but if you’re just starting out in photography, it’s not a good idea for you.

A compact point-and-shoot might be great for having something tucked away in your pocket or your purse, but many point-and-shoots lack manual controls, RAW shooting, and low-light performance that are critical for a developing photographer to be able to utilize.

Before you buy, read up on the camera you’re considering. Check out reviews from actual customers. Watch YouTube videos of people using them. Find out what it does well and doesn’t do well to see if it fits into your workflow.

Wedding dress designers Australia wide

Toying with the idea of crafting your dream wedding gown with the help of a couture dress designer, but not sure where to start? To get the ball rolling, here are the top wedding dress designers Australia-wide as ranked by their customer reviews on Easy Weddings.

With over three decades of experience between their design team, Mia Solano @ Luv Bridal & Formal is committed to giving every bride a unique and brilliant experience – and ultimately creating their dream wedding gown! Each gown is made with great attention to detail and quality – down to the last hand-sewn bead and embellished lace. Check out their storefront today and begin crafting your dream gown with Mia Solano!

Priding themselves on delivering genuine bridal couture, d’Italia will custom-make your dream wedding dress made with the world’s finest fabrics. All you have to do is collect what you like from magazines and the internet, make an appointment where the designers will fine-tune your ideas, and choose your desired fabric – and you’ll be left with a gown that fits you perfectly. Check out d’Italia today!

With over 26 years experience, Louise Alvarez offers you the chance to create a gown that will fit your figure, your style, and your budget! Beginning with a sketch of your dream gown, Louise Alvarez describes the couture experience as a “labour of love”. Also offering a range of demi-couture pieces and accessories, there’s something for every bride at Louis Alvarez Couture Bridal & Evening Wear!

First establishing her custom-made bridal and fashion label in 1989, and now going into her 27th year of operation, Susan Ogg is recognised for her quality workmanship in bridal, eveningwear, and tailored day wear. Passionate about creating a gown that will flatter you in every way, Susan Ogg uses silk fabrics, and French and Italian laces to achieve a luxurious finish. You’re sure to create something truly special with the help of Susan Ogg!

Photographer Today in 9 Easy Steps

It might be cliche to say, but the phrase “practice makes perfect” has a lot of merit.

That goes for a lot of things in life, and photography is one of them.

I often hear complaints from new photographers that their photos aren’t as good as those they see from the pros.

Those complaints are usually accompanied by a wish that they knew how to improve their photos – and fast.

Becoming a better photographer, above all else, takes time and dedication to the process of learning.

But that doesn’t mean it has to be a complicated process…

With that in mind, here are nine easy things you can do today, right now, to become a better photographer.

The challenge (well, one of them…) of photography is to represent a three-dimensional subject in a two-dimensional medium that somehow still feels three-dimensional.

It might sound like an impossible task, but really all you need to do is utilize tricks that add depth and dimension to the shot.

Leading lines are a great way to add depth because our eyes are naturally drawn to lines.

Put a line in your photo, and viewers will use that to travel deeper into the shot, inspecting various parts of the image as they go.

Looking at the image above, notice how the line directs our attention to the background of the image. Taking us to the back of the shot helps give it the feeling that there’s a dimensionality to it.

Another way to add depth to your photos is to layer the image.

Layering simply involves having foreground, midground, and background elements that draw the viewer’s attention.

Again, the practice of layering points of interest in the shot helps move the viewer’s eye around the image, taking in one point of interest before moving on to the next, the result of which is a feeling of greater depth.

In the image above, note how the layers and layers of mountain peaks help define the space and give it a sense that the mountains in the foreground are nearer than the mountains in the background.

The Best Photography Debates

I like to think of photography as a pursuit that brings people together and fosters creative exploration and camaraderie.

But let’s face it – there’s some issues in this field that divide us along strong lines.

Like which among Canon and Nikon is the best, for example…

But that’s just scratching the surface!

Let’s explore a few long-standing photography debates so you can decide which side of the fence you’re on.

Ask around among some old-school photographers and many of them won’t mince words…processing is cheating.

Now, folks that don’t like processing aren’t necessarily talking about basic adjustments you can make like dodging, burning, and cropping. You know, things you could do in a darkroom with film…

Instead, some photographers take issue with taking processing into the realm of photo manipulation – removing objects from the shot, for example.

For them, doing so means that the photo you created is no longer a representation of what you and your camera actually saw.

Then again, ask around, and you’ll encounter plenty of photographers that assert that processing an image is as much a part of the workflow as actually taking the shot out in the field.

No matter how much training, experience, or gear you have, it’s virtually impossible to get everything right in-camera, thus the need for programs like Lightroom and Photoshop to help us make the image look more compelling.

Beyond that, many photographers consider post-processing a simple means of improving upon what they already captured with their camera.

In other words, post-processing isn’t cheating but is merely a way for photographers to further their artistic vision.

Photography is a creative exercise, after all, so why limit oneself to only what can be done in-camera?

Need an ND Filter for Portraits

An ND filter for portraits? What?

Yep – it’s a thing, and a good thing at that!

You’ve no doubt used an ND filter for landscapes, but it’s time you break it out for portraiture, too.

In this guide, we offer up some insights on why an ND filter is a great addition for portrait photography.

 

Get a Good ND Filter

There’s a lot of photographers that don’t use filters for any type of photography because they believe that adding an extra layer of glass in front of the lens degrades the image quality.

And while that’s true to a certain extent – especially if you use cheap, poorly-built filters – if you opt for something that’s well-constructed, you won’t have any issues at all.

If you’re looking for a high-quality filter, I’d strongly recommend those made by Formatt-Hitech, like the one shown above.

When shooting landscapes or portraits with my Firecrest ND, I don’t have to worry about color casts, reflections, glare, or scratches.

That’s because Firecrest ND filters are coated with a rare earth metal instead of the more typical dyes. That means you get hyper-neutral colors for portraits that look natural.

What’s more, when buying an ND filter you want something that’s built to last.

The Firecrest filters are made of Schott Superwhite glass that features a multi-coating in the middle to improve its resistance to scratches.

These filters are anti-reflective, resist lens flare, and are hydrophobic, too, all of which improve the contrast and visual acuity of the images you create.

You can get Firecrest filters in rectangular or circular forms as well. The circular NDs come in super slim housing so that you can stack them and you don’t have to worry about vignetting caused by the lens picking up the shadow of the housing, either.

In other words, if you’re going to use an ND filter for portraiture, do yourself a favor and set yourself up for success by starting out with a high-quality ND filter.

Gadgets for Your Smartphone, Mirrorless

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…

I think we’re living in the golden age of photography.

There have been so many incredible advancements in recent years in camera and lens technology that we now have more powerful gear at our disposal than ever before.

Add to that an incredible array of photography accessories that stretch the capabilities of our cameras, and you have the recipe for being able to take some pretty amazing photos.

With that in mind, I thought I’d put together a quick list of some of the best gadgets you can find for your DSLR and mirrorless cameras, as well as your smartphone.

Honestly, Pulse is far and away one of my favorite photography gadgets of all time.

I don’t necessarily mean to gush about it, but it’s worthy of such praise, believe me!

For starters, Pulse is a tiny thing at just 60mm x 40mm x 17.5mm and a mere 1.5 ounces. It literally fits in your pocket!

But packed inside is a wealth of powerful features, including Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port for connecting to your camera (and for charging its batteries), and a 12-hour battery life.

Which is Top Dog in 2017

It wasn’t that long ago that mirrorless cameras were a new-fangled gadget just hitting the shelves.

And though DSLR cameras are still more popular and common, mirrorless has certainly made a name for itself.

The question is, if you’re in the market for a new camera, should you go with a DSLR or a mirrorless system?

Let’s pit these two types of cameras against each other in a head-to-head matchup.

 

In offering a general overview of what most DSLRs are about, you need to start with size and weight.

Compared to mirrorless systems, DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark IV (shown above) are bigger, heavier, and bulkier.

That means that for folks that just want a camera for casual shooting or travel photography that a smaller, more compact mirrorless camera like the Olympus PEN-F (shown below) might be a better bet.

 

Of course, there are photographers that prefer the heft of a DSLR.

A DSLR just feels good in your hands, with a large grip that fills your palm and gives you the sensation that you’ve got a really good camera in your hands.

The Winner: It’s a draw. Some photographers like the bigger-bodied DSLR, others prefer the smaller, more compact feel of a mirrorless. What’s “best” is simply a matter of personal choice.

 

Another thing that photographers like about DSLRs is that they have an incredible range of lenses.

Since they’ve been around for awhile, DSLRs are compatible with a myriad of lenses, so no matter what camera system you have, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to find any kind of lens you want.

The same can’t necessarily be said for mirrorless systems…

Though there are many more lenses available for mirrorless cameras like the Sony Alpha a6300 than there were just a couple of years ago, there is still not the vast selection that DSLR owners enjoy.

Shoot Water Reflections in 5 Easy Steps

There’s just something about a water reflection photo that I really enjoy.

I can’t decide if it’s the calmness of it or the symmetry. Maybe it’s both!

But snagging photos like the one above is a little more involved than pointing and shooting at a calm body of water (though those are important steps).

If you want to up the quality of your water reflection shots, follow these five steps.

 

Step #1: Consider the Subject

Not everything that’s reflected in water makes for a great subject.

A mountain peak – yes. A nuclear power plant – not so much.

Remember, whatever the subject is, it will be doubled in the shot due to the reflection. That means you need to ensure the subject is strong, has good lines or shapes, or has eye-catching colors.

That’s why mountains, trees with fall foliage, and city skylines are popular subjects for water reflection shots – each has interesting shapes or colors that make them a strong subject.

Of course, there are plenty of other possible subjects, too…

Try a portrait or catching an airplane’s reflection as it flies above.

Sunrises and sunsets have plenty of colors to make a great reflection shot. too.

You might even highlight a pier or a boat (or both) on the still waters of a lake.

 

Step #2: Consider the Time of Day & the Weather

Water reflection shots have the most impact if the water has a still, glassy surface.

But that stillness doesn’t come at just any time of day.

The chances are better for still waters in the early morning, such as at sunrise.

The afternoon, however, is typically the time when the wind kicks up most frequently, so afternoon shots will be more difficult to come by.

What’s more, reflection shots benefit from the softer, more colorful light that’s present in the early morning and late evening. There’s less glare, too, since the sun is so low in the sky.