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WEDDING TIP: THE VIDEOGRAPHY CONTRACT

Most video companies will send either a representative or camera crew to your ceremony site during the rehearsal to check out placement and entrances. They’ll then be able to determine the best equipment setup and how many cameras are needed. Remember, though, that this is a wedding ceremony, not a movie set; question suggestions of more than two to three cameras.

Generally you need at least two cameras for the ceremony — one in front and one in back. The second camera also can serve as backup to a failed camera.

Provide your videographer with a copy of any restrictions your clergy may have. You may even want to schedule a meeting during which you all can discuss the rules and any exceptions that may need to be made. Consider another venue if yours has too rigid limitations and find a different videographer if you sense tenseness or hostility.

Avoid conflicts all around with a specific written contract. Make sure you and your videographer agree in writing about what his duties are and what you’re expecting for your final tape.

The contract should cover all these issues related to the job:

  • Schedule of coverage
  • Depth of coverage
  • Features of the finished product
  • Payments and contingencies
  • Recourses

The contract might also cover who the actual cameramen will be. There’s no such thing as a standard contract, and verbal agreements aren’t binding. Put everything down on paper so you won’t have any surprises on your wedding day or afterwards.

WEDDING TIP: INTERVIEWING VIDEOGRAPHERS

Hiring a professional videographer to videotape your wedding ensures you’ll end up with a high-quality, well-organized recording. Before you decide on whom to hire, outline what you want as the end result and understand what it’ll take to get there.

What you ask a prospective videographer should not only determine that he offers the services you’re looking for, but also that he’s willing and eager to expertly record your wedding onto tape. When interviewing, don’t be afraid to ask for an interpretation of any answer you don’t understand. Let the answers to the following questions shape your list of potential hires:

  • Are you available for our wedding date and time?
  • Can we see a demo tape (of an actual wedding – not a stylized, produced demo tape)?
  • Can you attend the rehearsal?
  • How much control do we have in the editing process? Do you also provide an unedited version?
  • Can we add our own music or thoughts to the taping?
  • How long will the final tape be?
  • Will you supply more than one copy of the final tape?
  • Will you preview the site beforehand?
  • What kind of setup do you need?
  • When should we reserve your services?
  • What packages do you offer?
  • What prices do you charge? Do you require a deposit? How much is it and when is it due?
  • When will the balance be due?
  • Do you edit digitally so we can get a DVD? If not, will you in the near future?

WEDDING TIP – INTERVIEWING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Start interviewing photographers as soon as you’ve chosen your wedding date, ceremony and reception site. Your initial phone call should help you determine if the photographer deserves a personal visit. Get a general explanation of his services and prices and make sure he’s available on your wedding date, then schedule a meeting to nail down the specifics.

Be ready with the following list of questions when you interview your potential photographer:

  • Can we see your portfolio?
  • How long have you been photographing weddings?
  • Do you work in color, black and white or both?
  • What sort of lighting will you need? Do you use soft focus or diffused lighting?
  • How long will you be able to stay at the wedding?
  • Do you offer any packages?
  • How far in advance should we reserve your services?
  • What if a photograph doesn’t turn out?
  • Do you require a deposit? How much is it and when is it due?
  • When is the balance due?
  • What if we need to postpone or cancel?
  • How much do you charge for overtime?

A professional photographer will have all required licenses and business insurances, a clean, well-maintained studio, back-up equipment, and possibly a membership in a professional association like the Professional Photographers of America (PPOC) or Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).

FIND THE RIGHT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

When you’re looking for the right photographer, you want a professional who’ll understand and work toward the outcome you envision. To hire the right person for the job, decide on your likes and dislikes and discuss them in detail with all prospective photographers.
Look for a photographer who you feel comfortable with among the crowd. Find one who you believe will have a good rapport with your friends and family; he/she must be a team player and willing to work with everyone involved. Any abrasiveness you sense at your meeting will be worse on your wedding day.

When inquiring about prices, don’t ask, ‘How much do you charge?’ Rather, because your expectations and individual needs influence the final cost, ask, ‘How much should I spend to get what I want?’

Insist on a full disclosure of prices for additional prints and albums so you won’t have any surprises. Inquire about ways you can save money, too. For example, if your wedding is smaller, consider getting professional portraits done during the week rather than on the weekend.

There are some differences to consider between a large studio and an independent photographer. Some couples are more comfortable dealing with a large photography studio, as they offer backup if your photographer gets sick. However, most large studios employ subcontractors who may be new at the trade or for whom photography is a source of supplemental income. You’ll receive more personal attention with a small studio or independent and likely will deal directly with your actual photographer at all times. Therefore your album will better reflect your wishes.

Whomever you choose, sign a contract before your wedding date. Make sure everyone involved understands and agrees upon the conditions outlined in the contract. Too often couples are disappointed with their results because they assumed their verbal, not written, instructions would be followed.

Above all else, find a photographer who acts professionally and interacts well with both of you as a couple. Hire someone who appreciates the importance of your day and is eager to capture it all.

CREATIVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

You know your photographer will snap plenty of pictures of you posing, smiling and enjoying the attention. Why not get creative for some wedding photos to remember?

Try these great shots of the bride and groom for a wedding album you’ll treasure forever:

  • Dressing for the ceremony
  • Full length solo
  • With mother, father or both
  • With grandparents, and brothers and sisters
  • For the bride, pictures with maid of honor, ring bearer, flower girl and attendants
  • For the groom, pictures with the best man and groomsmen
  • Putting on the garter
  • For the bride, a picture with her father walking down aisle

Don’t forget about the different opportunities for photos of the bride and groom together. Imagine all the possibilities and ways to remember these treasured moments:

  • Father giving bride’s hand to groom
  • Exchanging vows
  • Ring ceremony
  • Formal bride and groom shot
  • Newlyweds with parents and bridal party
  • Bride and groom’s hands together
  • Bride and groom cutting cake and feeding each other
  • Newlyweds toasting each other and the first dance
  • Newlyweds getting into limo
  • Groom removing garter

Capture every little detail of the atmosphere of your wedding. Looking back, you’ll want your photos to help you remember the:

  • Bridesmaids walking down aisle
  • Ring bearer and flower girl
  • Recessional
  • Receiving line
  • Cake table and cake
  • Punch servers and musicians
  • Guests dancing
  • Toss of bouquet
  • Guests throwing birdseed
  • Post-reception party

Come up with ideas of your own, consider your options and then discuss your preferences with your photographer.

WEDDING TIPS – PHOTOGRAPH TECHNIQUES

Check out the following list of photography techniques to help you decide what types of pictures are going to best represent your big day.

  • Set-up or stock shots: These photos include those classic poses, like the toast of the bride and groom or the bride and her mother. These shots are indispensable to any wedding album. Your photographer probably will be familiar with these timeless poses.
  • Portraiture: The most common style of wedding photography portraiture is the formal, posed picture. Portrait-based photography carefully controls lighting and posing in a studio set-up. A well-planned pose can make for a perfect wedding photo, but getting the perfect pose can be time-consuming. Consider having these shots done before the wedding.
  • Soft focus: The photographer uses a special lens that produces a hazy, romantic, dream-like effect. A couple of these shots work well in an album, however, use this effect sparingly or it loses its effectiveness.
  • Natural light: This is photography without the flash. The photographer finds the needed natural light instead. If this technique is done well, the picture looks like a piece of fine art, more painted than photographed.
  • Photo essay: This style is gaining popularity because it uses an arrangement of your wedding photographs to tell a story, similar to the way a photojournalist uses photos in a newspaper. This is a great way to capture emotions and the more natural, spontaneous moments of your day. The wedding photographer captures movement, mood and atmosphere on the fly. Many photojournalist photographers set aside a short amount of time for formal group pictures but take most of their pictures without any prompting or commands. Plan on having a lot of pictures in your album to take advantage of this style.

Know your moment, pose and style options for wedding photographs and discuss your preferences with your photographer. You’ll be much happier with the results if you contribute your thoughts about your wedding photographs prior to the big event.

WEDDING TIP – WEDDING PARTY ALTERNATIVES

Although ushers are traditionally male, don’t shy away from asking a close female friend or relative to shoulder the responsibility. List her in the program simply as an usher, or as a ‘female usher’ to be distinguished from the male ushers.

You generally should have one usher to every 50 guests, and if they won’t be standing at the altar, they can simply sit down when all the guests have been seated and watch the ceremony with everyone else. Have female ushers dress in colors that either coordinate with your wedding colors or are similar to the bridesmaids’ dresses. Or she can wear a dress that coordinates with the male ushers’ apparel. Your male ushers should wear whatever your best man wears.

No rule dictates that you must have attendants. The two of you can stand up by yourselves, or you can consider other options. Your parents could stand up for you instead of friends and other family. Another alternative to the traditional wedding party is to choose just children. This is popular in England and France; your guests can serve as witnesses to the ceremony.

If you have children of your own, you should include them in the ceremony. It signifies a joining of families, as well as the joining of two hearts. Other than possibly ushering, children aged 8 to 14 can serve as junior bridesmaids and junior groomsmen, while those aged 3 to 7 make lovely flower girls and ring bearers.

There are even ways that you can include pets in your special day. Your pet means a lot to you, so you have every right to include him in your wedding.

  • Dog: Your dog — especially if he’s well trained — can be the ring bearer. He also can stand up (or sit) with the groom and groomsmen or lead you and your new spouse down the aisle during the recessional.
  • Cat: Cats may be a little harder to control than dogs so you may need to keep a closer hold on them. You could have a bridesmaid, flower girl or ring bearer carry your kitty down the aisle. Or it might be easier to simply include your cat in some pictures or let her mingle with guests at the reception.
  • Fish: Have an underwater or ocean theme at your reception and let your aquatic pets be the centerpiece at the dessert or gift table.

Be prepared to deal with hissing, barking or chasing of squirrels. If you don’t think you can handle the stress of these last-minute problems, leave your pets at home.

In the end, how many people you include as bridesmaids, groomsmen or ushers is at your discretion. Do remember that many close to you want to help and contribute to your big day. Do what you can to give them a chance to participate.

Wedding Tip – Involving Friends & Family

Involving Friends & Family

You’ve made your bridesmaid and groomsmen lists, and, as is sometimes the case, you just can’t expand it to include other close friends and family members. How do you show these people they’re special to you? What if you don’t even want attendants? Luckily you have plenty of options for including your nearest and dearest in your big day.

No limits apply to how you should involve friends and family. You might have sorority sisters or fraternity brothers you’d like to recognize; make them honorary bridesmaids or groomsmen. Mention them in the program and have them sit up front in pews decorated with ribbons of your sorority or fraternity’s colors.

Think of innovative ways to honor those you’d like to publicly acknowledge – mark their seats with flowers or save a page in your program for special mentions. However you choose to do it, they’ll appreciate the attention.

Make everyone feel equally important. Fill the following roles with close friends and relatives:

  • Guest-book attendant: Choose someone with an outgoing personality to greet your guests and ask them to sign in.
  • Birdseed, petal or bubble attendant: Have someone distribute birdseed, petals or bubble jars for guests to shower you with as you leave the ceremony.
  • Program attendant: This person normally stands by the guest book or entryway, greeting guests and handing out the programs.
  • Readers: You’ll likely have several readings during your ceremony service. This is an important job for the right person.
  • Gift bearers: In a Catholic service, you’ll need someone to bring the bread and wine to the priest.
  • Personal attendant: This is a close friend of the bride who’s there to give help, run errands and offer support.
  • Gift attendant: Someone should be present at the reception to take gifts from your guests and put them in the appropriate spot.
  • Ushers: Ushers seat everyone in proper places, lay aisle carpet and walk in the processional.

A mistake-free wedding ceremony requires help from a lot of people, so fill all required roles with those you trust. Have boutonnieres or corsages made for everyone involved with your wedding and reception; this small act easily demonstrates your gratitude for their participation.

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP – CHOOSING GROOMSMEN

CHOOSING GROOMSMEN

As soon as you pop the question, you’ll have friends lined up around the block, eagerly waiting to be asked to be a part of your wedding. So whom do you choose? And what should you look for in a groomsman or best man? Here are some pointers on how to choose your groomsmen.

A best man should ensure the groom is ready and raring to go on his wedding day. The best man should be:

  • Significant: Tradition has it that the honor goes to someone who means a lot to the groom: a best friend, a brother or a close male relative. Also consider whether that person plays a significant role in your fianc?e’s life. Be open-minded and don’t push a candidate with whom your future wife or either of your families feels uncomfortable.
  • Flexible: Pick someone who can handle wearing many hats, from planning your bachelor party to giving a toast at the reception.
  • Dependable: Your best man is your confidant, a source of emotional support prior to and throughout the wedding. He must be able to provide a comforting presence. Also he’ll make sure you’re on time and presentable on your wedding day!

You might find yourself torn between two potential candidates. Feel free to have two best men in your wedding ceremony. Make sure to either mention both of them in your program or recognize them in a special toast at your reception.

Similar to selecting the best man, look for individuals who are important to you and will live up to the commitment. Other than ushering, your men will seat guests and walk the bridesmaids down the aisles. Find friends and relatives who are respectful and reliable.

Of course the most coveted position is that of best man. But you can’t please everyone and might bruise egos. Let the groomsmen know that to be a groomsman is as much of an honor as handling the best man job.

Traditionally the number of groomsmen is determined by the ceremony’s formality. Four to eight groomsmen are appropriate for semi-formal and formal weddings. If your ceremony is informal and casual, or it’s your second marriage, opt for having only one attendant — your best man.

Ultimately the decision is yours. After you’ve decided on your groomsmen, you may have more of them than bridesmaids. To determine if you want an equal number, think about the processional and how you want it to look. If including everyone on your list matters, you could devise your own processional order. For example, bridesmaids and groomsmen can walk the aisle alone in the processional and recessional. Just make sure those involved are comfortable with this arrangement.

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP – OPTIONS FOR GIRLFRIENDS

OPTIONS FOR GIRLFRIENDS

The number of bridesmaids is determined by the formality of your ceremony. Four to eight bridesmaids are appropriate for semi-formal and formal weddings. If your ceremony is informal and casual, or part of your second marriage, opt for having only one attendant — your maid or matron of honor.

After you’ve decided on your bridesmaids, you may find you have more of them than groomsmen. To determine if you want an equal number, think about the processional and how you want it to look. If including everyone on your list is important, devise your own processional order. For example, bridesmaids and groomsmen can walk the aisle alone in the processional and recessional. Be sure to ask members of your bridal party if they’re comfortable with the arrangement.

There are many ways to honor an important guest. If the groom’s sister, for example, can’t serve as a bridesmaid, you have other options to include her in the wedding:

  • Reader: At a religious ceremony a reader can read from a religious text. She could also read a poem chosen by you.
  • Singer: If she has the talent, she can perform at your wedding ceremony or reception.
  • Planner: Ask your friend to help you with the details of your wedding, such as choosing the wedding gown, the flowers or the reception site.
  • Usher: The usher plays an important role by helping people to their seats and giving directions to the reception.
  • Opposite gender attendant: She can serve as an attendant on the groom’s side. She’ll wear a bridesmaid dress but have the duties of a groomsman.

Picking your bridesmaids might not be easy. How do you include everyone without feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry. If assigning the role of bridesmaid to all your friends and relatives isn’t possible, you can use these other options to include them.

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP – PREPARING YOUR ATTENDANTS

PREPARING YOUR ATTENDANTS

Getting married involves so many decisions. First you have to say, ‘Yes, I’ll marry you.’ Then you start picking out decorations, rings, napkins, shower curtains and reception sites. The tension becomes a little overwhelming at times. So be a good friend and share it. Ask your buddies to shoulder the stress for you.

Save your bridesmaid positions for especially important people. When you pop the question to your friends, let them know how much they mean to you. You might:

  • Have a wedding party luncheon inviting all the people you want to include in your ceremony.
  • Spend an afternoon with the ‘girls.’ Treat everyone to dinner and make the pitch over dessert.
  • Ask each person one-on-one. Tell them how important this is to you and outline their duties to them.

When considering someone as a potential bridesmaid, think of the responsibilities that go along with the bridesmaid title and then make your decision based on the answer to this question, ‘Would she feel comfortable and be happy fulfilling these duties?’ She’ll have to:

  • Give a bridal shower or a luncheon
  • Be part of the bridal procession
  • Pay for her own transportation, lodging, dress, shoes and accessories
  • Act as deputy hostess
  • Be your rock-solid support system throughout the whole process

Organize your attendants, so that on the day of the wedding you don’t need to be concerned about the flower girl’s shoes. Break it down for everyone:

  • Hand out an itinerary: Map out the play-by-play. Include maps to the ceremony, photograph site, reception and hotels.
  • Give the maid of honor a to-do list: Stop worrying about her jobs; communicate her tasks to her early so she’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
  • Use the rehearsal dinner to host a mini-meeting: Capitalize on this last minute time you’ll all have together. Hold a mock wedding day run-through. Create a back-up plan and distribute it in case the weather decides to act up.
  • Ask everyone to carry their cell phones: Think of them as wedding walkie-talkies. You might need to give some last minute instructions while your maid of honor is out at the florist picking up rose petals for the reception. Just remind everyone to turn them off before the ceremony begins.

Make what you want crystal clear. If you don’t want the best man dedicating a song to your little sister, tell him before he hits the reception. You and your groom are the only people getting married so you reserve the right to determine the etiquette and dress of the ceremony and reception. Choose responsible, loyal friends to fill out your wedding party. Communicate what you want months ahead of time.

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP – DECORATE THE GETAWAY CAR

DECORATE THE GETAWAY CAR

Well-orchestrated weddings require planning and preparation of all the little details. One of the most exciting moments of the day comes when the new bride and groom conclude the reception by driving off in the getaway car. A well-decorated vehicle makes for a more memorable and dramatic departure.

Customarily, the task of preparing the getaway car is traditionally given to the ushers or groomsmen. During the reception the best man and groomsmen sneak outside to leave the groom one last send-off surprise. Fortunately, many of the most traditional getaway car decorations are neither messy nor damaging. You should expect:

  • Balloons
  • Bows
  • Streamers
  • Tissue-paper flowers
  • A ‘Just Married’ sign
  • Window chalk
  • Cans tied to the bumper

Although the groomsmen assume responsibility for the getaway car, you can pass on decorative instructions to the best man if you’re worried the car will look tacky. Modern wedding planners suggest wrapping the car with garland and silk flowers matching the wedding’s colors and tying a great big bow on the hood ornament.

To avoid harming the car’s paint finish, discourage the groomsmen from using:

  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Shoe polish
  • Glue
  • Cellophane tape
  • Rubber cement
  • Paint

Tying down items with twine ensures that the car’s finish won’t be damaged. If they must use tape, be sure they use low-tack tapes or adhesives. Nothing should completely obstruct the window or block your view, so ask them to avoid covering the entire windshield.

Let your groomsmen know if you want something a little bit more creative than cans and streamers, such as:

  • A picture of you and your spouse as little kids on the back of the car
  • Dressing the car up as a wedding cake
  • A cardboard top hat and veil on the roof of the car

Everyone remembers the bride and groom driving off in the getaway car. Make sure your best man and groomsmen know what they’re doing!

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP – GETAWAY OPTIONS

GETAWAY OPTIONS

Your exit can add the finishing touch to your wedding day. Newly married couples aren’t confined to limos anymore. Consider escaping in a:

  • Horse-drawn carriage: Make the trip romantic and intimate in a Victorian-style buggy.
  • Boat: Don’t be hesitant to make a splash if the reception is on water.
  • Tandem bike: For less than $50, the two of you can ride off into the sunset.
  • Antique car: Look into renting the Rolls Royce you’ve always wanted.
  • Hot air balloon: What better way to leave your reception than to literally float away? Spend a few hundred dollars to fly away with your new spouse after the reception. Check around for balloon companies in your area, or for national companies that will come to you.

You’re only limited by your imagination. Start planning early so you can escape just the way you pictured it. Whichever form of transportation you choose, ask the right questions before you rent.

Here are a few to start your search:

  • Do you have a wedding package available?
  • How far ahead of time should we make reservations?
  • Do you charge by distance or by time?
  • Is there a minimum rental time? What are charges after that?
  • Do you require a deposit? When is it due? How much?
  • What happens if we need to cancel or postpone?
  • Can we see the vehicle ahead of time?
  • Do you have different styles to choose from?
  • What type of decorating can we do to the vehicle?
  • Does the company provide a ‘Just Married’ sign?
  • Does it have a cover in case of foul weather?

After spending so much time planning to make the wedding a success, do yourself a favor and make your exit exactly what you want it to be.

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP – CHOOSE THE RIGHT BRIDESMAIDS

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BRIDESMAIDS

After saying, ‘Yes, I’ll marry you,’ one of the first decisions you make is who’ll be your bridesmaids. Work down that list of close friends and determine to whom you want to assign this role. Learn the crucial criteria for choosing the best bridesmaids for your big day.

A maid of honor should ensure the bride is comfortable and fully ready for the occasion. Make sure your pick is up to the task. The maid of honor should be:

  • Significant: Tradition has it that the honor goes to someone who means a lot to the bride: a best friend, a sister or a close female relative. Also consider whether that person plays a significant role in your fiance’s life. Be open-minded and don’t push a candidate with whom your future partner or either of your families feels uncomfortable.
  • Flexible: Pick someone who can handle wearing many hats, from planning your bridal shower and bachelorette party to coordinating the other bridesmaids. She’s going to need all of her coordinating skills to keep things running smoothly.
  • Dependable: She must be able to provide a comforting and supportive presence throughout the entire wedding process, from dress selection to the reception. She’ll also need to pay for her own dress, shoes, accessories, transportation and lodging during the wedding activities.

You might find yourself torn between two potential candidates. Feel free to have two maids of honor — or one maid and one matron — in your wedding ceremony. Just be sure to note their status in your program so your guests are aware.

Usually close relatives and best friends are the best choices for bridesmaids. Other than the obvious — that you’d want to share your special day with those close to you — remember that you’re asking people to make a major commitment, both personally and financially. If you ask someone who isn’t a close pal, she may feel overwhelmed and burdened. Sit down for an intimate chat when you want to ask someone to participate; that should give her the space she needs to decline the honor.

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP – DISCOVER YOUR TRUE COLORS

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP –
DISCOVER YOUR TRUE COLORS

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know which colors complemented your complexion and which ones didn’t? Well, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn which colors are your true colors-the colors that enhance your complexion and add to your natural glow.

Usually, women are naturally drawn to colors that complement them. Take a quick glance through your closet. Is there one color that seems to dominate your wardrobe? Chances are, that is one of your best colors. When you wear it, you probably feel confident and attractive. So, go with your instincts. If you’re still unsure, there are a few basic color clues to help you make the right color choices.

Do you have a warm or cool complexion? If you have yellow undertones to your skin, then you have a warm complexion. If you have blue or pink undertones, you have a cool complexion. Warm complexions have a peach, cream or yellow cast while cool complexions have a rosy or pink cast. Take a minute and look at your complexion (without makeup) to determine your skin tone. Look at the categories described below and find one that suits you the best.

The golden glow category:

Warm autumn coloring is deep and rich.
• Eyes: brown, olive green or dark hazel.
• Hair: medium golden brown, auburn, red or deep golden blonde.
• Skin: bronze, golden beige, ivory or warm beige. You may even have freckles.
• Flattering colors: khaki, golden brown, cream, coffee brown, terracotta, olive, navy, deep peach, salmon pink, pumpkin, bittersweet, yellow gold, emerald turquoise, forest green, deep periwinkle and purple.

Warm spring coloring is light and delicate.
• Eyes: olive green, light hazel or blue.
• Hair: light golden brown, coppery red, strawberry blonde or deep golden blonde.
• Skin: bronze, golden beige, ivory or porcelain, and may be freckled.
• Colors: bronze, golden brown, dark brown, stone, peach, coral, tomato red, rust, buff, yellow green, light aqua, emerald turquoise, jade and deep periwinkle.

WEEKLY WEDDING TIP – COLOR CATEGORIES

COLOR CATEGORIES

The cool and soft category:

Cool winter complexions usually have vivid coloring.
Eyes: gray, blue, violet or charcoal.
Hair: raven black, blue black, silver or salt and pepper and has no red highlights.
Skin: rose beige or neutral beige and sometimes sallow.
Colors: gray, black, taupe, pure white, navy, rose pink, magenta, deep rose, burgundy, icy gray, icy blue, icy pink, lemon yellow, emerald turquoise, royal blue, bright periwinkle and purple.
Cool spring has a soft and muted coloring.
Eyes: gray, blue or slate.
Hair : medium to deep ash brown or pearl gray with little or no red highlights.
Skin: cool beige, blue black, gray beige or neutral beige.
Colors: light gray, gray blue, charcoal, rose beige, taupe, cocoa, navy, rose pink, soft fuchsia, burgundy, soft teal, spruce, emerald turquoise, mint, clear aqua, pale purple and periwinkle.

The light and delicate category:

Light summer complexions are characterized by soft and delicate coloring.
Eyes: blue or green.
Hair: light to medium ash blonde or light ash brown.
Skin: pale neutral beige or soft beige with an underlying pink tone.
Colors: light gray, gray blue, cocoa, rose beige, taupe, warm pastel pink, clear salmon, deep rose, clear red, light lemon yellow, light aqua, blue green, soft teal, spruce, light navy, sky blue, medium blue, periwinkle and violet.

Light spring coloring is fair and delicate.
Eyes: blue, green or light hazel.
Hair: light to medium golden blonde or light to medium golden brown.
Skin: ivory with peach undertones.
Colors: camel, khaki, light gray, taupe, light navy, powder pink, clear salmon, warm pink, clear red, pastel yellow-green, bright golden yellow, light moss, light aqua, clear aqua, powder blue, periwinkle and violet.

The vivid and deep category:

Deep autumn coloring is rich and deep.
Eyes: dark brown, dark hazel or dark green.
Hair: dark brown or deep chestnut.
Skin: bronze, ivory or golden beige with no obvious pink or peach undertones.
Colors: dark brown, black, cream, camel, olive, navy, light peach, salmon pink, mahogany, true red, terracotta, yellow gold, mustard, moss, lime bronze, hot turquoise, china blue, pine and purple.

Light autumn coloring is strong.
Eyes: black, black brown or dark hazel.
Hair: black brown, steel gray or salt and pepper.
Skin: beige, black, black brown or olive, and it doesn’t have obvious pink or peach undertones.
Colors: black, charcoal, black brown, pure white, navy, icy gray, hot pink, true red, tomato red, rust, mint lemon yellow, turquoise, emerald green, olive, pine, clear teal, bright periwinkle, purple and true blue.

Windsor Wedding Photographer Worries About a Disturbing Trend!!

I have heard some scary stories lately about bridal couples being stiffed by so-called professional photographers.  Apparently, there’s a limo driver who carries a list of photographers for last minute work because no one has shown up to honour the contract. At first I didn’t believe the story one-hundred percent but I just received an e-mail from a bride who was frantic to find a photographer.  Since it is so late in the year I was unable to accommodate her but referred a few other professionals.  Hope she ended up finding someone.

Here is her note to me:

We are having our wedding in Windsor  in June of this year.  We have run into a major snag with the photographer that we originally hired in that she hasn’t answered any questions or emails or calls that I have made (which has made me in a bit of a panic). I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much. A.R.

And just this past week I booked a wedding in some similar circumstance in which the photographer would not respond to calls & had no e-mail address.  The couple decided to forfeit their deposit and hire me.   Anyhoo, for all the couples out there…..please be aware.  Know who you are hiring………. someone who is a known professional, has quality work, is reliable & has references.  Get their phone numbers, addresses, e-mail contact info so you will know where to find them.

Whoever your choice make it informed!!!!!

Amy Britton  :)

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The Importance of Planning & Having the Proper Tools!

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.  —   Abraham Lincoln

Well, now I’ll really be able to cut through my workflow!  Right on!!

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Windsor Wedding Photographer Advises Wedding Couples on Hiring a Photographer

I’ve been getting a number of calls lately from brides looking for wedding photography.  This is a busy time for wedding professionals who spend a lot of time talking services/ price & making appointments.  Sometimes couples get over- focused on price, choosing one photographer over another for a difference 0f $50 to $200.  To many people that amount is a lot & that’s understandable given today’s economy & so on, but believe me, your wedding day only happens once.

There seems to be an abundance of week-end, part-time “photographers” who want to shoot weddings for what they see as an easy way to make a few extra dollars.  Yes, some may even have a good eye with fancy equipment,  but and this is a big but, can they deliver?  Some of the things you may want to ask yourself is:  Is this a full-time professional or a part-time amateur?  Does this person have insurance, back-up person in case he/she is sick , back-up equipment & some references?  Are they registered with Revenue Canada & have a GST number & legitimate business.  Remember, you’re giving money upfront to someone who you have to count on to show up for your day & provide the contracted services.  You may be taking a big risk to hire on an amateur just to save a few dollars.  And what about experience & dependability?  Shooting weddings is not an easy task.  Photographers must have the ability to take charge of differing & possibly stressful situations, sometimes with a large number of people  while remaining patient, calm & focused.   They are on there feet all day long, have to think creatively at all times & be skilled at post processing of images. Post-processing can average out to about 40-60 hrs for a fine-art album.  If having a lifetime of memories is important to a couple then finding a professional based on their work, personality & references should be the most important criteria.  Most professionals usually work out to be about the same price for the same services & albums.

So to all the couples shopping for a wedding photographer, be  informed & get educated!  Your photos will be the ever lasting memories of your big day, passed down from generation to generation.  This is one place where skimping may come back to haunt you!  Get to know your photographer, ask questions & more importantly get a feel for their integrity & quality of product they produce.  Shopping in this way will almost always guarantee your satisfaction.  The bottom line is and always will be “You get what you pay for”.