Rachel and Gareth – Pre-Wed

Rachel and Gareth – Pre-Wed

Its not long til the April wedding of Rachel and Gareth so time for a pre-wed shoot – the first of many coming up this spring. The beautiful village of Port Sunlight was the chosen location. Bright but cold, wrapping up warm for a few shots and then a hot chocolate in the Lady Lever Art Gallery cafe was the order of the day.

Gareth and Rachel’s wedding will take place at the Floral Pavilion, in New Brighton – a lovely airy light wedding venue. Gareth, an army Royal Engineer will be in uniform – the first of our army weddings this year which we are looking forward to. Until then here’s a few fav pics from their shoot from last weekend.

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Interested in a pre-wed or a couple shoot with the friendly Wirral wedding photographers, Pixsmiths.? then please get in touch., we ‘d love to hear from you.

These sessions are a great way to get to know a photographer before a wedding day or simply to have some beautiful images as a  precious keepsake of a beautiful relationship.

More Gorgeous Albums – Made with Love

More Gorgeous Albums – Made with Love

Back from a refreshing break in Mexico, Wirral wedding photographers, Pixsmiths, were excited to take delivery of two more stunning albums we’d love to show you. You may recall an earlier post with two other album options.

First a luxurious bespoke designed Italian Album  – the finest Italian wedding album supplier.  They are stunning, with completely lay flat pages with a silky texture, so gorgeous and smooth. Really a fantastic way  to showcases your beautiful wedding images.

The cover has a contemporary Ostrich pattern this can be in  black, red or white, as shown here, with a contrasting black vertical strip with integral double aperture for two images of your choice.

Its a beautiful album, thick pages on a board – just shouts of quality.

 

 

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Our other new album is handcrafted in the Northwest – equally beautiful – they look great with a photocover or fabric – various colour and patten options  Leather and acyclic options are coming soon too.Lay flat style too, so great for panoramic spreads.  Boards on this are thinner but thick options also available. Its great to support local companies too, especially with such beautiful products.

Various sizes and parent copies are available for both of these album choices.

We love to give you the great choice  and variety of albums, carefully researched as quality products, something to suit everyone’s style and taste.

We are confident you’ll love these albums, we do!  – but don’t take our word for it – come and see for yourself – there’s nothing like holding them in your hands for yourself. Albums can vary so much its a must to see them before deciding on your investment.  Your beautiful wedding deserves to be recorded beautifully, not just with images but a stylish, contemporary album that will be treasured for years to come.

Want to see for real and have a chat about your wedding?  call us or contact us we’d love to hear from you 🙂

Gorgeous new Wedding Albums

Gorgeous new Wedding Albums

We are super excited to unveil the contents of two boxes that arrived not so long ago. Two beautiful new albums from a professional album company we love to use.

They recently streamlined their album design and ordering process and that along with the modern, contemporary cover options it was a no-brainer. Quality and customer service from our album suppliers are super important to us – we carefully research all our products for you. They are flushmount albums – professionally printed images on hardboard which can be spread across 2 pages to make beautiful panoramic images. Beautiful wrapped in a cloth swag bag and boxed for safekeeping. We love these new albums and are confident that you will love them too. One album is sized 10 x 10 with a plain cover, in a soft, subtly textured synthetic material that is luxurious to the touch, with two deep impressions on the spine side, to create a subtle yet distinctive panel effect.

The second album is A4 sized, bound in luxuriously soft faux leather and features an acrylic panel on the front cover on the reverse of which an image is mounted to create a truly personalised and contemporary album.  The album colours are normally black or ivory but other colours are also available from a comprehensive collection of quality materials. Various size options are available – smaller, larger and parent albums – just ask us for details. These gorgeous albums, shout quality and will really showcase your wonderful wedding images or even engagement session images for years and years to come.  An album to treasure for you and generations to come.

Anyway enough words lets take a peak inside the boxes…

Pixsmiths on Pinterest

Pixsmiths on Pinterest

Have you seen the  latest social media buzz of 2012, Pinterest?  Its a n online pinboard to organize and share things you love. Now you can find Pixsmiths on Pinterest too.
You’ll see the “Pin It” button underneath our blog posts. Click this and you can pin pictures that you love to your own boards.

Its a great concept – a multitude of uses:

As photographers we love it as its  more image based than twitter of facebook. Its well known that pictures create inspiration and conversation.
Brides you  will love it to create mood boards of ideas for your own wedding and gather inspiration from other pinners.

Not just weddings but also travel, – your honeymoon destination, places you’ve been to.
Food, that tempts you.
Ideas for a home makeover.

You get the picture…. you can create virtual boards for whatever theme you want.

Add comments and likes  – get your friends and family’s opinions and suggestions in one easy way.

For example Pixsmiths are looking at some new logos for the website and have made some few suggestions on  a logo board so we can get feedback.   Soon we’ll have board for venues, shoes, dresses, favour ideas etc

Jamie Swanson,photographer and owner of the Modern Tog Blog has written a great article all about Pinterest for photographers and its many uses. Lots of great ideas there so please go read.

So go on everyone get inspired and get pinning!

 

 

Top Ten Tips For Your Wirral Wedding Photography

Top Ten Tips For Your Wirral Wedding Photography

 

Top Ten Tips for Planning your Wirral Wedding Photography

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January is a crazy time of year, wedding enquiries come flooding in . Christmas and New Year surprises and its congratulation your’re engaged, time to start planning that long list!

Obviously you’ll start with the most important.: date, church/venue

Next?

Photographer

…so I though a few tips would be helpful:

ONE

Look at several photographers sites.  See that they have images from at least 2 weddings.  Choose one who takes pictures that you like first and foremost – after all these images can’t be repeated, and when the dress is in the wardrobe, cake all eaten these are the memories you will have.
Make a short-list and arrange to meet and discuss YOUR needs .  Look at the albums they offer – there are so many out there of varying qualities. Professional photographers will have access to trade accounts with  album companies. Compare the packages, number of pages in albums, are they like for like?.
Be aware of definitions used – page spread etc.. its not always the same!…some photographers call a page as  2 sides, some 1
Don’t be afraid to ask exactly what you are getting or you may not end up with what you expected ..and then spending even more.

Read their testimonials from past clients.

Check your photographer has back up equipment, is insured and gives you a contract.

Ask what happens if they can’t cover due to illness etc..
Pixsmiths have  a trusted network of photographers we can refer to of similar style and price.

Check out this article to dispel the misconception that photographers overcharge for a wedding.

TWO

When planning your day allow for realistic time-scales for your photography.As a rough guide leave approx 2.5 hrs between end of ceremony and start of wedding breakfast
-especially if you have to travel between the two.

THREE

Check house rules of venue – if you want those real vow and ring shots make sure the officiant allows photography during the service.
Ask your photographer if they are happy to attend any rehearsal if its a church wedding.
Sure you won’t need prompting but linger a few seconds  for the first kiss and your photographer will definitely capture it -)

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 FOUR

If you require more formal group photographs – allow 2-3 mins per group. Provide your photographer with any special requests .
Designating someone to gather groups together saves valuable photographers time and you get back to your party quicker  too.

FIVE

A pre-wed or engagement shoot is a great way to get to know your photographer before the big day.

Having a rapport with your photographer will really help in the day and will be reflected in your relaxed, natural looking images.
We love doing these types of shoots

SIX

In case you don’t have a pre-wed  and are worried what to do with your hands and feet here are some quick tips:

Feet – move your back foot sideways, place your weight on that back foot then place your other foot in front, thus forming  a T shape. Lean  hip towards the camera at an angle and place your hand on hips – very slimming girls!

Ladies hand and arms should have a bend, not straight – we have sensuous S-shapes ladies! leave the strong straight angles to the men.

Pose with head at a slight angl, not straight on  – keep thinking those s-shapes!
Keep shoulder facing towards the camera, drop your shoulders, raise chin slightly and don’t look down.  Go on have a practice!

SEVEN

Wedding car choice, what to choose?  White is traditional  but against a white dress not always good contrast for your pictures, perhaps consider an alternative colour

Whilst mentioning cars,Vintage cars are always popular but be aware that hooped dresses can provide interesting challenges! We had a bride who’s hoop got quite bent in the car and her bridesmaids had to rearrange her dress in the hotel foyer before she walked into the ceremony!

EIGHT

Love confetti shots? get your guests to use big and colourful  confetti – so much better for pics than small and pastel variety.

NINE

Don’t leave booking your photographer too long – good ones get booked a year in  advance, esp for prime summer Saturdays

TEN

Please offer to feed your photographer if they are with you for the whole day. They really appreciate it and then they won’t faint with hunger during the day/night.  A space  near to the wedding breakfast room means they are nearby in case the speeches are earlier than planned and they won’t miss any action for you. No body wants photographing when they are eating!  This is even more important if speeches are split between courses.

I’m sure you can thinks of other suggestions to, so please feel free to add in the comment section below and if you wish Pixsmiths to cover your wedding please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat.

 

 

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