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 Planning your Wirral Wedding Photography
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
…so I though a few tips would be helpful:
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.
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.
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 -)
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.
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
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!
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!
Love confetti shots? get your guests to use big and colourful confetti – so much better for pics than small and pastel variety.
Don’t leave booking your photographer too long – good ones get booked a year in advance, esp for prime summer Saturdays
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.
Venue: Mecure Chester North Woodhey House Hotel
Photography : Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Make up: Lisa Smith
Chair Covers: Ambient Chair Covers
The 1st of October and it was a hot and humid Indian summer’s day at the Mecure Chester North Woodhey House Hotel in Cheshire. A late afternoon start for David and Sam’s ceremony meant plenty of time for the bridal preps where Sam kept her cool despite the busyness happening around her and the unseasonal temperatures, not helped by the absence of air conditioning. A devoted dad and organised mum and bridesmaids kept things under control.
Sam followed the well know tradition of “Something Old, Something New, Something borrowed, Something Blue…and a lucky sixpence in your shoe”. We also spotted the groom’s wedding present but were sworn to secrecy!
A small intimate family wedding ensued, enjoyed by all, and the photography was a breeze with a well organised best man. The reception over the speeches begun with hankies at the ready. The evening swelled with more friends joining the festivities which made for a great party to celebrate their life as a married couple. …and the big secret, a huge Starship Lego kit, now completed and proudly on show in their home. Wishing you much happiness Sam and Dave, really glad to share in your story. x
Below a few of our favourite images from the day. Full gallery on-line is available.
Leanne and Steve have been a couple for several years, but a trip to Edinburgh resulted in a proposal and Leanne designing her engagement and wedding ring at the bespoke jewellers there, The Ringmaker..and so their planning began for a wonderful day.
Starting at Leanne’s family home for bridal/bridesmaids preps with talented MUA Nicola Joyce. The telephone call went out from the bride to Thornton Hall to say yes to the outdoor pagoda ceremony. We left the girls to finish dressing and headed for the venue, just as it started to rain and we wondered if we needed our wedding umbrellas! No need to worry, Leanne and her proud Dad arrived in style in a vintage Morris Oxford, as the sharp shower ended. The dress hoop got a little squashed in the car there was some rearranging of her beautiful Spanish style dress (in honour of her Dad’d homeland) before her entrance to the pagoda and her waiting groom. The music enticed the cows to come and watch too! The day continued fabulously, friends and family so supportive, it was a joy to hear the speeches and how close knit, bridesmaid, the two best men and everybody was. The top table name was the street in Edinburgh where the proposal took place and other tables had Edinburgh Street names too. The air was chock full of the joy and emotion for this lovely couple. So many congratulations Leanne and Steve and much continued happiness in the years ahead.
Venue: Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa
Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
MUA : Nicola Joyce
Dress: The Bridal Room, Hoylake
Flowers:Flowers in Oxton Village
Ring Designer: The Ring Maker
A sunny afternoon with Dan and Sam strolling along West Kirby Beach and the board walk, chatting about their upcoming wedding at United Reformed Church and reception at Leasowe Castle.
We had a great time with this lovely couple and of course we got some some shots of them too! Ideal time to see how they like the camera before the big day – it’s why we like to do pre-wed shoots and include them in our packages. The beach is not far from their new flat which overloooks the marina and I’m sure they will enjoy the stunning sunsets there too. Glad we got them home before the rain came – we saw it pouring down in Wales across the Dee Estuary! Really looking forward to the wedding – only a couple of weeks away now…and starts with a rehearsal and BBQ the night before. Below are some of the many pics we took – spot their date in the sand!. Dan and Sam will also receive these images with their wedding photos.