PLANNING A “KEEPER” WEDDING PHOTO THAT IS SPECIAL TO YOU
Here is something to think about, when it comes to customizing your wedding day, specifically when looking at the photos being taken.
The picture to the left is a picture of a typical wedding. This one, in particular, was shot in the new courtyard at the Terrace banquet hall at The Water’s Edge Lighthouse in Scotia, NY, which is one of my most favorite halls to DJ for.
The setting is nice with green in the back and the blue sky. However, as nice this photo is, there isn’t anything overly special about it. This is okay because there doesn’t have to be. It is a nice picture of the ceremony – a time when things are supposed to be more serious.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FUN PICTURES?
With a little bit of planning, you can get that fun, special picture that stands out – the one people will really talk about that means something to you.
All this bride asked all of her bridal party to wear a garter with The Pittsburgh Steelers logo on it. Though you can’t see it that well, the black and yellow is a dead give-away. She knew she would have them flash the photographer and it would really make for an interesting moment. That it did.
While your wedding photographer will do great work, there was no way this shot could have happened without a little planning. This shot is a riot and one she will cherish for years to come!
You have seen what people do at weddings. They take a million shots and all of them come out bad. However, with today’s technology, you really can do a lot with a cell phone camera! All you have to do is look at the background and wait for the right moment.
I wasn’t the photographer for a wedding recently at Morningside Camps in Minerva, NY – about a half hour north of Lake George. I was the DJ. They had a friend shooting pictures, but no real photographer on hand. So just like the other guests in attendance, I did have a smart phone on hand and thought I would get a few candids for my blog about candids.
It really is amazing what the right timing and an iPhone can do.
Though these are taken with a just a cellphone, pictures can be great when you look at the background and make sure to include some color. Here are a few shots that I thought I would share when I was at the right place at the right time. Imagine how great they would have been with a decent camera!
NOTE: I asked the bride and groom to go over to this spot, which was only a few yards from the tent. I made sure to get the tree and the tractor in the shot, perfect for the rustic theme:
WHEN IN DOUBT ADD SUNSET AND WAIT: Looking at the background is the first thing you should do before ever snapping a shot. While these pictures aren’t really the greatest they could be seeing as they were taken with a phone, they do illustrate why great photographers will sit for hours for just the right shot. This is especially so when looking for the right moment from the sky. When you can get a sunset picture, always go for it! These three shots were all of maybe 5 minutes apart, total. What a different a minute makes!
USE PHONE PICTURE FILTERS!
One last tip is to see what EDIT – ENHANCE can do for you on your iPhone.It usually bumps up the contrast, lightens the lights and darkens the darks a little, and also deepens the colors all around.
Also, there are apps to do different things like make a picture scratchy, black and white, or polorized. Instagram users also like to to pic different filters to make a picture have even more feel. Dig around and see what you can find!
In a world where everything was hoped to be perfect for their wedding day, the bride and groom thought they had seen it all, until the zombies showed up.
Now, I thought I had seen some real wedding disasters in my day… everything from a collapsed wedding cake to a groom that was so drunk he could barely wallk down the aisle. …However, when it was done at the end of the day and the dust had settled, in comparison, I guess I have really seen nothing. SEE THE GALLERY AT BOTTOM!
Look out for your an attack on your wedding party. The new trend in wedding photography is here. Finely crafted photoshopped wedding pictures to not make things look better, but to rather make them worse. Much worse.
If you are familiar with my work as a wedding DJ, you know that I really love theme weddings. I have written several blogs on how to throw successful theme weddings that your families and friends will NEVER forget. This is one more added piece to the puzzle. With technology as it is today in the photography world, you can decorate everything just right and add the finishing touches later to make your theme wedding, “the best ever.”HOW TO PLAN YOUR OWN ATTACK –What JosiahX did in his photoshoot for the picture above was to actually plan out what the envisioned shot would look like and set up the shot with the intent to add particulars later to enhance the theme. To the left are the before and after shots. The photograher chose to shoot certain amount of extra headroom space above the bride and groom to add fire, later. Otherwise, it is probable that this photo shoot would have been tighter and more focusing on the people in the shot. However, allowing for the extra space and the perceived photoshop fire time back at the studio really adds to the overall post-apocolyptic zombie invasion feel that the bride and groom were hoping for.
There is a time lapse video from youtube of the creation of the zombie attack shot from Josia X. It shows the process he used to create the picture above. To see, CLICK HERE.
FIRST ATTACK: THE T-REX WEDDING GUEST
It seems that a lot of this craze started with photographer Quinn Miller. Miller wanted a “Jurassic Park”-themed wedding photo, but not just using the decorations from the wedding. Miller Photoshopped a giant T-Rex chasing the entire wedding party out of their ceremony at The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, La., on May 26, 2013.
He did so by shooting the picture allowing space to where the T-rex would be added later, and having the bridal party react to nothing; much like directors do in the movies.
After Miller uploaded his masterpiece, the picture went viral and the new craze was born:
Wedding Party Attack Picture Gallery
SUBMIT YOUR ATTACK SHOTS HERE – Forget walking down the aisle, some couples want to see the bride running for her life. We want your wedding attack pictures!
If you have exciting wedding attack pictures that I can add to this page, (and even more particularly something fun shot from the Albany, Schenectady, Troy, NY area,) please email me them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sounds simple, but this almost always never happens. You mean to plan for a great big “everybody picture,” but you just don’t seem to find time between the business of the whole day. Why not actually stop everything for a second during the party, and create a memory that will last a lifetime?
Last week, we actually took time out of the fast-pace dancing to set up a time-slot where everybody lined up for a group shot, behind the bride and groom. The shots were incredible!
If you have a decent disc jockey, you can easily make this a fun activity. You do have to be careful with this, because any stop in pace can slow things down. This is why the bride and groom had their DJ do announce the photo opportunity immediately after the cake cutting sequence.
It seems to me that the extra three minutes were, in fact easy to recover from. Everybody stayed right out on the dance floor and moved right into a fast dance.