{Monday Muse} Choosing Your Photographer & Videographer By Mark Ammon

Happy Monday!

We hope you had a glorious weekend, whether it be wedding planning, venue hunting, dress shopping or even just relaxing. For Monday Muse this week, we are delighted to share with you a guest post from a very talented photographer, Mark Ammon.  As huge fans of Mark, we were keen for him to give you professional advice on choosing your ideal wedding photographer and videographer. We feel this particular element of your wedding is so important that it is best heard from a pro. We now hand you over to Mark… Enjoy!

Choosing a Wedding Photographer and Videographer

The choices you face after you’ve decided to get married can be over whelming. What venue should we choose? What colour scheme would suit the day? What’s our budget? All these and more will be running through your head before you’ve even thought about the myriad of wedding suppliers all promising to make your wedding day the most perfect event possible. Eventually you will start to think about the photographer and videographer for your big day. I hope that this blog post will give you some pointers about finding the most suitable photographer and videographer to help capture your day how you want it captured!

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You need to like us!

When you meet up with a wedding photographer or Videographer one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself is “can I spend a whole day with this person?!” Your photographer and videographer will be with you for what will be one of the most emotional days of your life and it is so important that you like them and trust them. Your photos will not look very stunning if you can’t stand the person taking them! When we’re approached by a potential client with an enquiry about photographing or videoing their wedding we always try and arrange an informal meeting where we can answer questions, show our work and start to get to know the couple. This chat will help you to break the ice and to gauge whether your personalities are suited or not. Also make sure that you see a number of potential photographers/videographers to get a good idea of what choices you have. 

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Ask to see plenty of examples!

When you meet up with potential photographers and videographers make sure you ask to see plenty of previous wedding examples. This will help you find out if your photographer has a one size fits all mentality or takes each wedding on an individual basis. When we go out to meet our clients we always take a large selection of varied wedding albums/dvd’s so couples can gauge whether your style is suited to the day they have in mind. 

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Ask plenty of questions!

A good wedding supplier will never tire of you asking questions, if they do then may be best to stay clear! You need to keep in mind at all times that this is your day and you should be able to get what you want! If you want something clarified then ask away!

A sense of style…

Photography and videography are very creative art forms and like any art the artist will always have a distinct style to their work. At Mark Ammon Photography we specialise in relaxed, fun and quirky photography as that suits our style. We like to be different! We know that’s not to everyone’s tastes and that’s absolutely fine, there are plenty of photographers out there with a style to match your big day!

It’s all about the money…

Price has become increasingly important recently especially as people are trying to tighten their belts at the current time. A quick search on the internet will show you that there is a massive range of prices that companies charge for photography and videography. Most couples who come to us list price as one of the most important factors in choosing their photographer and videographer. Fortunately, the wedding industry caters for everyone and whatever your budget you will be able to find a photographer for you… BUT be aware you usually get what you pay for! We always talk about budget at the very beginning of any contact with a couple and our emphasis is always on the quality of what we offer regardless of budget. Talk to as many companies as you can but we would always recommend not choosing a photographer or videographer just on budget alone! Also some companies may well be flexible with prices, if you don’t ask you won’t get! 

Don’t leave it too late!

We have seen quite an increase of brides booking our services quite far in advance. People seem to be getting very organised! We are currently taking bookings up to two years in advance so our advice is don’t leave it too late to search for your photographer or videographer! If you find a few photographers that interest you then arrange a meeting as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. 

There is a photographer and Videographer out there for you!

To sum up….Wedding photographers and videographers come in many shapes and sizes and to make sure you find the one that fits you and your wedding, make sure you get to know a little about them before signing on the dotted line. On the whole we are a very friendly bunch and any good wedding photographer or videographer will be more than happy to spend time with you explaining what they do. Make sure that you see plenty of examples, ask plenty of questions and find out if you actually like the people shooting your big day! 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and have found it useful reading.

If you would like to arrange an informal meeting with us to discuss your wedding day then please contact us via our website: http://www.markammonphotography.co.uk, our email: markammonphotography@hotmail.co.uk  or phone: 07523 953579

Until next time xx

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Monday Muse ~ Why You Should Book A Hair & Make-up Artist For Your Big Day

Good Morning! We hope you had a gorgeous weekend, what a shame it is already Monday and those grey skies have returned… Oh well.  Today we have a guest post from the very talented Dawn Taylor.  This is a topic that I often debate for my wedding, so I thought it may be something you have thought about, too.  So, I will hand you over to Dawn and she is going to give us the professional reasons as to why we should book a hair and make-up artist for our big day! I’m already convinced…!

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So ladies you have spent weeks, months and in some cases years, pouring over magazines, gathering pictures and ideas and googling the life out of your laptop looking for the perfect dress, photographer, cake maker,etc etc so why then skimp on your make-up and hair?

 Here are a few reasons why you should book the services of a professional who does it for a living and if like me hugely passionate about what you do, loves the joy of making your bride feel and look absolutely amazing on her wedding day.

  • It’s a little bit of pamper/you time on the day of your wedding (you will probably be feeling a little nervous) and this is your chance to sit, relax and just enjoy being made to look fabulous.

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  • Professionals will use a whole range of long lasting, tried and tested skin prep products that will ensure that not only do you look great, but it will last all day and all night long.  There is nothing worse than a shiny face in photographs and your make up beginning to slide down your face by teatime!

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  • Its all very well going to a make-up counter and having a lesson, but by the time you have actually purchased all of the products you are going to need and will possibly not use again, this will all tot up to more than you would have paid a professional in the first place.

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  • Professionals will know now to correct any flaws you may have, redness, dark circles, blemishes, etc without overloading the skin, as well as knowing how to correct, contour and highlight, as well as knowing what hair styles will suit your face shape, hair type, etc.

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  • Remember, your professional artist will do this for a living and have made up 100’s of brides so will have a wealth of experience of how things run on the day.  Providing a timetable for the morning to make sure all runs smoothly and in conjunction with other professionals is all part of the job!

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My tips on choosing a make-up/hair artist for your wedding day.

Ask your friends for a recommendation; did they look fabulous and have a great experience?

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Check out their websites for examples of their work and see if there are images that you might like for yourself, particularly if you are looking for something to fit a theme or a particular look.

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 Do they specialise in wedding make-up and hair?  

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Do they offer a trial run through?   A professional make-up/hair artist will work with you to achieve your chosen look for your wedding day.  You may like a certain look but its then down to the expertise of your make up/hair artist to tweak it if needs be to suit you.

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We want to know what you think? Has Dawn’s advice given you the nudge you need to hire a professional on the day? Or, have you already booked a professional, if so, how did you know they were the right person/people?

If you are as impressed by Dawn’s work as we are, why not get in touch with her and see what she can do for you and your bridal party for your wedding.  

Have a lovely day everyone!

Until next time xx

{Guest Post} Plan that perfect hen party!

Happy Monday!

Today, we have a wonderful guest post for you and this one is for you clucking hens! If you’ve ever been in the position of planning a hen party for a friend, you’ll know what minefield it can be! Where to go? What to do? Will everyone come? Will everyone pay? So, today, we have Luke from Hen Stuff to talk us through the trials & tribulations of organising a hen do and how to take the stress out of it! Enjoy! x

Under Pressure?

We’d like to briefly chat to you about hen parties, the pressure attached with planning them, and how to take a more relaxed approach to the whole thing. We know that you probably have had enough to plan with the wedding and all the options, budget plans and melodramas that come along with it. The last thing you and those helping you plan your hen party need is the added worry of trying to make it perfect. Don’t get us wrong, it can end up perfect – but perfection is achieved through making your party true to yourself so forget about the rest.

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Competition

We know that for some of you, a lot of the stress stems from trying to outdo each other. By that we mean there is a lot of competition between woman when it comes to weddings in general and hen parties are another extension of that. In fact, there is so much competition that they have even made some reality TV shows about it where brides directly compete to see whose wedding is superior.

Yes, it is the most special day of your life, but you would also quite like to have much better food served at a classier venue at the same time. The last hen party you went to was a weekend abroad and you had personalised t-shirts given to you along with a carefully selected schedule of super-fun activities. That is great, you had a blast. How is it going to compare to a standard night out in your local town or city though… surely inferior? Not necessarily, your hen party is whatever you want it to be and your hens will enjoy it whatever you choose to do.

Variety

The great thing about the growing hen party market is that it gives you the consumer an ever-increasing list of activities and options. This means you can stop worrying about competing and start thinking about validating. If you have want to indulge in the bar scene without going for a full on night out how about a cocktail class. If you want to make more of a weekend of it how about going away somewhere more locally. The range of hen party accessories available on the market today means you can add plenty of laughter and twists for a little amount of expenditure. Keep the laughs coming and everything else will fall into place.

Make It Yours

What we mean by this is injecting some individuality into proceedings. If you are an art lover make it an artistic affair. If you are a keen music lover think about going to a gig. You probably won’t please all of your girls (unless you are all identical in which case your job is easy anyway) but that is fine, that is not the point. It is more fitting that you cater to the bride-to-be, not only to give her a proper send-off into married life but to make sure the occasion is reminiscent of all-things-her (she is the reason why you are all out celebrating in the first place anyway, right?).

You are in a great place these days for choices of venues, activities and hen party accessories. All of these contribute to making sure the night is memorable and night is yours. Don’t get too bogged down in thinking about the last hen party you went to; just make sure this hen party and its memories last.

This blog was written by Luke Mulligan of Henstuff.co.uk. Check out our site for some great hen party ideas and hen party accessories. Inspiration is just a click away.