Things to consider when hiring a local wedding photographer

When it comes to planning your wedding day, the photographer that you choose will determine the quality of photos that are shot during the ceremony and reception. From the walk down the aisle to the first kiss, there are a number of special moments that should be remembered for a lifetime. When finding the right wedding photographer to hire, there are a few factors to consider to work with a professional that you can trust. These are all key factors in choosing a wedding photographer – you should also look to get a unique wedding photographer with a particular style which will fit well with the theme of your day.

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Although you may have a distant cousin who is starting off as a photographer and is willing to shoot your wedding for free, it’s important to find someone with experience. You want to avoid taking any chances and choose someone who has a high level of experience taking photos at weddings to avoid having bad photos taken of the day. This will ensure that the photographer feels comfortable navigating the crowds and can remain out of sight when you’re walking down the aisle or are greeting your guests.


Meet with wedding photographers ahead of time to determine their level of professionalism. You’ll want someone who is well-mannered and is flexible with specific requests that you have for the event. Professionalism can often be seen from a wedding photographers website with their collection of photos, take a look at a local wedding photographer such as Warwickshire’s Lee Glasgow to see examples of their work and how they refer to themselves on their own website. Chances are if their website isn’t professional then neither are they.

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Previous Work

Many brides and grooms make the mistake of failing to view previous work of the wedding photographer that they hire. This will ensure that the photos turn out as you expect and that you’re happy with the final results. Ask to see their portfolio and for the contact info of their references to ensure that former couples were satisfied with the quality of work that was performed.


The photographer that you hire should be organised with preparing for your special day. They should have a second shooter that they use to capture certain angles during the day that they can’t get themselves. They should also have backup equipment or batteries on hand to ensure that they can continue taking photos if their camera fails to work during the day.


You should get along well with your wedding photographer and enjoy their personality, which will allow you to feel comfortable with their presence. They should have a positive attitude and appear happy to attend your wedding and get specific shots that you want to capture. Working with a flexible and joyful professional will make for a smoother day that doesn’t involve any complications.


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He Wanted to Be in Charge of the Entertainment

When my boyfriend got down on one knee not long ago, I said yes before he even popped the question. I love that guy, and I was just that excited that we were about to start the rest of our lives together. He told me that he did not care what kind of wedding and reception that we have, but he wanted to take care of the entertainment. He is always one to throw a good time, so I was excited to see what he had up his sleeve. He had found a company that does bar mitzvah entertainment for hire, and when he showed me all of the different things they do, I was just as excited as he was. Read more ›

It All Tastes So Real

When I first tried getting into vaping, I didn’t really care for any of the flavors that were being sold on the market. These flavors all had an artificial taste, which was to be expected, since it was artificial, but I didn’t want the taste to be so noticeable. Every flavor liquid was just so unappealing to me, and I stopped and went back to smoking. Some years have passed, and now the tobacco liquid that is available is much better. They do a better job of masking any artificial taste, so everything is almost as real as if being presented with the real item that produces the flavor.

Since the flavor of tobacco is easier to make in liquid form than ever before, I haven’t bothered to go back to smoking cigarettes. It was a nasty habit that I started in high school because a couple of my friends were doing it. They offered me a cigarette, and initially I said no, thinking about all of those anti smoking ads that I had seen on television. The peer pressure from my friends was enough for me to start, and I smoked for many years, while picking up all of the bad health problems associated with it. I woke up with a cough every morning, but I didn’t care.

One day I got tired of the cigarettes and made attempts to quit with gum and then vapor, but returned to the cigarettes. Breaking the need to reach for the cigarettes was hard, but I was able to switch to the vapor and never looked back. Now when I see other people smoking actual cigarettes, I think about how weird I looked while I was doing it, and how everyone around me was probably tired of smelling the same smoke smell every day.

Manicures and Massages Are Both Great

When I moved to Bristol, one of the first things I did after finding a new doctor and dentist was to look for a new beauty salon in bristol. I don’t consider myself spoiled at all, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy being pampered from time to time. I wanted to find a beauty salon that provides extensive services. I definitely wanted one that does manicures and pedicures because that is what I would be using the most. But, I also wanted one that does facials, exfoliations, massages and more.

I did a search on my computer for one, knowing that it would be a lot easier for me to do my search this way rather than go to each individual shop. When I came across the website for Natural Beauty, I really liked everything that I saw there. I liked reading about the owner and one of the therapists there, and that just made me feel a lot more comfortable about choosing them as my beauty salon. Read more ›

My Niece Wants a Horse Rug

When I first heard the term horse rugs, I honestly thought that it was something for the stable. I thought that it was a rug that was laid down in the horse’s stall to make the horse more comfortable in there. I felt kind of silly when I found out that it is basically a coat. Any creature has the ability to be too hot or too cold, and this includes a horse too. When winter time comes around, there is not a single horse that wants to be stuck inside a barn until the weather gets warmer outside.

The rug goes the entire length of the horse from its chest to its behind, and it is attached using easy to put on straps. This does not make the horse unable to move at all, as it does not inhibit their movement whatsoever. Read more ›

Getting the New Shop Set Up

We are going to set up a new shop in the coming weeks and right now we are working out the details. One thing I had not thought about is the fact that the insurance company is going to want us to have a proper security system in order to insure the location. I got to wondering if this meant that we were likely to have vandals or break in attempts. Of course we already have some Hikvision cctv kits which we used at the original location and I have learned enough so that I know how to manage the things myself. Read more ›

Riding As a New Hobby

This year I wanted to expand my horizons and take on some new hobbies. I took some suggestions from my friends, but they mostly gave me hobbies that were aimed at old people, like knitting and scrap booking. I needed something with a little more excitement. Later, I was watching a horse race on television and got the idea to go to one of the local horse racing syndicates and train to be a horse rider. The horses and the riders look like they have a lot of fun running around on the track.

The horses looked a lot smaller when I watched them on television. I was shocked at how big the horses actually were when I went to the syndicate. Read more ›

Found a Great Place to Lease Postgraduate Edinburgh University Flats

As a student, my budget was extremely stretched. My parents and nearest relative are too far away for a commute to be viable. I would not live in a dormitory for another semester, so I was looking for Edinburgh University flats for postgraduate students. I was looking for the smallest room I could find to save on the rent. I wanted to be in a place with other postgraduate university students because I figured they would be more stable to share a living space with. I was interested in earning my masters and not any student drama you find with freshmen and even some seniors earning a bachelors.

The room I picked from a landlord that has some really nice Edinburgh University flats was the smallest room they had. They actually had the biggest room available when I showed up, but I opted for the small space to save every bit of money that I could. The shared spaces are very nice. The kitchen is perfect for cooking, though I do not do a lot of that. I am okay with soup heated in a microwave and a sandwich. Read more ›

Using a Drone as a Wedding Photographer

Go big or go home is the attitude of many people these days, especially engaged couples. That is why some of them are choosing to forgo the traditional wedding photographer and instead rent a drone to fly over their outdoor wedding and take shots from an angle a human wedding photographer could never achieve.


While some couples might be worried that a drone flying over their wedding would be so loud the wedding would be impossible to hear, technology allows them to hover silently over your ceremony. Professional wedding photographers have stated that roughly half the couples coming to them are interested in having a drone photograph their wedding.

A drone must be obtained through a professional wedding photographer for it to be able to be legally used. This is considered commercial use of a drone, which is not a violation of the law. Personal use is not allowed, as a drone must have an exemption from the FAA to be used legally.

While the laws governing the use of drones to photograph weddings have not yet caught up with technology, the use of drones within the wedding industry is rapidly increasing.

One of the benefits of having a drone photograph your wedding is that the drone can be used before the ceremony even begins, in order to capture unique shots of the venue. Once the guests have arrived and the bride is walking down the aisle the drone can fly overhead and capture her walk down the aisle. This way your wedding guests are not distracted by the presence of the drone and it doesn’t take anything away from your ceremony. To capture photos of the ceremony, a drone can be positioned towards the back of the ceremony location and a zoom lens can be used to achieve close shots. This can also be useful if you’re planning a grand exit after the ceremony with confetti or wedding sparklers because you can get great overhead shots of the whole thing. Even during your cocktail hour, the drone can still capture overhead shots while allowing your guests to hear the music being played.

As popular as using a drone to photograph weddings has become, the idea is not without controversy. Many wedding photographers refuse to commit to using a drone to photograph a couple’s big day due to liability reasons. Many wedding photographers also feel like having a drone taking pictures of a wedding is simply too distracting to couples and their guests. Others refuse to do it simply for fear of ruining a couple’s wedding and having to deal with the resulting fallout between bride and photographer.

Another reason that not every photographer agrees that drones should be used for a wedding is that it simply isn’t personal enough. Traditionally, wedding photos have been shot within close range of the bride, groom and wedding party and that is what most people think of when they think of wedding photography. Therefore, drone photography is seen by some as detrimental to a couple’s memories of one of the happiest days of their life.

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Our Neighborhood is Not Like It Used to Be when I Was Growing Up

We have been having some issues in our neighborhood. There has been drug activity only a couple of blocks away. A neighbor had his home burglarized. We also have a very scary person in the neighborhood that wanders around at night. We cannot afford to move. Plus, there is no saying the next place would be any safer. So, I was looking online for some good CCTV kits. I wanted to have small unobtrusive cameras outside that we could monitor indoors and remotely using an app. This way we could see what is causing some of those noises in the night.

The wandering person at night is creepy, but there has not been any trouble yet. The drug dealers and users up the street are what has everyone nervous. They will burglarize homes to feed their habits. I have never seen so many people hooked on things in my life. Middle age and elderly people too. It is ridiculous. The majority of people here are good working people with families. Read more ›

Preparing for a Photography Shoot

Preparation is everything.  Arriving with all your ducks in a row, can make the move from shutter to print a far smoother process and the results and undeniably better – learn the top tips from the pro’s at

Lets Start with the basics

What to wear?

The first message is to avoid patterns, logos and big designs.  You don’t want the focus of your photos switched from you or your family to Uncle Bob’s bright pink shirt with yellow spots and green stripes.  Even a subtler pattern can create a bleed or fuzzy effect on camera – so steer clear!


Logos and big character clothing can easily distract again, but they also date your photographs.  The 5 year old with an Elsa shirt may love it now, but then a month later it’s all about Belle.

Picking a simple range of colours for you family can ensure a well balanced pic; whether thats pastels, earth tones, monochrome or anything – that palette can set make all the difference.  Darker bottoms and black shoes can go a long way to bring the focus to your faces.

The last thing, is wherever possible make sure you’re comfortable.  If you’re fidgeting because your high heels are hurting, or your top button is just too tight – it’s going to show in the pics and make them a little less special.

A little more about specific shoots

Maternity Shoots

34 weeks is a good time to book your photoshoot – as the belly is nice and round.   We have some maternity gowns and props available for you to use, but feel free to bring anything you’d like to use.

Many people like to bring an ultrasound photo or baby shoes/socks to pose for photos with – so make sure you remember those.  If you know the gender, some mothers like a pink or blue handprint on the belly too.

For best results, aim for a natural look – minimal make up and simple hair.  If you have any concerns about roots, spots or dark circles – give your photographer a call to discuss how your photos can be edited after instead of piling on concealers.

Newborn Shoots

Without doubt, the most precious resource in a newborn shoot is patience.  Everything runs on a schedule of someone less than 14 days old, so wont necessarily be a fast or smooth operation.

Getting baby ready is a minor process.  Trimmed nails and clean skin is about the sum of it.  If your baby has cradle cap or dry skin, try to comb the flakes out of any hair and give baby a fresh bath before your shoot.

Family Studio & Lifestyle Shoots

This may sound counterproductive – but try not to practise smiles with young ones too much.  They can get to the point where they’re forcing a grimace in trying to give the perfect smile.  We try hard to have fun on shoots, so let those smiles come naturally


If you’re doing an outdoor shoot, make sure you know where you want the photoshoot to take place.  Be conscious of backgrounds and if weather might be an issue.  Naturally dress for the season, being uncomfortable (whether too hot or cold) will effect your photos.

Cake Smash

This is a messy shoot – do not try to prevent that, it’s entirely impossible!  But the messy is part of the fun and generates many giggles which make for wonderful photographs.  Bring a couple of outfits (and baby wipes!) to your shoot, along with any props or birthday balloons/signs you’d like to use.  There’s no real rules to which cake you can get – naturally one the child will want to get into, but aside from that you’re safe.  Many children find it easier to get into the frosting style decorations as opposed to hard fondant or royal icing.

Hopefully this all helps!  Always get in touch if you have any questions – but the final message has to be this: be yourself! Your natural self makes for a far nicer photo.

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