Grand Lens Photography would like to address the importance of hiring a professional wedding photographer, as opposed to allowing a family friend with a decent camera to capture your special day, leaving it to your guests or hiring a photographer who does not specialize in weddings. We have briefly addressed this topic in a previous article, however, we strongly believe photography is a part of the wedding that is imperative to perform accurately! There are numerous horror stories about people being let down by the results that a non-professional photographer has produced. Couples choosing to let "a friend" do it, or "I know someone with an excellent camera", or "we're just going to let our guests take the photos". This is perfectly acceptable and you may feel that you will be saving money by doing this. Nevertheless, we can guarantee it will not turn out how you expected. Your wedding photos are the only lasting memory you will own from that day, and if they turn out in a way than the way you dreamt, your memories will be ruined.
Attaining a suitable photographer is much smoother these days, whether by searching the internet, asking friends and family for personal recommendations or looking through magazines for advertisements that catch your attention. Any savvy, reputable photographer has a website showcasing his or her photographic style and these galleries are an amazing place to narrow your search to those you want to interview. The advantage of hiring a photographer close to home is that you can schedule an in-person consultation to plan your wedding. Additionally, it makes ordering photo albums and prints after the wedding incomparably convenient. By hiring a local photographer, you have the ability to work together on your engagement photos before the wedding, which will allow you to develop a solid “working” relationship that would not be possible with a destination photographer. Grand Lens Photography shares 3 questions you should ask your photographer before committing to them.
The art of posing is developed through trial and error, repetition, and dedicated study. Photographers are all handed a similar tool and asked to create their own unique representation of how they see the world. What characterizes a photographer’s work and what sets it apart is their imagination and accomplishments, creating an inspired idea from an expansive library of knowledge, and years of diligent practice. Grand Lens Photography provides some insight in this article when it comes to obtaining compelling, hilarious, and editorial poses from the groom & groomsmen. Here are seven of our favorite creative and laugh-out-loud ideas for masculine group photographs.
Weddings are a collection of exceptional moments caught on camera by a professional wedding photographer. However, your honeymoon is also an imperative element of your newly wedded experience, yet the couples are responsible for documenting this experience themselves. Grand Lens Photography shares few reasons why hiring a professional photographer to photograph your honeymoon is an efficient way to capture this wonderful and romantic trip of a lifetime
Every bride has plenty of things to consider when planning her wedding, but numerous brides tend to forget about taking care of themselves on the day of their wedding. It is important that those small, but mighty, details not escape even the most well prepared bride. What should be at the top of every bride's list on the day of her wedding is to relax and enjoy it with her new spouse! Whether you have been working with a wedding consultant or have done all the planning and preparation on your own, it is now the big day and you deserve to have at least as much fun as any of your wedding guests. Here, Grand Lens Photography shares seven simple, but practical tips to help pave the way to truly enjoying your wedding day.
A wedding reveal, also known as the "first look" is a fascinating element of the wedding day. Grand Lens Photography will assist you with this article explaining why a first look is a romantic addition to your wedding day celebration that not only adds to the wonderful wedding experience but also reduces stress. People consider a bride and groom's first look untraditional since they chose to see each other before the wedding ceremony. However, we fully believe that the reveal is a new tradition and will soon become common in weddings. The way the original “tradition” began is far from romantic! Several of our clients choose to have one. However, some couples, especially grooms, need a little more convincing. Here are our top 5 reasons to have a first look.
Viewing your wedding photos for the first time may feel quite overwhelming. There are so many photographs to view. How do newlyweds decide which ones to include in their wedding photo album? Wedding photographers typically deliver hundreds, if not thousands of photos to their clients. In our experience, 40-60 photographs deliver a very comprehensive album. It is fantastic to see the big day again from beginning to end, but there are too many to choose from! Grand Lens Photography is here to assist you with 5 tips for choosing photos for the perfect wedding album.
Even the boldest brides and grooms become reasonably uncomfortable with the endless picture taking on their wedding day, no matter if it is the photographer snapping the photos or the wedding guests taking photos. It truly appears relentless at times, and if you and/or your partner are not outgoing and are bashful about appearing on camera, uncomfortable can be an extreme understatement as it becomes overwhelming. The dilemma is, aside from you trying to enjoy a deeply meaningful day of your life, you also do not want to appear uncomfortable or awkward in your wedding photos. Grand Lens Photography collected a few tips for all the brides and grooms on the modest side.
Every bride craves unique wedding photographs and their photographer wants to capture those special, emotional moments for those brides to remember forever. The solution for astonishing wedding photos is excellent communication. If you do not have sufficient, open communication with your wedding photographer, you cannot expect them to flawlessly do the things you envision. Also, considering not all wedding photographers share their honest opinions with you, Grand Lens Photography is here to do it. Here is the ultimate list of details wedding photographers wish brides knew.
Some New Yorkers flee to the Hamptons during the summer and others go to Central Park. Spanning more than four square miles of prime Manhattan real estate, Central Park is a sweet escape from city living. From the romantic paddle boat rides on The Lake to the furry friends at The Zoo, Central Park offers the perfect surroundings for incredible photography. Grand Lens Photography shares with you today a list of beautiful areas in Central Park, NY for beautiful engagement photos.
There is no doubt your wedding day is one of the most pivotal days in your life. It would be a waste of an opportunity not to capture photographs of all your family members and close friends as they commemorate such a wonderful occasion with you. Aside from a professional photographer, a photo booth provides the ideal means by which to obtain such photos. The relaxed, casual charm of a photo booth indicates receiving plenty of snaps of wedding guests enjoying and being themselves. Grand Lens Photography shares a few insights on how to select the best photo booth for your wedding.
Very few people appreciate having their photo captured at weddings, but whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid or a guest, chances are you will find yourself in front of the camera. Grand Lens Photography shares a few tips to ensure is it not necessary to un-tag yourself when those photographs appear on social media.
A professional photographer will capture every memorable moment during a wedding and reception, as well as ensure lighting is perfect throughout. However, by renting a photo booth, you can give your wedding photo album a little something extra. This is a remarkable way to capture the faces of those dearest to you while they are having fun. This article shares Grand Lens Photography's top five reasons why it's a wise choice to have a photo booth during the wedding reception.
Photography has seen numerous changes and those changes will proceed. With the advent of digital, there have been numerous types of memory cards and file formats; which have fallen by the wayside. Image recording and storage media have run the scale from floppy disks to hard drives, CD's, USB drives, and the "cloud". Now, floppy disks make fantastic beverage coasters, hard drives and flash drives fail, clouds evaporate, literally and figuratively. Also, large quantities of today's computers do not have a CD/DVD drive anymore. In a previous article of ours, we shared ways on how to preserve photos digitally. This article shares the importance of printing your unforgettable memories. People in today's world prefer a digital file of a photo so they can share it with family and friends by email, on social media, etc. But how long will it continue?
Once a photo is uploaded to a website, it is compressed into a low-resolution file. This action cannot be reversed, and this means a large, high-quality print can never be made from an image taken from a website. Clients can produce prints of their images at local convenience stores, but those facilities do not offer the same quality as going through a photo lab. Photos from professional labs are designed not to fade, they are treated for color, and composition and light are printed on high-quality, premium paper. As your photographer, it is our job to ensure that our clients gain the utmost out of their purchases and offering prints are the best way to do so. As seen in the picture above, we have other merchandise such as mugs, refrigerator magnets, canvases, frames, etc. available for purchase. Grand Lens Photography strongly believes that we are doing the client a disservice if we only give them the digital files of their photos and here is why:
People believe hiring a professional would be a no-brainer, but this is not always accurate. Most couples searching for a photographer want to spend as little as possible and so they try to find "alternative" wedding services and few of these "alternatives" typically end up involving having a friend, a friend of a friend or family member perform the service instead of hiring a professional. If you are on a budget (and who isn't), when it comes time to find a wedding photographer, you may consider your friend or relative. Although, they have offered their services many times and always at a reduced rate, consider a professional. When it involves your most important moments and memories, saving money in lieu of professional photography just it not worth it. We, at Grand Lens Photography, believe not hiring a professional is a recipe for disaster. Here are our top 3 reasons to hire a professional photographer and not a friend.
When planning a wedding, so much time and careful consideration are put into the decorations and other details. However, only the wedding photos will be around forever. It is up to you to ensure that your magical day is captured perfectly. In this article, Grand Lens Photography shares not only how to find your photographer, but also how to work with them.
There are some matters your wedding photographer will not share with you. They do not intend to keep secrets from you and it is not that they work unprofessionally, but they are typically preoccupied with other important details or do not have the opportunity to tell you on your wedding day. This article shares Grand Lens Photography's five tips you should be aware of before your wedding day.
Engaged couples put in many hours of planning into all the intricate details of their wedding. Once the day passes, you will want photographs of all your hard work. Every detail holds a different significance for a couple, and few may be smaller details that the photographer might not notice unless you inform them. Grand Lens Photography shares 5 things you should tell your photographer before the wedding day.
Winter is coming and while an icy photo session is not everyone's idea of a pleasant pre-wedding activity, we are willing to wager that a large number of brides love a great snowfall. They say when it snows on your wedding day, it is a good luck sign of fertility and prosperity. With the fresh snowfall, it is certainly a beautiful way to start your marriage. Grand Lens Photography presents three tips for gorgeous winter wedding photos.
Weddings are one of the few celebrated events in a person's lifetime and it is not a secret that people tend to spend a large quantity of money to celebrate. The cost of goods increases year after years, which in turn increases living expenses, but yet countless people still aspire to have a luxurious wedding. Unless you're a celebrity, royalty or a business tycoon, it is safe to say you are not going to spend millions of dollars on your wedding. On average, the typical wedding ranges anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000. However, there are some who are willing to spend an even larger amount of money on their special day. In this article, Grand Lens Photography shares a few ways to save money on wedding photography, videography, and entertainment.
Naturally, when people "hear engagement photo session in New York City", they automatically think of Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Bow Bridge or the Brooklyn Bridge; either on the bridge or having it in the background. All three locations are excellent choices, however, they have had their picture taken numerous times. There are other astounding spots in New York City that can give your engagement photos that "New York" feel you are looking for and is also rare from other couples' engagement photographs. Today, Grand Lens Photography shares with you 5 different locations for amazing engagement photos in New York City.
Let's face it, no bride can coordinate their entire wedding without the helping hand of a professional. An experienced wedding planner will help relieve the stress of wedding planning and ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible for the bride and groom. Grand Lens Photography shares the top five wedding planners in NYC for couples on a budget.
Congratulations, you are getting married! If you live in New York City, you probably already know the city contains hundreds of outstanding locations to get exchange your vows. However, narrowing them down to find the one best suited for your ceremony and/or reception is not a simple task. Grand Lens Photography shares the top five affordable wedding locations and event spaces in NYC.
The internet has grown into a place for content sharing and collaboration. It is always wonderful to observe the different mediums an artist's works becomes published in from traditional print media to online social media. However, the internet makes content easily accessible;e and simple to "borrow", especially images. Giving photo credit is unquestionably imperative when using photos for personal use. This article shares Grand Lens Photography's three alternatives on how to properly credit a photographer.
In the past few years, everyone has become a photographer and wants to share every special moment with the world. Wedding guests take pictures because they want to remember the special day without the intention of being rude. There is absolutely no concern with this in everyday situations, however, when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime occasions such as a wedding, seeing life behind a camera or iPhone may cause a problem, especially if the special couple hired a professional wedding photographer. An 'unplugged' wedding, at least, an 'unplugged" ceremony, has become a popular option for couples. This article shares Grand Lens Photography's five reasons why couples should consider having an "unplugged" wedding.
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