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Looking for the Right Wedding Photographers

Looking for the Right Wedding Photographers?

Weddings are one of the most important milestones that a person will experience in their lifetime, which makes it extra important to find wedding photographers that are best suited for the couple. However, it’s not always easy looking for affordable and well-reputed photographers that are also available on your date! Perticularly with the current backlog any weddings have due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are quite a few factors to consider when looking for the right wedding photographers and make sure that they could connect with the bride and groom. To guide you in this effort, here are a few pointers as to how you could find the right wedding photographers for your big day.

What to Know When Looking for the Right Wedding Photographers

Find The Right Wedding Photography Style

A great way for you to start narrowing down your options is by looking for a photographer that offers photos and effects that are to your liking. There are various ways for photographers to take photos of you, with one of the most common styles entail having the couple pose and smile directly at the camera.

But there are also modern variants where the couple poses for a more “candid” look, which sparks both authenticity and finesse. It’s important to settle for a photography style that you feel most comfortable with since your photos are the only thing you really keep from your wedding day!

When looking for a photographer, you should keep in mind that it’s important to have one that is experienced. An easy way to check a photographer’s reputation and skill is by asking to see their recent projects and shoots, while also checking reputable review sites. That should help give you a general idea of how their work goes.

Delivering A Story

When taking photos, the photographer often has a story in mind that they want to play out through the photos they’re taking. It’s important to communicate with your photographer and make sure that the couple and the photographer have a mutual understanding of what story they wish to deliver in the final product.

I generally aim to tell the story of the two personlities in front of my camera – its my experience that creates much more natural and pleasing photos, despite not being overly confident in front of a camera.

Having A Photographer Who Knows How To Take Flattering Photos

It’s undoubtedly important to tell a story when taking wedding photos; however, do you want to share images of you that aren’t as good looking as you want them to be?

This just means that you need a photographer who could both tell a story and make you look good at the same time! It’s important that the couple feels comfortable with the photos being taken as well as ensuring that their best angles are put into consideration.

There are so many things to think about when looking for the right wedding photographers. This is but a short list to help your understanding of what to look for in a wedding photographer. Keep in mind that your budget is what will dictate the overall availability of photographers in your area—but that should not stop you from getting a reputable photographer near you! Partnering with a professional is something that is well worth the investment, especially when it comes to the biggest day of your life!

Sven Studios is a team of professional photographers specialising in wedding photography that has covered a wide variety of events. Regardless of the venue or audience, we are passionate about helping you capture your perfect day. Look through our services and see if any of what we offer catches your eye!

 

 

 

 

The Pros of Having Couple Portraits Before Your Wedding Day

Having Couple Portraits Before Your Wedding Day

For a number of reasons, many couples choose to have couple portraits taken before the day of their actual wedding. These shoots are done either in their full wedding attire, including makeup and hair, or in a more casual style which is more of an engagement shoot. There are several advantages to making that choice for your couples portraits.

A huge advantage of having couple portraits done before your wedding day is that you’re given a delightful collection of photographs that you can put on display on your wedding day, or even use on your invites, or RSVP website.

Some pros of having couple portraits before the wedding day itself

Additional Creative Shots

Having a separate shoot on a different day means you don’t have to settle for a place that’s just close to your ceremony or reception. You will be able to select a location of your choice, and given the number of wedding photo locations in Adelaide alone, there’s sure to be a lot of options. You can even have a photoshoot in a place that means something special to you and your significant other!

Not only will the photos in general improve greatly because of the varying backdrops, but also, the photographer will be able to experiment to see what can work on your big day. Timing is also everything, and it is possible to better schedule specific photos for the best lighting during the day, all the way up to sunset, or perhaps just after sunrise if you’re keen to wake up that early!

Extra Candid Guest Photos

Wedding photographers see time as an incredibly precious resource on a wedding day. Having your couple portraits taken before the actual day of the ceremony and reception means that they have more time on their hands to capture other things. They will be able to spot as well as document more moments that are candid and genuine.

A seemingly quick hour long session for couples portraits, or glamour photos on the day itself can actually keep your photographer for longer when you consider the time spent on preparation and travel time. Traditionally taken as the final step after group photos with family, and before the reception couple portraits can take up much of your day so it can be a big advantage to have already had your photos done in order to spend more time with your guests on your actual day.

Photographer Test Shoot

One of the key aspects of taking on a couples portrait session prior to the wedding day is testing the photographer. See if the communication with them flows well, and if they make you feel comfortable in the first place. Check on things like how well they planned for the shoot, and if they turned up early. Afterwards, look into whether or not the final photos are to your liking and meet your expectations. Also check if you received them on time, and if the quality is up to your standards.

I can’t tell you how many times people who arent overly happy with their wedding photos get in contact with me with the often impossible request to ‘fix’ them for them. This situation can be avoided if you thourghly research your photographer and make sure they ‘fit’ into your day as well as they possibly can.

Getting your couples portraits done before the big day holds a lot of advantages for you and your photographer. There is more space for your photographer to be creative and more time to plan when you have them done on a separate day. On your end, you will be able to have more relaxed photos and, on the day itself, be able to spend more time resting between the wedding ceremony and reception.

Looking for wedding photography packages in Adelaide or around Australia? Contact Sven Studios today! Allow us to capture the precious memories of your wedding day in a fun and relaxed way that you’ll be proud to look at forever!

 

 

5 Tips for Travelling with Your Wedding Gown

 

Travelling with Your Wedding Gown to your Destination Wedding

A destination wedding is a fabulous way to start married life and is a great excuse to have a holiday. When you look back at your wedding photos, you will have a lovely time remembering how you spent time with the people closest to you and your fiancé in an amazing destination!

I realise that not many people are heading overseas at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but I do know that many of your are still planning on having a destination wedding, and it may well be at a location you can still travel to! Like within Australia! I’ve covered many weddings in Darwin, Hobart, Canberra and Rural South Australia that beat many international destinations easily!

Before you jet off, though, you have to figure out one important thing—how to get your wedding dress to your destination.

5 Tips for Travelling with Your Wedding Gown

Avoid checking it in luggage

Whatever you do, avoid checking your wedding dress as luggage. It will get battered in transit, and there is always a risk of it getting lost. As much as possible, fly with your wedding dress as a carry-on item.

Check with your airline about their policies on carrying wedding dresses – as it may be an exempt item when it comes to the number of pieces of luggage you’re allowed. Also. label the bag containing it with your name, e-mail address, and the contact details of your destination.

Buy or recycle a garment bag

The bridal shop will likely use a garment bag when sending you your wedding dress. However, check if this is strong enough to stand up to travelling with your wedding gown. If you have your doubts, invest in a tougher garment bag. Ask your bridal shop to show you how to fold your wedding dress as well.

When you get to the gate, arrange for the attendant to hang your dress in a closet. Some airlines will preload your dress if you call ahead, so explore this option as well. Sometimes, though, there is no hanging space since surfboards and wheelchairs are the priority for closets.

In this case, you might lay your dress over bags in the overhead, but be considerate of the other passengers and ask permission. If you have the money to spare, you can resort to buying an extra seat just for your dress, or upgrade to business class – this allows you to have an additional carry-on bag!

Invest in a vacuum bag

For brides with voluminous wedding gowns, a vacuum bag is almost mandatory when travelling with your wedding gown. Pack your dress while inside its garment bag into a similarly-sized vacuum bag and suck the air out, which will make the carry on much smaller – and if you’re lucky the checkin gate wont weigh it! Just dont try and fly with an airline known for being sticklers on weight.

You can then pack this into a tri-fold carry-on case, and store it in the luggage just like you would another bag. Remember to pack a garment steamer or request for one at your hotel or resort to iron out the creases. You do not want to memorialise the wrinkles in your wedding photos!

Use a carry-on suitcase

A regulation-size carry-on suitcase is an excellent storage place for a wedding dress. For this to work, you need to pack your gown carefully. Use a hard shell suitcase; this protects your clothing from rain or other fluids. When packing, turn your dress inside out.

Turning your dress inside out will protect things like lace details, needlework, and other delicate embellishments. You can also put tissue paper in between the folds, to preserve the garment better.

Have your dress professionally packed

Your bridal shop can pack your dress to fit in your carry-on suitcase. You can specifically ask them to pack it for travel; this should be part of their services. You can also get a specially-designed box that meets carry-on size requirements for airlines or chartered planes. These boxes also have acid-free tissue paper which you can put in between folds.

 

You can pack a wedding dress for your destination wedding, but it will require a bit of planning from you. Travelling with your wedding gown can be tricky, but don’t let the hassles of travel prevent you from having a picture-perfect day!

Ensure that you have photos that will last a lifetime with Sven Studios. We are experienced destination wedding photographers super keen to travel and dedicated to perfectly capturing one of the most special days in a couple’s life. Browse our previous work or get in touch with us for more information!

 

 

5 Wedding Myths You Should Not Believe

 

Wedding Myths that you should try to ignore

You’re probably planning your wedding by now and maybe feeling a bit panic-y about everything. Breathe and relax. That’s okay. What’s not okay is believing in these wedding myths our culture imposes on brides and grooms. They are not helpful nor encouraging, that’s why I figured I’d write about them in this article

To help you relax, we’ve compiled a list of wedding myths and help you understand why you should not really worry about them

You Should Not Believe These 5 Wedding Myths

Myth 1: To save more, try DIY – FALSE!

DIY crafts are indeed a good way to add a personal touch to your wedding, and might seem on the surface as a way to cut down on your budget. However, while you think you can save costs from buying all the materials yourself, know that in doing this, you also have to factor in the skill, time, and other back-up supplies in the sums.

Sometimes, hiring someone else to create your invitation for you can cost you less than the total expense from creating it yourself. You’ll even get quality output in a shorter time. Unless you have people willing to help you out, DIY is usually not the most budget-friendly option.

Myth 2: Stay true to the traditional format of weddings – NOT A MUST!

Just because everyone else runs their wedding day to a similar schedule, doens’t mean you have to! usually the wedding ceremony is first followed by the grand wedding reception at a grand hotel. Why not have a breakfast wedding if you really wanted to? No one will get mad if you don’t follow any of these “rules”; in fact it’d probably be a point of conversation for years to come!

Remember that your wedding is your once-in-a-lifetime union as a married couple. You can tweak the itinerary and celebration by how you want to experience and remember it. Nuts to anyone else!

Make the celebration as close to both your personalities as you want. If you want a simple brunch in the backyard after the ceremony or dinner for just the two of you, there’s no problem! Follow what your heart’s desires.

Myth 3: Not inviting some friends can cost your friendship – FALSE

One of the biggest challenges an engaged couple encounter during wedding preparation is determining who makes it to the guest list. Unless you have unlimited money, your guest list will definitely have a limit.

Stop thinking that it is a test of friendship. Real friends will understand and be happy for you no matter what. Stick to your budget and choose only the special people whom you want to witness your union.

Myth 4: Wedding planning is a full-time job – NOT REALLY

Wedding planning will require effort, yes, but it doesn’t need to be that stressful. If you work on the requirements, decide, and book everything ahead of time, you’ll have fewer headaches.

Whether you hire a wedding planner or do things on your own, the planning can be manageable as long as you focus your energy on things that are important. The last two weeks before the wedding can be super busy, but early preparations can help you handle the situation well. I’ve even put together a number of blogs to make it easier for you to plan a wedding.

Myth 5: Your wedding day will be the best day of your life – YES AND NO

Yes, wedding days are indeed memorable, especially when you are surrounded by your loved ones. When you look back at your wedding photos, you’ll remember how you were able to gather and celebrate with all the important people in your life.

Is it the best? It is unforgettable, but there are many more days ahead of you and your life partner. You can create more memories and create more best days of your life, so don’t put too much pressure on the day. In fact often it’s the case that a bridal couple just want it to be over a done with 😛

Just enjoy it and make good memories to reminisce.

Being aware of wedding myths is important because it helps you focus on things that truly matter. More importantly, knowing that these wedding myths aren’t necessarily true can help you move forward with your wedding planning with less stress. Remember that your wedding is yours. Plan it like how you want it to be remembered.

Things to do before your wedding you may not have thought of

 

Things to do before your wedding

For both parties, weddings are often a blast. However, when you’re an almost-bride who is just months away from the big day, the entire time can be stressful, considering all you’ll need to get done.

To avoid panic, have a look at some of these things to do before your wedding and make sure you schedule to get them done ASAP.

A list of things to do before your wedding you may not have thought of

Get your paperwork in order

Remember, you can’t actually get married without signing an intent to marry with your celebrant. If you and your partner haven’t yet applied for one, now is the best time to do so.

Depending on your area, you can easily find the required documents online, which you should research and prepare before heading down to your registry office, or your celebrant.

Schedule your final fitting

If you’ve been exercising daily to achieve your ideal wedding bod, you’ll want to be sure your dress fits you perfectly. Schedule a final fitting in advance in case you have any alterations to undergo.

Reiterate final details with wedding vendors

Review all the details of your wedding day with each of your vendors, whether in person or over the phone. That way, you can make any revisions to your menu or venue decor should you spot anything that isn’t quite up to par. Anyway, it can’t hurt to be too careful.

Follow up with guests who haven’t RSVPd

If some of your guests are just a “maybe” you’ll want to make sure they give you a concrete yes or no. This task can be tedious, so you can ask your maid of honour to help finalise your headcount.

Practice your final hair and makeup look

Whether you’re doing your own makeup or hiring a make-up artist, it’s important to get the look just the way you want it well before your wedding day to avoid any mistakes. After all, you’ll want to look perfect in all those glamorous close-up wedding photos. If possible, take your veil to try out along with your final look.

Get your bridesmaids fitted

One of the most difficult aspects of a wedding to coordinate is customising each bridesmaid’s outfit. Make sure they’ve made arrangements for their own final fittings and that they’re scheduled to pick up their dresses on time. If not, you could be subject to several time-consuming alterations and last-minute bills.

Treat yourself to a facial or a massage

There’s no denying the stress that comes with the month leading up to your wedding, so you’ll want to make sure you’re finding pockets of time to relax. If you’re getting a facial, do so at least a few weeks before your big day as you won’t want to risk having a reaction too close to your actual wedding.

Send out your rehearsal dinner invites

A rehearsal dinner is an important part of making sure everything about your wedding is going according to plan. It’ll also give you an opportunity to practice walking down the aisle and exchanging wedding gifts if you aren’t planning on doing so on your actual wedding day.

Send your invites out in advance, especially if you’re inviting anyone from out of town.

Come up with a wedding day timeline

If anyone needs to be kept in the loop, hand out a schedule to your bridal party, family members, and vendors. You never know who might need to make last-minute changes.

 

While your big day may come with a lot of responsibilities, it’s important that it’s one that is memorable to you and your groom, so to make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible, think about this short list of some of the things to do before your wedding and make sure there is time set aside to make sure they happen!

If you haven’t hired a wedding photographer yet, we like to think we are the best in Adelaide and make capturing unmissable moments a priority on your wedding day – contact us today!