To Have and to Hold, To Post or Not To Post …
You are making plans to get married
So you are finally getting married! Yayyyy and all that great stuff!
Your plans are underway, venue check, invites – check, dress – check, seating plans – check, wedding photographer -check, car -check … there are so many things you will need to think about, but here is one you may not have… a policy on social media for your wedding.
At this point you may be a little puzzled, wondering exactly what this is, well let me share a few scenarios to fill in the gaps.
We post everything on social media
So many people share EVERYTHING on social media now, we share photos of our food, new purchases, nights out, nights in, birthdays, funerals, parties, and weddings. Literally there is nothing that is immune for a snap, instagram, tweet or Facebook nowadays.
But …what if you don’t want your private wedding put all over the net for everyone to see? If you are fine with this happening, then thats get not a problem, don’t say anything to your guests and you can be sure there will be photos and videos of your wedding before the day is done online somewhere.
However, if you fall into the category of people who do not want this, then you need to explicitly state this somewhere before the wedding and on the day. Leaving it to “my guests would have more respect than that” is a huge chance, because for many people its not a disrespectful thing to do!
For some of you who are fine with everything being on social media and no limits placed on your guests, you may be thinking, why would any wedding couple do this? What is wrong with sharing photos and videos of someones big day? Here are a few reasons why people may not want their wedding day on social media.
Some people are private. For some people you won’t see photos of their food online, you won’t see photos of all their family members, every holiday, their daily walks abouts, what they watch on tv and so on. For some people you may see a post every few months, they may even post every day, but it will be nothing about their personal lives of family. For some people like this, they won’t want their most intimate day online for the world to see. And before someone thinks, “but my profile is private”; yours may be, but what about all of your guests? And even if their’s are too, that is say 70-200 profiles with your intimate moments on, shared with the 500-2000 friends on their profiles too, so potentially your private moments are shared with how many people (head to your phone to do some quick calculations).
If you have had a small private wedding of say 50 people, and purposefully kept it that way because you did not want random family and acquaintances present on your day, some people would say that posting it all over social media defeats that object. What do you think?
A Few Examples
For those people unconvinced, here are a few examples of guests posting on social media where the couple were not best pleased.
1 – A bridesmaid snap chatting the bride in the background before she got to the church on the day of the wedding.
2 – Guests Facebook living at a wedding
3 – Guests face timing a wedding to someone who was not invited, to show how much of a good time THEY were having!
4 – Guests posting unflattering photos where one of the couple had their eyes closed, or strange facial expressions
5 – Guests posting albums of 100’s of photos from every aspect of the wedding, as though they were the wedding photographer
6 – Guests posting videos on paid platforms such as YouTube
7 – Guests posting something to ridicule the couple, such as posting something that went wrong, someone tripping etc.
8 – Guests posting unflattering angles, such as a hall that looked empty, a dancefloor that looked dead, people looking bored etc
Ask yourself if you would be happy for any of these to be posted at your wedding? And keep in mind, that not everyone is aware of this when they are posting, so its not always purposeful! I have seen people post some terrible photos of themselves on social media and be completely unaware, so there is no reason why they would have more awareness when posting photos of others.
What Photographers think
From a photography point of view too, guests can make your job really difficult! I advise couples that IF they are allowing photos to ask guests to stay in seats, because you can never underestimate how much a guest will be unaware of getting in the official photos, in order to get their iPhone (other brands are available too) photo.
There is also now the emergence of iPads and super sized iPads i call them, which are basically like guests holding up tv screens in the way of the photographer and in your pictures on the day. It quite frankly looks stupid.
I have even had a guest ask me to move out of their way, in my capacity as the official photographer, in order to get the photos THEY need!
What Other Brides and Brides to be Think
We asked for some further views from other brides, these were some of the mixed responses we received.
Emma Cumiskey said “I have said to guests you can post pics after the night guests arrive as otherwise they have seen the happy couple before they get there”.
Alexandra Daisy said “I would hate if the live streamed our ceremony and speeches. I’m happy for our guests to take pictures throughout the day but ask them not to post them until after the wedding was over. I would hate to see my guests constantly on their phones during my wedding. Id want them to actually experience and enjoy the day”.
Becci Faulkner said “I had no phones at church rule and asked people not to post anything until the day after the wedding. After that anything was game”
Molly Freeman said “We’re hoping for an unplugged ceremony (we want to see people’s faces in pictures not iPads and phones). But other than that pretty ok with pictures and videos after that and at the reception as long as I don’t look too bad in them”
Faye Rose Charrington said “We have a sign that says no social media until we have posted! And we probs won’t post for a few days! Just wanna keep it private for a bit! Everything is online now. Doesn’t hurt to keep things to yourself for a wee bit 😃”
Arelene Wheeler was not concerned by any posts “I didn’t mention anything before hand but we had people do both; Snapchat our ceremony and put me on Facebook before the evening guests had even arrived. I was too busy to care st the time but I wouldn’t do it personally. Speeches were also recorded”.
Not to Post
Ellis Willis had a bad experience with social media wedding posts saying “Someone put about 100 photos and the speeches on Facebook the day after my wedding without asking and I was devastated we didn’t want loads on Facebook and we didn’t get to see them before they were put up either. Gutting really… some of them were terrible and edited so badly by a guest, broke my heart”
Sarah Tugwell works in the industry as a wedding planner “I am a wedding planner and no matter how many times a celebrant or registrar say unplugged ceremony there are always people doing it and I have even had a venue and a venue dresser post pictures of the ceremony room Before the ceremony (so basically as they had finished setting up) which I don’t agree with. Alot of my couples say no to social media until the evening. Now, our own personal wedding next year is a tricky one as my fiance doesn’t do social media and hates it so he doesn’t want any pics going to without our approval… how do I manage that one? Personally we happy for some to go up but only when we have seen them and not to be plastered all over social media. We want to keep it private really. Happy for guests to take pics though.xx”
Naomi Lunn said “We aren’t your average young couple. We didn’t post when we got engaged. I haven’t ever posted a picture of my ring, even though it’s spectacular lol. And I’m certainly not doing countdowns or announcing that I’ve bought a house. We are inviting 20 of our closest to see us tie the knot in the most beautiful place in Cumbria. Luckily for us there is no WiFi or signal there so people will have to wait until 2 days after the wedding to post. I’d rather there weren’t any photos on Facebook to be honest but I guess it’s a bit extreme to say no posts at all… I don’t think people will respect that, so I guess there is no point saying it”
Josie Shereston said “I banned social media at my wedding and to be fair my guests respected my wishes…. it was our day… not everyman and his dogs lol”
Laura Kane said “We don’t want anything putting up, we are a very private couple, we don’t put anything up, for example… we didn’t put a post up when we got engaged, we changed our relationship status that’s it. If we don’t tell them personally or are invited then why should they know?
So we are going to ask that guests don’t put anything up, pics of themselves yes but not of the bridal party or any part of the day”.
This is obviously something that couples now have to think about it, whether you agree with it or not. Here is another recent article from news site I Am Birmingham on the same issue
So, as advice from someone in the industry, if you are fine with guests posting everything, or a limited bits, that is fine, or if you prefer them not to post anything, or put on time limit of when they can post, that is fine too … but whatever you choose, please make your guests clearly aware of your wishes. Please add it as another “to do” on your wedding lists!
Warwick House Wedding
Warwick House Wedding
We photographed this lovely couple who had a Warwick House Wedding recently.
We met the bride during a video shoot we were doing for a beauty salon, and we clicked straight away. She asked about our wedding photography and we talked about our Birmingham Wedding Photography, as they were looking for at local photographers in Birmingham we had a wedding photography consultation at our offices and were booked!
A lovely intimate wedding. Although the weather was not kind to us, we still managed to create magic at this Warwickshire Wedding Venue, a lovely Warwickshire venue, tucked away on an unexpected street in Warwickshire.
Our Birmingham Wedding Photography includes a range of styles including both bridal and groom preparations, roaming photography of natural shots of the the emotions as they happen, a couples photoshoot of portraits of just the two of them, and family shots of all of the guests and family.
We created so many beautiful images on this day, here are a selection of a few.
I Hired the Wrong Photographer
I Hired the Wrong Photographer
Professional Versus Amateur Photography
Why hire a professional photographer when you can get an amateur or hobbyist or even a student training to be a photographer at a fraction of the price – even free! You can save yourself thousands, that you could spend on extra food, a nicer car to drive to the venue in, a bigger cake to cut up, a more expensive dress for the day, nice favours for the guests … so many other things! This is the question that keeps rearing its head for me as well as every other professional photographers out there. Professional versus amateur Photography.
It is only April and already this year I have had three enquiries from people people who hired a much cheaper (better value) photographer in their earlier opinion, to only find they had later regrets. They hired the wrong photographer! This is with both commercial and non commercial clients.
With non commercial clients, its not a major deal, the conference or event images were not great, they can correct their mistakes next time, and it is simply a lesson learnt.
But wedding clients, I talk about this all the time, you do this ONCE IN A LIFETIME! Should how you capture this day be dictated by price, instead of product and quality? When this does happen and I have couples contact me for reshoots, its hard not to think “I told you so”. The “I hired the wrong photographer” line weighs heavy, compared to the ‘great deal’ and ‘better value’ they were getting with the person they hired.
It is the number one comment I hear from couples who cut corners with their wedding photography. “I wish I had spent more” “I wish I had done more research”. If that sounds like me touting for more business, speak to couples that hired cheap, and get their feedback.
This article recently made the news, and has been debated in various Facebook Wedding Groups.
My thoughts were, wasn’t all of this clear to the bride and groom? But obviously not, as couples are still making these regrettable decisions of hiring ‘better value’ photographers, friends with a camera ‘that takes nice pictures’ or aspiring professionals.
My thoughts were, your wedding is not the time to ‘give someone a chance’ or to let someone use it as a test opportunity to update or start their wedding portfolio. There are lots of examples of this not working out great for couples
yet Facebook Wedding Groups are littered with brides happily announcing students from the local college are shooting their wedding, or their friend who is a professional product photographer is shooting their wedding. Let me tell you this, I cover lots of different types of photography, and wedding photography is the most difficult type of photography their is! So i thought I would produce this blog, using the recent article as an example of where the couple went wrong, and how not to fall into that trap. Amateurs, and hobbyists are cheaper for valid reasons …
How to Not Make a Wedding Photography Mistake
Hiring a Professional Versus and Amateur
So who cares about insurance? What does that mean anyway? would you hire a catering company without Health and Safety Certificates? A driver without insurance? This should be self explanatory. In this case the photographer ended up having to pay out more than she charged for the wedding, so this was an expensive lesson for her as well as the couple.
Fun and Love vs a Job
As an amateur photographer most shooters will be producing work for the fun and love of it, this is not to say that they too cannot be great, but they may not be used to producing work under the same pressure contraints as professional photographers, a wedding is one of the most pressurised photography environments there is, everything is often running late, different people are asking for different things, the light is constantly changing, as is what you are having to shoot, you are on a tight timescale, and you are using different lenses and lighting equipment to produce your results ….doesn’t your wedding not deserve someone who is used to this? Professionals perform at a consistent level through practice and perseverance. The amazing images on their website will not be a magic fluke that they are not sure how to recreate, a random setting on the camera that somehow managed to do the right thing when needed. Our images are managed, created, and produced, with knowledge of the what the final outcome will be.
A DSLR is only the very start of a photography kit capable of capturing a wedding. If you have a consultation with a photographer that has just this, no separate flash (even if there is one on top) no second camera, no change of lenses. It is very possible that you pictures will also be very dark, as the dance floor images for the couple in the article. A Professional Photographer will have back up kit, cameras capable of capturing images in low light, lenses that will do the same, and flashes (as well as other lighting) in case something extra is needed. Although it seems unfair of the couple to be quoting her equipment after the event, this is something they should have asked before. It looks as though the photographer in this article had one camera, without any extras. I bought backup kit upon doing my second wedding many years ago. I was still not the artist I was today, but I was conscious of how important it was to have a plan B.
All images on a disc
Professionals will only ensure their best images go public. We all get images of eyes closed, wonky mouths, out of focus shots, but they never see the light of day. They are deleted before the back up, no one but the photographer ever gets to see them. If a photographer you have spoken to has anything less then perfect in their portfolio, politely walk away. Images are also valuable, most professionals will charge a premium in additional to a basis package to receive images on disc, and even then, they will not come copyright free.
Snapshots vs Photographs vs Artwork
These are some photographs we created from a recent wedding. I say created because as a professional wedding photographer we see ourselves as creating art. Couples and families look to you to guide them, tell them where to stand, how to hold their heads, what to do. We decided how to light them (yes we use light in the daytime to create a particular look) where to place the couple, where to take the image from; amateurs will not be experienced in this. Thereby you will get what I call ‘snaps’ instead of images. Snaps are images that could be captured by and uncle bob shooting with a phone or basic camera over your shoulder.
Understanding Their Equipment – Booking an Experienced photographer
All that Glitters is not gold! I deliver workshops to photographers called “Spent the Dough, but still Don’t Know”
especially for photographers that have more than capable equipment, but no idea how to use it. There are many people in this category! This is a harder one to figure out with the photographer you are thinking of booking. Ensure you get to see lots of their portfolio! Scantily resourced websites with only a few images on give me cause for concern. As do images that are not shot in the same fashion.
How well a photographer shoots often only comes to light through direct comparisons. Here is a wedding I found online shot at the beautiful venue of Dunchurch Park and another wrecked set of wedding photos.
These are some of our images from the same venue. It is an amazing venue, and we could have shot all day.
Can you see the difference that experience, creativity and great kit gives you, even with all the will in the world? The photographer that shot the images in the link will no doubt have been shooting on Auto, without a full understanding or control of their camera. Sadly many people under prioritise their photography until its too late.
Plan B, and Plan C
What if it rains on the day, what if you have to do the family photos inside? What if you drop and break a lens on the day? What if you are stuck in an accident on the way from the church to the venue? What happens if a flash unit fails? What happens if you have to shoot in a really small room? I know of no professional photographers who have not had unexpected things happen on the day, the difference is professionals will have back up plans should this be the case. Each of these things have happened to me. As a professional I had back up kit, back up lenses, professional second shooters, a range of lenses to be manage different shooting conditions.
The couple claimed the photographer in this example confirmed attendance the night before the wedding. If this was the case, would this not ring bells earlier. A Professional will be a business entity with contracts outlining terms and conditions, receipts, invoices, logos, and online (not just Facebook entity). We had this logo professionally designed once we were in the position to step up our business. Little signs like this are good examples for considering hiring a business rather than just a person who ‘does photography’.
Managing People and Images
You do not want to have to worry about whether all the right images are being captured. An experienced photographer will know all of this, and anything that is unusual to them, they will talk through a timeline of your day to ensure to they are up to speed with everything. Managing people to be standing in the right place and looking int he right direction (this takes a little people management skills), knowing where to be standing at the right time to get the key shots, the first kiss, the first dance, cutting the cake. Being able to ensure guests do not get in the way of these key shots. all of this takes experience. I have attended two weddings where I witnessed amateurs struggle with this, with one photographer admitting she was ‘scared’ to be firm and direct the bridal party, thus resulting in everything taking twice as long, as the couple not getting any bridal portraits of the two of them … at their own wedding! Another where the photographer struggled with the louder culture of the guests of that wedding, and just took all candid (no posed shots) throughout the whole day. In this article it looks as though the photographers in experience lead to her not knowing what the capture during the reception, leading to the number of incredibly low images that were handed over. The couples complaint about the bride being lead off to take images alone, in an area that the groom could not walk to, may have again been inexperience, or the photographer wanting these images for her own portfolio, rather than what was best for the couple.
Wedding Photography Prices
The couple in this article paid £500 for what seemed like all day photography. While it is difficult to put a price on how much this product should be, just like how much you should pay on a dress or a venue or a ring. I would say this is unrealistic for all day photography. From experience however, I have found that couples commonly tend to book photographers between 1 – 4 times the cost of their dress. Yes this is a wide range, but that is my experience!
Planning Your Wedding
You spend all that time carefully picking out a wedding dress, asking your friends how your bum and waist and hips look in it, you spend months scouting venues, their location, their menus, the available locations for your couples portraits. Time is spent deciding whether the cake should be sponge or fruit, multi tier or one tier, this can be said of everything in your wedding, lets not even talking about the wedding rings. On your wedding day as you look around at the fairytale you have created, surrounded by everyone who means the most to you in the world. Do you want to see the photographer you settled for, the friend who did you a favour, the student wanting to practice on your big day, the guest at the wedding who has a DSLR as the person responsible for capturing this world you created for a day?
Your day deserves the best photography that you can afford, question the idea of spending 15k on a wedding then cutting corners with the imagery to remember that carefully created day? It could be the worst decision you ever make.
Learn from the mistakes of others that have hired the wrong photographer. If your friend who is attending the wedding and “has a camera that takes great images” offers to shoot it for free, politely refuse. If your friends daughter who is in her third year at University studying photography offers to ‘save you money’ while she/he builds their portfolio, don’t become the guinea pig on such an important date. Most professionals will allow you to spread payments with payment plans, so just like most other items you want but cannot pay for in cash, you can soften the cost by spreading payments.
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
That does not mean someone who has been shooting landscapes for many years, or the sports photographer that shoots for the local paper. Hire someone that understands and shoots weddings as a major part of their work. It could be the best decision (second to marrying the love of your life) that you make during the whole wedding ….
If you want to not have to work through this list in order to not hire the wrong photographer, give us a call on 07944 040 760 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We promise to talk you through everything to ensure you know if we are right for you. If we are a good fit we will capture your day in all the magic that it is, by both a male and female wedding photographer.
Why a Professional Photographer will not give you all unedited images on USB
Why a Professional Photographer will not give you all unedited images on USB.
Why a Professional Photographer will not give you all unedited images on USB?
Have you ever wondered why a Professional Photographer will not give you all unedited images on USB?
This is something that can be an issue with any type of photography, but often comes to the surface with Wedding Photography.
This is something asked of us many times.
As a client you may be thinking, we have paid for our wedding photography, we own everything taken on that day?
You may also be thinking you do not need the images to be edited?
You have seen the photographers work and it looks great as it is.
You may also be thinking you are not ‘fussy’ so unedited ones will be fine.
Two Issues: Unedited Images and All Images
So there are two issues here.
- Unedited Images – no professional photographer puts out images that are unedited, ok I cant speak for everyone, but I would bet my camera’s that very few do. Even if its just a case of adjusting the brightness, colours etc. Most of the images we see everywhere nowadays have been edited, so it lulls us into a false sense of ‘this is how the images looks straight out of camera’. Any artist (and yes photography is also an art) wants to present their images in their best light, so regardless of your feelings about the images looking ‘fine’, most artist would not want their work in any other place than on their personal hard drive, before it is edited.
- All images on a USB – All images of any event very rarely given, one very simple reason is that each job is priced on the time spent on the shoot as well as time spent editing afterwards. A professional photographer will have factored in time for all the images to tell the story. If there are 20 of the same scene, they will choose the best ones to edit, as part of your story.
Telling the story
Asking for all unedited images is like asking you to present a report to your Director at work, in all versions, with the mistakes, paragraphs you deleted, wording that you decided against and the bits that your colleagues told you were just a no no.
Each Wedding Photographer has a process in taking images, putting together to best ones and telling your story. Think about the last film you watched that you were engrossed in. What was great about the film? what captured your attention? Now imagine that instead of the watching the completed film, you get to see the version with the numerous takes of each scene, the ones that didn’t make it, the ones where the actors messed up lines, where the lighting was off, where the camera shook, where the audio guy didn’t get the boom arm microwave close enough. The film would probably look very different, and would not have captured your attention in the same way. In fact it could end up quite boring.
This is what you pay a professional wedding photographer to do. To create your story. To capture everything needed to tell it. To take out all the ‘out-takes’. To put it together as a completed piece of work. If this is done properly, you will remember your wedding day as a picture of perfection!
You need not see the poses where your eyes were half closed, and you look partly as though you were falling sleep on your big day. The poses that show a bit too much or the arms you were never comfortable with, or where the flash did not fire.
Photographers also take many more images than they need in every scenario. So while your finished album for example may have two beautiful images of you smiling away while you are walking down the aisle, they would have carefully been chosen from many more.
Seeing two images from the same set will give you the wow factor, imagine seeing 50, a millisecond apart from each other, by the time you got to the 20th, that feeling would be very different.
We are not the only ones to say this.
Here are a few other articles saying the exact same thing.
Ownership of Images
Many people are very wrongly informed about the ownership of images. An artist still owns the copyright for all of the images that they have created. Even if the images feature you, and your event. Most Photographers will supply your wedding images with what is called a ‘Licence to Reproduce’ The British Institute of Portrait Photographers give a nice explanation here. So you can still print and use them, but they will still be owned by the photographer.
So before you take to social media to rubbish your photographer, sometimes we act out of sincere ignorance.
That being said, of course you will find SOME photographers that will offer you all of that, and more.
Midland Wedding Show Photographer
Midland Wedding Show Photographer
Sometimes we don’t shout enough about our Wedding Photography; but we will be shouting loud and proud at the Wedding Show.
Contemporary Luxury Photography from a talented female photographer.
As a photographer at London Fashion Week our fashion edge influences all of our work, including our weddings too.
If you are looking for something a little different, as brides often say; this is what we offer.
We even got a mention at London Fashion Week by Digital Rev TV one of the most popular photography channels in the Universe!and a tweet from Kai Man Wong the channels charismatic Presenter and Producer.
If you are a bride who has not yet found her wedding photographer, come see us at The Midland Wedding Show. You may not only find the wedding photographer in Birmingham that you have been looking for, but also everything else you need.
We will be on stand 59, with great offers particular to the Midland Wedding Show, and looking forward to seeing you.
Rowton Castle Wedding Photographer
Rowton Castle Wedding Photographer
If you are having your wedding at the beautiful Rowton Castle and are looking for a Rowton Castle Wedding Photographer, we are able to offer luxury wedding photography, worthy of your venue.
Rowton Castle Wedding venue located in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, in Shrewsbury, Rowton Castle is among the most romantic and magical castle venues in the UK to celebrate getting married. Set near to Birmingham in Shropshire, this historical castle, also one of the West Midlands’ most exclusive wedding venues, along with its stunning landscapes and English gardens is perfect for summer outdoor weddings as well as white winter weddings, and is sure to mesmerise you, your loved one and your guests. With 17 acres of tranquil grounds, beautifully appointed hotel bedrooms, this 17th Century Grade II* Listed Castle makes for the most perfect occasion.
With that said Aishi and Faez were able to not only hold their beautiful wedding here on a sunny late summers day, but also have all guests stay in the hotel for the weekend. An all female photography team was requested. Lensi Photography were able to provide a full female team for this Rowton Castle Wedding.
We offered a very different style of photography as a Rowton Castle Wedding Photographer that they had already seen from other vendors, which is why they booked us, without a full consultation.
Their review can be seen here on our Free Index Profile.
Having photographed weddings all over the world. We would love the opportunity to photograph your wedding at Rowton Castle.
Lensi Photography covers a range of genres from Business Headshots to Wedding Photography in Birmingham and beyond. If you are in need of outstanding images, contact us for a quote.
Book Your Pre Wedding Photoshoot in London, Paris or Vegas
Pre Wedding Photoshoot in London
Many couples now choose to do pre wedding photoshoot in London and other major cities across the world. Paris, Las Vegas, Venice and so on.
The demand for a particular type of scenic backdrop that is recognised by all drives couples to travel across the world for this.
Some couples do their couples photoshoots in London by getting up very early in the morning to be part of an eerily quiet London backdrop before the work commuters kick in.
Others climb up mountains after driving hours to again get a particular type of backdrop.
Others brave the stares from crowds bemused at wedding photography taking place away from the wedding on Tower Bridge or in front of Big Ben or St Paul’s Cathedral which are all favourites for pre and post wedding couples photo shoots with Chinese or Asian Couples.
In some cultures, such as with Asian (if you are reading this from the US or other countries around the world) or Chinese (if you are reading this from the UK) couples, the traditions is to have pre wedding photos before the wedding, often wearing the wedding dress and suit, with many couples having pre wedding photoshoots in multiple cities across the world; or even to have a couples photoshoot in your wedding attires months after your wedding has taken place.
Other couples do this as a post wedding shoot after the wedding.
Whether you call it a pre wedding photoshoot in London or post wedding photoshoot? You may ask what is a pre wedding shoot? It has been described as a couples photoshoot but on steroids! It shows the couple looking their best, their most loving, it shows a fairytale, scenic backdrops, hollywood lifestyles, suits and cocktail dresses, fun laughter ….all with a professional editorial photoshoot edge. It shows the couple as people they have seeing celeb lifestyle magazines; and creates that memory of them that they can preserve forever.
Brides also often have Rock The Frock Shoots alone with a chance to get to wear their dress once more, without all the stress and time restraints of the big day!
With excellent knowledge of these cities Lensi Photography regularly shoot pre wedding photoshoots in London and post wedding shoots, creating a very personal piece of art for the couples. We are booked by Bride and Grooms from the UK, as well as by Bride and Grooms abroad. We also travel and shoot all over the world.
We also have a fashion background and are one of the photographers for London Fashion Week which influences our Pre Wedding Photoshoot Photography.
Contact us via the website or our Facebook Page for more information about creating art for your pre wedding photoshoot.
Or see more of our work featured in this blog here :
Your Perfect Wedding Photographer
Jago / Jaago Ceremony Photography – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition
As a Female Wedding Photographer in Birmingham, who also covers Asian Weddings, even though I am not Asian, I often have anxious photographer colleagues who are covering their first Asian Wedding approach me for advice and information; knowing that as I too shoot Weddings from Culture’s and Religion’s different to my own, I would have at some point been in the same position.
After having to have done this a few times, it made sense to write a few blog posts on aspects of Asian Wedding and Asian Wedding Photography.
Jago / Jaago Ceremony Photography – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition
This is a ceremony that happens before the main wedding, often part of a pre wedding party. Often held in a hall, but lower key than the main wedding.
Jaago means “wake up”. Before the days of Wedding Invites and Interactive Wedding Invites relative of the Bride and Groom used to go around their village the night before the wedding days carrying candle lit pots – before the days of electricity on their heads singing songs as a way of telling everyone that a wedding would be taking place the following day and as an open invitation to attend.
The traditional folk song is “jaago”, so they would encourage people to wake-up and join in the festivities.
The modern day conversation of this will see the family gather at a venue before the wedding, for a pre wedding party. At some point during the evening the main family members will disappear to another room and re enter the main room carrying Jaagos (pots with decorated lights) and Jaago sticks (decorated sticks) , which will be passed from person to person, who will carry them for a little while.
Traditional songs will be sung …and then …its time to PARTY! During the Jago / Jaago – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition people will also share a meal, but then hit the dance floor (and also bar) hard. It is a reason to celebrate and people will do. As a Wedding Photographer, photographing a pre-wedding party, you will be expected to capture
- Guest entering and being greeted by the family
- Group shots of as many people at the event as possible
- Roaming shots of what is going on
- Venue Shots
- The procession coming into the main room for the Jago, close ups of the pots and sticks
- Shots of each person that has the Jago on their head
- Shots of all the close family members (siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents)
- Then Party Shots, stopping people on the dance floor periodically to get a shot of them posing for the camera.
Photographing a Wedding or Pre Wedding Party or event such as a Jago / Jaago from Cultures and Religions different to what you are familiar with does not need to be daunting, its simply about the familiarity. There are no restrictions on photography, after having done a few you will look back and wonder what al the anxiety was about!
If you are looking for a Wedding Photographer in Birmingham to cover your Wedding or Pre Wedding Party such as your Mendhi, Maiyan or Jago, contact us for a quote
No Photos in Church Please – Wedding Photography
“No Photos in Church Please” – Wedding Photography
As a wedding photographer this may seem like a crazy statement to see or hear, Wedding Photography is all about taking photos in Church or a Gudwara or any other religious place, but this has literally been what we have ben told in some churches when covering some weddings “No Photos in Church Please”.
You may be reading this with a puzzled look on your face, I certainly thought that the first time I was told this by a Minister.
Some churches (and I find this is common in churches of a certain denomination – naming no names, I have never had this in any other religious ceremony) and I cover all kinds of Weddings in Birmingham and beyond, from Muslim Weddings to Sikh Weddings to Christian Weddings to Hindu Weddings.
This seems to have been a topic in many forums, with wedding photographers firm on each side.
There are photographers who believe that the Minister’s wishes for his / her church are paramount, and will happily sit at the back of a church for the whole ceremony, and only get shots when he bride is walking in, walking out and signing the register, which is what is allowed by that Minister.
There are other photographers who believe that their clients (the Bride and Groom) wishes are paramount, and if they want images of their ceremony, even if that means going against the Minsters wishes, so be it
I genuinely find that many couples do not know that some churches do not allow Wedding Photography or are not friendly to Wedding Photography at their venue. I photograph a lot of Asian Weddings where it is common for at least 4 photographers and cinematographers to be at one wedding, but not uncommon for their to be as many as 8 staff capturing the day.
So what are the reasons for this, these have been ‘reasons’ we have been given:
1. Some cite over zealous previous photographers, rolling on the floor etc to take photos, I have never personally seen this, or know any photographers that have personally seen this at a wedding, and I have a lot of photographers in my circles. I have however seen these clips on YouTube
2. The couple need to concentrate on the vows they are making before God. You have to question if having pictures taken make them think any less about what they are undertaking.
3. It distracts the guests / couple. Wedding Photography and Cinematography are now such a normal part of a Wedding Day, again I would question who it distracts. I know that when I photograph weddings, I wear soft loafer shoes (as do my other staff), and dress in all black, a ninja would be hard pressed to be more slight than me. I find guests phones pinging, children crying in church, and guest photographers with iPhones and iPads that need to go right up to the Bride and Groom to get a shot, much more distractive.
4. The couple will remember it better if they concentrate on what is happening. I find that for many brides especially the day goes by in whirlwind, they have been planning their wedding day for years, and before they know it, their wedding day is over. So what do they have to remember their wedding day by? Their Wedding Photography and Wedding Cinematography.
5. It is Gods House and it is disrespectful for be snapping away or moving about the place. Some churches stream church services, some churches have no problem with wedding photography, so it makes you question what is it about the churches that do not see it in this way? We live in a world documented by images, and sharing so many parts of our lives. Imagine one of …if not the biggest day of your life, and whole chunks of it are missing, because the minister was not happy with it? In fact you have more photos from your works trip to Nandos than you do of your wedding ceremony?
6. Data Protection (especially when signing the register). Is the data that is being protected the data of the Bride and Groom whose wedding you are photographing for them? of them signing a register that later becomes a publicly available document that can be looked up in any library or obtained online for a few pounds? This month we photographed a Wedding at the fantastic New Testament Church of God (George Street Church whose Minister suggested a shot where the Bride and Groom hold up their register towards the camera to get a shot.
7. We simply do not allow it! No Photography in Church please! The couple have paid for a photographer to deliver a service. The couple have paid to have their wedding at a church and a Minster deliver a service. If one obstructs the other and stops them delivering that service, are they doing the best for their customer? The Bride and Groom. The guests on the other hand, can snap away at any point, and more than a few with have DSLR cameras …. for all of us at Lensi, the Wedding is always about the Bride and Groom, we will advise so that they get the best from their day, and always do our best for them.
Now this is not meant to sound like a moan about churches, we have worked with some fantastic Ministers and Churches, in fact most of them have been, but just a short post for you to consider when choosing a church for your Wedding Day. It is something most Brides and Grooms do not know, so its useful information. This has genuinely only happened at weddings I have photographed a few times, but when it has happened the Bride and Groom were not made aware of this rule about wedding photography.
Their photographer has either had to ignore the Minsters wishes, much to their disdain. Debate with the Minster, again also much to their disdain, or not get any pictures during their ceremony, only images of them coming into church, walking back up the aisle, and signing the register! And thats it!
So when you are looking at a venue for your Wedding Photography, consider all the things you normally would for your wedding day. The sentimental links that church may have to your family, its location, how beautiful it looks, if it can hold all of your weddings guests, how far it is for you to travel….and also if they have problems with photography!
If you are happy with limited images during your ceremony, none of the guests or mom and dad smiling or crying during the service, no close ups of the special moment when a ring is placed on a finger, none of the bride looking into the yes of the groom or vice versa, this is fine.
If not think about asking the question on their approach to photographers in the ceremony! And decide if you want photography or not, it may be such an issue where you have to consider changing your venue (if you want Wedding Photography!)
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UK Based Destination Wedding Photographer
If you are looking for UK based Destination Wedding Photographer, to travel to cover your wedding internationally, then look no further than Lensi Photography.
We have covered weddings, pre and post wedding shoots in many countries with the furthest away being 6,500 miles away in Rwanda, Africa. If you are marrying abroad or living outside the UK we can still photograph your wedding.
This is a short blog about being a UK Based Destination Wedding Photographer covering a Destination Wedding in Africa.
So you are looking for that special wedding photographer to photograph your wedding, but they are based in another country from you, is this a problem? For most photographers this is not problem, as it wasn’t for us. It may cost you a bit more, but you will be getting exactly the people you want to document your wedding and create the images you want to remember your day by.
How to choose you wedding photographer
see our blog post on this Choosing your wedding photographer
For the photographer – What to bring?
You will have to travel a bit lighter than when you are covering a wedding at home, but travelling with a good airline will allow for a decent baggage allowance. Put anything you need, can be broken easily and cannot do without in your hand luggage. You have to allow for your baggage not arriving, and IF it does not, what do you deliver to your client? Not all countries have easily available shops that equipment can be rented from. This is exactly what happened to us (but that story is for later). Between the first and second photographer we bought, four bodies, 8 lenses, a range of flashes, umbrella, batteries, video lights, boom arm, and reflectors. For a wedding in the same country would carry Quadra Ranger Packs and Ice Lights (but as all of these looks could be replicated with other lights) we opted not to carry these.
Preparation – before the wedding
Being a UK based destination wedding photographer, all the normal pre planning is required, and possibly meetings over Skype. In addition to this you may have to get additional jabs that you may need to factor into your wedding expenses. We had to get Yellow Fever vaccination at £70 so not cheap.
Some countries will need you to state that you are going there to work, which may cause some extra administration and incur extra money and problems. some countries also do not allow you to do jobs as a foreign person that can be delivered by their own citizens, such as Canada. This is all worth checking out before you travel.
Plan B, C and D
As you are UK based working in another destination will mean that you do not have easy access to your usual back ups should something go wrong, so have a plan B, C and D. Ours was to travel with four bodies, in hand luggage, and only to have reflectors and stands on the main suitcases. Very lucky considering as the lead photographer, my cases did not arrive! And did not arrive until the day we were returning home, I literally went to the airport collected them from arrivals, walked to the other part of the airport and checked them back in to come home. But due to pre planning our client we still able to receive a quality product. Hiring Equipment in Rwanda is impossible, equipment is expensive so very precious to local photographers, and has to come all the way from South Africa or further afield. We needed to borrow a reflector, and ended up hiring one from a local studio twice the price of the cost of buying one in the UK.
Leading Up To The Wedding
Rwanda and Kigali was not what we expected, but getting to know the area a little before the wedding, gave us time to plan for pre / post wedding shoots should there be time. Our couple were extremely busy people, and this was always only a possibility even though we are in the country for a week. It is a beautiful country, although most people still (20 years later) only associate it with the Rwanda Genocide.
I had the opportunity to go Gorilla Trekking with Wild Gorilla’s (6 feet away from a wild silverback and its family Gorilla in the Wild by Lensi Photography visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and got to experience a side of Africa that we are rarely shown in the Western World, beautiful homes, trendy wine bars, posh restaurants, thriving town city centres, with sky scraper buildings, and lets not forget the motorbike taxi’s….which were scary for a car driver, but very economical!
On the Day of the Wedding
Rwanda Weddings are very similar to Indian Weddings in many respects. Much of the ceremony involved the families, gifts are exchanged between families, outfits are very similar, there are even ceremonies involving milk. As in any other wedding ensure everything is charged up and your back ups at hand in cars / rooms nearby if possible.
As our luggage did not arrive, we were not dressed as appropriately as we could be… however the most important thing was creating the images we had been hired to create!
After the Wedding
The issue of how to get your products to your couple. We use online viewing platforms for the images, and biased via Skype and whatsapp. Postage of our album would cost about £50 but our couple travel so frequently that we were able to meet them in Birmingham and hand their album to them in person.
If you are looking for a UK based Photographer to cover your destination wedding, look no further than Lensi Photography.