Aside from being a food and photography fanatic, I, Nadine, am a WEDDING ADDICT. Yup… Anything wedding related, my ears prick up and I start scanning the room for the source.
“What? Wedding dress? Where? Shoes… with WHAT diamonte’ed on the soles? Oh fabulous, I love peonies too, which other flowers will you have at your wedding? OOOhhhhh red velvet cake.. Yumm… By the way, I have a fabulous friend, ZuZu Cakes, she makes the absolute tastiest cakes known to man/woman! That’s coming from someone with a savoury tooth, mind you….yadda yadda yaddahhh.”
As a Wedding Photographer I get to live vicariously through other couples and find ways to not only create a memorable photographic experience for them, but to also leave them with a set of memories which will make their hearts pump chocolate as much as mine does for photography and all things love and wedding related.
Over the last couple of years we have seen trends turn in to fads and then turn into trends again. Vintage themed weddings have been extremely popular over the last two years. More couples opt for quirky and unique over traditional and classic. Vintage still has a place within the wedding industry however, couples are now opting for something a bit “different”, whilst requesting to keep imagery bright, airy and natural looking.
Often brides and grooms are encouraged to have their wedding photographs submitted to wedding blogs and magazines for publishing. In order to get published, photographs have to be unique, consistent and showcase LOTS AND LOTS of small details dotted around the venue, on the bride and groom etc. Anything that will provide inspiration to other brides should be photographed. Anything you’d like to be posted and shared on Pinterest even!
Blogs and bridal magazines are all looking for a something a little different. Anything to inspire their readers. Of course in an ideal world, photographers would have plenty of time available just before the reception to capture each and every detail at the venue, however the reality is a bit different.
NB*If you would like your wedding to be featured in blogs and magazines around the world, make sure you and your photographer agree and set out enough time in the day to get these shots done. If your wedding is heavy on the decor, your photographer would need at least 30 minutes (before guests arrive) to capture everything they need and then focus on you and your guests for the remainder of the day. Aside from the possibility of having YOUR wedding published, you’ll have the added bonus of getting to appreciate and enjoy all your creative input for years to come, as EVERY detail would be captured.
Over the last couple of years, Rock and Roll Bride‘s popularity has skyrocketed as she tapped into a growing niche market of tattooed brides and grooms opting for non-traditional and edgy weddings. As an example, a more modern bride might be very into burlesque and vintage whilst her hubby to be, might be more influenced and motivated by rock music and motorcycles… As mentioned before, it’s all about the details and now more than ever couples find unique ways to produce weddings that are well thought out, have a consistent theme/story and showcase what’s unique to them as a couple.
You might even find a few couples walking down the isle with their pets this year, or having custom cake toppers made of them with their dog.
Professional Wedding photographer in London, Fiona Campbell predicts that books will be coming into their own this year, proving to be more popular again. “Storybooks will gain more impact because they are more permanent, more tactile, more real”
Fiona says that for 2012 she’s offering all her clients a personalised website where they can not only view their wedding images but also invite their friends to upload theirs. This means that everyone can share and order the prints that they want, directly from the website.
“It’s an ongoing service, so the couple can keep uploading pictures of holidays or Christmas every year and they don’t have to worry about endlessly collating pictures. If they want to order an album or some prints I can take care of that for them too. All their photo needs are finally taken care of, forever…”
“Since the end of last year, I’ve noticed a real move on some of the better wedding blogs by some great photographers towards cleaner whites and fresher colours”
– “Around the corner” rather than “first look”
– Electronic delivery of images (Cloud hosted)
– Engraved iPad wedding albums ^_^
– Panoramic wedding portraits with every guest in the photo
– Photo booths
– Details of accessories and decor
– Groups jumping