April 24, 2018

Is This What You Want for Your Wedding?

I stumbled onto the following web advertisement while browsing on the internet:

Wedding Photography (Budget) $200 first hour, $100 each additional hour. Basic editing only. $100 deposit to hold date. Semi retired photographer training up coming visual artist in the fine art of photographing that very special day. She will be assisting me. Meal must be provided for any wedding after 5 hours. All images will be provided on CD in 1 week.”

I cannot imagine that a wedding photographer who is serious about his or her work, will offer this kind of service to you as a potential bride. This is the one day that mistakes cannot be afforded as a wedding cannot be repeated. You want the best and you deserve the best.

What is meant by basic editing? Can a photographer be proud of his finished product if only so-called “basic editing” is done. I can only imagine that all the photos are batched and a ‘one size fits all’ approach is followed. The same editing is applied to the photos of your dress than to the photos of the table setting. No wonder that this photographer can give you your images on a CD after a week.

I wonder if this photographer shoots in RAW or in jpg. With only ‘basic editing’ I can imagine that it will be in jpg format. This means that no RAW corrections like camera sharpening, correcting of light balance, etc. can be made. And they are willing to give this to you.

I think that the wedding photography industry really needs some form of regulation to protect the innocent consumer.

The so called BASIC PACKAGE or BUDGET PACKAGE is to the detriment of the industry and clients. There may be exceptions where the photographer’s so called BASIC PACKAGE is of better than average quality, but you will not find that very often.

I’ve seen work on the web where I have asked myself: “How can this person call himself a Wedding Photographer?” I actually wanted to post a bad quality image with this post. But is that me? No, I can’t do that.

Audio Photo-Video’s

Make an Audio Photo-video of Your Wedding Photos:

  • Annemi’s mother watched the APV of her daughter’s wedding with tear-filled eyes.
  • “Wow! Wow! Wow! I did not expect this. I thought you’re gonna send me a slideshow of my wedding photos. This is art!” – Irene Snyman.

Living in the digital era I don’t think there is any better way than an Audio Photo-video to show off your wedding photos to your family and friends.

You can play it on your PC, Mac, iPad, TV and even cellphone. The Audio Photo-video is not too long (10 – 12 minutes) and will hold the attention of your audience. It gives them an overview of the best photos taken on your wedding day – normally from getting dressed, right through to the reception.

Make an Audio Photo-video of Your Wedding Photos

Any Audio Photo-video we release has to be perfect quality. The planning, organizing of the photos and using the appropriate transitions are some of the essential ingredients.

I think that, after watching the following Audio Photo-video’s as well, you will agree that this must be an essential and non-negotiable part of your wedding memories.

You Versus The Royals: How Do You Measure Up?

A lot, and I mean A LOT, has been written and blogged about the royal couple of Britain and their soon-to-be royal wedding.  There are so many fun facts surfacing that I thought it good to stack them up and let you do some measuring yourself!  All the best to Will & Kate (hopefully never plus 8),  and thanks to them for putting weddings into the collective international news spotlight!

Royal Wedding Facts

Ok, here we go – how do you fare against these fun facts?

  1. At 29 Kate is the oldest royal bride ever. Hello!?  What the royals deem as “oldest ever”, society applauds as sensible and mature.  No one wants to recite divorce statistics on a wedding site, but here it is – all studies shows that marriage after 30 has a much bigger chance of success than those that happen in the early 20’s. Statistics can, of course, be proven wrong. Me and René, my wife, got married in our early 20′s and we are still going strong! Would you have been the “oldest royal bride ever”, or did you dodge the bullet?
  2. Most of the people on the invite list have never met Will or Kate.
    1900 guests, and only a couple hundred that is known to the bride and groom!  Maybe they have invited all their Facebook friends.   How does your guest list compare? Do you know most of the people?  Definitely not a royal wedding then!
  3. Really famous people have been left off the list.  They claim it is for security reasons, but what bride wants to be upstaged on her wedding day anyway?  I think it is a very clever idea to invite important people, and not ones that would take the attention away from the bride and groom.  If you could, would Oprah be on your list?
  4. Will & Kate is the first royal couple ever with a pre-nup. As I said before, who wants to think of divorce at a special time like this?  I guess the very public breakups of Will’s father and uncle have finally unmasked the reality of modern marriage. It’s better to have an open dialog about expectations before the big day.  It’s much harder to be that objective when things go wrong.  What’s your position?  Hopeless romantic, or pre-nup savvy?
  5. Kate got her late Mother-in-law’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring
    There are always two parties to the argument, but I think it is absolutely great and special to have a family heirloom as part of the wedding ceremony.  Not everyone has access to such a great tradition, but it might just be worthwhile starting it!  Are you getting married with your mom’s (or mother-in-law’s) wedding ring?  Would you have liked to?
  6. Of the 1900 invited guests, only 600 are invited to stay for lunch.
    Now this I think is a clever idea.  There are always a lot of people that you just cannot afford to invite (taking catering costs into consideration), but how great is it to invite everyone you know to be at the ceremony and only those really close (and that you can afford) to the buffet afterwards!  If the royals can do it, so can we.  What do you think?

Whether you are above or below 30, have your mom’s ring or not, what the royal wedding teaches us is that everyone enjoys a good wedding!  It is truly one of the happiest days you will ever experience and we, as photographers, would like to experience this day with you.  Good luck to Will and Kate, and to the million other couples walking down the isle this year.  Enjoy the big day!


A Scene From The Wedding


Irene grew up in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.  She wanted her wedding pictures to be taken on the beach. When they took me to the beach the day before their wedding, I asked them about people on the beach the following day, a Saturday. Their reply was that I should not worry as the main beach is a couple of kilometers away and it will be deserted.

Arriving the next day was a different story. The beach was crowded and I could not take any pictures there! Off to a deserted railroad station we went and got some stunning couple and entourage photos there.

I promised them that, if they were back on the beach early the next morning, all dressed up, hair done and a redo of the make-up, I would take some pictures. While I was waiting for them on the beach, the rain was pouring down. As they arrived, the rain stopped, and we could do the shoot. The moment we were done it started raining again!

The Setup

Beautiful clouds just after the rain, a beach with some artifacts, a stunning dress and, of course, a beautiful couple!  What more can one asks for.

The Shoot

We took several stunning pictures on the beach, including this one. For the photographers out there, here is the Metadata:

  • Lens: Nikkor VR 18 – 200mm.
  • Focal Length: 36mm.
  • AF-Area Mode: Dynamic.
  • VR: On.
  • Aperture: F5.6.
  • Shutter Speed: 1/600s.
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority.
  • Exposure: -1/3.
  • Metering: Matrix.
  • ISO: 100.
  • Flash: SB900, TTL-BL, Exposure Comp.: 0.
  • Image Data: Color Mode II (Adobe RGB), Captured with low contrast and contrast dramatically increased in pp.