Tip Of The Week

How to Choose the Right Wedding Photographer

Photography by: Ricardo

Photography by: Ricardo

Ensuring you have the right wedding photographer for your wedding is a key part of the planning process. It is just as important as choosing the right venue, the perfect dress or the right cake. But unlike the cake and your wedding flowers, the photographs from your wedding day live forever. You need someone who matches your tastes, loves your setting and is artistic and creative enough to capture even the smallest details of your day. Take a read through our tips on finding the best wedding photographer.

1.       View their work

It’s important you get a sense of the different venues they have done work in. Are you looking to use a forest as a setting?  Is your wedding on a beach? Make sure that the photographers have done work in a similar setting that your wedding will be in. Be sure to go through their social media profiles, especially Instagram and Facebook profiles to see if you are happy with their work.

2.       Choose your styles

Make sure your photographer understands what type of styles you are trying to portray through your setting. Are you looking for a modern style, a classic style or a vintage style? Are you looking to have a lot of posed pictures or do you want to create different settings that appear to be candid? Work with the photographer to see what you can create together.

3.       Ask to see a full portfolio

Take a good, hard look through the photos they provide you with a critical eye. Was the photographer able to capture people’s emotions? Was the photographer able to capture the moment when the bride and groom first locked eyes with each other? Be aware of good composition, any blurriness and the lighting situation.

4.       Make sure you like them on a personal level

You want a photographer who you understand, while at the same time, knowing they understand you as well. When you are contacting them initially, be ready to share your vision for the occasion and show your excitement and personality. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this person on the most intimate day of your life. Be sure trust is established between you two and your partner.

5.       Agree on all details

It’s important to make sure all details are final, right down to the date you will be receiving all of the photographs from your wedding day. Do you want large prints, digital copies, a picture album, or all of the above? Do you want edited photos or originals? Make sure you go over all of this with your photographer prior to the wedding day to make sure you both are on the same page.

6.       Testimonials

You want to be certain that other people were more than satisfied with their wedding photos and enjoyed working with your wedding photographer. It would also be great to see testimonials about a similar wedding to yours, whether that be a destination wedding, beach wedding or a similar style to yours. You can even ask your photographer for more photos from that particular wedding in order to get a full sense of the occasion.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Toronto, Vancouver, London, be sure to take a look at our work and contact us to learn more about how we can capture the beauty of your day.


Tip Of The Week: How To Prepare For Your Wedding Photo Shoot

We’ve created a guideline to help you prepare for your wedding photo shoot! Now, these are just guidelines, it’s up to you to choose which tips apply to you.

2-3 months before photo shoot

·         Ensure the location of the shoot is available, either via permit or booking.

·         Are you wearing your wedding dress for your photo shoot, or are you getting a photo shoot gown? Be sure to be aware of the length of your dress in comparison to the settings in which the shoot takes place.

·         Apply facial masks regularly if you don’t already do so. It’s also good to go for facials.

·         Schedule your manicure if you intend to get one.

·         Schedule a hair appointment (cut, dye, etc) to ensure you know what length and color your hair will be at the time of the shoot.

·         If you intend on dyeing your hair a colour you aren’t used to, go for it around this time to make sure you know how to get it right.

Two to Three weeks before photo shoot

·         Be sure to apply facial masks daily

·         Avoid activities that can cause sunburn

·         Ask a friend if they can be a helper for you on photo shoot day, as it’s often helpful to have an extra set of hands to help for wardrobe, etc.

One week before photo shoot

·         Prepare an emergency kit to take with you on photo shoot day. You can use the same kit for wedding day.

·         Touch up your roots

Two or Three days before photo shoot

·         If you are doing your own make up, do a practice trial.

·         Remember to do your daily masks.

·         Get rid of unwanted hair (touch up eyebrows, etc).

Photo shoot Day

·         Remember to bring along your emergency kit.

·         Wash your make up off quickly afterwards if possible, as well as condition and shampoo your to get rid of hairspray, etc.

Your Emergency Kit

·         Bring all receipts and permits, depending on location.

·         Bottle of water with a straw

·         Extra flip flops or shoes. Your high heels will usually be covered by your dress.

·         Band-aids; in case your heels leave you a blister

·         Stockings

·         Eye drops

·         Tissues

·         Portable fan need be

·         Umbrella

·         Examples of any ideal poses

·         Props and Rings(Proposal Ring, Wedding Rings, pillows, etc)

·         Small snacks

·         Makeup remover and cotton balls

·         Safety pins

·         Black & White Socks

·         Sunblock and bugspray

If you are looking for a wedding photographer, contact Pink Daisy Weddings and let us capture the beautiful moments of your wedding day.

Tip Of The Week - Choosing Your Wedding Date

As you might imagine Spring/ Summer is the most popular time of the year in the Western Hemisphere to get married, and August is by far the busiest month.  At Pink Daisy we book 3x as many weddings in the month of August alone as we do any other month of the year!

Such a busy month translates to less availability for venues, your favourite Pink Daisy Photographers, caterers, florists, you name it... and because many vendors can only be at one wedding at a time on any given August weekend, they may even charge more than their regular rate during this popular month.

So if you still have your heart set on an August wedding we recommend to book early!  Many of our brides are booking their wedding photographers up to 18 months in advance now, and the venues even before that.

How are money concious couples still getting their dream wedding but saving a little?  Weddings during the low season ( Oct- April ) and even mid-week weddings are now becoming more popular.  Most wedding vendors will even give a discount for weddings Mon- Thurs.  And the best bit?  You can spend that extra money on a dream honeymoon or that ultimate dress!