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3 Tips for Grooms

Category: Wedding

It is true the bride is the main focus of the wedding day. Everybody is curious to see how beautiful the bride is, what type of dress she has shown, what she has done with her hair and how she is shining. That doesn't mean the groom should not be in the lime light as well. In fact I encounter a lot of grooms on their wedding day that can benefit from this post.

1. The Suit

It sounds strange especially when most grooms choose for a tailored suit but a lot of grooms wear a suit that is to tight. When I ask a groom to sit or squat down they can't do so comfortably and tell me the suit is to tight. When selecting a suit it is far better to choose pants that have a loser fit and actually need a belt than a pair of pants that is tight at the seems. The same applies to the length of the pants that are in general to long. Most grooms do not wear a suit often but when you try on a suit squat down and sit down as well and see if it feels comfortable.

2. Phone, wallet, etc.

I am always suprised to see grooms who put keys, a (thick) wallet, a phone or all of the above in their pants pocket. This doesn't benefits anybodies silhouet I can tell you that. If you have to take a wallet or phone along with you put it in the inside pocket of your jacket. But best is to leave them at home. Let everybody call your best man and make sure everything is payed for in advantage or let all money related things be taken care of so you can look sharp in your suit.

3. Shoes

If you are not used to walk in dress shoes and you buy nice pair of leather shoes be aware that you have to break them in wll in advance of the wedding day. Do not wait to wear them on your wedding day for the first time. You might get sore feet or are slipping and slding on all those shiny floors.



PhotoGalaxgraphy

Category: Photography

A while back I replaced my cherised Nokia E71 after 6 years of good service. In this time and age it is unthinkable to have a phone this long but I did. It was not yet a smart phone but I could go on the internet, read email, photograph, Facebook and importantly make calls. The battery would live for 4 days easy but after an update of the hosted exchange server the phone whould not store my email. So I decided it was time to retire my phone and look for a new one. The contest was between the iphone and the Galaxy. I love my Macbook Pro but for some reason I was not commited to buy the iPhone. One important prerequisite I had was the possibility to read books on my phone and the Galaxy S4 provided that option. The screen is big enough to read of.

So I went out and got the Galaxy S4. At first me and the phone were not friends. Basic things just worked differently and the battery was empty within a day (what?!). So I went through the internet finding ways to reduce battery usage and learn my phone and I think we have become friends. Reading books is so easy on the phone and I love the camera that is inside. Instead of taking the big camera with me or a small camera I can easily leave them at home. I might think about this differently after a while but for now the camera is a great alternative for snap shots.

Take a look at some images I shot with the Galaxy S4 these past few months.



Landgoed Groenedaal Family session

Category: Family | Photography

Toady the whole serie of the sweet family session. Landgoed Groenedaal is ideal for a family, engagement of wedding portraits. The estate is beautiful and with these Autumn colors even better. It is big enough to walk around and find locations. We had a small tour of the premises and found so great spots.

The family selected colorful clothing with completed the images.



Landgoed Groenedaal Preview Family session

Category: Family | Photography

We met a couple of years ago when Monica was the coordinator at a wedding we photographed. As her mother wanted a family photoshoot our path crossed but it took a long time before we finally aligned our agenda's. But recently we set a date. The family suggested Landgoed Groenedaal that has small forest surrounding it. With the leafs in Autumn colors the images turned out colorful as we hoped.

Today a preview of this family session. The whole family was great, they joked made fun of each other and laughed through out the session as true models on this shoot.



What you can do with your engagement images

ngagement sessions become more and more common and popular. Couples see the benefit of having this session prior to their wedding day to get to know the photographer, to feel more confident in front of the camera and to get beautiful images. But what can you do with this nice set of images and not only store them in a computer?

Today blog post will help you get more out of your images and enjoy them every day.

Get a signing album for you wedding

Why buy a standard simple book to have your friends and family sign with their best wishes? You can get a custom designed album just for you that not only show cases your engagement images but make it even more special with all of the messages your love ones want to give you.

Invitation

Custom is the word. Couples want to stand out, be different and not have something of the shelves. Personalised invitations or save the dates are a great way to use your images for. Ask your photographer about the options to have your own invitations.

Off the wall

That white wall would look really great with one of your images on canvas, plexiglas, acryl or wood. There are a lot of options to show case your favorite image. Size matters so choose a big size canvas because small on large walls tend to disappear.

Personalised app

A lot of photographers offer the images via a personalised app for your phone or ipad. That way you always have you images with you. In an online gallery app your images look just as good as in an album so ask your photographer about the possibilites.



An apple a day

Category: Personal

This past Spring the apple trees were covered in blossom, white and pink. It took a while before the first apples showed but I payed little attention to it because normally the birds are the first to eat them all. But maybe there were to many apples for the birds because when november rolled around the trees where still covered in lot's and lot's of apples.

So I climbed the latter and got as many of the apples I could get. Biologically grown for the best result, their taste was full and rich but there were just to many to eat. So my mother turned this sac full of apples them into apple sauce and apple pie. I love the color of them and grabbed my camera for some images.

Happy fall.



One year ago today Schiedam Wedding Kriszta + Myrko

Category: Photography | Wedding

Thinking back on this wedding makes me smile. We were refered by one of my clients and it was all very short notice as the bride was just out of the hospital after an operation and they would leave to move to the other side of the world shortly after. But it was still a great wedding day and this time it was held in a windmill where Kriszta and Myrko said 'I do' to each other. A year has passed and I hope it has been a great first year for these two.

Congratulations!



Selecting you album images - 3 tips

Category: Albums | Wedding

Even though not every couple decides to get one I think every wedding deserves an album. Just like with every childhood album you might not look at it every day but opening up your book every now and then really is fun to look back and see the images. It just is different to see it in book than on your laptop.

But how do you select the images for your wedding album in today's blog three tips.

1. Tell the story

When you receive a couple of hundred images how do you select the images for the album? I am a big believer in having my couples select the images and add images that I think should be included but the images that mean the most to the couple should be featured in their album. Moments that my couples find important might be different than what I would select. Look for images that tell your story and take moments from every part of the day. Try to limit selecting images that look similar. Choose the one that speaks to you the most. As a photographer I try to do this already when selecting the images but when reducing images that go in the album look this applies even more.

2. Look for details

Combine images of people with images of detail. Images we capture always include a lot of details and when creating an album this adds to the variety of the album. Especially if you have invested a lot of time and resources on details make sure they are featured.

3. Less is more

In a thirty page album I advise my couples to select about forty to fifty images. In my experience albums become more beautiful to watch and enjoy if they are not overcrowded. So even if you would like to put every image in your album be selective and choose the ones you love the most.



Lovely magazine

Category: Photography | Wedding

With the fall in full swing and lots of rain and wind it is an excellent time to cuddle up near a fire and read a beautiful magazine. I love the Wedding notebook and they have a new installment available. So take a look at all the pretty they are sharing here.

 



3 things to consider when choosing your getting ready location

Category: Photography | Wedding

The getting ready part of the wedding day might be one of the most fun moments of the day. Everything is about to unfold, some brides are nervous and panick at every turn where other bride are the calmness self. A lot of brides choose their getting ready location with sentimental reasons like the room they grew up. Other choose a suite in a hotel room while others get ready in their own home.

With a lot of family and friends present here three things consider when you choose your getting ready location.

Consider the size of the location you are getting ready in

Especially when you want images of the getting ready part of the day choose a location that has enough space. If you have a make up artist, a hairdresser, girl friends, mother a childhood room can grow crowded very fast. Choose a location that is not to tight, that allows all of the people present to walk around including a photographer and a videographer if you have one.

Consider a room that has larg windows to provides enough day light

Images are light and so have plenty of light helps create beautiful images. If windows with harsh direct light it might help to cover them with sheer curtains to filter the light into the room. With lot's of natural light there is no need to use artifical light, lamps or a flash which benefits the end result.

Consider a neutral location

Put a lot of girls together and before you know it you will have a mountain of stuf in one place. When choosing your getting ready location consider a room that has a neutral background if it is an option e.g. choose a room in a hotel. Hotels usually have clear and clean backgrounds that do not draw a lot of attention and puts the bride into the spot light.

If you choose a bedroom e.g. take a look at distracting elements and remove them from view. You will be so happy to see a clean background in your images.