Your photos and films are a precious  keepsake from one of the most important days of your life that can help you to relive and feel the emotions, recount the tearful and joyous moments, and share with the family for years to come and pass along to future generations. Whether you’re in the early stages of your wedding planning and are looking for a perfect photographer or videographer, or are looking for top tips to get the best results, you’ve come to the right place. We talk to Kylie Jade Photography and Storybox Films to gather their top tips. With their years of experience in capturing weddings and their calibre of work, it’s one not to miss. 

A little disclosure: these guys were my photographers and filmmakers and I truly believe they are experts in industry which is why I reached out to them for this piece.

A timeless look and feel 

As you’ve probably noted through your wedding research, there are always ‘wedding trends’ to follow. When it comes to the look and feel of your day, including theming, colours and styles, think about how you want your day to be reflected in 10, 20, 30 plus years. Be sure to have a good rummage through portfolios and old photos of past weddings to get a feel for how the styles hold up. 

Be sure to ask about the equipment

Digital technologies are constantly being developed and new advancements can quickly date your pictures and film. Most films, for example, will be shot at HD 1080p. However,  4K technology is available and is more mainstream; films, games and videos are all now shot in 4K, most TVs on market are 4K too. So if you’re planning on making the leap to 4K or already have, ensuring your videographer works with 4K can help enhance your viewing experience and help to future proof your memories.  We’re constantly researching the latest technologies and trialing new equipment to ensure we’re consistently able to deliver the best results for our clients. Don’t hesitate to ask about the specific equipment your prospective photographer or filmmaker will be using. 

Meet with and get to know your photographer

A face to face consultation is always an important first step. This gives us both a chance to get to know one another, find out more about the styles and feel you’re hoping to achieve, and how our services can compliment that. It’s also really important to see how we get along. We’re there to capture the most intimate moments and  want you to feel comfortable with us and us with you. 

If distance is a barrier, a virtual meeting is ideal. 

If you’re someone who  dislikes having their photo taken, if you feel like your photographer is a stranger, you may feel more tense. Having a couple of consultations; an introduction and a pre-wedding catch-up, can help you to feel more relaxed and at ease and therefore allow for the best moments to be captured.

Editor note: something I wholly recommend- being in the camp of hating my picture being taken and having a ‘good side’, is organising an engagement or pre-wedding shoot with your photographer. Getting to spend those few hours in a location special to us, gave us some fantastic moments with photos to cherish, and even better ones on the actual day. We got to feel really at ease and comfortable with Kylie, meaning that we could be our most intimate selves around her effortlessly. 

Don’t be afraid to challenge your photographer and/or videographers expertise

Hiring your photographer and videographer can be a chunky size of your budget but there are lots of creators out there that charge qualified rates but have limited experience, expertise or don’t have appropriate insurance. They’ve often pursued a passion and learned on the job. 

Be sure to ask your photographer and videographer about their education, expertise, and their experience; ask to see their portfolios with a variety of settings and time of year, and make enquiries if they’ve shot at your chosen venue and have examples you can see. Testimonials can also be extremely helpful and they can often point you in the direction of feedback. 

Don’t be embarrassed to ask, if they’re confident in their expertise, they’ll be only too happy to answer. 

The little touches

We’re all about capturing those special moments and details, from the fragrance and jewellery you wear to the first-look between the bride and groom. Having been a part of plenty of weddings, we can help make recommendations on the moments you may like to have. Equally, if you have moodboards, particular shots you want to capture, or any requirements we need to bear in mind, don’t hesitate to ask.  

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