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Wedding Photography Tips for Brides

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Making decisions about your wedding photography and your wedding photographer are very important parts of planning a wedding. Although you will always have memories of your most important day, wedding photographs visually document the event for a lifetime.Here are some wedding photography tips that will help you make good decisions to ensure your wedding photos turn out exactly as you want them.Tip #1: When is it time to think about wedding photography?The time to think about your wedding photography depends on how long it is to your wedding date. In the United States, the average time of an engagement before marriage is approximately 18 months. Using this average, you need to start thinking about hiring a professional wedding photographer about a year before the wedding.Tip #2: Why do you need to hire a wedding photographer early on in the wedding planning?Wedding photographers are very busy people and they have to schedule their work well in advance. You want to be sure that the photographer of your choice is available on the day of your wedding.Tip #3: Do you need to hire a wedding photographer, or can you hire any professional photographer?It is always preferable to hire a photographer who specializes in weddings. The reason for this is because s(he) has experience with such occasions and knows when and where all the traditional shots should be taken.Professional wedding photographers also have many creative surprises up their sleeves – from unique uses for indoor and outdoor lighting, different exposures, contrasts, and special lenses.Tip #4: How do you find a good professional wedding photographer?Most brides do not have a clue as to where to find a good professional wedding photographer – and for good reason – most have never needed one before.Ask your married friends for referrals. You can also get recommendations from the caterer, the ceremony and reception sites coordinators, your wedding planner, as well as from the equipment rental company you are using.Before making your final choice of wedding photographers, set a time to meet with them. Look at their portfolios and very importantly see if you get along. Does s(he) seem personable, flexible, and organized?Tip #5:  What other photographs do you want?Consider what photographs you want taken other than at the wedding ceremony and reception. A few possibilities are:
  • Engagement photo for newspaper announcement
  • Studio wedding portrait photo a few days before the wedding (with or without the groom)
  • Pre-ceremony photos of getting ready for the wedding
  • Pre-ceremony photos with family, wedding party, and possibly the groom
  • Congratulations and (last tip) remember to have a lot of fun. The wedding is your special day and your photos will reflect how beautiful you are, inside and out.
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Photo tips and top 10 destinations for spring wedding photography in Colorado

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Spring is a wonderful time of year to get married -- temperatures are warming and trees and flowers are in bloom – the perfect time for new beginnings. According to Denver wedding photography expert Matt Kelly of Ambisuite Weddings, “Each season has its own unique beauty, and photographing a wedding in any given season has its special challenges. Spring, however, is a breathtaking time for taking wedding photographs.”Tips for beautiful springtime wedding pictures:Whether you are holding your spring wedding indoors or outdoors, the wedding photographer should know how to use spring as the backdrop to enhance your wedding photos.• Before meeting with your wedding photographer, get with your fiancé and members of the wedding party and make a list of the photographs you want him or her to take.• Lighting is the single most important part of photography. Find out when the sun will set on the day of your wedding so that you can ask your wedding photographer to take a lovely pre-sunset photo. Also, ask the photographer what he thinks are the best times (lighting-wise) for photos.• When you meet with your wedding photography expert, be sure to discuss the colors of your wedding and what flowers you intend to use. This will help the photographer visualize some of the shots he or she will take. (See your florist beforehand and ask which flowers are available in springtime.)• If you are having your wedding outdoors, make sure to choose a location that has colorful landscaping. The colors of the flowers and foliage make a fantastic background for wedding photos. In addition, photos in front of trees and gardens give a photograph more perspective and depth.• Even if it is cloudy, still have outdoor pictures taken. The overcast sky softens features and makes for lovely pictures.• If you are having your wedding and/or reception indoors, ask your wedding photographer to take photos near your springtime flower arrangements. The colors of flowers always enhance the beauty of a photograph.• Make sure you are not wearing too much make-up. The best wedding photographers know how to make you look lovely by maximizing lighting techniques.• Remember to smile. That’s the best lighting a wedding photographer needs.Top photographic spring wedding venues in or near Denver:• Emerald Valley Ranch, Colorado Springs, CO• The Chateaux at Fox Meadows, Broomfield, CO• Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens, Denver, CO• Mile High Station, Denver, CO• The Greek Amphitheater, Denver CO• Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO• Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, CO• Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel, Lone Tree, CO• Cherry Creek Marina & Yacht Club, Denver, CO• The Inverness Golf Club, Englewood, CO
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Should my wedding photographer use digital or traditional film?

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DENVER, COLORADO – Among the many questions you need to ask prospective wedding photographers is whether they shoot weddings digitally or with traditional film. There are pros and cons for each type of photographic medium.Denver wedding photography expert Matt Kelly of Ambisuite Weddings said, “When choosing between digital and film, ask yourself what you want your wedding photographs to capture. Then look at the digital and film photography each photographer has taken. You should be able to make your decision then.”Wedding Photographs: digital vs. film resolutionCertainly you will be concerned with the clarity and quality of the final wedding pictures, aka as “resolution”.Resolution of digital photographs is based upon a computer measurement known as pixels –usually the more the merrier. Pixel stands for “PICture Element”. A pixel is a tiny bit of data containing information about a tiny bit of color.Resolution in film images is dependent upon the size of the film being used to record an image, which is measured in millimeters or inches (35 mm, medium or large format).In addition, resolution of both types is based on the quality of the camera, the lenses used, and the film speed (or digital equivalent).Experts agree that for now both options for wedding photography give similar results.The pros of filmAreas where experts say film is superior to digital are:
  • Film has better dynamic range – this means that when a wedding photographer is shooting a bride and groom for example, the contrast between the bright white dress and a black tux will not be a problem. The white won’t overtake the photograph with loss of detail to the black.
  • Film is better for long exposures.
  • The grain of film is more pleasing to some people.
  • Photographers have more control over their shots. Some visual effects, like intentional double-exposures are only possible using film.
  • Some photographers say film is best for quality black and white photographs.
The pros of digitalThere are numerous advantages to using digital film for a wedding photographer.
  • It is less costly since there is no film to purchase.
  • When creating the prints, there is no dust to worry about on negatives.
  • It is not necessary to send anything to a photo lab for development.
  • A photographer can take as many photographs as (s)he wants and doesn’t have to worry about the wedding photography budget.
  • The results are immediate. A photographer can play around with exposures, lighting, etc. and make sure the results come out well.
  • Color pictures can be turned into black and white or sepia-toned photos.
Wedding photography expert Matt Kelly said, “In the end, it may not really matter whether the wedding photographer you hire uses digital or film. If he is an experienced, professional photographer in either or both mediums, you should not have any concerns. ”The final litmus test is this. If you like the feeling, the look, and the competence of a particular photographer’s work, that is the one you should use whether (s)he uses digital or film. A more important distinction you should certainly look out for is that of style_ photojournalism vs. traditional photography. while the experts may be the only ones able to really notice the differences between film and digital, this distinction photography stylehttp://ambisuite.com/traditional-vs-photojournalism photography. while the experts may be the only ones able t
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The difference between wedding photojournalism and traditional wedding photography.

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Denver Colorado− So, what is the difference between modern photojournalism and traditional wedding photography, and which makes better photos for the wedding album. AmbiSuite wedding consultant and photography director, Matt Kelly believes that while these terms are used frequently by photographers, many couples do not really understand the meaning and implications of these two very different approaches to wedding photography. “Photojournalism and traditional photography are technical terms and couples should be fully aware of what they entail. There’s no re-doing your wedding photography once you realize an alternative style would’ve yielded better pictures” says Mr. Kelly.Traditional photographyTraditional photography is still the current global standard when it comes to weddings. It essentially refers to a staged approach. The photographer will ask the couple for various poses and later photograph other significant members of the gathering. This requires a time window allotted specifically to these poses some time during the wedding. Traditional photography is quite customary in some cultures where the photography alone can last an exhausting four hours or longer. Mr. Kelly states “although this approach is extremely tiring and often detracts from the festivities of the special day, the photographs are always exceptionally eye grabbing. I guess culture really takes center stage in the couples’s choice to undergo such an intense photo shoot. Most American couples prefer to be an active member of their own weddings rather than being out in the garden with a photographer while the guests are being entertained.” In other words, the style you adopt really depends on the degree of importance you attribute to the photographs as appose to participating in the wedding.PhotojournalismThis approach is gaining popularity, particularly in the United States. It does however contain the potential of bearing less than perfect wedding photographs. “The poses are just not going to be as good when you’re not ‘posing’,” Matt told us. Photojournalism is the photography style most associated with capturing news, were the goal is to capture an artless incident and to present it unenhanced, just as it occurred.  People typically prefer the sound of natural over staged and so for this reason might chose to have a photojournalistic photo shoot. In reality however it is much easier and much more likely for a photographer to capture a nice smile or romantic kiss when the act is staged and done with the photograph in mind.According to Mr. Kelly, the approach that is most fun that also yields great photos, is to combine the two styles. He said “The couple along with their photographer, should set aside some time during the wedding for absolutely staged pictures. I recommend an alloted two hours for this. The photographer should be attentive the rest of the time, making every attempt to capture delightful moments as they happen. Natural pictures, while difficult to capture, are especially enjoyable.”Learn More:For more information on Denver Wedding photography or AmbiSuite event planning services or to book your event with AmbiSuite now, please visit http://ambisuite.com.About AmbiSuite:AmbiSuite is a world-class leader in wedding photography and wedding planner services. Located in Denver, Colorado, AmbiSuite provides wedding planning services to the state of Colorado, and destination wedding photography to the United States and Canada. AmbiSuite was founded by wedding consultant, Matt Kelly and photographer Megan Kelly.
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Solo photographer vs. two kinds of wedding photography agencies

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Denver, Colorado-When choosing a photography vendor, one has a choice between literally thousands of photography studios, solo photographers, and wedding agencies. Each has its advantages and risks associated. I decided to lay out what I’ve learned as a consultant in the field, having dealt with hundreds of vendors of all kinds. Solo photographerLet’s start with mentioning the advantages of working with a solo or freelance photographer. The most notable advantage is probably that you get to know your photographer on a personal level. After all, your freelance photographer is not going to only be playing the role of photographer, they are the person who picks up the phone the moment you decide to call them, and are in charge of scheduling and other pre-wedding-day consultations and arrangements. They are also typically in charge of all post-wedding production, photo enhancement and editing, album design, shipping and handling − the lot.The disadvantage associated with dealing with a solo photographer is that you risk the quality of post wedding productions and amenities. You definitely want to be able to have a place online where your friends and family can view, order, and print the pictures they like. Some solo photographers offer this, some don’t. Album selection may also be limited with a freelance photographer. They’re a single hand and are going to try to save time in post wedding productions. This may include no photo editing or very little of it.The biggest risk however may come from working with an individual rather than a business. Most freelance photographers will have you write checks to their personal name which is often the same as their business name and website title. You should do a little leg work and be sure that the photographer’s first name and last name is in fact a registered business to protect yourself from legal complications. Internet agenciesPersonal interaction can be important to many couples and it can be at risk when working with larger studios or photography agencies, and especially online agencies. These are the agencies that make you open an account by phone or on their website in order to provide you with a photographer’s profile. Or agencies that hire tens or even hundreds of student photographers to shoot weddings. You’d be surprised to know how many people I know of, who were actually considering one of these businesses for their wedding day. These internet businesses should raise a lot of flags. Sure you may find someone to do your wedding for cheap this way, but is it’s definitely a risk. A local photography teamThey are also agencies, with a world of difference however from the aforementioned. These agencies or studios delegate the task of consultation, secretary, Photography, photo enhancement and design, as well as album printing to a team of specialized individuals. I’d say that this is the wave of the future. Wedding photography is expected to offer more than just a photo shoot for many young couples. A photography team also allows for personal interaction with the photographer as well as the photo shoot coordinator. You get to have a close encounter without sacrificing the amenities.Learn More:For more information on Denver Wedding photography or AmbiSuite event planning services or to book your event with AmbiSuite now, please visit http://ambisuite.com.About AmbiSuite:AmbiSuite is a world-class leader in wedding photography and wedding planner services. Located in Denver, Colorado, AmbiSuite provides wedding planning services to the state of Colorado, and destination wedding photography to the United States and Canada. AmbiSuite was founded by wedding consultant, Matt Kelly and photographer Megan Kelly.
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Denver Photographer Specializes in Winter Weddings

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Matt Kelly, a Denver photographer, explains photographing winter weddings.
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Christmas Wedding Photo Tips

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Denver wedding photographer Matt Kelly gives advice for beautiful Christmas wedding photography.
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Tips on how to be a great wedding photographer

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Wedding photography is a highly specialized talent. Those wedding photographers who are successful in the business understand that their job involves more than being technically proficient and having an artful eye. To be a great wedding photographer involves a variety of skills.There is so much going on before, during and after a wedding, you may feel you need to be in several places at once. Here are a few tips to put you in total control of your participation in such special events.PreparationRalph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.”This is so very relevant to a wedding photographer’s work. The time and effort you put into preparing for the wedding shoot will result in wedding photographs for the new couple to cherish after the wedding. These photos will be passed down through the ages, from generation to generation, as a historical visual diary to be treasured.Meeting with the bride and groomWhen you meet the bridge and groom, be open and welcoming. They may know what they want, but may not know all the right questions to ask.• Discuss their desires. Do they want formal portraits, group shots, special shots? A photojournalistic style? Color and black and white photos?• Ask where they are getting married, and where the reception will be. Some venues have strict rules regarding photography and you’ll want to tell that to the couple in case they are expecting specific photographs you won’t be allowed to take.• Get a feel for the couple and make suggestions based on what you sense about them. Do they seem open to less conventional shots, or do they seem to want the traditional shots.• Let them see your previous work. That will give them idea of what you are capable of creating.Check out the wedding and reception locationPay a visit to the church or wedding hall, as well as the reception site if possible. Note the lighting conditions and check out the angles from which you can take the best photographs. Getting acquainted with the wedding locations is an important part of your preparati