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How to Get the Best from your Wedding Photographer

For this week’s guest post I enlisted the help of the lovely David McNeil. As someone I’ve known for years (like before either of us ventured into this wedding world!) I know from first hand experience that his advice is killer…and damn it, he’s always right! This week, he talks to us about how you can get the very best from your wedding photographer.

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So, you’ve booked a kick-ass photographer for your wedding and you’re confident they are going to produce a set of images that you’re going to be looking at for years to come.  Can you just sit back, relax, and let them get on with the job?  Sure, of course you can – but when you come to planning your day there are a few things you might want to consider to help your photographer really capture the images you have booked them for.

1) Insist on a pre-wedding shoot

A pre-wedding shoot takes place a couple of months before the wedding and is a great opportunity to start building a relationship with your photographer.  On my pre-wedding shoots I experiment with different ways of directing you, positioning you, and what kind of things I need to say to capture the most natural shots I can.  At the end of it you’ll know that having your photograph taken really isn’t that scary, so when it comes to the actual day you can be fully relaxed for the photographs.

2) Consider a “first-look” and pre-ceremony photographs

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Under the Spotlight – Konfral.com

I was lucky enough to meet Konrad Dziedzic aka Konfral a few weeks ago when he offered to come and shoot my with my lovely Restoration Cake cake which was made to celebrate the launch of the new look Rock n Roll Bride. Here’s the man behind those shots…in his own words.

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Konrad Dziedzic, a.k.a. “Konfral” and I’m a lifestyle, portrait and wedding photographer. You can catch up with me on Twitter @konfral and see my latest work on www.weddingshire.co.uk or www.konfral.com 

Where are you based and what cities/countries are you available to for work in?
I’m currently based in Chiswick, West London and I’m more than happy to travel across the UK and Europe for a good photo opportunity. I was fortunate enough to visit and shoot at some breathtaking locations while working for a major cruise ship company, and I’m always on the lookout to add to that list. I am originally from Poland, and this is where I first started in the wedding photography industry, back in 2001. Although I’ve been living and photographing in the UK for a couple of years now, I still get to photograph weddings “back at home”. The ability to speak both lingos makes me a preferred choice for mixed Polish-British couples, too.

Who/what are your biggest influences? Who do you really admire?
The list of amazing photographer I look up to is quite long, but let’s just mention Jasmine Star for what she achieved through blogging and Marta Potoczek and Bartosz Jastal for taking Polish wedding photography industry to the next level.

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Under the Spotlight – Nick Tucker Photography

Today I’m chatting to a photographer whose style is classically elegant with a fashion-led twist. Nick Tucker’s unobtrusive ethos would be the perfect accompaniment to a really awesome and and Rock n Roll wedding and I just know he’d capture it in the way it truly deserves to be shown. I am a great believer that wedding photography should be beautiful and classic (as well as awesome of course!) It should echo the mood and feeling of the day and not dictate the the day in any way.

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Nick Tucker and I’m a wedding photojournalist.

Where are you based and what cities/countries are you available to for work in?
I’m based in East London, but I’m more than happy to travel pretty much anywhere for the right wedding.  Just recently I shot a wedding in Sicily.

Who/what are your biggest influences? Who do you really admire?
The list of photographers I admire is pretty vast.  Henri Cartier Bresson, of course.  Diane Arbus.  Nan Goldin.  Steve McCurry.  Helmut Newton.  All very different, but all with very distinctive styles that really bring out the personalities of their subjects.

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Under the Spotlight – Lauren McGlynn Photography

Originally from Austin, Texas photographer Lauren McGlynn has just moved over to Aberdeen, Scotland. Oh you lucky lucky Scottish brides! Excited about her move to our side of the pond Lauren told me how much she is looking forward to living and exploring this side of the Atlantic and so is not only waiving all travel fees for UK weddings booked in 2010 but will offer 20% off all her packages when you quote ‘RocknRollBride’ when you contact her.  Take advantage of this fantastic offer by dropping Lauren an email right now!

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Lisa Devlin

I wanted to start this week’s post with a huge thank you to every single one of you for your kind words and comments on my ‘How to…not be a blogging pushover’ post. To everyone that stuck up for me and shared your love and passion for my little website – well wow, I’ve literally been blown away.

I decided to share this story with you today because I think it can only add further proof of my love of all my sponsors, of how they make my world go round and of my genuine feelings towards them (and theirs to me it would seem!) UK photographer Lisa Devlin has been a sponsor of Rock n Roll Bride for the past few months. Not only has this got her many a Rock n Roll wedding booking, but it has provided me with more eye candy to blog than I could ask for! With Lisa’s approval I wanted to share this card I received in the post this week. She also send me a little bag of treats including a Tatty Devine necklace! She knows me so well!

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A Rock n Roll Night Out

I love meeting people. I love gossipping, chatting and planning new ideas and projects. About every 6 months I try to organise a little get together for a few people I know. They have been great so far for getting people together to not only meet for the first time but to put some time aside to catch up with old friends. The latest meet, last Tuesday was the most successful one yet! There was a huge turn out (considering last time there were about 5 of us!) and the whole night flew by way too quickly!

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