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More Tips for Beach Weddings:Revised

Details: Please confirm with the vendors the exact date, time, and location of the events of the day. Even though it is written on your contract, sometimes things may change. Also make sure that your vendors have your cell phone numbers or the numbers of those who will be in charge. The balance due should also be paid ahead of time, as we do not recommend that you wait until that day to pay the balance. Things are crazy, as you know, on that day, and it just adds to the stress of the day to wait until then. Also remember to secure any necessary permits and license fees associated with getting married on the beach-especially if you are using one of the state or national parks. Many times your vendors, such as your photographers, will need to have business liablity insurance and seperate photography special event permits in order to perform their services on the beach. We strongly recommend hiring a certified wedding planner familiar with the local area, as he or she will know the rules and idiocyncracies of the various beach locations, as well as the local vendors and reception venues. This will alleviate the need for you to have to make several trips to the location ahead of time to meet with vendors, coordinate details, and deal with the stress of making sure that everything is in place by the day of the wedding. After all, this is supposed to be a wonderful and exciting time in your life, and you should not have to worry about details. That is a wedding coordinator’s job.

Time Frame and Locations: We always field the questions, “Well, what if we are getting married in a church but want beach formals, or what if we are getting ready in one place, getting married on the beach, and having our reception in yet another location? Keep in mind that this takes time, so plan accordingly both with the ceremony/reception venue(s) and with the portrait package that you choose. If you did not opt for full day coverage, the time frame is CRITICAL, because although you may think that everything is going to go according to plan and everything is going to be on schedule, it rarely does. If your package only includes 3 hours, then it is 3 hours INCLUDING travel time to get from location to location. During the busy summer months in a beach town traffic and parking are issues. People wrongly assume that they can get from place to place in a few minutes. Even though your destination may only be a few blocks or a few minutes away, tourists drive very slowly, traffic jams are common, and parking is at a premium in some locations (think boardwalk and oceanfront locations). For example, if your ceremony is on the beach somewhere in a busy downtown beach location and your reception is on the outskirts of town, then you need to allow for travel time even though it technically is only maybe a few miles away. Also keep in mind that photographers need time to do all of those “must-have” before and after shots that you will want to remember on your special day. If you are opting for getting ready shots, then PLEASE be ready to be photographed when the photographers arrive. It happens so often that the brides and her bridesmaids are not ready until the last possible minute or the groom and his groomsmen are doing shots out on the balcony in their underwear, and then the photographers have to scramble to get those all-important pre-ceremony formals. It results in everyone getting all flustered and maybe forgetting something they were supposed to bring or wear or do. It usually takes an hour or so to do these, so that means that your hair and makeup should be done and your dress should be ready to be put on by that time because you will be in every shot. After the ceremony, you will need to allow time for the post ceremony formals. This is so crucial for all weddings, as these are the images that will utlimately end up in your album. Remember that if you scheduled your reception to start a half of an hour after the ceremony, then all we will have is that half hour-subtracting time for travel, receiving line, etc. I always tell brides to allow at least 45 minutes for the formals-especially if the bridal party and/or families are large. Some family shots can be done at the reception when there is more time and when everyone is more relaxed, but the majority of the formals are done directly after the ceremony. It takes time to pose groups of people, and if there are children involved it takes a little bit longer to get them to pay attention. This is when we applaud the brides who have included a cocktail hour for their guests so that we have time to do the formals while the guests are enjoying the beginning of the reception. Although we understand that it is your wedding day and that you should have the right to be late to your own reception if you want, it does cause problems with the other vendors. If you and the bridal party are late to the reception, then the chef or caterer, the DJ, the servers, and the banquet manager are understandably unhappy because the food will be cold and they will be under a time crunch to try to get back on schedule. This is where the venue location is important. It is so much more convenient and a real time saver if you are able to choose a venue that has a beach area to use for the ceremony, a block of rooms that can be reserved for out of town guests, ample parking for those guests, and a reception area large enough to accomodate those guests.

Special Tips for Beach Weddings: Beach weddings are lovely, but be sure to plan for windblown hair, squinty eyes and harsh shadows if the wedding is too early, a possible rainout, and uninvited beachgoers in the background if it is not on a private beach. Often times brides will spend many hours in the salon getting their hair done, only to be disappointed when windy conditions at the beach ruin all of the time and money they just spent on their hair. We recommend up-do’s and lots of hairspray. Also, long veils are pretty, but keep in mind that they need to be anchored down so that they don’t go tumbling down the beach if a gust of wind renders them airborn. Weather is always a factor when considering a beach wedding. Always have backup plans in case of a possible rainout or one of those famous coastal storms (we call them Nor’Easters here in Maryland). You do not want to look like a soggy mess on the most important day of your life. Also keep in mind that you most likely will have elderly guests at your wedding, so they will need to be accomodated with beach wheelchairs, special seating, and a handicap beach access ramp if needed. The last thing you need is for grandma to fall down the dune and break her hip on the way to the beach.

Uncle Tom or Aunt Mary with a camera or a video camera: Although we are very nice about giving family members and friends the opportunity to take their own pictures at your wedding, some photographers try to discourage this. Videographers love to stand behind the officiant during the ceremony, and this makes for a very distracting ‘extra person’ in all of your ceremony shots. If it is a professional videographer, they usually know better than this-but Uncle Tom thinks he is doing you a favor getting his video footage. He doesn’t realize that he is ruining your wedding images by being in the way. This is common during beach weddings, because church weddings do not offer the opportunity for this to happen. Try not to forget that you are paying for professional images of your special day. You would hate to have a bunch of images of the two of you looking at Aunt Mary instead of the photographer or of Uncle Tom in the background during your ceremony in your wedding album!

Final Thoughts: Always remember that it is your special day, so no matter what happens, just enjoy the day and try not to worry about every little detail. If you hire vendors that are used to doing weddings at the beach, you will be assured that they will make sure that all runs smoothly. This is especially true if you do not hire a wedding planner, because then you are at the mercy of your vendors to make sure everything goes according to plan. Like I always tell my brides, choose your vendors wisely!

Add a comment February 10, 2011

Video Fusion Wedding Services in 2011

As a new feature for 2011, we are offering video as a part of our wedding photography services. This is designed to enhance the slideshows that we already produce for our couples with video clips and voiceovers. This is called “video fusion”, and it is the wave of the future in wedding photography. Most newer prosumer and professional digital SLR cameras are now coming equipped with video capabilities, so it only stands to reason that professional photographers are starting to incorporate video into their wedding packages. After all, when a priceless moment happens such as a special toast or a crazy first dance, all of the still images in the world can’t compare to the actual video footage complete with sound and movement! While we dabbled in it in 2010, we are now more heavily invested in it as a result of our recent trip to San Antonio for the 2011 Imaging USA photographer’s convention sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). This was truly the talk of the town, so to speak, from the Nikon and Canon ‘gear’ booths, to the album companies offering fusion slideshows embedded into the actual covers of their wedding albums, to the software companies offering the latest versions of professional video editing and slideshow creation programs. There were also companies such as Triple Scoop Music which offers licensed music for sale to use in these slideshows and webmasters designing streamlined ways to upload and display these shows on web sites. There also were companies that offered online services that can create slick Hollywood style fusion slideshows to post on social media networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. In addition to the tradeshow aspect of the convention, which always results in thousands of photographers spending way too much money on the latest and greatest equipment, there were countless educational opportunities. Classes were held all day and night, both in the actual booths themselves and also throughout the entire Convention Center. There were product demonstrations galore, and classes on techniques, lighting, software, business, marketing, etc. It was definitely overwhelming! Oh, and I forgot to mention the PARTIES…this year the featured band was Blues Traveler…these parties were sponsored by Canon and Kodak and were held at the Hyatt in downtown San Antonio…whew, what a trip! Loved the Marriott Riverwalk! Next year is New Orleans!

Add a comment February 10, 2011

Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions-Weddings

Frequently Asked Questions:

You can also read the answers to most of these questions on the Atlantic Portrait Studios web site (, but I thought it might be advantageous to post them here on my blog as well.  These questions are more specific, meaning that they pertain to questions brides and moms of the brides often ask us in reference to our services here at the studio.  I will also post some more general wedding tips and tidbits in a later post.  So, here they are: 

Why are your prices so low?
While all of our work is performed by skilled, professional photographers, Atlantic Portrait Studios does not pay for advertising and does not hire employees.  We are a husband and wife team and have a vested interest in our business.  Our studio relies upon word of mouth, referrals, and several local organizations such as the local Chamber of Commerce to grow our business.  We make every effort to keep our overhead as low as possible; thus, we feel that it is only right to pass the savings along to our customers. 

Are your wedding packages customizable?
Yes!   That is why we offer an a la carte itemized price list.  While packages are normally a better value and therefore more popular choices, you can create a completely customized package by selecting items from our a la carte options page.  We understand that each wedding is unique, and we want to make sure that the bride and groom have their own special day photographed the way they want.

Why is a wedding deposit required?
The deposit is required in order to reserve the date.  There are only so many weekends in a year, and some months are more popular than others. Our calendar fills up very quickly because of this fact; therefore, we cannot guarantee a specific date unless the deposit is paid. 

What if we are getting married in a church but want beach formals?
Keep in mind that many of the Delaware beaches are privately owned and therefore inaccessible or part of the state parks.  The Rehoboth and Bethany boardwalks are an option, but parking is always an issue.  Special permits are required for both parking and using the state parks for photography.  These must be secured ahead of time by the bride & groom.   Also keep in mind that this takes time, so plan accordingly both with the reception venue and with the portrait package that you choose.  Beach weddings are lovely, but be sure to plan for windblown hair, squinty eyes, a possible rain out, and uninvited beachgoers in the background.
How long does it take to see our proofs?
We pride ourselves on quick turnaround time, because we understand that the bride & groom, family, and friends are anxious to see pictures of that special day.  We make every effort to post the proofs online within two weeks.  Albums take a little longer than prints because they have to be embossed and assembled, but we still can have them ready within a month or so.  Remember that it does take a considerable amount of time to edit, color correct, and retouch photos.

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