When it comes to making personalized wedding favors there is nothing better than photographic favors. In recent years there has been a wealth of products coming into the favor market which can be personalized with photographs.
Even if you don’t fancy the idea of giving out favors with your mug shot on them, you can still create beautiful photographic favors with alternative pictures. Items such as coasters, photograph frames, key chains and fridge magnets are all popular photographic favors and are widely available from favor stores and stationers alike.
Many craft stores can supply kits containing blanks in to which you can insert your photograph. Modern home computers and printers also provide the means to create quality prints of photographs you have taken, meaning you can create beautiful favors at home for little expense.
When thinking about the type of photograph to insert into your favors, you have a few choices available. A popular one is a photograph of you together looking insanely happy! Others include scenic images, arty shots and images of something connected to your wedding.
A good way to personalize your favors without using a photograph of yourselves is to photograph something which is of interest to your both. Perhaps you have a shared interest in a particular sport or hobby such as sailing or golf. Modern photo editing software also gives you the option of adding text to your images so you easily add your thank message to your favors.
If you are having your wedding at a particularly beautiful location then why not take a picture of that to use in your favors. Beaches, mountains, gardens and riverside locations all look beautiful at different times of the day and in different types of weather. If you take the photograph yourself visit the location several times and at different times of the day so you get a variety of shots to choose from.
If you don’t want to take the photograph yourself then ask your wedding photographer if they could take one for you as part of the wedding package. An alternative is to visit an online printing service and use a stock photograph instead. Online printers often have good prices on small photographic items such as fridge magnets and key chains. You can also use a variety of pre-designed templates and change colors, fonts and text to suit your needs.
Finally, one novel idea is to have mini cakes made with a photograph on top! You will need to find a baker who has the printing capabilities to do this as it requires special edible papers and inks to create them. However, for unique and personalized wedding favor this has to be one of the best!
Mae Andrea is a professional writer who collects wedding favors and weddings related articles. She is working with a wedding planning social networking site that caters to all the wedding needs of brides in almost every major center in America.
Choosing a photographer may be a daunting task, and staying within your budget may be even more cumbersome. You may consider asking a friend or relative to photograph your wedding for you; this is sure to be a bad idea for many reasons. A professional wedding photographer knows how to produce the best results in capturing all the moments by having years of experience and photography knowledge.
Finding a wedding photographer is a very easy task due to the number of photographers out there. There are numerous ways of going about finding one and many things you should take into consideration. The best way of course is being referred from another couple that got married recently and had their wedding photographed by a specific photographer. Please take note that by “photographer” I mean a specific photographer and not photographic studio with multiple photographers. Always be sure to find out who will be photographing your wedding.
There are numerous other ways to find a wedding photographer including news papers, billboards, the phone book and of course the internet. Over 70% of wedding photographers are sourced online. There are however a few things that you should know about searching for one on the internet.
1. Take Your Time
The first photographers you will find are mostly because of a large advertising budget. There is nothing wrong with this, but you should look at all available options.
2. Be Specific
When you use a search engine your search criteria should include your “state” and “professional wedding photographer”. The quotes will eliminate all general photographers and narrow your search to only wedding photographers. I recommend using Google.
Now that you know how to find a wedding photographer, which one do you choose? There are three primary factors that will determine which photographer to choose; style, price and personality. Style and price can be found on their website and is our starting point.
There are many different style wedding photographers. Different examples are traditional, candid, formal, photojournalism, etc. Some photographers offer only one style, but the best photographers can offer all of these styles and would normally incorporate them into your wedding day coverage. It all depends on your requirements and needs. When viewing a photographers portfolio, remember that these are all his best shots. Always ask to see a full wedding coverage.
You can spend anything from $500 to $10,000 on a wedding photographer. A good guideline is to spend about 10% of your entire wedding budget on a wedding photographer. Most photographers have packages that will include everything from the coverage to the album and final prints. Other photographers have complete al la carte pricing; if you are on a tight budget this is probably the best way to go. You will be able to select just what you want and can afford.
I would suggest buying your own wedding album and putting it together yourself. The cost of buying an album from the photographer is usually double the actual cost. Then of course doing it this way you can get it when you want and when you can afford it.
Considering style and price select your three top choices and schedule a meeting with them. There should be no cost for this. Before you meet with them you should pretty much want to hire them from the information that you have gathered about their style and price.
You want to meet with them to see how they present themselves and if your personalities match. You want someone that is personable and nice so they will get along well with you, your family, and friends. Never make an immediate decision, go home and think about it first and wait until you have met with all three. The meeting should be casual, discussing your wedding day in general. Never get sold on services that the photographer is trying to sell you at this point. Remember you have already decided you like the work and price before you got there, so there is nothing for the photographer to sell to you at this point. Just meet with them and get to know them.
Once you have made your decision, contact the photographer and let them know. Don’t forget to contact the other two photographers to let them know that you have decided to use another photographer and thank them for their time. Go over the details on the phone with the photographer you chose and get them to write up a wedding contract for you to review and sign. Do not pay a deposit until you have reviewed and signed the contract. Read the wedding contract very thoroughly; everything you are suppose to receive should be written down and have the price and payment schedule. Always make a very clear note of their cancellation policy.
Congratulations! You have a found your wedding photographer and have one scheduled. All you need to do now is schedule to meet with them about a month before your wedding date to go over the details again……and show up for your wedding!
By: Jacques Janse van Rensburg
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Thank you for visiting JJ Reyes Photography for the San Francisco and Bay Area! I specialize in personal portraits, family portraits, and event photography such as Quinceañeras and weddings.
My passion in photography is my guarantee you’ll enjoy the pictures you receive with your package, along with any custom prints which I take great care in creating for you. For your event, I am now providing video services with high-quality DVDs so you’ll always remember your special day.
I am open to customizing your photography package for every event. After all, preserving that special day is a great investment and one which should last a lifetime! I will work out with you all the details you are looking for at a reasonable price.
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