Checklist Before Engaging a Photographer / Videographer
January 5, 2021 / PhotographyREAD MORE
1 – Browse their portfolios
Every photographer has their own aesthetic style, so please take your time to look through their portfolios to see if their photography style is in line with what you want to achieve.
For instance, we specialise in timeless, light-filled imagery. We make it a point to document you as you are in your comfortable state. We work on the colours of our images, and we process them in black and white according to our artistic judgement. We are not retouchers, therefore we do not overdo skin or body parts enhancements.
2 – Check on their availability and lead time for return
Do check with them regarding their availability on the day of your wedding/event. Some dates are popular and we suggest you to send an enquiry few months prior your wedding/event. For engagement/prewedding, maternity and family sessions, it is also important to check how long will they need to deliver your images/videos, as this will give you an idea on when you should do the shoot.
If you are looking to engage a videographer and would like to do a Same Day Edit (SDE) highlight, please check with them how long do they need to get your video ready so you can see if it works with your timeline.
Here at Smittenpixels Co., the lead time for the return would be approximately 8 weeks for photos and 12 weeks for videos. For SDE, we need around 2-3 hours to get your video ready.
3 – Check on their package inclusions
You need to be clear on what is included in their packages (for example: how long is the session, how many images/videos will you get, etc.). You have to check if there are any add-ons to take note of, just in case your event runs late or if you need a secondary photographer/videographer.
We at don’t cap the amount of images to be returned to our clients. Everyone is unique, and the event of the day unfolds differently, so the amount of images may vary. An approximate gauge would be 30-40 images per hour. We also would like you to understand that we don’t return unedited images as we only want you to receive the best works from us. Do trust us that we will do our best to return as many images as we can to you.
We also included prints in our photography packages (unless stated otherwise), as we believe in tangible memories and we would like you to be able to have a traditional form of media to preserve your moments.
For videography, you will receive a final edit of your engagement or actual day wedding.
4 – Be clear on how to confirm your booking
As every photographer has different Terms & Conditions on how to go about your booking, please make sure that you understand their T&Cs before confirming your booking.
If you are keen to engage us, a 50% non-refundable deposit will be required to reserve your date.
Wedding Trends for 2021
November 4, 2020 / EditorialREAD MORE
1 – Intimate weddings
When the Coronavirus first hit, many weddings were postponed following government regulations. Although now Covid-19 restrictions have slowly eased up, not all couples are scaling back up their receptions. Some of them are still sticking to smaller scale celebrations.
2 – Virtual planning
In 2020, we have experienced a rise in technology use during wedding planning; Zoom weddings, vendors offering virtual packages and online invitations. This trend will continue to grow and result in new technology for future planning experiences. We are looking at virtual tours for wedding locations, virtual try-ons, virtual invitations, the use of wedding websites, and many more.
3 – Personal / sentimental stationeries
“I think that, as a whole, weddings will have an even deeper meaning; an extra layer to the day where there is a moment to stop and reflect on the events of the past 12 months and to be grateful for good health and safety, to honour the opportunity of finally being able to celebrate with loved ones,” says Claire Berry, founder of event designer Perfect Cartel.
2021 weddings will reflect more on intimacy and focus on guest experience. Thoughtful customised stationeries are going to flourish well.
4 – Pastel palette
Pastel colours are predicted to be huge and replace the traditional blush and ivory colour palette. Pastel shades bring out more personal and relaxed wedding vibes. Picture tones of lilac, pastel pink and peach in wedding planning moodboards.
5 – Local prewedding photography and honeymoon staycation experiences
With travel restrictions still in place, local exploration is on the rise. Couples are making the most of their celebration by going local for their engagement/prewedding shoots and honeymoons. Staycations will be popular, and we are looking at more engagement sessions held in conjunction with getaway staycations.