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Niagara Wedding Photography Tips!

Niagara Wedding Photography Tips! 1500 2247 Bryan Macaulay

Hey there, its so nice to meet you! I’m Bryan.

I’ve created some wedding photography tips and tricks that would be perfect for you!  But what do I know anyways?

I have been an active Wedding Photographer across the Niagara Region for over 30 years…..

I wouldn’t call myself an “expert”, however I do know a thing or two! If you don’t believe me; one of my past brides left me this lovely message last week –

“ 100% recommend Bryan. I am NOT photogenic… blink? That would be normal, I blink in pictures with only one eye! He had his work cut out for him. Our pictures were incredible! I still sit and look through them regularly, almost 12 years later!”

Are you recently engaged? 

Getting married soon?

Know someone getting married soon? 

How about someone who is just recently engaged? 

Keep reading for 11 tips & tricks that I’ve learned from years of experience & the hundreds of weddings I’ve photographed!

  1. I like it when couples just “drop in” to ask about wedding photography….it shows them what I do & what my studio is like when they drop in unexpectedly.

2. Get to know your photographer….be sure that you “click” (sorry for the pun) with their personality. 

3. I always want to do an engagement photo shoot for my couples. It gives us a change to get to know each other & the style of photos they like. I also get to see if they blink in photos before the wedding day! (don’t want to mess that up!)

4. If you or you fiancee blink often in photos….look just above the lens, rather than into it….it will fix the problem 70% of the time! (super helpful!)

5. I always tell my couples to relax during photoshoots….be playful…enjoy the day….those real expressions are what its all about! 

6. Did I mention – get to know your photographer?! This is the most important thing! You have to feel comfortable with the person taking the photographs….the worst is to meet at the wedding & introduce yourself that day!

7. I (personally) always start my “formal” shots with parents and families…especially grand parents! It is so important to get these photographs. It makes them feel special on a day when they are often forgot about. I do them first so that the parents can get back to taking care of the guests…they’re always welcome to stay…but they often have things to do for the bride and groom. 

8. I love relaxed and natural posing for wedding couples….you still need to have direction, but it doesn’t have to “look posed”. 

9. The only way to get great candid phots at the reception is for the photographer to make things happen! One of my past weddings…I got into the middle of the dance floor – laid down on my back (with a wide angle lens) & spun myself around  just to get the perfect shot of the wedding party leaning over me! (of course – this was pre- COVID)

10. Don’t pay everything up front! This seems odd, but I always have the final payment due when my couples pickup their digital photos. This gives me a chance to ensure the couple is happy with the photos before they make a final payment!

11. Always hire a professional photographer for your wedding! Most photographers have different price points and options to choose from. Friends are NOT ideal for many reasons… but in my experience you could not only lose the wedding photos or not be happy with them….you could very likely lose a friend.

Feel free to share these tips and tricks with your friends, your family or anyone you know getting married soon.

If you have any questions about wedding photography, I am just a phone call away!

Passport photos

Passport photos 1340 876 Bryan Macaulay

Hey guys, I’m excited to let you know that we now have an online booking page so that you can book your passport photo appointment. It’s so easy just click the link and follow the prompts.

https://villagestudiogrimsby.sproutstudio.com/book/5fd64afc8e3c7

Why shoud I print my photos?

Why shoud I print my photos? 1200 1800 Bryan Macaulay

Why should I print photos?

There are so many reasons to print your memories. Let me start with a backup…I remember talking with my IT guy and he said to me that a photograph is a very cheap backup of your photos…if your hard drive goes….or your cloud system has a “glitch” I can always scan the photo to get you back.

Many times I have said to customers that photos that are just on a storage device are very much like slides from the early 1970’s…unless you printed a slide….you almost never got to see the photo….it is the same with digital images on a storage device….odds are you have hundreds if not more of photos that you forget you have!

You also get to enjoy the photos so much more when they are printed…i have many customers who decorate their home with large canvas’s of trips they have done…or wedding images or like me, I have my kids all over my house at different stages as they grew into adult.

People tell me that it is too expensive to print…well…in 1989 I charged $9.99 to develop every photo on a roll of 24 from 35mm….that’s 0.41 per print…and you pay for everything…today you choose what to print and I charge 0.39 per print or $28 per hundred…significantly less that 1989!

I had a lovely new mom in for my babie’s first year portrait progam…she came in for her second session and when it came time to buy additional photo or files, I asked if she wanted to get just the digitals, same as lst time?….she said no way…they are still sitting on her computer and she has done nothing with them!

5 Reasons to print your photos…

A photo’s purpose is far from finished once the shutter has been pressed — after all, if we never really look at our images, then what are they for? Digital technology has made photography easier, allowing photographers to go ahead and take dozens of images to nail the perfect shot.

Photographs are irreplaceable.

Once you take an image, you can’t capture that exact same second in time again. Sure, you may be able to imitate a landscape photo again, but even with landscapes, changes in the weather and seasons means that second image won’t be the same as the first. This is especially true for images of people — we’re constantly growing up, growing old and changing in other subtle ways. An image’s irreplaceable nature only increases with time.

Print your photos because, if you lose those photos, you can’t replace them.

Images aren’t meant to be temporary.

— if you never print your photos, you’re only enjoying them temporarily while they circulate your feeds. Printing your photos is like moving from a bouquet to a potted plant — they’ll be around much longer. (Of course, the metaphor only goes so far, it’s pretty hard to forget to water your pictures, so chances are, your printed photos will last way longer than the fern wilting on your windowsill).

Print your photos because, in electronic form, pictures are only temporary enjoyment.

You don’t truly see an image until you see it in print.

An image on a screen and an image on paper or canvas are entirely different. Yes, the same details will be there, but the quality of an image is best on a print. That’s when the true colours surface, when the details are easy to spot, and when you stop being distracted by the backlit glare of a screen.

Print your pictures because, on paper, you can truly see your images.

Printed images don’t suffer from hard drive failures.

Loosing images from a hard drive failure is devastating. Sure, you should also back up photos on cloud storage, but creating prints is one more layer of protection from loosing those memories. Printed photos aren’t hacked, accidentally formatted or lost in a technical failure.

Print your photos because the digital files may not always be there.

Printing images forces you to analyze the shots to find the best one.

As great as printed photos are, you’re not going to print every single image. That negates the benefits of digital, where you don’t have to pay to hold a bad photo, but only the best ones. Printing your photo automatically forces to to take a closer look at your work when choosing the images to make the final cut into print. Analyzing our own work is something photographers should do often to grow, but it’s something we often forget to do.

Print your photos because your future photos will be even better because of it.

Where should we go for our family photos?

Where should we go for our family photos? 2560 1709 Bryan Macaulay

I get that question a lot. Here are my top five spots in the Grimsby area and why I like them.

  1. Puddicombe Farms… I go here during every season and what I love about Puddicombe’s is the variety that I can give you without walking all over. I can photograph you and a friend at the same place and not have your photos look like your buddy’s.
  2. Grimsby Pump house…This a great one of Grimsby’s parks. There is a natural wooded area beside the 40 mile creek that is beautiful.
  3. 50 Point…This also a great place….they do charge to get in but it is very nice. A bit more walking and not as much variety as some other places but still one of my favorites.
  4. Balls Falls…There are a lot of great spots here, more walking but very rustic buildings…nice wooded areas and many times of the year a nice little water falls. Again they do have a fee to get out.
  5. Vineland Experimental farm (University of Guelph)…this is a great place, I have photographed many weddings and families here over the years. Not as much walking as Balls Falls.

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