Booking professional photographers

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Ian & Wendy under Welcome
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Happy 2016 everyone, and being professional photographers its straight back to work for us. 2015 was really enjoyable and the wedding couples we worked with were all such lovely people.

With 2016 now on us we are meeting lots of newly engaged couples who are visiting wedding fayres. Its an exciting time with engaged couples looking at cakes, rings, cars and photographers.

Sometimes couples are considering asking a friend to take their photographs. We understand that saving money is important but presenting a beautiful wedding album involves a lot more than taking photos during the wedding day.

Professional photographers use professional equipment with better lenses and our cameras have dual memory cards should one memory card card fail. Organising crowds and composing group photographs needs experience and afterwards the photo editing, album design and printing needs expertise which only a professional can offer.

A friend with good intentions and a good camera does not make him or her a skilled photographer. When your wedding album is the only reminder of your wedding day consider that the cost of ruined wedding photographs will cost a lot more than money.

Your wedding photography colour scheme

Posted on August 9, 2014 by Ian & Wendy under Welcome
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Do you know your Complementary Colours from your Triadics? Ian and Wendy at I&W Wedding Photography in Hertfordshire give help with choosing your wedding colours.

When we started Wedding Photography colours were very reserved and traditional. One of our joys today is seeing how Brides choose big bold colours for their wedding. Following our guide will help keep the colours coordinated and still allow you to express your personality.

1. Look at Your Venue Setting

Have a colour palette in mind as you start your venue search. If you find a venue that you love, but it doesn’t work with your colours, don’t dismiss the venue. Venues will supply or can recommend companies who can position lighting uplighters. Uplighters are like stage lamps which face the wall and direct coloured light up the wall and onto the ceiling. They add a wash of colour around the reception room to your vision for colour and style. If you hire these insist on LED uplighters as they stay cool and are safe and robust – useful if children are present. The colours of your reception and its surroundings, whether it be a vintage Persian rug in the dining room or the view of the lake, can spark an idea. Consider too where you want your wedding photography in the grounds. Will your colour scheme compliment the colours of the flora? If you are planning your wedding over a year in advance, then go and look at the venue exactly one year before your wedding. You will then see how the flowers and colours will look when you come back on your wedding day. You might even be cheeky and speak to the venue gardener and request particular colours for that floral display by the venue front door. Don’t ask, don’t get!

2. Keep your priorities in mind

If you’ve always dreamed of having your wedding overflowing with purple orchids, then you should use that as a starting point for your palette, instead of trying to think of a way to work it in later. You don’t want to choose a colour scheme only to find that a must-have, like your Nan’s favourite turquoise table runner, looks out of place or may get lost in the décor rather than standing out like your Nan will wish for.

3. Think about the seasons

Your wedding colour scheme can be inspired by the time of year you have set your wedding. Think about the shade you want to use to bring out the season in your colour palette. Rosy pink is perfect for spring, while a brighter coral is a summer staple. For autumn, a rich fuchsia pairs well with other jewel tones, and blush and silver are a lovely wintry combo. Don’t shy away from colours you love though just because of seasonal colour “rules”. Light pastels and barely there hues, like buff, can work for an autumn or winter wedding. Autumn colours look great for wedding photography, particularly if the trees are turning magnificent shades of Orange and Red. The trick is to concentrate on texture, and don’t be afraid to bring in bold accented colours.
Here are some seasonal colours:
• Spring – yellow, lilac, blue and white
• Summer – yellow, orange, red, pink, gold, hazy purple and green
• Autumn – yellow, orange, red, gold, brown, russet (reddish-brown) and cream
• Winter – strong dark red, russet, green, orange, gold, silver and white.

4. Set the mood

Your wedding colours can also help create a vibe for your wedding day. If you’re going for a lot of drama, then a dark or jewel tone palette, like ruby red, black or emerald and gold, is a better choice than, say, light pastels. Think about the style and atmosphere you want to have, whether it’s relaxed or nostalgic, and what colours put you in that mind-set.

5. Look at what you wear

The colours that inspire your home décor are ones you know you love. Look at the colours in your wardrobe. What colour clothes and accessories are you drawn to? Use that as a starting point for choosing your wedding hues.

6. Consult the Colour Wheel

Colour wheels are used by interior designers, artists and fashion photographers like ourselves to pick your palette, but there are some basic principles to follow. There are four colour schemes to consider. Look at the example wheels below.

Monochromatic – stay with one colour which is determined by the colour of your bridesmaids’ dresses. For example, if they wear violet coloured dresses, you may choose pansies and violets.
Complementary colours, – ones that are opposites because they pair a cool and warm (examples include orange and sky blue and turquoise and coral).
Neighbouring or Analogous—they’re next to each other on the colour wheel and share a primary colour (think: sunshine yellow and melon orange or fuchsia and blush).
Triadic scheme – which is made of three colours equally spaced on the colour wheel. A classic way to build your colour palette is by pairing a bright, saturated colour with a neutral, like violet and grey or blush and gold.

This blog is from Ian & Wendy at I&W Wedding Photography in Hertfordshire. We hope you found it useful. Please like on facebook or google plus.

See you next time.
Love from Ian & Wendy.

Photographic styles for your Hertfordshire wedding photography

Posted on July 31, 2014 by Ian & Wendy under Welcome
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Ian and Wendy at I&W Hertfordshire wedding photography explain photographic styles for your Wedding day.

When planning your wedding photography, not a lot is mentioned about the various photographic styles available. During a free consultation with Ian and Wendy, you will be shown examples of these styles and the differences between four main styles will be explained.

1. Traditional wedding photography.

This style of photography is a very formal approach. Group shots are arranged which require setting up.
We will work to a time line – often with specific shots being organised at a very specific time.
In some cases it might seem we are film directors on a movie set, constantly organising individuals into posed groups to produce a set of traditional wedding images.
Although considered out of date by many, traditional style images will still appeal to the older generation, so older relatives of the bride & groom are likely to be happier with this type of image. It must be remembered that this style of photography is timeless having stood the test of time. The downside for many modern brides is that the resulting images can appear very stiff and rigid – and so fail to fully convey the air of happiness and fun that is part of many modern ceremonies.

2. Contemporary wedding photography.

This is characterised by a much greater degree of informality and a more relaxed approach by ourselves. This can result in a greater level of spontaneity and is capable of capturing the spirit of fun, as well as some of the more formal elements – as we will not be posing people to the same degree:
There is less need for us to intervene – much less thinking that Stephen Spielberg is directing your Hertfordshire wedding photography.
This style will produce a unique record of your day – no two weddings will look exactly the same. As a result, this style has gradually gained in popularity in comparison to the more traditional approach.
We will seek out great backgrounds and settings which can result in a stylised set of images which may resemble to a degree the kind of images you may see in our fashion photography.

3. Reportage or documentary style photography.

This is an extremely hands-off approach as we will record the events of your day as they happen in the manner of a fly-on-the-wall documentary crew. Much of the time – we will essentially be in the background; you may not even be aware of our presence! There will be very little in the way of posing or organising of individuals and groups. For this reason – this style is very popular with brides today – as it does allow a lot of freedom of movement and the bride and groom are essentially left to enjoy their big day. This style of photography is likely to produce a very candid record of your wedding with a high proportion of unusual shots that you probably would not expect from traditional or contemporary styles.
If you have been posed for all your photographs – then you essentially have already seen the images – and there will be none of the ‘wow’ factor that you may get from a reportage image of you and the groom in an unguarded kiss or embrace.
Reportage photography has a great deal to offer but inevitably – the drawback is that you simply cannot be sure what you may get in the end! Wendy is an excellent documentary photographer and together we will keep a close eye out for spontaneous moments.

4. Artistic wedding photography.

As the name implies, is led by the individualism of the ‘Artist’ or photographer. This style is therefore characterised a unique set of images from your big day. There are lots of very bright colours and often colours have been ‘super-saturated’ to give unrealistic colours, Lots of photo-shopping effects and rules about picture composition and framing are thrown out the window! There may be a great deal of intervention – or there may be none. This type of photography can produce cutting edge and stunning wedding photographs as a superb and individualised record of your big day. It may well be considered a little risky by some brides.
We will be happy to shoot your wedding in whatever style you wish but bear in mind that fashions change, so what may be ‘edgy’ today may look decidedly unfashionable in 10 years! Seen any photos of your parents wearing their Abba costumes or your dad with his Duran Duran haircut? ‘Nuff said! We want you to look back at your Hertfordshire wedding photography in 10, 20 and 30 years and look at your wedding photography with the same pride as the day they were taken.


10 questions to ask your Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer

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Your Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer is a key member of your wedding day plans. In years to come only the photographs will remain to show past, present and future generations of your family.

Congratulations! You have booked your venue and can now look for a Hertfordshire wedding photographer. With the biggest day of your life ahead you want to ensure you book a professional.
Ask these 10 questions and the answers you hear will go a long way to help you to choose a respected professional.

We have answered the questions as well to give you an idea of our work.

1. What is your photographic approach/style?

Our style is whatever you want. We plan the day with you and from our chat we can suggest the type of photography you seem to prefer. We will be happy to shoot a mix from the following typical styles:  Formal, Reportage, Documentary and Artistic. If this means nothing to you then check out next blog post. All will be revealed!

2. Do you have a portfolio I can review and may I see references?

Absolutely! We have lots of albums and references to show. There are also several youtube videos which show complete weddings. These are set to music and a very popular option when showing to friends who would rather not sit through the two hour official video!

3. Am I comfortable with this photographer and does he/she listen to my wishes?

In our case it’s He and She. Wendy and Ian will both be present to discuss all your arrangements with you and will take notes about your wishes. We work together and over the years we have never had a wedding the same. Every Bride has planned and dreamed about her big day and part of our trust with you is working in the way you want.

4. Have you ever photographed my venue or worked with my other vendors before? If not, will you do a site inspection before?
Our Hertfordshire wedding photography has included nearly all Hertfordshire venues. Even so, our pre-wedding portraits are always taken at your wedding venue so we can agree locations for various shots as well as letting you get used to our cameras. Ian is a Hertfordshire wedding photographer with a background in fashion photography and Wendy demonstrates classic posing so as an added bonus we offer to show you how to pose just like the models in the fashion magazines.

5. Are you photographing any other events on the same day?
Certainly not! We would never attend another event on a wedding day. Part of our service is getting to know you and your fiancé. In the run-up to your big day and after pre-wedding portraits we know each other . To be part of your day is a big honour and to leave early would betray that trust. Even after photography we like to process some shots at the venue to ensure colour balance.

6. What is your photography experience?
Owning a camera does not make someone a photographer – just like owning a set of knives does not make someone a chef. Anybody can buy a camera, set up a website then call themselves a photographer. There are many great young photographers but as with most things, experience counts and do you want to risk the memories of your biggest day with an inexperienced photographer? We have over 30 years of experience and learnt our trade using lightmeters and manual focus cameras. (Did you know that an automatic camera will always make the Brides face look dark? This is because the white dress will make your camera think the scene is too bright and darken your photo to compensate). Our experience gives us a greater understanding of composition, light, shadow, texture etc etc …….

7. If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay longer? Do you charge extra?
We stay until the first dance. Well, actually it is after the second dance as this is traditionally the Brides dance with her Dad and often is the most emotional. Tears well up and that is from Dad!

8. What qualifications do you have – where can I check these?
Like all professional trades there are qualifications and you should only use qualified professionals. How many stories do you here of cowboy plumbers or builders. You wouldn’t use an unqualified dentist or surgeon. Lost wedding photographs will hurt more! Furthermore, check claims of any qualifications via the associations website. A professional who is serious about their work will be qualified. For the record, Ian is an Associate with 3 professional associations and Wendy is a Licentiate qualified Hertfordshire wedding photographer with an Associateship on the way.

9. How many photographers will be at my wedding and who are they?
A single photographer can only be at one place. During preparation the Bride will probably be at her parent’s house whilst the groom is in the pub, .. I mean the church. During the ceremony the officiant do not want people moving around so only two photographers can get all the shots. Sometimes a solo photographer will hire an extra shooter but they will charge extra and the extra shooter is unlikely to be professional or have pro equipment. A booking with I&W wedding photography in Hertfordshire is a booking with Ian and Wendy. Beware of booking an agency who might not send the photographer you had previously met. Ask for confirmation.

10. What camera are you using?
This question is important as it will determine the quality of your photos. Only a professional system will give professional results. The bodies cost around £3500 each and Pro lenses cost £1500 each. Amateur photographers will not be spending £12000 on their hobby so you have a simple test to see who is pro and who is amateur. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and use the best camera equipment we can find.

We hope you find this blog useful for your Wedding Photography. Of course, a booking with Ian & Wendy will give you photographs like this:


I&W Hertfordshire wedding photographers. The bride and groom walk down the aisle together.

Top Tips for Wedding Speeches

Posted on July 26, 2014 by Ian & Wendy under Welcome
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The Wedding Ceremony is over and everyone is back at the reception enjoying a glass of bubbly and relaxing after the pre-wedding nerves. Right?


For some people, their wedding day nerves are just starting. Wedding speeches have always been the dread of many a Best Man or Father of the Bride. But, with the right preparation and practice there is no need to fret.
Ian and Wendy’s blog shows some methods to make life easy for those involved with the speeches.

Who speaks at the Wedding Speeches? 

Typically, the order of the speeches is Father of the Bride, Best Man followed by the Groom. (sometimes the Groom will follow the father of the Bride). However, it’s your wedding, choose whomever you wish! If the Maid of Honour wants to say a few words then great! Some brides also like to make a speech, so it’s really down to you as a family and as individuals.


Who should toast at the Wedding? 

Typically, the Father of the bride toasts to the happy couple and often the best man will toast to the bridesmaids and the newly married couple. It is a good idea to limit the number of toasts though; If guests have to raise their glasses for the 4th time, it gets a little tedious and less special. Also, guest’s glasses will be empty after the fourth toast! Remember to let your venue know when the speeches and the toast will be happening so they can serve the champagne or wine in time.


How long should the speeches be? 

As short as possible! It gets terribly boring for the guests to listen to long speeches. We would advise the total duration of the speeches to be between 15 and 30 minutes altogether.The father of the bride might want to speak for 2-3 minutes, the best man speak for 7-8 minutes maximum and the groom for another 5 minutes. When making speeches, people speak at around 100 words a minute, so getting someone to write 500 words for their speech is probably as much as they would want anyway.


When do the speeches happen?

Traditionally, speeches were made after dessert or, as soon as everyone has sat down with a glass of bubbly. However, these days it is more popular to make a speech or two between courses. Of course, you might not want to have them at dinner at all. For an outdoor wedding you might choose a nice little spot during the drinks reception. Speeches are often the most nerve wracking part of the Groom and Best Man’s day. They wont be able to relax until these are over so Brides, be kind, and let them do their speech as soon as possible.


This Bride made sure her Father knew who was boss on her wedding day!


Our top tips for making a great speech

1. Prepare: While we may be truly inspired when we are alone in our bedrooms, and love ‘comes from the heart’, don’t count on it while standing in front of 150 guests at your brother’s wedding. There’s no shame in using notecards and definitely practice it with someone beforehand who can time it to make cuts if it is too long.

2. Natural but Interesting: Giving a good speech is all about engaging with the audience but you still need to come across as yourself. Don’t be worried that your audience will laugh if you make a mistake. Remember the audience are your best friends and want you to do well. However, the most important thing about your speech is – keep it clean! There will be children and elderly relatives and nobody will thank you for embarrassing stories about former girl/boyfriends or that time the Groom was tied to the lamp-post undressed! The best embarrassing speech we heard was when the Groom – an avid Arsenal fan – sat through the Best Man’s speech and was then presented with a gift to wear – a Tottenham Hotspur shirt! He groaned but stood up and wore the shirt (for a just minute!).

A nice wedding gift to an avid Arsenal supporting Groom –
A Spurs shirt!

3. Drinking: If you are nervous, a drink or two might help – but there is no excuse for ANYONE giving a speech whilst being drunk. Do everyone a favour and keep the drinks until after the speeches!

4. Don’t thank absolutely EVERYONE: Try not to thank half the wedding guests individually. Speak with your fiance beforehand about the VIPS who should be mentioned in the speech. Keep special mentions for those who have travelled the furthest or had the most difficult journeys to make. Mentioning the eldest Aunts and Uncles is a nice touch.

5. Mentioning loved ones who have passed: You may want to mention a special someone who has passed so can’t be there with you today. You want to express in a speech how often you think of them and it how lovely it would have been for them to be there – but DON’T FEEL OBLIGED TO. If it is going to be too painful and it will upset you during your speech, leave it out. You can always have a photograph of the person you lost somewhere in the hall. A toast should always be made to Absent Friends.

6.  Organise & Practice:   It might be nice to have a quick discussion with the other speakers to discuss who is saying what and when. Organise who will be introducing the speeches (whether it be the band or the master of ceremonies – or you might just want to clink your glass to get everyone’s attention). Remember to practice your speech before the wedding day. A good tip to overcome nerves is a technique taught to all public speakers – imagine everyone in the audience have no clothes on!

7. Use a microphone:  There is nothing worse than to start your speech and get to the moment which will bring the house down, when someone shouts ‘SPEAK UP – WE CANT HEAR YOU!’. Get a microphone! Ask the DJ or the Venue coordinator to supply one – ideally a wireless mic, and make sure you know where the switch is. Hold the mic about 2-3 inches from your mouth. DO NOT tap the microphone to test it is working! DJ’s HATE their expensive equipment being misused. Just speak into the microphone ‘Can you all hear me?’. Then once the DJ has made any sound adjustments you are ready to start.

8. Ensure the videographer/ photographer know the itinerary: Your wedding planner or venue coordinator should ensure the videographer and photographer are ready and in position for the speeches as it would be a real shame if they were having their break at this time! They need to ensure they have enough space to set up their equipment so it is really important they know what’s going on. Before the wedding day, you should have a final discussion with them about the itinerary of the day anyway so they should be ready without anyone having to ask them.

9. Materials: If you want to use a TV screen or projector for your speech, ensure you have this planned several weeks in advance. Don’t assume there will be a projector waiting for you at the venue; you may have to hire one in. You will need to test this in advance so make a trip to the AV company or venue and ensure you know how to operate it. Instead of using a screen, you could always photocopy your photos and have someone hand one out per table.

10. Smile! Take a deep breath, look up and smile 🙂 Don’t forget to stand up tall and straight, you want to look good in the wedding photos. Oh – and have a few tissues at the ready !

We hope this has been useful. Share and forward to friends who are getting married. A couple of facebook likes would be nice too!
See you next time. Love Ian & Wendy

Wedding photography blog

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Ian & Wendy under Welcome
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The Bride and Groom head to the receiving line

Welcome to Ian and Wendy’s new wedding photography blog. With all the photography we have been doing lately, the blog has been somewhat overlooked and we apologise for that. We will be publishing lots of interesting and helpful articles about wedding photography and will be describing some Hertfordshire weddings over the coming months. In the meantime however, check out our youtube videos featuring our wedding photography and these can be found on our Prices and Videos page. These give you an idea of our photography styles. We hope you enjoy them!
Finally, we are sending email newsletters with valuable tips for the bride and Groom. We welcome your contributions and any top tips you can suggest will be credited to you. Any suggestions you have will certainly help future brides with their wedding photography.
See you soon and please get touch.
Lots of love

Ian and Wendy. X

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