Entertainment For Your Wedding Reception – How To Select Photos for a Stylish Slideshow

You may be looking for entertainment for your reception, to keep your guests occupied while they are waiting. A slideshow, particularly in the latest popular animated forms, can provide real benefits at a variety of wedding venues. Today’s lively video slideshows, complete with music, can be a way to set a warm and memorable tone for your reception.

Many people find that the hardest part of preparing a slideshow is determining which photos to select. There are several strategies for selecting photos that can make your video entertaining, elegant, and meaningful for you and your guests at your wedding reception.

  1. Decide on a Theme. Then you can select photos that support your theme in some way. Photos depicting interests or activities which you and your fiance enjoy are a popular theme for weddings. A day at the beach, holiday pictures, special moments, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee together at your favorite cafe, are all popular visuals.
  2. Select a Wide Variety of Photos. Using a variety of photos will add interest and bring life to the show. About 80 to 90 photos is a good quantity to keep your guests engaged without being too long. You can also vary the dimension of the photos, by selecting a combination of close-up, mid-range, and distance shots.
  3. People Are Important! If your theme is about people, be sure to select photos that have people in them. Close-ups can portray emotion, and distance shots can show action. Your audience might lose interest if you have too many photos without people.
  4. Share Pictures From Your Friends. Ask your family and friends to send a few favorite family photos from social events or vacations they shared with you. You might be surprised to find some great photos you will want to add to your video.
  5. Randomize Your Pictures. Putting photos in an unpredictable order or sequence can make a slideshow more appealing. It can be painstaking to put all the photos into the proper timeline. While this approach is sometimes advantageous, it often is not. Instead, the photos can simply be mixed up at random. The photos themselves tell a story. The music will help tie the images together. If you keep the first and last photo in mind for your slideshow, you can then randomize the rest. The first photo can set the tone for your video. The last photo is the note on which your video story ends.
  6. Don’t Fixate Too Much on Which Photos to Select. Each photo you select is not that critical for a successful show. Even images you aren’t sure about are bound to look engaging as part of a whole show. So go ahead, in a relaxed state of mind, and pick the photos you like.

Now that you have several ideas to keep in mind when selecting photos for your wedding reception video, you can get started. Then, after your honeymoon, you can take a look at your wedding photos and put them into a wedding slideshow. This is a lovely way you can share favorite memories with your family and friends.

Become a Very Wealthy Wedding Photographer

Let’s face it, wedding photography is one of the most challenging industries to get involved in not to mention one of the most competitive. My first words of advice to you will be — “why would anyone want to enter wedding photography”? There are way too many things that can go wrong and you simply cannot re-shoot the day without redoing the whole event. But I have good news for you because the two solutions are using green screen with chroma key technology to eliminate the errors and learning digital photography. Here’s what I mean…

Now take note, If you decide you are one of the chosen few who are destined to make a fortune in wedding photography, here are a few pointers that will help you to become a wealthy photographer.

1. Learn digital photography

Here’s the thing, this may sound simple but if you are not an accomplished photographer then it’s vital you become skilled at digital wedding photos.

Should you be an accomplished film photographer you need to learn all you can about digital photography.

Example: know the limits and benefits of shooting with a digital system and what can easily be improved or salvaged in the darkroom of digital photos.

2. Understand the basics of wedding photography

The two areas one will choose to go at this point will either be self taught or to work for a successful wedding photographer.

To be self taught the best things you can do are to start by purchasing wedding magazines and books on wedding photography and study them like mad. Understand the different types of shots people like and the scenes they favour. There are so many wonderful ideas that come from wedding magazines so take them all.

Here’s a sneaky trick you can use, go to a wedding photographer and ask to see their work and look at their studio.

The second option is a more challenging one where you would offer your services to a wedding photographer as their assistant. This is where you’ll learn many methods that you won’t read about in books or glossy wedding magazines.

3. Organize yourself

You will need to put in groundwork for a wedding shoot than any other area of photography. When you’re doing the shoot you ought to know every scene, lighting condition, location and sequence of the shots to get the best results.

4. Get started right in order to make a fortune by being different

Heres the kicker, by using a simple system called green screen and chroma key technology you are going to do something very different to other wedding photographers. You are going to be able to create photographs of your couple in any location in the world, make it look like they were really there, spend much less time taking the photos and get paid a lot more than most photographers. This will definitely set you apart from your competition.

Now, listen closely because once you set up a simple green screen and use the software on your computer you won’t have to invest in expensive back drops that cost you an arm and a leg. When you use green screen technology you’re not spending hours taking photos in parks, looking at locations or getting caught out on rainy or over cast weather. All that pain is gone plus you are offering something very different to most of your competition.

Now here’s something, by utilizing such locations as backdrops that green screen offers the bride will feel a stronger connection with the photos you create for her and her husband.

The moment you’ve taken the photos of the newly weds, ask the groom if he would mind if you take some more photos of the bride by herself.

Take photos of her from the front with her holding her bouquet and of her profile.

Here’s what to do now:

Once you’re back at your studio you can add things like an ancient castle as a back drop which leads to a mystic waterfall in the distance or a beautiful sunset over the waters of Hawaii. 

The big secret is to make sure you use good quality software to darken or lighten areas in the photos so they look real. By adding a shadow or darkening the person can add realism to the photo which makes it look like they were truly there. Doing this will make the couple to always remember you for the green screen photography skills you possess which is a major step to becoming a wealthy photographer.

Wedding Photography – Tips to Enjoy Your Wedding and Get Amazing Photos

Your Wedding is Once in a lifetime, it’s one of the biggest celebration in your life. Not only will you spend your money, but you will also spend a good amount of time and energy to plan for it. At the end of the day, when your wedding cake and the guests are gone, what’s left is the memories captured by your wedding photographer. In this article, I will share some tips so that your wedding will be enjoyable and you will get amazing photos of your cherished moments.

I originally wrote these tips to share with my clients to set the stage for their wedding day, and as expected, these tips comes with “photography” in minds, so if some of these doesn’t make any sense to you, or don’t apply to your situation, just skip it!
(For example: Weddings in Pittsburgh don’t usually come with “grooms cake”, so if I mention it below and you have no idea, just forget about it).

  • Hire “the photographer” The first step to get amazing photos for your wedding start with “The Photographer”. Make sure you hire a professional photographer who knows what he/she is doing, and also make sure that you really like his/her photography style. You have to know that every photographer is not the same, they have different taste in color, angles, perspective, etc2. Spend your time to check his/her portfolio and you will be able to see similarities from the many different weddings that he/she covered in the past. Also make sure that he/she can give you references from his/her past clients (and make sure to contact them!), as you don’t want to hire someone who never return calls/emails, or even risk the possibility of him/her running away with your wedding photos!!.
  • Beautify and Amazify your party, your venue, and yourself While a great photographer is needed for amazing photos, he/she can only do so much without the subjects.. so plan ahead to make yourself look fabulous, test your hair and make ups, find some accessories that will match with your dress, beautify the venues with lights, ornaments, center pieces, etc2.. choose a unique wedding cake, surprise your husband with a grooms cake, present gifts to your bridesmaids/groomsmen, make a great theme for your wedding and be as creative as possible. This doesn’t have to be “expensive”, but it definitely needs your attention to details. If your wedding is as “plain” as vanilla ice cream, the photos won’t come out as “strawberries” or “cookies and cream”, no matter how great your wedding photographers are.
  • Create an Itinerary/Timeline. Ok, you have the best venue booked, and you signed with the greatest photographer around, got the dress, got the cake, everything is in place and ready. Good! now.. what you need is to create a timeline. Just imagine yourself of how you want your wedding day to flow and write them down. Make several copies and give it to everyone that needs to know about it ahead of time (wedding photographers included). This way, everyone is informed and will be on the same page.
  • Create Contacts and Addresses list. Write down all addresses along with the contact name for all the vendors you have for the day, make several copies and distribute them to everyone that you hire. This way, they can connect and work together more easily on your big day. This will also avoid vendors showing to the wrong place or coming late because of a wrong address.
  • Create a list of Formal/Family Pictures. If you want to have a traditional/formal family picture taken after the ceremony, make a list of them. (Older persons such as your grandparents should be at the top of the list, the bridal party should be last). Imagine the approximate time of how long or how short the list should be considering there might be another service at the church after the ceremony. Also, notify the persons who is on the list that their presence is needed. It won’t be so funny if your dad starts heading to the reception, thinking that his duty for the day is done as soon as he finish taking you to the altar while his presence at your side is still needed after the ceremony. Make several copies of this list and give it to the photographer(ahead of time, if possible), and your Maid/Matron of honor, along with the best man. Also bear in mind that if you have a receiving line after the ceremony, it will take a good 20-30 minutes until you finished hugging and greeting everyone, and that precious 20-30 minutes might means less time for the formal pictures.
  • Find your photographer’s whereabouts from time to time. If you like a “face on” photo (meaning you are looking toward the camera), you might want to occasionally look toward your photographer. Just because you like “candid” doesn’t mean all your wedding photos should be all candids. While the photographer might ask you to look toward him/her, it might be a good idea to remind yourself to simply “find” where your photographer is from time to time. I’m not suggesting that you have to see your photographer at all times, but during special moments such as dances, ask your partner to take a quick glance toward the photographer so that he can snap a quick “face on” photo of the two of you. (note that I mention partner, meaning this also applies to mother/son and father/daughter dance as well). The thing is, you might appreciate the “face on” photos of you and your partner, but if the two of you never look at the photographer (or just one of you look toward him/her), then that moment never happen, it’s up to you to make it happen (or not). The photographer might “make it happen” by giving signals but that will mean an intrusion to the moment, which should be avoided when possible.
  • TAKE YOUR TIME! When you walk down the aisle (to and from the altar), take your time.. Today is the day, it’s the moment that you’ve been waiting for, why such a hurry? tell your bridesmaids/groomsmen to do the same. Remember to take your time, smile to the guests, and embrace the moment. If possible, when walking down from the altar as new husband/wife, stop in the middle of the aisle and start kissing, this shot will always be the one that you won’t remember it being taken but will be so glad that you have it. (note: re-staging this shot is impossible due to the fact that all your guests are gone!)
  • While taking a long “french kiss” is not recommended, I would say that a short and quick smooch will definitely NOT work for great images. Give yourself and your new husband/wife a deep, passionate kiss between 2 or 3 seconds.. that way, it is leaves ample time for the photographer to “click” his finger to the shutter button. Sure, some might say that great photographer will still catch quick smooches, but adding 1-2 seconds to it will increase the chance, and since it’s a “controllable” situation, why not just make sure you have it? So take your time when you kiss, whether the kiss is asked by the photographer, guests, or your own initiatives. (it’s a good practice for your marriage life anyway)
  • Bring FLIP-FLOPs, Crocs, Sandals, etc2. If you can’t stand your beautiful shoes and you plan to have an outdoor session in between the ceremony/reception, plan ahead and bring your flip-flops with you. I’ve seen some fancy flip-flops that also looks great on pictures, so go ahead and find a pair. (it’s a hassle to carry, you said? read the next tips)
  • UTILIZE Your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen!! I can’t emphasize this enough. you are the ones who picked them and they should be there for you on your big day, right? they are there to help you and you should utilize them!! Ask them to help you with your gown, carry your purse, your bouquet, your shoes, etc2. I’ve seen so many brides having to carry everything herself with the dress and get frustrated with all other stuff, come on, it’s your BIG day, you are the King and Queen for the day and you shouldn’t work that hard! you’ve already work hard to plan(and pay for ) the party for them, let them help you!
  • Try not to be Late. If you can’t stand being hurried up, plan ahead and leave ample time for everything. This way, you will enjoy your day without the feeling of being hurried by anyone/anything. Your wedding will “fly by” so fast regardless, so why add more pressure to yourself and hurry it up?
  • Try to stay close to your Wife/Husband. You just got married and you walk alongside your groomsmen or bridesmaids and left your new husband/wife at the back… If at all possible, for this day *and hopefully all other days in your marriage*, unless you are going to public restrooms, the two of you should be “within a good proximity” from each other.. walk hand in hand, hug each other, embrace each other, this is the big day for both of you!!
  • Avoid Looking at different directions / Crossing Eyes during Formal portraits. When there are more than 1 photographer taking pictures, a situation might arise where everyone starts to look toward many different directions. (Most of the time, people will look  toward their “own” camera). It’s not that  an “exclusivity”  to take photos should be in place, but if  this gets out of control, it will take more time to finish the formal photos and the result will not be good (for all photographers taking the picture, not just the main photographer’s picture). So, remind your guests not to “distract” and “compete” with your wedding photographers since they are the one hired to do the job.
  • Try out your Wedding photographer! Go for an engagement session with your wedding photographer before the wedding, while this might add to the expense, the benefit will outweigh the expense. It’s a real try out for him/her. If the result is not what you expect, why would you want to stick with him/her? it’s never to late to cancel and find the photographer that will give you the result you’re looking for!. Your wedding is not a birthday party, it won’t be repeated next year. why settle for bad photos? so go ahead and ask for an engagement session, make sure he/she understand that you might cancel the contract if the result is not satisfactory.

There we have it!:)  I will update these tips and add more as I go out there and cover more weddings, but all in all.. if I can sum it up as the final reminder: “Your wedding is YOUR day (the two of you, not one, not in-laws, not moms-dads), plan it right together, be on time, embrace each other, savor the moments (not hurrying it), and remember that by the end of the day, when the cake and the guests are gone, only the two of you remains, it’s a new beginning! which hopefully start with a great honeymoon. If you have done all these, now it’s back to the photographer to do his magic and present you with a Truly Beautiful and Stunning images that Last Forever.