Qualities Of A Good Wedding Photographer

Things you should know before booking a wedding photographer

The biggest day of your life is going to be very special. You can see the perfect day unfolding in your mind when suddenly the reality of organising the event lands. We can not all afford the luxury of a wedding planner so we are left to arrange the day ourselves, sometimes with the assistance of a difficult mother-in-law.

Finding the perfect photographer is high up on most people’s list so here are 5 things you should know before choosing your photographer.

  1. Decide how important your wedding photography is to you.

This may seem obvious but it is something many people do not consider. Some people are not interested in having good photographs of their day and will be happy with a few snaps from their guests iPhones. Take notice of other wedding photos, especially of friends and family, and you quickly start to get an idea of what you want for your own special day. In the end most people want great photos.

  1. You get what you pay for with wedding photographers.

Sorry. You may not want to hear this but it is true. Hiring a student or friend with a ‘good camera’ will rarely result in a happy couple on the day the images are delivered. When people present me with their crappy wedding photos and ask me what I think, it is very difficult to find any words when you can already see the desperation and disappointment on their faces.

  1. What should I expect to pay then?

With a wedding photographer you get what you pay for. A professional wedding photographer will not be charging under £1000, a good one will be charging closer to £2000. Photographers will often have different packages to suit your needs. All photographers should provide a set of digital images as standard. Prints, frames and albums can often be an additional, but worthwhile, cost. Good photography is not completed until it is printed. Expect the cost of a package to vary with which portion of the day you want them to shoot.

This may initially seem like a lot but a photographers job is not over when your day finishes. The post-processing, editing and arranging of your photos takes a significant amount of time. Usually another two days labour. When you break this down and bear in mind the seasonal nature of weddings, the life of a wedding photographer is not a lavish one.

Many photographers also now offer video services. Employing a photographer who can shoot both stills and video can reduce the cost of hiring a separate videographer. Be sure to ask if you are seeking a video of your day in addition to the stills.

  1. Find the style that you love.

Photography is an art. This means photographers have different styles. Do you want a modern, documentary style of wedding photography, or more traditionally staged photographs? Some photographers will demand a significant portion of time from your day whilst other will let the day flow and capture the magical moments. Do your research and find the one that is right for you.

  1. Let your expectations be known.

This is hugely important. Let your photographer know what your expectations are so you can both discuss how to best capture the day. Your photographer is not a mind reader so let them know what you want. A good photographer will use their experience and ask you questions to find all this out. If there is something specific or unique you want them to capture be sure to let them know. Ensure they have a contract that both you and the photographer sign. This will protect the agreement that you put in place.


Research, research, research!

Of course, to ensure your planning and the wedding day itself is stress-free, should thoroughly researching all of your suppliers and that includes your photographer. Read any articles, questionnaires or the about me section on their website to find out how they work, look for feedback on their website or social media channels and take a closer look at their wedding galleries online. Ask to see full wedding galleries, not just a few images from each wedding that they consider to be the best. This will help you get a clear picture of how they photograph a wedding day and what you can expect from them. You can also get a picture for what their focus is. Have they captured all of the little details, are the group shots posed or do they photograph in a reportage style? Asking to see a few weddings also shows consistency in their quality and style, allowing you to imagine what your photographs will look like.

Arrange a meeting

Posing in a wedding dress and feeling relaxed on one of the biggest days of your lives isn’t always that easy. However, choosing a photographer you feel comfortable with can help you to feel much more relaxed throughout your special day. Before booking your photographer ask to meet them in person. They may shoot amazing photographs but you might not feel comfortable around them or gel with them. If you can’t meet them in person then perhaps speak on the phone or Skype, this will help you get to know the photographer a little better and see if you like their personality, which is more important than you might think, you will be around them for most of the day.The right photographer will be able to keep you calm and find all the parts of your wedding that are uniquely you.


Things you should tell your wedding photographer

On your special day your photographer will be following you around, they will be there for every important moment, they will see you getting ready, they will see you walk down the aisle, they will see the emotion on your face and the tear in your mothers eye. From start to the end your photographer will be there, so here are are important and useful tips to help them while letting you relax and enjoy the day.


Your photographer may well ask you for some of this information, so here are things they may want to know, and also things that maybe useful for them to know.


What time will you be getting ready and where, what about the groomsmen? Do you want photos of them too? A schedule of the day and location allows the photographer to plan their day, ensuring they are at the right location at the right time, ensuring the photographer is at the church ready to capture you getting you of the car. You photographer needs to be a step ahead, so they are in the right place at the right time to capture that perfect photo.


If there is limited parking, or parking restrictions in place then let your photographer know, and if possible reserve them a space so they don’t have to worry and can also spend more time photographing then trying to park up.


If you want some family photos, or group photos then let your photographer know, decide the important photos you want and ensure there is enough time to have these taken. The more people and the more photos you want, the longer it takes, so ensure there is plenty of time. You can help your photographer by having the groomsmen help get the right people over for the photos that are needed. Letting your photographer know allows them to find a good location and backdrop for these photos beforehand, saving time and making it easier on the day.


Face sheets can be useful for people you want in the family photos, especially if there is a lot of people in attendance. It makes it easier for the photographer to recognise people who should be in the photo and makes it easier when it comes to organising the photo and people in it.

If you have guests or family members that have a strong aversion to flash lighting then let your photographer know, also if you have guests that you want in some of your photos that have a disability then make your photographer aware so that the location of the photo is considered, or a bench or seat is there for them.

If there are any awkward family circumstances then ensure your photographer is aware so that when it comes to photos and positioning people, it is not made awkward or difficult.


Depending on where you are getting married there maybe specific photos you want taken in specific locations, such as a quiet bench with a beautiful backdrop, or a little bridge over a brook, let your photographer know so they can ensure they take a look before hand and allow time for these photos.


Suprises are great for guests and your other half, however it is always better to let your photographer in on the secret. Whatever it is be it fireworks at the end of the night, or a special dance let your photographer know, so they can be ready to capture it from the best angle, if they know what is coming they can plan for it ensuring they get the best photos possible of the surprise and reaction on your guests faces.


Book An Engagement Shoot

Practise makes perfect! Get comfortable in front of the camera and practise posing with an engagement portrait session. You’ll also be able to get a sneak peak at the type of photos you can expect from your big day and how your photographer will direct you (if at all). You might like to hold the session at your wedding venue so that you can identify all the best spots ahead of the wedding and so that your photographer can get familiar with the venue. Or, if you have the time, you could opt for a different location but at the same time of year that you will be marrying so that you know what the lighting might be like.

Preparation and planning

Ask the photographer how they plan for each wedding and what their approach is. Whether you have a long list of must-have family portraits or you’re feeling inspired by some fun images you’ve seen in a magazine, deciding what you want from your photographs is key. You might prefer natural, documentary style photography or perhaps you have some more dramatic shots in mind? Whatever it is you’re looking for, discuss any needs and requirements with your photographer ahead of the wedding.Be mindful that while it’s great to have a plan, sometimes things may not always go the way you hoped.There might be a torrential downpour during your summer nuptials or the timings of your day could run off schedule, embrace the changes and be flexible.


You need to be different

Why is someone going to hire you if your photos are identical to other wedding photographers out there? So, you have to make yourself stand out, which comes in the form of unique photography.

Practice makes perfect; try taking snaps at home and developing a style of wedding photography that’s different to what’s already out there. This gives you a unique selling point, which makes your service more attractive.

Try to experiment with wedding and engagement poses as it can differentiate you from the rest, a good wedding photographer knows everything about creative poses.

It will take up a lot of your time

Wedding photography falls into three phases; pre-production, production, and post-production. All of this will take up literally months of your time – and that’s not an exaggeration.

Pre-production begins way in advance of the wedding when you’re booked in for this service. You may have to deal with lots of questions and directions from the bride/groom, which can continue right up to the big day.

As far as production goes, it’s already been touched upon in the second point! Then, you have post-production which is full of editing and distributing your images. Be prepared to commit a lot of your time to wedding photography – it’s not for the faint-hearted.

All About Choosing Your Wedding Photographer


Did you know that on your wedding day, you may end up spending more time with your photographer than your family (or even your fiancé 😳)? Wedding photography is unique in that it’s an active part of your wedding day. Unlike other vendors who do most of their work behind the scenes, your photographer will be frequently interacting with the people closest to you.

His or her personality and style will have a big impact on the overall energy and mood of your day. Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photographic experience!

They understand your wedding vision

The best photographer for you totally gets your style and expectations. It helps to find someone who has a similar vibe to what you’re looking for—who understands that you might not want overly posed or traditional photographs, for example, but rather a more candid and natural feel.

They’re supportive and encouraging

It’s almost like they’re part of your bride (or groom) tribe You’ll see pretty quickly that having a photographer who’s part of your support system before, during and after your wedding day makes a world of difference.

They help you create a timeline

Another sign that a photographer wants you to have the best experience is when they work through your timeline with you to figure out the general flow of the day.



If you are wondering how to successfully conduct a client meeting, I am excited to invite you to learn how I treat each wedding photography consultation, and how you can improve yours as well!


I usually meet my future clients at a local Starbucks. When they arrive, I greet them and ask them what they would like to drink (my treat). I am not usually a coffee drinker, so I am always curious to see what others like and try new flavors each time. After we get our drinks, I usually break the ice by asking them how the wedding planning is going.


“So, how is wedding planning going?” is usually the first question I ask. People like to talk about themselves, so by asking them this question, I am doing exactly that. I am allowing them to talk about themselves, their wedding, the vendors they’ve booked so far, and just getting them excited about the process. Next, I am looking to see if we share any similarities because I know that the more a bride trusts me, the more likely she’ll book me.


“So how long have you known each other, how did you guys meet?” – the bride usually likes to answer this one. This time I am trying to see if I can find similarities outside of the wedding world and connect with them that way as well. Like if the bride mentions a place I’m familiar with, or if their story reminds me of something that is relevant, I make sure to mention it.


After listening to their engagement story, I usually ask something like “Do you have any ideas for your engagement session?” Then I go more in depth about what an engagement session entails



Finding the perfect Wedding Photographer is one of the most important yet difficult things to do when planning your wedding. After booking your Venue, you have to start looking at booking your Wedding Photographer.

Lucky for you, we have listed the best photographers in South Africa in our Directory. You can use the filter option to select the wedding photographers in a specific area or province. We have also added some important information about each photographer in their listing, plus you can view a gallery of their previous work. Once you have decided which photographers you would like to request a quote from, click on the little envelope to send an enquiry


The Ultimate Complete Wedding Photography Gear Guide!

What wedding photography gear and equipment do you need?

At the time that was our wedding photography kit that we loved to pieces and used at each and every wedding.  Since then our Nikon wedding photography gear has grown as we’ve added lenses and gear that have enabled us to give our clients a more diverse set of wedding photos.

Today I am going to share with you our current set of gear that we use for weddings and also give you a detailed look into when we use each specific lens or piece of equipment throughout the wedding day giving you my “Ultimate Complete Wedding Photography Gear Guide”.  In fact, to make this post as honest, unbiased and as transparent as possible I have specifically only included photos from the same wedding showing exactly which photos were taken with which lens.

See the photo below (taken with cell phone) for our current wedding photography kit.  Items that aren’t shown that were packed away in checked luggage were: a LED video light, a Yongnuo YN 560 III speedlight flash, a collapsible nano light stand, and my favorite waist shooting bag, the Think Tank Lens Changer 3.

When to Use What

Despite us having a complete wedding photography gear kit, we use only 3 lenses for about 75% of the entire wedding day and only use the flash gear for 2 segments of the day.  Here is a detailed look at when we use each specific piece of gear.


Our power primes – It is no secret that we love shooting our prime lenses, to read why click here.  These three lenses account for about 75% of the wedding day with the bulk of the events before the ceremony & portraits being captured with the 50 and the 85.

Nikon 28 1.8G: Primarily used for getting ready shots, group shots with bridal party and also family portraits, some wide shots during the ceremony and open dancing at the reception.  When not working a wedding, I find this is a great go-to “walk-around” lens when traveling or casual shooting at parties and what not



Hello, I’m

I love weddings. Big weddings, small weddings, field weddings, urban weddings…they’re all good. Much like many of my clients, I like to keep things special but largely informal. For me, the best weddings are about good times, unexpected moments and, above all, some truly awful dancing.

I’m a creative documentary wedding photographer who loves a good story. Every couple has their own and it’s pretty cool that so many choose to share theirs with me. Better yet, they ask me to document it for them on the most exciting day of their lives. If I were the kind of person who would use the term “it’s a real honour”, then I would. But I’ll just say it’s awesome and leave it at that


I try not to “tinker” with your day too much. I won’t ask you to pose or do anything that feels unnatural to you, I’ll just move unobtrusively through among your guests, keeping my eyes open for those moments that really make a wedding: a flower girl hiding under a table, the raucous reactions to the saucy bit of the Best Man’s speech, your new father-in-law cutting a rug on the dancefloor.

I’m very happy to create some beautiful portraits with you, but I always find that the heart and soul of any wedding is in the fleeting moments that nobody sees coming. Those are the moments I try to fill your album with.

The Top Things You Should Look For When Renting A Party Bus

How to Start your Own Party Bus Company

Just in case you haven’t seen the photographic evidence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, young people love partying. Heck, even middle-aged and older people enjoy letting loose and enjoying themselves. This is a fact of life that doesn’t figure to change anytime soon, meaning a business venture into the party industry could prove fruitful for someone looking to start a new company or merely run a business on the side.

Are You Ready?

The first thing you have to do before starting your own party bus company is decide if it’s the right kind of business for you. First and foremost, you have to be ready to work nights, late nights. People may sometimes rent party buses to take day trips to breweries or wineries, but a majority of the time your party bus will be used for use at night, and those nights may extend until the sun comes up the next morning, so be prepared to work those types of hours.

Buy the Right Bus

Once you decide you’re ready for the party bus business, the first step is to buy the right bus. You may want to lease a bus at first, but if you’re serious about your business, at some point you’ll want to buy your own bus, and eventually multiple buses. As with any other meaningful business investment, you need to do your due diligence when deciding on the right bus. Do you want to go all-out for a full-size bus or maybe go with a few shorter buses or large vans instead? How many seats do you need and how much space should there be? Also, how much extra space will you need to store drinks and food?

Permits and License

Unfortunately, a party bus is not all fun and games. Operating a large bus will require a permit from your local or state government, in addition to all the proper business licenses, so you will have to take all of those steps before you can get your new bus on the road. Parking large buses and vans may also require special permits that you can’t overlook.

Insurance is a Must

Another logistical necessity for your party bus business is insurance, which is an absolute must for a business like this. You will need liability insurance in case something happens and there are any injuries to you or your passengers. This is on top of collision and accident insurance for the vehicle itself. Also, you and any drivers you hire will also need to be insured. If you don’t have insurance for any possible scenario in the party bus business, you’re just asking for trouble


Party Bus and Hummer Limo Hire

Limo bus Hire, – No ordinary Party Bus!

Choose the Vegasbus for super fun, spacious, luxury group travel. It really doesn’t get much better than this amazing limo party bus!

Travel in VegasBus style to your next event! Hosting up to 40 guests in one seriously awesome limo bus, jam packed full of all of the latest onboard entertainment systems!

Jump aboard, receive a warm meet and greet from your friendly party host, and grab ice cold slushies as you groove your way to the wraparound VIP area at the rear of the bus.

Connect up your device to the premium entertainment systems, sing, dance and celebrate in your own personal party on wheels with the ultimate Vegasbus experience! A great kids party bus or fun transfer service for just about any occasion!

Be warned there is only one Vegasbus – this one sells out quickly! Get in quick and book online now to secure your date today. Standard online vegasbus pricing is based on 1-hour hire time. Return trips may also be booked, select ’round-trip’ when booking online. Complete our online enquiry form for a custom quote on longer hire times or multi stop itineraries.


Best Party Bus Limos


This is a one of kind day for you and we want to make it special. You can do that by booking one of our wedding party bus rentals. You can have all your friends with you, being transported to your wedding day destination. We definitely don’t want you worrying about how your bridal party will get to your wedding. Book one of our Party Buses and hone in on your special day, not transportation whoas. Our professional drivers will take you and your wedding party anywhere and surrounding areas. Traveling in a wedding party bus rental will take the bride and her group, or the groom and his party, and transport any other friends and family to your special day activities.

Birthday Parties

This time of the year only comes around once a year, so why not celebrate it BIG? You and your friends can party for as long as you want with one of our birthday party bus rentals. You would be surprised…the cost of renting a party bus is very reasonable. Bringing in another year renting a birthday party bus is a must! We have 12 party buses to choose from for your celebration. Having your friends with you for your birthday celebration will be a one-of-a-kind experience and will be talked about for years to come. Renting a party bus from us, will keep your friends safe while and after drinking and will allow everyone to get to the party destination at the same time. No worries about someone getting lost or showing up late.

Corporate Events

Our limousine buses come in different sizes and YES we even have party buses that are appropriate for corporate events. It doesn’t matter what type of event you are holding, a conference at a large event facility or just at a smaller venue, we can provide any size party bus limo that has black leather seats and comfortable A/C & Heating. Transporting special clients or CEOs of a corporations is a regular booking for us. You can rely on our professional drivers to provide a safe and reliable trip experience. Other types of transportation bookings consist of airport shuttle service, allowing you to make it on time to your flight and without getting caught up in traffic jams.

Bachelor or Bachelorette party

Being single is great! But so is finding that special one, but until you tie the knot, we are going to make your last night out as a single person one to remember! You and your friends can party all night with one of our premier party bus rentals. We have the top of the line bachelorette party bus rentals and we also have bachelor party buses too. Let us help you make your bachelor or bachelorette party one you will never forget.  Rent a party bus rental and paint the town red!

Bar Crawls or Bar Hopping

Bar crawls or bar hopping has been a huge past time for many people and they have been able to safely enjoy the fun they have had with their friends, because of our party bus bar crawl rentals. We have carried thousands of people home safely in our party bus rentals after a long night of partying. We know and the surrounding areas very well and our professional drivers will take you to any club or night spot that you want to go. We have several bar crawl party bus limos to choose from and you will roll up to the club in style. Prior to hitting the bar you will enjoy the amenities in our party buses like, dancer poles, surround sound systems, neon lights, open bar and more!



A party bus business will transport people for major events, so they don’t have to worry about the logistics of getting from place to place. While people on the bus are generally invited to consume alcohol (if they’re of age), party buses don’t necessarily have to offer adult beverages as a part of their business model.

You have found the perfect business idea, and now you are ready to take the next step. There is more to starting a business than just registering it with the state. We have put together this simple guide to starting your party bus business. These steps will ensure that your new business is well planned out, registered properly and legally compliant

Plan your Business

A clear plan is essential for success as an entrepreneur. It will help you map out the specifics of your business and discover some unknowns.

What are the ongoing expenses for a party bus business?

Party buses will spend the most money maintaining their buses (tires, oil changes, fuel, etc.) to ensure they’re picture-perfect for each new client. Owners should also account for rental space if they have a physical office, as well as insurance costs and employee salaries.

Who is the target market?

The target market can be anyone planning a major party, though your target demographic will have to have a decent amount of disposable income. This can include anything from high school proms, football games, weddings, bachelor parties, family reunions, etc.


How To Pick The Best Limo & Party Bus For Your Wedding

Limousine is one of the most luxurious fleets and hiring a limo or party bus to your wedding can deliver an exceptional and outstanding experience. The wedding is the most important occasion in everyone’s life and making it unique is extremely important. If you are planning to hire the limo or party bus for your wedding, there are some significant factors which must be taken into account.

Clear and Open Communication

It is really important to first analyze what you want. One need to note down the details like the specific color, brand, or seating while choosing a limo. Make a list of the important factors that absolutely fit into the situation and also goes in alliance with your planning. It is important to convey your needs and basic requirements to the limo company as it will eliminate the extra options and then as a result one can make the best choice

Being Clear about the Time

Decide when you need the limo service and what your budget is. Time is really a crucial factor because it clearly relates to your budget. Budget is concerned because mostly the limo hiring is on the hourly basis. Have a crystal clear communication with the company executives regarding the possible number of passengers and let them know if you need any extra space or not.

Features-play an integral part

Limo features should be chosen as per your requirement.  Totally depending on your requirement, whether you are looking for party mood inside, you can opt for a music system. One also has the chance to opt for the interiors as per their choice as wonderful ambiance does the magic.

Prior Planning

Planning the entire trip in advance can ignore the hassle and stress. One must tell all the details to the limo company like what beverages they are going to have, the route, and stops. These details are mandatory to be planned in advance to make your wedding experience seamless. Booking a limo on the spot can be really expensive and can take a lot of money, hence it is advised to book a limo beforehand.

Find The Best Djs For Your Party

Considerations when choosing a name

Before you get ahead of yourself and start buying URLs, it pays to think through a few considerations that will sway your thinking as you begin to create a shortlist of names.

Will your name suit the type of DJ you want to be?

First and foremost, what kind of DJ do you intend to be? This should be the first question before even beginning to consider names.

Mobile DJ – Your name should not scare the parents of engaged couples, while still appealing to millennials. Likewise, for corporate bookings it should be acceptable to the “company decision-maker” while still generating excitement on their promotional flyers and Facebook events

Club DJ – Your name should appeal to whatever scene you intend to be a part of (music genre, LGBTQ, hip hop, fitness…)

Not sure – abide by both sets of guidelines above

Will your name help you dominate the search rankings?

Today, failing to consider search engine ranking and Google keywords in picking your name is a preventable mistake — especially for mobile DJs.


Tips for Choosing the Best Deejay

Professionalism or Experience

Whenever you are looking for a DJ to hire for your party, it is good to ensure that you consider his experience. An experienced DJ will bring some order to your party and make it look like it was well planned and rehearsed.

A professional DJ will also be able to anticipate in some standard situations and prepare in advance thus making the event enjoyable and lively. Because of his experience, he can be in a position to improvise in case things fall behind.

The Price

The price is what bars many people from acquiring qualified and experienced DJs for their parties. There is no point in organizing and planning for your party for a long time and then hire a quack for the job.

It is good that you budget for the entertainment part as well. Ensure you agree with the DJ as a duo and that you are in a position of paying for the services and as well as comfortable with the fee. Agree with him on the mode of payment and be specific whether it is per hour or for the task done.

His Personality

Before you hire the DJ, you should always ensure that he fits the style of your party. Be aware of the first impression that you will get in your first meeting. Take into consideration his communication skills. Some DJs might not be bold enough to make announcements before a crowd. Ensure you choose a DJ who can balance his work. In other words, one who can be a DJ and Emcee as well.


How To Choose A Great DJ Name

Should I use “DJ” in my name?

While in recent years it seems that the top 100 DJs list has degenerated into little more than a glorified popularity contest, it is a good place to look and see what names the famous DJs are using.

A quick look back over the last few editions shows only a handful of the artists gracing the list that are still using the age-old prefix.

Should I use my real name?

Some people are born with what sounds like a great stage name.

Armin Van Buuren is one of those people. Tijs Michiel Verwest aka Tiesto is not one of those people.

Should I use an adaptation of my name?

This is a tactic that has been used countless times by DJs.

Belgian duo Dimitri and Michael Thivaios are known professionally as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike whereas Adam Richard Wiles is the Scottish superstar DJ and producer that we know as Calvin Harris.

As above, you can retain some of your own authenticity by keeping either your first name or surname and replacing the other with a real word or buzz word to complement your new stage name. Alternatively, you can simply replace your entire name with another real-sounding name.

Should I use a pseudonym/nickname?

The pseudonym world is very competitive. You will find that most of the “good” names have already been taken.

If you want your DJ name to be “Terminator” or “Hannibal Lecter”, then you are out of luck. (Yes, I have checked both of those names and yes, both of them already exist).

Is the name spelt how it sounds?

This is something that I personally made a mistake with.

My DJ name is “Mister Barclay”, but when I tell people my name the majority of them think of it as the abbreviated version, “Mr Barclay”.


How to Choose a Wedding DJ


If we could only give you one tip, it would be this!

Your DJ is going to be responsible for setting the tone of the evening. If you have a boring DJ…that means a boring wedding.


You’ve probably been hearing how important communication is during all those premarital classes. Well, working a DJ is no different.


Any DJ who specializes in weddings will end up working a lot of them, so they need to be organized. But when those plans go awry, they also need to be flexible.


How to Choose a DJ

While I do take requests from coworkers, the song choices usually fall on me.  I’ve learned that starting a Monday off with too much emotional rock can easily set the wrong tone – and only the funkiest of jams can be played to liven up Friday afternoons. That’s why I give credit to the real DJs.

What all of these DJs have in common are energy, flexibility, professionalism, and an intuitive knowledge of music.  David Bowie said it best in his song titled “DJ”: “I am a DJ, I am what I play.”