All About Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

SKILLS TO LOOK FOR IN A 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.

 

HOW TO CONDUCT A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CONSULTATION

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!

GREETING

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.

ASK ABOUT WEDDING PLANNING

“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.

ASK HOW THEY MET AND HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED

“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.

TALK ABOUT THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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

 

Photographers

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.

Lenses

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

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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

LET THE GOOD TIMES

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

Weddings

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!

 

HOW TO START A PARTY BUS BUSINESS

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

Personality

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.

Communication

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

Flexibility

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.”