This is the 5th year in a row our images have been chosen for Your Wedding Portfolio, a great resource for happy – busy – planning – brides in the Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo region. We are thrilled that our wedding photo-story for Stacey & Stefan was picked up for a full page feature, see page 43, below. Plus no less than 6 of our brides were chosen to be featured in photos throughout the book. Grab a copy today at your local Indigo Chapters, Words Worth Books – Waterloo, and Stewart Books – St. Marys. We also have complimentary copies for all of our clients, reserve yours today!
What do we like even more than having a photo featured in a magazine? Well getting the cover shot, of course! Our photo of Kaitlyn from Gemini models landed the cover of Wedding Dreams Magazine. This particular image was intended to be a close up shot of those fabulous crystal earrings, supplied by Couture Threads Bridal & Event Dressing, but the editors loved it so much, they chose it for the cover! Woot!
Plus the icing on the cake? Sixteen of our images were spread across 9 full pages of fashion features…our personal record in any magazine. This was a super fun 2 day shoot at both Walper Terrace Hotel, and Waterloo Inn. Exhausting but oh so rewarding.
Thanks go out to all these great wedding vendors:
Living Fresh (Flowers)
Erika Snyder (make up)
Gemini Models: Kim, Tara, Leah, Caitlin, Ephraim, and cover girl Kaitlyn
Anne Edgar Photography was happy to be the event photographer for the ‘7th annual Warm Hearts of Africa’ fundraiser held this past Saturday, Nov 24, at the Waterloo Clay & Glass museum. It was by far the most unique yet! 60’s Mad Men theme, fashion show, live entertainment courtesy of The Tonics, catering from Wildcraft and a wide variety of silent and live auction items. A great evening with money raised towards purchasing land for, and the construction of, a new St. Paul’s Private Secondary School. This $60,000.00 project will ensure the education and support of these needy children with the lowering of student fees.
A huge thanks to my sidekick Carla, for skipping her own Christmas party to shoot the event at my side.
A client asks:
How do I know if I am getting great print quality from my lab? I know we discussed print quality when we met, but now that I am ready to order – I am not sure where to go or what to ask for.
So first things first, you need to know that any professional photographer worth their grain of salt uses a calibrated display (monitor) to edit your wedding images. What does that mean? It means that we use both hardware & software to ensure that we are looking at accurate colours on our monitor. SO if you are standing under a yellow light, we can correct (remove)the yellow colour cast in the photo and restore your gorgeous dress to the authentic shade of (your dress colour here …white, cream, champagne…)
When you view your edited wedding images at home on your (uncalibrated) monitor – you may be looking at your images under less than ideal settings. So don’t be disappointed if the images all look too dark (too light, too red…). Simply adjust the settings on your monitor. It’s not hard to do, google search for your particular brand of monitor.
Labs operate under similar conditions. Labs that do not use calibration systems, or do not calibrate on a regular basis can produce results that are all over the map. So your perfect, colour & exposure corrected, gorgeous wedding photo can come out of the lab machines with any number of quality issues. And don’t kid yourself, in order to produce lab prints at unbelievable prices – labs cut corners all they can just to stay in business. (think of what the physical piece of paper costs alone, and then add expensive machines, retail space, consumables like ink & chemistry, with labour costs on top. A big box retailer lists 4×6 prints at 13 cents today. Quality – yikes!)
So… here is what to look for when you receive your prints from the lab.
- Is the image too light or too dark?
- Are the colours accurate? Compare the shade of the bridesmaid dresses in the photos with the actual dress. Are they similar or 2 totally different colours? Look at skin tones. Do you look healthy and tanned, or do you look jaundiced& nauseas?
- Is the image sharp, with fine details visible in the full range of tones from the shadows to the highlights?
Tip – budget the $.13 & take a test print to your preferred lab & see what you get. Place your entire order once you confirm the test print looks great.
In reality there is a lot of wiggle room when it comes to making these fine quality judgements. And for the average consumer, close is often good enough. But when the images do not satisfy, please speak with your lab and explain your concerns. A reputable lab should accept responsibility when glitches in quality control happen. And at 13 cents per print, it is not the end of the world if you have to walk away and try another lab.
Ok – you have the best suite at the hotel. Maybe a fabulous b&b loaded with charm. Or your child hood home – so significant to you. Any way you choose it, you know it is the perfect place for your ‘getting ready’ photos. Artistic images of your dress hanging beautifully from the thing in the place… the girls gracefully helping you into the gown, pinning the boutonniere on your father’s lapel. Amazing moments, pictured perfectly in your mind. And they can be. Here is a small tip to make sure those priceless moments look as good as they feel.
We know you are thinking of a million details at this early stage in the day. Here is another for your list… (sorry!) Your entourage of bridesmaids travel with their own small mountain of possessions. Shoes & coats. Purses, bags & bundles. Fully loaded suitcases large enough for an extended vacation. And that is just the beginning. Everything in those bags & bundles quickly explodes into every room in your suite / house. So it is no surprise that when the photographer arrives, it looks like a hurricane just blew through. And if you think on it for any length of time at all, you will quickly realise that this is probably not the idyllic & beautiful photo environment you had in mind.
So what to do? Well, let everyone know that photos will be happening in this very spot, & soon. It won’t take long for all the girls to wisk away their bits & pieces. Because a sweet request for a pretty photo place is something that every bridesmaid will understand.
Add these to the morning of ‘to do’ list:)
1) Make the bed. Do the dishes. (duh!)
2) Clear away the clutter off the counters, table tops etc
3) Have an empty closet prepared for all of the bags & bundles, so they have an out of sight place to go. (corner of the room does not count, invariable that WILL be the corner that shows in the photo…)
4) Close the closet / bathroom doors. Hide the laundry hamper.
5) Jump in your gown & let the fun begin.
I have mixed feelings this week…I was sad to see the last day of summer break, and yet summer really is not a ‘break’ when you are a wedding photographer. In fact, these last many weeks have been a full tilt – non stop – girl in white dress – blur. During the month of August alone – I personally shot over 6500 photos. Let’s put that into perspective… in order to complete all that is necessary for those 6500 fabulous images – we needed to:
– send & reply to nearly 1000 emails
– meet with each client to discuss their specific wedding needs
– travel to dozens & dozens of locations
– set up, light & pose each photo
– edit & retouch every single photograph in the digital darkroom
– package & invoice each job
– deliver images to clients
I did the math – 6500 photos in one month means all of the above is completed at a pace of 20 images per hour. All emailing, travelling, editing, and meetings included. Assuming a 10 hour work day, 7 days per week. Which pretty much sums up my month of August.
So while September is also a popular wedding month, it is a slightly slower pace, and I am looking forward to my day off:) I have to say though, I am feeling pretty good about my accomplishments. You know what they say in the wedding business: happy bride = happy life. And I am feeling good.
looking for a great make-up artist? I recently met Vicki Millar – make up artist extraordinaire – at Rebecca & Peter’s Cambridge mill wedding. Rebecca is a gorgeous girl anyway, but her wedding day look made bridal photography a breeze. This wedding was just days ago – but Vicki has already blogged all about it… check it out here.
I have many many tools in my tool box AND I KNOW HOW TO USE THEM!
But more important than tools (cause anyone can buy cameras & lenses…) I was born with a certain visual sensibility. The instinct to know how to compose an image, an awareness of the qualities of light, and the timing to capture split second ‘once in a lifetime’ moments. That natural stuff that can’t really be taught, copied, or bought.
The images we capture this year are the result of the last 20 years of professional photography experience. Every wedding brings growth, and I think every year we are even better than the one that came before. Stick around & see what we will be able to do next week, next year, next decade.
Call today to inquire about photography your wedding or event.
(and when I say call – I actually mean send some sort of electronic message… because who CALLS anymore? Tho you can, I do answer the phones personally, most of the time:))