Ensure Picture-Perfect Wedding Photos

1. Find a good source of light. We love natural lighting so the first thing we suggest is to take a look around your space that you will be using on the big day and try to locate a nice spot with natural, soft light. This is the light that will illuminate the subjects in the photos. Often white spaces are the best option as the light is reflected on the white surface which creates luminosity. We also love big windows! Beautiful soft light can be magical, you just need to be mindful of the time in which the photos will be taken. The morning light will not be the same in the afternoon and the afternoon light will not be the same during and after the sunset.

2. Take engagement photos. Making time to get engagement or pre-wedding photos can be a big help with the following:

a) You get to have a practise before the big show. Chances are you haven't had your photos taken by a professional before, so you don't know what to do. With so much going on the big day, it is great to have one less thing to worry about. Whether you are camera shy or photogenic, the e-shoot is a great opportunity to instil confidence and build comfort in front of the camera. It can be daunting to have a camera follow you, it happens to all of us, its best to get that anxiety out of the way in advance. Your interactions with each other will become more natural and you'll learn to avoid the innate reflex to stiff up and smile directly into the camera.

b) Change to let loose and get creative. Start with the location and pick a place that means something to you both. It can be where you got engaged, a first date or just a very memorable date, where you met (high school / university). Where ever you decide, make it mean something to you.

c) The photos are actually pretty useful. You can use the images for save-the-date cards, receptions seating charts and table indicators, wedding programs, guest books, or even just a really awesome coffee table book for home.

d) Let the photographer to get to know YOU. Not only is it good practice for you, it's also a great trial run for your photographer. It allows him/her to see how you interact; to learn if you are timid or big on the PDA. They will learn about your personalities, whether you are goofy or serious, and how much direction you’ll need or want. It’s a great time to learn about your love story, chat about your wedding plans, and push to see how affectionate you can get in front of the camera. The opposite is also true, you’ll be able to communicate what you like and don’t like, as well as your preference for angles, expressions, lighting, and editing styles. All this will allow them to tailor the photos to make your images more personal and memorable.

e) Get to know your photographer. It’s great to have your photographer get to know you, but it’s more important that you get to know THEM. Get a taste of their shooting style and learn how they direct you.

3. Appoint a photo coordinator. It is a great idea to designate a family member, maid of honour or best man as your photo coordinator! With this individuals help, your photographer can gather people quickly and have a reference point if you need any important quest information. 

 

4. The Details. Don't ignore the mundane little details that could have a big impact on your photos. For instance: If you're drinking water while you're getting ready, a plastic bottle will be in all of your photographs. Instead, be sure to have a nice drinking glass, so it adds to the image rather than providing a distraction.

- Stationery, perfume bottles, jewellery, polaroids, beautiful hanger, button hole, letters / cards, etc.

5. Prioritise the images you want. "Don't give your photographer a long shot list for group portraits. The key to getting great photos is to have a lot of time. With a shorter list, I can try different set-ups and allow each person to comfortably lean, sit, or turn at different angles that are most flattering to them. It takes time to place each person into the space and work with each individual — you can't rush through that." Ira Lippke

 

 

 

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people...

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
— Vincent Van Gogh

The Land of Bohemia

What does the word "Bohemian" mean? It is a word derived by the French in Paris, given to the Roma or Romani gypsies that migrated from Bohemia, in central Europe. It is really a word to express contempt or disapproval for the nomadic lifestyle. 

The Oxford English Dictionary's definition mentions someone "especially an artist, literary man, or actor, who leads a free, vagabond, or irregular life, not being particular as to the society he frequents, and despising conventionalities generally".

It is a contributing force in the foundation of the Romantic movement of the 19th century. As Andy Walker stated in his BBC news magazine article 'What is bohemian?' "in essence, bohemianism represented a personal, cultural and social reaction to the bourgeois life. And, once the latter was all but swept away by the maelstrom that was the 1960s, the former was doomed, too."

Real bohemians are individualistic. They are not driven by the ideals bestowed by society or interested in financial monetary gain to get ahead.  The bohemian philosophy is about expressionism and freedom. Bohemians can be made up of a diverse background of mixed ethnicity and tend to bring rich experiences by offering artistic diversity.  Society needs more bohemians as these individuals make a positive contribution to society by using their creative energy, style and vision to allow cultures to grow, flourish and thrive.

We love this inspiring TED Talk by Dr James Lough on why "we need more bohemians" and "how they they becoming an endangered species".

We don't have a preconceived stereotype of what a "bohemian" person may look like. If you feel that your vision / spirit is in line with being a free-thinker, open to new ideas, having a lust for travel and tend to express your art in various forms that contributes to your individuality then to us you embody all of the elements that make you a person living your ultimate bliss.

We have chased away the clouds, the sky is all 'rose.'

This week we are inspired by the colour red, flowers and embroidery. We have an eclectic sense of aesthetics here at Bohemian Prints and so do 99% of our creative brides-to-be. It can be challenging to stick to one style so we prefer to mix a few different ones and create our very own. 

Turkish Delight

Magenta is the universal colour of love. It promotes kindness, compassion and creates harmony and balance in every aspect of life. It is said spiritually, those whom embrace Magenta encourages selfless acts of kindness and compassion to humankind, nature and the earth. It infuses the feeling of self-respect and self-awareness in self.

It is the colour of the free spirit and creative soul. Magenta has inspired our colour palette for this Turkish Delight post.

*Please note that these images are not ours and were sourced from Pinterest.

BTS: The One by Dolce & Gabbana

"The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel." We live and breathe this quote by Piet Mondrian. We are inspired by the vision of artists who use their creativity as a platform to project their observations, ideals and opinions. We dedicate a considerable amount of time researching art, design, photography, books, poetry, movies and real life stories that touch our soul and spark our creativity.

A personal favourite is viewing the 'behind the scenes' of the creation of beautiful fashion editorials. Peter Lindbergh is a master fashion photographer and this footage shows and demonstrates the vast amount of exceptional organisation, project management and talent that goes into producing commerical art of this capacity. Proud to present the 'Behind the Scenes' of The One for Dolce & Gabbana by Peter Lindbergh.

Musing: Lily-Rose Depp

This week we are inspired by Karl Lagerfeld's hauntingly beautiful muse Lily-Rose Depp.

We love everything about this advertisment for the new Chanel No.5. The colours, the ambience and above all the beautiful rose garden.

In every girls life there is a boy she'll never forget and a summer where it all started.

Inspired by warmth of the earth, the love of the sun and the hues of the sky. Our ultimate summer wedding.

*Please note that these images are not ours and were sourced from Pinterest.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. 
 

*Please note that these images are not ours and were sourced from Pinterest.

True love stories never have endings

A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul. By: Minna Antrim

*Please note that these images are not ours and were sourced from Pinterest.

Lips red as blood, hair black as night, bring me your heart, my dear, dear Snow White.

Ravenna: Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all?

Mirror Man: It is you, my queen. Yet another kingdom falls to your glory. Is there no end to your power and beauty?

 

While love is heaven on earth, the death of love is living hell.

This week we are inspired by the 'far, far away lands' and the mystics of castles.

*Please note that these images are not ours and were sourced from Pinterest.

I have seen all, I have heard all, I have forgotten all...

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

*Please note that these images are not ours and were sourced from Pinterest.