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7 Tips to Make Your Wedding Photos Magnificent

7 Tips to Make Your Wedding Photos Magnificent

Can you hear it? Wedding bells are ringing in the distance. Their sweet sound fills the entire venue—the first song to a lifelong soundtrack. Everyone watches with wide eyes and smiles as the bride—dressed in a gorgeous white dress—gracefully approaches her groom. They exchange vows, locking love-filled eyes before lips. The wedding is over quickly, but a top-quality photo could capture the memory of that magical ceremony for a lifetime. Below are seven tips for stunning wedding photos. Follow them, and you will surely snap photos worth saving for years to come!

Have Fun with Family and Friends

Your wedding is one of the happiest events of your life, and you picked those bridesmaids and groomsmen because you and your spouse enjoy their company—so enjoy their company! Even if someone rubs you the wrong way, remember that they’re here to help make your special day. Snap a few funny face photos to lighten the mood of your “just married” memories. Show the bride and groom’s sense of humor by having the bride jump and hide her legs as the groom stands behind her (she will appear to have his legs!). Or turn the groom into Spiderman.

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    Choose the Right Photographer

    These photos should last a lifetime and more. For this to happen, having the right photographer is essential. Meet him or her before the wedding day to size up the person’s skill level and character. Does he seem trustworthy and dependable? Committed (“I do” applies here too)? Does he have a second shooter as a backup to ensure you receive quality photos if something technical doesn’t go as planned? The bottom line: You should feel comfortable with the photographer’s personality and professionalism.

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      Put the Facial Appearance Puzzle Together

      You are beautiful. For your wedding especially, every part of your face should shine. If your teeth could use a little whitening, consider investing in teeth-whitening products. Your smile is worth the investment. Choose makeup that will take your look a level up from the everyday. Consult a professional makeup artist or knowledgeable friend for advice. You have enough to do, so don’t be afraid to ask for help in this area.

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      Make sure you get enough beauty sleep too. Your body—including the face—repairs itself as you sleep. A tired look might be okay for one funny photo, but not for every photo.

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        Find the Right Hairstyle

        The possibilities are endless, and there is likely more than one charming style for your special day. With that in mind, finding the perfect style isn’t the key—simply find one that complements your style and overall look. Curls are fun because of their bounce, but they are also great because of their elegance. Try a half-up, half-down style with a lovely headband. You might also consider leaving your hair down. The ever-popular waterfall braid works well with loose curls or straight hair.

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          Stay Organized

          Smiling is tough when worries swarm in your mind. To avoid worrying about attire at the last minute, plan ahead. The bridesmaid dresses and, of course, the wedding dress, should be chosen far enough in advance to allow time for any necessary tweaks before photo shoots. Create a list of people who you would like photographed. This way, neither you nor the groom will regret missing the opportunity to take pictures with particular guests.

          Stage Shots Well

          While it’s great to gather ideas from successful weddings, this is your special day! Make staged photos magnificent and unique by choosing unusual settings like the beach or a forest. Try expressing different themes to highlight the lives of the bride and groom-to-be. Perhaps you had your first date at a movie theatre.  You could join your entourage and strike a pose from a movie scene. Consider props too—have everyone release balloons at the same time a photo that will be fun to look at both now and in the future. There are lots of creative wedding photo ideas, spend some time to think about your style and poses.

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            Capture Natural Shots Too

            Sometimes the best pictures are unplanned ones—the ones where no one reminds you to smile because you are only caught in a happy moment. You don’t want to miss moments of laughter or the bride and groom gliding across the dance floor. You want to capture them taking their vows. Such shots can also showcase the bride and groom’s character. As a wedding photographer, Josie Liming said on Photoshelter Blog, “An image I always want to get is one that showcases personality. I’m not there to just capture what the couple looks like; I’m there to capture who they are.” When you capture a part of the bride or groom’s personality, you capture a reminder of why they fell in love in the first place.

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              To put everything into perspective, there are several aspects to consider when it comes to taking the best wedding photos. However, fear not: you will surely succeed by keeping looks, practicality, and personality in mind, as well as choosing a friendly photographer who is willing to go above and beyond to provide great wedding photos.

              Featured photo credit: photographer taking pictures of weddings via alloccasionsglos.co.uk

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              Published on September 23, 2020

              6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

              6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

              I don’t know about you, but many times when I hear the word negotiate I think of lawyers working out a business deal or having to do battle with a car salesman to try to get a lower price. Since I am in recruiting, the term “negotiation” comes up when someone is attempting to get a higher compensation package.

              If we think about it, we tend to negotiate almost every day in a wide variety of things we do. Getting a handle on the important negotiation skills can be incredibly beneficial in many parts of our lives. Let’s take a look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

              What is Negotiation?

              First, let’s take a look at what negotiation is. Put simply, negotiation is a method by which people settle their differences. It is a process in which compromise or agreement can be reached without argument or dispute.

              Anytime two people or sides disagree on something, they are almost always looking for the best possible outcome for their side. This could be from an individual’s perspective or someone representing an organization.

              In reality, it’s rare that one side gets everything they want and the other side gets nothing that they are seeking. Seeking to reach a common ground of sorts where both sides feel like they are getting most of what they want is the key to being successful and maintaining the relationship.

              Places We Negotiate

              I’ve mentioned that we negotiate in just about all phases of our life. For those of you who are shaking your head no, I invite you to think about the following:

              1. Work/Business

              This one is the most obvious and it’s what naturally comes to mind when we think of the word “negotiate”.

              When you first started at your current job, you might have asked for a higher salary. It could be that you delivered a huge new client to your company and used this as leverage in your most recent evaluation for more compensation. If you work with vendors (and just about every company does), maybe you worked them to a lower price or better contract terms.

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              In recruiting, I negotiate with candidates and hiring managers all the time to land the best talent I can find. It’s very common to accept additional work with the (sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken) agreement that it will benefit your career in the future.

              Recently, I took over a project that was my boss was working on so that I would be able to attend a conference later in the year. And so it goes, we do this all day long at work.

              2. Personal

              I don’t know about you, but I negotiate with my spouse all the time. I’ll cook dinner with the understanding that she does the dishes. Who wants to mow the lawn and who wants to vacuum and dust the house?

              I think we should save 10% for retirement, but she thinks 5% is plenty. Therefore, we save 8%. And don’t even get me started with my kids. My older daughter can borrow my car as soon as she finishes her chores. My younger daughter can go hang out with her friends when her homework is done.

              Then, there are all those interactions in our personal lives outside our homes. The carpenter wants to charge me $12,000 to build a new deck. I think $10,000 is plenty so we agree on $11,000. I ask my neighbor if I can borrow his snowblower in the winter if I invite him over the next time I grill steak. And so on.

              3. Ourselves

              You didn’t expect this one, did you? We negotiate with ourselves all day long.

              I’ll make sure I don’t skip my workout tomorrow since I’m going to have that extra piece of pizza. My spouse has been quiet the last few days, is it worth me asking her about, or should I leave it alone? I think the car place charged me for some repairs that weren’t needed, should I say something or just let it go? I know my friend has been having some personal challenges, should I check in with him? We’ve been friends for a long time, I’m sure he’d come to me if he needed help. I’ve got the #4 pick in this year’s Fantasy Football draft, should I choose a running back or a wide receiver?

              Think about that non-stop voice inside your head. It always seems to be chattering away about something and many times, it’s us negotiating with ourselves. I’ll finish up that report that the boss needs before I turn on the football game.

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              Why Negotiation Skills Are So Important

              Put simply, negotiation skills are important because we all interact with other people, and not only other people but other organizations and groups of people as well.

              We all rarely want the same thing or outcome. Most of the time a vendor is looking at getting you to pay a higher price for something than you want to spend. Therefore, it’s important to negotiate to some middle ground that works well for both sides.

              My wife and I disagree on how much to save for retirement. If we weren’t married it wouldn’t be an issue. We’d each contribute how much we wanted to on our retirement funds. We choose to be married, so we have to come to some agreement that we both feel comfortable with. We have to compromise. Therefore, we have to negotiate.

              If we each lived on a planet by ourselves, we would be free to do just about anything we wanted to. We wouldn’t have to compromise with anyone because we wouldn’t interact with anyone. We would make every choice unilaterally the way we wanted to.

              As we all know, this isn’t how things are. We are constantly interacting with other people and organizations, each one with their own agenda’s, viewpoints, and opinions. Therefore, we have to be able to work together.

              6 Negotiation Skills to Master

              Having strong negotiation skills helps us create win-win situations with others, allowing us to get most of what we want in conjunction with others around us.

              Now, let’s look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

              1. Preparation

              Preparation is a key place to start with when getting ready to negotiate. Being prepared means having a clear vision of what you want and how you’d go about achieving it. It means knowing what the end goal looks like and also what you are willing to give to get it.

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              It also means knowing who you are negotiating with and what areas they might be willing to compromise on. You should also know what your “bottom line” is. By “bottom line” I mean what is the most you are willing to give up to get what you want.

              For instance, several years ago, I decided it was time to get a newer car. I say newer because I wanted a “new to me” car, not a brand new car. I did my research and figured out what type of car I wanted. I decided on what must-have items on the car I wanted, the highest amount of miles that would already be on it, the colors I was willing to get it in, and the highest amount of money I was willing to pay.

              After visiting numerous car dealerships I was able to negotiate buying a car. I knew what I was willing to give up (amount of money) and what I was willing to accept, things like the color, amount of miles, etc. I came prepared. This is critical.

              2. Clear Communication

              The next key skill you need to be an effective negotiator is clear communication. You have to be able to clearly articulate what you want to the other party. This means both clear verbal and written communication.

              If you can’t clearly tell the other person what you want, how do you expect to get it? Have you ever worked through something with a vendor or someone else only to learn of a surprise right at the end that wasn’t talked about before? This is not what you would call clear communication. It’s essential to be able to share a coherent and logical vision with the person you are working with.

              3. Active Listening

              Let’s do a quick review of active listening. This is when you are completely focused on the speaker, understand their message, comprehend the information, and respond appropriately. This is a necessary ingredient to be able to negotiate successfully. You must be able to fully focus on the other person’s wants to completely understand them.

              If you aren’t giving them your full attention, you may miss some major points or details. This leads to frustration down the road on both sides. Ensure you are employing your active listening skills when in arbitration mode.

              4. Teamwork and Collaboration

              To be able to get to a place of common ground and a win-win scenario, you have to have a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

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              If you are only thinking about yourself and what you want without giving much care to what the other person is wanting, you are bound to wind up without a solution. The other person may get frustrated and give up if they see you are unwilling to meet them halfway or care little for what they want.

              When you collaborate, you are working together to help each other get what is most important to you. The other upside to negotiating with a sense of teamwork and collaboration is that it helps create a sense of trust, which, in turn, helps provide positive energy for working to a successful conclusion.

              5. Problem Solving

              Problem-solving is another key negotiation skill. When you are working with the other person to get the deal done many times you’ll face new challenges along the way.

              Maybe you want a new vendor to provide training on the software they are selling you but they say it’s going to cost an additional $20,000 to provide this service. If you don’t have the additional $20,000 in the budget to spend on the software but you feel the training is critical, how are you going to solve that problem?

              From what I’ve seen, most vendors aren’t willing to provide additional services without getting paid for them. This is where problem-solving skills will help continue the discussions. You might suggest to the vendor that your company will also be looking to replace their financial software next year, and you’d be happy to ensure they get one of the first seats at the table when the time comes if they could perhaps lower the pricing on their training.

              There’s a solution to most challenges, but it takes problem-solving skills to work through them effectively.

              6. Decision-Making Ability

              Finally, having strong decision-making ability will help you seal the deal when you get to a place where everyone feels like they are getting what works for them. Each step of the way you can cross off the list when you get what you are looking for and decide to move onto the next item. Then, once you have all of your must-have boxes checked and the other side feels good about things, it’s time to shake hands and sign on the dotted line. Powerful decision-making ability will help you get to the finish line together.

              Conclusion

              There you have it, 6 effective negotiation skills to master to lead a more fulfilling life. Once we realize that we negotiate in one form or another almost every day in every phase of our lives, we realize how critical a skill it is.

              Possessing strong negotiation skills will help you in nearly every one of your relationships at both the workplace and in your personal life. If you feel your arbitration tools could use some sharpening, try some of the 6 effective negotiation skills to master that we’ve talked about.

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