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5 Things You Should Know Prior Your Wedding Photography Session

5 Things You Should Know Prior Your Wedding Photography Session

A life changing day, and while we’re focused on the many aspects that make a wedding an unforgettable event, we should also consider making a wedding photography session fulfilling for both clients and photographer.

In this list, we are going to analyze five simple tips that can surely change the mood of a wedding session, as well as improving the final quality of the photos taken.

1.) Getting your agenda in place is a lifesaver

Many people tend to neglect how much time it takes to prepare for a wedding. Even if when you acknowledge that brides need extra time for makeup and hair, the unexpected elements add that stress factor to the event. And then there’s the friend who keeps saying that your makeup artist should add more blush or tone down eye shadow, and your mother rushing over to check if your wedding dress is ready and so on.

Those minute-eating moments are risky to neglect when you know that your photographer will be at the venue, at an arranged hour, for taking you to the outdoor photo session. Arriving 5 mins late is not the same feeling as getting there over 40 minutes late because you couldn’t avoid the distractions. Then you have to rush the photographer’s work to arrive on time for the ceremony. Photographers are professionals, and they deserve to be given enough time to perform the job.

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2.) Expect the unexpected

Anything can happen on your wedding day, emphasis on the “anything” part. One of the most common mishaps during photography sessions is that makeup gets ruined, or the dress of one of the bridesmaid’s tears after a wrong step. You have to plan ahead for these possible inconveniences. The Convertible Maxi Dress will give you an advantage for situations like this. It’s a quick solution because the dress shape can be quickly changed, so it can match the other bridesmaid’s style.

3.) Family photos only mean trouble

For a photographer, nothing is as stressful as shooting the family pictures. Why? Because problems start when someone wants to be close to the newlyweds but not near a cousin they disagree with. Or, when the scene is ready but aunt Sophie is nowhere to be found, and she HAS to be in the picture so the photographer has to wait up to 15 mins for a single photo, rearranging everyone afterward.

A good move is to give the photographer a list of the people you want in the picture and have someone close by help the photographer spot who these people are among the crowd. It can save precious time and contribute to crafting spontaneous moments.

4.) Tell the photographer your story

The easiest way to achieve meaningful photographs for any couple is by letting the professional know details like where you met, where the groom proposed, and if there is an important place that set a milestone in your relationship.

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    Unnatural, feigned poses do not add value to a wedding album, quite the opposite. A good photographer craves catching natural actions and knows that is what produces a quality job. You can even plan a visit to the place you had your first date for some unforgettable shots, and if you land up with a resourceful photographer, he or she can even recreate the conditions of the day you met. They might, for example, play a song, emulating a festival, etc.

    5.) Give the photographer full access

    And by full access, we mean allowing the professional to capture “backstage photographs.” The process of getting ready for the ceremony, the anxious groom waiting with his friends or parents reassuring him that everything will go smoothly, the preparations at the church and party place.

    Those shots are the extra “oomph” your event deserves and can lead to amazing memories afterward, not to mention there are many details to capture without rushing to get something good at the moment of the ceremony.

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      In the end, it’s all about having a good chemistry with your photographer and allowing the professional to do their job. The photographer is probably as anxious as you. Regardless of the number of events done, every single event is unique.

      Have fun and good luck!

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      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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