July 2019

In this month's blog, I'm looking at engagement shoots and how they can be beneficial. Of course, there are some lovely photographs too!

I’ve been asked a few times recently whether or not engagement (or pre-wedding) shoots are popular. The truth is, we live in a world where we like to know that we’re getting what we’re paying for; or what we really want. And so, the answer is: YES! 

Engagement shoots are popular because more and more couples want to know they can fully trust their wedding photographer - well in advance of the big day. If you treat an engagement session like a trial (the way you would your hair and make-up), you have an amazing opportunity to see your photographer in action and get to see what their interactions and working methods are like, as well as getting to see how they photograph you, from how they pose (or don’t pose) you, right down to the final editing and delivery of your images.

Many photographers – like me! – include an engagement session in their wedding packages but it’s becoming more common to offer an engagement session as a completely separate service too.

 

Remember, you can book an engagement session with a photographer, even if you’ve already booked your wedding photography.

 

Better yet, if you love a photographer who is out-with your wedding budget or unavailable on your date, an engagement shoot gives you the opportunity to work with them too.

"We had our pre-wedding photos done by Victoria and wow they are amazing, Victoria made us both feel so comfortable and relaxed during the whole take and I honestly can’t wait to see what our pictures will look like on our day.

 

I honestly can’t recommend Victoria enough, very reasonable and reliable. 

Thank you Victoria 😍 xx"

Engagement sessions can be anything – think of it as a date day (or evening) with the person you love best in a place you love. And then add a camera and photographer! A great photographer will let you choose where you want the pictures to be taken and if you have no idea, they’ll be able to recommend some lovely places.

 

My favourite so far has been an urban shoot in Glasgow City Centre but it wasn’t strictly an engagement shoot.

Megan and Dave were offered a free engagement session – they took advantage of the “try before you buy” option (it’s an offer I do every now and then!) We met (around a year ago now) in Tollcross Park in Glasgow.

 

It was my first time there but a place they frequently wandered (it’s literally on their doorstep!) and they were able to direct me to a few places of significance to them: the rose garden, gazebo and a huge tree. We focused on these locations during their shoot.

After working with me and seeing their images, they decided they wanted to book Collection 2 which had an engagement shoot included.

 

While there is a few things which can be added and changed to make up for this, they decided they wanted to fully celebrate their Glasgow wedding – their ceremony was held in The Britannia Panopticon and their reception in The Old Fruit Market – and asked if we could do an after wedding shoot in front of some of Glasgow’s stunning murals.

 

Of course, I said yes – I saw it as an exciting opportunity to explore Glasgow in a different way and forever capture some of the amazing artwork on display – and so, a few weeks after their wedding, we found ourselves on a 5 hour photo-tour of Glasgow’s City Centre!

 

Admittedly, that’s a little longer than we had planned but sometimes, you have to do what’s necessary to get the best photographs and, as you can see for yourself, the photographs are gorgeous!

Now, I'm a great believer in sharing things and value showing engaged couples images from the very beginning to the end of a wedding. Megan and Dave were married on 26th May 2019 and if you'd like to see their wedding images (including all of the photographs from their engagement - or after wedding! -shoot, click the button below:

Would you like to book a engagement shoot? I'm giving away a FREE Mini Engagement Shoot but the offer is only on until the midnight Sunday 28th July 2019. Click the button below and use this code  to book your completely FREE today: FREESS2019

And finally, if you love my photography and want to get in touch, complete this form and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'll also send you a link to my completely free magazine - all about what to expect from your photographer in the lead up to, on and after your wedding day.

June 2019

In this month's blog, I'm looking at why some people struggle to choose their ideal photographer and offering some guidance to help you get your decision right.

 

Struggling to choose your wedding photographer?

"Victoria Charlotte Rose exemplifies everything brilliant and creative about photography. She is gifted/talented and has a natural “eye” to capture the essence of a soul, which is rare and uncommon. In addition, she discreetly revolves around the event, capturing moments that will last forever.

 
Her tenacity and diligence is second to none, leaving no stone unturned. Not only does she
pleasantly communicate, she eloquently directs the conversations with thought-provoking questions. 


Just one of her photographs is timeless, however she manages to take many views and backgrounds. I like how she focuses on the emotion and magnifies that precious instant. Simply a unique experience!"

Georgine

Struggling to find a wedding photographer?

 

There are so many brilliant photographers and literally hundreds of different styles. So, how do you choose who is the photographer for you?

One of the first questions I ask when I meet people is: What are you looking for in a photographer?

 

This is followed by: What type of pictures do you see yourself looking through in 10 years’ time?

 

These are two questions I thought I knew the answer to when I chose my wedding photographer but – even though my wedding photographs are brilliant – I didn’t give either of these questions enough thought and feel there are photographs missing that two years later, I wish I had. 

 

I know other people feel this way – I was speaking to someone about it yesterday!

 

So, how can you avoid this mistake? Read on and I’ll explain…

What are you looking for in a photographer?

 

The most popular answer to this question is, “beautiful photographs.”

 

Unfortunately, you can’t measure how beautiful a photograph is – what is beautiful to you may be just “nice” to someone else. And for this reason, it’s important to browse photographers web and social media pages. If you look at all their available images and think they’re all beautiful, then you know you like their style. And if their images don’t make an impression on you, they’re probably not the one for you.

 

But what else should you be thinking about when answering this question? 

Your photographer’s personality is crucial

 

You’ll be spending a lot of your wedding day with them, so you need to get along with them. They need to make you feel at ease, or you'll never get those stunning, natural photographs you fell in love with. And, not only that, you want your photographer to be able to interact with your guests comfortably.

 

Click here to see why I think choosing a wedding photographer should be like choosing a friend.

Professionalism is also vital

 

Most photographers are nice people but remember, they have a job to do. When you’ve found your ideal wedding photographer, remind yourself you’re paying for a service

 

What are you getting for your money? 

 

  • Are they happy to spend time with you before the wedding? 

  • Can you ask them questions about their credentials, their experiences, their work without them becoming flustered, awkward and cagey? 

  • What products are included for your money and are there samples you can see? 

  • Is there an after-care service? For example, how much editing do they do? Not all photographers remove unsightly details and if this is something you know you want, ask about it before booking. 

  • On the day, will you be able to change your mind about the photographs you said you wanted? Will your guests be able to ask for a quick family picture?

  • What about when you receive your images? Can you get back in touch with your photographer? You might want to change colour photographs to black and white or buy extra prints. 

Choosing your wedding photographer should be exciting and not daunting. See it as a chance to research wedding ideas – décor, colours, dresses and kilts, flowers…  and at the same time, see it as an opportunity to work out what you really want from your photographer and your photographs. 

Want more advice? Click here to read my last blog about why choosing a wedding photographer should be like choosing a friend.

May 2019

In this month's blog, I'm looking at why to choose a wedding phtotographer who is like a friend. 

 

Choosing a wedding photographer should be like choosing a friend

We all have friends we love, people we know, and we all know people we just don’t like

 

Your wedding day is special, and you will surround yourself with people you love and who love you. Don’t introduce someone you don’t like to one of the most important days of your life.

Even if you adore their photographs. 

So, how do you choose a wedding photographer who is like a friend?

We all have friends we love, people we know, and we all know people we just don’t like

 

Your wedding day is special, and you will surround yourself with people you love and who love you. Don’t introduce someone you don’t like to one of the most important days of your life.

Even if you adore their photographs. 

So, how do you choose a wedding photographer who is like a friend?

Obviously, being in love with a wedding photographer’s photographs is pretty important – ok, it’s crucial. When you find a photographer you like, view as many images as you can! 

Wedding photographers will put their best images for everyone to see but it’s important to see sample weddings – in full – so you can check you like their whole collection and not just the best ones. 

Check their website and social media pages and if you want to see more, ask them! A friendly wedding photographer will be delighted to share recent weddings with you. 

When you’ve scoured the internet and found your favourites, arrange to meet them. 

 

You may love their work, but you have to like them! You're going to be letting them share your wedding day with you. Think about that. They’ll be surrounded by the people you love best and only someone you like deserves to share that.

 

But there’s another reason. 

 

Do you want photographs like the ones featured all over your favourite photographer’s website and social media pages? That won’t happen unless you connect with them.

 

Why? 

 

How do you feel when you spend time with someone you don’t like? Uncomfortable? Awkward? Like you’re walking on eggshells? Yup, me too! And when you feel this way, do you allow yourself to relax and be yourself? No, of course not.

 

And what does this mean for your photographs? Well, when you’re uncomfortable you’ll be tense and when you’re tense, you’ll look stiff and awkward… the bottom line is that you won’t look your best. And on your wedding day, don’t settle for anything less than your best.

Do you know it only takes a few seconds to make your mind up about whether you like or dislike someone? Really! And that means, even if you’re really really busy, you should take the time to meet with those photographers who have captured your attention. 

If you're still struggling to choose a photographer at all, check out this blog, it's got some great advice about what to look for.

 

Do you love my photographs? Get in touch by email, phone or text message or feel free to pop into my studio and we can have a chat about how I can take your perfect wedding photographs.

 

28 The Hidden Lane

1103 Argyle Street

Glasgow

G3 8ND

info@victoriacharlotterose.com

07894 088 666

April 2019

In this month's blog, I'm looking at the types of photographs to expect on your wedding day

What do you want to see in 10 years?

What type of pictures do you see yourself looking through in 10 years’ time?

It's easy to forget the future when you're caught up in the excitement of planning your wedding. Don't forget about it.

 

The memories of your wedding day are captured in your wedding photographs. Think now about what you want to see when you pick up your album in 10 years time.

Is your wedding album full of very formal, staged images which look like they could belong to images from a Royal Wedding?

 

If so, it’s really important to remember that these types of photographs take time. People aren’t positioned by accident and you may find your photographer (and usually their assistant) will make continual changes as they photograph you and your guests.

 

You will need to put several hours of your day aside to make sure your photographer can deliver the perfection you want. And if this is what you want, it's worth spending the extra time.

 

Is your wedding album full of relaxed, natural images which capture the mood of your day?

 

These photographs don’t take as much time but you have less control over them. Your photographer will work in the background to capture as many special moments as they can and will seldom ask you to stand in a specific place or pose.

 

Even with group shots, your photographer probably won’t give too much guidance – they’ll check everyone is visible and encourage everyone to smile or even laugh.

With this type of photography, in 10 years time you'll be able flick through your wedding album and relive your emotions and special moments.

 

Is your album a mixture? Check your ideal photographer can do everything. Ask if you can see a wedding from start to finish, so you can check your photographer is able to deliver everything you want.

 

If there are things missing you know you want, find out why – it may be that their client didn’t want those; or that they just don’t do the thing you after. 

 

But what type of pictures should you be looking out for? 

Your wedding day is arranged in neat sections. 

 

Bride/ Groom prep

 

Not everyone wants this but if you do, check it is included in your wedding package.

 

The photographs to expect from this are: hair and make-up being done, last minute ironing, putting on dresses, kilts, shoes, jewellery… detail shots of rings, flowers, jewellery, coat hangers… Champagne toasts, bridesmaids, groomsmen, close family and friends interacting. Your photographer may do both parties, particularly if you’re getting ready in the same venue or are close to one another on the day.

Before the Ceremony

 

This is where your photographer will capture your guests arriving and interacting with one another. They may also capture images of your minister/ celebrant/ registrar setting up. It is also a great opportunity for your wedding photographer to take photographs of the ceremony room set up, the bride or groom waiting at the end of the aisle and guests entering and taking their seats. 

The Ceremony

 

During your ceremony, your photographer will capture members of the wedding party, followed by bride or groom walking down the aisle; shots of you individually and together; the exchange of rings; first kiss; any celebrations (hand fasting, sand ceremony, readings etc.); signing of register (usually afterwards); and pictures of you leaving the ceremony room.

Just after the Ceremony

 

This can vary. Some people have a receiving line, some have a drinks toast, some go straight to a group photograph or more formal photographs, while others just mingle with their guests. Your photographer might recommend you go outside as quickly as possible but this will depend on what you’ve decided you want – formal photographs take time and it can be tricky squeezing lots in before dinner! 

Photographs

 

Your venue will probably assign you time for photographs and this is usually around 2 hours. It’s important to give your photographer a list of any group shots you want – try and do this in advance so that your wedding photographer can plan ahead. If you don’t want group shots, your photographer will use this time to capture the day or use it as an opportunity to take some pictures of you and your newlywed alone!

Speeches

 

Your photographer will normally be with your guests when you and the main wedding party arrive for your speeches and meal. This is so they can photograph your arrival and the reaction of your guests. Your photographer will probably take pictures of each person talking and the guests in the room. Expect tears, smiles and laugher in these images!

Evening Reception

 

Remember to double check what is included in your wedding photography package – few photographers have this as standard. You may want to have photographs of evening guests arriving, of your cake being cut and your first dance, as well as capturing your guests dancing and having fun.

Choosing your wedding photographer should be exciting and not daunting. See it as a chance to research wedding ideas – décor, colours, dresses and kilts, flowers…  and at the same time, see it as an opportunity to work out what you really want from your photographer and your photographs. 

Now you've had a chance to look through my latest wedding, do you love my photographs?

 

If so, let's meet for a chat!

 

can't wait to hear from you, so please complete your details in the box below or book the best time to meet by clicking here.

28 The Hidden Lane

1103 Argyle Street

Glasgow

G3 8ND

info@victoriacharlotterose.com

07894 088 666

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