Collaboration with Withington High School for girls Manchester- Charity Fashion Show – Bumper Prize Offering

First of all I wanted to apologize to our readers that I could not post any blog entries after mid August.  The wedding season was such a huge success and really kept us busy! Not only were we busy doing Asian Wedding Photography, Asian Wedding Videography and Asian Bridal Makeups in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Glasgow (including surrounding areas) – we were also busy with the other side of our business that is targeted towards our non-Asian clients.  www.tlg-weddingphotographyandvideos.co.uk has been a huge success.  The facebook page now has about 850 likes in just a few months :) Thanks All:

https://www.facebook.com/tlgweddingphotography

We are so happy that we were selected to offer the bumper prize for a very worthwhile charity event taking place at Withington High School for girls. This is a fashion show and in collaboration with www.tlg-weddingphotographyandvideos.co.uk we will be providing a makeover session and a photo shoot to the luck winner (value £200).  Below is a screen shot of the news section at the school as well as their website.  We would encourage all to please become a part of this event and fully support the charity event that the girls have worked very hard to put up.  ALL THE BEST AND SUCCESS.

http://www.wgs.org/2014/11/2014-charity-fashion-show-tickets-now-sale/

Bumper prize for charity event at Withington High School for Girls

Charity event at Withington High School for Girls in Manchester

 

 

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Autumn and Winter 2014 and 2015 – Asian Weddings – Female Photographers / Female Videographers available through our regional Birmingham office.

For all our Asian Clients who have segregated weddings – we can provide a team of female photographers and female videographers to cover Asian Weddings.  Our Female only crew can provide photography and videography services in the following cities and areas in and around Birmingham.  In the coming days we will release names of cities and localities where our team of Female Only Videographers and Female Only Photographers can also be provided. Please call Uzma at 07881980699 to make bookings.

 

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Autumn / Winter 2014 and 2015 – Asian Weddings – Female Photographers / Female Videographers available through our regional Manchester office.

For our Asian Clients who have segregated weddings – we can provide a team of female photographers and female videographers to cover Asian Weddings.  Our Female only crew can provide photography and videography services in the following cities and areas in and around Manchester.  In the coming days we will release names of cities and localities where our team of Female Only Videographers and Female Only Photographers can also be provided. Please call Uzma at 07881980699 to make bookings.

 

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Manchester Asian Wedding Photography and Asian Wedding Videography trends –For Autumn / Winter 2014 and Jan 2015

Happy Ramadan 2014 everyone!  Generally for our Muslim clients – Ramadan means a wedding free month.  The only weddings that generally we are asked to cover are for non-Muslim Asian clients (Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists , Christians and from other religions that can be found in our beautiful “sub-continent”).  During this break in the season I wanted to take time to thank all our clients and friends for making this season Spring / Summer 2014 a huge success.  We continue to take bookings from our Hindu, Sikh, Buddhists, and Christian and other clients (whatever their religion might be) and look forward to resuming right where we left off after EID 2014!

Autumn and winters used to be slow periods traditionally for weddings in general and especially for Asian Weddings.  However our Manchester team reports that due to lack to big halls and venues that cater to Asian Weddings in Manchester and surrounds (Preston, Liverpool, Blackburn, Rochdale, Oldham, Bury, Bolton, Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield) – During Autumn and Winters as well now it is very difficult to find a good quality venue that is not already booked.  For those Asian clients that have not been able to book venues for their weddings – please look at options of maybe doing your function on a weekday.  Most of the venues have good deals to offer as well.

In Manchester based on the requests we are getting from customers and from research conducted by our Manchester based teams of photographers and videographers – following are the trends that we can see for weddings that will happen during Autumn / Winter 2014:

1)      Vintage Looks

Our Asian Clients up-north are now moving towards “Vintage look” picture prints and albums.  This trend was evident and strong in London and south of UK but seems like taking root very rapidly up north.  Our Manchester regional teams that cover most of the territory up north to include (besides Greater Manchester – Liverpool, Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn, Nelson, Oldham, Burnley, Accrington, Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Halifax, and Doncaster) also report that our Asian clients are also preferring the same look in makeup and dressing.  Of course, we love covering “Vintage” looking events and weddings.

 

2)      Documentary Style Wedding Coverage

A style very popular amongst our Non-Asian (Manchester) Weddings, brides and grooms.  We are seeing a big and increased demand for this for our Manchester and North West based Asian Brides and Grooms.  We “Document” the wedding from the start / preparations to the end (Final dance or “Rasams” at the home).  We also have commentary and voice-overs from family and friends.

 

3)      Pre-wedding Photo shoot (only available at our studio in Manchester)

Just like in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka – in the Northwest of UK especially Manchester and surrounds  – we are seeing majority of our customers opting to have their pre-wedding photo shoot done at our studio.  This is the best way and place to be away from family and the hectic activities of the wedding and all the Rasams.  Our Asian newly wedded couples are also more comfortable to have their romantic shots being taken away from prying eyes.  We have a range of packages that can be opted by Asian clients in Manchester who would like to document and have great memories of their wedding captured forever.

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Asian Wedding Photography and Asian Wedding Videography in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Glasgow

Dear Readers:

We specialize in catering to Asian clients who are looking to get their wedding(s) covered either using still photography or via High Defenition (HD) Video.  Our vast experience makes us the perfect partner who you can rely on.   Through our regional offices in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Glasgow – we are able to provide coverage for Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan) and Middle Eastern Weddings throughout the UK.

Our approach to wedding photography and wedding videography revolves around you.   We cater our Asian and Middle Eastern Wedding packages to your needs and requirements.  Whether it is a single camera person package you are looking for or a more elaborate function coverage with numerous camera persons – For Wedding Photography almost all our packages come standard with an Album and a CD/DVD slideshow.  Our standard wedding videography packages include atleaset 2 sets of DVD’s that are edited and generally include the Titles, Highlights and the function coverage.

Due to nature of our business we request all prospective clients to make their bookings as early as possible.  We have our gallery of work available on our website as well as our facebook page:

www.facebook.com/uzmasbridal

www.uzmas.co.uk

Photoshoot of an Asian Couple at their wedding

Pakistani Bride and Pakistani Groom from UK at their wedding photo shoot

great picture of an Asian Couple at their wedding

Asian – Indian Bride and Indian Groom at their wedding

beautiful picture of an Asian Couple on their wedding day

Asian Wedding Photography – Photo shoot of an Asian Couple shot at location in Manchester

An Asian Couple at their pre-wedding photo shoot

Asian Groom and Asian Bride during their photoshoot

Beautiful picture of an Asian Couple on their wedding day

Wedding Picture of an Asian Couple in UK

 

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Asian Wedding Photography and Wedding Videography – do’s and don’ts

We love capturing Asian Weddings in the UK – especially in big cities like London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Cardiff as there are some great venues that are especially designed to cater to Asian Weddings.

The extravagant colours and intricate traditions give a great opportunity to wedding photographers and videographers to capture great “Kodak” moments.

If you are planning your wedding or would be planning a wedding for family and friends, please keep in mind the following do’s and don’ts as this might make a huge difference to your experience and the final result achieved via photographs and videos.

DO:

Plan everything in advance.  If you have envisioned a particular “Rasam” or a tradition that needs to be captured, please let your photographer and videographer know in advance.  At Uzma’s we request that the bride and groom nominate a person who would act as a point person during the day and who will have a good understanding of what needs to be covered at the wedding.

Don’t:

Leave the booking for the last moment!  We have come across numerous examples of clients calling a day or two before their wedding – panicking and pleading with us to cover an event.  Like most good photographers – even though we have a very big team and provide Asian Wedding Photography and Wedding Videography services throughout the UK – our schedule gets filled-up very fast.  In order to avoid a situation where you do not have professional pictures and / or video of your event – please book as early as possible.

DO:

Look at examples of work.  Even though sometimes we are restricted by some clients to show their wedding pictures or videos online – they are open to us showing them in our office/studio to prospective clients.  For segregated weddings we  do have a team of Females who cover Asian Weddings throughout the UK (Female Asian Wedding Photographers).    By looking at examples of work – you will be able to also look at examples of poses that you might want – the layout of the albums that you might want etc.

 

Don’t:

Don’t expect your photographer and or videographer to work miracles.  As Asian Wedding Photographers and Videographers we try to capture in the best “light” or situation the essence of the wedding.  Remember, that we can only capture what is available to us.  For examples if the drapes hanging behind the main sofa are not ironed properly and look bad in a picture – even though we can airbrush – it will still look like the image was altered.  At Uzma’s we try to keep skin smoothing and touching to the minimum (however we will work to the wishes of our clients).

 

DO:

Make sure that you work with Wedding Photographer and Videographers that run a proper business.  For example, make sure that your Photographer or Videographer gives you a proper invoice that gives details of what you will be getting in return of the payment you have made.  Please try to avoid “Professionals” that only demand cash-in-hand and do not give out a proper receipt. At Uzma’s we do not accept cash-in-hand.  All our transactions are done via proper banking channels and you will be given a proper invoice on our company letterhead.

 

Don’t:

Over-crowd the stage.  Please make sure that plenty of room is given to the Wedding Photographer and Videographer to take pictures and videos.  In a group setting it always benefits if the entry and exit to the stage is restricted and that enough time is given to the professionals to take their images.  For “Rasams” – it is always better to give a good vantage point to the camera person so that he/she is able to capture good moments.

 

DO:

Ask to see insurance documents of the Wedding Photographer and Videographer.  Some venues now require the suppliers (Incl. Asian Wedding Photographer and Asian Wedding Videographers) to carry and show them proof of valid insurance before they would allow those suppliers to work at the wedding venue. The last thing you would want is that the Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer is denied entry to the wedding venue because they did not have insurance.

 

Don’t:

Please don’t expect something that is not part of the package that is chosen.  For example: If you have chosen only a 1 person wedding videographer – don’t expect a full “cinematic” effect movie.

 

DO:

Please pay your Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer on time :) – after all they are the custodians of the some of the most precious moments of your life!!!

 

Please refer to our facebook page and our website for prices and to make a booking.

www.facebook.com/uzmasbridal

www.uzmas.co.uk

Beautiful Asian (Pakistani / Indian) couple (Bride and Groom) on their wedding day Photoshoot

Picture of an Asian Bride and Groom from Manchester UK.

 

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Asian Wedding Photography and Videography a Photographers review of Canon equipment – Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Glasgow

Dear Readers:

Since we mostly cover Asian Weddings in most of the UK through our regional teams based in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Glasgow, and since so many of you are curious about the equipment that we mostly use for photography and videography at these weddings, as a photographer, I wanted to give you an idea of the various equipment we use.  This might also be a good guide for amateur photographers and videographers who are thinking of taking their hobby to the next level.

Due to the increased and rapid advancement in technology, as a photographer and videographer that mostly covers Asian Weddings, we have to keep on top of the latest trends and new equipment that makes it to the market.

Asian Weddings might require different techniques to capture than a Non-Asian Wedding.  Besides the obvious lighting challenges – a good Asian Wedding Photographer and Videographer will keep in mind the reality that most of the Asian Weddings are “Big” – the number of guest can easily cross a couple of hundred.  There is an influx of colour and traditions that needs to be captured and generally it is better to have more than 1 camera person available to capture these weddings.

To capture a very fast moving “Scenes / Asian Weddings” – that might have a lot of non-choreographed elements you will need to make sure that the equipment is high-grade and professional.  Most of our regional teams in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Cardiff that cover these Asian Weddings use professional Canon equipment.  We use full-frame DSLR cameras that we use both for photography and lately for videography as well.  My personal favourite these days is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.  Generally we use a battery grip in order to give us extra power to capture some Asian Weddings that might run for almost 12 hours continuous!!!  for Asian Videography coverage’s in the UK (Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, and Glasgow) we also use various sliders, specialized tripods, and for cinematic effects we would use steady cams, tracks, jigs / rigs.

For lens – we use a mix of Fixed and Zoom lens.  For Canon we generally use “L” series professional lens.  Most of the zoom lens have “USM” features that can auto-focus very quickly – a very important feature for fast-moving action (Like dancing) etc. that you might need to capture at an Asian Wedding.  In my kit right now I have 70-200 f2.8, 85mm 1.2, 50mm 1.4, 40 – 70 f4, and 18 – 35 f4 lens.  Our teams also carry flashes and prefer Canon Speedlight EX600.  We also tend to carry external LED lights for continuous coverage especially for Asian Wedding Videography aspect of the business.

For Asian Weddings and at Wedding Venues that are Photographer / Videographer friendly (meaning that they have space and sockets etc. available for the wedding photographers and videographers) – we also like to use Soft Boxes that gives us more control over lighting but having a good camera with high ISO such as Canon EOS 5D Mark III we can generally compensate for poor lighting.

I hope this guide will help aspiring Asian Wedding Photographers / Asian Wedding Videographers in choosing the right equipment.  If you do decide to work as a part of any of our regional teams that are based in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, and Glasgow and cover mostly Asian Weddings – then please take a further look at our website page at:

www.uzmas.co.uk/photography-videography/

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A photoshoot of Asian Couple – Wedding Photography in Manchester

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Asian Wedding Photography and Asian Wedding Videography News From Our Regional Team in Birmingham

Dear Readers:

Our Birmingham regional teams have now been operating for more than a year and gaining strength year on year.  The great feedback from our clients and our customer focused services have been very well taken by clients seeking Asian Wedding Photography & Asian Wedding Videography for their big day.  We continue to serve customers in and around Birmingham to include areas such as Leicester, Northampton, Worcester, Wolverhampton, Rugby, Coventry, Tamworth, Kidderminster, Redditch, Telford, Stafford, Newport, Solihull, Nuneaton, Royal Leamington Spa and surrounds.

From feedback we have received from customers and clients we have realized that most of the people seek a great value Asian wedding package in both photography and videography that will not break the bank and will still include spectacular coverage of memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.

The price of our Asian wedding photography packages generally includes an A3 size album that is matte and digitally finished.  If more and varied options of albums are needed, we can provide you with multiple such options.  Your wedding pictures are provided in digital format as well and would also include a slide show.

As a part of our wedding/event photography coverage we try to capture the “running” event as well as capture some intimate shots of the couple tying the knot.  We are also noticing that more and more of our clients are also opting to choose our “studio” or “photoshoot” packages in conjunction of our wedding photography package.

Our Asian wedding videography package had always been very popular amongst our “Asian” clients – however, now more and more clients are seeking video coverage of their wedding as well.  Our wedding videos are captured using HD cameras and we provide an edited product to our customers as well as all the raw coverage.

Depending on the package that our clients choose – we can provide a basic 1 cameraperson package as well as a full cinematic coverage using multiple camerapersons.

We strongly encourage our prospective clients to call and setup a meeting where we can invite you to our studio in Manchester to show you examples of our wedding photography and wedding videography.

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Wedding Photography and Wedding Videography news and update from our regional Manchester office.

Dear Readers:

Our Manchester regional teams (based in our home city and headquarters) have now been operating and gaining strength year on year.  The great feedback from our clients and our customer focused services have been very well taken by clients seeking Wedding Photography & Wedding Videography for their big day.  We continue to serve customers in and around Manchester to include areas such as Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Preston, Blackburn, Liverpool, Bolton, Halifax, Huddersfield, Nelson, Rotherham, Barnsley, Rochdale, Oldham, Burnley and surrounds.

From feedback we have received from customers and clients we have realized that most of the people seek a great value wedding package in both photography and videography that will not break the bank and will still include spectacular coverage of memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.

The price of our wedding photography packages generally includes an A3 size album that is matte and digitally finished.  If more and varied options of albums are needed, we can provide you with multiple such options.  Your wedding pictures are provided in digital format as well and would also include a slide show.

As a part of our wedding/event photography coverage we try to capture the “running” event as well as capture some intimate shots of the couple tying the knot.  We are also noticing that more and more of our clients are also opting to choose our “studio” or “photoshoot” packages in conjunction of our wedding photography package.

Our wedding videography package had always been very popular amongst our “Asian” clients – however, now more and more clients are seeking video coverage of their wedding as well.  Our wedding videos are captured using HD cameras and we provide an edited product to our customers as well as all the raw coverage.

Depending on the package that our clients choose – we can provide a basic 1 cameraperson package as well as a full cinematic coverage using multiple camerapersons.

We strongly encourage our prospective clients to call and setup a meeting where we can invite you to our studio in Manchester to show you examples of our wedding photography and wedding videography.

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A beautiful bride in Manchester on her wedding day

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A photoshoot of Asian Couple – Wedding Photography in Manchester

 

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Uzma’s – Wedding Photography, Wedding Videography and Bridal Makeup – Regional Teams in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Glasgow and surrounding areas.

About:

A unique name specializing in Wedding Photography, Bridal Makeup and Wedding Videography.  Uzma has been lucky to be involved in a profession that she loves and is very passionate about.  She started off as a makeover photographer who specialized in doing makeup and photoshoots of clients who wanted to get a makeover.  Over time and after numerous requests she started doing Bridal Makeups and also started doing wedding photography.  Now she and the company she runs under her name “Uzma’s” is a renowned name in the field of wedding photography, wedding videography and Bridal Makeups.  The pictures you see are either of Bridal Makeup or Wedding Photography or Photo shoots that were done by “Uzma’s”.

Based in Manchester – “Uzma’s” now covers all of the UK.  Uzma’s regional teams are based in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, and Glasgow and can cover an area within 100 miles of each regional office.  We provide the following across all our regional offices with the exception of Manchester (where we also provide studio photography to cover Bridal Shoots, FYEO and Boudoir Photography): Wedding Photography, Bridal Makeup, Party Makeup, Wedding Videography.

 

Wedding Photography:

Our approach to Wedding Photography revolves around you.  We make sure to capture the essence of the day, the emotions and the environment so that later on when you or your family and friends see the pictures they are able to re-experience the wedding day.  Our wedding photography packages can be tailor made to your requirements or you can choose a wedding photography package that will suit your requirements.  Our regional teams based in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Glasgow and providing coverage within 100 miles will be more than happy to show you examples of work and to discuss and strategize with you  about how to photograph your event.  In conjunction to our photography we also provide a selection of albums.  Generally all our wedding photography packages come with a standard album, you are however welcome to choose your own album style.

 

Wedding Videography:

We are seeing more and more couples choosing to have a movie / videos made of their wedding.  With vast experience in Wedding Videography – all our regional teams based in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, and Glasgow and covering within a 100 miles can make a video of your wedding that you can cherish for a long time.  You can either choose a basic 1 camera coverage or go for the cinematic option, all our wedding videography packages are covered using HD cameras and you will be provided with 2 HD quality DVD’s that would include Titles, Wedding or Function highlights and then the edited coverage of the wedding.   Please refer to the pricing section for more details.

 

Bridal Makeup and Hair Styling

Our approach to Wedding / Bridal Makeup and Hair Styling is the same as for other services.  We will make sure to give you that glow that will make you the centre of attention and make you stand out and a cut above the rest.  Whether it is minimal, smokey, or  bold makeup that you are interested in, we can achieve that look.  Our Hairstylists can also work off of pictures and can try to replicate a style of your choosing or create a unique look that will accentuate your bridal makeup and dress.

Uzma’s strength and vast experience in Bridal and Wedding makeup and hair styling has made her the choice of brides all over UK.  Having started in Manchester, Uzma’s now covers all of the UK via regional teams based in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Glasgow and within 100 miles of these regional offices.    All of our team members are highly experienced and mobile.  They can come to your place or location for a trial/consultation and use high quality and professional brands such as Mac, Chanel, YSL, CD, Illamasqua, TLG, Urban Decay.  Combine our makeup services and other services such as Wedding Photography and Wedding Videography and we can offer you a great package.

 

 

Booking advice

Following is a real – life experience  of a couple to illustrate the booking process.

 

Initial Contact

Emma had found us over the internet and made the first contact.  She had visited our website as well as our facebook page at www.facebook.com/uzmasbridal to see examples of our work and likes and comments received from other people.  She had initially contacted us for her “Wedding / Bridal Makeup”.  The initial consultation was held over the phone and arrangements were made to meet in-person so that we could show her and her fiancée examples of our work.  Emma and Dave came to our office to see pictures of some real brides as well as to see examples of our Wedding Photography and Wedding Videography.  Since our Bridal Makeup, Wedding photography and Wedding videography package prices are listed on the website it was very easy for them to determine the sort of services they would like to book us for.

 

First Meeting

During our meeting we showed both Emma and Dave examples of our work including photo albums and DVD’s of some real Wedding Videography and Wedding Photography coverage’s we had done.  They also saw some albums of Photoshoots we had done in our studio and they were very impressed (Studio Photoshoots only available in Manchester for the time being).  They wanted to book us for all 3 services we provide Wedding / Bridal Makeup and Hair Styling, Wedding Photography and Wedding Videography.

 

Securing the booking

In order to secure the booking Emma and Dave made a direct payment of 50% of the total amount into our bank account (as we do not accept cash-in-hand).  Once we had confirmation that the payment was made an invoice (and a copy for the couple) was generated.  This invoice (and the duplicate) was on our company letterhead and detailed all the services that were going to be provided and on the day these services were to be provided.  The clients signed both the invoices and returned a signed copy back to us.  By signing the invoice they had also confirmed that they had read our terms and conditions that are listed on our website and were in agreement with those terms and conditions.

 

Before the Wedding

Well before the wedding day – Emma and Dave emailed us the itinerary.   They also made the payment of the balance of the 50% of the invoice and we sent them a text confirmation that the full payment had now been received.

 

Wedding Day

On the day of the wedding since we were doing Emma’s Bridal Makeup and hair styling and the wedding photography and wedding videography coverage was to begin from her home.  Our teams arrived on time and started doing their work.  Since we had cushion time built-in, our teams were able to get all their work done very easily and without the need to dip into the cushion time.  Our teams were able to coordinate very well amongst themselves.  Some video and photographs were taken of the bride getting ready.  We also got a chance to get some messages from the family of the bride for the video.  The photographer and the videographer then took some shots of the Bride leaving for the registrars’s office to get married.

At the Registrar’s office – “running” shots and video was captured of the function.  All the captures and shots were “natural” and taken as the ceremony progressed.  After the register was signed by the bride and groom and once the couple was officially wed – our photographer and videographer requested them for some time alone to get a photoshoot done.  We managed to get great clicks at the very beautiful town hall and on the grounds as well.  Most of the video and photography was “natural” – however, for group settings and for the couple photoshoot our team gave direction.

The wedding party then made their way to a local hotel’s bar for a get-together.  The bride and groom were greeted by the guests and drinks were served.  During this time our videographer was able to record messages from guests who had attended the wedding.  The photographer also managed to get great shots of guests and family.

After a short break during which the bride got a new makeover and hairstyle done everyone made their way to the marquee that was chosen for the wedding reception.  At the reception, the photographer and videographer again got a chance to capture the essence of the occasion and were able to capture a lot of great pictures and video.  Our teams covered the cake-cutting ceremony, speeches of the family/guests/bestman/and parents and stayed back to cover the 1st dance of the new bride and groom.

 

After the wedding

Right after the wedding reception we received a text from Emma who was really happy and commended us and our team for a job very well done!  Such feedback always gives us encouragement and gives us added motivation to make our client’s wedding day special.

 

1 week after the wedding

Within 1 week of the wedding the Emma and Dave were given all the raw images on a DVD which was sent to them via first class Royal Mail.  A copy of the same images was kept by us.  The clients then made their selection of the pictures they wanted in their wedding album.

 

Video 1st edit and photo album layout

Within the time specified in the terms and conditions, the clients were given the 1st edit of the wedding video as well as the layout of the photo album.    On getting the okay from the client for the photo album – it was sent off for printing.  For the video the clients made some changes which were made and the final copies of the Wedding Video were given to the client.  Yet again we received great feedback from the clients which gives us all encouragement to make YOUR wedding day very special.

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