Pin Up Photography – Adding Style To Your Pre-Wedding Photos

Unknown to many, pin up photography started way back in the 1890s. It was commenced by Jules Cheret, a Parisian artist. However, it was only during World War II that pin ups gained enormous attention, especially from soldiers.

Originally, pin ups were a by-product of the repression felt by women in terms of their freedom of expression. It paved the way to the liberty and equality women are enjoying nowadays. During the World War II, pin up posters were utilized as a means to uplift soldiers’ morale and veer them away from entertaining the idea of death.

At present, modern pin up photography is becoming more and more popular. It is no longer a simple symbolism of sex but also a form of art. As a matter of fact, it is already used as a theme for prenuptial photo shoots.

Women cannot get enough of the vintage, but fun and playful idea behind pin ups. Because of this, they want to dress up and pose like Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Betty Grable, and Bettie Page in their pre-wedding photographs.

Achieving that pin up girl look in your engagement snapshots is actually easy. All you have to do is prepare the backdrop, props and of course, your costumes.

Background

The photo shoot can actually be taken anywhere. You can have it either indoors or outdoors; just make sure there is enough lighting in your chosen location. For indoors, you can simply make use of a white fabric as your backdrop. Secure it with a tape or thumb tacks. You can also utilize other colours but it is highly advisable that you choose light ones.

Props

For your props, get a table, bench or chair. Most pin ups have women sitting on something. It is best to use a simple chair or table for the shoot so it won’t distract viewers from the subject. You can also add books, a beach bag, an umbrella, old suitcase, hand-held mirror, or oversized sunglasses.

Costumes

There is no need to buy expensive dresses or outfits for your planned pin up style photographs. Actually, there is no need to spend a huge amount of money for this photo shoot as you can recycle everything. For your outfit, you can just use an old cute bathing suit or a full skirt or even your favourite polka dots dress. A pencil skirt topped with a white poplin shirt will also do – anything retro, stripes, or floral. Pair your get-up with high heels. And to complete your ensemble, add a big flower or a cocktail hat.

Celebrate in Style With Vintage Wedding Cars

If you are planning a wedding at an exclusive club or a million dollar estate, you might think about using vintage wedding cars for your wedding transportation needs. Classic and vintage cars are the perfect addition to a day filled with class and style, sophistication and luxury. Photographers will love taking the couples’ picture in front of a classic beauty with the wedding venue as a backdrop. Brides and grooms with a special affinity for classic cars will love the appeal that vintage wedding cars will bring to the day, and the memories they will create for themselves and their guests.

Transportation – Though many classic and vintage wedding cars may have contracts against driving them (or having them driven by a company driver) for long distances, most can still be used as local wedding transportation. These rentals keep their value as classics because of their uniqueness and their low mileage, which could quickly add up if each couple renting took the vehicles for long drives. Vintage wedding cars are probably best if only needed for very short distances, such as from the chapel to the reception hall down the street.

Props Only – If you find a classic car you want to rent but find that it is cost prohibitive, you might get a reduced rate for using it as a prop only. This means the car is not driven, except to the location where it will be parked. Often, the owner of the vehicle will have it hauled to the location as to preserve the car’s low mileage. When used as props, vintage wedding cars still add considerable value to your wedding celebrations. They can be used to enhance the overall look and feel of an exclusive or luxurious party, or they may simply be used in professional wedding photographs that include the couple.

Full Event Rental – Other than the other two options above, vintage wedding cars can be used during the entire wedding celebration. Though it may be hard to find a company willing to rent out a vehicle over a several day period, it can be done. Don’t expect to get a weekend celebration classic car on a small budget, however. If you are lucky enough to find a company or car owner willing to rent their vintage wedding cars for several days or more, be prepared to pay top dollar. For that money, you will enjoy transportation and the vehicle’s use as a prop at the venue or in wedding photos.

Vintage wedding cars can be rented from wedding transportation companies and from local individual vehicle owners. Be sure that no matter which vendor you use, that you have a signed contract and proof of insurance before taking possession of the vintage or classic car. Usually valued at high dollar, you will want to make sure your liability is spelled out clearly so that you do not get stuck in a situation where you need to pay a huge penalty or lose your deposit. Nothing can ruin the memory of your wedding more than dealing with financial surprises in the aftermath of it all.

Ten Tips For Brides on How to Get Great Wedding Photos

Couples planning to get married often fall in the trap of thinking that if they get a good photographer then great photos will be guaranteed. Unfortunately this is a fallacy.

Ensuring great photos should be a team effort and there is a lot that couples can do to assist the photographer in achieving this objective. The recipe for creating an environment for great wedding photos demands that certain factors be considered very carefully.

1) The wedding venue. While nice looking gardens can be an attractive backdrop to wedding photos it can also be become confusing if not treated correctly. The guideline here is to go for simplicity. Interesting buildings with arches pillars and staircases are ideal for great photos and create opportunities for posing brides and the couple. The trick is to ensure that the emphasis is on the bride and the couple rather than on the environment. Be careful of a venue build of yellowish bricks with a roof made of grass or reeds. I have very seldom seen good pictures taken in such venues. The reason being that the yellow brics simply does not make a good back-drop for wedding pictures, the seconds reason being the fact that neither the walls nor the roof reflects any light, making it very dark inside where all the action takes place.

2) Timing your wedding. This is a factor often overlooked by couples and many couples choose to have a midday wedding for reasons like convenience etc. While this can work out well on a cloudy day the reality is that harsh bright midday sunlight creates deep black shadows and highlights that can be a test for any photographer. Why, simply because cameras hate contrast and have no way of dealing with such a situation as even the most advanced cameras cannot expose for shadows and highlights simultaneously. Cameras prefer soft even light that are almost guaranteed during the late afternoon and early evening hours.

3) Be ready on time. Insist that your beautician and hair stylist be punctual. If they are not on time the program for the day will be ruined and photos will have to be taken in what little time is left before the commencement of the formalities, usually not with good results.

4) Plan your day and schedule the formalities including the photo cessions. Allow fifteen minutes to each event for the unexpected. Things do and will sometimes go wrong. When you have completed your planning you should have a list with a start and end time for each formality.

5) Get a great car. If you have to travel to between various locations endeavor to get a great car that will make good photos. This will depend on your preference and your pocket. My preference will always be for a nice well looked after vintage car. Your uncle’s new Ferrari will most certainly be a lot quicker but for wedding photos it will come a poor second compared to a vintage model. A cart and horses will also do the trick if you can find them.

6) Do some posing in front of a mirror. There are no photographer that can turn you into a top model on the day of the wedding and there are some brides who simply can not pose. However the situation will be greatly improved if you can get yourself a few magazines and endeavor to copy some of the poses you like. This also applies to the couple.

7) Get a good hair stylist and make-up artist. While you expect to get only the best from your photographer he also expects you to be in great shape. Be assured that your photographer’s efforts are only going to match yours. Photographers loose their appetite very quickly once they realize that their subjects are not looking their best. You have to create a challenge for the photographer almost ‘a catch me if you can’ situation in order to get your photographer in top gear.

8) Be relaxed and spontaneous. If you planned properly there will be no need for you not to be relaxed. Do not invite people to your wedding that has a negative influence on you. It’s your wedding and your day and you choose your guests not your family.

9) Beware of the shiny dress. Most wedding dresses really look great but some of them tend to shine like a mirror. If this is the case with your dress then this is bad news for your photographer and I really mean BAD NEWS. The shiny dress means that your photographer will not be able to use flash (that is if he ever intended to do so in the first place) because your shiny dress will bounce back the light created by the flash and no detail will be recorded in that area of the photo. In actual fact the same goes for sunlight, the shiny parts of the dress will simply not show any detail on your photos. Very experienced photographers are able to deal with this to some extend, but why risk. Go for the safe option and make sure that your dress does not fall in this category. Besides, there is nothing that says that a wedding dress must be white!

10) Get some dance lessons. It is really an embarrassment to see some couples dance. Rather get some lessons. Also keep in mind that your photographer is looking for something where you are really moving. The slow dances where you take a step every now and then with little movement in between, really does not work for photos. Your photographer is looking to create a sense of movement by creating some blur hence the need for the quicker move.

I really hope that this will be of value to you and if you do not or can not meet all of this, do not despair there are ways to work around most of the issues mentioned.

Vintage Wedding Dress Is for the Fashion Conscious Bride

Have you ever had that nostalgic feeling towards a certain era? Maybe you were too young to remember the 70´s, but that never stopped you from listening to the old records on your turntables and yearning for that hippie chic look. Or maybe, you are mesmerized by the glamorous style of the 50´s and you are searching for the classics at every clothing store you enter.

We all have our own unique style that we like to cherish. Especially on the wedding day, one´s personal style has a great impact to the look and feel of the entire wedding. Probably the one most important contributing factor to the success of the wedding, is the Bride’s dress. When the perfect dress has been found, then everything else will follow. When the bride feels elegant and comfortable in her dress, she will outshine any little mishap that might occur during the big day.

But how can one find that magical wedding dress that saves the big day? A great way to find that special dress, is to go looking for vintage wedding dresses. It surely is a way to make a fashion statement, by wearing a one of a kind dress, that has been modified and personalized for the bride. Vintage wedding dresses come in various sizes and there are endless intriguing styles and looks to choose from. It is an exciting journey to the past, when searching and trying on the vintage wedding dresses. They are often very well made and the fabrics are durable. Those who are new with the vintage fashion can turn to the help of fashion stylist, who will find specific style that aids the bride to channel the desired image.

Who is the vintage clothing for? Fashion is a way to express and communicate personal thoughts, ideas and beliefs. Fashion does not mean following the latest trends too closely, even though the trends can be used to spice up the look. The wedding dress gets a lot of attention and is therefore an excellent way to share intimate qualities of the bride and groom. Today´s fashion conscious women are also environmentally aware and therefore they are most likely to wear vintage clothing. As the fashion often re-invents itself and borrows elements from the past, the vintage wedding dress can look authentic and more modern than newer designs. Vintage wedding dresses offer timeless options for fashion savvy women.

Planning the wedding should be a stress free activity that lets the creative minds take over. With a couple of friends and a vintage dress expert the perfect dress will surely be found. Even the brides maid´s dresses can be vintage and from the same era as the bride´s dress. The broad selection of vintage wedding dresses gives more options to go for the desired look and feel.

This is important, as the message of the dress will keep talking via wedding photos and video for generations to come. Imagine this, someday, someone who is looking for her ideal vintage wedding dress, might get the inspiration from your wedding photos.