AN ESPERANCE BEACH WEDDING : DAVE & DANI

29 May 2015            Jessica Ratty


The gorgeous Dave & Dani were married in Esperance, Western Australia. The location was incredible and so pristine, every where you looked was another picturesque Beach or perfect landscape. I absolutely love destination weddings, it is so exciting arriving in a completely new location and creating stunning images there. 

Dave and Dani are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met. When the two of them are together, it is like no one else is around and they are in their own little world. Dave and Dani's wedding was planned by the talented team at Red Velvet Events. 












































































































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A MERCURE HOTEL WEDDING : NEIL AND LEANNE

22 May 2015            Jessica Ratty


This was a very special Wedding Day. The absolutely beautiful Bride, Leanne was diagnosed with terminal brain and lung cancer, so her incredible sister-in-law, Dana wanted to do something really special for her before she began treatment and so she could have the wedding day that she never had. So only a few days after the diagnosis, Dana put a call out on social media for wedding vendors to offer their services  as a gift for Leanne & Neil, to give them their perfect wedding day. Within 5 days the entire wedding was planned and organised, without Neil & Leanne even knowing a thing, until it was revealed to them a couple of days before the event. That Saturday was the big day. And it was such a beautiful day. Filled with love, family and friends. Their reception at the Mercure Hotel Perth started straight after their ceremony at Langley Park, so we had just a few minutes to capture some sweet images of the two together. All of the wonderful vendors and suppliers from the day volunteered their services to make this day possible. 

Leanne is such a beautiful and sweet lady and it was such an honour to be able to capture all of their special moments and memories from the day for them.


















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ANTHONY & ANDREA - STUDIO DISPLAY WEDDING ALBUM

20 May 2015            Jessica Ratty


Last week I posted about our beautiful new display album from Anthony & Andrea's Wedding day and their replica parent album. This is the actual complete design layout of the albums. If you are planning your Wedding day, be sure to contact me and make a time to come in and see our beautiful new albums. I love very simple white layouts for a Wedding album, as you want to ensure that it will be timeless and classic, without dating or ageing quickly. Your Wedding album is such a big and important investment, which contains all of your precious memories from your Wedding day, so it is essential that it will last forever. 






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ANTHONY & ANDREA - NEW STUDIO DISPLAY WEDDING ALBUMS

15 May 2015            Jessica Ratty


It has been an insanely busy time in the studio! Not only has it been Wedding season, but we have also been working on getting some beautiful new products and albums to offer to our clients. I have also just released our new 2015 Wedding Collection, with all of our new Wedding Investments and products. This week I received two of our gorgeous new display albums back from our wonderful album suppliers. I am so excited to be able to show them off to our Bride's to be! 

The main album is one of our signature Heirloom Albums and is a wonderfully massive 12x16 inch album (the largest album we have and it is perfect for showcasing your wedding images) this album has a gorgeous black silk cover, with Anthony & Andrea's names embossed into it. The little grey album, is a Parent Replica Album of the main album. Many of our Wedding clients love to get miniature replicas of their Wedding album, as a gift to give each of their parents, as a thank you for their help and support with the wedding. Some Brides also like to get one for themselves, to keep as a little "on the go" brag book, that they can take anywhere they go, without worrying about their Heirloom album being damaged. These little parent albums, are exact replicas of your main Wedding album. 

I will also be posting the entire actual album layout very soon!





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A CAVERSHAM HOUSE WEDDING : DYLAN & TEGAN

13 May 2015            Jessica Ratty


Caversham House, known for being a stunning venue, with perfectly manicured grounds, limestone staircases straight out of a fairytale, incredibly luxe and gorgeous reception rooms and sitting right on the Swan River. It is definitely a unique and romantic venue in Perth. On the morning of Dylan & Tegan's Wedding, they both got ready at The Vines Golf Resort, which is a perfect idea for a Wedding Day - the Bride and the Groom getting ready very close together. Their ceremony then took place on the grand and magical stairs of Caversham House, in the Hidden Gardens. Family and location photos then continued around the beautiful grounds of Caversham. Dylan and Tegan's reception was held in the Main House, which is so elegant and perfect for weddings. 

Tegan & Dylan are just the sweetest couple and their Bridal Party were so much fun to work with! They had 6 groomsmen and 6 bridesmaids, which I absolutely love! Big Bridal Parties are so much fun and can create some beautiful images.

Click the video below, to see the slideshow from their incredible day. 





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PAULINE & MATT : WEDDING ALBUM

06 May 2015            Jessica Ratty


A while ago I posted about Pauline & Matt's album planning session and how Pauline was brought to tears because she loved it so much. Well since then we have received their finished stunning handcrafted album back and it is now in its new forever home, with Pauline and Matt. 

Their wedding ceremony was at the picturesque Cottesloe Civic Centre, with their wedding reception at the incredible and unique Fremantle Maritime Museum. So Pauline wanted to choose a cover that tied in with these locations and their woodland/natural theming and styling. She decided on a chocolate brown leather like cover, which looked absolutely beautiful! It is such a beautiful colour, but still simple enough to be timeless and classic.







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WEDDING TIP : HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

20 Mar 2015            Jessica Ratty


Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding day. Some couples don’t realise how important their images are until after their wedding day, when it is too late. There are so many beautiful moments that need to be captured on your special day and there is only one chance to freeze those memories forever. Whether it is all of the small details you have spent so much time and money planning… or the look on your parents face when they see their little girl for the first time in her wedding gown…or the grooms smile when he sees his bride... or all of the detail in your dream wedding gown… or your first kiss as a married couple… or even just a beautiful gentle moment between you and your partner on the most important day of your life.


   

According to many wedding surveys and even hearing from people who have had their weddings, one of the most common and biggest regrets that couples have from their wedding day, is their choice of photographer. So it is important that you make the right choice when selecting your wedding photographer. Unlike other suppliers (for example: your gown, bonbonnieres, venue, etc) you don’t see your images or even know what they will look like until after your wedding day has past. By then, the moments have gone and there are no second chances.

So what should you look for when choosing your wedding photographer?

To start the process of finding your dream wedding photographer, first of all it is best to narrow down the long list of photographers to just your favourites – the ones who’s images you love! After all, the images are what are going to last forever and the most important factor. From there you want to meet with those photographers to ensure that you have made the best decision.


 


Don’t Go On Price Alone:

Most couples who are using the internet or magazines etc to find wedding photographers, haven’t actually seen the photographers work in real life or the quality of the products they are offering. Which sometimes makes it difficult to compare the differences in photographers or what their work actually looks like (as it is very different to seeing photos on a screen). Unfortunately, this usually results in couples just comparing price alone, which is definitely not a good way to choose your photographer.

It may seem like multiple photographers are offering pretty much the same things but at completely different prices… which can be quite confusing. If they are both offering albums, why is there such a big price difference? There is usually a reason for this. In writing or on the computer it may appear that the products and what you receive in your investments are exactly the same, but if you see the finished products in person, the quality may be world apart! For example, while some companies offer high end, premium wedding albums, that are fully retouched, professionally printed and then hand made by some of the best album manufacturers in the world. While some photographers may include a “wedding album”, but they could be low quality paper magazine style books, that can bend and kink. It is very important to see the products in person and see exactly what sort of quality they are. After all, this is how you will remember your wedding day forever.



At the end of the day, it is definitely not a bargain if you hate your wedding photos and are embarrassed to display them.


I have heard people ask “Why are some photographers so expensive?”.. Some people assume that photographing a wedding only involves a few hours of work on the actual wedding day (which for some photographers this can be the case, but that is why it is so important to have all of the details before comparing photographers). But for most professional full time photographers, there is countless hours of work involved as well as the costs for the products they are providing to the client and then their overall business costs. Most photographers will have in excess of $15,000 worth of equipment on them to photograph a wedding day, not to mention computers, editing software, websites etc. This equipment does need to be updated and replaced.


When I photograph a wedding, I don’t just shoot and burn the images for clients (which usually means that a photographer photographs a wedding and just gives the client a disk of the files from the day. Shoot and burn is often the fastest and cheapest way to deliver photographs, but definitely does not provide the best quality or end product), I spend over 70 hours on every wedding I photograph. When a client orders their wedding album or any of their guests order prints from the day, every image is completely edited and retouched, skin is softened and all of our images and albums are made over in Melbourne and then couriered back to Perth.  We want to ensure that our clients are getting the highest quality products and images possible.



Who Will Be There On The Day:

Make sure the person you are meeting with to discuss your wedding photography, is in fact THE photographer who will be there on the day of your wedding. There is no point in meeting with a studio owner, sales consultant or their top photographer, if they aren’t the one who will be there on the day.

Loving the photographers images is one thing, but loving your photographer is even more important! If you don’t get along with your photographer, then it is going to show through in your images.  You want to enjoy your wedding day, without tension or stress, your photographer should be able to have fun with you and make you laugh. It is also important that you feel relaxed and comfortable around your photographer. If you aren’t relaxed or are feeling tense, it will be very obvious in your images. It will be up to your photographer to create most of the images and situations on your wedding day, to set up the foundations to let sweet moments happen or to get the perfect reactions from you, so it is essential that you 100% trust your photographer.

 



While ensuring that this is the photographer that you will be having, also ensure that all of the work that they are showing you, is in fact their work and not just examples of their studios work, from all different photographers that they have.

 

 

What To Look For:

While you are meeting with the photographer, you want to ensure that you can see a few examples of an entire wedding day coverage. While it is very easy to fluke a few great images on a wedding day, it requires a lot more than luck and expensive equipment to be able to create amazing images throughout the entire wedding day! You don’t just want a few great shots from your wedding day, you want there to be so many that it is hard to choose your favourites because you love them all so much! The best way to see the consistency of the photographers work, is to see wedding albums that show an entire wedding day coverage – grooms preparation, brides preparation, ceremony, family photos, location photos and the reception.

 



While you are looking through the albums make sure you take notice of the quality of the images and the overall album, as often this could be one of the main differences between photographers. Also look at the images individually. Are they edited? If so, how much do they edit your images? Some photographers fully retouch and airbrush your skin in every image to ensure you look flawless on your wedding day, while some only colour correct the images before printing. This is a personal choice and it depends on what look you would like to have in your finished wedding album.

 

Another important difference is that every photographer specializes or produces a different style of photography. Does the photographers style of photography suit what you are after? This is really important, as if there is a particular style that you are after, which is very different to your photographers, then it may not be a perfect match. You want to book a photographer because you love THEIR style of photography, not to get them to copy another style that you like.



Take notice of how the photographer has posed the clients, being posed in the correct way can make a huge difference in your images. If a Bride is placed into a bad or awkward pose, it can completely ruin an image. It can also make the most incredible and perfect fitting wedding gown, look unflattering and does not showcase how beautiful the gown actually is. Whilst guiding a Bride into the perfect pose or way to stand, can accentuate her assets, show off her gown and all while hiding any imperfections.

 

Your photographer should be interested in your wedding day and excited to be apart of it. If they are excited about all of the details and to be there, then you know that they will be even more likely to go above and beyond on your wedding day to create incredible images for you.  Your photographer should also be able to help you with any questions you have about how the day should run, the timings and schedule for the day or anything else you may need help with.

 

Do you get a pre-wedding E-session included with your investment?  There are a few reasons why I always recommend having an E-session before your wedding day. The first and most important reason is that you can get use to being in front of the camera, which can feel really unusual and awkward for most people, especially if they haven’t done anything like that before.  You also get use to working with your photographer and can build a relationship with them before the wedding day, it will help ease your mind and reinforce your trust in them, especially once you see how beautiful your images are. Posing correctly can make a huge difference to your images, when you are first shown how to stand or “pose” in a photograph, it can feel really awkward and unnatural, but once you have gotten the hang of it and seen how the poses come up in photographs, you can relax into it a lot more and the poses look more natural. The final reason for having an E-session, is that you then have beautiful images of the two of you to showcase at your wedding. Some couples choose to have a signature album from their session, at their wedding reception, for their guests to sign.



 

Are they a professional photographer full time? Or is this just a side job? If it is their full time career, they will be a lot more experienced with weddings and the entire process. It also could mean that they will be more available to attend your needs and emails as they aren’t trying to work around another job.

 


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PAULINE & MATT : WEDDNG ALBUM PLANNING SESSION

13 Mar 2015            Jessica Ratty



After I have photographed a couple's wedding, the next stage is to design an album layout to tell the story of their incredible fairytale wedding day. The first time they see all of their wedding photographs, is when they come in to complete the design of their wedding album and pick up their proof book. We play their beautiful wedding album slideshow, that we have designed first and then together we can go through the design and make changes, swap photos etc until it is their perfect dream wedding album!

My favourite moment in the entire process of photographing a wedding… is seeing a Bride cry with tears of happiness and love when they see their wedding album design for the first time! This was definitely the reaction last week from one of my beautiful Brides, Pauline, during her album planning session. 

Knowing that my clients are completely in love with their images and their wedding album is the best feeling! Your wedding album should tell the story of your dream wedding day, be able to take you back to all of those beautiful little moments and to show you looking the best you have ever looked in your life. After all.. your wedding album will become your first family heirloom. 

This is just a little teaser from Pauline & Matt's wedding album design, but we will be adding the entire design soon!







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A FRASERS RESTAURANT WEDDING : ALISHA & JOSH

06 Mar 2015            Jessica Ratty


It was so much fun to photograph Alisha, Josh and not to forget their super adorable little boy, Austin's, wedding day! They are such a sweet couple and so cute together. Especially the three of them together! Their reception was held at Fraser's Function Centre in King's Park, overlooking the Perth city lights, which is an incredible view, especially as the Sun starts to go down. 

The styling of their reception was BEAUTIFUL! One of my all time favourite table centrepieces that I have ever seen. It just had such a romantic and elegant feel.






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ANDREA & ANTHONY : WEDDING ALBUM SLIDESHOW

27 Feb 2015            Jessica Ratty


Andrea & Anthony's Wedding day was such an amazing day and it was filled with so many beautiful little details. After your wedding, you come back in to see your images and to design your dream wedding album. Every wedding album is completely different and designed to suit your images and your needs. This was the finished design of Andrea & Anthony's wedding album. 





   

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