Planning a central Manchester wedding? Tips for photography

Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing Dikla and James’ wedding day in central Manchester. They contacted me at quite short notice for a wedding but fortunately I was available. They had decided to have the ceremony at Manchester Register Office with their reception at the stunning Hotel Gotham.   The couple just wanted me to click away, capturing those special candid moments. Following the ceremony we headed back to Hotel Gotham and used a couple of the roof terrace bars, with amazing views of Manchester, for some of their pictures.   A great tip for couples is usually to have a pre-wedding photo shoot to get used to being in front of the camera, how to stand together and get used to smiling. A lot! A few weeks before the day is ideal. In this case that wasn’t possible so it was really refreshing to just see the couple play for the camera, ignore me and enjoying their big day.   The roof terrace was bathed in sunlight all afternoon so shooting with the sun behind them, and using the shade as much as possible, resulted in some great relaxed, casual photographs. The sun behind the couple lights their […]

Choosing a wedding photographer? Here’s 6 things to consider

It’s your big day – and naturally, you want to capture every moment of it perfectly. But choosing a photographer you trust with this momentous task can feel like a daunting and difficult prospect. When meeting couples for the first time, it’s unsurprising to hear that their biggest concern is getting it right – knowing for sure that the photographs taken on their big day can be cherished forever. So here I’ve compiled my ‘big six’ – half a dozen important things to consider before you settle on the wedding photographer responsible for collecting memories on one of the best days of your life. Consider your ideal style Before you begin to browse wedding photographers, create a ‘look book’ of the type of images you prefer. These can be found on Pinterest, in wedding magazines or other online sources. Different wedding photographers have personal styles or specialisms – so this is something you’ll need to think about before you embark on your search for ‘the one’. Sample albums and portfolios will provide you with a flavour of each photographer’s individual style. Being clear on what you want (and what you don’t) is a must if you want your wedding photographer […]

A LinkedIn profile photo could make or break your first impression. Is yours up to scratch?

Increasingly business owners are turning to social networking to create new contacts and connect with customers – and corporate platform LinkedIn is a popular way to do so. Unfortunately though, it’s still common to see businesses that fail to match the quality of the products and services their company provides with the profile image they present to prospective clients on LinkedIn. Smartphone snaps and crops from family photos are popular – low resolution, poor composition. Some are simply unprofessional in their subject matter (featuring beer and bars) or obscure the face of the subject completely. The bottom line is simple – without a high quality photo on LinkedIn, you can’t make a high quality impression. Here we explain why – and share a few simple tips to help you to improve your presence online without effort or expense. People buy people Although fancy branding and a detailed list of your past achievements will count for a lot, at the end of the day people buy people. They want to feel that they trust you before they pick up the phone or write an email – and to trust you, they have to get to know you a little. A picture […]