If you have a friend planning a wedding or the happy day is coming soon, then you can give her or him a much better gift than the standard stuff. You may not have the skills or experience to offer your friend professional wedding photography services, but you can use your digital photography to create a separate album of images of events prior to the big day.
Most wedding photographers only shoot during the wedding day: preparations, ceremony, reception and maybe a separate session with just the bride and groom. Wouldn’t your friend just love to have photos of her final dress fitting, opening wedding gifts and the many other details of her wedding? You have access that the wedding photographer doesn’t to capture photos of the excitement and anticipation of this new phase in your friend’s life.
If you’d like to become a wedding photographer, then this is an excellent opportunity to gain some experience working with a bride and groom and their families. Just like a pro, you’ll want to plan well in advance, so you’ll have to reveal your gift to your friend early; but that will just make it more fun for both of you. Prepare a schedule of events related to the wedding, so you’ll be available to photograph each of them and record spontaneous reactions of the bride, groom, family and friends. Ask to photograph any parties or gatherings for family members that have traveled from great distances for the wedding. Photograph any bachelorette or bachelor party as well as the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
Once you’ve shot all the photographs of your friend’s wedding activities, you can make a special album for her or him with the help of either of two PhotographyTalk vendor partners.
With Photobacks Premium Package of 385 Photoshop Templates and Digital Backgrounds, you can select a specific look to match your friend’s personality or lifestyle. Your photos will become cherished keepsakes with any of the 157 Photoshop Templates, which include Antique Photo Effects, Classic Album Photo Books, Contemporary Weddings, Engraved Textures and many more. You’ll be amazed at the 181 choices of Digital Backgrounds, from a new Grunge Series of 30 overlays to Damask Patterns to Old Masters Muslins to Waterfalls.
Photobacks Premium Package and other selections of templates and digital backgrounds are tools you should acquire and learn to use as you advance your digital photography skills. Apply the many Photoshop Actions to make the post-production process easier and to finish your friend’s special wedding album in less time. Put the Premium Package to work for you quickly with the 17 Video Tutorials. The 2-disc set is crammed full of PC and Mac compatible files and all content is royalty-free.
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An easy and convenient option is to ask We Design Albums to create an album for you, as a wedding gift for your friend. An album will be a more much visible reminder of your friendship than a bunch of photos on a DVD. Plus, a printed, bound album is likely to last longer than the current digital format because technology changes so rapidly.
Is your friend Traditional, Modern, Elegant, etc.? You’ll find many style choices and options at WeDesignAlbums.com. Its finest coffee-table-style album is a beautiful way to celebrate your friend’s wedding and your long friendship. An album of as many as 50 5x5” photos is only $179, or 50 8x10” photos only $279. When your friend sees the elegance and special care the people at We Design Albums put into her album, she will give it a prominent place in her new home.
Why give your friend another houseware item as a wedding gift? Use your digital photography skills and the help of either Photobacks or We Design Albums to create a one-of-a-kind of gift that says much more.
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Photograph by Photography Talk member Amber Farley