- Communication. It is of utmost importance that the photographer communicates with the wedding couple during the shoot. As photographer, you need to know exactly what the wedding couple expects from you and they need to know exactly what you are able to deliver.
- Location scouting. Visit the venue at a similar time as when the wedding will be taking place. Get to know the area and identify potential problem areas.
- Know the rules. Many churches prohibit flashlights during the ceremony. Be sure to find out what the wedding venue’s rules are with regards to photographers. It is always good to get a copy of these rules in writing from the venue itself.
- Have a shot list for the wedding. Here is an example of wedding photos you might want to include in your list: Wedding shot list.
- Make use of an assistant. It is always helpful to have another person taking photos from the other side. While you capture the bride’s smile, your assistant will be able to capture the groom’s face when she walks into the church.
- Keep the wedding couple relaxed. You will rarely find people who are comfortable in front of the camera. Photographer Lee Ann Norris suggests a pre-consult, where your subjects will be able to get to know you a little better. Let your clients know you and make them feel like friends. Tell your clients you are testing the light while you are actually capturing them while they are not aware of it. Many photographers have said that the photos they took without their clients noticing were some of their best shots.
- Shoot RAW. Due to the fact that there is much more data in AW files, you will be able to recover good exposure and details in an image that was shot in horrid lighting conditions with RAW rather than JPEG files.
- Keep the basics in mind. Wedding photography is not the time to learn or brush up on your skills. With these kinds of shoots you need to have the basics intact.
- Carry spares. Your photography kit needs to be well equipped with spares for the unexpected. Also consider packing a flash gun, reflectors, a lens cloth, a rain cover, a light weight tripod or monopod and enough memory.
- Shoot candids. Some of the most beautiful wedding shots are taken when the bride and groom are unaware of the lens pointing at them. Capture moments of spontaneity by blending in with the crowd. Look for moments of tenderness and moments where people are lost in their own thoughts.
With winter at our doorsteps the Riviera on Vaal Hotel amended the High Tea menu, adding items like their famous glüwein to the list of delectable treats. Bring your friends along from 14:00 on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy the Vaal River view from Matthews Restaurant’s cozy interior while sharing some quality time with special people. Indulge in menu items like delicious sandwiches, freshly baked quiche, the cake of the day, homemade biscuits, lemon meringue, mousse cake, brandy balls, mince pies, lamingtons, fruit skewers with coulis, cheese cake and glüwein as mentioned.
Please note that bookings are essential. Book a treat for you and the girls on 016 420 1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many people say it’s all about SEO rankings, RSS feeds and the amount of followers you have as a blogger that ensures your success. This might hold some truth, but the tips below are just as true when it comes to the art of being a travel blogger:
Travel bloggers need to constantly come up with interesting ideas. Travel blog readers are not interested in how many Twitter or Facebook followers you have. They want to read your story. So before you just write a random blog post, make sure that you really have something interesting to say.
Plan carefully. Don’t just blog about anything. Get to know your readers and what they are interested in. Develop a blogging schedule which includes something of everything that is relevant to your travel blog. Have a look at the types of blog posts written on blogonvaal for both Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, as well as Maccauvlei on Vaal’s different types of guests and readers here: Blogonvaal. Treat your readers like friends – after all, they are the ones who support your blog.
Have you ever reached a point where you didn’t know what to blog about? I suppose we could call it bloggers-block? Take a piece of paper and scribble down the interesting spots in your local area. Which insects or animals roam your area that you don’t usually see elsewhere? Take a look at your sunsets in comparison to other places’ sunsets and blog about the differences. Dig up some history about the town or city’s street names or its previous inhabitants. From that you will most definitely get new inspiration for more stories. It is possible to be a traveller in your local area too.
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Contrary to popular belief, winter weddings can be very romantic especially when you choose a good winter wedding flower arrangement to compliment the chilly season. Your choice of flowers for winter can display crisp festive reds which lend a very romantic feel to your wedding, deep purples that give a regal effect, frosty silvers for a clean finish, rustic and natural colours for an authentic atmosphere as well as winter whites for that dreamy look and feel.
Add some extra flair to your winter wedding flowers by adding extra non-floral notes and touches to add your unique imprint to your wedding theme…things like pinecones, lemon leaves, ivy, carolina sapphire, holly, berries and so forth.
We have compiled the top 5 winter wedding flowers and themes for you to choose from feel free to use these ideas as you plan your winter wedding floral decorations.
Romantic Winter Wedding with Red Flowers
Nothing is as bold and passionate like the red rose, the symbol for romantic love universally and a great choice for winter weddings. Roses are classic and always in season…the bright red will complement a cream wedding gown effortlessly.
Deep Purples fit for Royalty
Say I do in a majestic setting with the use of deep purples to enhance the beauty of your winter wedding. You can reach this effect using various purple winter flowers like tulips, violas, cyclamen and hydrangeas. Try mixing elements of gold in your setting as a round off to this look.
Have an elegant winter wedding with a touch of silver using all that sparkles to imitate the frostiness of the season. This theme also reflects a fairytale feel to winter weddings with lots of glamour. For this effect you need silver flowers which are difficult to find but bring an unimaginable sparkle and glamour to your wedding day when found. You can also combine black with different shades of white and grey to make your bouquets appear silver. Try these silver flowers baby’s breath flower, dusty miller and silver-dollar eucalyptus. You can even go as far as giving your winter floral arrangement a taint of silver paint.
Rustic and Natural
The rustic and natural winter wedding flower theme gives brides room to play with a lot of options to create an authentic feel to their weddings. You can use elements such as twigs, dried pine cones, wheat, bark and branches as part of your floral arrangements. Go for an ombre colour palette Maccauvlei on Vaal with its abundant birdlife and oak forest is the ideal venue to pull of this winter wedding theme. Browse through Maccauvlei’s wedding packages here to see what your options are.
Perhaps the most classic winter wedding is your winter whites wedding. Our seasonal changes have made it possible for places like the Vaal to also experience snow so brides can very possibly have a truly white wedding. See the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club’s snow pictures from the year 2012. You can mix up your choice of white flowers to create a whimsical feel to your winter wedding. The Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club has great winter wedding packages that will duly complement your chosen theme.
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Many of the Riviera on Vaal Resort’s visitors are very fond of the Hotel’s picnic offerings for family getaways and romantic picnic spots, which motivated the RiverBlogger to do some research on how to green your picnic.
With Earth Day on the way, the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club is on a mission to create awareness about the importance of environmental responsibility. How else than to share some tips and ideas on how to green your picnic, one of the many things to do outdoors with families and friends at the Riviera on Vaal while appreciating nature and what it has to offer. Create some additional family fun for your loved ones while visiting the Riviera on Vaal by enjoying a picnic on the banks of the Vaal River.
Some tips on how to green your picnic:
- Go local. What better place to have a picnic than in your local parks or resorts like the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club?
- Reuse when you can. Picnics are a great way to use things that are reusable, including utensils, drinking cups, glass food containers (packed very carefully) and blankets.
- Learn about your surroundings. We tend to forget that nature has so much to offer. This is the ideal opportunity to teach your kids about certain insects or the local trees growing in your area. Bring along some binoculars or a magnifying glass and teach them more about the little things in life.
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