The Influence of Design in Modern Wedding Photography

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The inflence of design in modern wedding photography should not be underestimated. For most couples, their wedding day will be the Happiest Day of Your Life, but it also be the one that passes the quickest.  However you look at it, weddings are one of the most high-pressure days in a couple’s lifetime together- and they’re filled with expectation.  It can be a day they’ve been planning and saving for for years and in some cases, especially for brides, dreaming about since they were little. It’s the one day when even the most camera- shy person realises they’ll be having lots of photos taken and often spends a large amount of cash hiring the services of a professional photographer.

Influenced by bridal and celebrity magazines, they want photos that show their day how they always imagined it would be-all love, romance and wistful gazes, plus a few off beat fun moments when the guests let their hair down. More often than not, they want a full story of their whole day. From small details of their expensive shoes and dress, to them getting ready, reportage-style coverage of candid moments, the posh car, arriving at church, the ceremony, signing the register, traditional group shots, romantic couple images, flattering portraits, the speeches, the guests, cake cutting, the first dance the disco and/or band. Everything in fact!

If you’re keen to have a go at wedding photography the best place to start is to shoot a wedding as an invited guest- where the pro photographer such as has already been hired. That way, there’s no pressure. To shoot at a wedding like this, concentrate on candid and reportage-style photos rather than shooting over the shoulder of the pro. After all, you’ll only annoy them and take almost identical but poorer copies of his shots: useless to anyone. Instead, focus on the candids and unusual viewpoints that you are priveliged to as a guest that the under-pressure pro can’t necessarily  get. While he or she is sorting out a formal line-up, why not shoot candids of the subjects from a different angle? Zoom in on one or two guests. shoot close-ups of the couple holding hands, maybe, or turn around and shoot pictures of the other guests who naturally look more relaxed. Be on the lookout for unexpected moments: a bridesmaid running around on the lawn, the bride sneaking a sip of pint, a grown up bridesmaid slipping outside for a sneaky ciggy – anything that tells a fuller picture of the day, sometimes parts the couple will have missed and compliment the professional shots rather than compete with them.


Top-tips for planning your dream kitchen

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They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and having a well-designed, stylish kitchen can prove a valuable asset in terms of the market value of your home and your lifestyle.

A kitchen is the one room in the house that prospective buyers tend to pay the most attention to and if you’re thinking of selling your home, designing a perfect kitchen is very important. However kitchen design and planning is also crucial if you simply want a new kitchen that you are your family want to enjoy using for many years to come!

The first step is to ensure that you get the layout right.  Begin by assessing the space you have, measuring up carefully and then drawing an accurate floor plan.  You’ll need to measure absolutely everything including the width of doors, windows and how high they are from the floor, the location pipes, power sockets and anything else you can think of.

The type of kitchen layout you decide to choose will largely depend on the amount of space you have.  However, if you’re planning on ripping out an existing kitchen and you only have a small amount of space, you may find you have to make the most of what you have.  This might include a small extension or changing roofing options to create more light.  Great advice from an expert can help

Once you’ve drawn out your floor plan, you can begin to make a rough sketch of where you’d like the appliances, doors and worktops to be whilst making sure that you note any changes to services that may be required.  Don’t forget that moving pipes and doorways will add to the overall cost.

When you’re playing around with the layout, try to think of how you use your kitchen and the functions of the room and then incorporate these into the design.  Don’t lose sight of the purpose of the kitchen: remember you’ll need a room that makes it easy to prepare food, cook, serve meals and then wash-up afterwards.   Try to incorporate as much worktop as you can, along with sufficient storage for food and kitchen equipment plus space for appliances.

Kitchen designers often talk of the ‘kitchen triangle’ which dictates where the sink, cooker and fridge should be placed so that each sits at a ‘corner’.  Sinks are usually located under the kitchen window because this makes plumbing and drainage easier, whilst wall cupboards aren’t generally placed over a since because they’ll lead to bumped heads!

Try as many different combinations as you can – you might come across a great idea you hadn’t previously thought of – until you have a design that you feel you can show to a kitchen company.  As a rule of thumb it’s usually best to get quotes from three kitchen companies and make sure you stick a budget in advance and stick to it!  If you’re on a tight budget, it’s possible to create a high-end feel by spending as much money as you can on tiles, taps and the worktop or flooring.

With careful thought and planning kitchen design can be a breeze!  Although there is something of an art to getting it right, provided you take your time, research all the possible options and shop around, a beautiful kitchen should be relatively easy to achieve.

Home office design ideas

Setting up a home office is a really big deal. You are moving your work life into your home life, so you will need to think about how you want to arrange it so that the two parts of your life are clearly defined and completely separate. If you are so fortunate to have a spare room, the separation will be relatively easy. If you have a smaller home, you may need to simply define the space in a part of a room.

Choosing the room or area to work is the first step.

The room or area you work should have good, natural lighting and ventilation for both you and your equipment. Many home offices perform double duty as a guest room. This space will need to be clearly defined for you to be able to put yourself into a mind-set that you are going to work. A separate room will provide the best way to create that sort of mind-set with a door that can be closed against the activity in the home. If you are creating a space in part of a room due to minimal space in your home, you may want to get a room divider to clearly define your work area for yourself and your family.

Think about the tools you will need for your business.

If you will be using a phone frequently to telecommute from a central office or communicate with your clients, you should consider getting a business phone line. Not only will this prevent the phone from being answered in appropriately by a teenager in the family, it will also allow you to have a line dedicated to your business, which you can have billed separately from your home phone. Keep the amount of equipment to a minimum by purchasing a combination phone/fax. A small desktop printer should be adequate for most home businesses. If you should need to do a larger printing job, you can use a local printing shop for those jobs.

Your computer for work should be treated as a part of your business and should not be used for other purposes or used by other family members. Your clients’ privacy should be carefully respected by assuring that their information will not be shared wantonly on a family computer.

Planning your desk space.

You will be working at your desk for long hours in a day. It should be a comfortable place for you to work. Your office should have plenty of natural light to reduce stress on your eyes. You might consider adding a rooflight and getting advice from a roofing expert Skipton or uk wide.  In addition to that natural lighting, you should have a desk lamp that provides good lighting on your work, yet not provide such bright lighting that is a strain on your eyes. Your workspace should be uncluttered so you should locate areas either on your desk top, in drawers, or get file cabinets to file away paper work. A good set-up on a desk should have a place to store pens, paperclips, notepaper, and business cards. You should look into a stacker to sort your work for the day. Perhaps a slot for ‘to do’, one for ‘file’, and one for incoming mail, and one for outgoing mail. In this way you stay organized in your daily tasks.

Create the kind of atmosphere that motivates you.

The colour scheme will create an atmosphere that says ‘work’ to you. Different colours create different moods:

·       Blues: These colours create a feeling of relaxation and peace of mind. If you are a high octane go-getter, is the right colour for you?

·       Greens: Shades of green create a natural atmosphere, evoking thoughts of the world outside your office. If you’re a day-dreamer, this might not be the right colour for you. But, a green desk blotter might remind you of the colour of money.

·       Yellows: It’s no mistake that bright, happy things are associated with yellow, the colour of the sun, is it? Pops, of this colour can brighten your mood on a frustrating day.

·       Reds: Different tones of red evoke different moods. It is an exciting colour that creates strong feelings. Accents in the room can draw the eye when you are brain-storming.

·       Greys: Soft tones such as greys, off-whites, and tans are neutral. To some—boring.

·       Purples: Soft lavender and violet shades of purple are warm and they may help you with concentrating.

Choose your colour palette with care to create the mood you need to stay motivated throughout your work day and that feel inviting to you when it’s time to enter your office and close the door to the home-life on the other side.