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Commercial Photography

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Commercial Photography is used by a wide range of clients, from private individuals, to business organizations of all shapes and sizes, and from every conceivable industry.

The common denominator is that everyone who hires a commercial photographer needs a photo created for a specific purpose. Whether the photograph is of a product, place, person, or object, the picture will generally be used for advertising, marketing, and promotion of a product or service.

Quite often, and depending on the nature of the photograph, a client may choose to make a different use of the photograph, such as to publish it in a different medium. This may or may not be permitted depending on the limitations, if any, of the original license granted by the photographer. In many cases, the client should negotiate a “buy out” of all rights to the photo, which would allow them to use the photograph for other purposes.

Since each situation and setting is unique, it is important to find a professional photographer with experience in capturing the image, or with creating the desired effects and layouts to match the client’s needs. While it is not always necessary for a commercial photographer to have experience with the exact image desired by the client, it is necessary that the photographer understand the client’s vision, purpose of the assignment, and intended use of the images.

In many cases, a photographer with a wide range of experiences may be more useful than one whose experience is limited to one style of photography. A wide range of experience is valuable if the client needs suggestions, advice and tips on how to create the perfect setting, regardless of the situation.

A Good Live Band

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Music can create an air of excitement and be lively entertainment at a wedding. It sets the mood and tone of the event. The music can also fit in with the theme of the wedding. Choosing a live band or live entertainment is then a very critical and important component of the wedding planning. Research is crucial as is getting references and samples of the music. There are a few important things to consider when hiring a live band.

Whilst a good live band or live entertainment can add an elegant touch to your wedding, you need to recognize that they are often very costly. Each member of the band has to be paid for the night’s performance. The larger the band the more you have to budget into the wedding costs. Bands can cost in the thousands depending on their experience and also their popularity. If your budget does not allow for live entertainment you may want to consider a DJ instead. Disc Jockeys are often most cost effective.

The song list that a live band may possess, could be limiting. Remember they can only play songs they know. It is difficult then to make any requests or changes to the song list on the night. So if the music you have discussed isn’t working to get the crowd up or excited, it is very difficult to change the music played at the last minute. If you understand your audience and the crowd at the event, you should be able to negotiate the types of songs you want played on the night. Good live bands will be flexible and should have a large repertoire of music. When selecting your live entertainment this should be one of your considerations.

Personality of the group should also be considered when choosing your live entertainment. One of the things to think about is the lead singers presence and likability. This is important because if the guests like the band they are going to be more receptive to the music played and more likely to enjoy the wedding. You also want to make sure that they are able to engage the crowd and get them excited. The last thing you want is a boring live band at your wedding. Sometimes age can factor into this as does experience performing and entertaining.