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Month: August 2017

Treasure the best Day of your Life – DC wedding Photography

Your wedding day is one of the most important events in your life. That’s why hiring the right wedding photographer is one of the first things you need to consider when planning the big day! If you are located in Washington DC, you’d be glad to know that there are so many trusted wedding photographers in the DC, including the US!! AVS360. Your search ends here!

Of course, there are certain things you need to take into account before hiring a pro DC wedding photographer, as he needs to have a hands-on experience with weddings in DC and the important factors you need to consider when looking for the perfect DC wedding photographer are listed below, though nobody matches our style of capturing your perfect day!

Choose Your Venue

Before you look for a wedding photographer in DC area, you have to choose the venue for the big day first! Ideally, if you want a wedding photographer for DC area, you need to book 9 months to a year before the actual event. Do note that wedding photography in DC is in very high demand so booking in advance is important especially if your chosen photographer is very popular in your local area.

Once you’ve secured a wedding venue, then you can start considering recommendations and offers from likely candidates.

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Get Recommendations

Seasoned wedding photographers have a reputation to keep and are very easy to find!(We are just a call Away!!) Of course, just because a certain photographer is popular doesn’t mean he or she is the right choice for you. As such, never rush the decision and go with the first photographer you come across. Instead, ask help from your friends and family. Get recommendations from married friends(We have many:), borrow their photo albums, and go online to do your research. You can also scour social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to check for sample works, blog posts, and client reviews.

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Start the Interview

List down all the potential DC wedding photographers and start calling them up for inquiries. Check which of these photographers suit your budget and specific needs. If a certain wedding photographer in DC specializes in a specific area of photography, make sure they fit your wedding theme and venue. For instance, some photographers specialize in traditional weddings while others specialize in modern weddings. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices(which will be probably the US!!!), it is time to start conducting interviews. Because wedding photography in DC is big business, most if not all of the shortlisted candidates can present more than three albums of sample works. You want to see at least one album of a wedding, preferably a wedding that’s similar to what you have in mind for your special day. Check if the photo style is in line with what you like. Check the expressions on the guests’ faces in the photos. Do they look natural or forced? Check the bride and groom’s facial expressions, are they natural or forced? All these factors are important when looking for the right wedding photographer for your wedding.

After checking the sample works, you can ask for photos from the most recent wedding the photographer covered. This way, you’ll get an idea how a photographer’s average work compares with his pre-selected sample works. During the interview, you can also evaluate a photographer’s professionalism. Choose an experienced DC wedding photographer with a solid background in wedding photography. The Wedding Mode photographers and videographers have an extensive background in a variety of photography styles, including weddings.

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Discuss the Fee

Once you are done with the interview and you have chosen a specific wedding photographer, it is time to hash out the cost and sign the contract. The price could go up depending on the set asking price of the photographer.  After agreeing on a price, seal the deal by signing the contract. (We are reasonable;)

Before signing the contract and booking the photographer(us!!), make sure he or she will show up on your wedding(we always do!). Learn which parts of the event will be covered and how many hours your photographer and his assistants will work during the wedding.

To Forego all the above-described process, simply contact us for your search for best DC wedding photographer and we would be happy to capture your best day of your life!

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3 Ways Your Wedding Videography Will Shape Your Memories

Wedding Videographers have a lot of power. Out of the 16+ hours you’re awake on your wedding day, your wedding video will capture just a small portion of every single event that actually took place. Just as your brain selectively registers what it sees and hears, your videographer will discern what is important to record on your wedding day and what is not. This is necessary in order to make an interesting and meaningful film that you’ll want to watch over and over again.

What and how we choose to film your wedding day will greatly influence your memories in the years to come.

Below mentioned are 3 common approaches that we at AVS360 use to determine how and in what way your wedding day will be remembered. Understanding these approaches will help you understand how we will try to shape your memories of the wedding day itself. So before you give AVS360 the power to record your wedding, understand their style and what they’ll end up creating for you.

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1: The documentary approach.

Documentary wedding videos focus on preserving a record of what your wedding day looked like. They are often the most affordable option for couples who want wedding video. Essentially, it’s a basic recording of your wedding day as it happens.

Priority is generally given to substance over style. This means you’ll get a full record of everything that happened on your wedding day. Less attention is given to making what happened to look beautiful on camera.

The final wedding film is normally set to a variety of music tracks.

Common Reaction: It’s great to have a record of what happened for future generations.

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2: The cinematic approach.

Due to recent developments in camera technology, wedding videographers now have the ability to capture moments with a very cinematic style. Great emphasis is placed on making moments look good as well as capturing what happened. We at AVS360 will often consider light, lens choice and camera movement to make the final film polished and of a high production value.

Films are usually shorter than a Documentary Video. This allows the videographer to be more creative and focus on just the important parts of the day. Films are not always edited in a chronological manner. This helps to keep the film a little less predictable and enjoyable to watch.

Due to the cinematic style films generally, focus on Effect over Affect. “Wow” shots are often sorted after to give the film great effect and production value. Focusing on effect will make your film visually stunning, however, less attention is given to how the film affects or moves the audience.

We often have a wide variety of gear to help create the cinematic look. This might include multiple DSLR style cameras, sliders, glide cams or gimballed stabilizers for dynamic moving shots. Drones are also becoming more popular to capture epic scenery and establishing shots. Drones with camera has enabled the videographers to capture angles which were only possible for Hollywood budgets earlier.

Common Reaction: Wow, your wedding looked amazing. What a beautiful day.

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3: The storytelling approach.

Storytelling Filmmakers put story first. Although the final film can still look very cinematic, We at AVS360 are inspired more by the who, rather than the what.

Instead of just recording what the wedding day looked like, real effort is placed on capturing who you are as a couple. This approach ensures every wedding film is truly unique and personal to each couple, and AVS360 have a lot of testimonials to back the fine work that we always put in.

We know how to listen, ask the right questions and really get to know you as a couple. They’ll often go the extra mile to knit together a powerful story.

Emphasis is often placed on Affect over Effect. The goal of a good story is to affect you in some manner. There is a strong purpose and message within each film. Focusing on effect gives the film greater depth and meaning. Effect (or really awesome shots) are still great to have, as long as they contribute to the story being told.

Like a really good movie, Storytelling Filmmakers are few and far between. However, AVS360 is always available at your service.

Common Reaction. That film spoke to my heart. You are both so perfect for each other.

As videography is a creative medium there will always be a blur between these approaches defined above. It’s also important to view the consistency within a videographers approach or style as well.

Websites are great for enjoying someone’s best work, but try to find their Vimeo or YouTube page. Look to see how often they post films online and the quality of their week in-week out videos. This will give you a true measure of the quality and style you can expect from a videographer at your wedding.

The Wedding Video Industry has matured a lot in the last few years. There is now many options and approaches to suit every couple.

Do give us a chance to make your wedding a memorable one.

For more info call us at 202-203-8770 or visit www.avs360.com

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What to wear for your Family portraits

What should we wear for our family portraits? It’s the most common question we are asked.
Every photographer will tell you something different…solids are best…different shades of the same color is best…put the kids in darker colors…keep it simple…minimal jewelry…white/black shirts in jeans is perfect…
WE SAY, BREAK ALL THE RULES!
WEAR COLOR, WEAR MANY DIFFERENT COLORS, LAYER YOUR LOOK, TEXTURES ARE A GOOD THING, STATEMENT JEWELRY ADDS PIZAZZ!!
Here are the best advises as you set out on the quest for the perfect Family portrait:

Step 1:

Choose clothing for one person first
You don’t have to go out and buy all new outfits for your portrait. Most times, you can get a great look by building your clothing around one person’s outfit. It’s usually best to start with the person in the group who is hardest to pick an outfit for. Most of the time this is the mother or daughter, as boys are normally very easy to style. Look through your closet for a great piece you want them to wear for the portrait or consider buying an outfit for that person and going from there.
For example, you’ve found a fun sweater for your son with tan, light blue, and orange stripes. You know the rest of your family has clothing at home that would match the colors in the sweater. So, you decide he could wear the sweater with a light blue shirt, tan pants, and brown shoes.

Step 2:

Build the rest of the group’s outfits based on the first person
Now that you’ve got one person’s clothing done, you can build the rest of the group’s outfits. In your case, you also bought your husband a sweater vest in orange to go with your son’s sweater. Then, at home, you each had a blue shirt, brown/khaki pants for the guys and a brown skirt for you. Maybe you also had a jacket to go with the tan in the boy’s sweater, and you’re all set!
General rules to remember when choosing outfits:
Keep in mind where you are going to be shooting
Are you going to be indoors or outdoors? Is the area paved, muddy, rocky, or grassy? What kind of colors would look best in that setting? If you will be outside, it’s a good idea to wear clothes you would be comfortable sitting on the ground in. If you are shooting with a green background (trees/bushes), be sure not to wear all green!

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Stick to one style

Make sure everyone in the group is wearing one style of clothing such as classy (formal wear, suits, dresses, etc.), casual (jeans, tees, hoodies, converse), or contemporary (a mixture of classy and casual—like a dressy top with jeans and heels). You don’t want to look like half of the family is going to a wedding and the others are going to the park to play.

Avoid too many patterns or huge logos.

Patterns should compliment each other, not draw attention away from the main subject of the photo, togetherness!
Colors don’t have to match, but they do need to go together. Clothing from the same color palette or based on colors in one outfit tends to create a cohesive look without feeling too “matchy.” We love fun and vibrant colors; they help the portraits “pop” off the screen or print, but remember, the emphasis of the photos should be on your faces, not your clothing.
Bring accessories and props that pull together the outfit
Using props and accessories is a good way to get different looks out of a single outfit. Think about things that characterize you and your personality: scarves, purses, shoes, and items from your line of work, hobbies, and interests.

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Hands and Feet

Occasionally, we will take photos of details like hand-holding and family feet! Remember to clean and trim nails for these shots. For feet, if your toes will show…make sure your toenail polish is fresh.
Clients are always welcome to an over-the-phone consult about what to wear to the shoot. We’ve even helped finalized outfit choices in person. I just want you to feel good. During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably. As for the kids?
Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.

Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust us!
For more info please visit us: www.avs360.com.