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Usually when planning a wedding, it is recommended to arrange your wedding photographer after you have settled your wedding venue. We all know that aside from the bride and groom, the wedding photography crew are the only people that witness the wedding from its early morning preparations to late evening finish.

If you have no plans to hire an expensive wedding planner to assist in preparing services for your big day, then an experienced wedding photographer may be a favourable option. They will not only provide you with excellent services on the day, during the early preparations, you can also rely on their seasoned experience if anything was to go awry.

Therefore, once you have decided on the venue, you most likely have an idea of the wedding theme and photo style that you would like to achieve. This is the best time for you to proceed in finding a suitable wedding photographer that aligns with your ideal style in mind.

Without a doubt, this global pandemic has heavily disturbed the flow of our everyday lives and impacted our plans. The wedding industry has been one of the most severely affected by these unpredictable times.

Last year, many couples were forced to or decided to change wedding dates or even completely cancel their big day. Additionally, for those that were successful in celebrating their wedding during the pandemic, were required to majorly reduce the people present and had to strictly comply to all the changes imposed by the government. Luckily, Phenomena Wedding Photography’s clients that either successfully celebrated their wedding or chose to cancel all received appropriate arrangements from us according to their situation.

Below are Phenomena Photography & Cinematic’s policies in accordance with the effects of Covid 19:

  • If your wedding has been forced to be rescheduled due to government restrictions, we will in our best abilities adjust to your new wedding date. Furthermore, previous deposits will also be transferred to your new booking.
  • If we are unavailable to attend to your new date, we will refund you 50% of your deposit and the remaining 50% will be changed to credit for other services at our company (making photo albums, birthday and business video filming, family and personal portraits, and family or friend’s wedding).
  • If Covid has required you to completely cancel your wedding, then all payments made will instantly be transferred as store credit at our company for future use on our other products.

Depending on your desired photo style and requirements, the amount of time the photographer requires may be vastly different. Under normal circumstances, to fully capture the entire wedding, photographers will spend 3-4 hours beforehand capturing the groom and bride getting ready. The photographer will usually finish 2-3 hours after the reception has begun. (of course, if you would like to capture the fun and laughter of the evening, our photographers are more than willing to stay to the end of the reception).

Therefore, after confirming the starting time of the ceremony and reception, the amount of time the photographer requires can be easily calculated. For example, if the ceremony is at 2pm and the reception is at 6pm, then the photographer will need to cover the day from 11am to 8pm.

Every couple has their own understanding of what wedding photography is. Often, these ideas diverge when talking about ‘getting ready’ photos. When talking about wedding photos, many people often imagine themselves, hoping to capture all the beautiful and unforgettable moments of their special day. However, many people often forget about others – what is your partner, your parents, your siblings doing right now?

At Phenomena, we have met countless elegant brides that are shaking inside and listless grooms. We have witnessed many fathers tearing whilst practicing their evening speech, and mothers’ eyes watering at the thought of their child growing up. When you receive your photos, then can you also glimpse at what the day was like for not only you, but also your partner. You can see how dear your family holds you and how proud they are of you.

To answer this question, it is not a matter of how long a wedding photographer will take, but an issue of how much time they are allowed. After attending a myriad of weddings, weddings can be simply divided into two categories: church weddings and venue specific weddings.

Church Wedding
Many of our clients consider having a church Wedding. If so, the bridal party and our photographers will go to selected locations to take pictures. If there are no issues or delays with transport, we will usually spend approximately one hour at each location. To allow first timers time to prepare as well as rest, our photographers will arrange for the main participants to arrive 30 minutes early to the reception venue.

For example, if the ceremony is at 2pm and the reception at 6:30pm, the schedule should follow as listed below:

  • 2:00 – 2:45 Ceremony
  • 2:45 – 3:30 Family photos
  • 3:30 – 5:30 Two locations
  • 6:00 Arrive at reception & set up

Venue Specific Wedding
More and more clients are now choosing to have their Wedding based on their dream venue. Often, if the wedding is venue based, there is often not much time allocated for the photographer. This is in part due to the venue’s own arrangements and the guest activities on the day that limit the time in between available for photo taking,

According to the many venue-based weddings attended by phenomena, the schedule often follows as listed below:

  • 4:00 ~ 4:30 Ceremony
  • 4:30 ~ 5:00 Family photos
  • 5:00 ~ 6:00 Location photos
  • 6:00 ~ 6:15 Reception set up

On the day. even after the reception has begun, our photographers can also alert you of good photo taking opportunities that arise, such a breathtaking sunset or vivid rainbow skyscape. From all the examples stated above, it is easy to see that the time required for location photos are analogous to your wedding plans.You can also visit our Photography to find more inspiration for your wedding venue. To best accommodate your wedding plans and to capture the best photos, we highly recommend you phone in now.

Different photo studios have different shooting styles. Different photographers and videographers may also have their own manner of working. For us, it is more ideal to work with familiar faces as it will be more efficient and will reduce any friction while working. It is easy to book an affordable wedding photo and video package from us. And also, here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

Benefits of choosing the same wedding photography & Cinematic studio

Familiar co-workers, easy communication, and more efficient work
We frequently hear of stories where conflict with other company photographers and videographers have had a strong impact on their work, resulting in the client not receiving their desired wedding photos or videos. If the photographer and videographer are from the same company, these occurrences rarely happen.

Communication between photographer and videographer are much smoother and more consistent
Different studios have their own schedule and arrangements. If you do not wish to coordinate between your photographer and videographer on the day of the wedding and have a headache over different results in the photos compared to the wedding video, then choosing your photographer and videographer from the same company is most ideal for you.

Photo and video style will be the same (simplify photography process)
Many photographers have varying styles to videographers. Under these circumstances, because of the difference in source materials, the photographer and videographer must spend the same amount of time, thus wasting half of their work hours waiting on each other.

Cost effective
Often, if you hire your photographer and videographer from the same company, they offer special discounts or prices. If you purchase a package, it will be even more price friendly.

Coordinated work attire – more professional look
Due to the staff on set being in different work attire, your overall wedding veneer.

Benefits of choosing from different companies

Different photographers and videographers can share ideas, inspiration and learn from each other. They will be exposed to different materials and create a completely new style of work.

Clear personal style
If you have a clear style of photo or video in mind, and don’t have many requirements for the latter, then it would be beneficial for you to choose two separate companies to balance your budget

We are often asked what different wedding photo styles are. In general, wedding photography can be divided into either the laidback natural photo style or the professional model style.

Different clients have their own preferred style. To better understand your tastes and achieve the same results, the best way is to show us some reference photos of what you like. This way, we can reproduce your ideal style of photography through looking at the references you have shown us. You can also browse our Feature Wedding Gallery for some inspiration and tell us which style is your favourite.