Friday, May 31, 2013

A Guide to Interning at white+white

Five hundred and sixty-eight… the estimated number of candles I have lit and blown out in my experience so far as an intern at white+white. Being part of the white+white team has given me a great insight into planning weddings and events. From lighting candles and compiling RSVPs, to meeting Matt Moran and watching the groom’s face as his bride walks down the aisle – I have adored every moment.

 My friends are often in awe of the photographs I send and would love to be a fly-on-the-wall during a beautiful wedding. However, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. So here is a guide to being an intern at white+white. 

On a typical day, walk into the studio, pat Zarla, and be prepared with your pen, paper, phone, and Mac Book. You need to check the post office and be familiar with the layout of Office Works.  Sometimes, you will even need to venture to Hermes for an errand… it’s a hard life.

You need to be a good communicator. There are a lot of phone calls, emails, and meetings behind an event. Your Mac Book will be your best friend – iCal, Google maps, Google reviews, Google in general, Mail, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Preview, and Pinterest will all be operating simultaneously. Having a love of chai will aid you throughout your day.

You need to be creative. Beautiful events don’t create themselves. Pinterest is always a good source of inspiration, combined with Tumblr, Facebook, interior design books, and piles of bridal magazines. You now have a legitimate reason to purchase bridal magazines whilst single. The studio is full of creative professionals, so you will easily get some feedback or help if you need it.

 You need to be calm and organised. This particularly applies to event days.  Study the run sheet and bring one with you. A clipboard and pen is always handy too, and you will secretly enjoy holding the all-powerful clipboard. Make sure you are well presented and ensure your bride is calm too.

The best part is when you finally get to see all the emails, phone calls, time, and meetings transform into a fantastic affair. Even better is when you get to taste Aria canapés. The atmosphere often surrounding an event is celebration, you will walk away feeling happy, proud, and even a little sad that it’s over.

So now you know. Being an intern at white+white involves communication, creativity, organisation, and can even involve a 5am trip to Tesselaar’s. At the end of the day however, it is all worth it. I wouldn't have it any other way! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Day of Firsts

Good old fashion research and relentless internet surfing has led us to our next trend alert and this one’s quite the conversational piece! Not short of, “Oooh’s;” “Wow’s;” and, “Oh my’s;” it has definitely prompted some debate (peppered with the occasional adolescent giggle). As a result of hearing the numerous reactions, we felt compelled to share ‘the morning after’ photo shoot and hear your verdict on the topic.

The ‘morning after’ the wedding night is the latest development in wedding photography. Newlyweds are hiring photographers to capture their first morning as husband and wife. Sounds mild enough right? Well that depends - some like it hot! In fact, the overly risqué and boudoir interpretation of the ‘morning after’ is sky rocketing this subject into discussion forums across the industry.

Researching these brave twosomes proved to be eye-opening. Couples, within hours of the biggest celebration of their lives, invite someone sporting a camera lens into their home to document the intimate moments a husband and wife may share. Many images unapologetically featured dishevelled subjects in various states of undress mimicking that scene from Titanic. Cue the chuckles. The less than evocative approach leaves nothing to the imagination and despite the predominately classic black and white format, the images are far from your classic couples photography.

First impressions aside however, photographing a day of firsts is a refreshing way to celebrate and eternalize your partnership and it can be done without the raunch if this isn’t your style. It presents an opportunity to capture the uncensored emotions of newlyweds whilst in an intimate yet relaxing environment. Inspiration can come from everyday routine; making breakfast, sharing coffee and newspapers or stories and laughter from the previous night’s event. Or perhaps there is a focus in mind for the shoot; brunch with family and friends post wedding, trash the dress or on location watching your first sunrise as a married couple.

Here at White + White we were determined to find you some inspiration and maybe motivate couples to explore what we are now referring to as ‘The Day of Firsts,’ photography.

Image supplied by Latisha Lyn Photography
Image supplied by Latisha Lyn Photography
Image supplied by Elario Photography

Image sourced from Pinterest

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Written by Yasmine Rogers