Interview with Merridale Cidery
I just wanted to share a little interview that I had with Michelle at Merridale Cidery in Shawnigan Lake. This location is a great location for weddings!
I’ve spent the past few weeks interviewing photographers that have taken photos at Merridale to provide our soon to be wed couples with some advice on how to plan their wedding shoots. Finding a photographer and planning your photo shoot can be hard work, but it can be easier if you know a little about the art behind taking the photographs. So here are some tips from Devin that will help you take those perfect photos.
Props for wedding and engagement photos have been increasing in popularity, so I asked Devin what his favourite props have been so far?
Props are an excellent way to add a personalized creative flair to the photographs. It is the perfect way to allow your photos to reflect your personality. People have brought in everything from coloured umbrellas to bubbles to sporting equipment. His recent photo shoot at Merridale of Deirdre and Dan’s wedding showcased laidback groomsmen throwing around a football in the orchard.
How would you suggest incorporating the farm scenery at Merridale into your photos?
There is no general way to incorporate the farm scenery, but rather a conversation with the bride and groom will help sort out what look is wanted. There are so many ways to create a photo, but it is important that you center the photo around the couples vision. In Dan and Dierdre’s photo shoot they incorporated many different scenes of the farm in their photos from tree covered “bambi’s grotto” to a little bit of rock climbing action on thestone wall by the pond.
When picking an outdoor venue for photographs what are some things people should keep in mind?
It is important to know what your location will look like in the season that your wedding will take place. You don’t want to plan your ceremony and photoshoot in the fall rain if you are having a summer wedding. Ideally you want to be plan for all types of weather, in case the weather should change. We all hope for the weather to stay sunny for the big day, but that doesn’t always happen. Having tents orcovered porches is a must for an Island wedding.
What is the best time of day in terms of lighting to take photographs?
The “golden hour” before sunset is the best time to take photographs, but that isn’t always possible with a wedding day schedule. A wedding is a full day affair and it isn’t possible to fit all of your pictures into one hour, but professionals know how to use any light to create amazing photos to commemorate your big day!