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The ‘After’ Checklist: your post-wedding to-do list

The ‘After’ Checklist: your post-wedding to-do list Unless you’re the type to catch a red eye to your honeymoon destination the evening of your wedding, the morning after you’ll probably wake up in your own bed or in a hotelroom close to where your reception was held. Although you may feel like you’re incapable of doing anything productive due to intense feelings of happiness, you might want to reconsider that late breakfast in favor of some admin stuff. Snooze fest, right? Wrong! Smart choice. There are lots you can deal with when you return, but invest in checking these five points off your list and you’ll enjoy your honeymoon like a pro! Bills, bills, bills Bills might be the last thing on your mind when you wake up the day after your wedding, however taking care of any payables (think vendors, hired car to the airport for honeymoon, tickets, but………

Capturing the future of digital photography.

The art of photography is always evolving and nowadays technological advancement is a main driver behind that. What we may consider innovative today, may be obsolete next week; that’s how quick the advancements are. From the lenses to the hardware, down to the software used. So, what’s in store for the future casual and serious shutterbug? Compact, fast, mobile A purist will insist that wielding the conventional film camera is a fundamental skill any serious photographer must master. And that’s probably true, however the rise and constant development of digital photography in the past two decades has been a game changer. Every time a new product hits the shelves it’s compacter, faster and definitely easier to lug around. As we slowly usher in the age of 4K resolution and drone videography, the introduction of the mirror-less camera is the talk of the town. Set to be superior in functionality and………

Boudoir Photography: self-expression, empowerment and a little nudity

Boudoir photography is more popular than ever. A seasoned boudoir photographer knows how to turn every inch of a body into a masterpiece. The genre is about producing alluring photographs by keeping so much of the body hidden. It’s not about skimpy clothes and odd hand placement, but about self-expression and empowerment. And yes, a little nudity never hurt. Boudoir photography traces its roots back to the 1920s when taking photos of women in a seductive outfit was taboo. Art aficionado Albert Arthur Allen revolutionized the scene by doing just that: depicting regular as well as affluent women naked. His idea was to place all women on an equal footing by stripping them naked, thus giving birth to a whole new genre. Fast forward to today. We live in a time where nothing seems to be taboo and everything goes. So how can photographers keep the genre fresh? By stripping………

Beyond gay-friendly: Curaçao flies the rainbow flag proudly

Annually, on the cusp of fall, when leaves start to turn red and yellow in colder parts of the world, one small island in the Caribbean bursts with every color of the rainbow. For Theo Meijer– preferred photographer for weddings and the only local photographer specialized in LGBTQ+ ceremonies- the seven-day fiesta that is called Curaçao Pride is one of the highlights of the year. Although he is straight, Meijer supports the LGBTQ+ movement and makes it a point to capture this special occasion where locals and visitors alike unite to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Meijer is not an exception. Curaçao’s sunny disposition towards the LGBTQ+ community is almost unexpected as the Caribbean is notorious for its socially conservative attitude. Despite the fact that the law does not grant its LGBTQ+ minority the same rights as its other citizens, the island’s ‘biba i laga biba’ (live and let live) mentality makes………

3 Ways of keeping your wedding guests entertained

A good wedding photographer is someone who can capture the moments without ruining the moment. And a great photographer knows what entertainment options for the guests give the best shots. Here are Theo Meijer’s three favorite ways to keep guests entertained and get awesome shots too!   Music makes the world go round A sure-fire way to set any mood you want for your images is through music. Whether you want to capture your guests being deeply moved or partying like it’s 1999, music can achieve that. Make sure you choose your playlist carefully (click here for some of our suggested ways of doing that) during the ceremony and hire a DJ or band for the reception. A unique way to make sure people get off their bums and onto the dance floor is to place a basket with dancing slippers next to the dance floor to encourage your guests………

5 tips for mastering outdoor photography

  If you’re anything like us, your Instagram account is littered with images of luscious green forests, stunning sunsets and breathtaking panoramas. Ever tried your hand at it yourself? With a little bit of practice and an endless amount of patience, you’ll be able to master the technique of outdoor photography. Scroll down for Theo Meijer’s top tips for taking some Instagram worthy outdoor pics yourself.   Preparation is key Those stunning cityscapes don’t happen by accident. Before heading out, make sure your camera and lenses are squeaky clean by removing oil stains (yes- your fingers are usually the main culprits!) or wiping off dust with a clean lens cloth and a little bit of lens cleaning fluid. The night before the shoot, check if your batteries are charged. If not, charge them overnight and make sure you bring a spare battery and an extra SD-card.     Bring the………

Theo’s 3 best business tips for a crowded market

There is probably no better place than Curaçao to be a professional photographer. The views are unbeatable, the weather is always camera-ready and there’s always a new angle to discover. However, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Working on the island can get tough- harsh lighting and extreme heat come to mind- and the small scale of the market isn’t easy to navigate successfully. Want to give it a go anyway? Theo Meijer has some handy insider’s tips for the budding photographer. Less is more As a newcomer you might get tempted to ask an established photographer to mentor you, copy his or her style and take on every assignment you get thrown your way. Before you know it, you’re working crazy hours without much to show for. Sooner or later you’re going to realize that a) you’re a copy cat, b) your work isn’t getting any better or more………

The Wedding Playlist

Mr. D.J., play that song! All you need to know about the wedding playlist Imagine your big day. Your bride is standing just a few feet away ready to walk down the aisle. The music starts and you take a deep breath. This is it. Everything is perfect and soon she’ll be the Mrs. The mood at a wedding doesn’t just happen. Music makes it happen. But where do you start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. The role of music Music plays a significant part in most people’s daily lives. One single song can lift you up, take you back in time, help you focus as well as create the perfect mood for whatever you’re planning. The same goes with the playlist on your wedding day. Think about how you want to experience your big day- are you going for streams of tears, silliness and laughter or a more serene………

5 things to consider when budgeting for a wedding photographer

  He proposed. You accepted. Or the other way around. Either way, your big day is finally on the calendar! A wise first step is to start with the budget. No matter how much money you are planning on investing in the most magical day of your life, setting and sticking to a budget is a smart thing to do. But how do you set a realistic budget? We’re helping you out with a few things to consider when budgeting for a professional wedding photographer. Hours to cover Professional photographers take into account the hours they will need to be available to cover your special day. Even if they offer a package deal, time will always be a factor. The typical wedding will span an entire day and a photographer’s work starts way before the guests arrive. If your photographer needs to cover you both getting ready, the ceremony, reception………

Insights into photography: 5 must-have gear for every wedding photographer

In a stolen moment you might have noticed the wedding photographer in between shots. He or she is lugging around multiple cameras or digging in several pieces of luggage. Ever wondered what photographers carry in those big black bags? We’re lifting a tip of the veil! Essentials Every photographer needs some essentials to take those stunning pictures. We’re talking about adapters, spare batteries and tripods. What each photographer considers essential, of course, depends on his or her style and the needs of the bride and groom. Those cameras you see the photographer lugging around the venue? They need to be stored safely for transportation too!  All types of lenses Depending on the couple’s requirements, the photographer may need a few different types of lenses. Just like cameras, the lenses need to be stored carefully before transporting them to and from the venue. At the venue, the lenses need to be………

How to be the perfect groomsman

Some of you out there may have been dreaming of being a groomsman all your life, but for most of you the possibility thereof has never even crossed your mind. Best man? Maybe. Groomsman? You’re not even sure what a groomsman does. Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Your responsibility In a nutshell, the groomsman assists the groom with everything that needs to be done for the upcoming nuptials. Although the best man may be taking the lead on most things, the groomsmen are there to help out. Don’t underestimate your value, after all, the groom and the best man are just two people who can’t be everywhere at once. So if you are asked to help out with logistics, transportation or even the budget make sure you understand what is expected of you and carry out your duties like a trustworthy gentleman would. How to prep for the job Just………

This Year’s Hottest Wedding Trends

  The year 2016 promises to be an exciting year for everyone working in the wedding industry. With a vast array of options out there, we are seeing more and more that brides and grooms are letting go of conventions and embracing the personalized wedding trend. So what’s hot in 2016? A personal affair Last year couples were incorporating more personal details into their weddings and experts predict that this year they will be upping the ante. From DIY gifts for the guests to the invitations and the entertainment provided at the reception. It’s all getting injected with personal touches by the bride and groom. More emphasis will be put on the décor, where design elements will definitely be incorporated. Outdoor & secluded Gone are the usual big hotel conference halls type weddings. Couples are increasingly avoiding cookie-cutter locations and looking for venues that are a little bit more secluded………

The ultimate gift for the holidays

We are fast entering the holiday season with Sinterklaas right around the corner and Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year a bit further down the line. And not to mention the lucky few who are celebrating their birthdays amidst the holiday chaos. In the next few weeks most of us will travers busy streets and shops in search of the perfect gift for our loved ones, while picking up a few nice things for ourselves and our homes. But what do you get someone who already has everything? A professional photo shoot of course! Here’s why. 1. Affordable The holidays are expensive enough and professional doesn’t equal expensive. For smaller budgets, we would suggest booking a mini-photo shoot with a limited quantity of pictures. Or, instead of giving everyone individual gifts, you can set up a group photo shoot for friends or family. One gift makes everyone happy. 2. Endless………

Taking it slow: add a slow motion video booth to your wedding

One of the newest trends taking off right now, when it comes to weddings that is, is the use of a (slow motion) video booth. These can be similar to a photo booth (read more about it here), though the obvious difference is that movement and speech is captured versus a still photograph. Video booths can be fun, cute, hilarious, and even touching. They can also be utilized in different ways; for instance, some video booths can project the videos onto a big screen for other guests to watch, breaking the ice and making it easier to open up conversations between guests who might not know each other well. If you’re not sure whether or not you want to utilize a video booth for your wedding, below we detail a few reasons you might want to consider it. Video booths are fun! Similar to photo booths, guests can get wacky and………

Get crazy during La Hora Loca!

Why not kick your wedding up a notch with a fun new trend taking off? It’s known as La Hora Loca, Spanish for “The Crazy Hour,” and it’s essentially an hour-long show comprised of guests wearing flashy, gaudy outfits meant to turn heads and spread infectious energy. Over the course of “The Crazy Hour,” party hats, glowing lights, and masks are distributed to help encourage guests to dance and live it up! La Hora Loca is a great and creative, off-kilter way to dismantle the traditional take on a wedding, cut loose and have some uninhibited fun.   La Hora Loca is a wedding trend gaining popularity and crossing cultures, first beginning in Spain and crossing over to Latin and South America before becoming popular right here at home. Many weddings taking place on the island incorporate La Hora Loca in their wedding receptions. It’s become so popular, because La………

Gentlemen, trash that suit!

A lot has been written about the symbolic way to conclude the wedding that is known as ‘trash the dress’ (check out our post here). Although the groom is also featured in most trash the dress photo shoots, the name basically says it all. It’s about the dress and the woman in it. But why should girls have all the fun? Guys, it’s time to let loose and join your gal in trashing your wedding outfit. And the best thing about this new tradition is that gay grooms can finally join in on the fun as well! Your shoot, your vision Most men, whether straight or gay, aren’t as verbal about their wishes as their female peers. However, if you want stunning pictures you need to create a vision and express it clearly for your photographer to be able to bring it to life. Is the romantic in you longing………

Unplugged weddings: couples are saying no to weddings through a viewfinder

Over the past few years, smartphones have become a regular part of any wedding décor. Not surprisingly, because most regular human beings in the 21st century are inseparable from their smartphone. Many couples (and businesses) have capitalized on that phenomenon by using technology to encourage guests to actively participate in the celebrations, share the event with loved ones who were unable to make it and collect the hundreds of candid pictures taken by the guests during the celebration. Used right, smartphones can make your wedding special and save you money. But more often than not, smartphones are taking over weddings. Here are a few reasons couples are saying no to smartphones and tips for saying yes to an unplugged wedding. Never miss a moment Weddings are special occasions and most of us want to capture and share every single moment of it. However, just like everyday life, if you are………

Equally wed: planning your same-sex wedding on Curaçao

Although same-sex marriage is not currently recognized under the law in Curaçao, the island is internationally known as accepting with its large LGBTQ community, pride parades, gay bars and venues and magazines catering to the specific interest of the community. You can safely hold your sweetie’s hand in public and there are many options for those looking to bless their same-sex union on the island. If you’re unsure how to go about planning your ceremony on the island, use below guide as your starting point. Hash out a few details in advance Most couples, whether same-sex or not, are rethinking traditions and putting their own twist on things. Especially if they are considering a destination wedding and wanting to incorporate some of the local customs on Curaçao in the entire event. There is no set formula for a wedding, so let your creativity guide you. Planning on walking down the………