With social distancing being at the order of the day our perception of normal is slowly changing. Large gatherings will not be permitted for quite some time, and yet the world must go on. Thankfully, technology is our friend. Professional live video streaming services have various benefits and has become a crucial part of work- and personal life for many people around the world. Before downloading a free application to DIY video streaming, consider the advantages of hiring a team of professionals to handle it for you.
Live streaming for Conferences
Whether used by individuals or corporate companies, live streaming a conference, meeting or social event allows you to reach and interact with more people across the globe. One of the greatest benefits of professional live streaming is that you have the option to create an interactive experience where participants can join in the conversation, pose questions, add comments and engage with the speakers as well as their peers. You can add a live feed from a social media platform of your choice which just makes the experience that much more interesting for all involved. Receiving and answering questions in real-time via Twitter, for example, not only makes the meeting or conference more appealing but also much more effective. Speakers can speak directly to the audience’s needs and questions without delay, due to the live feed of comments and questions at their disposal. You will most probably also have a wider audience engagement as people are more prone to raise questions via social media than in front of a live audience.
The quality of professional live streaming is incomparable to the quality of a Zoom meeting. We are a team of professionals who use high-quality camera- and audio equipment. In essence, it is still a video production and quality is key. All the recordings from the conference or event will be saved and it is possible to create a highlights clip of the most important parts of the day, or even deliver all the video footage for the client to use at a later stage. If streamed through Facebook or YouTube the video will remain there as a post, which users will be able to share.
Video live streaming services can be effective and impactful in a wide variety of contexts, including product and services promotions, live announcements, online classes and even organised gatherings. Physical events are usually limited to the space available at a given venue. With live streaming, however, you can invite as many people as you like to attend the event.
Live Streaming for Weddings
The wedding industry has been greatly affected by the limitations set by the lockdown and our hearts go out to all the suppliers, venues and especially couples who have been affected by this. However, the human race is very adaptable and we need to stay positive and make the best out of the circumstances we face.
Couples will still get married, but the number of wedding guests will probably be limited for a long time to come. As sad as it is not to have all of your loved ones close by to witness your wedding day, live streaming the wedding will bring you closer.
If you hire a professional team to stream your wedding you will still get to share the day with all your loved ones. With various camera angles and camera operators, your wedding will be covered from all sides. It is treated as a proper video production with professional cameramen using only the best equipment to make sure the quality of your video is top-notch.
You get to stream the video to your guests at home, and you will receive an edited highlights video encapsulating the best moments of your wedding day. Two in one!
Considering that you will have fewer guests at the wedding, your venue, decor and catering bills may be significantly lower, which opens up some funds for a wedding video, which you may not have considered before. The bonus of having streaming services is that it doubles as a wedding video, which may actually save you money in the end.
We realise that times are tough and many things are still uncertain, but South Africans are nothing if not resilient. Keeping a positive mindset and adapting to the new standards will not only get us through this but make us stronger. Let us help you make the most of your conference, social event or wedding – we promise it will be worth it!Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, and more specifically – large gatherings. Wedding photographers and the rest of the wedding industry has been hit hard by the lockdown and looming restrictions as a result of the pandemic. Non-essential or large events, like weddings, are prohibited and might be for a while. As wedding photographers, we are staying safe at home contemplating the uncertainty of the wedding industry’s future. Our beloved brides and grooms are having to face incredibly difficult decisions too – they need to postpone their dream day while considering the fact that the future of weddings may not be as they’ve imagined. Besides the fact that restrictions will probably be in place for quite some time, many couples may need to downscale the wedding due to financial constraints as a result of the pandemic. Some people have turned to virtual weddings, and I can only imagine that “DIY weddings” will be trending very soon.
Wedding culture is usually sold as “your perfect day”, but in these trying times we are taught the true value of people, of human connection and we are reminded of what our priorities should be. Perhaps extravagant weddings with luxurious floral arrangements are not what weddings are about? Does everything really have to be “perfect”? Don’t get me wrong, a beautiful venue with carefully curated wedding decor looks great! As wedding photographers we are visually inclined, so we appreciate every small detail that goes into creating the look and feel of the wedding, but that does not make a wedding, not by a long shot.
What is the most important thing at a wedding really is love. The most beautiful wedding photos are photos of people, not things. Those are the photos you will put up on your walls, not the flowers or the fancy shoes.
If nothing else, this time of social separation makes our hearts long even more for the ones we love. This time reminds us of our own humanity, humility and the importance of human connection. As wedding photographers, we have the privilege of witnessing moments of pure, unscripted emotion. We get to see true love between partners, the bond shared between father and daughter, mother and son. Wedding photographers see moments of melancholy, anticipation and elation, and we see the tender balance between love and loss when a parent gives their son or daughter away, and suddenly realises how time is never enough. We see the pride in grandparents’ eyes and the innocence in little kids playing tag without a care in the world. A wedding really is so much more than just two people tying the knot. It is the coming together of generations of stories, of families joining and a couple sending out a message of hope.
As sad as we are to be missing out on weddings in this time, we are confident that once the fairy lights are back on and the music plays, we will all have a renewed appreciation of getting to spend time together and celebrate! May we never take each other for granted.
Dr Seuss really says it best; “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”Read More
Whether you are a business executive, an administrative assistant or a designer, having quality corporate portraits taken is essential to promoting your professional and personal brand. It allows you to show you in a way you would like prospective clients to see you.
Social media plays a vital role in promoting our professional abilities so it is more important than ever to invest in high-quality corporate portraits.
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your photography session.
Look the part
Think about what you want to communicate with your corporate portrait and dress accordingly. Whether you suit up and look slick and fancy, or whether you take a more casual approach to your photography session, remember that clothing communicates too.
Keep it simple
Steer clear from clothes that have busy patterns and thin lines – these don’t always photograph well. Solid colours tend to work best with corporate portraits. You can bring in a fun colour or two by layering your clothes if it is in line with your vision for your portrait.
Although we do want you to look your best, it is important that you feel your best and that you are comfortable. If you are going to tug on your dress or if you have to fix a part of your shirt all the time you will feel uncomfortable and your discomfort will show in the photos. Dress your best, but make sure you can move freely in your clothes without having to worry about anything coming loose or fitting too tight.
For a polished look, we do advise that you wear make-up. And yes, we are talking to the men too. Many corporate portraits are taken using studio lighting, which allows the photographer to manipulate the light to bring out the best in you. The only downside to studio lighting is that it can make your skin appear sweaty or greasy. Enter the marvel of make-up! By applying powder to your face you will look fresh and shine-free on your photos without the photographer having to spend extra time editing your photo. For ladies who like to wear make-up and can apply it well, we say go for it! Take time applying your make-up perfectly and do a touch up just before the shoot. Just make sure you still look like the person your colleagues see every day – keep it natural.
Look in the mirror
If circumstances allow, have a quick look in the mirror before you go to have your corporate portrait taken. You know what you normally look like and what you want to look like, the photographer probably does not. Do a final check to ensure that everything is in its place, as you would like it to be.
We see it so often; people make jokes and laugh while waiting to have their photo taken, and the second they are in front of the lens they freeze. We know that this is where our job comes in to make people laugh and to create moments in which they smile naturally. If you have trouble with this though, think about something or someone that makes you laugh or a funny meme you saw on the way. People can show us as many teeth as they want, but if the smile doesn’t show in your eyes it is not a real smile. Don’t feel self-conscious if you laugh – many people apologize and cover their faces once they start laughing. That makes the best photos! Just go with it and trust us to capture you at your best.
Last but not least; choose your corporate photographer well. You have to make sure that the photographer’s style is in line with yours before you book your photography session. At Kaimara we have extensive experience in taking corporate portraits for CEOs, ministers as well as countless staff members. In the end, a face is a face no matter how famous and we would love the opportunity to show the world your best side.Read More
Hiring one company to do the wedding photos and wedding video as a one stop shop
You got engaged–hurray!
All the butterflies flutter-flutter in your tummy and you are actually already in the honeymoon phase. You start dreaming of your perfect wedding day and get lost in thoughts of celebration and beauty. Then it hits you: the decisions.
When planning a wedding you need to make thousands of decisions while trying your best to accommodate everyone involved. This can be quite a daunting task. It is daunting and it is exhausting!
One thing you can do to avoid a little bit of extra stress is to hire one company to do the wedding photos and wedding video –a one-stop shop to capture the most precious moments on your wedding day. You will have less admin to worry about which will save you some precious planning time. After all is said and done all you have left of your wedding day are the wedding photos and wedding video, so you need to make sure that you are in excellent hands. Finding one reputable company will just set your mind to rest knowing that that important “to-do” has been ticked off.
Another great benefit of doing this is that the company you have hired to photograph and film your wedding will most likely have a team working on your wedding that has worked together before and who know each other well. As a photographer, you intuitively know how the others in the team work, move and think. You will know when to get out of the way and when you can quickly go in to grab a shot. There is also no competition between photographer and videographer to get better shots or to get more time with the couple.
Unfortunately, when you hire different companies it is possible that the photography team and the video team don’t completely click work-wise which can cause some frustration. Not to worry though, we’re all proper professionals so the bride and groom shouldn’t even catch on to any conflict.;)
The role of colour and light when it comes to corporate event photography
Many of our hours behind the camera has been spent at conferences taking photos of speakers and delegates and capturing the general vibe of the event. Corporate photography is more challenging than it looks. Most often we need to work with very low light situations, and because we prefer not using our flash this means that we truly need to seek pretty light. More often than not the venues are a bit dull and colourless, which means that apart from good light we also have to incorporate colour into the photos in some way. As corporate photographers it is our job to make the photos pop – sometimes we need to make it look more exciting than it actually is.
We realize that putting up a conference can be super expensive and only the necessities make the cut. After everything has been paid for there may not be much money left to use for décor and lighting, however, making the stage more attractive does not need to cost a whole lot of money. Good lighting on stage makes the world of difference to the photos and that stage light reflects back onto the delegates, which again works wonders for making the photos look pretty. The easiest and most cost effective way is to put a colourful light on each end of the stage and put up a good spotlight so the speakers are well lit on stage. The lights on the sides bring colour and add great ambient light, while the spotlight draws your attention to the speaker and gives us the opportunity to get fantastic creative shots.
The second important thing to remember when looking for great corporate photos is branding.
You’ve set up a conference, you’ve hired a photographer and you want to use the corporate photos for marketing purposes, correct? So be proud of your brand and flaunt it! Make sure there are banners or some kind of branding material on stage close to the speaker so it is possible to get photos of both the speaker and the company logo in one shot. Branding around the exhibition area is also a great way to add colour and advertise the company.
The last tip we have for getting the most out of your corporate photos: declutter. Keep the stage area clear and clutter-free. Make sure that cables have been neatly taped down and keep the podium as clear as possible. So many times we have to try to shoot around dangling cables when the best shot is from the same angle as to where the cables are hanging from. Ideally, you would have a neat podium with a wireless laptop and wireless microphone so there is very little to draw your attention away from the speaker, and it makes our job a little easier too.
A professional corporate photographer will deliver good quality photos no matter the circumstances, but it definitely pays to add elements that add that professional touch which will give the photos a truly polished finish.Read More
2019 is still young as the air is filled with renewed hope, energy and aspirations for the year ahead. It is good to re-align, re-adjust and focus on what is important. We too have refreshed our goals and we are excited to focus a bit more on wedding photography and wedding videography in the new year. After all, we love to see people in love and to capture emotions – what better place to do that than at a wedding?
Our wedding photography and wedding videography style is natural and unobtrusive. We want to see you being you – the best photo opportunities happen when you get lost in the moment without noticing the cameras all around you. Those sincere emotions are what we live to capture!
Over the years we have learned how to handle people; from the over-eager aunties to the uninterested groom – we have a bit of a flair for helping you relax in front of the camera, and we never force poses or expressions. We guide you here and there and leave it up to you to do the rest – to be your happy self.
In the spirit of the new year, we are celebrating our love for wedding photography and wedding videography by launching a New Years promotion on our wedding photography and videography packages!
Have a look at what we have to offer below:
- 9 Hours coverage on the day
- 2 Photographers
- Minimum of 400 edited photos
- Photos delivered on USB
- Engagement Shoot
All this for only R12 500!
- 9 Hours coverage on the day
- 2 Cameramen
- A short highlights clip encapsulating the best moments of the day
- Video clips of the ceremony and speeches
- Videos delivered on USB
Price: R13 500
Looking for both a photographer and videographer to make sure you have your wedding covered properly? Great! We are offering a Combo Package as part of the promotion.
Photography & Videography Combo:
Wedding Photography and Wedding Videography packages as set out above – book both photography and video for only R23 500!
Have a look at some of our wedding videos here:
In a previous blog post we shared with you how to choose the right wedding photographer and wedding videographer, so if you believe we are the right fit for you – contact us now to take advantage of this great promo!Read More