Gallery updates

We’ve finally got around to rotating our gallery images again.  There are some new ones in there and some of the older ones have been rotated out for a while.  Please note that if you’ve been in the galleries before, the slideshow may be ‘cached’ by your browser so you’ll probably need to clear your cache (temporary internet files) to see the changes.  If you can see a young lad with the ‘ultimate bottom lip’ you’re up to date :)  – Andy

Copyright, Music & a solution!

Photographers are extremely protective of their copyrights. I believe that most wedding photographers would go mad to find out that their photographs were used without their permission or simply downloaded and printed by the happy couple or their guests. However, when it comes to music, many photographers seem to have absolutely no qualms about using copyrighted material on their websites! Double-standards? Hypocrites? Absolutely.

Some, admittedly believe that they have permission or a licence to do what they’re doing. In almost every case they’re mistaken. For example, can you imagine how difficult it would be to get permission from U2 (writers & performers), Universal Music (record company & recording owners) & various other ‘interested’ parties for approval to play a particular track to ‘advertise’ your own business? Because of the difficulties of obtaining permission to play popular recordings as background music on websites we have never used any. There are exceptions and some music is available through specialist publishers but although some of it is superb, it’s not what you’re hearing in the charts or on the radio!

For us, the condundrum has been what to do with the slideshow galleries in our client area. Licensed music which accompanied the shopping cart has done the job for a couple of years now but it wasn’t our choice. Then we met maestro pianist Marco Marconi. We’re fortunate enough to have been given permission to use one of Marco’s recordings to accompany those slideshows. Now we have something of quality which showcases our work perfectly & without licensing problems.

<shameless plug>If you’re planning a wedding in Italy & are looking for a musician/band – drop him a line. He perfoms privately on occasion & if you can book him you’re in for a treat! </end of shameless plug> :)

– Andy

Website Update: Wedding Album & FAQs

Just a short note to let you know that I’ve updated our Wedding Album page on the main website. There are a few new photographs in the gallery of client albums. Yes, that is a big basket of logs in the background – For once in Italy, it’s too windy tonight for a fire – due to our poorly-designed chimney, we’d get completely smoked out!!

The new images are from Pete & Simone‘s wedding which was in Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy. It made sense to show some album pages from this since it’s also one of our ‘example’ weddings in the client area. It may help to demonstrate how the gallery translates into one of our finished albums.

Sample Wedding

Album Page

We’re constantly asked questions by potential clients and as certain ones get repeated, I add them, together with the answers to our FAQ pages. We’re always trying to ensure that you’re able to find out anything you want to know about what we do without even needing to contact us – but don’t let that put you off emailing or phoning. If there’s anything that you can’t see answered or you don’t understand – drop us a line or give us a call. – AT