Did you plan enough time for all your wedding photos?

Wedding Album Designs

Planning a wedding is a huge task and it can be difficult to estimate how much time things are going to take throughout the day.  Most couples will get advice from friends or relatives who recently had their own weddings on how to estimate times and create their wedding day timeline.

Many times I am so disappointed when I learn that the “Formal Photography” portion of the day is just about one hour long.  Typically this is the time between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception and most often is only 60 minutes, especially when the ceremony and reception are in the same location.  Well, that may be 60 minutes on paper, but it never works out that way in real life.

See, in order to get that full hour that is allotted on the timeline, there can be no deviations whatsoever.  This means no receiving line. No distractions. No talking to anyone after the ceremony. No bathroom or smoke breaks. No eating or drinking anything and everyone must stay together until all the photos are done.  Any deviation from this will throw off the timeline and this time loss must be recovered somewhere.  Unfortunately, the time lost is often recovered from what was originally allotted for the formal photo hour.

It’s sad because couples spend lots and lots of money to plan this important day and in most cases, it’s that very couple who ends up with the least amount of formal photos.  Yes, of course the whole day is about you, the newly married couple and you are being photographed throughout the day, in order to tell the story, but when the formal photography part comes, you are missing out.  If we only have one hour to do all of the formal photos, we start with the entire wedding party (how many do you have?), then immediate families on both sides, extended families on both sides, then smaller groups, etc.  Once all of this is done, then it’s time to photograph just the two of you together…oh wait…we now have 10 minutes left before you have to go line up to be introduced for the reception party. 😦

In order to create a full series of beautiful, artistic and story-telling images of your wedding, we need time.  More than just 10 or 15 minutes.  Let’s not even factor in if we are creating a video as well.  Those wedding films that you see us create, take time to create. Just like in Hollywood, we need to film sequences and sometimes, filming those sequences will require a “Take Two” or “Take Three” if they didn’t come out just right.

Ideally, it would be amazing to have Two Hours to photograph all of the formals.  This may seem like a lot of time, but it really isn’t.  Those couples that do give us this time end up with lots more beautiful, creative and artistic photos and they are so happy they did.

You wouldn’t plan such an important day, invest so much money and pay so much attention to all the details, without allowing enough time for photography or video, would you?  Just remember… after your wedding is over, all you will have left is vague memories of the day, your wedding rings, photos/video and perhaps a wedding album.  We want to be able to capture you at your best and create beautiful wedding album designs like this one shown.  In order to do this, we need time.  The more time we have, the better.

When planning your wedding day, be sure to factor-in enough time for photography and/or video!

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1000 Facebook LIKES = $1,000 Giveaway!

$1,000 Giveaway

As of this posting, we are at 999 LIKES on our Facebook fan page and we are super excited, honored and grateful to all of you who have stuck with us and helped our company grow by spreading the word about our professional photography and video services!  So excited in fact that we have decided to give away one dollar for every like we have received, when we reach the 1,000 milestone!  This contest will take place only on Facebook, so if you have not yet liked our page, get to it!  You won’t want to miss your chance to win your share of our DDD $1,000 Giveaway.

When we hit 1000 likes on our page, we are going to start a $1,000 Giveaway.  Here are the details and how to enter!

10 Questions about us will be posted on our page.  One question each day.  In the comments, correctly answer the question for your chance to win the $100 Gift Card for that day.  Then we will contact you with details on how to claim your gift card.

10 – total winners from among all the entrants with the correct answers will be selected.

10 Gift Cards ($100 each) $1,000 will be awarded to the winners

10 Days only  (Correctly answer the $100 Question of the Day) each day.

10 AM each day (1 Question will be posted at 10 AM each day for 10 days)

10 lucky (and knowledgeable) people are going to win a $100 Gift Card from us for correctly answering the $100 Question of the day.

All existing clients, past clients and people who are not yet clients are all eligible to win the daily $100 Gift Cards.  In fairness to all persons entering the contest, only one gift card per person/family can be won during this contest.  You are unable to win more than one gift card in this 10 day period, although you may continue to participate in the contest if you wish to do so.

Gift cards can be used toward any of our photography or video services and have no expiration date.

Gift Cards cannot be used on previously purchased products or services.  Other restrictions may apply.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information, announcements and updates on this contest!

Thank you all again so very much for all your support and good luck in the contest!

 

 

OMG! You’re Engaged! Where do you start?!

Engagement PhotoCongratulations ladies!  (stealing from Beyonce’)  he liked it and he put a ring on it!  So, now what?  Where do you start after getting engaged?  There is so much to do that it can be overwhelming if you just sit and think about it.  But don’t get stressed.  After all the initial excitement from telling both sides of your families and friends, you are going to have a whole lot to do!  Most couples don’t know where to start!  No worries!  We can help.  Here is a list of 11 important things to do to get things started.

1- CHOOSE A SEASON.  Think about what your favorite season is.  Talk with your fiance’ about what time of year is best.  When are you generally feeling the happiest? Are you a “snow bunny”?  Perhaps Winter is your favorite season.  Do you love Spring flowers?  Is Summer your time to shine? Do you love the bright colors, coolness, cozy and delicious scents of Autumn?  Figure out when you are at your absolute best and mark that as the season you will be married.

2- PICK A DATE (range).  While you may think it will be too hard right now to pick a date, try to come up with a few possible dates within your chosen season.  You can worry about narrowing it down later, but for now have a couple of dates in mind for now.

3- DO YOUR RESEARCH (Financial)!  Find out what it’s going to take to make this happen?  How much money will you need to pull this off?  What does it cost to book a wedding venue, a photographer, church or JP, DJ, Limo and anything else you have in mind for your wedding…and don’t forget you will need to purchase or rent your gown!  Will you be getting financial help from your family or will it be funded by just the two of you? Is your wedding going to be this year or will you need to push it out in order to get your finances in order?   Make sure you have a clear understanding of this before you go on.

4- CHOOSE A BUDGET (range).  Now that you have an idea of what stuff costs, what’s going to be your budget?  It may sound weird to say “choose a budget”, but that is actually what you need to do.  Choose a (budget range)…but know that you are most likely going to need to adjust it, unless you already know exactly what everything you want and need costs.  I hear people saying that they can’t afford this, or can’t afford that…but that’s not really the case.  You see, people have money for the things they really want.  You really want that $700 tablet – right?  Then you save your money and you buy it.  Or, you say $700 is too much for me to spend on a tablet and you don’t buy it.  When you say you can’t afford something, you are just saying that you don’t want it that bad.  Because if you save up for it, you would have it.  So, choose how much you are willing to invest in your wedding in total…and also break it down into sections.  How much for the location, how much for the photographer, how much for the cake, etc.  How badly do you want each of these?  Then once you have that amount, later you can readjust or reallocate if need be.  Then start saving!!!

5- LOCATION LOCATION.  Where do you envision your dream wedding to be?  Does that location fit into your budget range?  If not, do you need to reevaluate your budget or choose another location?  Ask if they are available for the date (ranges) you have in mind. Again, ask yourself, how badly do I want this location?

6- PHOTOGRAPHY-VIDEOGRAPHY.  Why is this step so far up on the list?  Because the best and most popular wedding Photographers/Videographers will book up fast.  What does fast mean?  Well, typically 12-24 months before your wedding day your photographer is booking up their calendar.  For some, it’s even prior to that.  For instance, we were already booking weddings for 2015 during the Fall season of 2013.  And if your wedding date is during a popular month (May, June, September, October) there will be lots of other brides looking for those dates as well.  Talk with your photographer about your date ranges and see if they are available.  Remember to choose someone who’s work you love, but also someone you can connect with.  This will make your whole wedding day experience so much better. Do you need to readjust your budget or reallocate funds to get this photographer?  That depends on how important your wedding photography & videography is to you and how badly you want that vendor.  We can even help with recommendations on other vendors we have worked with in the past.

7- OTHER VENDORS.  The best vendors book up first, so once you know what you need, DJ, Entertainment, Cake, Flowers, etc…contact them right away.  Most will take a small deposit to reserve your date.  Get a better chance of having  your #1 choice on each of your vendors if you don’t wait until a later time to book them.

8- SAY YES TO A DRESS.  But before you do, pick up some bridal magazines and get inspired with the different styles and designs available for your season.  Don’t just settle for the strapless gowns that you see practically everywhere.  Strapless wedding gowns look beautiful on some women, but not on all women.  Find the perfect gown that fits great and looks great on you based on your body type.  Straps, sleeves, lace or a combination of all can be both elegant and compliment your figure.  Most dresses will need alterations and this can take time, so get a jump on this so you’ll have your dress in plenty of time before your wedding day.

9- GET HELP.  Who else is also very excited about your wedding?  Let them help you with the multitude of things you have to do?  Get ideas from your friends and family who are super excited about your big day and willing to do whatever it takes to make that day your best day ever!  Use their ideas as your inspiration and make it your own.

10- ONE DAY AT A TIME.  A complete wedding celebration isn’t built in one day or one week.  Don’t even try to get it all done in a month.  Dedicate a calendar to your wedding and figure out beforehand  when each milestone needs to be crossed off.  Some online wedding websites have a calendar feature and can help you get organized and have a plan of action.  Don’t worry too much if your miss a milestone either.  As long as you are close to the date chosen to complete each task, you are in good shape and you will be less stressed when your wedding date gets closer.

11- IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU (both).  Remember it’s all about you and your future spouse.  I can’t stress this enough.  Family and friends can overload you with their advice and suggestions on what you should do.  Try not to get all wrapped up in what everyone else thinks you should do or wants you to do on your wedding day.  Make it about you both and you will love everything about your wedding day.  Remember it’s a celebration so keep the stress level down.

Make the planning process fun, by getting ahead of it and not waiting til it’s crunch time.  With enough time, you can make this day one of the best days of your life.  Get your future spouse involved if you can and have fun with it.

Best Wishes!

Colonial Hotel, Gardner, Ma Wedding Photography & Video

Colonial Hotel, Gardner, Ma Wedding Photography & Video

Just a quick note here to congratulate Jenn and Chris on their recent wedding at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner, MA. I am always honored when someone chooses me to capture their wedding celebration. Our wedding photography and videography combo package has become quite popular for those people who are looking for both services from a single point of contact.
Beautiful venue, beautiful couple, beautiful day. Thank you both so very much for entrusting this very important event in your life to us. It was certainly a pleasure! We are glad you love your photos and video! So now what’s next? Oh yeah…Trash the Dress! See you both soon! 🙂

Worcester and Central Massachusetts Wedding Photography and Video

Worcester and Central Massachusetts Wedding Photography and Video

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