A: Have disappeared with the deposit;
B: Did not deliver the complete package;
C: Did a terrible job on the engagement shoot, and now the couple want to hire someone else for the wedding.
I am always happy to help, but it is sad that photographers treat their clients this way as it brings a bad reputation to our industry. I guess the best way to protect yourself as a client is to check references and reviews. Many of us established firms have 3+ reviews on Google and Yahoo! by now, and you should always ask for references. References should include phone numbers, not just email addresses. Also check with the Better Business Bureau, and check the State corporate licence office for filings of annual reports etc Make sure everything is up-to-date and in good status. Ask the companies you are looking to hire what name they are registered under as it may be different than the DBA name. PixelArt Photography, for example, is a division of “Business Information Technology Services, Inc.”, so we are registered with Florida under that name. Also ask:
Sorry for slacking over the holidaze.
After a busy December I finally have some time to write again.
Our first wedding of the year was 1/2/2010 in St. Pete.
Michelle and Romeo had a beautiful St. Pete wedding at St. Jude’s Cathedral followed by a reception to remember at the Bayfront Hilton. The bride was wearing a full princess gown for the ceremony and then changed to a mermaid gown for the reception. A very nice touch as her athletic figure and exotic look made for a complete look overhaul beteween the events.
We coordinated several shoots during the afternoon. We started at the Vinoy Golf Club, then on to the Vinoy Resort entry, followed by the Museum of Art, and then a few fashion shots by the Vintage night club.
The reception was hosted in a beautifully decorated ballroom at the Bayfron Hilton. The decor was chocolate brown, gold, and a blend of burgany, red and pink. A gold canopy enclosed the cake table and enhanced the 5 tier cake and the cutting ceremony. The head table was positioned pointing straight onto the dance floor, making a very interesting room layout. To top of the reception Michelle had insisted on a martini ice fountain. The feature was a great addition to the party atmosphere, and DJ Felix kept the music playing into the wee hours. Please enjoy a few photos from the first 2010 wedding!
Happy Fall everyone!
That’s all for now. We are off to Hawaii in October, so I will post more after that adventure. For high-end Sarasota and Tampa Bay wedding photography contact us to discuss your wedding needs. Read unbiased wedding reviews from brides and make informed decisions for your wedding. Get a free wedding planner via email PDF. Wedding Jewelry
With so many wedding dress choices out there it can be a major chore to select your gown. Here are a few hints and ideas… Some bridal salons offer video taping of your visit, and can even have a live fee to those who are not able to be with you.
Another option is to bring a video camera or at least a camera to document your trials. Be sure to take good notes and keep records of what gowns and styles you try, which ones you like and don’t like.
For a good FREE bridal planner can be found at WedPlot.com. Here you can find details about dress ternimology and styles.
For more ideas visit Sarasota and Tampa’s premier wedding photography business PixelArt Photography.
Wedding flowers should to some degree add a statement to your wedding décor. Vibrant colors in tropical bouquets are very beautiful and photograph well. Calla lilies are pretty, but are not easy for the bridal party to hold (as they are quite long stemmed and awkward) and (in my opinion) Calla Lilies do not photograph as well as other bouquets.
Tropical / vibrant colored bouquets are very popular and beautiful both for accent color and photography:
Brides maids and flower girl bouquets do not have to completely match the bride’s bouquet, but should compliment in color and design:
Groom’s butonnieres can be simple and “manly”, or vibrant and fun while still making a statement. Most butonnieres contain orchids as they are very resilient and beautiful:
Search the web for photos and details of the flowers. Below is a list of some popular bridal flowers and a few photo charts (©TheFlowerExchange):
~ Calla Lily
~ Bird of Paradise
~ Lilly of the Valley
~ Various Fillers (greens)
Lilly of the Valley smells great and is very pretty in a bouquet. However, they do not last long and will start drooping after a few hours. The Ranaculus are beautiful in bouquets, both bridal and centerpieces.
Make sure your flowers are delivered to where you are getting ready and that all bridal party members (including parents and GPs know that they will get flowers, and know where to be to receive the flowers). Make sure flowers have arrived by the time photo and video coverage begin. Also, it is a good idea to designate a person to be in charge of putting the butonnieres on the groom and groomsmen. This way there is no confusion as to what side to place the butonnieres on, or how to attach them. This is almost always a problem and involves debates and confusion the day of the wedding…
Bouquet accents are almost a must. They make the bouquet come alive and are very photogenic. Such accents are: Pearls, Crystals, String beads, Shells or Starfish.
Keep an image log of the flowers you decide for your wedding and email/mail this you your florist a few days prior to the event to ensure you get the correct bouquets incase the florist have staff changes.
One money saving tip is to do the butonnieres and corsages in artificial flowers to match the bouquets. This only works with a few flowers, but is an option worth looking into. Try not to use dyed flowers, as the color may run of it rains or is very humid out.
That’s all for this week. Most photos (except for flower charts) by PixelArt Photography. Next week we’ll discuss Wedding Dresses & Tuxedos and attire. We are Sarasota and Tampa Bay’s best wedding photography value!
This week’s entry is about wedding cakes. As a Florida wedding photographer I see a lot of different cakes and variations thereof. Here is a brief discussion:
Candy Buffets & Cup-Cakes
As s general guideline the wedding cake should match your overall décor in terms of color and design. However, in the last year I have seen a variety of alternatives. For example, many couples are offering candy buffets as part of the wedding cake/dessert table. Alongside they offer either a small cake, several small different cakes, or cup cakes. The candy also serves as the guest’s favor and can be bagged in a personalized plastic or paper bag, or in a small decorative Chinese “take-out” box. I have also seen gift boxes used as wedding favors for the candy buffet.
Fun and artistic wedding cakes are a sure show stopper. If you have an artsy theme a whimsical cake will fit right in.
Plain cakes are very pretty and are not boring if they are done right. Many couples nowadays opt to not have a cake topper for a more modern look. Just beware that if you choose a simple wedding cake design and no topper, it may look like something is missing, literally. A few simple flowers are a great substitute for a topper and will fill the void without being too cheesy.
Today’s classic wedding cake designs are very beautiful. Rarely do we see the traditional pillar tiers, although they are still available. Trends have moved towards delicate floral designs and draping of ribbon and accessories. If you are to use a ribbon design, it is best to pay the extra for the actual edible ribbon (i.e. sugar glaze) rather than the fabric ribbon décor. The real ribbon will not cut when you (as a newlywed couple) go to cut the cake (!). I have seen very surprised brides and sometimes angry couples because the ribbon does not cut. It makes cutting and slicing the cake difficult. Also, try to plan where your cake will be placed in the reception room. For wedding photography purposes try to make room available behind the cake table so that the photo/video crews will be able to capture the cake cutting without blocking the guests. It is also a good idea to have initials, emblems or other design features duplicated on both the front and back of the cake so that they will be visible in the cake cutting photos. If the design is only on the front (especially initials and emblems) and the cake cutting photos are from behind the cake to capture audience in the background, then the cake will be photographed mainly from the back side. Always plan for photo/video crews to face away from windows and towards the guests. Keep the cake away from high traffic areas, sun and warm areas such as spot lights and heating vents. Lastly, avoid using chocolate as a cake décor unless the baker can guarantee that the chocolate will not melt nor run.
Try lot’s of cakes and have fun!! All wedding photography by PixelArt Photography serving Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando, Naples, Florida. We also photograph wedding all over the US and Caribbean. Next week’s entry will be about Wedding Flowers.
This year we will try to add a post every week and focus on different aspects of the wedding in each post.