Archive for February, 2015

Wedding Professional Reflections:

Friday, February 20th, 2015

My New Wedding Professional Reflections Section, will be featuring vendors, in various professions, that are centered around making your day “An Affair to Remember”!  This will give you the opportunity, to get to know some of the fabulous professionals, I have the privilege of working with in the Lehigh Valley, Phila, and the Poconos.

Today’s Featured Vendor is Michael McNett from Michael McNett Photography, in Bethlehem, PA!

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I met Mike about 2 years ago, when I was coming back into business, after my hiatus! I asked a friend, who they thought, were the best wedding photographers in the area? One of her choices was Mike.  When we met I loved him instantly! He has a quirky sense of humor and comes up with the cutest quips, when you least expect them. I am speaking from experience, when I say, he really is great at developing a close and committed bond, with his couples. As a planner, that is one of the most import things I look for in a vendor.  I always want to keep my couples as the prime focus, always keeping in mind, its their wedding.

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Can you tell my readers a little about yourself and how you decided to become a professional wedding photographer? I started in the photography field at the High School for the Arts, which is similar to the arts school, in the movie “Fame”. After completing that program, I then continued my education towards a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) at Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD. I graduated in 2000.

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How would you describe your artistic style? Emotional reportage. It is a documentary style of photography, documenting emotions, not news.

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How many weddings do you shoot per year? Do you have a favorite place in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos or Philadelphia area, which you like to shoot? I shoot no more than 30 weddings per year and I really don’t have a favorite place. I prefer to shoot, based on places that are representative of my clients and who they are.

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Not all clients are creative or do well in front of a camera. How do you manage your client’s expectations to think outside of the box, when working with you? My packages include an engagement session for every couple and I find them invaluable. They give me the opportunity to really get to know the couple and it allows them the opportunity to really get to know me. It’s a matter of comfort and I want all of my clients, comfortable in front of the camera. MichelleKent-W-0622

I know you have many facets to your business, how do you manage your success? “By the seat of my pants”, he quips! Success is secondary to me. My love stems from my deep love for weddings and couples and the Wedding Day is as exciting for me as it is for my clients.

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What have been some of your more difficult shooting situations and how do you overcome them? I would say shooting celebrity weddings. Talent agents are always restricting access to the client and I function better, when I develop a more intimate relationship with the client. That can’t happen with an agent in tow.

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How long do you spend editing the average wedding? The editing takes 2 hours/hour of shooting time on the wedding day.

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 For clients that are considering working with you, what’s the best way for them to start? How far in advance should a client try to book you? I value personal, face to face contact. I can carry out more in a face to face meeting, than online or over the phone. If a client is looking for Fall Wedding Season, they should book at least 2 years in advance. Any other time, should book 1 year in advance.

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What are the best memories from your wedding profession? When I see my clients use a picture I took, from their wedding day, as their profile picture on Facebook, especially 5 years later.

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What else would you like my readers to know about you? Being a photographer, is a means to an end. Much is expressed in the design of the wedding album and other visual ways. I help the client in remembering their day, after it’s over, for years to come!

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Wedding Gift Registry

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
http://protocol411.com/wedding-giftregistry-etiquette/

http://protocol411.com/wedding-giftregistry-etiquette/

8 Tips To Make It Easier For You

Keep in mind that gift giving by friends and family started, because they wanted to help the newlyweds, stock their home. The tips below are just a guideline for you to use when registering or asking for gifts.

1. Sooner than later – Even though you’ve only been engaged for a short time, there is no reason you can’t start registering for your gifts now. Decide where you want register and try to limit yourself to (2) gift registries. Department stores or Home stores are a great choice to start. Macy’s offers a Registry Guide, to direct you. Bed Bath and Beyond, also has an online gift registry .

2. Spend some quality time together – Quality time together is a great thing, especially when you are trying to set up your new home. Have fun and make a day of it!

3. Register for what you want – You can register for any type of items. In the distant past, you always ordered your china or silverware…today you can register for anything, including cleaning items, etc. Anything you will need for your new home, you can ask for, be it appliances, TVs, it’s totally open today.

4. Return policies – Check to see what the return policies are for the different registries, in the event you receive multiple numbers of the same item. Make sure there aren’t any time restrictions and if so, make sure you remember to return those items as soon as you can

5. Different prices – Make sure that you pick items in every price category. Try to register for items that are low-priced, medium priced and highly priced, since not everyone can afford high price ticketed items and you don’t want to lay a guilt trip on them for that reason.

6. Keep your registry updated – make sure that the registry updates, as you receive gifts and those items are stated as purchased. If not, find out if you have the ability to make changes, if you do receive gifts early, you can update the registry.

7. Not just gifts – Most registries allow you to ask for gift cards on your registry too. This is a great idea, that way after the wedding you can go out and get the items you still need. We know that cash is a great gift, but is in very bad taste to ask for as a gift, the gift card is the next best thing.

8. Thank your friends – Don’t forget to let your friends know that you received their gift within a few days of receipt. Also your thank you notes need to be written and mailed within 2 weeks of the wedding. Yes, it’s easier to do one’s that are pre-printed, but much more appreciated and cherished, if they are handwritten and personalized by mentioning the gift you received!