Posts Tagged ‘wedding vendors’

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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What To Do Once You Have Said Yes?

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Well, you’ve been dreaming about this day, since you were young! The love of your life has asked you to be their husband or wife, and you’ve said yes! Now what? Here is a list of 10 things to do, after accepting your partners proposal.

1. Tell your parents – Allow them to have the honor of finding out that you have become engaged and be ready, time to celebrate! Might want to even let the family you don’t see or talk to all the time know too!

2. Call your closest friends – Make sure you call your closest friends, so they find out the great news from you, not from facebook! This is one of those things that should be done personally!

3. Decide on how many guests – Take a look at your friends and family and get an approximate idea of how many guests. You’ll need this for your Save the Date cards and if you use a planner, they will need to know that count, so they are able to refer you to the best locations suited to handle your affair.

4. Set your budget – Decide on how much you will have to dedicate to your wedding and also if anyone else will be contributing, such as parents, grandparents, etc. You will need a realistic budget so that you and a planner (if used) can determine what services fit your budget. This will also give you time to start saving for each of your services. The worst thing you can do is plan a wedding for $30K and when it comes time to pay the bills find out you don’t have the funds and end up having to take out a loan to pay it off.

5. Set the date – The main question you will be asked is “Congratulations, when is the date?” If you set the date right away you’ll already have an answer to the most often asked question. You also need to know the date when looking into where you will hold your ceremony and reception and finding availability of other wedding vendors.

6. Save the date – Get your Save the Date cards out to all your friends and family who you want to be in attendance this way they can put it on the calendar. A great place to go to do this is The Paperbag in Allentown

7. Hire a Planner – Getting married is a stressful time of your life. A planner will help you to get started and alleviate the stress you may experience. A planner, will save you a lot of legwork and time and allow you to really enjoy being engaged. Pinterest, may have become your best friend and you probably have many boards dealing with romantic wedding ideas, which your planner will help you to implement and make a reality. By knowing your budget, they can refer you to the best wedding vendors, to suit your budget and style. If you decide you are just looking for someone to pull it all together, look into Day of Service Packages too.

8. Now the honors – Pick out your attendants! There are many ways to ask those special friends to be in attendants and honor attendants in your wedding. Below are some fun ways to ask your friends:

a.  Gifts that help you ask
b. BBQ for everyone to get together to ask at once – love the t-shirts that say their role in the wedding (or something like that)
c. Check out online sites for other suggestions

9. Check out Social Media sites and Wedding Websites – Sign up at The Knot and also WeddingWire. Both of these websites have many wedding planning tools, to help you with vendor referrals, timelines of when things need to be done, to keep you on track, etc. Check them out. If you are in the Lehigh Valley, check out Lehigh Valley Wedding.com.

10.  Take out insurance – Consider insurance for both your new engagement ring and also your wedding. Insurance for your ring will make sure that if anything happens to either your wedding ring, whether you lose a stone or lose the ring, it can be replaced. Many couples ask, is wedding insurance really necessary, below is what Travelers Insurance says,

“The Wedding Protector Plan® is special event insurance which provides cancellation postponement coverage and other coverages to cover your investment, with an option to add liability coverage with no deductible, for many of things that could go wrong – that are beyond your control. Some of the Wedding Day Disasters are:
Dress lost, Deposits, Lost Rings, Severe Weather, Transportation Shutdown, Ruined Photos, Call to Duty, Damaged Gifts, Sudden Illness, Venue Requires Insurance, Additional Expense, Unemployment”
You can contact Brosky Insurance for further information and what they offer.

Now that you know where to begin, it’s time to have fun, relax, enjoy and don’t sweat the small stuff!