With the vast amount of wedding questions lists to ask your vendors before you hire them, I have put together a “master” list of the questions I find most important. This list does not include financial or package specific questions. It is more to get a feel for the vendor you will be hiring and to see what it is included.
This past Sunday we spent our night coordinating and managing a red-carpet birthday party for a local photographer, Joel Hannigan. Joel is not only an amazing photographer, but also a really great guy. He threw this party for himself at Cache with all of the proceeds going to Gillian’s Place, a women’s shelter here in the Niagara Region. The night turned out great! We were able to raise $2500, surpassing our goal!
Planning this event with Joel was super fun. We had so many creative ideas and we made them happen.
Some of the highlights of the night were:
- VIP area. A lounge for the VIP’s with a candy table and designer cupcakes, provided by Candy by Katie and Designer Delights. Our VIP’s also got to take home a swag bag provided by Enchantment Makeup Artistry, with cookies from Sweet Beginnings.
- Signature Drink Table. Everyone had the option to purchase drink tickets with 100% of the proceeds going towards Gillian’s Place. Cache provided us with the drinks, and boy were they yummy! We had a green coconut rum and pineapple, and a watermelon vodka cocktail.
- Red Carpet Photo Op. All of our guests had the opportunity to have their photo taken outside of Cache, with a backdrop specially ordered by Joel.
- Raffle and Silent Auction table. We had many prizes donated by numerous, generous business’s.
- LMT Connection and the Chops Horns played live.
- Cache’s amazing chef provided us with the most delicious hors d’ouerves, peaches and brie on a crostini, coconut chicken, shrimp, and sushi.
Photos from the Red Carpet:
Our Genourous Prize Donators
Most people wouldn’t dream of DIYing their wedding photography, but some people do consider it as an option. DIY doesn’t necessarily mean they are taking their own photos, but they are hiring someone who doesn’t do this as a profession.
I really believe you should always consider hiring a professional when it comes to photography. Photos are some of the only keepsakes you will actually have forever. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to capture the moments that mean the most to you. Photography is an investment in a memory.
What do you think? Did I miss a point for either side? Leave a comment below if there is anything I should add.
While I may be biased, I truly believe that Jesse is one of the best photographers around! Anyone who takes a look at his work would agree. It’s traditional, yet not stiffly posed. The lighting is just perfect and the over all captured image is breathtaking.
What is your style?
My style touches on traditional posed photos yet the couple is loose and relaxed. They are not the stiff, awkward poses you used to see in your grandmothers photos. I also try to incorporate a bit of a photo-journalistic approach by telling a story out of the photos I take.
Why should you hire a professional photographer?
The only thing you have after your wedding is your photos. Many things can happen during the day that a professional knows how to deal with. We do this all the time, and that experience adds up. If you hire “Uncle Bob” with the really great camera, he may not know how to handle those situations. He also might miss a dire moment in your day because he was chatting, or figuring out how to do “this or that” with his camera. Do you really want to leave that up to chance? Not only that but from a technical stand point, we know how to properly compose a photo, get the lighting right and correctly pose you to get the ideal picture everytime.
What makes you different from other photographers?
I am and always will be a student of photography. I am constantly trying to learn new aspects of photography as that is important to produce the best work possible. I also use off-camera lighting, which a lot of photographers find hard to get just right. Natural light is great, but if it’s not quite right, off-camera lighting can change that and the quality is much better.
What do you recommend a Bride and Groom looking for a photographer to do?
Make sure you take a look at their entire portfolio. It is important to check out the entire set of a wedding, not just their “portfolio gallery”. A lot of photographers will put their 30 best shots up, but each are from a separate weddings. For all you know that could be the only good shot from each wedding and the rest might not be so great.
What are your thoughts on Albums and Prints?
As a photographer my job is to preserve memories. It is important to have prints in an album because technology is always changing and the format you have it on now might not work when you want to show your grandchildren. Think about how our grandparents kept their photos… you don’t exactly see people with slides anymore. It is also important to have something tangible where you can see the real quality in photo.