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Pittsburgh Wedding and Event Planners

From Behind the Lens: Local Photographers Share Insider Tips, the Newest Trends and More! January 18, 2012

You may have memorable food and fantastic music at your event, but it’s the photos that not only capture the memories but provide you with a lasting picture of that moment in time. We feel so honored that we had the opportunity to talk with a few of our favorite local photographers and find out the inside scoop on what they do and why they love events.

 

Studio Bash

 

Q. Tell us about yourself.
A. We are Derrick and Aly Bash – a husband and wife photography team that make up Studio Bash. Our studio is located in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Weddings are our specialty, and we shoot all of our sessions and events together. We believe our combined presence at a wedding and different artistic visions are what make Studio Bash unique.
 
Q. Would you prefer brides to provide you with a list of specific shots or do you like to be spontaneous?
A. Both! We love the spontaneity a wedding day offers. The variables that can affect, influence, and inspire our work during a wedding are endless. This is why we love photographing weddings and why each one is a new challenge for us artistically.
 

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On the flip side, we are meticulous planners before the big day, and we really like to get to know our clients personally beforehand. In fact, we meet with our couples about a month before their wedding to go over the schedule of the day and any specific shots they’re looking for. Knowing our couples’ styles and preferences ahead of time gives them one less thing to worry about and gives us one more way to make sure we surpass expectations.
 
Q. What are the new trends in wedding photography?
A. A trend we’ve been seeing more and more of over the past few years is the “first look”, or the bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony. We love it! Besides being a great opportunity for photographs, we’ve found that couples love getting to spend even more of their wedding day together. Plus, with pictures done beforehand, they get to head straight to their reception and spend more time with their guests after the ceremony.
 
Q. How far in advance do you recommend meeting with the bride?
A. We recommend couples meet with us at least a year before their wedding date. Currently, we are meeting with clients for 2013 bookings.
 

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Q. Any advice for brides on a budget?
A. In the photography world you really do get what you pay for. Shop around and be sure you are making an educated choice based on the photographer and their work. If you base your decision on price alone, chances are you’ll regret it down the road. Personally, we work with a variety of couples with budgets of all sizes. We’ve tried to keep our starting price at a level we feel is fair and hopefully in reach for someone working with a smaller budget who still places a high level of importance on photography.
 
Q. What is your favorite thing about being an event photographer?
A. We’ll have to cheat on this question and name two favorite things. The first is the people we work with. It’s kind of a cliché answer, but it’s definitely true. We meet wonderful couples, get to hang out with them on one of the happiest days of their life together, and provide them with personal art that they’re going to treasure forever. It’s an amazing job and we love it!
 
The other is the challenge a wedding day presents. No two weddings are the same, and we truly approach each wedding as the most important wedding we’ve ever photographed.
 
Q. Anything else?
A. We love to have fun! Wedding days are all about celebrating, and the photography end of things should be no different. When we show up at a wedding, we bring energy and humor and we’re ready to have a great time. We love what we do, and we can’t wait to meet more couples who share in our excitement and love for weddings.
 

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Get in touch with Aly & Derrick:
(412) 417-3352
studiobash.com

 

Michael Will

 

Q. Tell us about yourself.
A. I started shooting weddings in 2008 and fell in love (no pun intended) with the whole experience. I am very much a people person and I love the emotion and energy that each wedding brings. You get to work with people on one of the happiest days of their life. And on top of that, you have creative liberty to capture those memories and make them in essence more vivid. It’s truly remarkable.
 
Q. What are the new trends in wedding photography?
A. Life size cut-outs…
 

Photography by Michael Will


Q. How far in advance do you recommend meeting with the bride?
A. Each bride (& groom) is different and we cater our service to match each personality. At the very least it is great to meet with both the bride and groom once before the wedding and then to talk through the day with them as we get closer to the big day.
 
Q. Would you prefer brides to provide you with a list of specific shots or do you like to be spontaneous?
A. I am very much spontaneous and I feel that is a great strength. Often we feel lists to be restricting to the creative process, though they have their place. We like to talk expectations and make sure we are focusing on what’s important to the couple.
 

Photography by Michael Will


Q. Any advice for brides on a budget?
A. When it’s all said and done, the images are one of the only things you have to remember the day. We always like to say that the better the photographer, and images, the better your memories! It’s a great idea to meet with different photographers and adjust your budget and maybe sacrifice in other categories to have those images. Remember, a great photographer can make anything look good!
 
Q. What is your favorite thing about being an event photographer?
A. It’s the people and unpredictability that make weddings and events so much fun!
 
Q. Anything else?
A. Remember you only get married once (hopefully) and you’re really going to be glad you have awesome pictures!
 

Photography by Michael Will


Get in touch with Michael:
(724) 777-5158
michaelwillblog.com

 

Randi Voss Photography

 

Q. Tell us about yourself.
A. Randi Voss Photography is the eponymous company I started five years ago when I realized that I wanted to do what I loved (photography) for a living, rather than as a hobby. My business focuses on working with couples who are planning fun, personal, beautiful weddings that they’ll enjoy with their families and friends.
 

Photography by Randi Voss


Q. Any advice for brides on a budget?
A. Choose what is important to you and spend your budget on that. If photography is really important to you, you may have to allocate more money to photography to get what you want. Some photographers have packages with fewer hours of photography coverage that might fit into your budget. And less can be more. Would you rather have 500 mediocre photos or 250 great ones?
 
Q. What are the new trends in wedding photography?
A. One of my favorite new trends is wedding cinematography. Rather than just having a videographer come to film the traditional moments, wedding cinematographers are now using their own digital photography cameras to create artistic movies that capture the couple’s own unique story. I’m proud to be a part of Syncopated Pictures, a wedding cinematography company based in Pittsbugh.
 
I also love to see a photo booth at a wedding. The couple is so busy enjoying their wedding that they often don’t get a chance to see everyone who was there. Randi Voss Photography offers a photo booth too. ShotBox is a lot of fun. It has a huge white background that can accommodate a lot of guests.
 
Q. How far in advance do you recommend meeting with the bride?
A. It’s important to meet with your wedding photographer early, as I can only work one wedding per day and the year gets booked quickly, especially popular seasons such as summer and fall. Sometimes clients meet with me 18 months in advance and sometimes only three months ahead of time. I like to meet with both the bride and the groom so that they both get a sense of my style and my personality. I think it’s important that we know each other since my work will become part of their new family’s history.
 

Photography by Randi Voss


Q. Would you prefer brides to provide you with a list of specific shots or do you like to be spontaneous?
A. During my interview with the couple, I work hard to explain the type of wedding photography that I do. I am at the wedding to observe the event and capture expressions and moments that will only happen on their wedding day. These moments are normally captured best and create the most natural, beautiful pictures when they aren’t staged or posed, and when the bride, groom, and other friends and family members forget that I’m there. While most of the day is captured without disrupting the wedding, the one place I really like to have a list is for family portraits that the bride and groom request. I also like to know about any special things that they’re planning to do that aren’t part of every wedding.
 
Q. What is your favorite thing about being an event photographer?
A. I love that I get to be a part of one of the most special days of someone’s life, taking photos that their children and grandchildren will see.
 

Photography by Randi Voss


Q. Anything else?
A. Choose a photographer whom you love. This person is a stranger who comes to your wedding, spends the entire day with you, and oftentimes tells you what to do. You’ll see your photographer for more time on your wedding day than you may see your own mom. Make sure you ‘click’ and that you value not only his or her final product, but personality as well. Your wedding pictures will be part of your life forever.
 
Contact Randi:
(412) 200-5617
www.randivossphotography.com
 
Want help booking one of these photographers? Give Hello Productions a call!

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