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Real Life Experiences of Hello Productions’ Intern: Interviewing Pittsburgh’s Wedding Photographers August 29, 2014

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Your wedding photographer is one of the most important vendors that you’ll hire for your big day. A team of vendors will work together to create your vision, but the photographer will capture everything as it comes together and provide you with keepsakes for a lifetime. Each photographer has their own unique style and you should consider several items when selecting a photographer. Are you looking for artsy images or classical shots? Is experience important to you? How large is your budget?

 

We interviewed three of Pittsburgh’s top wedding photographers who we work with regularly. Be sure to visit their websites for more details and photographs.

 

Josh Mariana Photography

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Q: How long have you been a wedding photographer?
A: I have been photographing weddings professionally for six years.

 

Q: What is your favorite part about being a photographer?
A: My favorite part about doing what I do is the interaction with clients. All of our packages except one include an engagement session, so it’s really great to hang out with them and get to know them outside the wedding environment. By the time their wedding comes along, we’re good friends and we truly get to experience their special day together. And of course make some great images along the way.

 

Q: What kind of training do you have?
A: I learned the very basics of photography shooting film for a high school photography class some 20 years ago. Other than that I am mostly self-taught. There are some great books available that helped with the technical side of things, but the most important aspect of good photography is the interaction. It’s about being genuinely interested in your clients’ stories and helping them feel comfortable. Working with them so that they feel natural and calm in from of the camera. Luckily for me that part just sort of came naturally.

 

Q: Summer is full of weddings, when do you recommend booking a photographer for a summer wedding?
A: Most of our clients book 12-18 months in advance, so the Summer season is usually booked (or close to booked up) by early Fall of the previous year. For example most of the free consults I’m doing at this time (late spring/early summer 2014) are booking for June-October 2015. There are always exceptions however, as I still have a couple of dates for the second half of this year (2014). If couples really want to have their choice of preferred vendors though, it’d be wise to get the ball rolling ~15 months in advance to ensure availability.

 

Q: How long does it take for you to get your photos back to the clients?
A: Quick turnaround is a big deal for me. Most of my wedding clients will have their gallery available within two weeks of their wedding date, many times inside a week and before they return from their honeymoon. We give ourselves a little more time than that in our contracts in case of technical issues/computer failure/etc, but in general wedding photo processing takes top priority over the myriad other responsibilities that come with running a photography business.

 

Q: What kind of photo is your favorite to take at a wedding?
A: I really enjoy the time I get alone with just my couples after the ceremony. We always do the traditional family and bridal parties photos, and those can definitely be fun. However I encourage all of my clients to plan on 30-60 minutes to have just to themselves. While that time is there for us to get creative, modern portraits of the bride and groom, it also serves the double purpose of giving them a chance to relax, to take a breath, to just “be” married for the first time, away from everyone else. Our shooting style is very relaxed so that helps create a more stress-free time before the craziness of the reception starts up!

 

Q: How do you get the word out about your business?
A: I rely mostly on blog interviews. Seriously though, most of my clients come from word-of-mouth referrals, which I think speaks volumes about our service, quality and more than anything, the end results. I also get plenty of leads from some of the bigger wedding website networks we advertise on such as theknot.com (voted Best Of three years running) and
Wedding Wire (Bride’s Choice award both years we’ve advertised there), but as time goes on I rely less and less on those sources due to the number of referrals I get, and I have our amazing roster of previous clients to thank for that!!

 
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The Brand Studio

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Q: How long have you been a wedding photographer?
A: We have been photographing weddings together since 2006.

 

Q: What is your favorite part about being a photographer?
A: There are many elements of being a wedding photographer that keep us inspired and challenged on a weekly basis, but the most rewarding aspect is hearing back from our couples after they’ve received their photos and album.

 

Q: What kind of training do you have?
A: We both come from a fine arts background, so our training in photography started with film. John Pascarella received his Master of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University. John has taught fine art and photography at West Virginia University, Youngstown State University, and Washington and Jefferson College. Sean Blair received his Master of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University, where he served as an adjunct instructor of art from 2007-2008.

 

Q: Summer is full of weddings, when do you recommend booking a photographer for a summer wedding?
A: The majority of inquires we receive for summer weddings are about 12 months ahead of the wedding date. Getting an earlier start, even by just a few months, makes it more likely that we’ll still be available.

 

Q: How long does it take for you to get your photos back to the clients?
A: In the week following the wedding, we post previews and a slideshow on our blog. For a Saturday wedding, those previews are typically posted on Wednesday, just 4 days after the wedding. On Monday of the following week, we have the initial album design ready, and the complete proof gallery is available that Wednesday. Our couples have full online access to photos in less than two weeks!

 

Q: What kind of photo is your favorite to take at a wedding?
A: Our emphasis is always on creating elegant and timeless images that connect with modern brides. We call it “modern classic” – sophisticated images, rooted in the traditions and history of film photography, updated for a fresh and contemporary style.

 

Q: How do you get the word out about your business?
A: Word of mouth recommendations from our couples and other wedding professionals we’ve worked with account for most of the inquiries we receive. We also maintain listings on the major wedding websites.

 
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Randi Voss Photography

randivossphotography.com

 

Q: How long have you been a wedding photographer?
A: I started my wedding photography business in 2007. I’m in my seventh year as a wedding photographer.

 

Q: What is your favorite part about being a photographer?
A: I love that there are so many interesting people and events to photograph on a wedding day. A wedding is a very special day in someone’s life, and I work hard to capture important moments, beautiful portraits, overall mood, and candid photos of people having fun.

 

Q: What kind of training do you have?
A: Most of the training that I use today is self-taught or learned from other colleagues in my industry. Formally, I have a minor in “Photography and Digital Imaging” from Carnegie Mellon.

 

Q: Summer is full of weddings, when do you recommend booking a photographer for a summer wedding?
A: I recommend booking as soon as a couple is sure of their wedding date.

 

Q: How long does it take for you to get your photos back to the clients?
A: I show a preview of the images within a week of the wedding and all photos are shared 4-6 weeks after the wedding.

 

Q: What kind of photo is your favorite to take at a wedding?
A: When the couple is walking together for the first time at the end of the ceremony. All smiles!

 

Q: How do you get the word out about your business?
A: My best advertisers are my past clients. A personal recommendation from a happy couple is the best endorsement I could ask for.

 
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If you’re in need of a photographer for your wedding or event, contact one of these photographers and you won’t be disappointed!

 
 
 
 
 
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Kristen Elgin

Hello Productions Intern, 2014

 

Kristine Elgin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and relocated to Pittsburgh last August. She attended Oregon State University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in New Media Communications.

 

She has always loved working events and is excited to continue learning under Colleen Geletko as her summer intern. Her favorite part about working events is seeing all the details come together and how happy everyone is with the outcome.
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Make Magic at Your Next Event with Lee Terbosic September 1, 2013

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With magic making a comeback, we sat down with one of our favorite magicians, Lee Terbosic, to find out how he got into the business, at what types of events he performs and what trick he would do forever.

 

Hello: Tell us about your business.
Lee: I got into magic at the age of 12 after seeing a magician at a birthday party and I was instantly hooked. Over the next few years I learned everything I could about magic and performed as often as I could. I was able to put myself through college by working restaurants, corporate and private events all over the city. When I graduated from RMU with my degree in Marketing & Business, I decided to continue being an entrepreneur and start working with an agent. Since then, I have found myself working corporate events around the country and also performing at tons of college campuses.

 

Hello: How do you determine what acts you perform at each event?
Lee: I have a standard “corporate clean” show I do for companies but I like to switch it up from time to time and customize a few things depending on who the client is. I always have fun working in new effects and jokes for certain shows. I also have a crazy college show called “Tricks & Jokes” but I am always changing it up to keep it fresh for myself.

 

Hello: What types of events do you perform at?
Lee: I would say mostly corporate, colleges, comedy clubs, organizations, private events and even a few weddings during a year.

 
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Hello: How far in advance should clients contact you for their event?
Lee: I normally am booked at least 2-3 months in advance and sometimes 4-6 months during the holiday season, but you never know … if a client calls and wants me tomorrow and I am free, I’ll be there.

 

Hello: Where do you find inspiration for new acts?
Lee: Inspiration for me comes in so many places … usually music, movies, interaction with friends but every once and awhile it comes from a special place. I had the opportunity a few years back to meet an awesome kid named Saxon who happened to battling cancer. I was invited to perform at his Make-a-Wish party … and after, while I was hanging with him, he asked me a question that completely blew my mind. I was teaching him a few tricks and out of nowhere he asked me if there was a trick I know I would do forever. I have never been asked that before so I was completely at a loss for words. After a few minutes of head scratching I came up with my answer and then showed him the trick. Saxon loved the trick and even said good choice. Now fast forward 2 years to the day when I am driving in my car … a John Mayer song came on the radio and the lyrics in the song took me back in time to the moment Saxon asked me that … it was really weird but almost like fate. I raced home, downloaded the song and then did the trick to the song and synced up perfectly. I now close some of my shows with the story, and routine. It gets a standing ovation every time … but I like to think that they are standing for Saxon as much as me.

 

Hello: What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Lee: Definitely the interaction with people and seeing their reactions to what I am doing. The ability to be creative every day and express myself on stage is always a blast. And if I sleep in, my boss doesn’t care.

 

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Want to catch Lee in action? He will be bringing his show, “52 Up Close”, back to Pittsburgh on September 11-14 at the Bricolage Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.

 

“52 Up Close is a two act performance that features some of the most amazing sleight of hand and magic you will ever see. Each performance runs 75 minutes in length and includes some of Lee’s favorite effects that have taken him a lifetime to learn and master. Lee gives this intimate audience a rare peek into mind of a magician, and even reveals how a magician thinks when trying to fool you. He weaves a story throughout the performance using just 52 playing cards, telling a history lesson about where cards came from and where they are headed. He shares intimate stories of where some of his tricks were conjured up and will even invite people on stage to experience them firsthand. He brings the show as close to the audience’s eyes as possible, yet keeps nearly all of the secrets to himself.” (www.52upclose.com)

 

Tickets are on sale at www.52upclose.com, Lee’s website: www.leeterbosic.com, or by calling 412-478-6137.

 

Want to book Lee for your next event? Let Hello Productions help you or contact him directly at www.leeterbosic.com.

 

Vendor Spotlight: Kata Banko Couture Bridal Accessories July 3, 2013

Hello Productions' Kelsey Teufel wearing a custom Kata Banko Couture piece.

Hello Productions’ Kelsey Teufel wearing a custom Kata Banko Couture piece.

We recently talked with Colleen Banko of Kata Banko Couture. She has a veiling and accessory company geared towards brides. I can personally comment on how fabulous she is as she created a custom hair piece for my 2011 wedding! Read below for more details about her and her work:

 

1. Tell us a little about you and your business.

 

Kata Banko Couture is a veiling and accessory company geared towards bridal. I started the company in 2010 after seeing the lack of high quality bridal accessories, and the lack of customization for the bride.

 

Every piece is hand sewn and carefully thought out, using only the finest materials and techniques. Did I mention that I love my job!!

 

2. How far in advance do you recommend meeting with the bride if you are going to design something custom for them?

 

I recommend that a bride meet with me 1 to 2 months in advance, before the wedding date, for a custom designed item.

 

3. Would you prefer brides to provide you with photos they like of accessories/headpieces, or would you rather they come to you with an open mind?

 

Pictures are always welcome when a bride is deciding what she would like created, it helps with visualizing. I love when I get a call for a custom piece and can just go with it rather than following picture guidelines; it’s always nice to make something so very different.

 
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4. For brides on a budget (but who still want a beautiful hairpiece or sash), do you have any advice?

 

For brides on a budget, a custom piece is quite tricky. Usually custom pieces take more time and materials that I may not stock, so the expense is on the designers end as well. Custom pieces start at $150 and can go to $3000.

 
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If you are on a tight budget, keep in mind that this is your big day. Don’t skimp on your look; when you look back at your wedding photos you want them to be beautiful and it’s your day, you want to be completely happy with your choices.

 
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5. Are there any new trends in bridal accessories right now?

 

The big trend I see coming back is actually an old trend with a new spin, the veil! Top your veil with a “Gatsby” look boho band or a halo of flowers or full on bling. Also the belt!!! This is here to stay; it completely changes the dress and makes it your own.

 

6. What is your favorite thing about what you do?

 

My absolute favorite thing I get to do is work with so many interesting people and I get to be a part of their big day!! This is such a privilege!

 

7. Anything else you want us to share with our readers?

 

Yes … Remember this day is about you, and your likes and dislikes. I know we all want our mothers and bridesmaids to like what we like but the truth is, it’s all about you.

 

Interested in one of Colleen’s pieces? Contact her at kata.banko@gmail.com, or visit her website at www.katabankobrides.com or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/katabankobrides to see more amazing accessories!

 

Advice, Trends, and Even Tips to Save Money on Invitations from Jody Stein of CREATE Studio April 16, 2012

An invitation is often the first impression your guests have of your wedding, fundraiser, event, etc. so it’s important to make that first impression one that lasts!

 

For fabulous invitations (and first impressions), we turned to Jody Stein, owner of CREATE Studio. Jody creates custom designed invitations and coordinating collateral for all types of events. We had the opportunity to talk to her about her business, designing for brides on a budget, and new invitation trends to watch for.

 

Q. Tell us about yourself and your business.

A. I was born to create. My mother knew I would grow up to be an artist when she found me making clothes for Barbie when I was 3. She was positive when I painted my Dad’s car to look like the Beatles Yellow Submarine! I eventually created my way through childhood and college; graduating with a BFA from Washington University. My creative career was launched art directing print and television commercials for major brands in New York and Chicago. Marriage brought me to Pittsburgh which led to the creation of CREATE Studio. Now, I collaborate with exciting event planners and with clients planning one of the biggest, most important events of their lives. So many ideas! So many decisions! Coming up with jaw dropping, WOW! creative solutions that bring their vision to life is my niche. I love to create traditional invitations, also traditional with a twist, or, completely out of the box. No pun intended! It all depends on their sweet dreams!

 
 

Q. How far in advance do you recommend sending invitations? Is there such a thing as sending invitations too early?

A. Most people have jam-packed calendars so my advice is to shout out the date of a big event early with a creative, fun, Save the Date. This is the very best way to never be too early or too late, to build anticipation, and to informally set the tone for the formal invitation to come. For a destination or event with a large out-of-town guest list, mail the Save the Date as soon as possible. If the guest list is made up of mostly in-town guests, at least 6 months out. Once the Save the Date has been mailed, plan to mail the formal invitation no later than 8 to 10 weeks before the event. For weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s or large parties, a website devoted to the big day is a great way to keep guests posted as the event unfolds in-between mailings.

 

Q. Do your clients typically create custom designs or choose from a design book?

A. Whether or not a client wants a one-of-a-kind custom invitation suite, or falls in love with a standard design from one of our books, we sit down to discuss all of the ideas swirling around in their head. Then we decide how to best organize these thoughts to create their own perfect invitation. It’s funny because a standard design almost always ends up being customized with individual choices of colors, fonts and paper selections. I usually suggest adding little unique details that make an invitation their very own. For custom, one-of-a-kind invitations, I create mood boards as a visual reference for the entire event. It includes a color palette, paper selections, photographs of flowers, and if apropos, bridesmaid dresses, swatches of linens and trims, and images of the venue. This way, when we meet, we can clearly see how every element at the event will coordinate and tweak it to perfection. These boards become invaluable tools when trying to make decisions and are great for planning ahead for the “day of” materials; programs, escort cards, menus, table numbers, gifts, and even projections on the walls and dance floor.

 

Q. Any advice for clients and brides on a budget?

A. Everyone has a budget whether it is on the low side of the production spectrum or the high. Being on a budget does not mean we can’t create one of the most beautiful invitation suites ever. It is my job to create a “winner” at many different price points. This is one of my strongest fortes. What matters is how the design and materials work together to tell the story. I take time to resource the right materials that will work for each individual budget in order to make each clients dream a reality.

 

Here are a few cost saving tips:
– Choose a rectangular shape instead of square. Square invitations cost more to mail.
– Do not include a lot of extra layers. Multiple layers increase labor and weight.
– Consider digital printing instead of raised or offset. This is a huge cost saver. With today’s high-end digital printers, digital printing can look as nice and vibrant as offset printing.
– Include a coordinating accommodation and event information insert. This saves costs on a second mailing, not to mention your time answering questions by phone or emails.
– A new cost saver is to have guests respond by email, or to an event website. This does away with printing a reply card and envelope, and the cost of its return postage.

 

Q. Are there any new invitation trends on the horizon?

A. There is no end to new trends. With the internet, finding clever options are endless. I literally look all over the country and the world for interesting trends. Invitations can be etched into wood, Plexiglas and metal. Sending invitations in custom, fabric covered boxes has become very popular. Many clients are asking for custom logos to “brand” every detail of their special day. Logos are usually introduced on the Save the Date, become an integral part of the invitation, then appear later on programs, menus, escort cards, projections, dance floors, gift tags, and on custom stamps. Finding ways to repurpose and combine different materials is a big trend. For example, I just won a LOUIE award, “Best Bar Mitzvah Invitation Design”, from the Greeting Card Association for repurposing a large wooden initial letter “A” block on the front of the invitation. Mirroring fashion trends, bold patterns and pop colors are huge right now.

 

Q. Anything else you want us to share with our readers?

A. It is always important to figure out your event budget before we get started. This way, I can do the best job resourcing materials to present the best, unique concepts at the best price. Don’t be afraid to shoot for the stars. It is my job to figure out how to get the job done.

 

Q. What’s CREATE Studio up to now?

A. I just won a LOUIE Award for Best Bar Mitzvah Invitation Design. I just finished designing two special event invitations for Bethlehem Haven and Pittsburgh Opera which included the invitation, eblasts, posters and programs. And, I am currently working on a party being held in Paris, and a bunch of lovely weddings.

 

Interested in custom designed invitations from Jody Stein? Visit her website: createstudioinvites.com for more information.

 

Or let Hello Productions help you set up a meeting with Jody. Call us at 412-298-7333 and let us handle the details.

 

Great Date Ideas for your Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day February 5, 2012

As St. Valentine’s day approaches, it often conjures up feelings of love and anticipation, as well as some stress in thinking of the best ways to “wow” your sweetheart year after year. Sure, you’ve tried the requisite roses and box of chocolates, but we’d like to offer you a few ideas on making this year’s BIG date night a hit, whether you’ve got a little or a lot to spend.

Ride in style! Depending on where you’re located, try taking an unusual form of transportation to your date-night destination. This can include a horse and carriage, a motorcycle (make sure to have a license and helmets!), a classic car or even a boat/water taxi. Pre-plant a small gift or bottle of champagne (if you’re not driving, of course!) in whatever mode of transportation you choose for an added surprise. Just mix it up a bit!

Locally: www.caustelotfarms.com, www.gatewayclipper.com

 

Take it back! This can be a tricky one if you’ve only been dating a short time, but it can still work to your advantage. Try to recreate some of your most fond memories together in one evening, or spread it out through a whole day together. Perhaps it’s a meal at a favorite pizza place from college, then going for some suds at your local watering hole and finally ending with a long walk where you had your first kiss. Or, maybe it’s igniting that fire again by recreating the way you proposed with rose petals, candles and “your song” at home after a nice dinner at your favorite sushi bar. You know the memories that mean the most to you both, so rack your brain for the best moments and it can lead to a fabulous evening!

Locally: www.urbanspoon.com/c/23/Pittsburgh-restaurants, www.yelp.com/pittsburgh

 

Get outdoors! For some, a little physical activity is all it takes to get the fires of love burning between them. Get creative on your usual bike excursion by packing a backpack with a picnic blanket, a bottle of bubbly (or Gatorade, if that’s your taste), plastic glasses and some delicious but easy-to-carry snacks. Plan to unveil them at a picturesque or secluded place along the trail. Another great option is to re-route your usual activity to make sure you pass by a great art museum, conservatory or library that has an interesting exhibit or tour that you can both take together. On your way home, make sure to stop at a local bakery or gelato stand for a small but tempting treat!

Locally: www.carnegiemuseums.org, phipps.conservatory.org, www.vanillapastry.com, lagourmandinebakery.com

 

Taste of the good life! In most regions around the country, you can find some local wineries or breweries that offer great tours and tastings. Many of these spots also try to partner with a local B&B so that you can enjoy plenty of tasting and not have to worry about a long drive home. If you’re a wine couple, find out what’s close to you and what varietals they offer, and make a day of going from tasting room to tasting room trying all the best the purveyors have to offer. Make sure to start with a hearty lunch ahead of time at a local hot spot. If beer is more your style, you may find that there are some smaller, local breweries (even those that operate out of a local bar) that offer samplings and food pairings. Some larger breweries even offer tours of their facilities. What a great way to try something new with your partner while enjoying a great mug of brew!

Locally: www.visitpittsburgh.com/countryside/wineries, www.eastendbrewing.com, www.pennbrew.com, www.myrivertowne.com

 

Surprise them! So, your sweetheart has the misfortune to be working on Valentine’s Day, or worse, is on a business trip for the whole week. Don’t despair! Surprise them with something special at work or at their hotel when they arrive. A handmade card and a custom gift basket of their favorite things (small candles, candies and mini bottles of their favorite libation), a bunch of their favorite flowers and a singing telegram, or even showing up yourself to their destination (within reason, of course!) with a smile, a small gift and a “leading,” romantic card to when they’re able to make it home- these are all great ways to make Valentine’s Day special even if you aren’t able to really go all-out this year.

Locally: www.wackyjacktelegrams.com, billchisnellproductions.com, Michael Whitlinger Designs 412-343-3450

 

And really, the best advice is to think outside of the box, be thoughtful, and remember that it’s just one day out of the year where you can express your love for your partner. Who says you can’t celebrate one another all year long? Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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
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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…
 

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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!

 

Melissa & Keith’s New Year’s Eve Wedding January 9, 2012

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While many of you were ringing in the new year, Melissa and Dave were married on New Year’s Eve and kissed at midnight for the first time as husband and wife.
 
Bea Nyilas was there to capture every moment of this sentimental ceremony and gorgeous winter wonderland wedding reception.
 
Here’s a peek at some of Bea’s fabulous shots. For more photos, visit our Past Weddings & Events page at www.helloproductions.com.