Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. What a beautiful wedding I had the pleasure of capturing on Saturday. This was the 3rd daughter's wedding, in the family, that I have been honored to do the Photography and Video Production for. Stephanie and Kevin were married at the Croatian Catholic Church in Downtown Los Angeles. There were 12 couples in their wedding party and everyone had a great time. We began at the bride's parent's lovely home in Redondo Beach, with photos of all the family and the bridesmaids, including her 2 sisters. Then at the church with all the guys and their beverages.
A bagpiper played as the wedding party entered the church. The sanctuary has a warm old world feel and decor, with beautiful stained glass windows. After the wedding vows and kiss, the couple walked down the aisle as man & wife with the bagpiper's serenade. There were hugs from all the wedding party before going back into the church for formal photos. Parents and family were first, so they could then join their guests for the social hour with Mariachi Music. After the formal photos, we all got into the 2 Hummer stretch limos and drove the few blocks to the L.A. Music Center for photos of the wedding party by the fountain.
Then it was back to the church reception hall, where each member of the wedding party was introduced and entered the dance floor strutting their stuff to their own individual music. After a standing ovation entrance, the bride & groom began their first dance, then busted out into their own "precision pair" moves. The amazing Croatian meal, (Grand Parisian salad, melt-in-your-mouth roast beef, potatoes, rice and a whole platter of delicious vegetables), was served family style, to each table. We were entertained by a terrific Croatian band and lots of traditional dancing for all. A great time was had by everyone.
I captured over 900 images for their website, proof album and slide show, (that are included in their wedding photography package). On their Pictage.com website, the bride & groom will create a folder of their favorite images that will be used in the design of their wedding album. They will be notified by email when the design is ready for their review. When everything is approved, we will create their hand crafted, leather wedding album, (embossed with their names and date), as a family heirloom.
For the video production, we used two, 3 chip digital video cameras to capture the ceremony and reception events. The computerized digital editing process is progressing as we create an incredible, memorable video production of this happy day's events. The DVD menu will offer multiple scene selections and the library case will have a personalized cover.
I so much enjoy this profession where I get to share and capture these special experiences for a wonderful family. And it was extra special because it was the 3rd wedding for this family, where I've been the photographer and also created the video production. I've been doing this for many years, and probably over 2,000 weddings, but I still enjoy it very much.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Make sure that the person you choose to photograph your wedding or event is very experienced and qualified, has great equipment, and is friendly and personable. You must see sample photos, albums, online images, etc. from many events. Also they should have many positive referrals that you can view. Be certain of the amount of photography services that are included and what photos, albums, etc. you are to receive, and in what time frame. Be wary of statements like, "I just got this new camera", or "Just meet me at Starbucks". Contrast this with my status: I have been in business as a professional photographer for over 40 years, own my portrait studio, and have photographed over 2,000 weddings and special events. Call me with questions or concerns about photography.