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4 Keys & 5 Questions to hiring the right Photographer/Film Maker

Posted by Peter Clayman on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 04:21 PM

So you just got engaged...congrats to you and yours! Now its time pick your wedding date and select a venue. Once those items have been squared away most people will now start working on selecting the various vendors (photo, video, DJ, band, florist, etc) that are needed. One of the first things people take care is the photography and video. So you jump online and do some quick research and schedule the face to face appointments.  

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So many times couples have come into the studio and have said the following things to me: “your our first meeting so we don't know what to ask”, “we've never done this before (being married), so we don't know what we should ask or say”...although those are fair statements...my strong recommendation to you is be prepared to have a consultation before the actual consultation.   

4 steps to take before your consultation:

Before going into a consultation with a photographer/videographer make sure that:

1. you have seen their work and love it – from their website, Facebook and Pinterest

2. Read up on any reviews...what do other couples think of the company

3. Set a budget – What is your balance between the investment and the importance of quality work

4. Have an idea of what you are looking for in terms of coverage and final product. Are you looking to keep things basic (just the files) or are you looking for albums, canvases, etc. The more focused you are the easier it will be to find the right person or company for you.

Once your at the consultation:

5 real world questions to ask during the meeting -

1. What happens in case of an emergency? Specifically what are your emergency plans? - this is important to know the company you are dealing with has thought this out and has a logical plan. If the company doesn't have a solid plan, they may not be the right one for you.

2. If photo and video come from different companies how do you work together? - I always tell people you have 1 aisle to walk down and 1 aisle to walk back and you have at least 2 people trying to get the shot...it helps if photo and video have worked together many times and can work in harmony

3. What is your turn around time for delivering the photos and video after the wedding? - Asking this will help manage your expectations on when things are delivered.

4. Have you shot at my venue and if not please tell me how you would prepare yourself for our wedding? This will help you gain some insight into experience and planning

5. How do you manage the actual day of our wedding? What is your style for managing the day? - This will help you understand the demeanor of the person or company taking the images and does that fit your personality and get the job done.

I hope this helps you out...any questions please send me a message at [email protected] or call 603.566.7911. Enjoy the journey of planning for your special day :)

 

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Nicole & David ~ Castle In The Clouds ~ Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 05:01 PM

Nicole & David were married at one of the most scenic places in New England, Castle In The Clouds, Moultonboro, NH.

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This wedding was the second that we have done for the brides family as last year Nicole's sister Alicia was married and we photographed the big day :)  This wedding had a little of everything that included nice details (gingerbread cookies from the The Yum Yum Shop) to a horse and carriage to a first dance taking place on the patio overlooking a scenic vista.

We started to photograph bridal preparations at the Castle's intimate bridal suite.  We photographed many of the details that inluded the dress.  We later caught up with David getting ready to walk with his two sons up a short path that lead to the ceremony area.

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Nicole and her dad to the horse and carriage up to the main house at the top while the rest of the bridal party and family took the trolley shuttle to the ceremony site.

The ceremony was sweet that included custom vows that Nicole and David read to each other.

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As with tradition at Castle In The Clouds there is a group global picture taken from the balcony at the end of the ceremony.

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Here were some the images taken after the ceremony of Nicole and David:

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On our way to the reception Nicole and David took the horse and carriage:

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The reception kicked off with the first dance on the patio which we have never done before at The Castle.

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Before everyone made their way into reception we were able to get some images of how the tables were set up with the flowers...all very beautiful:

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After everyone settled in for a great meal catered by Hart's Turkey Farm there were speeches and toasts and dancing throughout the night. Rodyan and crew did a great job keeping things organized and we wish Nicole and David all the love and happiness that can have!

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Tammy & Chris - Common Man Inn - Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Tammy & Chris were married on a humid Sunday at a unique venue in Plymouth, NH called The Common Man Inn.  The reason why I say its unique is that one of the ceremony location options is in an actual greenhouse which gave it a really nice intimate feel for the ceremony.  There are also miles of railroad tracks which make for some great backdrop for pictures.

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We started off by photographing bridal preparations.  During this time we usually get detail shots of the dress, shoes, jewlery which we did, but there was one twist.  Tammy is a big time runner who has done marathons and half marathons and in fact Tammy and I ran the Dopey Challange at Disney last January which was a 48.6 mile race over 4 days (in case your curious its a 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon).  So Tammy's shoes were actually custom running shoes that said "run disney"on the side. 

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So everyone got ready in a building they call cabin in the woods which all the bridesmaids and the adorable flower girl got ready.  At the very end of the preperation Tammy walked downstairs and we had her dad close his eyes until she reached the bottom of the stairs for some very sweet reactions.

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One of the greatest things we love to capture is the grooms look as he sees his bride walking down the isle for the first time, but in this case the grooms mom had a pretty solid look as well! The ceremony was traditional with one extra part in which Tammy & Chris exchanged roses and then gave them to their mothers :)  

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After the ceremony the pictures flowed and here are some of what we were able to get.

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The reception featured introductions, first dance, parent dances, cake cutting (cake was fromOoo La La Creative Cakes) and dancing...Megan from Main Event Entertainment had everyone dancing all night long and they provided the photo booth as well.  Stephanie & Megan from the Inn did a great job in getting everything in order so all in all it was a great day...oh and the rain held off...bonus!  We wish the happy couple all the very best in life!

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Nicole & Naum - Mile Away - Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Nicole & Naum were married at a beautiful venue in Milford, NH called The Mile Away.  Not only do they have a great place to get married but they also have a wonderful restaurant to boot :)

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We started with bridal preparations at the Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH.  Although Nicole has some family in NH many of the grooms family and friends came in from LA and were experiencing New England for the first time :)  As we were going through doing the details shots of the rings we noticed that Naum had an amazing looking ring made partly out of wood...I have to say that I really liked the look!

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After preparation it was of to the Mile Away.  Its a very cool eclectic place with modern facilities and rustic charm...they had all kinds of funky mirrors around and that made for some nice pictures later on.

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The ceremony was sweet as the reverend described what each one of them loved about the other. Since the reverend did all the readings it left more time for pictures of the family and our bride and groom. What was refreshing and unique about this wedding is there was no bridal party.

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Some of the images we took after the wedding:

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As the reception began Nicole and Naum had their first dance which Naum seemed to really take in the moment.  DJ Dave Lynch had everyone dancing away and Sandy from the Mile-A-Way did a great job making sure the day ran smoothly.  We want to wish Nicole & Naum all the happiness now and in the future!

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Megan & Ben - LaBelle Winery - Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Sat, Aug 09, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Megan & Ben were married on a warm Saturday afternoon at a relatively new venue for us LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH.  LaBelle has it all, great locations for onsite ceremonies, scenic vistas for photo and video and a modern elegant reception area...oh and plenty of wine :)

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We covered the day from bridal preparations through the reception.  As has been the case for the last several weddings we did a first reveal with dad which was very touching and sweet.  The preparations were relaxed and fun.

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Megan & Ben has some very nice details at their wedding that went along with the coming together of families from the wine theme to the leaf signature board.  The ceremony was officiated by one of their friends who did a terrific job.  During the ceremony they did a winebox ceremony of which a bottle of wine is placed to be open by the couple on a specific anniversary.

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We had fun taking advantage of such great scenery for the pictures as you can see below. 

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And some details of how the tables were set up :)

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Amy & Mackenzie from LaBelle did a great job of organizing and making sure the day ran smoothily...congrats to our couple and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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