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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 pclayman@nhimages.com or call 603.566.7911. Enjoy the journey of planning for your special day :)

 

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10 Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

Posted by Jaime Wood on Tue, Jul 06, 2010 @ 09:02 AM
beach weddingIf you've decided to have an outdoor wedding, congratulations! Outdoor weddings are romantic and beautiful. However, they aren't as easy as they may look. Outdoor weddings come with additional caveats and pitfalls, but if you follow these tips, you'll be sure to shine on your wedding day.
  1. Make your guests comfortable Think about what the weather will likely be at the time of day and month of the year of your outdoor wedding. Sunny and hot? Don't leave your guests uncomfortably melting – have your ushers give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated. Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves. Don't forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well. For a very warm location, look into renting large electric fans (don't forget a generator) and/or a tent to shade the suns rays. If it will be cold and damp, make sure you tell guests that so they can wear extra layers. A simple xeroxed insert will do. You might want to have lap blankets on hand, or rent portable heaters.

  2. Have a backup plan What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case. Many brides and grooms opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside. In a pinch, the tables can be scooted to the back of the room during the ceremony. A tent is another option, but only for light to moderate rain storms. A heavy rain will soak the ground underneath, leaving guests with soggy and muddy shoes. Make sure any tent you rent is sturdy so it won't flip over, and that it has thick and weighted sides.

  3. Plan for Wind Many outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions. Avoid light fabrics like chiffons and china silks in your dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Tell your hairstylist that you'll be having an outdoor wedding so she/he can plan a style that won't leave you looking like Cousin It! Men in the wedding party should use pomade or other styling product. Again, tell your guests in a printed insert so that they can plan accordingly. And of course, make sure your tent will stand up to gusting winds or find an indoor backup plan.

  4. Can everybody hear? When you picture your dream wedding at the beach, you're probably not hearing the roaring of the waves, the rushing wind, or the local kids running and screaming around you. Look into renting a sound system with clip mikes for the bride, groom and officiant. Your DJ or band may be able to easily arrange this for you.

  5. Decorations One of the bonuses of an outdoor wedding is the natural beauty around you, lessening your need to decorate. But you still need to do some work. Visit the site a week before your wedding to make sure the grass is mown, the ground raked, and the flowers have bloomed. If your wedding is at a public park, you may want to ask the groomsmen or friends to do this the morning of your ceremony. If it's been an especially cold season, you may need to supplement the flowers with some potted bulbs from a florist. Other decorations you may want to consider include an arch or trellis to focus the ceremony and frame the bride and groom as they say their vows; strings of lights or lanterns in the trees; luminarias; torches; or farolitas.

  6. Make things tasty outside Does your caterer have experience planning an outdoor wedding menu? Make sure they're planning things that will keep well outdoors in the heat. Avoid things like mayonnaise salads or dishes which must be served cold.

  7. Don't leave your guests parched Since alcohol is dehydrating, consider serving a variety of lemonades, teas and punches. Be sure to have plenty of ice and water around as well. For a fancy cocktail, why not serve a classic mint julep or a mojito? The mint will refresh and cool your guests.

  8. Those pesky flying things Be sure to put out citronella candles or a bug zapper so that your guests won't spend the whole ceremony swatting at the air.

  9. Here comes the sun Consider timing your outdoor wedding for sunset where your guests will see you take your vows surrounded by the warm glow of the sun. Those having a daytime outdoor wedding should orient the ceremony so that the sun will be on guests' backs rather than in their eyes.

  10. Permits Don't forget to contact your city parks department or other local government to get a permit for an outdoor wedding. Be sure to ask about rules concerning trash removal, candle or torch lighting, and pre-wedding photography.

Originally posted on weddings.about.com By , About.com Guide

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6.26.10 - Lauren & Matt's Mountain View Grand Wedding

Posted by Jaime Wood on Thu, Jul 01, 2010 @ 12:59 PM

Mountain View Grand Wedding JuneWho ever said that you can't have a wedding ceremony outside in the rain didn't know Lauren & Matt!  On June 26th I had the distinct pleasure of sharing in Lauren & Matt's day up at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield, NH.  Such a fabulous spot, I love filming weddings there.  It was raining when it was time to have the ceremony, but Lauren and Matt still went for it outside anyways, and they got the cheering approval from all their guests.

With the help of Diana Ma Weddings, Lauren planned and designed the details of this day so perfectly.  From the awesome green color of the bridesmaids dresses, that carried through in the linens and AMAZING flower arrangements by Emily Herzig Floral Studio to the programs by Gus & Ruby Letterpress and lighting, this wedding was one for the magazines. 

Oh, and let me just say that the band Lauren & Matt chose - OUT OF THIS WORLD!!  First Class Band out of Boston, MA performed phenomenally!  The dance floor was packed the entire night.  I would highly recommend them if you're interested in a band for your reception.

Thank you to Lauren & Matt for letting me be a part of such an amazing day.  It is certainly a day that I will not forget.

All my best,
Jaime

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Shannon & John - An Unforgettable Mountain View Grand Wedding

Posted by Jaime Wood on Wed, Jun 09, 2010 @ 01:22 PM
Mountain View Grand Wedding

On Saturday June 5, Shannon and John got married at the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield, NH.  What a crazy day this way.  I started out with Shannon during bridal preparations, and she was as calm as ever.  After she got in her dress I went downstairs to the ceremony location and as I proceeded through the ballroom, the fire alarm went off.  Thankfully it was just a false alarm.  

While outside, you could see storm clouds beginning to circle the resort, with the sound of thunder and the sight of lightening bolts in the near distance.  It was very questionable if the ceremony should still take place outside.  The decision was made to go for it and wouldn't you know, just as Shannon walked down the aisle, it started to lightly rain.  And then it started to come down heavier, with large rain drops.  So, we proceeded into the ballroom and resumed the ceremony in there.

During the ceremony you could hear the rain pouring down outside and the sounds of thunder getting closer and louder.  About halfway through the ceremony, right when John was reading his vows, the skies cleared and the most spectacular double rainbow appeared in the windows right behind the bride and groom.  It was absolutely perfect.  During their formal session it started to rain again, but it was short lived.  And wouldn't you know, that they got another full rainbow for their formal pictures.

It truly was an amazing and unforgettable night.  From the unpredictability of the rain, to the rainbows, to the fantastic entrance that Shannon & John made - they kept smiling and kept calm through it all, even finding laughter in it.  I can not thank Shannon & John enough for letting me be a part of such an fantastic day. This is their highlight video.  All my best ~ Jaime.

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05.30.10 Lauren & Chad's Maine Beach Wedding

Posted by Jaime Wood on Wed, Jun 02, 2010 @ 08:18 AM

On Sunday May 30th, I had the honor of sharing in Chad and Lauren's special day.  From the little details to the weather, the day was absolutely perfect.  It was a small and intimate day wedding set on the coast of Maine in Ogunquit at The Beachmere Inn.  Lauren looked stunning in her dress, and the diamond starfish necklace that Chad gave her the night before was a perfect touch.  Their simple and elegant beach theme shined through from the arbor with sand dollars and starfish, to my favorite - their wedding cake which had bride and groom clams on the top.  This is their wedding day highlight film.  All my best ~ Jaime.

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