Different Strokes For Different Folks

David and I have been doing photography for awhile now and I can honestly say we have pretty much seen every type of wedding. From the most extravagant ball type affairs to the simplest backyard BBQ types. David, of course, loves the ones that are the most outrageous because for him there is so much to photograph, he is definitely in his element during those big fancy wedding affairs. My favorites are the small simple affairs, they seem to be more personal. However, I do enjoy myself with the extravagant weddings, with those there is always something going on.

I think though, that with the smaller weddings, the bride and groom enjoy themselves more. Now a days these big weddings the bride and groom are getting pulled in every direction and do not have a lot of time to enjoy their together. I see that worry too much about how much the guests are enjoying themselves, or making sure things are progressing and everything is getting done. These weddings have so many activities that it is a wonder that the bride and groom are even having a good time. There’s the ceremony, then pictures, then being introduced, then dinner, cake cutting, each  couples individual dance, bouquet toss, garter toss, all the special dances and etc. The list goes on, and all through out this the bride and groom must make sure that each guest in greeted in a timely manner. This is the part that I don’t like, with everything that the bride and groom need to do I feel that the guests should be greeting them and not the other way around. I have heard guests complaining that the bride and groom have not come to their table to day hello and to thank them for coming. In my head I’m thinking “why didn’t you go to them?” But I guess to each their own, a lot of people prefer to have weddings this way and if that is what they want to do then that’s that.

I have found though, in case you are planning a wedding, that the weddings that are small and simple and that are taking place at other locations than a huge hall are way more enjoyable. They are like a big backyard party where nothing is scheduled and everything is just what it is. The ceremony is usually shorter and then right after is dinner and dancing, no rules, no activities, the night is what the night is. Just a bunch of people having a good, no worries, no complaining guests and most importantly the bride and groom get to spend their time together and enjoy each other company, which to me is so important, this is their day and they should be the ones having the most fun.

But no matter what style of wedding you want, please just remember to have the best time you can. Surprisingly, the day goes by so fast before you know it, it’s over.

Thanks,

Marion

Off Topic Here

So I am going to take a little break right now from photography and talk about an incident that happen to us last week. Our broken garage door. I’m not sure how many of you readers have ever had to replace your garage door but I feel this is one thing that we take for granted. You don’t realize how much you rely on it until you can’t use it. Not that your garage is impenetrable but you feel that your stuff is safe in there when everything is working. And when it breaks, its like the whole world knows that your garage is now easier to get into and steal stuff. Which is really not true because no one but you cares.

We have no idea why our garage door stopped working. It was working one day and then the next day it wasn’t. It is such a subconscious thing to just hit your garage door button to close or open your door that you don’t pay attention to it, you hit it and go. So when I got home one night and hit the button and walked into the house it didn’t even dawn on me to check it to make sure that it closed. So when David got up the next morning and went to his car in the garage to get something out of it he saw that it was open. Him being the goofy guy he is came back and joked with me about leaving it open, I told him that I closed it and he was like, “no you didn’t”. So I walked out there to hit the button to close it and so I could say “see I closed it” but it didn’t close. I kept hitting it and hitting it but nothing, it wouldn’t close.

At first we just thought that the battery had died in the garage door opener box that is on the ceiling in the garage, so after we had our morning and relaxed a bit we went out there to investigate. After a hour or so of messing around with the box we found out that the actual garage door opener was broken, it just wasn’t the batteries. It was broken. Since it was the weekend and most places charge a higher rate for coming out on the weekend we waited until Monday to do anything about it. Besides we had jobs to both Saturday and Sunday, the weekend is usually our busiest part of the week. So what we had to do is pull the rope that is attached so we could open and close the door until we got it fix. It was a little upsetting to know that someone could pull up our garage and get in but what are you to do?

We made sure that the most important stuff was in the house or basement while we were out on a job, we were fairly certain that we had nothing to worry about but it made us feel better to know that that stuff was not in the garage. So we got it fix the following Wednesday, we ended up having to buy a whole new garage door opener. Apparently it just died and needed to be replaced. I’m not sure how old it was but evidently it needed to be replaced. Oh well. So that was our little adventure over the weekend, it spiced up our normal routine!

Marion

Good Pictures, Tough Client

This past weekend was a busy one for us.  We had a wedding that we worked on Saturday.  I want to be careful on how I word things just in case my client ends up finding this blog.  Have you ever had a client that is ready to complain at any chance that they get?  It almost seems as if they are looking for a reason to complain.  While I do not enjoy dealing with those kind of clients, I have learned that most of the time their dissatisfaction has little to do with my photography skills.

When I initially walked into the hall for the wedding reception, I happen upon the bride literally screaming at a understated man in the corner.  From what I could gather, it was the photo booth operator.  I found out later that the bride was upset that the font that she had chosen for the photo strips was not up to her standards.  I obviously stayed out of the situation other than to maybe redirect the brides attention to taking some photos of the family.  I have learned throughout the years that when people act unreasonable they are usually just reflecting issues that they have onto you.  That may sound a bit judg-ey but it’s just the way I have come to see things.  This bride was not going to be happy about anything because she wasn’t happy with herself.  I am not going to mention the person by name but if they read this article I am certain they will know that it is about them.

I provided my service and did a great job.  The groom was mortified with the way that his soon to be wife was acting about the most mundane details.  She got upset because someone closed their eyes during a photo, even though we had several of the same photo where everyone had their eyes open!  By the end of the night I actually felt bad for her and for her groom.  Obviously, this lady was not happy with her life and felt the need to take it out on the “help”.  Luckily after the ceremony the bride had a couple drinks and ended up settling down.  If she did not settle down, I would venture to say that I would have left.  In situations like these, it is usually best to try and keep your composure and if at all possible kill them with kindness.  Have you ever dealt with a nightmare client?  We would love to feature your story on our blog so please reach out to us if you do.

Two People, Two Goals

My husband, David and I both love having our own business together but for very different reasons. He is a photographer in every sense of the word, he sees a picture everywhere he looks. He is never without one of his cameras, yes he has many. He is always saying “that would make a great picture” then he snaps of photo of said thing “that would make a great picture”.  I on the other hand won’t even pretend that I know as much as he does about photography, I know some, enough to get along in the business but my expertise comes in the form of business management. He is the main attraction, all of our repeat customers come back to have David be the picture taker. I just make sure that we can handle the level of business we have and act accordingly.

I make sure that we do not get overwhelmed and that we have plenty of time for each of our customers, I make sure everyone leaves feeling like they are the most important. I have come to realize though, you cannot make everyone happy no matter how on top of your game you are. Some people live to be miserable and to make others around them feel the same. With those people I just treat them with a little kindness and patience because that gives me the power over them and not have me resort to their low level of decency. The majority of people are great and grateful, the few that are bad just make the good ones better. I guess this is true in all business, customer service these days is one of the hardest industries in the world.

But back to my husband and his amazing abilities as a photographer. He has been doing this for as long as he can remember, he received his first camera for his 6th birthday and it was all over then, he knew that this is what he was born to do. And I would have to agree, the things that his sees just amaze me. He can see a picture in the most boring, mundane thing and bring such a brilliant life to it that it will make you question your reasoning about all things. He brings such a passion to his pictures that you cannot help but to get caught up in all of it along with him.

No matter what the object of his lens is he will bring all of his skills with him to make the best photo that he can. He never does anything less than his best, he brings his love, passion and he gut instinct with him to make sure that the main focus of his picture is the most brilliant thing the viewer sees. He never let the negativity of some of his customers produce a bad picture, he will just try harder to make it perfect. That is one of the reasons that I love him so much.

Thanks everyone for getting this far along in my blog, I hope to hear from you!

Marion