FAQ Friday: How to Win Over Your Client's Wedding Photographer

This one's for the wedding planners! If you're trying to network a little more with the vendors working at your clients' weddings, here are the top five ways you can win me over and make me REALLY keen on working with you again!1. Business-like is good, business-friendly is better. Adopt a warm tone when communicating with me. I know you are taking on all the bride's headaches, but no need to boss me around like I don't know what I'm doing. Let's work TOGETHER.2. If we haven't met yet, introduce yourself when you see me. I can't tell the difference between a planner holding an official-looking clipboard or catering manager holding an official-looking clipboard, or even sometimes the bride's best friend holding a cheap plastic binder.  My gigantic camera, on the other hand, usually gives you a clear idea of who I am. It also makes me feel important when you take a moment to seek me out and say hello.  I also do not mind when people (clients, guests, and vendors alike) tap me on the shoulder when my eye is glued to my viewfinder and I look like I'm concentrating on something. It's OK. You can interrupt.3. Water, stat! I cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I am when a planner approaches me in the middle of a ridiculously frantic schedule on a hellishly hot day and asks if I would like something cold to drink.  Do I look sweaty busy? Is it hot? Am I wearing black?  Yes, I would LOVE some ice water! OMG thankyouthankyouthankyou!!4. Food, stat! I don't want to bug you about dinner, but 99.9% of the time I do not know when I'll be eating or where I'm supposed to go eat. Got a moment? Come tell me. Triple bonus points if you manage to wrangle some food while the other guests are eating instead of after they've finished---because after they've finished is when I'm really supposed to go back to work!5. Give us a shout out! We're on Twitter and Facebook. There is time to tweet and FB before the wedding, during dinner at the wedding, and the day after the wedding. Mention us. It makes us feel important and we'll mention (or retweet) you, too.

Published by My Flower Guy

When I ran into Doyle Borden last night at an industry event I was so flattered to see that he'd utilized the image I'd taken of him for his Tuesday with the Pros interview on his new business card! I may be biased, but it is an awesome photograph of a pretty cute design stylist!  I would put him on my business card too, but I think it might confuse people (LOL)!

my flower guy

Christina & Don in Beverly Hills, CA

Thanks to Terrence Bishop for inviting me along on this wedding this past Sunday!  So many beautiful places we had available to photograph---the lofts at Hollywood and Vine, the Four Seasons Los Angeles, and the ever-quaint Il Cielo in Beverly Hills, it was truly top-drawer!lum-1023-copy

Don, the groom, who himself happens to be a band and musical artist photographer. It was fun to collaborate with him to produce shots like this!


The breathtaking Tina (and her "expecting," Olivia!).


Tina escorted down the aisle by her twin brothers


Il Cielo



FAQ Friday: How Wedding Photography Can Be "Green"

FAQ Friday is a lil' somethin-something I'm going to begin doing on a regular basis every Friday (except weeks like this one, when I happen to be shooting on Friday, so I'll blog it earlier). FAQs may be pulled from anywhere, so feel free to submit a question anytime you like, either via a blog comment, a direct message, or a private e-mail!  Today's theme is in tribute to Earth Week!Q: What should I look for to ensure that my photography is enviro-friendly?A: The funny thing about seeking "green" vendors for a wedding is that all businesses at some point in time are operating as environmentally-friendly in the same manner that they are also operating as not environmentally-friendly...meaning I don't believe there is a standard that anyone has to meet to declare themselves officially "green."  I think this is because environmental consciousness really presents itself in levels; there are plenty of "green" vendors out there, and some are "greener" than others, the same way that you may consider yourself a "green" person because you recycle, but you don't have solar panels and a rainwater basin, which would definitely take the "green" thing to a whole new level and maybe make you feel "greener" than before.Greeney greenerson green green.  Have I used the word enough yet?All joking aside, here's what I do know about eco-friendly wedding photography:• Digital is "Greener" Than FilmIn addition to the added expense of purchasing rolls of film that can only be used once, film is also developed using disposable chemicals and often requires driving several times to labs for dropoff, pickup, and enlargement.  Digital is shot on re-usable compact cards, and is "developed" from the photographer's home or office computer.• Re-Chargable BatteriesMost batteries that come with cameras are re-chargable, but it also helps to acquire re-chargeable AA batteries for flash units and any other electronics that require frequent battery changes.  A great source for affordable re-chargable AAs is Thomas Distributing.• Digital Proofing Instead of Paper ProofingMany photographers offer paper proofbooks for client review of wedding images, however a web gallery saves paper, and is also more accessible to more of your wedding guests.• Albums Instead of DiscsIt sort of defies logic, because wouldn't wedding images on a disc be better than the paper and materials used to print an album?  Perhaps if the album were low enough quality to only last a few years.  But the truth is, professional albums, even seemingly-fragile "eco-friendly" books such as those produced by the community and environment-conscious CoutureBook (Luminaire Images bookbinder of choice), will outlast discs with the proper care, not to mention coming to far better use than a disc ever will.  Of all the digital pictures you've ever taken, how many have you printed versus how many are sitting unappreciated on a disc in a drawer?  And how long before that disc becomes outdated technology?  A professional album will last generations without degrading, will be reviewed and appreciated far more often than images on a disc, and due to its sentimental value, an album will never be thrown out.• Prints Don't Actually "Waste" PaperWhen you order prints through your photographer, you are only using as much paper as you need for each photo printed, especially because the prints you order are only the images that you really want printed---as opposed to taking a disc to a lab yourself and printing up copies of every single image on it and only really cherishing a few of those prints.

Overall, obviously modern photography isn't a huge concern when planning  a green wedding because many photographers are naturally inclined to be eco-friendly (whether they realize it or not!) simply by utilizing digital technology for shooting, preview, and image preservation.If you are considering a a green wedding, check out these other cool resources:Great Green WeddingEco-Friendly Wedding PlanningThe Spiraled Stem

[30] Wedding images

Judy and Aric had the enormous honor of getting married on my birthday this year (March 7)!  It was an über-long day, but I had Matt there to lend a hand, a gorgeous couple, and some sweet locations...who could ask for more when shooting a wedding, really?

Matt took the gents to a playground and took this awesome photo of Aric there.  It's one of my favorites of the day, I think.My shot of Aric.Judy meanwhile orchestrating everything while getting her hair did.  Shot this through a mirror.Judy got ready at her parents' enormous house in the Turtle Ridge neighborhood in Irvine...so natch there were lots of pictures of baby Judy around!Another favorite, of Judy's dad bringing her veil and shoes upstairs to her.Those jammies!!  LOLTwo of Judy's bridesmaids and Judy's sister fluttering about the dressing roomShot by Matt, w/ added textureJudy's earrings screamed classDon't you wish your parents' bedroom looked like this?  Or your own bedroom for that matter?I also wish I had a staircase like thisTaken by Matt.  Judy has a ten-trillion megawatt smile.WHY 2 PHOTOGRAPHERS AT ONE EVENT = OPTIMUM SITUATION: This is my angle of the wind suddenly catching Judy's veil while setting up a shot......this is Matt's angle of the same moment.  Two different yet really beautiful images from a single fraction of a second.Sometimes when I have to explain to someone why they should consider paying extra for a second shooter, I can't decide which of the myriad reasons I should begin with; illustrations like this are always so much more effective in explaining how sometimes two pairs of eyes are better than one.Beautimous ceremony floralsWhile editing, when I saw this shot of one of the bridesmaids during the ceremony my first thought was, "I wonder what she's thinking?"First DanceChanging into what I dubbed "The Queen of the Night," dress (a lá the character from Mozart's 'Magic Flute'). Seriously, the dress looks like it was designed in the starry Milky Way!The happiest I'd seen Judy's father all day was during the Father-Daughter dance. SO CUTE.

David & Simone

On May 19 I was in Seal Beach and Huntington, shooting Simone and David's wedding with my friend Justin. Apparently the couple met on Match.com---I think that makes them my first newlyweds who met online!

On Seal Beach Country Club's golf course.Oh man, it's getting harder and harder to keep the number of my favorites down when posting online...I think I cut these down from something like 50! Heh, that's how I know I'm improving; I produce more and more shots that my inner critic says less about!

SimoneDapper David!They had some great Polynesian dancers at their reception!First Dance

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Yesterday I was killing time in a Barnes & Noble before a wedding, and I came across Mugglenet.com's What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love and How Will the Adventure Finally End, which was really interesting to flip through. I have my own theories on which specific characters that will die, of course, but this book shed a little light on reasons why certain other characters had a high likelihood of not making it out alive as well.I believe Mugglenet gives Harry Potter a 4-to-1 chance of dying in the next book.They give Severus Snape a 2-to-1 chance!And of course, they think Voldemort has a 0% chance of surviving Book 7 :DThey also predict other more surprising deaths that hadn't occurred to me, and give very sensible reasons as to why those characters are at high risk. I don't want to spoil anything for anybody that wants the book to be a complete surprise though, so if you're curious I suggest you go check out Mugglenet's publication!