Apr 182016

Shoot Your Wedding In Incredible 4K With Favorite Photography

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Technology is evolving every day and Favorite Photography strives to stay on top of new developments so clients are offered the highest quality product available on the market.

The latest technology in digital imaging is 4K, also known as ultra-high definition (UHD). The name refers to the visual resolution technology that offers more pixels than regular high definition (HD)—at least four times more pixels, hence the name “4K”.

Favorite Photography owns three video cameras that shoot in 4K. These cameras are used for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, company highlight videos, business interviews, employee or customer testimonials, television commercials and public service announcements.

The following reasons are why you should trust Favorite Photography with your video and photography needs:

Superior Quality

Adding UHD technology to its equipment lineup allowed Favorite to add another tool to its creative arsenal that provides clients with the best quality video and images on the market. Because Favorite Photography uses 4K, video and still images have dynamic range and superior viewing quality. Favorite’s three 4K cameras offer greater latitude and allow its photographers to punch into shots while they retain optimum image quality.

Greater Range in Editing

Most computer monitors and televisions are not 4K, so Favorite provides clients with the final video in both HD and UHD. Even if final products are not viewed in 4K, using this technology provides a greater range in post-production editing and color grading for unique cinematography. This helps Favorite create the most beautiful wedding videos and dynamic commercials.

Breathtaking Still Opportunities

Favorite creates beautiful still photo opportunities with 4K by using professional prime photography lenses on its video cameras. They are then able to gain single video frames at astonishing resolution for fantastic photos.

Speedy Turnaround

It can take longer to load raw 4K clips, process custom color grading and render the final output. However, Favorite upgraded its computer systems to include a new MacBook Pro capable of handling these files with ease. The team has a streamlined workflow so turnaround time meets, or beats, the industry standard.

Best Quality on the Market

4K is more expensive than HD. But, Favorite says it benefits them to stay on the cutting-edge of technology because it gives them a step-up from competitors and outweighs the initial investment. By bringing in new opportunities and projects with 4K, Favorite has not had to raise prices for this higher-quality product.

The future of UHD is only going to get brighter, bigger and better. With advanced technology, Favorite Photography is equipped to bring movie-cinema quality into your home or business!

Call Favorite Photography today to discuss your upcoming wedding!

 

Mar 142016

Tips on Wedding Photography by Dan Harris

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Dan Harris is one of Jacksonville’s most decorated and experienced wedding photographer.  He has been shooting weddings for 20+ years and has been with Premier Bride since the beginning of publishing in the local market.  If you are looking to hire a true wedding professional, look no further then Dan!

Below are tips that Dan has complied to help brides and grooms navigate choosing a photographer.

This may be different from what others may say, but: Dan Says: “It’s good to collect images of the type of pictures you like and share them with your photographer before your event. We like to work from a list, especially for the group shots, to insure we don’t miss anyone. We like to sit down a few weeks before the wedding with the bride, her timeline, sample pictures and her list and make sure the photography schedule doesn’t ruin the wedding-day schedule.”

 

In regards to guest photography: “We want everyone at the wedding to get all the pictures they want on their cameras and mobile devices (but the bride may not want pictures of people taking pictures) so we ask the bride to make it clear to the guests what her desires are and to insure that the paid photographers have priority. We usually ask that the wedding guests don’t move from their seats during the ceremony and not interrupt the flow of the professional group photos as there will be plenty of time during the days activities for guests to get some good pictures without ruining the paid professionals pictures.”

 

In regards to photo prep: “An engagement session is a great trial-run opportunity for your photographer to see how you do in front of a camera and to show you some posing tips prior to your wedding” – Dan Harris

 

In regards to makeup: “Professional makeup can improve how the bride looks especially in non-professional pictures, but because we include complete retouching of every picture we take the makeup isn’t as critical to our end results, sometimes less is more.” – Dan Harris

 

General advice- Dan believes: “Today too many bride’s are disappointed because they settled for unfinished digital files on a CD that they later learned are unable to give them the family heirloom album they had really hoped for. Years later their unrealized dreams are deteriorating in a drawer somewhere. That’s why we include a finished album in every package.”   – Dan Harris

 

“It’s a wedding day, not a modeling photo session, all photography for the day should naturally flow within the scheduled timeline and not become an interruption to the wedding day.”

 

Forgot a couple: When making your schedule:  “Be sure to take into consideration when sunset is on your wedding day as that beautiful panoramic view at your location will be gone shortly after sunset” – Dan Harris

 

ON seeing each other beforehand: “Some photographers encourage couples to break tradition and have a first look several hours before the ceremony so they can get their photographs out of the way without being late to their reception. We don’t require the bride to get her dress dirty several hours before going down the isle. We have found that most brides are a bit nervous before the ceremony and that nervousness will show in the pictures. We work within the brides schedule to get the best photos possible without being an interruption to the day. Pre-planning is the key. Having photographed more than 500 weddings, we have never made a bride late to her own party.”

 

For more information or to contact Dan Harris Photo Art click here!

 

 

Nov 092015

Searching for a talented and experienced wedding photographer? Christy Whitehead might be exactly who you’re looking for.

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Jacksonville and surrounding areas photographer, Christy Whitehead of Christy Whitehead Photography spoke with us recently about her business and her love of photography. If you’re looking for a professional and experienced wedding photographer who is truly talented, Christy Whitehead might just be who you’re looking for. Here is what she had to say………

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? Our packages are based on an hourly rate unless our bride chooses all day. We stay as long as the bride wants us there.

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice.  There are soooo many things I could say!

1-Stop stressing about whether grandma and mom will be happy. It is your wedding day, do what feels right and what you’ll be happy about, you aren’t going to make everyone happy…….no matter what you do.

2-If something goes wrong, just remember as long as you are both there, everything else is just stories to laugh about later!

3-HIRE PROFESSIONALS! To start, a wedding planner. I wrote a blog about why you should hire one and it has some funny horror stories–well they are only funny because they didn’t happen to me or any of my brides! http://www.christywhiteheadphotography.com/why-a-wedding-planner/

The vendors I hear the most complaints about are DJs and videographers. People like to skimp on those two. Ask a wedding planner and photog for their recommendations. I’ve known DJs who don’t tell the photographer when key things are being announced (that’s their job!) and the photographer is shooting something else in another room, etc. DJs get the party going and keep the party going. I’ve seen people try to use an ipod or laptop and they always have issues!

I can capture moments in time, but I can NOT capture voices or movement. Hire a videographer, but hire one that knows how to play well with others.  A great videographer gets moments but can work with me as a team.

4-TRUST your vendors. Please don’t send us a million photos on Pinterest and tell us you want your wedding the SAME way. You need to hire ME because you like MY style, not because you want me to emulate someone else. I can take them as inspiration and try to get something like it, but if you tie me down to a list, I may miss the important and sweet moments that are happening at your wedding.

5-Ask for an unplugged wedding. I have seen guests, an uncle get up and stand right next to the couple to video the entire wedding. Guests jump in the aisle for photos, jockey for position to grab photos during the cake cutting, etc. They are too busy facebooking to enjoy the party and they become a hazard. All of our packages come with a USB of edited images, tell your guests to put away their phones, you’ll be happy to share the pro photos of THEM having fun after the wedding.   

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? I guess just being myself. And trying to be classic. My style is very clean editing. I like crisp blacks and clean whites. There’s this hazy color toning that is popular right now, but I feel like in 10 years that will look really dated. I don’t want my images to look dated. I also don’t go by a set list I guess you would say. When I go to a venue, I don’t go searching Pinterest to see what other photographers have done there, I want to see it through my own eyes, through my style. I don’t want to be limited. Plus, with the seasons, things change, I like to be constantly flexible on the wedding day to get the best result.

Do you offer any other products or services?  I can design client’s home art walls, so if they want a collage of canvases over their fireplace, I can take a photo of that fireplace and design it in my software and show them how their images would look. I also offer albums, metal prints (actually printed on metal!) and other items.

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? All standard weddings have two photographers, typically myself and one of my other girls. An assistant is sometimes on site for a couple of hours to help run flowers, rings, details, etc. to make our day flow a little easier.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? Typically a year out. Some dates fill up well in advance but sometimes there are dates that just aren’t as popular. I only take 30 weddings a year, and I only do 2 in one weekend maybe 2x a year. I don’t want to be exhausted for my next wedding, so I don’t try to cram too many in my schedule.

What are some of your specialties? I enjoy shooting newborns as well. I feel like weddings and newborns are where I get to play and do a lot of creative things. I’ve been featured on Buzz Feed for both a wedding photo and a newborn image both were done in my studio using my Toy Story set I hand designed. I get a lot of Disney/Pixar fans who want me to create special sets for them. I love it.

How long have your been doing what you do? I started in about 2000. My degree is in Journalism, I’ve done a lot of newspaper and magazine work both in writing and photography, that’s how I got my start.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business?  I took a design survey on the Home Goods website and it said my style was “sassy.” So I’ll go with that. I love clean lines, pops of color and a bit of the dramatic.

If you would like to discuss or add additional information regarding your business, please do so here:

I’m not that photographer that wears the newest trends and is in heels or cute dresses. I’m kind of a tom boy, but I love pink. I dress comfortably, I want to be able to move, to get on the ground if I need to get the shot and not have to worry about what I’m wearing. I love to laugh with my clients, but I will NOT dance on the dance floor with them like some other vendors. I’m there to do a job, plus I have no rhythm, lol.

Category of Business:  photographer

  • Phone Number: 904-891-0359
  • Address: 514 Chaffee Point Blvd #9
  • Website: www.ChristyWhitehead.com
  • Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/JaxPhotographer/
  • Twitter Link : Jaxphotographer

 

 

 

 

Apr 182015

12 Tips on Hiring a Photographer

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  1. Hire a professional.  Hire a professional. Hire a professional.  Your wedding photos will be cherished for years to come and by many generations.  The iPhone photo might be okay now, but in 20 years you will be thankful the great wedding portrait.  Unless Uncle Bob is a professional photographer…don’t trust him to take the photos either.  Most wedding horror stories come from bad photography, just google it.
  2. Create a memorable, take-home token for your guests.  Set up digital photo booths during the cocktail hour.  There are many ways the photos are stored and displayed, find the way that fits your vision!
  3. Love formal pictures?  Talk to your photographer about setting up a backdrop, stool and lights for portraits of guests too.  This is a great option for large families!
  4. When looking for a photographer ask them to see pictures from one complete wedding rather than his of her “best of” collection. This will give you a great overall impression of their work.
  5. Make sure you like your photographer and their personality.  Your photographer will, in fact, become your third wheel so make sure you “click” with and are comfortable enough with them to get you in some unusual aspects. Also make sure that you have complete trust in your photographer. If you don’t have that trust you could spend the entire day giving orders.
  6. If you will hurt Uncle Bob’s feelings by not hiring him as the main photographer, ask him to take photos of the “other” wedding movements. Specifically the the fittings, showers, and rehearsal dinner.
  7. Get creative with your guest book.  You can have theme sign a photo mat with silver pens so that you can frame your wedding photos and remember who was there.  Or you can create a photo album of your engagement photos and have them sign that.  Professional wedding photographers will have a lot of ideas and options.
  8. Think about having an “unplugged” wedding.  This means asking your guests not to take pictures and just enjoy the moment.  Sometimes guests can ruin the professional photos by jumping in and “getting the shot” especially during the ceremony.
  9. If you are tech savvy and love social media…create  a hash tag for your wedding and have your guests use it!
  10. Have a silent slide show going on behind the main table with either baby until now or just couple pictures. This is especially nice if someone who is rather shy has to give a speech, knowing that attention won’t be directly on them.
  11. Have copies of younger photos of both the bride and groom on regular paper with bubble coming out of their mouths/heads for the guests to fill in. You really find the creative ones in the family in this “activity”.
  12. Think about displaying photos of your parents, grandparents and great grandparents wedding.  It is a nice sentimental touch!

Mar 062015

Tips on Wedding Photography by Susan Michal

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Susan Michal is local Jacksonville photographer.  She has been in the professional photography business for over 20 years and has shot many award winning images.  In 2014-2015 Susan has also served as the President of the Professional Photographers Association.  This 30,000+ member based organization strives to educate the public and photographers about their industry.  If  you are looking for a wedding photographer for your upcoming day….read some tips from a true professional!  Check out the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orange Park, Amelia Island and surrounding area photographers on our website.

Your wedding day planning is in full swing and as the day approaches you have so many things to remember. A very important part of your wedding will be your photography. Your photographs will be the one thing you will have long after the cake is eaten and your dress has been put away. To ensure that your photographer has all that they need to do the very best job for you consider the following tips. This will help make sure you get the photographs you expect from this very special day. Years ago, I read somewhere that on the wedding day a photographer has many jobs including…picture taker, physiologist, babysitter, mediator, seamstress, drink getter, weatherperson, coordinator… well you get the “picture”! Your photographer wears many hats on a wedding day. Thinking about some of the following will help ensure that things go a little smoother and will result in better images from your big day!

These days everyone is a photographer! If they use a cell phone, or actually have a nicer camera, for some reason a wedding is the place they want to prove they can “get the shot”. Maybe it was the Nikon commercial with Ashton Kutcher… I don’t know, but it’s gotten a little out of control! Most professional photographers have no problem with guests taking pictures, but many times wedding guests are actually ruining some of the most important moments for the bride and groom by jumping in front of the professional photographer. The most obvious faux pas is when you are entering or leaving the ceremony. Your photographer is simply not in a position to ask your guests to move. Many times they ruin the image. This is an image that is important to include in your album and it’s almost impossible to “Photoshop” these people out. Please ask your officiant to ask guests to be respectful of the service and your photographer, by not taking pictures or jumping in the aisle- otherwise, Uncle John’s back side may be featured in your wedding album.

Photoshop is a great tool for professional photographers, however it was not meant to “reconstruct images”. Removing unwanted people from images can be difficult if not impossible. Many non – professionals assume that Photoshop can work miracles…it cannot! Likewise, expecting your photographer to “add” someone that missed the family portrait is over expecting and nearly impossible. The advice here is while Photoshop is great, the general public believes it’s “easy “ to fix just about anything,  and that is just not true. If your family portraits are important to you, make sure everyone knows when and where they will be taken. Expecting your photographer to provide you with an image that never actually happened is well… probably not going to happen. There is a reasonable expectation for how much a professional can or should Photoshop any image. Understanding what is and what is not possible will keep everyone happy!

Making sure you have a realistic schedule you can follow on your wedding day is something your photographer should work with you on early in your planning.

While all professionals know things can happen…and most weddings tend to “run behind” it is not realistic to expect your photographer to do an hour’s worth of work in ten minutes and produce the same result. Photographers work with all kind of obstacles on the wedding day such as bad weather, tardy participants, ugly getting ready rooms…yeah, you all know the ones at the church with finger paintings all over the wall, and the list goes on. Your photographer loves making beautiful images and wants to do the very best job for you, but it requires a little thought on your part. Make sure that you have a schedule you can work with and do everything you can to make sure you, and anyone else involved in your wedding photography respects your timeline so that you can give your photographer the time they need to do what you hired them to do…in the end you win!

The big one…seeing each other before the service! There is simply no question that you will have less stress and better pictures if you decide to see each other before you walk down the aisle. There is more time for creative images that often cannot be done between the service and reception, additionally since these images will be done you can simply leave your service and go straight to the party!! While some cannot get past the idea of doing this, for many it makes things so much easier. Talk to your photographer about it and decide what is best for you.

Even in this digital world, there is still much value in printed art. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can get digital files and order some album online and get the same thing your professional photographer can offer you. 50% of the work done on a wedding by a professional happens after the wedding. “Digital files” are not finished files. They will never look the way they could or should when handled by a professional. Don’t make the mistake of not getting a beautiful finished product from your photographer. It is something your will treasure for the rest of your lives together.

Last but not least…make sure you hire a Professional Photographer. Your wedding day cannot be redone. If the person taking your pictures does not know what they are doing you could end up with nothing. Ask your photographer how long they have been in business, ask if they are a member Professional Photographers of America, and ask if they have insurance. Better photographers are going to cost more money. Price shopping is a scary game when it comes to one of the most important days of your lives. Experience and how a professional conducts business is critical to your wedding day photography.

To check out the Professional Photographers Association Website here.

Check out Susan Michals work here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 172014

Jacksonville Wedding Photographer Severine Wider provides gorgeous portraits that will capture every detail of your most memorable day!

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Severine Photography is a Florida Wedding and Portrait Photography Studio based in Jacksonville, Florida but frequently shoots in South Florida and Georgia. She also love to travel for destination weddings! We sat down and asked Severine Wider, owner of Severine Photography, a few questions about her passion and growing business. Here is what she had to say:

What do you love the very most about what you do?

I love people. I love working with people and giving them the gift of beautiful pictures that they will cherish forever.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end?

Yes, I usually stay until the exit.  I love doing pictures with sparklers. 🙂

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice.

Enjoy your wedding day! Hire professional that will take care of every details for you.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now?

I really love the new trend to have an elegant, chic wedding.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry?

I have a solid experience in lighting and have been trained in film and darkroom. I know how to use light to create amazing pictures. You will receive beautiful pictures even if your wedding ceremony or your reception is inside or during nighttime. I personally choose your pictures and all of them are hand edited before being uploaded on your personalized online galleries. I have a fast turnaround. You will get few sneak peeks the night of your wedding or the next day and I will upload a slideshow teaser to your website within two weeks. Your full galleries will be up within a month from your wedding date!

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides?

I offer an experience. When you book with me you don’t only choose a photographer. It’s very important for me to be here for you. I answer all your questions; I am only a text or a Facebook message away. Don’t be surprised to receive random messages from me just to say hi and asking if you need any help 🙂 I love to keep in touch with you. I am here for you.

Do you offer any other products or services?

Yes! I offer gorgeous wedding albums, customized guest books , personalized websites, online galleries, an app to have your pictures on your phone, bridal sessions, an amazing open-air photobooth, boudoir sessions and more!

Will you have an assistant during the wedding?

Yes, I do have an assistant during the wedding.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding?

As soon as you have the date because I work with a first come first serve policy. I also take only a certain amount of weddings per year.

What are some of your specialties?

Beautiful, well composed, timeless portraits.

How long have your been doing what you do?

Severine Photography officially opened in 2012 but I have been doing photography for more than 7 years.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business?

Personal, chic, elegant, modern and friendly!

What is the most unique thing you have ever seen at a wedding?

Each wedding is different and unique. I could tell you one unique thing per wedding! 🙂

Name of Business: Severine Photography

Contact Information: Severine Wider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 302014

The Wedding Loft is a full service bridal boutique and one-stop wedding planning studio located right here in Jacksonville!

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What do you love the very most about what you do? I love meeting people and helping them bring their dreams come true.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? When we coordinate a wedding, we are there until all gifts are loaded in the designated guests’ vehicle.

How long have your been in business? 15 years

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice.  Allow in your budget to hire a day of coordinator –no worries for you, your friends or your family.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now?  Lace

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? A bride can come in our boutique and order their gown and plan their honeymoon and have everything in between covered- with one stop at our boutique.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides?  Please describe it. Full Service Boutique – the fact that brides are so busy with work and/or school, for them to save time and money by coming to us.

Do you offer any other products or services?  Accessories, Invitations, veils, jewelry, honeymoon planning, floral, decorations, linens, photography and catering.

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? Yes, we work in 2’s

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? As soon as they know their date they should contact us- we only do one wedding a weekend.

What are some of your specialties? David Tutera Mon Cheri Designer Gowns

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business?  Fun, Friendly, Accommodating, Knowledgeable

What is the most unique thing you have ever seen at a wedding?  I love the sign in method one of my brides used at her wedding. She used her family’s bible as a guest book where guests used highlighters and pens to highlight their favorite bible verse and then signed their name.

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Mar 132013

Theresa Minnette Photography – Professional Wedding Photographer

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Highlight on Theresa Minnette Photography

Category of Business:  Wedding Photography

Years in Business: 7 1/2 years

Theresa loves what she does! She loves being the person that captures the memories for two people on one of the most important days they will experience!

Her favorite wedding memory is traveling to Barcelona, Spain to spend 2 days in a 13th century castle to photograph a 2 day wedding.

When we asked her what the worst wedding moment she’s experienced was, her response was that she has never experienced a bad moment at  any wedding!

Her price points or price ranges are $4,000 to $10,000.

Her favorite service that is included in all her packages is the engagement session! It is a stress free, fun shoot that allows her, the photographer, and the couple to work together prior to the wedding day. And the couples can really have fun expressing what their interest are. This is the most important for the groom. The difference in how comfortable a groom is on his wedding day when you have photographed him prior to the wedding vs the grooms that you do not photograph prior to the wedding is HUGE!

‘Day After Shoots’ are an additional product/service that she offers.

Five adjectives that describe Theresa and her business are:  Modern, stylish, classic, fun & honest

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Sep 192012

Meet DeeLee Producitons

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 Innovative, affordable, enthusiastic, understanding and reliable.

 Owning DeeLee Productions, I get to meet such amazing and diverse people in my line of work. I’m always fascinated by their personalities and ideas. Seeing a couple or a family that is genuinely in love always reminds me of why I do what I do. It restores my faith in humanity.

What makes DeeLee Productions different…

I don’t make my brides buy the rights to their images after a session. I give it to them. In my opinion, I’ve been hired to supply pictures of a truly memorable and priceless moment in my client’s life. I’m honored to be given that chance and I hate the idea that my bride may not be able to afford the rights to her own wedding (or engagement) pictures. So, I struck out with the notion that I needed to run my business differently than other photographers. And I do. Every session, no matter how big or small, comes with the rights to those pictures. That gives the bride endless venues to have them printed, turned into calendars or tee-shirts, and doesn’t limit her to just what I can offer her.

The best wedding advice they give…

Listen to yourself. Everyone has opinions on how your wedding should be, what the meaning is, and so on. Figure out early on what really matters to you about planning your wedding. Is it the cake? The dress? Be hands-on with those aspects of planning. Do you not know a petunia from a poppy? Couldn’t care what thelinens looked like? Then appoint family members or friends to take the reins on those aspects.

Just be sure to have the final word. It is your wedding, after all.

Where does your photography pricing start?

My prices never go above $1000 for a single session; in fact, several sessions can be combined and still be under that $1000 price point.

 

DeeLee Productions, LLC

Category of Business: Photography

Years in Business: 1

Phone Number: 386-366-1319

Website: www.deeleeproductions.com

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