Wedding season is right around the corner! We reached out to a handful of seasoned pros and asked them to share what they do to go the extra mile and really ‘wow’ their wedding clients. Read their advice below!
One of the ways we wow our wedding couples is to just do all the little things better, not just be photographers. We show them that we really want their day to be the best ever. That means being there for them when things don’t go as planned. Maybe the groom could use a hand with cuff links or his tie. Maybe the cake table doesn’t have dishes and forks when it’s time to cut. Maybe the bouquets could use water when they are placed at the wedding party table. Maybe we nudge the DJ to get things going when we sense the guests are getting bored. It’s all the little things that add up. The better the wedding, the better our pictures will look. As photographers, we’ve seen lots of weddings, we know when it’s time to step in and give a hand. – Stacey Chance, Discovery Bay Studios Wedding Photography
Brides are extremely excited about the work and anxious for everything. The worse thing you can do is promise something and not deliver on time. For example, we like to post a sneak peek on Facebook shortly after the wedding but when the bride’s asks about it, we always say it should be a few weeks after the event. Usually, it’s a few days! That’s the same for delivery of the proof set, products, you name it! It’s not a matter of lying or making up things – be realistic about all of the things that could go wrong with your business (or god forbid your personal life) and take that into account before making promises! – Steven Somfalvi, Artage Pictures
Similar to under promising and over delivering, always have some surprises ready for your client. It definitely enhances their experience with your studio and it reconfirms that they are important to you. It can be a free print, product upgrade – really anything. We advertise in a national magazine and they send us a box of them to hand out. Every bride who comes through the door gets one and they just love it! – Steven Somfalvi, Artage Pictures
We produce same-day slideshows at every wedding. It’s a total surprise to the couple. The bride, groom and their guests are totally floored and I’ve booked weddings of bridal party members because of them. I use ProShow Producer to output to MP4 on to a flash drive and loop it on an LCD flat screen TV at the reception. – Joe Pulcinella Photography
My secret to wowing the bride and groom and the complete wedding party is being passionate about the wedding day. To me, a wedding day is the most important day in a couple’s life, just after giving birth to their child. I want the experience to be memorable. Quality of photography is very important to bring to the wedding, but your personality is the secret to making the day more memorable. I never demand anything from the wedding. I work with what I got and I make the magic happen. Ego and attitude should never be part of a wedding photographer’s personality. – David Zumaya, Weddings at California
What do you do to wow your clients? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Photographer Mark Ridout shares his latest video on our blog today featuring a destination wedding set on the beautiful banks of Algarve, Portugal. Mark created the video in ProShow Web, then opened it in Producer, tweaked a few final slides and uploaded to Vimeo from within software.
Love the song choice? We do too! It was licensed from our friends at SongFreedom, a music licensing company that makes it easy to license real music for your video slideshows. Their catalog features legendary artists like Frank Sinatra and Etta James, to more contemporary artists like Jason Mraz and Train.
Their licensing runs $34.99/song for a ‘Standard License’ which covers wedding videos, senior slideshows, engagement shows, anniversary shows and so on. You can read their licensing FAQs here for more details: https://www.songfreedom.com/FAQs
Comment on this post to win a free song from the kind folks at SongFreedom! We’ll pick one winner and announce on Monday!
WINNER UPDATE: Congrats to Sally Keena! You’ve won the free song! You’ll be hearing from a rep soon.
Wedding season is upon us and our creative team has whipped up a gorgeous set of free effects for ProShow Gold 5, ProShow Producer 5 and ProShow Web users. Use these slide styles to instantly add an elegant, romantic charm to your portrait, wedding and engagement slideshows.
The ‘Damask Elegance’ effects add a beautiful, refined look to any slideshow that’s super-easy to apply. Just download, install and you’re a few clicks away from a beautiful wedding video. Compatible with ProShow Gold 5, ProShow Producer 5 and ProShow Web.
To Use Your New ‘Damask Elegance’ Effects:
You’ll need to manually install your new effects into ProShow Producer or ProShow Gold. Once installed they’ll show up like all your other slide styles and transitions. Need help with manually installing? Read this how-to article on installing & managing FX in ProShow 5.
Add a variety of beautiful photo layouts and tasteful motion effects to your wedding and portrait slideshows with ProShow StylePack: Weddings – featuring 25 sets of stylish title designs and styles for photos + videos. Get it for only $19.95 >>
Our beautiful new ‘Damask Elegance‘ slideshow theme for ProShow Web (also available as a set of free downloadable effects for ProShow Gold + Producer) makes it easier than ever to create breathtaking wedding & portrait videos. Simply add your photos, select the Damask show theme and add some music for your soundtrack. ProShow instantly transforms your photos and videos into a beautiful, finished video that your clients will love.
Check out our Wedding inspiration board on Pinterest where you’ll find great ways to present a final slideshow to clients, tips for projection and cool products to help make photographing the wedding day a breeze.
This week’s spotlighted video comes from photographer Gina Byas of i Kandi Photography. We instantly fell in love with this adorable Mommy and Me video she produced for one of her portrait clients. The short video clips interspersed between photos bring so much life and joy to this video! Read Gina’s story below and visit her Facebook page and website for more inspiration.
“i Kandi Photography has been in operation for 8 years. We are a Husband/Wife team which makes this job even more enjoyable than it already is! I have the best co-worker a person could ask for! We have always specialized in all aspects of photography such as family , weddings, children..you name it.
I’m always looking for new ways to differentiate ourselves from other photographers. We ran into the concept of video last month while browsing online and I immediately fell in love. I’m the type of person that if I get an idea in my head, I have to do it IMMEDIATELY! I learned how to use video on our 5D Mark III in a few hours with my Husband’s help and realized that I had to find an editing software to get me through the process. I’m always so hesitant when purchasing new software because I’m always afraid i’ll never figure it out. I came across Photodex and read about Proshow Producer. I did a quick trial and it was so easy to figure out! I owe Photodex a huge thank you for getting me through this whole process so easily and quickly and also for their amazing customer service! I haven’t experienced anything like it in a very long time!
I love that we are now incorporating video into our packages and I think our customers will love it as well! This video is my very first shot at video AND editing and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful family! Excited to do more…..and more!”
Just like Instagram can add a filter to your photos, Vimeo now gives you the ability to add a filter to your uploaded videos using their new Looks Enhancer powered by the folks at Vivoom. Using this new feature, you can give your videos an analog film vibe, change a video’s color or create a really wild effect. There are hundreds of looks to choose from, and they’re all free for a limited time.
We’re assuming Vimeo will eventually start charging per enhancement or including it as part of their pro packages, so now’s a good time to check it out while it’s still free for all to use. The Looks Enhancer does offer some neat effects to play around with but is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. We see it most useful for adding a special effect on a very specific type of video. Family history slideshows, birthday videos and even some artistic films could benefit nicely.
ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer allow you to create your own, custom wizard themes for your photo + video slideshows. If you have a set of favorite effects, or if you’d like ProShow’s Wizard to use effects from Style or Transitions Packs, you can create new themes or customize ProShow’s built-in themes easily. Learn how in this video.
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