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I recently conducted a survey to help prepare for the next season of photography sessions. I found the answers to be both surprising and intriguing. I'm always building my database so feel free to add your thoughts as well. 

How did you first discover your photographer, Referral, Internet, Gallery, previous weddings or other? (In Order of Frequency)
  1. Referral
  2. Wedding Show
  3. Previous Wedding
What is more important when selecting your photographer, the photographer's work or the photographer's personality or other? 
Numerous responses advised that both the quality of work and the photographer's personality are equal. But in order of phases throughout the photographer/client selection process I've listed them below.
  1. Phase 1 - Initial Impression: Work 
  2. Phase 2 - Deciding Factor: Personality 
  3. Phase 3 - Closing the Deal: Price

What is your least favourite aspect of the photography business? 
  1. Hidden Cost or negotiating price
  2. Speed of response from Photographer
What is your favourite aspect of the photography business?
Hands down the majority of the responses reflected the following:  
  • The final product of special moments captured.

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heather rivlin says:

This doesn't surprise me at all actually! I was just having this conversation with a colleague who had recently spoken with a local photographer. That photographer told my friend/colleague that he just wanted to shoot...didn't want to TALK to people, or forge a relationship. It made me think about how much he is missing out on both personally and professionally when taking that stance. I am very personal with my clients - it isn't a business scheme, but a part of my personality! I love getting to know them, their quirks, their relationships, and capturing something special for them. I know price will always factor in to their decision, but I agree that people are more apt to spend with you if they like you and feel that you generally have an interest in them as well.

(10.16.09 @ 07:47 AM)
Sara France says:

Super interesting! Thanks!

(10.16.09 @ 12:33 PM)
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October 3, 2009
Okay Okay, I love So You Think You Can Dance. I would like to say it's because I use to DJ so it's a natural fit between music and dance. Or it's because my daughter has been competing in Africa+Caribbean dance for the last 10 years. Or even because I use to break dance in a group when I was 10. But it's just because they are amazing dancers and I can't get enough!!! 

Here are some of my favourite images...enjoy.


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"You may now kiss the bride" Why is that phrase so important and worthy to be captured on film?


I just recently read an interesting article from one of my favourite magazines  Psychology Today. Jay Dixit highlighted "what kissing means for men and for women". I won't discuss the whole article with the exception of these few points listed below.


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Men gage women's lips as signal for good health. They also instinctively use kissing to smooth over conflicts - with great success".


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While women believe kissing promotes attachment and bonding. And use kissing to assess the health of the relationship.


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Both men and women use kissing to access compatibility which explains the feeling of sparks when you kiss someone for the first time.


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Makes you think. For those who are about to partake in the union of marriage just remember when you hear the words "you may now kiss the bride" show one and all the spark in your relationship. If for anything else to ensure that the moment is captured and invokes the feelings you've experienced on that special day.


The wifey and I display our "KISS" image as our flag-ship portrait in our bedroom. Can you spot it in this picture below?


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Ok Ok, it's actually the moment before we kissed but it still acts as a reminder (or a gage) on the level of romance in our relationship. Thanks again to our wedding photographer Florian to encourage us to take this image.


Do you have your "KISS" image planned? If not make sure to request one for your engagement or wedding photo? If you do have a similar image, is it proudly displayed and if not then ask yourself why not?? 


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How to add this to my RSS reader? I am sorry I am a beginner :(

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