COMING IN SEPTEMBER:
the reasons you don’t like how you look in photos
Tips about what to do so you will LOVE how you look in photos
COMING IN SEPTEMBER:
the reasons you don’t like how you look in photos
Tips about what to do so you will LOVE how you look in photos
One of the things that often gets overlooked when planning a wedding is transportation. Unfortunately many times it gets cut from the wedding day budget. I recommend to all my couples to get professional transportation, because there is just nothing quite so frustrating as getting stuck in traffic on one of the most important days of your lives…
Today we have some wedding day transportation expert advice shared by Alan from Party Bus Orlando. Following is what Alan wanted to share with us – thank you Alan!
If you had insider secrets for all of your wedding planning tasks, it would admittedly be a much easier process for everybody! With the internet at your fingertips and a community specifically geared toward brides to be, it’s easier than ever to organize your planning. Orlando is an especially fitting city to have a wedding in when you consider the location, weather, and access to high quality vendors for the celebration. When it comes to your transportation specifically, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure you get the most out of your rental on your wedding day.
Inviting your photographer and/or videographer on board for the ride is the only way to get completely uninterrupted footage of your wedding day from start to finish. Plus, a lot of fun happens on board with the wedding party, so it’s always worth it to make sure that those memories are captured by those you have hired.
Take a look before
Viewing the vehicle beforehand will give you a good idea of how much space you’re going to have to work with, and you’ll be able to ask any questions that might pop up as you tour the bus or limo first hand. Seating sizes are set by state transportation departments, and they can run a lot smaller than expected. This is another reason why you’ll want to ask about viewing your vehicle before putting down any deposit!
Speaking of deposits, finalizing your reservation should only be done after reviewing the contract carefully as possible. This means taking special care to understand what constitutes as damage as well as specifics on if they’ll be charging you for mileage, tip to the driver, tax, and fuel. If there’s any language you’re unsure of, consult with the customer service representative so that you’re on the same page. When you’ve done this, you’re ready to finalize your reservation and cross off this task from your wedding planning list. Congratulations, you’ve come a long way from the initial engagement! With your wedding transportation taken care of in a Tampa FL Party bus, the rest of the plans will fall together beautifully.
The one thing that always happens before a photo shoot – and ALWAYS catches my clients by surprise – is the pre-photo shoot emotional meltdown they experience.
Usually it comes in the form of a text or an email the day before we are scheduled to photograph. My client is asking to reschedule. “The dog ate my homework” laundry list of excuses ranges from “I didn’t get a chance to get my hair done” to “I can’t make it tomorrow because I need an emergency eye surgery”.
When we talk some more, the truth always comes out.
They are scared.
Of course they are scared. Standing in front of a camera is one of the most vulnerable things you could ever do. It also involves trust – trusting the person who is photographing you that they will make you look good.
Not an easy emotional task, that’s for sure. Did you know that the Native Americans did not agree to be photographed? They believed a photograph captured their soul. I can see why they believed that. It kind of does.
As we all know – the camera doesn’t lie. In fact, it pretty much is all about “In your face, truth!”. Facts we like to tell ourselves little white lies about – like “I didn’t gain any weight in the past year”. Or: “I have a full head of hair and there is no bold spot up there”. Or my personal favorite white lie I tell myself: “My teeth are pearly white” – all these stories come crashing into the great wall of reality check before a photo shoot, as our mind realizes that after the photo shoot tomorrow there will be nowhere to hide from the truth any longer.
And so, the logical decision to make is – cancel the photo shoot. Forget it ever happened. And keep living a lie.
How about we consider what is behind door #2? Yes, it is scary; we don’t know what’s behind it. Yes, it means we will have to face the truth. But – and stay with me here even though you are already so uncomfortable just reading this –
How about you be vulnerable and trust the professional you hired?
To me, being a professional photographer doesn’t just mean I have the best photography equipment. It doesn’t just mean I know how to technically get a perfectly exposed capture.
Being a professional photographer means to me that I know how to capture my clients best self. I know how to bring out the sleeping beauty inside a woman who tells me she is not photogenic or the handsome man under the insecure fellow who walks into my studio.
And if we are photographing on location – in your location – be it your home or office or spaceship – part of my job is to make the space look good for the shoot. Being a professional photographer means to me that I know how to set up your location in a way that compliments the shot – and hides the mess and the dust bunnies – or the spaceship’s peeling paint job.
If you are reading this article, chances are you are one of my clients. So before you pick up the phone to text me that the dog ate your makeup/ tore your tie up and you just can’t make it to the photo shoot – read this carefully.
And remember – part of being a professional photographer means to me that I am here to talk you off the ledge. So if you still need to hear my voice explaining to you why your upcoming photo shoot is going to be one of the best life experiences you have ever had – call me.
I am here for you.
And YES – YOU ARE photogenic!
I started photographing destination weddings 20 years ago – and I still enjoy capturing these fun, intimate wedding celebrations!
Hayley and Calum along with their family and close friends came all the way from Scotland to Orlando to make their love official. Here are some of my favorite shots from this wonderful wedding!
“I couldn’t have asked for a friendlier and more professional photographer for my wedding. We were delighted with our photographs! Thank you Rinat”
Hayley and Calum destination wedding was in the beautiful Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Planner: Plan It Event Design & Management
Flowers: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies, LLC
Harpist: Christine MacPhail
Hair & Makeup: Brie & Brie
Going to Vegas to create 10 branded lifestyle portraits as part of a Photo Marketing Strategy for some of Elite Marketing Pro‘s top clients during their No Excuses 8 Summit presented me with quite a challenge. How do I convince 10 strangers who never heard of me before to trust that I know how to create a branded engaging relevant photo for them to connect with their target audience?
Well, lucky for me, I like challenges. So it took some serious logistics, phone meetings across time zones (and one Skype meeting with Japan), but we came out to Vegas with a plan – and the relevant props – to help us create a branded lifestyle portrait THAT ROCKS! Here are some of my favorite shots from this non stop – running around – location scouting – dragging equipment – capturing some great shots.
And no, I don’t have any photos of how I was asked politely by a police officer to leave the property. Twice. During a photoshoot. What can I say – it happens to all photographers at one point or another. To some photographers more frequently than others, but we won’t get into that.
#WalkAMileInHerShoes was what I thought when hearing @Brandy Shaver’s “Why”. Why she is in the online marketing business, and how she got there. Immediately I thought of the location scouted earlier that day, and when we went there I placed her shoes – oldest to the newest pair (Brandy is carrying in her hand) in the spotlight the sun provided (thank you sun!). Here is a sneak peek from her #PhotoMarketingStrategy .
Dr. Jim Storhok online business is all about NOW! I wanted his #PhotoMarketingStrategy to reflect his always moving forward – and in the opposite direction of #TheEasyWayOut . Here are a couple of shots from his #Photoshoot
So…we were having SO MUCH fun on this #Photoshoot ! Vicki Sowa was sooooo surprised when that champagne bottle popped, I could not have planned her expression better! PERFECT for #branding her business tagline – Celebrate every moment! Here is a sneak peek from her #PhotoMarketingStrategy
Cary Gammon loves playing golf. He also loves helping people through his online business. We combined these two loves by writing Cary’s marketing cornerstones he teaches his clients – on golf balls. Here is a sneak peak of his #PhotoMarketingStrategy
In #PhotoMarketingStrategy it’s all about translating the brand’s background story into a compelling photo. With Ed & Brenda Zimbardi I got them to talk about the years they have been together, about their children and how they met – and soon enough they were smiling from the heart. Which was perfect – because everything they do is from the heart. Including running their business. See more about Ed and Brenda on their website here:http://edzimbardi.com/about-ed/
“Dance like no one’s watching” is Fusano Nagashima – Live Your Life ‘s motto – and she walks her talk. With no warning, she broke into this beautiful dance in the hotel lobby! Of course, my camera was ready because it was part of our #PhotoMarketingStrategy Skype discussion before we met for the #PhotoShoot
Whit and Cari Higham just LOVE being together – good thing, as this couple works together, too! In their #PhotoMarketingStrategy I wanted to reflect their fun, joyful relationship to their potential clients. Aren’t they cute? Check them out at http://whitandcarihigham.com/
This Texas power couple are all about healthy eating! When creating a #PhotoMarketingStrategy for Josh and Heather Glaze I wanted to have a “fresh” twist to their #PhotoShoot. What’s fresher than grapes on the vine, and some outdoor air? Here is Heather and Josh’s Sneak Peek, Check them out at http://heatherglaze.com/
When Joe Petri explained to me the meaning behind his #SpartanResurgence concept, I knew he had to bring the shield he owns to our photo shoot in Vegas. And, as any good superhero would do – he brought it! Here is a sneak peek from our #PhotoMakretingStrategy photoshoot
Courtney Hackman loves to travel, so when creating her #PhotoMarketingStrategy this past weekend in the #NES8 we enjoyed incorporating some fun travel shots. Because having your own #SmallBusiness is all about the journey, not just the destination! Here are a few of my favs from this #PhotoShoot
For me, the biggest accomplishment in these photoshoots was not how great the shots turned out, or how accurately they represented these small businesses. Even though these two facts were highly important, of course. To me, what was most important is at the end of each photo shoot the client turned to me and said “This was fun!”. Most of them went from not really wanting to have their photo taken – to by the end of the photoshoot feeling they had a great experience.
And that, right there – is the magic powder that creates great photographs.
Here are some fun behind the scenes photos of our intense 10 back to back branded lifestyle photoshoots in Vegas. BTW, these shots were taken by my assistant – my wonderful boyfriend Mike who took time off his busy schedule to come out and help me, holding the reflector and dragging lights all over God’s creation. First time I ever had a pilot as my assistant…what can I say? I am a #LuckyGirl
I hate labels. They irritate my skin and make me itch all day. First thing I do when I buy a new piece of clothing is cut the label off. Here is a question for you: when is the last time you actually read what a label said? I can tell you for me I think it was the first time I learned how to do laundry – about 30 years ago.
Seeing this is March, which is my birthday month, I was going to write about being an Aries woman. Until I read what an Aries woman IS – according to astrology. The labels were less than flattering, and included words like “dominant”, “pushy”, impatient” and “trouble”. Wow. That sent me into a deep meditation about the subject, and when I was done meditating – I remembered.
I remembered how much I dislike labels. In clothing, as well as in life. Let me tell you what it means to be an “Alpha female” (another Aries women label). To me it does not mean being dominant and pushy, it means leading by positive example, being proactive and assertive.
“Pushy” is another label I have heard many times before. Who defines what is the right amount of time something is suppose to take until it happens? I believe there are people who are change makers, people who help create the new and the better in this world. And no, these people don’t wait. I mean – why wait? When you know something can happen, why wait and not just make it happen? Can you imagine Ford got the idea about creating this new thing called “A car” – and said to himself: “Na, I’m gonna sit on it, I’m not going to do it right now. I mean – who really needs it?”
Another label Aries women, including me – hear – is that we are impatient. Well, we may be because the rest of the world is moving SO SLOOOWWWW.
But all joking aside, again, who is to say what is the right amount of time something should happen? And who is to say it is wrong to want something to happen faster – rather than wait for it to maybe happen one day. Time, after all – is an illusion.
Here is my new definition for an Aries woman:
An Aries woman is a strong, brave, independent woman. She is willing to make mistakes because she knows that is the only way to grow, and so she takes chances and tries new things. She is also the first one to admit her mistake and will be the first one to apologize if she hurt you. She cares and she is smart and fun and optimistic, and she accepts different people because she understands there is more than one way to have a human experience in this world.
She creates changes in a swift movement that seems effortless but truly has a lot of hard work behind it. And she moves so fast it catches most of the world by surprise. So she needs people around her who inspire her, communicate clearly and can handle movement forward through fear without backing down. “If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen” describes life with her best. Then again, a heated kitchen means there is cooking involved – and yes, she enjoys cooking good, healthy, delicious food she loves to share with family and friends.
Even though she can do pretty much anything a man can do – she can be a very feminine woman. She knows what she wants and she goes out to get it, and she is always honest, bringing her truth in a humble, loving way. She is passionate and funny. And she defines the word Optimism.
FYI here are some of my fellow Aries awesome women, recognize any of them?
Aretha Franklin (Respect!)
Billy Holiday (Apparently we Aries women love to sing Jazz)
Robin Wright (“As you wish!”)
This month of March I ask to throw out the labels and instead look at them from another perspective. What are some labels you were labeled before? Instead of accepting them, how can you look at them differently?
Here is my birthday gift to you if you choose to accept it: write to me in the comments for this blog post one label you were given you do not like – I will write you back a different perspective of that label – and email you a birthday present “The Gift Of Portrait” $50 gift card to go along with it.
Happy No Label March!
To see more of Rinat’s work go to rinathalon.com
Recently I went on a beach getaway. I was walking on the beach, enjoying the beautiful view, breathing in the smells of the fresh, clean Florida air, and enjoying the moment.
I was listening to the sound of the waves and the sea goals circling over my head when I realized I was hearing different languages spoken around me. I snapped out of my bubble and smiled as I recognized I was walking passed families speaking Russian, Japanese, Spanish and a few other languages I did not recognize. And then it hit me: everyone had a camera in their hands. They were all either taking pictures, or talking about the camera. I could tell some were frustrated; their photos were not turning out the way they envisioned. One couple I walked passed was speaking in English, and I heard the woman complain to the man “the camera is just not good enough”, she said as she sighed in sorrow. I looked the other way, wondering what they were all photographing. There was nothing there except the big blue ocean. The beautiful, living, breathing big blue ocean. The ocean all these people came to enjoy, and relax, and re-charge by. But they were not doing that. They were all keeping very busy clicking away, and were getting frustrated when they could not seem to be able to capture the essence of the moment.
One of the things I talk about when I teach is when NOT to photograph. In this day and age with the camera equipment is accessible to anyone and everyone, it seems no one is living in the moment any longer. We are either capturing photos to be able to see them in the FUTURE, or looking through photos we captured as we reflect on the PAST. And then we wonder why the NOW, this moment in time, just seems to flee us so quickly.
That morning on the beach, me – the professional photographer – was the only person without a camera in her hands. Of course I brought a camera with me to the beach. But with years of experience and technical knowledge I know when it’s worth it to actually pull out the camera. The camera does not control my life, it’s a tool I control to capture a few special moments that are worthy of my time, energy and thought put into capturing them for prosperity sake.
The rest of the time, I choose to live NOW. And this seems to become a fleeting concept in the past few years since the photography equipment has become affordable and available to all. When we don’t realize is how much this affordable, available, easy to use equipment is costing us in time and energy. Because it’s only a piece of equipment. Think about how an airplane can safely take off and land when it’s in the hands of an experienced pilot in what seems to be a smooth, effortless motion (but we all know very well it is not). A camera follows the same concept. You can whiteness a professional photographer capture a beautiful photograph in what seems to be an effortless motion. But the same camera can become a time and energy sucker, frustrating experience when it’s in your hands if you do not know how to use this tool.
My suggestion? Get busy living life, and not capturing it. When you get somewhere decide to capture only a couple of shots, and then put the camera away. As the pilot says when the airplane takes off: “Sit back – and enjoy the ride!”.
Because that’s what life is about. Here is to a 2017 filled with beautiful, happy, relaxing and energizing NOW moments!