Selecting the right wedding photographer is one of the toughest and most important decisions to make when planning your wedding. Here are some questions to consider when researching possible candidates that will help find the right photographer for you.
Did your photographer complete formal education in photography or train with another professional to learn their profession?
Do they run their photography business full-time?
Are they an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, the professional body which governs the photographic industryAIPP?
Do they have backup equipment & insurance?
Do they have a professional contract/client agreement?
Is their pricing clear and precise?
Do you have an idea of true market value for the type of photography you want? (Try comparing the same set of items with lots of different photographers.)
Does your photographer use real dollars not “credit” towards items?
Are you aware of how much can you expect to spend after the wedding?
Do you see your professional photographer making your day enjoyable & relaxed, not “take over” and be too pushy?
Have you checked online to read their blog and about their work & reputation?
Are they a local photographer to you and/or your venue?
Will they plan your timing with you to make sure the best use of daylight and make sure all of your expectations are met?
Do you have any special requirements for yourself or your partner, and does your photographer care & understand about them? (e.g: blinking, height differences, family politics)
Are you absolutely sure you want this person following you around all day?
If the answer is YES to most of the above questions…congratulations!!
It’s the beginning of 2013 and I am already getting inquiries for holiday parties. If you are making your plans let me be part of your plan. There are many corporate events, weddings, and parties. I can help you with those plans.
Today has been a fantastic day for networking. It started this morning at a business before breakfast with the Waukee Chamber. I had many good conversations and shared ideas that have blossomed into follow-up meetings.
I had received emails for a service I signed up for called thumbtack.com. They forward leads for possible clients with basic information of what they are looking for. Well today I signed up for a month of the service to see what happens. What got me to thinking about it was because I received a message on facebook a friend form high school asking if I received their message.
Well I found the message but we had already started talking about what she needed for a party next year. I decided to try the service and within 5 minutes or so my phone rang. I had answered her lead request and she called me back. As we were talking she realized she had listened to me on KIOA. I felt very confident about the call and she had to share my information with her son and his fiancé.
In one day I received and inquiry about two possible gigs next year. Those are always good days
Thumbtack.com not only had dj services, but they have other ones to no matter what you are looking for. You put in the information about your event or need then you get a list of vendors to ask for quotes and move forward from there.
There is still time if you are planning a holiday party, New Year’s Eve party, wedding, class reunion, whatever the event I would like to talk to you about my services and what I can do for you.
SHOPPING FOR THE RIGHT DJ – EDUCATION 101 Please read this very important information if you are hiring a DJ for your next event. This very valuable information will help you to make the right choice for entertainment at your next event.
Beware of so called “Professional Companies” with seemingly low cost packaged deals. These companies claim they have many years of experience when in fact, most are probably just starting off, or have very little to no experience. Some claim they have 20+ years experience which may be true, but is the person with the experience the same one that will show up to play your music?
SOUND Most so called “Professional Companies” who offer these cheap packages can afford to do so because they have poor quality equipment – including their speakers. Some even bring their home stereo speakers to your event! They simply cannot afford to buy high-end or good quality speakers. Also, they do not use speaker stands and instead, put the speakers on chairs or even the floor. This does not allow proper sound for your guests enjoyment. Speakers on a chair or on the floor means the sound will be directed below their heads when dancing – very poor sound quality. Also placing speakers on the ground or on chairs looks very tacky for events, especially your wedding reception.
LIGHTS They do not use light stands. Instead, they place the lights on the tables. This means people on the dance floor will be blinded by the light due to their placement. Again, this is a tacky look for events your wedding reception.
MUSIC A DJ is not simply somebody that can play a mixed music CD. Most of those so called “DJ’s” will claim they have years of experience, or claim they have been spinning in clubs. Can you check that out? Can you listen to them in advance? We have seen companies play music that was recorded straight from the radio. We have also seen the same so called “DJ’s” play someone else’s mixed music CD while pretending they are doing it live. This means you will not be able to request music during your event. Think about that song you forgot to ask about in advance but really wanted your best man to dance to – he’s always the hit of a party and now you won’t get to see it. Think about your guests. You need a little tamer music until Aunt Ethel leaves – THEN you break out the stuff you want to hear.
CONCLUSION Now that you have read some of the important details on hiring the right entertainment company, you can go out and shop for your entertainment knowing what to ask. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when looking for a DJ. You can never ask too many questions! You will find the best entertainment company within a reasonable budget. To see more about my services, please see the ABOUT tab.
This isn’t a bad week at all. Staying busy at the radio station and getting ready for the Chocolaterie Stam Hot Chocolate Run this Sunday at Principal Park. You still have time to sign up and support the John Stoddard Cancer Center.
Having an party and looking for a DJ? Let’s chat and see what I can do for you.
We are headed into the Halloween weekend. Many parties will be happening this weekend. Please be careful while you are partaking. Also it’s opening weekend for Evil Dead the Musical at the Stoner Theater. I was able to attend the final dress rehearsal last night and the show is absolutely funny. It doesn’t matter if you saw the movie or not you need to check out Evil Dead the musical. It was full of nonstop laughs!
Now is the time to book for holiday parties. If you are still looking for a DJ for your fall and winter events, then contact me for a consultation and see what I can do for you.
I hope you have had a great weekend. As usual I was jam-packed with a wedding on Saturday night in Granger with Julie and Ryan. Andy and I had a great time. Thank you Laurie for the referral! Plus my regular shifts on KIOA and Star 102.5. I also made an appearance to Marc’s birthday party. Happy Birthday Marc!
This week has a few things going on with the Prairie Meadows Media Invitational on Wednesday from 4 to 8. I will be playing poker with Mike Pace, Lou Sipolt, Tim White, and others in media. It’s always fun to hang out with other media professionals and meeting new people. Hopefully you can join us and support your favorite media personality.
In November I will be emceeing the Chocolaterie Stam Hot Chocolate Race at Principal Park on the 4th and then I will be judging the Something Matters Chili Cook-off at Sully’s on the 10th. There’s always something going on and I hope to see you at an upcoming event.