Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wedding album from Sacred Heart Church in St. Petersburg

People are funny when it comes to their wedding albums.

I've had clients who approved my first draft and clients who went through 10 drafts.  I've had brides who censored any image that didn't show them in a flattering light and others who requested I include the goofiest, scariest pictures of them I had taken.  Like the proverbial box of choclates, you never know what you're gonna get.

I just finished uploading an album to the printer for Cheryl and Matt.  Cheryl holds the Booray Perry Photography record for most revisions (certificate in the mail).  The way I see it, while it may be true that I spent more time on her album than expected, it's also true that anyone who is as intense about their wedding album as Cheryl is someone who will cherish and display the album proudly for years to come.  As an artist, that's the best thing you can hope for.  Plus, Cheryl is about the sweetest person on the planet (and a teacher!)

A sure sign that someone is serious about their album is when they agree to pose for pictures before the ceremony.  They know that after the ceremony there isn't always enough time to get everything they want because of family and friends and the demands of the day.  Posing before the ceremony with no distractions is always preferred by photographers.

One of the things that we worked on quite a bit with her album was the backgrounds.  Typically, I like to use backgrounds that are images taken at the reception.  In Cheryl's case, the reception was in a room that was very white.  White walls, white ceiling, white floor... white.  This led to white backgrounds which didn't do enough to bring out the colors in the pictures.  So, I used vintage paper patterns on some of the pages to add some color to the backgrounds.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Beach wedding prop pays off....

You would be surprised at how many little things you have to take pictures of at a wedding.  There's the rings, the invitations, the seating cards, the table center-pieces, the flowers and so on and so on.  I'm always on the lookout for a new way to shoot one of these shots.  There are a lot of "standard" shots that most every photographer uses and it's always nice if you can come up with something that's a little more unique.

While we are on that subject, there are a few shots I won't do simply because everyone else does them.  Most notably is the "Bride and Groom's hand overlapping and resting on the bouquet" shot (the BAGHOROTB.)  I'll shoot it if I'm asked to... I'm not snotty about it or anything... I just don't shoot it of my own free will.  I don't like it and it's just an old shot.  Of course, if you like it, that's cool with me.  Everyone has their own opinion.  (is that enough backpedaling?)

Anyway, back to the point of this post...

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Perfect Florida Beach Wedding in Clearwater, St. Petersburg etc..

Perfect Florida Beach Wedding is live!

Florida beach weddings on Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille, Treasure Island, Madeira beach, Sand Key Park and Indian Rocks Shores are about to get an upgrade!

Bobbi has been working for months on her new company and as of today we are officially open for business.  Looking around the Tampa/St. Petersburg area we noticed that there aren't many options when it comes to having a beach wedding.  Most any catering company will do a beach wedding but that can get expensive.  So, Bobbi started Perfect Florida Beach Wedding to service all those brides who want a beach wedding without all the hassle.

It's a one-stop-shop for everything beach.  From chairs to arbors... flowers to music (and photography!).  Our goal is to provide start to finish service for Florida beach weddings along with the sort of photography you would expect to see at a $50,000 affair! 

Packages start at just $500 for a simple ceremony for two (perfect for the couple who are eloping).

Spread the word to anyone you know that is thinking of having a beach (or lake, park, etc...) wedding in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Treasure Island or any of the gulf beaches that Perfect Florida Beach Wedding will take care of everything and provide stunning photographs!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New product that I love!

I mentioned on facebook about a week ago that I have been working on a new product.  I finally got my sample in last week and it's gorgeous!

It's a 30x30 canvas wrap that features 49 images from a wedding (one big one surrounded by 48 smalls).

I got the idea from an ad I saw for a photo lab that offers something similar.  They have templates for their clients but I don't need them because I can design it myself.  In the past I have always thought of canvas wraps as a "one big print" kind of thing but now I am re-thinking the entire form.

It's really something special hanging on the wall and I think my brides are going to love it!

See more of my wedding photography at www.boorayperry.com.