The way we do things around here
Gorgeous model-like bride + awesome late afternoon light from the thin December sun + Gagne more than ably positioning our gelled speedlight = very easy portrait session. Jenn rocked her late Grandmother’s coat for warmth and wow. I’m addicted to the gel these days for daylight shots. Too bad we couldn’t get them both out here together but Gagne had the sun and strobe working for him in this fun shot of the Groomsmen (Dads included–not bad air for men of a certain age at all).
A Boston wedding photographer can not ask for more from a December wedding and the Lyman Estate in Waltham provided the perfect backdrop not only for these shoots but for the cozy ceremony and reception that followed. The food and desserts from Cuisine Chez Vous filled their tummies and DJ Raffi helped them groove it all off with an stellar mix of music for all in attendance.
When Heather Vaughn from Simply U Events & Proposals called me to see if we’d do a surprise marriage proposal, I started begging her to let us do this. Yep, hiding in the bushes while the hero, Rob, orchestrates a picnic and a ring for our heroine, Tanya. They went to Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, MA and aparently, the staff were in on this whole thing, as Ellen (staff there) told us exactly where to hide. What Boston Wedding Photographer would pass this up- not us!
Too fun. So worth it! Enjoy Rob & Tanya!
Note: Josh London, one of our second cameras this wedding season, made this happen for Rob and Tanya with a 70-200mm lens and a 2x teleconverter from his peeping Tom spot in the bushes. Look for more of Josh’s work on our site: www.dmpj.com
Chris Gagne– DMPJ’s Senior Photographer: how does he do it?
There is much talk these days about the economy, and although we are all sensitive to the topic, we cannot let it determine every decision. I (Asha- Glen’s partner & wife) have coach other artist in growing their business, and I see that many folks use money as an obstacle to realizing their dreams. Trust me, I can come up with the best of excuses when I don’t want to do something or when I am afraid to do something, but I try to keep this one in check.
So, I always ask myself and others, “If money were not an obstacle, what would you do?” This always gets people thinking in a totally different plane. Look, I don’t want to deter people from their budget, especially with wedding planning and how outrageously expensive it can be, but when you have chemistry, I feel like how much you spend is secondary.
As a company we invest in consultants, assistance, and advertising, and clients, but we don’t just engage with just any one or anything. We trust our gut. We listen to what feels right. It was worked so far, and we have the best clients. We really do! People always joke with me about “Bridezillas”– we honestly, don’t have any. We operate from a space of connecting with clients, photographers, and a network that is in alignment with who we are.
I advice the same for couples: meet the photographer, and get a sense of how you feel around them– do you want to spend 8-10hr on one of the most intimate days of your life? If it feels right, trust that. Nothing like spending $1K less than the photographer you really wanted, having bad chemistry, and ending up with mediocre pictures. After all the work you’ve put into the wedding, chemistry is key.
And of course, as a Boston Wedding Photographers, we love it when people tell us that Photography is on their top 2 in wedding planning. Yeah, that’s someone with their priorities in the right place. 😉
Remember, if you can: Chemistry first, Price second.
Asha Ramakrishna is a writer and Director of Business Development at DMPJ. She makes sure the vision of each client is materialized in the wedding photos & album process. She’s Glen’s partner and wife. They stay on their toes due to two little girls who have more energy than an energizer bunny, and they are crazy about traveling to far away lands as a family. For more visit, www.travelingfamilycircus.com and www.visualreportage.com