Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wedding Brides Naples Fort Myers Florida

So there must be a reason that you are reading this right now . . . I am going to take a wild guess and say that you are getting married soon and you are actively seeking a Wedding Professional for one of your services. If this is the case, you are in luck. We are Naples Videography and Photography and we are always willing to help Brides find out more about Wedding Photography services. Of course being that we are in our 13th year of providing service for Weddings, we truly understand Wedding Days. We are located in the Naples Fort Myers are of Florida. We provide Wedding Photography and Videography as well as Photography and Videography for most special events.

This industry has taken a turn in the past year. I have never seen anything like this. I am not sure if it is the state of the economy or the notion that anyone can pick up a camera and call themselves a Photographer, but we have seen this industry explode with new "Photographers"

Most of these people simply want to make extra money on the side to supplement their full time job. Some are simply out of work and decide to take the $400 camera that they bought on credit and try to make a few bucks. Still others feel that this might be a great place to make a quick buck at the expense of a Bride that doesn't check credentials, and they simply take the money given to them and do not show up for the shoot.

Then there are those of us, like Naples Videography and Photography, that started providing service over a decade ago, received extensive training for providing not only Photography services, but Wedding Photography services. These Companies purchase equipment in the tens of thousands of dollars, not hundreds of dollars, these Companies continually broaden the range of their Photography to give Brides new and fresh avenues for Bridal Photos. These Companies normally have a face in the community and have an established Photography Studio or office. These are the Companies that you will have a relationship with prior to and after the Wedding day. They are the best avenue for Brides to book with as the Bride need not worry about who will show up and/or if they will show up. These Companies simple will not risk letting a Bride down and will complete the task at hand in a professional and courteous manner and the photos will turn out beautiful!

This Blog is a simple caution. Be careful, choosing a Photographer by price alone! We feel that a place of business and experience trumps anything that money can buy! We regularly get Brides calling and looking for last minute services because the person that they hired is not around anymore or they cannot get ahold of them! Our pricing is very affordable. Sometimes, our services can even be the same price as those less experienced people. Low cost does not mean low value, but be careful. And if you find a Photographer that has affordable costs and has a Photography Studio and does a great job at Photography, by all means book them before you loose them! There isn't a lot of us out there, just a lot of those that only look like they are good, when in fact they are ready to take your money and run!

If you are having a Wedding in the Naples or Fort Myers area of Florida, please give us a call at 239.948.0410. We have an established Studio and would love to sit down with you and discuss your Wedding day. You will be pleasantly surprised to find out just how reasonable our pricing is, most anyone can afford a package that we offer. Our package range in price from Budget to extravagant, and our eye for Photography is surpassed by no Company! You can also visit us online at www.naplesvideography.com

We look forward to hearing from you! Have a great day and "Be Careful!"

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Passionate Brides

So what comes to mind when I say, "Passionate Brides"? I am sure that most of you are thinking about the Wedding night . . . Shame! No, what I am referring to is how passionate a Bride can be about her Wedding day. We all hear about how the girl dreams of her Wedding day her whole life, We all know that this one day culminates months and sometimes years of planning, and we have all met someone who is so "passionate" about the Big Day that it is literally the one thing that we picture when we think of that Bride!

The Wedding day should be certainly the most important day of any given month right? How about any given year? Should this one day be the most important day of ones life?

Our Photography Studio in the Naples Fort Myers Florida area looks for Brides that have a passion about their Wedding day! We look for passion from a Bride that matches our passion for Photography and/or Videography! We own Studio 41 Photography and Naples Videography and Photography, and our love for our services certainly shows in our work. And when we work for a Bride that is passionate about her Wedding Day, our Photography gets taken to a whole different level! That passion from the Bride can be captured in photos and attention to detail can be shown in prints for years to come!

We love to work with Passionate Brides. So where am I going with this? Hmm, how do I say this? If you are hiring a professional, don't just look for someone who offers you good photographic services. Find a person that understands your passion about your big day and can share in the excitement of the event!

In the long run, I can assure you of one thing . . . your images that are taken that day will bleed with your passion. Those images will covet your vision! Those images will in fact last you and your Family a lifetime. And if they can remind you of the passion that you put into your big day, maybe just maybe, your passion will be reinvented each day and your Marriage will be re-newed over and over again. Each day might be a new journey for you and your Spouse!

Can we really take our job this seriously? You betcha! The images taken on your Wedding day can be a sweet reminder or a sour note. If we don't take our professional services as seriously as we do, we might end up with less sweet memories, no?

We strive to take your passion for your Wedding day, add to the mix our passion for our professional services, and together how can we miss?

You can visit our website at: www.naplesvideography.com If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to call or email us! We book 60 Weddings per year, and as a Husband/Wife team your Big Day will always be our highest priority.

If we don't get to work with you, please, please, please, find a professional that shares in your passion!
Have a wonderful Wedding Day!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wedding Bride Blues - Naples Wedding Photography

So Here we go again. Today is Thursday and I got a call from a Bride. She was frantic. Her request was to find a Video and Photo Company that could provide last minute Photo and/or Video for her this weekend.

This weekend? I let her know that we were already booked for Saturday and there would be no way that as a Husband/Wife team we were willing to attempt to do 2 different Weddings on the same day. Our booked client is our number one priority!

I just had to ask though . . . Why did you wait so long to try to get a Photographer and Videographer? She said that she didn't wait, and she thought that she had a Photo and Video person doing her Wedding on Saturday, but that she got a call from him yesterday and he said that he was not going to be able to provide service for her Wedding. 3 DAYS NOTICE? In horror, I felt so bad for her right away. I let her know that I would do whatever I could to try and get her someone to help her out. After all, we are in an association of Photographers and there must be someone who has the weekend open. I did ask her how much she paid for the original Company that she booked with. She said that she booked with them for $400 for Video and $400 for Photo. Both services for around $900 and all day coverage. I had to be honest with her and let her know that in my opinion, this is most likely the exact reason that she does not have a service provider for the Weekend. "These guys that charge such small prices, just can not be trusted", she tells me. I have to agree. This sort of practice is the single most problem with this industry. The unprofessional person gets hired solely on his price and either gets to busy or double books, or gets hired for more money by someone else and drops you. It is these practices that give all professional Photographers a bad wrap. It is something that we as professionals have been fighting against for years!

So this is a big horror story, and I do not want to scare you more than you might already be, because there is a lot of quality professional out there that will not let you down like this.
We own a Professional Photography Studio in Estero, Florida. Our website is http://www.naplesvideography.com When you choose a Photographer and/or Videographer, please , please, please . . . Don't book just for the good price. 1) Visit with them, 2) Make sure that they have a place of business! 3) make sure you like their work, 4) Talk with your venue and have them call the Photographer to talk with them, they can give you the best advice on whether they feel comfortable working with them and MOST IMPORTANTLY 5) Make sure that they have been in business for at least 2 years. If not, they are either a novice, who doesn't have the proper knowledge of Wedding Photography or they are part timers, who have an allegiance to another "Boss". Either way, this is not a positive thing when hiring a professional for your Wedding day.

Do yourself a favor and pay a little extra money to find a Photography with more than 3-5 years experience, a place of business and great Photo skills. It wont cost you thousands of dollars more! Our services are not too far away from these "cheap" guys, but the extra money keeps our Studio Open and gives us a face in the Community that pushes us to give the very best service possible. After all, word of mouth is king, why would we want to disappoint anyone!! It would be so bad for our business, and it is for this reason that we always strive for the very best and professional services! It is for this reason that we are worth every last cent that our services cost, and you will feel the same way after we work for you!

Our Studio is in Estero, and you can visit us online at www.naplesvideography.com or you can call our Studio line at 239-948-0410 for any advice, If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are here to help and assist you as a Bride!
have a great day and Good Luck with your Wedding Plans! Even if you are not booked with us, if we can offer you advice on our line of services, we will be happy to do so. After 13 years of Providing Wedding Photography and Videography, we know a thing or two about this industry.

Have a great day and a great Wedding Day! :-)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Wedding Photography not for beginners

To all of those Brides out there who are thinking about trying to cut a few corners for the Big Wedding Day, I say Stop And Listen!

Listen to Who? You ask? Well in a word . . . Me. The next paragraph might be the single most important piece of advice that you can get for your Wedding. While you are planning you are undoubtedly dealing with staying inside of the dreaded "Budget". Budgets are a good place to start, but as a bride you should exercise caution on how to layout the budget dollars. Remember that you should not spread out the funds by a set amount throughout different services for your Wedding Day. Some will undoubtedly be much higher in price than others. By nature, you Big Day Budget should be somewhat broken down in this way. 30% of your budget should be in place for the Reception and Dinner, 20% should be for a Photographer/Videographer, 10% for the dress, 10% for the cake and decorations, 10% for the Ceremony and 20% for invitations, DJ and other misc. essentials. This is obviously not a full proof plan of attack, but is a great starting point to tweak later with additional items on the list.

So how do you save money? I can only talk about the Photography part of the budget. We own Naples Videography and Photography, http://www.naplesvideography.com/, so we see Brides come up with all sort of ways to fight the "budget". The one way to cut cost is to have a friend provide your Photography and or Videography for your Big Day. So why is this a bad thing? Well it is not necessarily a bad thing, I think it is a down right AWESOME thing! PROVIDING . . . your friend is a professional! We are in year 13 of providing Wedding Photography and Videography services and let me tell you, we learn something new on every job. We continually grow our business by learning new techniques. Not sure when one can consider themselves a "Master", but from my viewpoint, if you are always open to new ideas, you will forever be learning!

So what is my Point? Your Friend, if they are aware of the complexities of a Wedding Shoot might be able to pull off your Wedding Photography. However if they are new to this trade or if they are a novice, it is highly unlikely that by just having a camera, they will be able to acquire the sort of shots that you will want and consider to be desirable Photography. It not only takes a clear vision of Photography, but also the ability to foresee events unfolding and react to the constant changing nature of Wedding Photography to pull it off.

So before your decide to save money on a professional Photographer, give it some real thought. This day happens only once . . . You are preparing for it for a year . . . Overall it is an large investment . . . and what I will have to remember it by will be the Video and Photo. Hmm . . . in my opinion, it might be a no brainer, Hire a professional that is within your budget and get the best photos that will forever remind you of your wonderful day. and here is a secret, hire a Company that does both Video and Photo, the discounts are normally much greater if you do two services with one Company!

I will bet that it might even add a few years to your life! Well not really, but a nice thought non the less!

Have a beautiful Wedding Day, and if you are planning on a Wedding in the Naples Florida or Fort Myers Florida Area, stop by and say "Hi" to us. We are Naples Videography and Photography and you can visit our website at: http://www.naplesphotovideo.com/ --- Joe

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bride, Break, or Bust

Today there are so many new ways for Brides to save money on the Big Day.
We run an established Photography studio in the Naples, Fort Myers area for over 13 years now. We have seen many Companies come and go. We have seen many different trends in the Wedding business especially when it comes to Photography and Videography. As of this post, we have seen a trend of Brides looking to maximize their Wedding dollars in ways that show just how important it is for Professionals to respond to the market as it is today.
I am all for saving money, but I write this to all of the Brides out there who feel that they need to cut corners for the Big Day in anyway possible. I write this to share an "exercise caution" reminder when cutting costs for your services. Around 3 Hours ago, I got off the phone with a Bride that was going to book our services around 6 months ago. She decided to use another Photography solely because of the costs of the services, Theirs was lower than ours. As I always do, I told her that there were no hard feelings about her decision and if she ever needed me in the future, to please call me.
I found out today that she only saved $400 by going to this other Company. Today is Sunday, and her Wedding was Yesterday. She was in tears. She said that the "Company" that she hired showed up 1 hour late. Her Wedding had to be postponed to accommodate the Photographer. She then proceeded to tell me that the Photographer was not the person that she met with, so she had no idea of who he was. She said that he was rude and obnoxious to her and the guests. Half the way through the shooting time, she was told that his Camera was malfunctioning and he could not finish the event. She immediately had someone shoot with her point and shoot.
She called me to see if she could arrange a shoot in our Photography Studio in Estero to compensate for the Wedding Day Photography, I guess or lack there of. I told her that it would be my honor to help her out and do my best to recreate her Wedding day as best as possible.
Without any worries whatsoever, I am happy to help her, however it brings to light a grave concern for Brides out there today. In the market that we are in, there are NUMEROUS individuals out there that have begun "Photography Companies" in the past year. There are many quality Photographers, however a Bride must be VERY careful about how she chooses a Photographer.
We encourage our potential Clients to come visit us in our Photography Studio. We are a Husband/Wife team and we only take on work that we can personally perform, so we do not send out employees. We are in our 13th year of serving this area. I feel that these three things are the most important things to consider when hiring someone for your Wedding! Saving $200-300 dollars for your Big day is uselss if it creates a huge nightmare for you on the Big Day!
We tell all of our Brides, We are midpriced, so while we don't offer bargain basement pricing, we don't leave you feeling empty in the pants pockets either! Choose an open minded individual with medium ranged pricing who owns a Studio and has a wealth of knowledge through years and year of service. How can you go wrong? If you are having a Wedding in the Naples or Fort Myers area in Florida, stop by our Studio or visit us online at www.naplesvideography.com
Have a beautiful Wedding day! Joe