How To Reduce Stress While Planning Your Wedding Day

by Mirline F. Cadeau

                    I am not a wedding planner but as a wedding photographer a lot of time my clients always turn to me for advice. Last week during a conversation with one of my brides, she asked me “ What can I do to minimize my stress level.... during the wedding planning process?” Without thinking for a second I said to her, be organized. To fully explain to her and make sure that she understood what I was trying to tell her, I drew for her the difference between a sprinter and a marathon runner. I am neither a sprinter or a marathoner, but my profession as a wedding photographer helps me to understand the differences between the two.

The task of a sprinter is to prove that he or she is the fastest, on the other hand, the task of the marathon runner is to prove that he or she is the one with the most endurance. I took that example not because she did not know the difference, in contrast, I took that example because she was a marathon runner herself. She knew the difference between speed and endurance.

What can I do to minimize my stress level... during the wedding planning process?
— Jane

Planning a wedding is a mixture of both speed and endurance; it is all about endurance and it is all about speed, you must know when to rely on endurance and when to rely on speed. Trying to speed up the process at 100% will not help it. There are moments to accelerate and moments to take your time. Trying to book everything in one shot is not the right move. Be organized is the solution. You must arrange your calendar in a way that you have time to talk to you vendors. Be organized. Knowing which tasks is complete, and which one is next will help you reduce your stress level tremendously. Keeping track of your tasks will give you peace of mind. Once again be organized.

The New Year resolution of a wedding photographer

by Pierre Richard Cadeau

One of my many new year resolutions for 2015 was to start a blog, a wedding photography blog. Since I already had one, I had in mind to relaunch it, and I vowed to post more frequently. Based on the knowledge that I have acquired during my fifteen years of experience in the wedding industry as a wedding photographer, I wanted to write more to advise the brides-to-be and not to my fellow photographers. I wanted to do a blog different from the other wedding photography blogs.

The wedding couples are the motor of the wedding industry. Unfortunately, although the soul of that industry the majority of them are the least informed on how the industryworks.

The reason I decided to direct my blog towards the couples who are about to get married instead of other groups within the wedding industry, is because I believe that the wedding couples are the motor of the industry. However, Unfortunately, although they are the soul of that industry, the majority of them are the least informed on how the industry works.

But, today's blog post is for my fellow wedding bloggers, especially my fellow wedding photographers. Based on an incident that happened between me and one of my brides, I decided to share the experience and share some advice.

A few days ago I posted a blog post to share my opinion on an article that I read in the New York Times a few days earlier titled "The Dress Is Temporary, the Memories Forever" by Rebecca R. Ruiz. In the blog post, I explained to the brides-to-be how they should put the photography of their precious wedding day at the same level of their wedding dress. The error that I made and that would put in trouble with that particular bride, is the fact that I posted the picture of her wedding dress on that blog post, and she got really mad. At first, did not understand why she was upset, but it was only yesterday I came to my senses and started to understand her reaction and what I have done. Since her wedding dress was on blog post I am assuming that probably she believed that I was making reference to her personally. I want my fellow wedding photographers to take a lesson from that experience.

The Dress Is Temporary, the Memories Forever

Last Friday morning, on my way to the studio I stumbled upon a very interesting article in the New York Times titled "The Dress Is Temporary, the Memories Forever" by Rebecca R. Ruiz. As a wedding photographer, although I already had an idea what the article was about; I decided to read it in its entirety. The article presents how nowadays the "brides to be" are more leaning toward renting their wedding dress instead of buying it, a decision that helps them save hundreds of dollars and in some cases thousand. According to Ruiz, if this practice is now becoming more and more acceptable for the brides to be, but it has been a common practice for the grooms to be for quite some time. Why paying so much for a dress that you are going to wear only once.

MR & mRS POETA

Since the title of the article mention the word memories, I thought that Ruiz was going to share some advice on how important it is for the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be to have beautiful memories of the wedding day by hiring professional wedding photographer and videographer. As a result, it would be thoughtful for photography and videography to have the same appreciation as the dress. Unfortunately, sometimes the couple allocate a lot of money on other items of the wedding and neglect the most important thing that will help them remember their wedding day, five, ten, twenty, twenty five years later which are the pictures and videos. To me it does not make any sense to spend $2000, $5000 and sometimes more in a wedding dress, and rely on the help of an amateur or a family member without any experience in photography to photograph your wedding day. If you are getting married, this advice is for you. If you know someone who is getting married please share it with that person. The wedding photography is as important as the wedding dress.

Hackers, Career destroyers, and photo stealing.

By Mirline F. Cadeau

Blogging is one of the tools that professional phoptographers use to market their photography business, as a professional photographer myself I do not like to blog. I have never blogged before; a matter of fact this blog post that you are currently reading is my first.

I have always thought that as a professional potographer [by professional I mean; 1- I know what I'm doing, 2- my clients love my work, 3-I'm not afraid of other photographers' comments or destructive critics, because I do not care and I do not have time to waste] my job is to capture life in pictures and not to seat behind a computer screen writting things about what I do. Yes I love writting, I love writting beautiful short stories, but I also love when with a single picture I can tell a complete story.

Now here is the reason that motivated me to start blogging. Not long ago, a client texted my wife a picture and asked my wife to reproduce the same picture on her wedding day. Since it was not our style of posing, my wife took a very good look at the picture and said to her that she will try, but she does not promise anything; becasue either my wife nor I, have never photographed a bride posing the way that the bride in the picture was posing. It was then the client told us that she took the pictire from our very own website. When we went on the website we saw a very large group of picture with our studio's official logo posted on the website. There nothing to do to correct that, unfortunately we had to shut down to website, and posted on my and my wife social media pages what had happened.

I was scared of people stealling photographs of professional photographers, but I never imagined a senario like that. When someone is trying to frame you as a thief, I call that person a career destroyer, a dream killer. I believe that if another potographer had went to my website and see another photographer's image with my logo on it, that photographer would not believe that I'm the victim.

  • This blog post is to alert every good photographer out there. I want to say to them be careful.