Photography... Q & A
At Michael Bell Photography we take our
wedding photography very seriously. This is not only a special day for you, but another
day for us to demonstrate our skill and ability in capturing the events of your wedding
day. With 20+ years of experience photographing weddings, Mike gets more Thank
You cards and
complements with his manner and style of photographing weddings. You'll want a
professional photographer with the skill and ability to create those memories of a
lifetime on your most special day!!
Q. What does Mike do at a wedding?
A. To start, the bride now has
options about how her wedding is photographed. A style of wedding photography that
is very popular today is a more free style or photojournalistic style of photography.
It provides many advantages. With the smaller packages, more time is available for the reception.
This means the bride can get a her pre-wedding photographs and
still have plenty of time for the reception.
Q. When do we start?
A. Your wedding day actually starts weeks before
wedding. The Bride meets with Michael about three to four weeks before the wedding day,
to discuss just what Mike plans to do. This planning will provide the Bride with a
schedule of when she and her ladies need to be dressed and ready, what time the
expected to be ready with his best man and his attendants. And what time family members
need to be available for portraits. All of these issues and more are resolved during this
short appointment with Mike.
Q. What happens during the
A. During the ceremony Mike is VERY
busy. Using the rear of the sanctuary, timed exposures of your special event will be
captured. No flash or disturbing movement for your special day during the actual
Q. After the ceremony?
A. After the ceremony, a quick altar
return for those special images of the new husband and wife!! Mike usually has the
and Groom on their way in about 20 ~ 30 minutes (depending on what special requests you
made in your planning session).
Q. The reception?
A. Receptions are normally handled in a
very traditional manner. Mike will coordinate the events (toast, cake cutting, bouquet and
garter toss, etc., with your DJ or band header. That way we can keep your reception moving
and make sure everyone has a great time.
Q. What do I need to do on my
A. Be beautiful and radiant. Mike will
handle the rest. At most weddings, the bride and groom later tell Mike that they had no
idea what to do, all the planning was totally forgotten once they were in front of the
crowd. Mike helped guide them though their most nervous times.
A. Mike selects all posing and poses, Mike
will base the pose selection on many factors, the type of gown you select, your hair style
will even be taken into consideration. The layout at the front of the sanctuary for the
groups. All things must be considered. That's why you're hiring Michael Bell Photography
in the first place!
Q. Others taking pictures?
A. When Mike is creating portraits on his
background and at the altar, no one is allowed to take photographs, this includes
Mike has learned from many years of experience that too many cooks will usually spoil the dinner.
What that means is very simple. When Mike is working to create a mood and to get
everyone's attention during the portraits, a "strange flash" going off will in
most cases cause someone (usually the BRIDE) to blink, if Mike happens to be taking his
portrait at that instant, you'll have that blink in your wedding album.... and we all hate it
when we see the ruined pictures caused by blinks. Think how you will feel, "Uncle
Harold tried to help and ruined a portrait, on the most important day of my life".
Besides, with Mike's camera's costing so much more than the average point and
shoot, why risk ruining that perfect moment. Video is not allowed during Mike's portrait
session for the same reason. Every one starts to watch the wrong person. As a professional
photographer, Mike must have your undivided attention.
Q. Will my portraits look like the
A. With the proper planning and
cooperation, Mike always feels that the most recent wedding photographs are even BETTER
than what you have seen on his web site!! Mike is always growing and working hard to make
each wedding album better than the last. No exceptions!!
Q. What does each
Wedding Package Collections contain? What comes in the package and
how is it configured? Can I get Prices and a detailed description of each Package and what
A. Click the button to
view our Wedding Collections.
your Wedding Day...
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