I lost it all in Vegas!

Well…I guess I didn’t lose it all but I did lose something extremely valuable to me.

Our second Christmas married, my husband surprised me by putting a ring in my stocking! We had set a limit on Christmas presents and neither one of us kept to the limit. I bought him a digital camera and he bought me the ring and more!

Picture me all pumped about being at my first Photography conference, taking notes like a mad women…and I looked down and saw…after only one day in Vegas.

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My heart sank…of course there was no way I could retrace my steps in Vegas of all places. So instead, it makes for a sad story that is sad enough to make it on the blog.

A moment of silence for the lost diamond please…alright moving on!

Beka Haché - April 1, 2007 - 8:37 am

How sad!!!! I feel for ya… 🙁

The Photos of VEGAS!

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I’m back from the WPPI conference in Las Vegas! I thought I’d document the last day for the blog…not a lot of words! Let’s let the pictures do the talking!

Did you know there are escalators outside in Vegas? I didn’t. It was great to glide everywhere…especially in 2 inch heels! 🙂

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It wasn’t all work we had some play! This is Alexander and Tiffany by the pool!

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We stayed at the Flamingo but, conferenced at Bally’s…It was gorgeous at night!

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One of my FAV. mentors was Mike Colon! He’s a big wig from California and all around “nice guy.” Live models and untouched photos are the best way to do it.

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So, they mispelled Prairie…WPPI’s expertise is in Photography, not spelling!

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After a week of being saturated with knowledge and inspiration…I had lots to be happy about!

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And that’s everything! Noemi Hedrick, reporting live from Las Vegas, Nevada!

Pictage – Viewing Your Pictures Online

What is Pictage? My definition: It’s all-in-one website that allows you to go online and view, manage, share, and purchase your photos. And then, for photographers it does everything that we used to do: developing, printing, billing, and sending the product.  Check out my portfolio collection of wedding and engagement portraits!

I wasn’t a believer at first! But here’s all the reasons I signed up Pictage.com:

-Professional customer service and troubleshooting.

-Anyone who was at the wedding (or wasn’t able to come) has the ability to sign in and view all your pictures at no cost!

-Even though the bride and groom receive a DVD, it releases them from the responsibility of printing individual pictures for everyone in the family. Now everyone can go online and order what ever they want!

-It ensures that everyone is getting professional quality images. AND I want my pictures to be produced by professionals (no offense to Walmart or Sam’s Club!)

-PLUS, I’m able to give everyone who pre-registers a $5.oo gift certificate towards their first order.

I got on-board for weddings but now I’m making it available to everyone I shoot for. If your paying to have a professional photographer shoot…it means you care about the pictures…Pictage will give you quality – even if it is more than Walmart!

Wedding Mishaps and Ways to Avoid Them!

I am a wedding photographer…that has been established. It means that I have been a part of many weddings and I get to see the behind-the-scenes “drama”. I’ve learned a thing or two. Not enough for a best selling book but, perfect for my blog.

Let’s get to it…

Mishap #1 = “Where are the flowers? We’re ready for the pictures to start.” 🙁

*Always try to arrange for the flowers to be dropped off before the beginning of the pictures so even if they’re late (which happens!) we will have them for the majority of pictures.

Mishap #2 – “The schedule revolves around our transportation and we the limo hasn’t shown up.”

*Always plan extra time for commuting and allow for “things” to pop up. My advice is for the bride and photographer to stay close and make use of the time you’re waiting!

Mishap #3 – “The Brides bouquet fell apart an hour into shooting…yikes!”

*Always have the florists number for the day of the wedding and make sure she’s reachable! That goes for all types of service. Don’t leave your wedding notes at home! Have everything in your phone and in your personal attendants phone. Just incase.

Mishap #4 – “The bride and groom are with the photographer but the wedding party is lost!”

*Always make sure that someone in the wedding party knows where they are going and has the means to connect with the bride(and party) if things get confusing. Personal attendants are wonderful…give them everything they need to help you make the day smooth!

 Mishap #5 – “The tux arrived and the sizes are wrong.”

*Try to rearrange the jackets between the groomsmen (and ushers) making the mistake less obvious and keep the jackets on for the pictures so the pants don’t show as much. In most cases, nobody else will notice unless you draw attention to it…so don’t! AND after that, make sure they get their money back.

I hope this is helpful. AND I hope you don’t need any of this advice because your day is flawless!