Super Cool Product Alert!!

Check it out!! I am in love with this product, Flywood Prints! This is a super cool new way to display your favorite photos custom printed on wood! Yes, I said wood! You can even choose the option of the wood grain showing through as an awesome textured effect! FlyWood Prints brings your photographs to life on a wooden canvas. How cool is that?!?! Spread the word..the coolest new trend in photography!

Oh yeah and guess who is a featured artist? Yep, it’s yours truly! I am so excited and honored to have my images showcased on their website! Go check them out here:

https://flywoodprints.com/featured-artists/

 

 

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How to find the right Wedding Photographer for you…

Choosing the right Wedding Photographer can be a very difficult thing to do if you don’t know where to start, what to look for, or what questions to ask. Not to mention, every wedding & every couple is different & unique. Just because a photographer is good at what they do, doesn’t automatically make them the right choice for everyone.  Here are a few tips from a photographers point of view.

 

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You should start your search early… at least 6-12 months before your wedding day. Most experienced or sought after photographers schedule this far (or more) in advance. It’s less stressful if you have a realistic timeline for planning. Don’t try & squeeze it all in a few months! You will most likely have a much harder time finding anyone reliable who is available on such short notice. Preparing ahead of time can relieve a large part of your wedding planning stress.

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Ask friends & family for referrals. Who has gotten married recently? Were they happy with the results & the demeanor of the photographer? Ask other wedding vendors as well, such as your wedding planner, venue coordinator, or florist for example. Chances are someone will give you a recommendation that will at least be a good starting point. Also, the internet is a great place for inspiration, collecting ideas, & getting a feel for different photographers’ work.

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

You should create a short list of a few photographers who’s images speak to you. Make sure to meet with them in person to see which ones you connect with based on photo style, personality, & budget. It’s a big decision & these are memories to last forever, so make sure you follow your heart!

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

I would say the MOST important aspect to think about is personality. If you do not get along with or feel comfortable having a conversation with this person, then how will you be on your wedding day? If you aren’t comfortable around them, then you will not be yourself or natural for your special day. Remember these photos will last for years to come & should reflect your genuine happiness & emotions.

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Take style into great consideration…this is also a very important factor when choosing a wedding photographer. You may like traditional & classic shots, but their style may be more modern or artistic. Typically good photographers are versatile & can shoot in a blend of styles to tell more of a story. Look through their photos & see if there is a good mix of traditional & posed, candid captures, & more creative shots & details, close ups, etc. . Make it known what types of shots you enjoy the most. If you are moved by the samples of their previous weddings, then they are most likely a good match.

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photography - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

There are some imperative questions you should ask to know exactly what you will end up with. What is included with your package? How many hours & locations & are there extra fees? Do you receive any prints, proofs, disks, copyrights, albums, etc?  Are there travel fees? Who will be actually shooting the photographs…make sure it is going to be them personally & not someone else they have subcontracted. Although, sometimes an assistant or “second shooter” tags along to help out… this is always good to get another perspective. Ask if there is a way to customize your package from the standard choices, if you want something specific. Get everything in writing & sign a contract, when you feel all of your needs have been met.

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

If you are still unsure, then consider getting engagement portraits done. This is a great way to know if you love the photos & have a good rapport & connection. It is also a good way to establish a bit of a relationship & let the photographer see you both on a more personal level before the big day!

 

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Michigan Engagement Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Planning a wedding can feel extremely overwhelming. Your photographer should put your mind at ease by answering all of your questions, being friendly & professional, & making sure they understand what is most important to you. That way the focus can be on celebrating the love & the joy of the day. This is how it should be! For me, I truly love being part of such a monumental day in people’s lives & being able to preserve moments & memories & emotions.

Happy Planning!

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

Michigan Wedding Photographer - How to find the right wedding photographer

 

 

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Featured: Cherish the Moment {Michigan Photographer}

Happy Spring everyone! Now that the weather is warming up, it is the perfect time to get out there & get some great photos of your family & children! I am very honored to be included in a wonderful blog post featuring myself and some other awesome Michigan Photographers as well! If you know me, you know I love promoting my great state of Michigan in any way that I can. I love supporting our communities & local businesses & try my hardest to stimulate our local economy by promoting, networking, & buying local. So, Michiganders take a moment & you can learn some great tips and get some helpful advice from some talented local photographers…go check it out! CLICK HERE!

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My Favorites of 2012 – {Michigan Wedding & Portrait Photographer}

Another year has flown by once again & as we embrace the new year with a fresh perspective, I always love to reflect on all the wonderful moments captured over the last 12 months. For me, it revitalizes the excitement and anticipation that has passed into new ideas & possibilities for future endeavors yet to come! I had so many favorites to remember, & it was so hard to exclude any one of them, so sit back & enjoy the show for awhile! :)

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New Year Giveaway at Crave Photography!! 3 Awesome Prizes 1 Winner!

Want to win a 50mm 1.4 lens (Canon or Nikon), a one on one online photoshop mentoring session with Crave, and a marketing set of your choice from the Crave design shoppe?

ENTER HERE!! http://cravemyphotography.com/blog/business-jump-start-giveaway/

ENTER HERE!! http://cravemyphotography.com/blog/business-jump-start-giveaway/

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Photo Booth style! {Michigan Event Photographer}

I have recently gotten involved with a wonderful organization called iHeartKids (a Metro Detroit based and Global special events and marketing company founded by sisters Donna & Dottie.) Everything they do at iHeartKids is dedicated to helping kids, building strong communities and making a happy difference in the world. Go check out the iHeartKids website: www.iheartkids.com  Also all over the web…Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube… If you need a great party or event planner or want to get involved in fundraisers, charity events, or just see what good is being done in your community & around the world, go check them out! Donna & Dottie are so friendly, professional, creative, & doing amazing things to help our children!

So, the sisters just put on another great party where I was called in for some photo booth style fun! Along for the ride was a cool local DJ “DJ Krazy Keith” from Party It Up Events for some jammin’ tunes, lights show, & Karaoke!! What a blast! Keith knows how to get the party started! I have seen him in action at weddings as well! If you are looking for a DJ, give him a shout!  1-855-GET MY DJ

I surely LOVE promoting my great “Mitten” state & I wanted to give exposure & kudos to these awesome Michigan businesses that I highly recommend. But, I also wanted to show my versatility in that I can do more than just “regular” portraits or candid shots. I can do photo booth style photos or take other photographic requests as well! If you have something particular in mind or a certain vision, I welcome your ideas! I am a custom photographer & love to get the shots that capture the essence of you or your event!

Here’s some fun shots from the bash!!

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WANNA WIN FREE PORTRAITS?!?! {Michigan Portrait Photographer}

Wanna win FREE portraits? Read on!

Do you live in Michigan? Do you want a FREE PHOTO SESSION? A big thank you & welcome to my new fans! Spread the word & tell your friends!! Share this blog post!! Tweet it, Facebook it, Pin it, Google Plus it, Email it, Share it, whatever, just pass it along! Everyone (old & new fans) who “likes” Captured Creativity Photography on Facebook will be automatically entered to win!!! When I get to 300 “likes” I will giveaway a FREE session ($100 value!!) to a randomly generated Mid-Michigan local! I will choose another winner at 500 likes!! Good for Individuals, Families, Child/Baby, Maternity/Newborn, Seniors, Engagement/Couples, & Pets! Thanks so much for your support & I can’t wait to see who wins!! :)

CLICK HERE TO “LIKE” ME ON FACEBOOK:

http://www.facebook.com/capturedcreativity

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What’s new with Captured Creativity? {Michigan Senior Portraits}

Just a quick post to keep you all updated on what’s new at Captured Creativity Photography!

I am currently running a special for Seniors!

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~Senior Portrait Special at Captured Creativity Photography~

Indoor/Outdoor Photo Session with unlimited poses/locations/outfits (usually 1-2 hrs)
Proof book (7.75 in x 5.75in) 20 proofs
80 – wallets (Free text available upon request)
4 – 5×7’s
1 – 8×10
1 – 11×14
Digital Negatives (All full resolution retouched photos on disk with copyrights)
$350

Want less? Ask about Custom Pricing!

Refer a friend & receive a FREE 11×14!

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My Favorite Shots of 2011! {Michigan Wedding & Portrait Photographer}

Hello out there in cyberspace! I know I am a terrible blogger, but here I am trying my best to keep up with technology…LOL I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season! I was busy busy busy, but now onto 2012!! Let’s hope for the best year yet with many blessings and adventures along the way. On that note, I would like to reminisce and share my favorite shots from 2011. Enjoy! :)

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WANT TO WIN AN AWESOME LENS??

I know I do!! LOL I have had my eye on this lens for a few months & saving my pennies…would be so cool to win it!! I am talking about this amazing giveaway over at CRAVE Photography!!! Go check it out! Win a Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens OR a Canon 85mm 1.2 lens. YOU CHOOSE! Yes, that’s right…you heard it right!! Incredible giveaway!!! Make sure you follow directions carefully! There are some other wonderful prizes being given away for the runners up as well!!  5 different ways to enter…that’s up to 5 chances to win!! Giveaway ends Jan. 8th 2012 WINNER will be announced Tues. Jan. 10th! WOW! Just WOW!!!!! http://cravemyphotography.com/blog/25000-fans-giveaway

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