Friday, February 17, 2012

Part 1: Our Photography Studio // Yakima, WA

Three new arrangements in our photography gallery calls for a new blog post indeed! I love it when our printing lab has sales!

whcc canvas gallery wrap arrangement
This is the area where we meet clients. They get to come see examples of our prints and products and see some real wedding albums. The big screen is for helping people decide which photos they'd like to order. It's really helpful to see images as the actual size it will print!

whcc canvas gallery wrap arrangement
 This is our latest canvas gallery wrap arrangement: a 24x26, 20x30, 16x20 & 11x14

 That 30x40 isn't new but the three metallic standout prints are!

whcc standout arrangement
 Float wraps: a 20x30 & 2 11x14s

We support wall art!

Notice this blog is named "part 1" which means more of our studio posts to come...
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Snowy & Sunny Engagement photos

Madeline & Nick are tying the knot at their home in Ellensburg this summer... They got engaged at Mt. Rainier and love the outdoors so we set up an engagement session to enjoy nature! Sunshine, snow and fresh air.... couldn't have been any better. From our house it was about 45 minutes of a drive both ways so Tavis and I really enjoyed getting to know these two as we drove and throughout the session! Our feet were all kinda wet by the end but it was worth it for these GORGEOUS pictures:

yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow
yakima engagement photo in snow

and a little behind the scenes: 

You can view more of our Yakima engagement photography here.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Questions to ask your potential wedding photographer

sodo park seattle wedding photography
If you just got engaged, this whole wedding process is very new to you. You say, "What do I really need to know about my wedding photographer before hiring them?" Well, we've come up with a list of frequently asked questions that we don't mind answering at meetings and suggest that you ask your wedding photographer as well! Besides the obvious questions about their packages and contract, here are some good ones to ask and some of the reasoning behind it!

Photography Style:

·         Do you take the traditional family portraits? 


·         Are you solely a natural light photographer that uses available light or do you bring supplemental lighting for indoor locations?
Weddings often have very dim ceremonies or reception areas that require specific equipment to adequately photograph the event. Make sure your photographer has the equipment necessary for every type of lighting scenario. If the photographer is only using natural light and does not bring flashes, make sure they have the cameras and lenses to shoot in low light situations. 

·         Do you have lenses that can shoot at an aperture of F2.8 or lower?
This is a very basic photography question that should be answered with a YES. This insures that your photographer has adequate lenses to shoot in low light.


·         Do you have a business license?
This shows that they are serious about photography and honest with their business.
·         Do you have liability insurance?
This is important because if one of your guests were to trip over a light stand or any photography equipment, your photographer should be covered so your guests aren’t stuck with the bill.  

·         Is your equipment insured? Are you a part of any professional organizations that offers liability coverage?
If any of your photographer’s equipment is damaged or stolen before your wedding, it can be quickly replaced through insurance and other professional organizations like Canon Professional Services, Professional Photographers of America, etc.  

·         How are the images handled after the wedding?
Is there an off-site backup of the images and are there redundant copies of the images on separate hard drives? Data backup is very important!

·         What happens if you get sick the night before our wedding, will you find a replacement or would you just cancel?
Being a part of a local professional photography network allows photographers to find a replacement with the same professional knowledge and artistic capability.  

·         Do you bring backup gear?
(extra camera bodies, memory cards, batteries, lenses, etc. )

Prints, Products & Albums:

·         Do you offer specialty print items like canvas gallery wraps and custom albums? If so, could I please have your price list?

·         Do you choose the photos to design my wedding album or do I?


·         Is photography your full time job? How many events do you shoot per year?

·         How far in advance do you book your dates for photography?

·         What are your professional credentials?

·         How long do you keep the photos after the wedding?

·         What will you be wearing to our wedding?

·         Can I see a wedding you’ve shot from start to finish?
Of course photographers are going to put the best of the best online and in albums, but you want to make sure you like all of the photos in between, too.


·         Besides the package price plus tax, is there a travel fee or any other hidden fees?

·         How much extra is it to bring a second shooter? 

·         Is your photography coverage an hourly rate? How much do you charge for additional hours? 

·         What happens if my reception activities go 15 minutes later than planned? Would you bill me for 1/4 of an hour?

·         Once we give our deposit and choose a wedding collection, can we still add things later?

{This post simply contains my own thoughts, ideas, and insights. Each photographer is different, and everyone goes about photography differently. This blog's content is copyright of Memory Montage Photography. Please do not copy or republish this text without written permission to do so. If you would like to share this post, please include a link directly to our blog's URL. Thank you!} 

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Monday, February 6, 2012

57 ways to find Memory Montage

tavis guild of memory montage photography

The other day I was checking out our website analytics and I just had to laugh at some of the ways people found our website and blog. People google anything from, "bride gets cake in the face" to " shy groom engagement photography" - I'm not sure sometimes how google makes the connections for me but I can't complain! The funniest thing is how people try and remember or spell our name. I'm not sure if these are typos or what, but here are the top 57 ways in the last month that people have found our website through our name or something close to it. I starred my favorites.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Yakima Cake Smash Session with Memory Montage

This is the perfect memory for your child's 1st birthday! Fun for them & fun for parents, too. :) Right now we're offering 50% off our studio sessions for the first 20 people to sign up. This means $50 for a cake smashing session! Click here to sign up.

yakima photographer cake smash
yakima photographer cake smash
yakima photographer cake smash
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