A true Cinderella story unfolds with John and Erika. An eccentric couple who enjoy lavishing one another, who not only are an explosive bride and groom but also best of friends. A stunning wedding held at the luxurious Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club (http://malarayat.com) this is one wedding that truly rolled out the red carpet. Thank you again John and Erika for choosing Vincent Duke Photogrpahy
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The first complete Lipa Wedding Professionals team collaboration. Fork & Bottle, Charms an Vows, Vincent Duke Photography, Haircology by Lovely, and of course our very own Mikaelah Fashion and Design. Lipa Wedding Professionals can be found at www.lipawedding.com. Ronel and Roxanne are a dynamic duo, I cannot describe a better partners in crime than these two. Congratulations again from Vincent Duke Photography!
This vibrant wedding brought us out to San Antonio, Quezon province. John and Jessa were huge fans of our work for GMA-7 when we covered the wedding scene of I Heart Davao's season finale. This wedding was provincial but far from ordinary! It truly was a joyous occasion and we congratulate and thank John and Jessa for choosing Vincent Duke Photography
Bring on the HEAT! Our couple comes all the way from Manila to the beautiful Shercon Resort & Spa here in Batangas. And if I may say so this couple is absolutely CRAZY for one another. It was truly an honor to be chosen as their photographers. Thank you again Ricky and Leslie! Best wishes from Vincent Duke Photography
Happy Valentines Day!
Well it's that time again where hearts, chocolates, and flowers are in abundance. We here at Vincent Duke Photography would like to extend our best wishes to all the love birds out there, Happy Valentines Day!
We must be doing something right! Another unexpected blessing and turn of events for us here at Vincent Duke Photography.
When it comes to venues here in Lipa City Batangas, Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club is 2nd to none, and our most favorited/recommended venue for Engagement Sessions, Weddings, Receptions, and Events. A feel of luxury on these well maintained grounds will take your breath away. There is a calm and classy ambiance about Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club that will not only inspire you, but also make you never want to leave.
The Big News
Our clients who have used Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club have been screaming from the rooftops about how much they love our service and for that we are deeply honored. Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club has decided to officially make us their #1 Recommended Wedding and Event Photographer! This is huge news for us as one of the most prestigious venues in our area they do not make this decision lightly.
We want to thank firstly our wonderful clients and of course Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club for making this possible.
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So you're getting married! Congratulations on the momentous occasion! Now it's time to make your dream wedding come true. You have the venue, wedding coordinator, caterer, and everything else but now you need to find your photographer. Their are so many options, recommendations from friends and family, and what makes it even harder is their is no consistency in pricing. You have budgets ranging from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of pesos, how do you choose one? Well, hopefully I can help you with that decision.
I know as a wedding photographer myself it may sound like I am trying to sell my service but I assure you I just want you to be happy with your choice regardless if it is with me or not. Picking a wedding photographer is almost like choosing who is your best friend, wedding photographers are perhaps the most involved suppliers in your wedding. We're with you from the beginning of the process to the end of the process with the job of telling your whole wedding story! So let's begin on how to find your wedding photographer.
Studios made up of freelancers (Photography Brokers)
This is a tough one, there are a lot of "studios" made up of freelancers who would love to cover your wedding at a very affordable rate. This can be a great option for those who are on an extremely tight budget but there are some things to look out for. I typically don't suggest this option if you're looking for quality output. I'm not saying you can't get good results this way, I'm just saying it is a risk and here's why.
- The team is typically made up of a casting call of whoever is available which leads to a team of people who may have or have not worked together in the past.
- Lack of consistency, organization, backup/redundancy, and process.
- Gear used may be less than desired due to budget constraints of the photographer.
- Difference in skill level across the team. You may have a veteran or a newbie photographer.
- Higher risk of low quality output and delays.
Now, there are some very valid reasons for choosing this option mainly being available budget. Just keep in mind these brands are not actual studios, or even well trained teams. They are literally Photography Brokers with no central point of responsibility/accountability.
Powerhouse/Big Name Photographers
You know them, the world knows them, even we are on the edge of falling into this category. These are the famous, in high demand photographers who usually charge accordingly. Be ready to dig deep into your pocket for these photographers, but usually they deserve it. Here are some reason why.
- Consistent style.
- They need to protect their reputation thus will usually provide the best service possible.
- You know what you're going to receive before you buy.
- Gear used is usually top shelf in the photography industry, tried and true professional tools with the skillset on how to use them.
Now it's not all sunshine and roses there are some potential downfalls which usually pertain to how they run business. These highly sought after big name photographers tend to be busy and while some are hands on, there is a good portion that have assembled their own teams to handle the wedding day. Which is fine since they tend to be well trained to meet his demands but it is still something to be aware of.
Another potential downfall may be the "celebrity mentality" aka diva complex. An unfortunate side effect to fame and success tends to be a big ego. This big ego can make someone inflexible, unwilling to go out of their comfort zone to please you the client, or even refuse to provide service if their conditions are not met (situation isn't what they like).
Studios (Business minded wedding photographers)
For me this is where I feel we fit in and in my biased opinion is the best fit for most weddings. Studio's specializing in wedding photography tend to be competitive in pricing and offer all the benefits of the Big Name Photographers. They have consistent style, tend to have the proper gear and skill set to accomplish the job, operate in professionalism, offer guarantees, and also tend to make customer service their top priority. Here are some things to look for when choosing a studio or any photography service for that matter.
- Check their online galleries/portfolio.
- Look for reviews and what others are saying about them.
- Meet with them, see if they are a fit for you.
And the hardship of it all boils down to budget. I urge everyone to prioritize coverage as one of your main expenses of your wedding. I don't say that because I am a wedding photographer I say this because I have heard too many stories of couples wishing they would have chosen a higher level photography service because they were unhappy with their coverage, output, the headaches they have had to deal with. I alway's suggest to couples choose the best provider your budget affords and in some cases you may have to increase your budget to get the service you desire.
I am not the type to rant, I prefer to keep calm and mind my own business. But I've had it! After hearing horror story after horror story someone has to say it. We as wedding photographers have a duty, and obligation if you will, and it's a BIG ONE! We are providing a service to a once in a lifetime event and it is our job to do the best we can, uphold our side of the deal. To put it simply we have a MAJOR impact and responsibility in our clients lives.
First up on my list is being on time. This is a vital part of our job and the minimum we owe to our client who is paying us their hard earned cash to secure our services. The wedding coordinator, makeup artist, bride, groom, family, and even the venue, need us there early or at the very least on time. When we are late everyone else is late because they will have to wait for us to finish our shots before they can proceed.
This one is a big one and will probably upset some other photographers. YOU are not the star of the show, you are a service provider, your job is to provide your service regardless of how amazing a photographer you are. I've seen it time and time again, when a humble photographer starts their career then starts getting recognition and praise which is well deserved but then allows it to get to their head. Alway's remember you are great only because your clients say you are so be sure to treat them with the upmost respect and care. With out them you do not exist.
Only do what you can handle
Another area of contention for me is ill prepared providers biting off more than they can chew. If you're going to be taking peoples money and don't have the gear, skills, or confidence to accomplish the job then you shouldn't be taking the job. Or at the very least communicate with your client the potential issues/problems that may occur. This also falls in line with knowing your limitations, be careful not to let your ego get ahead of your capabilities.
We live in an era where EVERYONE can take a photo. You have to be able to separate your capabilities from the guest shooting with their entry level kits and smart phones otherwise what's the point in hiring a photographer? Alway's strive to do better, practice, try new techniques, go beyond what is expected.
Here is where most of the horror stories come in. I'm sorry, but it should not take 4 years to produce a wedding album! Videos should not get lost or any output for that matter. Keep your promises to your clients please. I understand, sometimes something bad happens where you cannot keep your timelines, or you lost some output. This is why you need to make sure you do as much as you can to have backups upon backups. Personally we have many redundancies, one being we only shoot with camera bodies with dual card slots alway's in backup mode in the event of a corrupted card. Then, we take the files and backup to our computers, an external hard drive, and in the cloud. We have yet to loose a file (and we have had corrupted cards).
I wrote this post because I honestly want to make better photographers. Better photographers make better stories, better stories increase the respect of our craft, enrich the lives of our clients, and those around us. I have heard many stories so far of past brides and grooms saying how they wish they knew us back then, or how they wish they didn't choose a budget meal provider because their output was so delayed, of low quality, or never even received. Please don't take me the wrong way, sometimes we all need to have some hard truths to push us.