{cincinnati family photographer} The Gunnels Family

I have been with these two from the very beginning, we all worked together in the airline industry and Michelle and I have been great friends since the first (I think only…) time we flew together years ago (Im pretty sure that we provided the worst customer service ever on that trip, because we were talking and laughing so much with each other – my apologies passengers:)

She was a bridesmaid in my own wedding and I shot their Engagement & Wedding in 2008.  They moved to Florida a little over a year ago (sniff sniff), but luckily we all have still have flight benefits and can visit regularly.  Last year, during a Cincinnati visit I shot their Maternity Session and this past week during my visit to Naples, we squeezed in a Family session with their newest addition, 2 month old Heleena.

Now on to the pictures…Aren’t they just the cutest family, EVER!


Seriously GorGeOus!Yummy Light!My Favorite!

{cincinnati baby photographer} Heleena

Meet beautiful Heleena!  While visiting my friends & new parents, Michelle & Ryan in Florida this past week, we did a mini session with their new baby girl Heleena.  Of course she is cute as a button…here are some sneak peaks of Heleena’s mini baby session 🙂

See Michelle…she DOES sleep:) OK…so this was the last shot, she let us know she was DONE with pictures:)

Mandy Paige Photography WON Wedding Wire’s 2011 Bridal Choice Award

Thank you to all of my past clients for the kind words, rave reviews, and continued support to help make Mandy Paige Photography the Bride’s Choice for 2011!  Check out more about this prestigious award in the press release below!

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Mandy Paige Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Photography!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Mandy Paige Photography stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Mandy Paige Photography for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Mandy Paige Photography is among the very best Wedding Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information on Mandy Paige Photography on Wedding Wire, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/mandy-paige-photography-cincinnati/61b7db0319c56eaa.html.

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).

Fox 19’s The Cincinnati A-List

Former Clients, Current Clients, Potential Clients, & any other people who LOVE me:  Help make Mandy Paige Photography one of the City’s best businesses by voting here:

http://ctvr.us/mandypaige

Fox 19 is having a special List called the Cincinnati A-List where they are compiling the City’s best businesses from the votes received.  While you are there…Vote for up to 10 of your favorites Businesses per day! Mandy Paige Photography is under the category Weddings: Best Photographer.

Thanks for all of your support!

The questions Brides SHOULD be asking…

So you just got engaged! YAY!  Now it’s time to plan the Wedding!  Yay!  But Wait…with this exciting time comes a lot of decisions: Ceremony & Reception Venues, Photographer, DJ/Band, Bridal Dress, Flowers, Decor, Makeup/Hair, Jewelry, Color Scheme, and MUCH MUCH More!  And with so many phenomenal wedding vendors, how do you know who is the right choice?  Getting a Wedding Planner is a great way to pick GREAT vendors…but if you can’t have a wedding planner then informing yourself, knowing what questions to ask, & what to look for in your vendors is key…

Here are some things to think about when choosing the Wedding Day Photographer that will be the perfect fit for YOU!

  1. Set up a face to face Wedding Consultation &  get to know your potential photographer better.  This also gives you the opportunity to check out the various products they offer to their clients.  Live out of town?  Set up a Phone Consult & ask any questions you may have.  You will likely spend more time with your Wedding Day photographer than most of your family or friends on your wedding day – so it is important to hire someone you feel comfortable with and want to have around on your wedding day.
  2. Ask if you can view a full wedding. Most photographers have online viewing galleries so you can get a password to view them online.  This gives you a chance to see a wedding day captured from start to finish.  Some photographers do not post a large number of pictures on their website & you want to see a large variety of their work – not just a few of their absolute best.
  3. Make sure you like their style & it matches what you are looking for.  There are many trendy words to describe a photographers’ style: Boutique, Fresh, Modern, Contemporary, Photojournalistic, Editorial, High Fashion, ect…But don’t get caught up in the words they use to describe their style – look and judge for yourself.  Make sure the photographer is able to evoke the feeling and emotion you are looking for from your Wedding Day photos.
  4. Ask the photographer how they store their images to prevent loss or damage. Digital photographers rely on memory cards & hard drives to archive images. Anyone with a computer will know that computers frequently have problems. Your photographer should have all images backed up in multiple places and perhaps a copy off site. These precautionary procedures cost money so be prepared that photographers with good back up plans will cost more, but are more reliable.
  5. Make sure your wedding photographer has liability & business insurance. This is important because many venues will require they have insurance before they are able to provide services.  This also shows that they are running a responsible & credible business.
  6. Ask about camera equipment…more importantly BACKUP cameras, lens, and flash units. If the photographer does not have backup equipment they are not prepared to shoot your wedding. They should have a at least 2 bodies for each photographer and multiple lenses and flashes. This sounds trivial but digital cameras do fail & you can not re-do your wedding, so you want someone prepared for anything!  There are many photographers who do not have enough gear to shoot at weddings, so make sure to ask.
  7. What if the photographer is very sick or unable to shoot your wedding due to an emergency situation?  The answer you want to here is that they are in professional organizations such as PPA & WPPI or have photographer friends in their network who they can direct you to in the same style/price range as themselves.
  8. Pricing- Make sure you understand the Packages & Pricing of the photographer. If you book a photographer, make sure that the current pricing is included in the wedding CONTRACT, and will not change later if the photographer changes their pricing structure.  Also be aware many photographers may have low introductory pricing &  but will not include products so they can up-sell you later, which may cost you more in the end.
  9. Check out the internet for reviews on their services.  Make sure to READ the reviews to gain insight on what former clients have to say about their professionalism, promptness, attention to detail, service after the wedding day, responsiveness, and ability to handle any situation.  Also read testimonials on their website.  Anything that will give you more insight to their business practices will help you in your decision.
  10. What type of training does the photographer have?  There are many photographers that have degrees in photography and there are MANY more awesome wedding photographers that are self taught or trained under another wedding photographer to gain the knowledge they need to create beautiful images on your wedding day.   The KEY is hands on experience.  You want to know how long they have been in business to establish that they will still be in business a year from now when you have your wedding…and most importantly you want to ensure that they will be able to handle any situation , as they have seen it all before.
  11. Ask WHO will be your wedding day photographer.  In some cases the photographer you meet with may not be the photographer shooting your actual wedding day.  In some cases, the person meeting with you will fail to tell you that they are sending an associate photographer to shoot your wedding, and then you can feel blindsided.  It is important to make that connection with the person you are having capture your day, so make sure the person you meet is the same person who will be there months from now.
  12. An experienced & competent photographer will have the answers to all of these questions.  If you get a confused look about any of these easy questions from your photographer – chances are they are inexperienced or don’t take the responsibility of shooting your wedding day as seriously as they should.
  13. Ask about their relationships with their past clients.  Does the photographer shoot many of their former wedding clients’ life events (ie: family, baby, or even boudoir)?  Do they get the majority of their business from referrals from previous clients?  A great photographer wants to be more than just your Wedding Day photographer, they want to be your life photographer – and capture the other important milestones in your life.  More importantly, it shows the brides are happy with everything the photographer has done, from start to finish, and want to come back again and again!