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Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Food Bank at the Christmas Open House, hosted by the Iron Garden. It was a warm, festive atmosphere as guests enjoyed food & wine, and did a little early Christmas shopping.
Congratulations to door prize winners:
Jessica Crompton &
Style Photography had a short feature in Maxine deHart's weekly business section in the Capital News.
"Angelique Duffield, relocating from the UK and owner of Style Photography, has relaunched in West Kelowna with a fresh new website and blog. She specializes in contemporary family/baby portraits and creative, dramatic wedding images presented in custom-designed, handmade albums. Duffield’s articles and photos have appeared in Imagemaker Magazine, BC Bridal Guide and online wedding directories."
It was a great day @ the Bridal Show yesterday. Met lots of brides, had a chance to chat with some other vendors and even took a peek at the fashion show.
Thanks so much to Lindsay who was a former client for a Revive the Dress shoot in August. She helped out at our booth and was a great "live testimonial" for the Style Photography experience. Bet she never thought she'd get to wear her wedding dress for a third time!
For any couples who are looking for a professional wedding photographer, I've just updated our Wedding Highlights Video so you can see more examples of the relaxed, fun experience clients have had with us, both here in Canada, and in the UK.
It's so great to look back at all the special moments we've shared with our wedding couples...the beauty, the laughter, and the tears of joy. It's what I absolutely love about being a wedding photographer.
The last of my sample albums arrived this week, so I thought I'd share some photos of them. We are proud to offer Finao albums as part of our wedding collections. They are gorgeous and contemporary, and go perfectly with our fashion-inspired style of wedding photography. Finao albums are available as feature wedding albums, as well as in smaller sizes that make great gifts for parents and the wedding party.
There are SO many cover options - literally hundreds of styles, from wild and vibrant leathers, to clean and sleek aluminum or acrylic. There are even Vegan options, and all of their packaging is completely Green!
The albums are completely hand-made, with heavy-duty spines and thick pages (unlike some manufacturer's coffee-table books). You can FEEL the quality and craftsmanship.
So if you want to see them (and touch them) and discuss your wedding plans, give us a call to set up a consultation, or visit us this Sunday at the Bridal and Grad Expo.
I hope you fall in love with them like I have.
P.S. We're also offering huge savings on our wedding packages (up to $925) so be sure to visit us at booth #47.
As a wedding photographer and recent bride myself, I know that this is a fun part of the wedding planning process, but it can also be overwhelming. Bridal Shows vary from intimate affairs at a local reception venue, to all-day extravaganzas at exhibition halls complete with fashion shows and music.
It's important to keep in mind the reason you're visitng a particular show.
Have you just started planning your wedding and are just looking for ideas? If so, be respectful of other brides who are ready to make purchasing decisions and are wanting to talk to a particular vendor.
Or are you looking to finalize your wedding vendor bookings? Wedding shows can be a useful way of determining if a vendor's ideas and personality are compatible with your own. Even if you are ready to book, I'd suggest you don't pay a deposit, unless the vendor is offering a special Bridal Show deal that is too good to pass up. Express your interest to the vendor and follow up the next day, so you can give yourself time to avoid any impluse buys.
Even at a small Bridal Show, you will end up coming home with dozens of samples, leaflets, and business cards. It's helpful to have a system in place to organize yourself as you wander from booth to booth. You will most likely receive a gift bag on entering the Bridal Show. If possible, bring a folder with you to collect info from your favorite vendors. If you're not the plan ahead type, simply folding down the corner of the promo card or leaflet of your favorite vendor is a good way to narrow down the choices at the end of the day.
If you are only left with a few more vendors to book and you only have a limited time to spend at the Wedding Show, make sure you don't waste time visiting every booth. Have a plan in mind. If the vendor list or floorplan is available online, you can save time at the event by highlighting only the vendors you want to target.
For some brides-to-be, visiting a Bridal Show is simply a fun way to spend time with their girlfriends or fiance, sampling wedding cakes, looking through photo albums, or watching the fashion show.
P.S. The Bridal and Grad Expo is taking place this Sunday, November 7th, at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. We're at booth #47, upstairs near the fashion show. Fill out a ballot at our booth for a chance to win wine & chocolates! You'll get to see some of the amazing albums we offer, and get to meet the person behind the blog... so don't forget to stop by and say hello.
I'm excited to share my 2nd article featured in the UK's Imagemaker Magazine. The series will follow me on a "year in the life" journey that many others can relate to - having to relocate to another city/country and start their business all over again. Besides being somewhat of a journal, there will be comparisons between the North-American and British markets, business tips such as networking, and building relationships, and of course, some great images thrown in. The next article is titled "Building Foundations, Dreaming Big", and is due out in January.
It was a great honour to have my images and text published in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographer's bi-monthly magazine, alongside many of the photographic industry's icons whom I've admired for years.
The Power of Free
Photography and words by Angelique Duffield
I took part in an amazing FREE opportunity on Boxing Day 2009. It was a 14-hour “websummit” and it featured 28 of the most influential names in the wedding and portrait industry today. One of the “guest speakers” was Jenn & Stephen Bebb who put forward the term “client evangelists” – those clients who sing your praises, and get you the big referrals of pre-qualified leads. Another was David Jay, who demonstrated how you can use “the power of free” to create a better business and more freedom in your life.
In only a few short weeks, I’m beginning to realize what a golden opportunity I have with my network of friends and fellow vendors in the wedding industry. It’s something I’ve never had before, as outside of taking wedding workshops and attending the SWPP convention, I was more or less a lone wolf.
The Grad Event at [Borrowed & Blue Bridal Boutique] was a total flop – it was a blustery day, and there were even less clients in the shop than usual for a Saturday. However it gave [us] the chance to bond, and throw around some ideas. That led to us meeting for coffee the following week, and our concept for a promotional bridal shoot at the brand new (not even fully opened) Sparkling Hill Hotel was born. We pitched the idea to the hotel, and in the meantime, spread the word about our project and gathered on board some more vendors to donate their services and/or products. A few days later, we got the go-ahead from the CEO of the hotel, and set a date for the shoot to take place.
Fast forward a few weeks. On the Monday June 7th, we did the bridal shoot at Sparkling Hill Hotel, with an entourage of 12 or so people. It was amazing – an incredibly brilliant (literally) hotel filled everywhere with Swarovski crystals, gorgeous models, dozens of wedding gowns, thousands of dollars in jewellery – there was eye candy everywhere and it was a photographer’s dream.
The shoot was scheduled for 3-7pm, but I was shooting flat out from 2:30 til 9:30pm, and we didn’t even make it to the penthouse suite. The last six remaining participants, including Heather’s 11 year old daughter who came along as an assistant and even set up some photos herself, collapsed at the restaurant for a quick celebratory drink before we did the 1 hour drive home.
I’d asked Heather to quickly throw together an article that I could propose to the local media to see if we could get some publicity….keep in mind that everyone contributed their time, talents and products for free, in exchange for images to use to promote their own business.
Which leads me back to “evangelists”. Everyone at the shoot felt comfortable posing (even though none of them had any experience as models), they all had fun, and everyone absolutely loved the images I showed them on location in the back of my Canon 5D. They were even more thrilled once they saw the retouched images. It suddenly occurred to me that now I had a whole group of people who were telling everyone about the bridal shoot – on facebook, in emails, talking to co-workers - and specifically discussing my photography and how easy I was to work with.
Here we are, two days later. In fact, it’s 2:33am and I’ve been working non-stop tonight when I got home from my day job, except for a few minutes to watch the last game of the Stanley Cup Hockey Playoffs while eating dinner in front of the telly. I got a call from the sales consultant at the BC Bridal Guide after she had stopped by the wedding boutique. Having seen the snapshots of the bridal shoot that Heather showed her while extolling my virtues as a photographer, she contacted me to see if I wanted to submit my photos to the design team who decides which image is used on the cover of the magazine.
Later that same evening, I got an email responding to my article & photography proposal to brides.ca. Nicholas, the network manager, loved the photos. The wedding directory and e-zine is interested in publishing our story, and wants the details of all the vendors involved in the shoot.
I am so proud that not only did I do the photography for the bridal shoot, but I played a big part in arranging the whole project. Then I asked where I could get even more than I already had going for me. All I had to do was ask…and people said yes.
Article Credits: www.swpp.co.uk Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographer, Professional Imagemaker Magazine www.thejoyofmarketing.com Sarah Petty's "Joy of Marketing" - marketing for small business