April 25, 2016

St Lucia: My Response to Women With Big Diamonds

Wedding Photography wedding photographerwedding photographerSt Lucia Wedding Photographer Rachel PedersenAward-winning Social Media Strategist, viral Author, and Speaker. On April 6th, 2016, my phone looked like a strobe light. The screen was lighting up and blinking so quickly, with notification sounds dinging non-stop. My room sounded like a casino floor on a Friday night. To be honest, at first I was alarmed that something was wrong, until I realized that a post about my small Wedding Photography was actually going viral. “Our love story is about to be everywhere,” I said quietly to my husband. The feelings were a mixture of fear and excitement. It’s been just over two weeks since the post went viral. After being featured on Cosmopolitan, Glamour, TODAY Show, Huffington Post, as well as a myriad of other top publications, not to mention a repost by George Takei, the response has been overwhelming. Have you ever received 17,000 comments on a Facebook post before? I certainly hadn’t. I braced myself for the onslaught of positive and negative responses that might be left for me to read. Millions of women read my story, 46,000 people shared it, and 198,000 individuals agreeing and liking my post. I had become […]
April 20, 2016

Why Do Professional Photographers Charge So Much?

St Lucia Wedding Photographer   Photography David Bickley This article is written by a member of our expert community. It expresses that member’s views only. We welcome other perspectives. Here’s how to contribute to MM EDU. This question presents itself all the time, and I’d like to try to shed some light on the subject (pun totally intended). So… let’s begin. As with any other job, we get paid for our time—but not just the time behind the camera. Truth be told, that’s only a third or so of what we put into a shoot. You have to consider that a shoot of three to four looks can take anywhere from 2 to 10 hours, depending on stylists, makeup artists, travel time to different locations, and so on. That’s not considering the time we put in before and after the shoot—which we will address in a minute. Let’s say, for example, you are paying $500 for a shoot where you get four looks, no stylist, no MUA. Just you and what you bring. Five hundred dollars and 5 hours of shooting (just to keep our math simple), works out to be $100 per hour. Not a bad gig, right? Right—kinda. […]
April 19, 2016

Third Annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium

Wedding Photography Third Annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium   Event for Travel Agents and Wedding Planners Showcases Saint Lucia as an Ideal Backdrop for Destination Weddings   From September 23 – 27, 2015, Saint Lucia hosted a roster of wedding experts during the third annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Photography. Island resorts and hotels provided a variety of savings such as discounts of up to 50 percent off and rates starting at US $75 per night for attendees. Special offers include complimentary breakfast and all-inclusive options. Priced at US $250 per person, the five-day Symposium includes all seminars, social events, site inspections and transportation from select hotels. For a complete schedule and more information, visit http://www.stlucia.org/wedding-symposium/ New this year, a panel of real brides who were married on the island sha Wedding Photography their destination wedding experiences and first-hand advice with attendees. Noted speakers address the latest trends and topics ranging from “What’s New and Trending in the Industry,” “Using Social Media to Enhance Destination Weddings and Increase Sales,” to “Why Saint Lucia” and “Surviving a Destination Wedding,” providing insights to planning and hosting the perfect wedding on the island. Panelists and speakers include Michelle Myers, chief revenue officer and publisher of BRIDES, David Beahm, founder and president of […]
April 18, 2016

St Lucia: Reasons to have a destination wedding

Not convinced about having a destination wedding? Locations like St Lucia provide memories to last a lifetime, but don’t take our word for it. Here are the top 10 reasons to have a destination wedding from the Huffington Post. You can say “I do” anywhere! A destination wedding is defined as marrying at least 100 miles from where the bride currently lives. So imagine the options that definition opens up for you — the world really is your playground. You’ll stand out from the pack. More than 2 million American couples wed every year — and fewer than 25 percent of them have destination dos. Bonus: Wed away, and you won’t have to choose from the same old hometown spots all your friends have booked. It’s easier. Many wedding-worthy resorts offer free planning help to couples, whether the event is for two or 200, and an abundance of packages keep things simple while still giving options to customize. Want something more involved? Turn to an independent planner who specializes in more elaborate events. You can save on decor. With a destination wedding in a stunning setting, your location of choice supplies the theme, from castle fairytale, to sea-inspired soiree. And […]