As a longtime photographer myself, it’s always an honor to be asked by a fellow photographer to come along as a second shooter. Shelby Albertz with Odessa James Photography is killin’ it this season and it’s always fun to tag along with her to see how she works to capture such awesome images. Thanks, Shelby, for having me — and for the kind words:
When working with amazing couples, you need an amazing team to have your back! Huge thanks to Parisi Images (@parisiimages) for being such a killer second shooter. It can be a big effort to switch from leading your own weddings to being a second shooter and Sarah does both with grace and ease and killer talent! Thanks for helping friend! — Shelby Albertz, Odessa James Photography
All images captured while working with Odessa James Photography.
Thrilled to share that a recent styled shoot inspired by Beauty and the Beast and photographed this Spring is now PUBLISHED on Wedding Day Magazine! Thank you to all the great vendors and fellow photographers who participated.
Photography: Parisi Images; Off the Film Photography; Alice Christine Photography Planning: Just Plan It Events Venue: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Florals: The Crystal Collection Events Dress: Kathleen’s Bridal Hair: Magic Hands LLC Makeup: Chenese Bean Makeup Artistry Tux: President Tuxedo Stationery: Madison Stationery Cake: 80 Kakes Rentals: The Alleen Company
Melissa and James’ Wedding Album Specs:
Images and Design by: Sarah Parisi/Parisi Images
Printed and Bound by: Leather Craftsmen, Farmingdale New York
Size: 8×10 Vertical
Album Style: Flush Mount
Total Number of Pages: 29
Total Number of Images: 50
Cover Material: Custom Photo Plate
Binding Material: Euro Leather
Binding Color: Heather
Imprint Style: Modern
Imprint Color: Silver
Custom Endpaper: Fine Art White
To learn more about our custom wedding albums and other products, visit http://www.parisi-images.com/portfolio-item/albums/.
Ready to order an album? Get in touch with us!
For tips on what to consider when shopping for/looking at wedding albums, check out our post http://www.parisi-images.com/what-to-consider-when-shopping-for-a-wedding-album/
Below you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. If you don’t see the answer to your question, hop on over to the Contact page and let me know. I do my best to respond to every inquiry within 48 hours, so if you don’t hear from me, please send an email directly to [email protected].
We love your work but our event isn’t in the Midwest. Do you travel?
I think you would be hard-pressed to find a wedding photographer that doesn’t travel these days and I am, of course, no different. But unlike most wedding photographers, I do all the work for you. I make my own travel arrangements, arrive a day or two early, and include multiple day coverage for weekend getaways. This way, everything gets covered and you don’t need to worry about a thing. Because you’ve hired a wedding photographer you trust and I take care of myself, you can worry about more important things (like getting married, for instance).
Will you (Sarah) personally shoot our wedding? Do you bring extra photographers?
If you hire Parisi Images to photograph your event, I (Sarah) will be the one behind the lens. I photograph all events on my own, but may bring an assistant to your event should I feel it be necessary. If you want to make sure your event is captured from different angles, I also work with a handful of carefully chosen second-shooters, all of whom are professional photographers in their own right. If this is something you are interested in, please let me know!
Do you shoot video?
At this point, Parisi Images only offers still photography. Please contact us for personal recommendations on videographers for your special event.
How long have you been a wedding photographer? Did you go to school for this?
I photographed my first wedding in 2006 and have been growing ever since! And why, yes, I did study art in college where I received a B.S. in both photography and graphic design. I’m lucky to be is one of those rare people who still uses her degree everyday. (And I wouldn’t have it any other way!)
What kind of equipment do you use
I photograph all of weddings with professional-grade Canon cameras and lenses.
Why should we invest in an album?
It’s my fervent opinion that images are meant to be experienced. In this digital age, we often forget the physical nature of photography. Because I’d truly hate to see your memories trapped on a computer monitor, Parisi Images offers several products to bring your story to life. I believe that photography is best viewed in person, in real life. They’re best experienced with each of your senses. Do you remember eagerly looking at your parents’ wedding album? The tactile sensation of turning the pages; the smell of leather, dust, and binding glue; hearing your mom exclaim “can you believe my hair back then!” At Parisi Images, I seek to recreate this experience for you and your family.
We want to hire you to photograph our wedding! Now what?
That’s great news! I’m excited (and honored) to celebrate your story with you. Please contact me to obtain a contract. A signed contract and a 50% non-refundable deposit officially reserves Parisi Images for your event. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the event.
There is truly nothing that excites me more than to see my lovely couples use their images in meaningful ways. With the growing popularity of Save the Date cards, it’s great to see more and more clients share their images with family in friends in what often serves as the first official announcement about their recent engagement and upcoming special event.
It’s easy enough to find plenty of ideas for Save the Date cards; just Google “Save the Date” and you’ll have access to a plethora of ideas for making the cutest, the craziest, the funniest and even the “greenest” card for your would-be guests. In some ways, the multitude of options is simply a precursor to the entire wedding planning process: ideas, ideas and more ideas, followed by decisions, decisions and more decisions.
Because I’m such a fan of simplicity and giving couples tools for making the most of their images, here are a few, “Parisi Images approved” tips for making the perfect Save the Date for your wedding.
Start by choosing the RIGHT photograph
So you’ve found the photographer (hopefully, that’s me!), booked the engagement session, posed your heart out and now have a collection of awesome images! How do you decide what image will work best for your debut wedding correspondence?
I suggest selecting one image to go on the front of the card, with two or three secondary images to include on the back or inside. The primary image–or “hero” shot–should be one where the both of you are in focus, thereby giving equal importance to each of you (and not one or the other); keep in mind that this may be some of your guests first introduction to your fiance, so the photograph should provide your guests with the best introduction possible. The secondary images should include a detail from the session (the rings are a nice touch), and can be less of you and more of the environment.
Ultimately, the right photograph for your Save the Date is an image that both you and your partner love; one that exudes your personality, shows your faces and gives your guests a reason to proudly display the card in their home.
Then, perfect the design
Now that you’ve selected the best image (or images) for your card, it’s time to think about the design. As a trained graphic designer, I know a thing or two about design and meshing photography with design is one of my favorite things! Whether you plan to hire a designer for a truly custom card, are looking for a pre-made design from photo printing companies or are planning to DIY, these few design tricks will help you.
First, use a maximum of two separate fonts and keep the hierarchy of the message clear. This means emphasizing your names and date with text that stands out the most and not allowing any secondary information to compete for attention. Check out this great post with some basic design tips for non-designers.
Second, if you are using more than one image, lay out the images so that the subjects look “in to” each other. This means that if you have one image where you are looking toward the left and another image with your fiance looking toward the right, pair them side by side, with your image on the left and your fiance’s image on the right.
Finally, consider whether you want to make your card a bi-fold (more traditional) or a postcard. A bi-fold gives you more room for images and text but a postcard will save you money. Not only will you save dough not having to purchase envelopes, but postage is cheaper too! Just keep in mind that the United States Post Office has strict guidelines for where you can and cannot print on the back of a postcard. Be sure to review the guidelines to avoid getting your cards back with “undeliverable” stamped across your lovely faces.
And, finally print!
For the DIY-ers in the crowd, you can definitely print cards and images from a desktop printer, although you may be sacrificing quality for cost. Nowadays, there are plenty of great online options for printing. Some of my personal favorites include Moo.com, Mpix.com and Mint.com.
For a fancier approach, you may also want to look into letterpress printing–and old-school way of printing that uses letter forms pressed directly into paper for a print you can “feel.” Many boutique print shops now offer letterpress and while the technique does cost more, the result is beautiful and keepsake-worthy. I’m a personal fan of The Cranky Pressman (source of Parisi Images’ branded materials) and, for a local to Cincinnati choice, Steam Whistle Press is a great option.
So, there you have it! A photographer’s approved approach to creating the perfect Save the Date. Have any questions or want to schedule your very own engagement session? Contact me at [email protected]
Finally, a huge thank you to Cally and Tej and Amy and Troy for sharing their beautiful Save the Dates with me so I could include them in this post.
Announced this past Tuesday on the popular wedding blog, my image shows up alongside 49 other fabulous photographs. When I look at the other winning images, I’m overwhelmed to realize that my own image shares space with some absolutely breathtaking shots by well-known photographers. It’s humbling to say the least.
Thank you to Annie and Tyler for inviting me to document their love and, of course, to Junebug for the incredible honor.
About Parisi Images
Parisi Image is a Cincinnati photography studio owned by award-winning photographer Sarah Parisi Dowlin. We offer purposeful photography to shape, share and celebrate the stories of your life, business and brand. Specialties include: custom photo content for workplace and business; hands-on photo coaching for small businesses owners; wedding and portrait photography; plus editorial work.