6.18.2011

Inspired by . . . Sivan Photography

Next up, feel free to get inspired by the fabulous Sivan Photography! Sivan has become a great friend of mine not only because she is a wonderful vendor but also because we at At Last Wedding + Event Design have had the privilege of working with her for her own wedding this past April. It is always an honor to be selected by fellow wedding vendors + Sivan's wedding was magnificent! Check out this old post that shows her sneak peaks. But let me get back on topic because today we are talking about her photography company. Check out this interview + prepare to be inspired...

Tell me about your company
We are a team of two photographers who got into photography out of pure love for the art. After starting in the wedding business, we feel head over heels not only for the beautiful photos we are able to capture, but also for the incredible couples and families that we meet along the way. We focus on unique, artistic photography, but also understand the desire to have timeless photos as well. Everything that we do is catered to each couple. From the moment we meet until the photos are in your hand, we are there to assist in any way 100%.
How did you both get started in the wedding industry?
Sivan graduated from UCF with a Micro and Molecular Biology degree. After deciding to test the waters in photography, she found herself unable to get enough of it. Sivan started off in a portrait studio, and a year later found herself purchasing her own equipment and going full swing into her own business with the help of her loving husband, Craig.

What sets you apart from your competition?
We are not a large company with many photographers involved. Each wedding that we do is catered to that one and only couple for that day. Because it is just the two of us, we can give that much more attention to each couple and make sure that everything comes out the way they dreamt it would. We understand that every couple is unique and has their own desires, and we do our best to fulfill those desires. Our two person photographer team allows for various angles throughout the wedding and for shots to be captured that may otherwise be missed. Having two photographers for no extra fee is something we pride ourselves on, and we know it is very much appreciated by our couples.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
My absolute favorite part is the cocktail hour when we are photographing the couple one-on-one. This is when we get creative and focus on getting the photos that will end up on their walls.

Other than photography, what is the one service or product brides should not get married without?
That would have to be videography. I believe that many people overlook videography and think of it as something that they will only watch one time. This may or may not be true, but I know that I wish my parents had a video of their wedding so I could see what it was like. Maybe I'm just a sentimental person, but I know that having a video to show my children in the future will be so meaningful to me and to them. Without a video, how will you hear your vows again? How will you hear the shakiness in your voices? Trust, me you want a videographer!
What is the best services or product that your company offers?
Other than the quality of the images, we love showing off our amazing coffee table albums. Words cannot explain how beautiful they are, and so we always schedule a consultation with the couple before they book us to show them the products that we offer.
In your opinion, what is the most fabulous trend with weddings right now?
I really love the "first look" that couples are doing now. From the couples standpoint, it is a much more relaxed and exciting way to see each other for the first time on the big day. What photographers love about it though is that it allows so much more time for one-on-one photos. Everyone is much more relaxed as well, so the photos during that time come out fabulously!

Any special advice to brides when hiring a photographer?
Yes, ask ask ask! No questions should be left out. There are sources all over the internet of questions that you should ask your photographer. What format do my photos come in? How many photographers will be there? What are the hourly rates if I wanted to add on extra time? And more importantly, do I get the copyright to my photos so that I can print anywhere and any size? Do not ever feel bad about asking too many questions. I always encourage my brides to bring many questions to our consultations so they can feel at ease when they leave our meeting. Also, if a photography (or any vendor, for that matter) is difficult to contact before you even hire them, turn the other way. You absolutely do not want to hire someone who does not communicate well. We are in the age of communication, so there is absolutely no excuse for a lack of it. This is a once in a lifetime event and you do not want a bad taste in your mouth because of a vendor. Utilize your wedding planner... they know what they're doing!
Contact information
Sivan Photography
321-231-5173
SivanPhotography@gmail.com

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