Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thinking Different: Creating Unique Bouquets

While walking down the aisle, the bride is the obvious star of the wedding, but there's something else that may catch the guests eye. It's the bouquet. The bouquet needs to be as unique as the bride. Nothing makes a statement like having a wedding bouquet that truly compliments the brides personality. There are no rules to how your bouquet should look. While classic roses will always be timeless, there is something to say about a bouquet that makes guests turn heads. Whether your taste be modern, country, vintage- glam, edgy, or classic it's impossible to go wrong.

This bouquet's arrangement has the perfect fresh, country essence to it. The pastel  peonies, yellow poms, white snap dragons, combined with the tropical and bright anthiriums neatly gathered in a green ribbon give the feeling of just being picked from a garden in springtime.

This cascade of multicolored roses fit in perfectly with the couple's Kentucky Derby theme. Not only are the flowers luscious and beautiful to look at but the shape of the bouquet is unique on its own.

Nothing is more dramatic than black and white. Vintage and old hollywood glam will never go out of style, but there are so many ways to do it. A bride could incorporate a plethora of materials in her floral arrangement including feathers, pearls, gems, pins, or even a tiny seahorse to personalize the bouquet.

An understated part of the bouquet is the ribbon wrapping found around the stems. However, it should not be overlooked because it has the capability to enhance the bouquet and add detail. Alternating color ribbon or an interesting texture can make any bouquet more personalized.

The champagne color of the bridesmaids dresses and the color scheme of this wedding were complimented by the apricot calla lillies contrasting with the deep red alstromeria and the curly willow adding height and drama, perfect for an autumn wedding.

This bride made a bold statement with a vibrantly colored arrangement contrasting her white gown.

This floral arrangement exudes drama and passion, it is the perfect arrangement to make a dramatic statement. The dark tones of the plum calla lillies, and deep purple and red roses express the depth of this couple's love.

While there are a variety of creative directions that can be taken with a bouquet, simple, understated elegance can be just as visually stunning. It's okay to let the beauty of the flowers speak for themselves.

A little bling anyone? Rhinestone brooches gathered into a beautiful bouquet as seen above, or whimsical dangling strands of glass will surely make the bride the center of attention!

Using untraditional materials, such as sea shells or deleicate butterflies, or even gorgeous ribbon can be just as elegant as fresh flowers. They also add their own unique sense of texture and layering that cannot always be achieved through the traditional flowers.

Martha Stewart Weddings has a fantastic collection of other unique wedding bouquet ideas, from sea shells to dried wild flowers, even bouquets made of succulents! The Offbeat Bride has a great post featuring alternative bouquets for fearless brides.

What are some of your favorite wedding bouquets from this post? Do you think you would try to make your own?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Back to Basics Photo Workshop

It's summertime! Vacation, beaches, travel! So many photo opportunities.

We are bringing the 18 years of our award winning experience to the classroom to help you decide what all those buttons do. We don't want to see that fancy schmancy camera gather dust because you are too busy to open the manual.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 9:30am in our quaint little town of DeLand at the Sanborn Center, you are welcome to join us.

For a $40 investment this 3 hour class for beginning and intermediate photographers will go over the basics. We will explore the camera, light, composition, simple file organization and some computer workflow. (It will not include any advanced skills or marketing information.)

If you make this investment before July 5th, because we know there will always be more questions, we will toss in a 15 minute follow-up phone consultation. This can be used anytime in 2012.

Just fill out the form below, submit and then click the Buy Now button!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Featured on PhotoShelter!

For those of you unfamiliar with PhotoShelter, it is the main site we use for sharing and housing our photos. Made up of over 70,000 professional photographers around the world, PhotoShelter is considered one of THE go to sites for pro’s everywhere to upload their photos and collections, without fear of people stealing or claiming their work.  What we love about it most about PhotoShleter, is that it makes sharing our clients photos with them, their family, and their friends so much easier!
As a long time user of PhotoShelter, we were asked to do an interview for their blog! Check out the full article here.

Thanks PhotoShelter!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Director of Storytelling and Sales Opening

It's sad to see our friend and Director of Storytelling and Sales sail on. She has embarked on a journey to a full-time marketing position at a company that has a passion for being as unique as we are. She will be an amazing asset for them, but we love her and will truly miss her.

This means that we have some big and wild heels to fill. We now have a part-time opening for someone who wants to work with some of the most unique visual storytellers in the Universe.

You need to be up for the challenge of communicating our uniqueness and getting people to commit to it.

You have to love our photography as much as we do!

The wedding market is an animal of it's own nature, so familiarity with it is a requirement. Be ready for lot's of follow-up and you must be a good communicator.

We are weird, but cool and so are our clients. If you think you can connect with that we would love a chance to meet you! The info is below on where to to send your resume.

Owner/lead storyteller

Part-Time opening for Director of Storytelling and Sales
Central Florida, FL
Pilster Photography
Contact Chad Pilster, Owner/Lead Storyteller
Email : please type "SALES DYNAMO" in subject line or
Phone at (407) 809-5260 x1

At weddings over the past few years Pilster Photography has photographed a mad hatter, British moped and a costumed white rabbit. We want more! We love the weird, but cool and need help shooting more white rabbits!

Our small studio is looking to add a sales dynamo who can connect with our clients, is passionate about our photography, and can close sales with a unique company in a saturated market. You will need persistence and familiarity with the typical wedding client.

You will also be involved with some marketing.

We are based in DeLand, but travel anywhere in the universe.

At least three years of experience in sales and/or marketing is preferred. Familiarity with the wedding market and it's clients is mandatory. Knowing photography is a plus. If you contact us through email please include "Sales Dynamo" in the subject.

This is a commission based position with a negotiable retainer to begin. Hours are very flexible. Travel around Central Florida will be required, but you can work from home.
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