Reaching New Heights on your Wedding Day with a Drone

Weddings are soaring in popularity, and now thanks to Drones, the sky is the limit when it comes to your video. Drones are triggering a wholly unique perspective, and at Photos By Orion we are proud to have an FAA licensed photographer at the helm to capture that birds-eye view. This new technology, like anything,  comes with its advantages and disadvantages.

                        Advantages

  1. Awesome Perspectives – The coverage area is perfect for a coastal view, or garden shot to cover the whole wedding party.
  2. Perfect Addition for a Highlight Video – Gives you more creative ability.
  3. Excellent usage for Music Videos.
  4. It is a great B-Roll Camera. You can get shots that act as perfect opens, transitions, or endings.
  5. Small and Easy to Transport

                        Disadvantages

  1. There is no audio coming from a Drone.
  2. They are not for use Indoors.
  3. Cannot fly in National or State Parks.
  4. Limitations when it comes to Weather, Altitude, and Airspace
  5. Cannot Go Above 400 Foot Ceiling
  6. Condensation on Lenses
  7. Wind

So, what is the typical cost for this video adventure? At Photos By Orion, we charge $200 Dollars a flight. We are one of the region’s only studios offering both Photography and Videography and are always equipped to fly. From the Coast, Willamette Valley, and the Mountains a Drone can be that signature touch that will forever have you feeling sky-high about your vows.

Can You use Popular Songs on Your Wedding Video?

It is your wedding and video, so you would think you could put whatever music you want to on your video. So you would think, but it is possible but not very practical, and here is why?

  1. You must contact the Record Company, Agent, or even the Artist to say Yes or No.
  2. You will need a Lawyer to sift through the 22-45 small print pages that our long and detailed.
  3. This is your responsibility and not of the Videographer.

An example of this process says it is a song with 2 Artists on it. You not only need to contact the 2 Artists but Writers, Producers and find the right record company. You must have all consent to the license of the song. If you cannot locate someone, you do have the option of obtaining a Copyright Lawyer, but again there is no guarantee a resolution will fit your deadline, or you will get the result you are looking for

So how can you get around this? At Photos By Orion, we pay a monthly fee for the service called Triple Scoop. They are a music licensing group that houses thousands of songs and instrumentals for your wedding video. The choices are unlimited, and in fact, you can pick these selections by occasion, genre, mood, and even atmosphere.

We find the options really help with the editing and production value. But, in the end, you want something to listen to on your video that does not feel like a broken record but your own original that will last a lifetime.

5 Wedding Venues in Salem/Keizer that are Great to Work With

As a vendor, I visit venues (or places to host an event) regularly for all different types of events, and just like any other industry, some venues go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. I can, unfortunately, say there are several places out there that treat their couple well, but not other wedding vendors. I have worked with these places, and it is not all that fun! BUT some places are an absolute pleasure to work with. So, I have compiled a list of 5 places in Salem/Keizer that are good not only for the couples to work with but also treat other wedding and event vendors well, making them some of my favorite places to work with! These are in no order, and all are places worth checking out if you are looking to hold a wedding or event in Salem/Keizer.

Log House Garden at Willow Lake

Log House Garden in Keizer is one of those not-so-hidden gems in the city. Run by the Blake’s, the grounds are immaculately kept, they have an orchard that makes for amazing photos, and if you are respectful of the property, they grant you full access for the time of your event. Lanora has been in the wedding and event business for many years and is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to making your event beautiful and successful. As a vendor, Lanora always treats you with respect and thinks about not only what is good for her, but what is good for you too. This is a wonderful venue that I absolutely love returning to again and again!

Deepwood Estate

This venue is well known in the area, and for good reason. The grounds are kept by dedicated volunteers who do an amazing job. The society that keeps the house and gives tours are focused on preservation and keeping this piece of history for generations to come, and the event staff is so delightful to work with! Besides its popularity (and subsequent days it is off-limits to those not part of the event) this place is a photographer’s dream and is just as dreamy to work with as to photograph. Their rules are strict, but for incredibly good reason. They do work with you, both as an event planner and as a vendor, to give you as much free reign as possible while maintaining the integrity of the site. Very much a place I love working with over and over.

Willamette Heritage Center

Third on the list is the Willamette Heritage Center, also known as Mission Mill. Staff is extremely helpful but unobtrusive, and they give lots of leeway. A perfect spot for vignettes and getting great photos.

Salem Convention Center

Amazing staff that always take care of you, and your vendors. They make sure vendors get lunch/dinner, and have a place set for your vendors to take break. It has gorgeous lighting, large, great for big events. They also make you so feel special. They may have 5 events going on at the same time, but you would never know it with the care and attention you receive.

Keizer Civic Center

This historic and beautiful venue is hidden in the middle of the city. It features incredible garden spots that you can use as well. The staff is truly kind and helpful, and fun to work with. They are very responsive and versatile with their large rooms and smaller rooms that are perfect for breakout areas during an event.

Wedding Photography- Package Pricing

Episode 2- When you start considering wedding photography, knowing what is included in a package and how to compare wedding photographers can be a super stressful choice! In this episode, Karin and Kathryn discuss why photographers make packages the way they do, how the photography style you choose can affect your package needs, and what can be covered in different amounts of time. Check out this video to get some tips to help you pick your wedding photographer.

Feel free to reach out at any time! We would love to talk to you about your wedding photography. Email contact@photosbyorion.com with any questions.

Why you should consider 2 photographers at your wedding?

There are many photographers out there to choose from for your wedding. There are many options to choose as well. One of those options is 1 photographer or 2. Two photographers who work together often are able to capture much more of your day. In this video Kathryn and Karin discuss why you may want to pay for 2 photographers at your wedding, the pros and cons, and how to compare photographer packages when looking at pricing. This is a hot topic in the wedding industry and one every couple wrestles with. Hopefully you will have more answers than questions after watching this video. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Looking for delicious catering with style? Yes Please!

Chicken and pasta dish from Iggy's Catering

Such good food, my mouth is still singing it’s praises the next morning.

So last night we had our monthly meeting of the Willamette Valley Wedding Professionals (WVWP) at Hubbard Chapel. The venue is so cute, and they have done so much work to the inside, it is well worth a look. Their pricing is extremely reasonable too. But what stood out to me from last nights’ meeting was the catering. Iggy’s Catering provided the meal and it was absolutely mouth watering. Even looking at the photos this morning had me craving more!

Hubbard Chapel in Hubbard Oregon

Hubbard Chapel in Hubbard Oregon. Super cute little church that will hold up to 150 people for weddings and events.

Ian (the owner) served us yummy roasted chicken under a hollandaise sauce with a slice of tomato and avocado, with a side of pasta and steamed broccoli. For dessert he served a light and fluffy vanilla mouse cake with chocolate shavings and a berry tort. I came away wanting more, and not for a lack of serving size. Just look at it and tell me you are thinking of eating some right now!

The best part is, I have had Iggy’s food several times now and have yet to have something mediocre. Everything Ian serves is absolutely delicious. He has a Hawaiian chicken he served at the Oregon Wedding Showcase this past January that was so good he ran out each day even after cooking more at the show.

If you have a wedding or event coming up soon and are looking for a caterer who has versatility, style, is an eco-friendly catering service, and still delivers a taste that makes your stomach dance with delight, call Iggy’s Catering.

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