Album Advantages

Keepsake
A Keepsake Moment

It can be a true dust land, you know what I am referring to, that table in front of the couch, or end table. A piece that is disguised nicely by those old magazines, or table books that have not seen the pages turned back in years.
What’s really missing is you? Not physically but photographically. You know where the moments really counted like at a Wedding, Senior Pictures, or any Event.

Senior photoshoot at Minto-Brown Park

Albums may be a little obsolete today, but at a recent Wedding Showcase, every couple or participant gravitated to the colorful books we had on display.
There are quite a few advantages of getting an album. You can use it for all occasions. They can be custom-made to fit you and your style. The book is made to last, and at Photos By Orion, we use top-grade leather from Italy that comes in different colors and textures. You also have an option to make your collection matted or glossy, whichever fits your personality. The keepsake will also be the perfect conversation piece for any room.

@Photos By Orion, we have two kinds of albums, both are included in many of our event Photography and Videography packages. It’s just another way of telling your story with the Star Quality.

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.

Choosing Music for Your Wedding Video

Wedding Checklist: Photographer and Videographer Check, DJ or Band Check, Food and Drink Check, but Oh no! What is our song going to be for our music video?

No worries! At Photos By Orion, we have you covered. We tell stories with our photography and videography, but after the party, that is when we go to work to create a music video that you can play and cherish for years to come. How do we do this?

  1. Choosing music for your video starts for us when we first meet you, as it should for you. Ask yourself what is your favorite music? Bands, Genre, Vocals, or Instruments what is it that you find yourself singing or humming too.
  2. Do you have a favorite song? You hear it all the time this is our song. Is it your favorite or your spouse’s favorite? You want it to be the song that truly identifies you as a couple and your love for each other.
  3. We tune into your entire day, and the music that rings out during the reception. While you are dancing the day or night away we are looking to see what are the songs that light up you and your room. Remember this video is yours, but you want others to enjoy it as you look back for years to come this beautiful chapter in your life.
  4. What if you cannot come together on that song or music? We use a musical data base that we pay monthly for called Triple Scoop that has thousands of licensed songs and instrumentals. This is where our musical memory kicks into action. We pick a song that frankly speaks to the couple from that first hello to that thank you after your wedding.
  5. We go one step further in this creation process. It is your video, so we want it to be perfect, and that is why it is important to bring you in to hear the selection and get your thoughts on the song choice. We can do that with our state-of-the-art editing technology, which even allows us to use part of one song and another.

Finally, what about popular music? You know, can you use Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Michael Jackson, or even Barry White for those Golden Agers? It is possible but not very practical and time-consuming. So please tune in next week as we break down what it truly takes to put on the hits on your wedding video.

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.

The Photos By Orion Difference

You might be asking “Why should I consider Photos By Orion? They seem like one of those mall studio places and I really want to shop local?” When you search photographers in Salem, Oregon, you will get a list of results to sift through but you will only find one Photos By Orion. The truth of the matter is that we are a local mom and pop shop with big company dreams, giving you the best of both worlds- working with a local small business but the comfort of a Fortune 500 company.

In this vlog Karin and Kathryn discuss what makes Photos By Orion different from both the big national companies and from the other photography businesses out there. Everyone says they are different but we will show you why we really are different from the others.

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!

5 Tips for live streaming your wedding or event

With the world being effected by COVID-19 there have been many changes people have needed to make. This includes weddings being cancelled or postponed. With weddings beginning to take place again they are not happening the way they were before. Many guests are not able to attend in person for a variety of reasons. Live streaming your wedding is a wonderful option for those who can’t be there in person but still celebrate with you.

There are many things to consider when deciding if you want to live stream, including what we talk about in the video below. But for the quick overview of what to consider before livestreaming your wedding or event, here are 5 tips we cover in the video to help you get started:

  1. Make sure you have enough internet bandwidth to stream well. The last thing you want at your wedding or event is to have the screen freezing, the audio cutting out, or worse, disconnection issues. How much internet speed do you need? We cover that in the video below.
  2. Location, location, location – Where you put your camera matters Your camera is the eyes of your online participants, so where they “sit” matters a lot. To be sure they have a great view, make sure to set up in a close up space very near the front where all the action is so they can see it all happen!
  3. Have a facilitator – Having a dedicated person there watching the stream feed, how your bandwidth is holding up, and making sure the sound is good is very important for making your event or wedding day go smoothly for those who attend virtually. You want to make sure they feel like they are there and appreciated for their attendence!
  4. Sound will be vitally important, so plan ahead – Next to seeing everything happen, your sound quality will be the other big factor in giving you online guests the best experience possible. It doesn’t matter if they can see you standing there if they can’t hear you say “I Do!” Make sure that you plan for how your online guests will hear you, as well as what the experience will be like (for more tips in this category watch the video!)
  5. Your online audience is still an audience, think from their perspective – Ultimately this is about having those who can’t attend in person feel like they are still there participating in your wedding or event. Taking some time to both think and experience it from their perspective will help you give them the best experience possible and let them know they matter to you!

To get all the info for having a successful live stream of your wedding check out the video below! Happy Planning

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