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{For the Bride + Groom} Preferred Wedding Vendors | Bend, OR Wedding Photographer

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We have always believed that any referral is a direct reflection of ourselves. So we are selective in whom we will endorse for many reasons. We believe strongly in a high-end product, customer service, strong work ethic, as well as a product that works well with the service we are providing. We also believe strongly in the value of a referral. When ever we make any type of “big purchase” ourselves, the first thing we are interested in is a “strong referral”. We want all vendors that we refer to our clients to provide the same value of service and appreciation that we provide with our business. There is nothing worse then receiving a message from an unhappy bride or groom on a referral “we” have provided them. We not only feel horrible for our clients… but we take it personal, as we see it as a direct reflection on us as well. We also do not base our referrals on kick back commissions or personal friendships. We base our referrals simply on the over all product and experience that is being provided. Have we built some beautiful friendships with vendors over the years? Of course we have. In fact my fellow photography peer / real estate agent just helped us purchase a home… again “strong referral”. But, many of the vendors we refer, we do not even know on a personal level. What we do know is that they provide an INCREDIBLE service to our clients which is what is most important to us!!!! Often times our clients will book our photography service before they have even chosen their wedding planner or wedding venue. With that being said we find ourselves often times helping our clients with even finding that perfect venue for them. What a huge honor and we do not take it lightly. We are asked with almost each booking for help with vendor referrals. Especially since 90% of our clients do not live anywhere near us. Having been in the wedding industry for 13 yrs now, having a destination wedding ourselves in Hawaii and planning our own daughters wedding last September at Sunriver Resort we know all to well what the planning of a wedding is like. It was an eye opening experience for us on “personal level” in so many ways. So we get it completely!!! smile emoticon
Here is some of the factors we consider when referring wedding vendors:
1. Their over all professionalism
2. Getting back to our clients in a timely manner
3. Providing a high quality product or service
4. Are they able to keep to the schedule and timeline on the day of the event (this affects the photography schedule)
5. Treating us as vendors with the same level of respect so we are able to do our job to the best of our ability for our client
We believe all these qualities are huge when referring any wedding vendor! We are so lucky to work with some of the best of the best in the industry. We do provide a locals “preferred vendor list” in all of our welcome packets upon booking your event. However we also have an extended vendor referral list for the States of CA, WA, OR, HI of places we frequently work as well. If you need any recommendations please do not hesitate to contact us. All of the vendors of which we would endorse…. hands down we would or “have” hire them ourselves!
Preferred vendors
We have always believed that any referral is a direct reflection of ourselves. So we are selective in whom we will endorse for many reasons. We believe strongly in a high-end product, customer service, strong work ethic, as well as a product that works well with the service we are providing. We also believe strongly in the value of a referral. When ever we make any type of “big purchase” ourselves, the first thing we are interested in is a “strong referral”. We want all vendors that we refer to our clients to provide the same value of service and appreciation that we provide with our business. There is nothing worse then receiving a message from an unhappy bride or groom on a referral “we” have provided them. We not only feel horrible for our clients… but we take it personal, as we see it as a direct reflection on us as well. We also do not base our referrals on kick back commissions or personal friendships. We base our referrals simply on the over all product and experience that is being provided. Have we built some beautiful friendships with vendors over the years? Of course we have. In fact my fellow photography peer / real estate agent just helped us purchase a home… again “strong referral”. But, many of the vendors we refer, we do not even know on a personal level. What we do know is that they provide an INCREDIBLE service to our clients which is what is most important to us!!!! Often times our clients will book our photography service before they have even chosen their wedding planner or wedding venue. With that being said we find ourselves often times helping our clients with even finding that perfect venue for them. What a huge honor and we do not take it lightly. We are asked with almost each booking for help with vendor referrals. Especially since 90% of our clients do not live anywhere near us. Having been in the wedding industry for 13 yrs now, having a destination wedding ourselves in Hawaii and planning our own daughters wedding last September at Sunriver Resort we know all to well what the planning of a wedding is like. It was an eye opening experience for us on “personal level” in so many ways. So we get it completely!!! smile emoticon
Here is some of the factors we consider when referring wedding vendors:
1. Their over all professionalism
2. Getting back to our clients in a timely manner
3. Providing a high quality product or service
4. Are they able to keep to the schedule and timeline on the day of the event (this affects the photography schedule)
5. Treating us as vendors with the same level of respect so we are able to do our job to the best of our ability for our client
We believe all these qualities are huge when referring any wedding vendor! We are so lucky to work with some of the best of the best in the industry. We do provide a locals “preferred vendor list” in all of our welcome packets upon booking your event. However we also have an extended vendor referral list for the States of CA, WA, OR, HI of places we frequently work as well. If you need any recommendations please do not hesitate to contact us. All of the vendors of which we would endorse…. hands down we would or “have” hire them ourselves!

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{For the Bride + Groom} Kimberly Kay Photography Weekly Wedding Tip | Oregon Wedding Photographer

{For the Bride + Groom} Tip of the week – “Connection” For us…as wedding photographers it’s not so much about posing…and more about a “connection”. What we are always seeking for is a real moment… a raw split second of a moment that evokes an emotion or a connection. So… with that being said… my suggestion to you…is to remember to have fun in front of the camera… We will collaborate with you… on a lovely location that will compliment your relationship. Then we will work with you to have a lot of fun… Be silly, be romantic… invade each others space a bit more then you normally would be close… {so important} ! Have fun, flirt… laugh and love on your partner during your engagement session or wedding day. The intimacy, connection, the laughter and love will poor out when you do so. And in turn, it will always provide for the most precious moments to cherish after the fact. Don’t be afraid to be “real with each other”. With this particular image… I asked my clients to stand underneath a weeping willow tree. I was swooning over the light and the romance of the flowing leaves and branches and felt it would convey a fun, warm and inviting look for their photos. I asked them to simply put their heads together… I wanted to capture her lovely “ring” I think she tickled him or said something silly that only he would appreciate…and we captured an entire series like this. I adore this image… I think it truly conveys the love they have for one another…the fun couple that they are together… full of life and simply smitten for one another! I hope this tip helps! ~Kimberly Kay9969

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{Keela + Jon} Engagement Session Mt Bachelor Central Oregon | Bend, OR Wedding Photographer

It was a stunning spring day at Mount Bachelor here in Central Oregon for the start of a fun engagement session. Can’t thank Keela and Jon enough for choosing us to capture their love story and for making the drive from Portland to do so.k25k42112So much chemistry between this smitten couple that it was so easy to capture their love for each other!k9k142590After some fun on the mountain we took a drive to Dillon Falls another fabulous location along the Deschutes River for some images… you couldn’t ask for a more lovely spring Central Oregon day for an engagement photo shoot
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{Sandy + Nick} Engagement Session Cathedral Park Portland, OR | Portland, OR Wedding Photographer

It was a gorgeous day in Portland for an engagement session. We started in Cathedral Park under the gorgeous historic St. John’s Bridege followed by a few photos along the river and finishing with some images on St. John’s bridge. We really look forward to capturing Sandy and Nick’s wedding in just a few weeks at Prong Horn Resort in Central Oregon. Enjoy a sneak peek!166613089276227892799319932995894185654581231701842Like what you see? Please feel free to leave us a comment, we welcome your feedback and our clients love it too!

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{Kelsey + Brian} Engagement Session Columbia River Gorge, Oregon | Portland, OR Wedding Photography

The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. The Canyon stretches over 80 miles and there are some incredible scenic spots all along the gorge perfect for an engagement photo shoot. Kelsey and Brian chose to start off their engagement session with a few photos at the Historic Vista House observatory at Crown Point. Followed by some romantic photos at the exact location of which Brian proposed to Kelsey on a lovely little dock at a little lake on private property along the gorge. We finished the engagement session at Latourell Falls off the historic Columbia River highway. This particular water fall is unique amongst the best-known waterfalls along the Gorge in the way that it drops straight down from an overhanging cliff, the drama is perfect for any romantic and fun photo shoot! Enjoy a sneak peek…875884678992K189689060138292129173-1Like what you see? Please feel free to leave us a comment, we welcome your feedback and our clients love it too!

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