elcome to our blog! I am Meg
the east coast half of MaeWood Photography and a wedding and portrait photographer as well as a special educator. We capture the special seasons of your life and all the sweet little moments in between so that you have materialized memories to share for generations to come. We hope you enjoy following along with out stories as well as those we photograph!
it's about more than the
he experience you have
before, during, and after your portrait session or wedding day mean just as much to us as the photographs we deliver!
To assist you through a stress-free photography experience, we not only help in anyway we can, bring smiles and experience so that no modeling skills are required, but we also provide you with a guide specific to your portrait session or wedding day photography! Not ready to book yet? You can download our basic portrait guide to help you prepare for any portrait session needs!
hank you for stopping by this
little corner of the world wide web! I am Jessica Wood a wedding and portrait photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona! I travel often to beautiful wedding locations with my best friend, Megan Yohn, the Lancaster, PA location of MWP. When we aren't together, you will find my other partner in crime is my husband, Michael! We hope you enjoy grabbing your favorite drink and snuggling up on the couch to read your own love story or to find inspiration and the 101 on how to make your portrait session or wedding day a breeze!
oudoir simply means a
woman's bedroom. When it comes to photography however, it means something a little deeper. Boudoir Photography is loving your body and who you are in your skin at this point in your life. It is feeling free and beautiful to be you, for you, and no body else! Our boudoir sessions are classy and more empowering than sexual. We are capturing the art work that your body is, no matter what shape, size, or shade.
July 24, 2018
We’ve all heard the saying, “it takes a village,” right? This phrase usually comes to mind when talking about childrearing and the emotional and physical care involved, but it also rings true in creative endeavors as well. As entrepreneurs, we put blood, sweat, tears, and endless time into the development of our craft and artistry, and take pride in the outcome of our labors. Our businesses are our metaphorical babies. And sometimes, our overprotectiveness of our business babies can close us off to the idea of working with other creatives, but we need to break this backwards way of thinking. Collaboration is key in learning new information or skills, igniting inspiration, expanding our networks of other creatives, and, most importantly, in providing our clients with a genuinely special experience.
Take a moment to visualize what you think the quintessential wedding/graduation/special event photographs should look like.
What do these images likely have in common? Smiling faces of those you love most? Fun and shenanigans ensuing? Exceptional décor and styling? One thing they definitely have in common is that no one person could have created that moment alone. Just think of all the vendors involved in pulling off a fabulous wedding reception: caterers, musicians or DJs, florists, hair/makeup artists, stylists, event coordinators, photographers…the list goes on and on.
Take this photo from Lauren & Martin’s #notjustsummerlove wedding, for instance:
What do you see right off the bat? A bride and groom’s mid-ceremony bliss, right? What may not register is allllll the work put in by various wedding industry professionals that contributed to the creation and ambiance of this very moment: music provided by Jenny Z Mobile DJ Service playing softly to set the matrimonial mood, the chairs, arbor, & beautiful backdrop provided by Pond View Farm, floral arrangements and accents from Flowers by Bauers, Lauren’s gorgeous hair, styled by Fly Away Hair, & makeup done by the fabulous Farren Elyse, along with Lauren’s uncle, Rev. Ron Foster, leading the ceremony. Each of these elements was essential in making this memory.
How about this photo from our Wyndridge Farms Styled Wedding Shoot?
At first glance, this is an image of two people madly in love; however, there were SO many fabulous creatives that helped make this photo happen! Just look at this list of vendors that collaborated on this project with us:
Venue: Wyndridge Farm
Event Planning & Design: MWP
Onsite Coordinator & Stylist: Jessica Walker
Florals: Love & Luster Floral Design
Bridal Gown: Posh Bridal
Videography: LeMoment Capturer
Stationary: Alpha Graphics
Cake: Baker’s Table
Tabletop Decor: Cork Collection
Jewelry: Marinella Jewelry
BTS Photography: Robin Karman & Jennifer Lowe
Models: Chris & Olivia Fry
So many amazing people gave their time and talents to help bring our vision to life! Again…it takes a village.
Picture-perfect moments aren’t always created solely by photographers and those being photographed, especially in cases of styled shoots, networking events, weddings, etc. (just imagine a wedding without flowers, or a promo party without fabulous swag bags…inconceivable, right?!). Truly memorable events require a plethora of professionals, and it is to everyone’s benefit that those professionals work together as a team.
So, here are some of our tips for fostering vendor collaboration when planning an important event:
In the end, vendors all want the same thing – to provide you with services or products that contribute to the specialness of your day, whether it’s your wedding, retirement party, birthday extravaganza, networking event, bar mitzvah, whatever! Our aim is to please, and it is SO much easier for us to deliver a truly meaningful experience if we all work together.
Are you planning your wedding and need more tips and tricks!?! Check out our other helpful blog posts!
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