The 10 Best Books for planning your wedding

For those brides that may or may not have the budget to hire a wedding consultant, we scoured the web for some of the best wedding planning books for purchase, here they are.  Each is available for purchase on Amazon or feel free to drop by our studio we also have each one.

  1. The Busy Brides Bible for Planning a Fabulous Wedding Without the Expensive Cost of a Wedding Planner by Angela A. Kear
  2. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Carley Roney
  3. How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands – Without Going Crazy by Tracy Leigh
  4. Wedding Planning For Dummies by Marcy Blum
  5. A Bride’s Book: An Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake for the Year of the Wedding by Marsha Heckman
  6. The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day by Mindy Weiss
  7. The Smart Couple’s Guide to the Wedding of Your Dreams: Planning Together for Less Stress and More Joy by Judith Sherven PhD
  8. The Everything Wedding Organizer: Checklists, Charts, And Worksheets for Planning the Perfect Day! by Shelly Hagen
  9. Simple Stunning Weddings: Designing and Creating Your Perfect Celebration by Karen Bussen
  10. The Knot Book of Wedding Lists by Carley Roney

 

 

Fusion does Wedding Videography | Charlotte, NC

We always get questions about whether or not Fusion does video for weddings… and the answer is “YES” we do! I’m writing this article to introduce myself (Hi, I’m Clint!) as fusion’s designated video team member to all the Fusion Brides and any others that may be looking for wedding videography in Charlotte. Check it out and hit us up with any questions here.

Charlotte NC Wedding VideosMy approach to wedding videography is different from traditional wedding videos. I believe the days of just setting up a camera in the back of the venue and hitting record are over. I treat this once-in-a-lifetime special event with the respect I believe it deserves. I have a Photojournalistic style of capturing the day and I love incorporating motion into your video by utilizing specialized pieces of film equipment.

My workflow with the Fusion Team is extremely seamless. Being that we have all worked together for years, we really understand each other’s personalities and shooting styles. We all have similar approaches, it’s just that I differ by shooting video versus photos. The great thing about being such a cohesive team is that we stay out of each others shots and allow each other to capture those special moments without causing any hiccups. Sometimes when different companies shoot the same event, they tend to butt heads if there isn’t proper communication throughout the day, and that’s not good for the bride and groom. By utilizing Fusion for your Photo and Video, you ensure this is a non-issue and you can be comfortable knowing you’re going to get the best product available.

Brides can expect the highest quality video from Fusion. I am constantly learning new techniques and upgrading equipment to ensure you get the best experience money can buy. I strive to provide an emotional and candid view of your day that includes high production value. I produce a product that feels more like a movie, instead of a wedding video.

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I pride myself on being a sincere, up-front and pleasant person who is here to serve the bride and groom while having your best interests at heart. By sitting down during your consultations with the Fusion Team, I get to know the couples and their desires for their wedding video. I really enjoy creating an emotional film that you will be proud to show your family and friends for years to come!

I believe being on the forefront of technology is an important aspect of the video business. I just aquired a new camera that captures True Slow Motion. This is something I have really looked forward to utilizing, but until recently was out of range financially. By utilizing slow motion, you can capture emotion unlike regular cameras can deliver. You can expect a minimum of 3 cameras capturing your ceremony. This ensures you get a close angle of the Bride and Groom and also a wide view of the ceremony. By shooting this way, you get a dynamic view you would never experience otherwise by using a 1 camera setup most videographers use. I am also a big believer in motion in my shots. I utilize Camera Cranes, Dollies and Steadycams to add motion just like you see in your favorite movies in the theaters. By using these high end tools, it adds tremendous production value and really allows me to evoke the motion in the final films.Wedding Videos Charlotte NC

I really believe I was put on this earth to serve people through the use of Video cameras. It’s not a job to me, it’s a passion. I enjoy telling stories and to me, a wedding is the ultimate story to tell. I look forward to telling yours soon :)

To see some of Clint’s work check out Fusion’s Vimeo page. Or you can look at some of our faves by clicking the links below:

Teisa + Chris | Blue Restaurant & Charlotte Rooftop Engagement Photography | Charlotte, NC

When Teisa and Chris came in for their wedding consult, they already had the idea of recreating the first time they met for their engagement session. These two were definitely prepared! We coordinated their event with Ashley at Blue Charlotte and got these two set for some basketball shots, a rooftop pose (with Teisa’s sweet Camaro!), and drinks at Blue where these two were first introduced.

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13 Important questions to ask before hiring your wedding photographer

1. The Basics – what you should know

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Deevo from Fusion getting up close and personal with the bride

Wedding Photography is not an easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless who you hire, Fusion Photography or another studio, do your homework, meet with several photographers, find the fit that works for you on all levels. We highly recommend that whomever you ultimately decide to work with – be sure that you have some sort of rapport and chemistry with them. Of all the vendors you work with during your wedding, you will undoubtedly spend the most time with your photographer, it’s important you kind of like them.

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Winter Wedding December Center City Plaza2. What is your primary photography style?

This should be your first and foremost question as this is the style of photography that interests you. Fusion Photography primarily incorporates a photojournalistic approach with hints of fashion and fine-art influences mixed in.  Determine if the photographer’s style matches your own.  Browse several websites find a few that match your style and arrange personal consultations with these few.

Muslim bridal portrait3. How many weddings have you been the primary photographer?

It is important to determine how much actual real wedding photography experience they have. Not just as an assistant either – a primary photographer. Don’t settle for the “I’ve been photographing for x number of years” mumbo jumbo either. Using that logic, I have been taking photographs since I was 12 years old, but only shooting real weddings for over five years now as a full time photo business.

bride and groom posing at the Columbia SC Convention Center4. Will you be photographing more than one wedding on my wedding day?

Larger studios with multiple photographers will often photograph more than one wedding in a weekend. But no single photographer should ever photograph more than ONE wedding in a single day, otherwise, attention to detail and client service will be compromised.

bride and groom sparkler exit5. Will there be a contract of the services to be provided. If so, can I get a copy?

There are a lot of studios that don’t create contracts for their wedding photography clients. You should require a contract from your photographer that details what services they will be providing, pricing, termination resolution terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. It is best to hire a photographer that will create a contract with you, and be wary of photographers that “don’t typically create contracts for clients.”

_MG_91386. Do you have insurance?

Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance for their business. Insurance protects the photographer against equipment theft, but more importantly it provides liability protection in case Great Uncle Jerry trips over the photographer’s bag and breaks his leg. If a wedding photographer does not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry, or simply aren’t taking their business seriously. Fusion Photography carries both general business, equipment and liability insurance.

flower girl applying makeup to bride7. Does the package I am interested in include more than one photographer?

If your wedding has 50 or more guests, you should make sure you step up to a package that has an assistant or second photographer.  There are going to be multiple moments throughout the day in which one single photographer cannot cover completely alone. There is no way to capture the first kiss, and at the same time, turn around and get the tear in mother’s eye.

Uptown-Charlotte-Wedding-Photography8. Am I allowed a say in what style of post-production is applied to my photographs?

An important consideration to weigh is the style of post-production your photographer employs. Be wary of photographers that say they post-produce and simply hand you the original image files. Many studios DO NOT post produce your images. Unique to Fusion Photography is a post-production interview process so we can determine your style and vision. While we have our own unique style of photography and post-production, we also make every attempt to satisfy your vision.

Bride-Groom-Metro-Greenway-Charlotte-NC-Fusion-Photography9. What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backups?

While having the best equipment is not necessarily important, it certainly should play a factor in your decision.  More importantly, you want to make sure the photographer has backup equipment.  Our studio uses top quality camera bodies (5D Mark II and Mark III) along with the finest quality prime lenses from Canon. While wedding photographers don’t necessarily need the best of the best, it is important to have a good set of equipment as well as comparable backups. Nothing would be worse than for the photographer to miss half of your weddings because his camera or lens broke, and he didn’t have a spare.

Wedding Videos Charlotte NC10. What attire will the photographer and their assistants wear?

Even though the wedding photographers are a big part of the wedding day, it’s important that they are not distractions. As such, it’s important for the photographer to blend in as much as possible. Furthermore, for religious or cultural ceremonies, there may be certain colors that are considered taboo. Make sure your photographers will be dressed appropriately for the occasion. Typically, Fusion Photography attire is black suit pants with a black polo or dress shirt. We dress completely in black because we want to go unnoticed by the clients and guests, so that we can capture the event as photojournalists.

metalalbums11. How long after the event will the proofs, album, etc. be ready?

Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver your pictures. Studios that do not do any post production or color correction may try to entice you by saying your photos will be ready the next day, or even within a week. However, most studios that develop and produce their images will take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. Fusion Photography has developed a consistent wedding photography production schedule in order to deliver an amazing product in an exceptionally quick manner. This schedule can be seen below:

  • One day after the wedding – We post one teaser image on Facebook expressing our gratitude for being part of your wedding.
  • 4-6 weeks after the wedding – Fully edited images are ready and viewing is scheduled at the studio and images are loaded to your online gallery for your guests to see as well.
  • 10 weeks after wedding – the wedding album first draft is ready for viewing.

Laugh in the woods with french bulldog pup12. Are you our actual photographer? Will you have an assistant? Will this cost extra?

We have heard stories (too many times) of clients booking a photographer, only to have someone completely different show up on their wedding day.  This can turn out to be a disaster for a variety of reasons.  Primarily the trust issue, how can a client expect to trust their photographer and thus be relaxed in front of the lens if they cannot even trust the individual they booked to show?

Highway kiss night skyline13. May we see a portfolio or samples of a wedding similar in size and style to ours?

Everyone’s website is supposed to contain the very best of the best.  In theory, anyway.  When you are meeting with the photographer, ask to see some REAL weddings, not just a showcase of their “best” work.  Judge for yourself, does their complete portfolio match their website?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fusion’s Favorite Charlotte Skyline Photos | Charlotte, NC

We’ve realized in recent weeks, we’ve done quite a few skyline sessions… It may have become something we’re a little famous for in the Charlotte photography community.

Clients often call us wanting do include the skyline in the sessions, and as photographer’s we know the best spots, but we aren’t going to share them because they’re our little secret.

Below is a roundup of all our favorite Rooftop and skyline shots. Let us know which are your favorite in the comments at the bottom.

We’ll start with some eastern skyline shots from the NoDa District…

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Dana and Todd’s NoDa Engagement Session

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Dalice & Greg’s NoDa Skyline

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Brittany and Michael’s Rain Photo in NoDa

Now check out the skyline from the south side of Charlotte…

City Backdrop Night Skyline Uptown Charlotte

Teisa and Chris’s Southside Skyline with their Camaro

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Sonia and Emilio’s skyline from across the highway

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Amber and Joe’s rooftop skyline

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Bride and Groom’s Wedding Skyline

And lastly an awesome shot of Charlotte’s Western Skyline from SouthEnd…

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So do you think you can choose a favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

How to choose the location for your photography session

Choosing the location for your engagement session seems to be a tough task for many engaged couples. You know Charlotte is important to you, you have many great memories all over town, and you probably haven’t had many professional photos take of you before, so you may not be totally sure how the location will even play a part in the process. So here are a few tips on what to keep in mind when choosing where you want to shoot your engagement photos:

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Michelle + Carmine | St. Gabriel & Marriot Ballroom Wedding | Charlotte, NC

Michelle and Carmine met all the way back in their school days where Michelle was Carmine’s life-long crush. It was an honor to be present and photograph their wedding day where these two finally tied the knot after all these years. They had a beautiful ceremony at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, and held their reception in the ballroom at the Marriott South Park where they danced the night away under a ceiling of glittering chandeliers. We’re more than excited to share the photos of their special day with you!

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A Great Gatsby Wedding | Art Deco Styled Shoot | Charlotte, NC

Art Deco is a movement that is known for it’s opulence, oftentimes gilded and ornamental, it’s very geometric and very rich in color. It hit full storm in the roaring 1920s (remember flappers, pin curls ant The Great Gatsby?) But enough history, let’s talk about the photos.

We were worked with several local wedding vendors in Charlotte, NC to create an Art Deco infused photo shoot. The vendors were coordinated by Heather Guthrie at At The Heels Weddings and Events with the help of Marsha Pruitt at The Event Host.

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Portia’s Posh Bridal Session | Latta Plantation | Huntersville, NC

Those of you that have ever shot with Fusion Photography know that with Deevo likes to shoot on the fly. Keeping up with his ideas is sometimes difficult because they come right at you all the time. So when Portia approached us about doing her bridal session, and Deevo decided he wanted to shoot at The Historic Latta Plantation, none of us really knew what to expect.

Bridal sessions are typically a little more formal than our other sessions. The portraits aim to capture you and all of your beauty at this particular moment in time. Portia was absolutely stunning and game for all of Deevo’s wild inclinations from stealthily trespassing to practically hiking in her not four, but five inch heels. (Which by the way were fabulous and we can’t wait to capture in more detail at the wedding!) Even though it was still really hot outside, Portia was a great sport and we love the photos from this session.

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