Prior to starting my own business, I held a position as senior graphic designer in the Spa Resort Casino's marketing department for over half a decade. We were always in need of new images to include in menus, collateral announcing upcoming slot/poker tournaments, nightly entertainment, etc. Since purchasing stock photography was always a pain, and photo shoots were not easy to organize and execute, we used the same images over and over again. We'd angle them in one direction, then another, change them to black and white, sepia, crop them in a circular shape, then square, rectangle....we used a variety of techniques to make the same pictures look like new ones. But you know, it worked!
It was there that I gained an interest in photography, and started paying special attention angles, color, and shooting styles. When it was time to plan my wedding, I knew that photography was the one thing I would reserve a decent budget for.
Now that I'm in the wedding industry, I catch myself browsing through various photographer's web sites a couple times a week, in search for inspiration. One of my favorite web sites to visit is Red Lantern Photography, a husband and wife wedding photography team based out of La Quinta, California. I met Donna and Nader (photographers) at a Greater Palm Springs Wedding Association mixer about a year or so ago. They have the friendliest and most pleasant personalities, and I am a big fan of their work. I have also designed for a few a of their past clients, who have nothing but great things to say about them. They are definitely the one's I'll call if we ever renew our vows!
I actually had the pleasure to work with them early this year, when they hired me to design a logo, stationery, and a mailer announcing their business name change (formerly Photography by Nader Coobtee). It was their input, creative eye, positive feedback and suggestions that allowed my initial sketches of the logo to evolve into what it is now. But rather than writing about it, I invite you to visit their blog where you can see more of their work, and a few more images of the mailer I designed for them.