Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Your Photos.. are YOURS

I just read a blog post by a newly-married bride who, when she wanted to make a scrapbook using her wedding photos, ran into a roadblock with her photographer's contract. Turns out, in addition to tacking on extra fees for the rights to print, the photog's contract forbid her to edit her own wedding photos, crop them, or change them in any way. Unless she paid more, that is. What the heck?

Cory & Monica - Bridesmaids A lot of photographers you'll find will use copyright legalese to make even more money off their clients for just about anything--sharing photos with family, posting them online, or even printing them for personal use. It's a good way for the photog to make extra money (without doing anything), but it's a hassle for the bride and groom, and makes it harder for them to enjoy their photos.

When Philip Michael Photography is your wedding photographer, you don't need to worry about that. Our contract will give you full rights to do as you please with your photos; print, share, post, whatever! Full rights are rolled into my initial booking fee--which is still pretty competitive to other photogs, who are waiting to stick you with more when you're ready to enjoy your pics.

Get beautiful wedding photos--not a headache. Contact me today!

Mike Ensley, owner
Philip Michael Photography

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ALWAYS Judge a Book by its Cover

Chloe & Todd Album...When it's a photo book, that is.

One of the options my brides can add to their wedding photography package is to have be create a custom photo book just for them. While the CD's that come with every wedding package arrive in a timely fashion (usually no more than 2-3 weeks after the wedding), and is a convenient way to have your pics ready and portable for almost any use, having a gorgeously presentable photo book is a great way to have your wedding out and ready to be enjoyed at a moment's notice.
There are plenty of photo book services on the web that will allow you to upload your photos (after you're done sorting through them), which will then dump them into a generic template to be printed out.

Josh & Julie Wedding PagesMy photo books are 100% unique to you. I sort through and arrange the photos and I  personally design the template for each page. I love exploring and playing with design elements--it's one of my favorite things to do. In fact, I've been designing unique promotional materials for companies for over 8 years. So when you add a photo book to your wedding package with me, you know the product you get is totally your own.

Just going through your photos and deciding which ones to put in the book can be a daunting task! After all, the typical wedding job will consist of over 1,000 pictures. Most brides put it off for months, if they ever get to it. Let me do it, and have a beautiful photo book in your hands sooner than you thought possible!

I'll even make three optional covers for you to choose your favorite!

Contact me today for a no-strings consultation!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Location, Location

One of the biggest decisions you'll make for your wedding is the venue. You want to find the place that provides the perfect backdrop for your celebration--but a backdrop is just temporary scenery without pictures to make it last! In order to really make the most of your investment in venue, your investment in a photographer is just as big a deal.

I've shot weddings from Costa Rica to California, and in some of the most highly demanded venues here in Central Florida as well. Indoors and out, on beaches and in forests, I love the challenge of hunting for the perfect picture-spot in your venue.

Check out some of these venues I've been to before--maybe you'll end up choosing one of them! But wherever you decide to have your wedding, make sure you have a passionate and committed photographer there to capture your moment beautifully!

Contact me today for booking info!

Friday, April 5, 2013


...look at what you see. Sometimes, the saga of a new couple's wedding photos turns into a never-ending story. A few days ago, some friends of mine were talking about their upcoming one-year anniversary.
     "And we still don't have our wedding photos!" the bride complained. "We need to get back with that photographer." No doubt the picture-taker they had chosen was counting on it being too much of a hassle to pursue their pictures so late in the game.
     I don't know what's worse--not having your wedding photos, or not being thrilled with them. When you book with me, neither of these outcomes is something you need to worry about.
     Why? Because I'm as excited about your wedding photos as you are! Photography really is my passion, and I get a lot of satisfaction out of the pleasure you get from your awesome pictures. When I'm your photographer, you will have previews of your best photos waiting in your inbox before you're even back from the honeymoon. I have fun working on your wedding album, and that means you get your pictures in a timely fashion--because it's what I love to do!
     The wedding photographer you hire is a choice you'll live with for the rest of your life. Why not be super happy with it? Contact me today!

- Mike Ensley, owner
Philip Michael Photography

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

10% OFF Weddings! Book Now!

Evening Kiss

Click the pic to preview the custom wedding album I designed for William & Samantha!

Also, book this month and get 10% off your ENTIRE wedding package price!