Copyright & The Wedding Industry

On February 4th we had our Ann Arbor ABC meeting at the Michigan Union. It was a beautiful event and  we are so thankful to everyone who came out and supported the event!

The topic for night was about Copyright, the correct way to share those pictures online and how to correctly give credit to those who are involved in the event your sharing to others.

Alli McWhinney from Alli McWhinny Photography  was the speaker for the night. Alli was the perfect speaker for this topic with a license to practice law in Michigan and Massachusetts and having graduated from University of Miami with a degree in Business Marketing and a Juris Doctor Degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. This lady knows what she is taking about!

Do you even know what Copyright means?    Copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical or other creative work the soleright to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of that work, including the right to receive payment for that work.

Some of the basics of learning about Copyright when applied to photographs are: Whoever takes the picture is the owner of that copyright, whoever is in the picture has no ownership, it is created at the time the picture is taken, and nothing needs to be done (registered) for the copyright to be legal.

We all know taking someone else’s work and saying it is our own is stealing, however even changing the color of a photo is infringement. Social Media sharing is huge, with us in the industry. It is how we get our work out there and it’s free for us to use as a way of getting our work out there for others to see. But first we need to remember these few things: Use the photographs with the Watermark on it, or credit the photographer and all vendors involved, credit the business page not their personal page, and add a link back to the page where you found the original work.

Something we do on our blog is ask the photographers for their professional photos to share on our blog. They are much prettier than the ones we take!  Alli suggests to make it easy for them to share the images with you, remind them that you want to share them, ask for specific pictures, and let them know what you are going to use them for.

So before you share that picture next time, think who you need to give credit too!

Melanie King – TwoFoot Creative, Ann Arbor

 

 

Meet Sarah Bahlibi- On Site Makeup Artist

Sarah is originally from Michigan where she started her career as a makeup artists and has currently been working and living in Los Angeles. She is coming back to Michigan for the summer and is available for your wedding day!

She is trained by Temptu as a licensed esthetician and went to makeup school in LA as well. She uses Temptu airbrush makeup because she believes it is the best makeup for bridal parties. Her bridal work has been featured on style me pretty, here is the link :  http://www.stylemepretty.com/tag/sarah-bahlibi/.

Her pricing starts at $125, and she has a few packages to choose from to help you get the services that you will need for your special day! All packages include airbrush and fake eye lashes.

Check out her work at : http://www.sarahbahlibi.com or her Facebook link: Facebook.com/sarahbahlibimakeup

And you can get a hold of her at : Sarahbmakeup@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Bridal Fashion for 2014

Here Comes the Bride!! Fabsugar.com has created a list of the top trends for this year for wedding gowns. I went to one of my favorite designers Tara Keely to show some gorgeous gowns I found!

Short dresses- A few of our brides wore this style and I really love it, however it may not be the dress for every type of wedding. I am seeing this more of a garden, barn, or brunch type of wedding.

 

 

 

Covers- We see this a lot with brides getting married in Catholic churches that need to be covered. Then later they can take them off and show off their dress a little more.

Covers can be: shawls, gorgeous jackets, or boleros, but most importantly they are as dressy as your wedding dress.

 

 

 

 

 

Birds are a popular trend for weddings with décor; we see it in wedding dresses as well. Why not add some feathers to your wedding dress? I tried looking for a Tara Keely feather dress and could not, so here is a Johanna Johnson dress!

 

 

 

 

 

Pink- This makes me so happy. Pink is my signature color and seeing this soft shade of pink is a subtle way to add that uniqueness to your wedding without being over dramatic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roses- Rosettes sewed on to dresses, or the design on the fabric itself is a huge trend in bridal wear this year!

 

 

 

 

Lace on sleeves popping up everywhere say a big thanks to Kate Middleton for this!

 

Melanie King – TwoFoot Creative, Ann Arbor

Unlce Buck’s Event Rentals

Uncle Buck’s is an event party rental store that has been in business for 27 years. They are located in West Bloomfield and have a lot of items that you may need to rent for your next big event. Right now they are having a special on their event rentals.

Paula Phaneuf, the owner at Uncle Bucks, shared this information with us:

 UB Event Rentals is currently running the following specials:

February – order and pay in full by the end of the month and receive a 10% discount off the rental amount.

How to deal with wedding stress

The dreaded stress that comes along with planning a wedding is something that we as planners try and help out with as much as we can for our couples. Even with our monthly planning timelines and our knowledge that we bring along to try and squash the stress of planning a wedding we sometimes see the stress seep in. I took some tips from the always calm Martha Stewart for ideas on how to deal with this.

There are some things that you can do to try and minimize the stress you will have. Some people handle stress well and others let it bring them down and we hate to see any of our couples go through that.

1- Know ahead of time who you can count on to be there for you. We all have those people in our lives that we can go to that will be there to listen, help out, and let us know that everything will be ok.

2- Meditate, yoga, exercise. With so much to do, and so many things taking over your brain, it’s a good idea to meditate and take a few moments to relax and have some quiet time. Exercising can also pump up those endorphins and get you to a better place.

3- Rely on your partner. Weddings can be a happy time in your lives, but ask anyone who has planned a wedding and they will let you know it can be a very emotional time as well. Letting your partner know that you are getting stressed, is letting them know they are needed, and that you need them.

4- Be yourself! Everyone comes with their own quirks, and this is not the time to try and think you need to be someone else. Your engagement should be a happy time, but you are fooling yourself to think that every moment is going to be a happy and peaceful one. During your engagement it is perfectly normal to go from happiness, to fear, and then back to the giddiness.

5- Delegate. We have couples that are trying to graduate, move, and get married all at the same time. We once had a bride who graduated medical school the week before her wedding! If this is you, then you need to pass along some of the to do’s to people who ask if you need help. It can be hard, especially if you are a Type A person, but it can take a huge burden off your shoulders to get help with escort cards, making some phone calls to those who haven’t RSVP’d yet, or assembling favors.

I hope this helps; know that it is perfectly normal to go through stress during this wonderful time in your life! Also, if it gets to be too much maybe take a step back and do something not wedding related. Remember that we are always here if you need help. Even hiring a day of coordinator can take away a lot of the stress on your wedding day!

Written by Melanie King – TwoFoot Creative, Ann Arbor

 

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Escort Card Ideas!

Searching for some creative escort card ideas? We have scoured Pinterest in search of unique ideas just for you!!!

 

Stacey & Drew Professional Photographs from Lamb & Lark at Earhart Manor

I Love working with Belle from Lamb & Lark, I have been lucky to work with her at least once a year! Take a break from Facebook and enjoy!

 

Caity & Scott – the Professional Shots!

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