|1. Advantages Of Hiring A Digital Wedding Photographer|
|2. Album Selection|
|3. Black and White Infrared Photography|
|4. Bridal Registry at Rice Photography|
|5. The Cuyahoga County Courthouse|
|6. Disposable Cameras at Weddings - Internet Wedding Tip|
|7. Family Photos on the Wedding Day - How to Preserve Your Memories and Your Sanity|
|8. In Most Things In Life You Get What You Pay For|
|9. Jumping On The Bandwagon - Internet Wedding Tip|
|10. Message Board Warning - Internet Wedding Tip|
|11. Payment Schedule|
|12. Photo Locations|
|13. Photo-Speak - Understanding the Language of Wedding Photography|
|14. Prices - By John Ruskin (1819-1900)|
|15. Pricing Scams - What To Look Out For In Wedding Photography|
|16. Questions To Ask Your Photographer|
|17. Rice Photography Publishes Photography Book|
|18. Severance Hall|
|19. The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Choose Rice Photography|
|20. Wedding Pricing|
|21. Windy Days - Internet Wedding Tip|
|22. Wedding Myths and Traditions - The Bouguet & Garter Toss|
|23. Any Studio Can Claim They're The Best but Only One Can Prove It!|
|24. Brides Beware - Deceptive Selling on the Rise|
|25. Dear Bride To Be|
|26. Voinavich Park and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum|
|27. Apache Wedding Prayer|
|28. Cuyahoga Valley National Park|
|29. Copyright Release for Newspapers|
|30. It Takes More Than a Good Camera|
|31. The Indian Wedding Ceremony|
|32. Brides On A Budget: Money Saving Tips - Don't Cover The Chairs|
|33. Why select a Professional Photographer?|
|34. MTV - Wedding Planning Reality Show|
|35. Wedding Rhearsals & Rehearsal Dinners|
|36. A Word About Your Originals|
|37. Wedding Album Design|
|38. Beware of Imposters|
|39. Professional Certification: Accreditation In Any Field|
|40. Myths About Digital Photography|
|41. Coffee Shop Offices|
|42. Photo Booths - More Ways To Separate You From Your Money|
|43. Choosing A Wedding Photographer|
|44. Posting Images On The Internet|
|45. Important Notice About Copyright Protection|
|46. Pricing Accessories|
|47. Infrared Introduction and History|
|48. Fisheye Lens|
|49. Response to inquires about getting the image files|
|50. Top 10 wedding songs - Online survey|
|51. Simply the best!|
|52. United Nations Award|
|53. Shipping of Photographs|
|54. Why Choose a SONOPP Photographer|
|55. The Top Reasons Why Area Brides and Grooms Choose Rice Photography|
Technology continues to change all aspects of our lives. This is especially true in the field of photography. Although many photographers refuse to embrace digital imaging, it is the best choice for both the photographer and the Bride & Groom on their wedding day.
There are many advantages to digital photography. This list only touches upon a few of them. First, with digital cameras, the photographer receives visual confirmation of each image that they create through viewing the LCD screen on the back of all digital cameras. Further, the photographer can analyze the image in detail - checking both exposure and quality in a matter of seconds. With film cameras, the photographer never really knows what the images will look like until after the film has been processed and printed at the lab. A photographer with a film camera could be experiencing mechanical problems with the camera but never know it until it is too late. This exact experience has plagued photographers for decades! That is until now. With digital cameras, a photographer instantly knows if there is a camera problem, mistake in exposure, etc. The photographer will never take two bad pictures in a row. This is quite a relief for the Bride and Groom who are entrusting a photographer to record memories of their special day.
Second, digital photographers now have complete image security. With film cameras, the photographer had to send the exposed film to the lab. There is always a risk that the carrier service (UPS, Fed Ex, Airborne, U.S. Mail) could lose or damage the film. Further, once the film does arrive at the lab, there is the possibility the lab could lose or damage the film. In both cases, the photographer could do everything right and yet the Bride & Groom may not get any photographs. With digital photography this is no longer the case! The photographer records each image onto compact flash media storage cards. Once the digital photographer returns to their studio, they then transfer the images from the cards onto compact discs. These compact discs never leave the studio. The digital photographer then copies the images on the compact disc to a duplicate disc and sends that disc to the lab for the making of the photographic prints. The labs use the exact same machines and the exact same photographic paper to make prints - whether they were created with film or digitally. Moreover, if the disc is lost or damaged in transit or at the lab, the photographer can simply burn another copy and resend it. The Bride & Groom never again have to worry about anything happening to their priceless images.
Third, digital photographers can capture every image in color, but are free to make any color image into a perfect black & white photograph with absolutely no loss in quality. This is not possible with film where there was always some quality degradation when making a color image into black & white. In addition, sepia toning and color toning of digital images is much easier and less costly than with film images.
Last, there is much more flexibility in cropping of digital images. With film, the photographer must use standard cropping sizes (known as masks or crop cards). These crop cards do not always provide the ideal cropping of an image. With digital images, cropping is much more flexible and can maximize the photographic quality of each of your wedding images.
These are just some of the many reasons why the obvious choice for every informed Bride & Groom is to select a digital wedding photographer!
With most of our photography packages, a wedding album is included along with your photographs. If you choose to change your album selection from what was included in your package, we will only charge you the difference in the album pricing. Please complete the following questionnaire and return it with your proof book when you place your final order.
1. Which album would you like for your wedding photographs?
& white Infrared photography is the most mysterious and intriguing
form of photography in existence. Infrared photographs are sometimes
bold, sometimes dreamlike, but always interesting. The images
almost appear like they will float off the paper.
Infrared film must be handled very delicately or the film will be ruined and no exposures will be made. This film is loaded and unloaded in complete darkness with all safe lights and sensors turned off. The film is very susceptible to extreme heat, which will cause fogging of the film. Even the cameras used to expose the film must be in perfect working order with the light seals and camera back regularly checked for any leakage.
At RICE PHOTOGRAPHY, we have studied the intricacies and nuances
of this complicated and intriguing film. Through extensive research
and experimentation, we have become the leading proponents of
Infrared Wedding Photography throughout the world. Our work has
been featured in magazines, books and even instructional videos
as a teaching aid to photographers looking to venture into the
unique spectrum of infrared. We have been asked to lecture and
teach the techniques we have learned across the country. In the
spring of 2000, the leading photography book publishing company,
Amherst Media, will be publishing a book on Infrared Wedding Photography
that will be illustrated exclusively with our images.
At the request of many of our Brides & Grooms, Rice Photography now offers a Bridal Registry for your friends and family. Anyone can contact our studio at 440 979 0770 to purchase a gift certificate in any denomination to be used toward photographs, albums or frames. This is a great idea for anyone who would like to provide the Bride & Groom with a valuable gift for their shower or wedding. Upon request, Rice Photography will provide each Bride & Groom with cards that explain the Bridal Registry that can be included in shower and wedding invitations.
The historic Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio is one of the most picturesque buildings in the entire country. Thousands of Brides and Grooms have had memorable wedding photographs taken in this beautiful setting. At Rice Photography, we have photographed hundreds of wedding couples here over the past 20 years. Our images from this building have won trophies, awards and international acclaim for our photography studio and have been published in several books and magazines.
Needless to say, the Cuyahoga County Courthouse is a very popular spot with Brides in Northern Ohio. If you are interested in having your wedding images at this site, it is advised that you reserve your date and time slot AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The city only allows three to four wedding parties to use the building for photographs on any Saturday. Each wedding party must apply in advance and prepay a fee of $125 for a specific hour of time. In addition, many area couples are now choosing to have their wedding and reception at the Courthouse. Because of the high rental fee (in excess of $2,000), these couples get priority over any couple that only wants to rent the space for an hour for photography. Often times, when there will be a wedding in the Courthouse, there may be tables, chairs and staging, which can interfere with some of the photo opportunities that exist when the rotunda is empty. Ask in advance when inquiring about using the facility.
It is up to the Bride and Groom to reserve the date and time at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse. Please call early if you would like to utilize this unique building for your wedding photographs.
Before you automatically purchase disposable cameras for your wedding reception, carefully calculate ALL the costs involved. Count how many tables you will have, multiply that number by the cost of the cameras AND processing. Realistically, you should then divide the number of exposures on each camera by 75% that are even usable and only about 10% or less that you would want to consider for an album.
The problem is four-fold.
1. Most guests really aren't good photographers and the kids love to play with them.
2. Guests have a few drinks and think pictures under the table or in the restroom are cute.
3. The cameras themselves are fixed focus cardboard cameras with plastic lenses and very under-powered flashes. Anything too close will be horribly out of focus. Anything too far away will be too dark to use. They have a narrow useable working range.
4. I have seen many guests take them home so plan on loosing several.
Take all these costs into consideration and approximate the return on your investment. Add the same number of dollars to what you are already going to pay a professional photographer for the package you have chosen. The money would be better spent with the professional on a bigger package.
The above comes from feedback from our brides. I have shot many weddings where there have been disposables. I have yet to see even ONE photo from a disposable make it into a Brides album.
What's the point of spending money for something you just won't like - you "may" get lucky and have one or two turn out. Is that sort of return on your investment worth it? Only you can answer that one.
Every Bride and Groom wants and expects to have great family photographs taken by their photographer on the day of the wedding. The following tips will help to ensure that you get the bet images possible with the least amount of aggravation.
First of all, the most logical place to have all of your family photographs taken is on the church altar after the ceremony. The church altar provides an ideal background for several reasons. In church, there are often steps leading to the altar area, which allow the photographer to stagger the people in the image and keep the groups closer and more compact.
Second, the altar of the church has real significance to the Bride and Groom because it was there that they exchanged their vows and wedding bands. If you wait and take photos at your reception hall, in many cases the photographer is forced to photograph the families in front of unattractive walls or on the dance floor.
Third, in most cases, everybody that the Bride and Groom would like to see in their family photographs will attend the wedding ceremony and thus be readily available for photos in the church after the ceremony.
Forth, there are very few distractions at church. There is no
buffet line, dance floor, music playing by a band or DJ, etc.
Your family members will certainly be distracted at the reception,
and will be far more cooperative at church to pose for photographs.
There is a reason why products and services cost what they do. Some products are made with better materials, more craftsmanship, and are simply of a higher quality. It is like this with everything in life. Products and services for your wedding are no exception. At Rice Photography, we realize that our prices are higher than our competition. We realize that with the “other guys” you will get more pictures for a given price. We know we are not the photography studio for everyone.
However, if you want the highest quality wedding photography that is available anywhere, then the choice is simple. Yes, at Rice Photography you will spend more money then you might have spent somewhere else – maybe even more money than you had budgeted for – but it is worth the extra cost. The photographers at Rice Photography are recognized as world leaders in wedding photography. They are paid to teach other photographers worldwide how to improve their skills and present better images for their Brides & Grooms. Patrick Rice holds a Masters Degrees in photography, and is both a state and nationally certified professional photographer. This studio has won more awards than any studio in northern Ohio. Their collective talents are sought out everywhere and their images have been published in countless books and magazines. True innovators in photography, they authored the only book ever published on Infrared Wedding Photography as well as seven other photography books.
Yes, at Rice Photography you will invest more money in your photography than you would if you chose someone else, but it is worth the extra investment. Cut corners on some other expense for your wedding. Your wedding photographs are forever. Remember, you do get what you pay for!
Every day, there seem to be more and more wedding photographers appearing on the wedding scene. Economic conditions have created this sudden influx of "so-called" wedding photographers. First, you must remember that to be a professional photographer, all you need is a camera and some business cards. This is an unregulated industry. There are no government protections to help the consumer from being misled and/or receiving inferior wedding day photographs. Never hire ANY photographer that does not belong to at least one of the many professional photographic associations that exist. This is a minimum requirement for anyone that is truly serious about the profession.
Second, be especially cautious of newspaper, magazine or commercial photographers that are now photographing weddings. Wedding photography is a specialty that takes many years to perfect. Not all photography is the same and not all photographers can photograph weddings. As newspaper, magazine and commercial photographers watch their businesses shrink and their opportunities diminish, some feel that they can 'jump' into wedding photography to help offset their dwindling revenues. Don't be one of the many unsuspecting Brides that have been duped into thinking that all photographers are the same. Remember, there are no retakes on your wedding day. You must entrust your photographer to accurately and professionally record and preserve each of your wedding day memories with their camera. You don't get a second chance. Trust a seasoned wedding photographer with many years of experience - not some photographer that is trying to salvage their bottom line!
Beware of wedding vendors that seem all too eager to respond to wedding web site message boards. Many of these “lurkers” on wedding boards have little or no credibility in their respective fields. Anyone can respond to these boards. While some well-known and well-established wedding vendors do post on wedding message boards, many of the most prolific participants are far less reputable. Bogus posts abound. Be cautious of posts that seem to always praise the same vendor. Always check out businesses with the Better Business Bureau and with professional association listings to make sure these businesses are truly established and credible. One sure way to know if a vendor is professional is to simply look up their business name in the phone book. If they do not have a business telephone line, it is possible that they are just another “fly by night” business that takes advantage of unknowing Brides and Grooms. Remember, your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Don’t risk ANY of your services on these types of vendors.
A $400.00 date reservation fee is required to secure your wedding date. We cannot hold any date without a date reservation fee.
You are required to select a package at least one month prior to your wedding date. You are guaranteed to have two photographers only if you choose the Ultimate Collection or Package A.
½ of the package balance must be paid four weeks prior to your wedding date.
The remaining balance of the package (including sales tax) must be paid upon pickup of your wedding originals. Your wedding originals are generally ready 2-3 weeks after your wedding day.
Prepay Bonus - If you pay the entire package balance prior to your wedding day, you will receive two additional 8x10 reprints from your wedding prints.
Payment Methods Accepted - We accept cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
The Allen Memorial Museum
Location: Oberlin College, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074-1161
Phone: (440) 775-8670
Contact: Leslie Miller (Assistant to the Director)
Reservations: Needed at least one week in advance.
Receptions: Not allowed
Notes: Photos may be taken only outdoors on stairway.
Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Metroparks Zoo /The RainForest
Museum of Natural History
Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum
Cuyahoga County Courthouse
Valley National Recreation Area (Brandywine Falls)
Lake Amusement Park
Farm and Village
Marsh Nature Center
Lewis Visitor Center
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Coast Harbor-Port Authority
Square Foundation -
Football Hall of Fame
Park Greenhouse and Botanical Gardens
When trying to select a photography studio for your wedding, it seems like you need to learn a second language – Photo-Speak, in order to make an informed choice. Here are some of the more commonly used terms by wedding photography studios and their meaning.
Proof – Original image made from the negative – usually 4 x 5 or 5 x 5 size paper print
Video Proof – Your images will not be presented to you as traditional, paper photographs, but instead will be recorded on a VHS tape. While paper images will last at least 75 years or longer, the life expectancy of VHS tape is under 10 years. If the tape jams in the VCR, you may lose everything in a couple of seconds! In addition, it is much more difficult to share your images with friends and family if they must be shown on someone’s VCR. This also means that there will be no proof photos to be included in the Bride’s album or the parents’ albums. Each proof size photo will then have to be purchased from the photographer at a premium price.
Creation Fee – A fee paid to the photographer that does NOT buy you any images. A concept unique to a few photographers in the photography industry. This money is paid for the photographer’s “time and effort” for working your wedding day.You don’t pay your florist a creation fee because they took the time to learn how to arrange flowers. You for the flowers they make into arrangements. You don’t pay the band a creation fee for learning songs that are appropriate to play at a wedding reception. You pay the band for playing 4 – 6 hours at your reception. Beware of photography studios that charge creation fees!
Packages – A specified number of photographs and/or albums that you will receive from a photography studio for the money being invested.
A la carte – A French term for “by each item”. This is a method of selling goods and services where the buyer pays for each item on an individual basis. It is also a method of making items seem like they cost less than they really do. When you order a meal in a restaurant, usually it comes with bread, salad, main course and a couple of side dishes. The restaurant has “packaged” a complete meal at a specified price. In restaurants that serve a la carte, each item has a price – so when you order your $15 steak and the waitress asks you if you would like a salad it is another $4, a potato is an additional $3 and so on. What you thought was a $15 meal quickly approaches $30 if you want anything besides the main course. It is a deceptive way to get you to spend more money. In wedding photography, the only person that benefits by a la carte pricing is the photography studio because you are sure to spend considerably more than what you thought you would upon booking their services.
It is unwise to pay too much,
But it is worse to pay too little.
When you pay too much,
You lose a little money.
… that is all.
When you pay too little,
You sometimes lose everything,
Because the thing you bought
Was incapable of doing the thing
That you bought it to do.
The common law of business balance
Prohibits paying a little and getting a lot.
It cannot be done.
And if you deal with the lowest bidder
It is well to add something to the risk that you run.
And if you do that,
You will have enough to pay for something better.
There is hardly anything in this world
These days, it seems that everyone is looking for a bargain. Where to get the best deal; how to get the best price; ways to save money on just about anything you want to buy. However, in many cases, consumers are lured in with artificially low starting prices and end up being taken for far more money.
Unfortunately, this has become a common occurrence in the wedding photography industry. Photography studios that sell "a la carte" quote very low minimum prices to couples when they inquire about their services in an effort to hook you in and collect far, far more money from you later. Most of these photographers have a "creation fee" which is a sum of money that does not even get applied to your photographs - it is just money that you pay to the studio. In no other business is there such a fee. And this is no small sum - in most cases the "creation fee" is $200 - $750. How outrageous! When you buy any product "a la carte" you end up paying more than if you had purchased all of the components as a package. The only reason to sell "a la carte" is that some naïve couples don't add up what all of the costs will be until after it is too late - after the wedding has been photographed and the photography studio controls the ability to make all of the images. Now you are stuck paying the usually very high per print price for each image and pay much more money than if you had just hired one of the more honest photography studios that simply packaged your proofs, enlargements and album for one price. Even though the initial price seemed higher at the time, in the end you will spend far less money and receive far more photographs with a studio that sells with packages. The choice is yours. Don't get fooled by photography studios that assume you are bad at math!
1. How long has the studio been in the business of wedding photography?
2. Does the photography studio belong to any of the local, state, and/or national professional photography associations?
3. Does the photography studio utilize a photography checklist to insure that you get all of the photographs you desire?
4. Will you receive all of your proofs (sometimes called previews or originals) from your wedding day?
· Many studios have the clients view the proofs, but the proofs remain the property of the studio and are not included in the photography packages.
· Some studios have the clients view their images on a video tape – not paper proofs. It is much more difficult to share your images with friends, family, or people you work with. Comparing one image to another for album selection becomes exceptionally difficult because you cannot compare the images side by side.
· Some studios have their clients view all of their images at the studio on the studio’s computer. It is impossible to coordinate schedules to have everyone that would like to see the images be available on the same day and time to see your wedding day memories. Thus, far less people will enjoy your photographs.
· Some studios create a temporary web site for you, your
friends and relatives to view the images. This sounds like a good
idea until you start to consider the logistics involved. If the
photographer uploads larger files for optimum viewing quality, it
will take forever to load the 200 – 400 photographs taken
on your wedding day. On the other hand, if the photographer uploads
smaller files, they load much faster, however the image quality
suffers greatly and it is difficult to see fine details in your
photographs. Be realistic, how many people are going to sit and
wait for all of the photographs to load and then scroll through
each one of them. If you have paper proofs, you can view them all
in 5 – 10 minutes.
Amherst Media, Inc., one of the leading photography book publishers worldwide, is pleased to announce the release of one of their latest books – Digital Infrared Photography. The author, Patrick Rice, is an award-winning wedding photographer whose work has been exhibited across the United States and abroad.
This text shows you how to capture dramatic Infrared images of weddings, portraits and landscapes. His step-by-step techniques make it easy to achieve outstanding results.
Cost of the book is only $29.95 plus shipping and handling. The book can be ordered from Amherst Media at 1-800-622-3278 or by contacting the author directly at 1-440-979-0770 or email at PRfisheye@aol.com
The historic Severance Hall on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio is one of the most Beautiful buildings in the entire country. Home of the Internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall is a true gem in the Cleveland area. Located directly across from the Cleveland Museum of Art, the grand lobby of Severance Hall is a very popular and picturesque spot for wedding photographs. Since its restoration, hundreds of Brides and Grooms have had memorable wedding photographs taken in this beautiful setting. At Rice Photography, we have photographed dozens of wedding couples here over the past few years. Our images from this building have won trophies, awards and international acclaim for our photography studio and have been published in several books and magazines.
Needless to say, the Severance Hall is a very popular spot with Brides in Northern Ohio. If you are interested in having your wedding images at this site, it is advised that you reserve your date and time slot AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. They only allow a few wedding parties to use the building for photographs on any Saturday. Each wedding party must apply in advance and prepay a fee of $250 for a specific hour of time. In addition, many area couples are now choosing to have their wedding and reception at Severance Hall. Because of the high rental fee (in excess of $2,000), these couples get priority over any couple that only wants to rent the space for an hour for photography.
It is up to the Bride and Groom to reserve the date and time at Severance Hall. Please call early if you would like to utilize this unique building for your wedding photographs.
1. We offer a unique and artistic blend of traditional and journalistic styles.
2. Award winning images. Our photographers have won over 100 awards in local, state, national and international photographic competitions.
3. Your originals (proofs) are included in every package.
4. Your originals are ready within three weeks or less from your wedding day.
5. No "creation" fees.
6. Package flexibility.
7. Specialists in Black & White, Hand Coloring and Infrared.
8. The studio has five talented, highly trained principle photographers.
9. The studio has convenient hours to fit your schedule.
10. All of our photographers carry backup equipment on your wedding day.
Rice Photography offers a wide selection of wedding photography packages that are designed to meet the needs of every Bride at every budget. Our all-day package prices range from $1,995 - $10,000. In each package, you will receive all of the photographs taken the day of the wedding by the photographer(s). These are not proofs, but rather finished quality 4” x 6” photographs. Each package is all-day coverage with very few restrictions. The major difference between packages is how many photographs are initially taken, how many pages (sides) in your album, and how many photographers will be at your event. We offer the areas largest selection of wedding album styles. There is only a $500 retainer to reserve you wedding date. Call us today at 440-979-0770 to set up an appointment to view our work and discuss your wedding day plans.
Contrary to popular belief, having it rain on your wedding day is not the worst-case scenario for your wedding photographs. Wind is actually a far bigger problem. Of course, no Bride and Groom ever wants thunderstorms on their special day. However, these same Brides and Grooms fail to understand the impact that wind can have on their photographs until they actually see the images. The two biggest problems are the blowing of the hair and the blowing of the dress. Short of practically gluing your hair down with hair sprays and gels, there is very little that can be done to prevent hair from blowing out of place. Ironically, this can be more of a problem with the Groom than with the Bride. Men are less likely to use heavy sprays to insure their hair stays put. Many Brides have their hair securely tucked beneath headpieces and are not effected by windy days. The biggest problems with Bride's hair usually occur if the front of her hair is left down. Hair bangs, flips and ringlet curls move easily even with the slightest gust of wind. The wedding dress and attendants' dresses are often victimized by windy days. There is just no way to secure these gowns in place!
Remember also that some areas are windier than others. Many large cities have downtown urban areas that become wind tunnels. Chicago and Cleveland are both very windy because of their proximity to the great lakes and the large buildings funnel the wind to higher gusts. It is windier by large bodies of water than it is inland. Along lakes and oceans, although very beautiful, there are much higher wind speeds than areas even just a few thousand yards away.
If you are one of those Brides and Grooms that want everything to be perfect in every photograph, then stay away from any windy areas (maybe just have all of your photos inside). However, if you are looking for natural wedding images, be aware of what the wind will do and appreciate the photographs for their authenticity and realness. The choice is up to you.
While bouquet and garter removal/toss have become a regular part of many wedding receptions, few understand the purpose of these customs. Brides 'tossing' their bouquets to the eligible women in attendance have been a tradition for centuries. The tossing of the bouquet usually happened from the top of the church steps to the waiting women immediately after the Bride and Groom exited the church and were about to leave in their carriage.
Garter removal and the later custom of the garter 'toss' have no basis in tradition. This event was created to give the men something to do that parallels the bouquet toss. Go ahead and ask your grandparents if they did this at their wedding reception.
Unfortunately, both the bouquet and garter toss have gotten out of hand in recent years. Over zealous disc jockeys now embarrass single women and men into participating in this tacky charade. Their antics are way over the top and take away from the reception itself.
Thankfully, there is now an alternative. A more recent custom called the "Anniversary Dance" is becoming popular with Brides and Grooms across the nation. The idea is very simple - your bandleader or DJ asks for all of the married couples in attendance to join the Bride and Groom out on the dance floor for this special dance. He then asks couples to leave the floor as he eliminates couples based on years of marriage. Couples leave at the 5-year, 10-year, 20-year mark and so on until you are left with the one couple that has been married the longest. The Bride and Groom then present this couple with the bouquet and pose for a quick photograph. The purpose of this new tradition is to show the new Bride and Groom that everlasting love is still possible. This is a beautiful tradition that inspires and not degrading like the bouquet and garter toss.
· The Professional Photographers of America awards “merits” for image excellence, teaching, continued education and service to the profession. Patrick Rice has more PPA MERITS than any photographer in the Greater Cleveland area!
· Patrick Rice is considered one of the most talented photographers in the country and he is frequently asked to teach and lecture at photography schools and conventions across the United States and Canada.
· Patrick Rice has been named PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR six times by the Society of Northern Ohio Professional Photographers and twice by the Akron Society of Professional Photographers as well as being named the Ohio Photographer of the Year in 2001.
· Patrick Rice was the first photographer in Ohio to earn the ACCOLADE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MASTERY DEGREE from Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.
· Patrick Rice was featured on the internationally acclaimed PHOTO VISION video education series – a series of instructional videotapes to teach individuals how to become better photographers.
· Amherst Media Incorporated has published his six photographic books Professional Digital Imaging for Portrait and Wedding Photographers, Infrared Wedding Photography, Digital Infrared Photography, Digital Black and White Photography, Digital Senior Portrait Photography and Print Competition Success and he is contracted for four more photography books in the next year. The photographers from Rice Photography are considered leading experts in the art of Infrared imaging. Their work in photography has been featured in over twenty photography texts.
In the digital age, photography has evolved into a true art form and the creative process seems almost limitless. Photographers can now collage and montage several images onto a single piece of photographic paper with ease. Powerful software programs such as Photoshop, Painter and Illustrator have given photographers the ability to serve as graphic designers for their Brides and Grooms when designing their wedding albums. Many Brides and Grooms now demand wedding albums that are more than just a bunch of photos stuck down with mattes. Several new digital wedding album companies have sprung up around the globe to help fill this need. Brides beware. These album companies are offering photography studios ready-made digital sample albums of images that the photography studio didn't even create! Some disreputable photographers are actually showing unsuspecting Brides and Grooms these sample albums as their own work!
If you view a digital sample album of some wedding that was photographed in some exotic location or foreign country be very skeptical that the photographer that is showing you the album actually created the images in the album. Almost every digital album company will imprint the studio name at the end of the album if the work was actually created by the photographer you are visiting. If you do not see the studio imprint, the album you are viewing may actually be a sample album that the photographer purchased for a nominal fee. These sample albums are sold to photography studios to show clients the quality and style of a particular album manufacturer and not to be passed off as the photographer's own work. Unfortunately, many photographers knowingly deceive Brides and Grooms by showing these sample albums as their own work.
Congratulations on your engagement!
When making choices for your wedding day, one of the most important and longest lasting will be your choice of wedding photographer. Not all photographers are the same. There are dozens of "cheap" photographers that will provide photography for a low price. Don't be misled by considering price alone. Quality wedding photographers have years of training, belong to local and national professional photographic associations, and have earned professional degrees and accreditations.
The photographers at Rice Photography are true wedding professionals. There is no other studio in Ohio with more awards in the field of wedding photography than Rice Photography. The artisans at Rice Photography have received virtually EVERY award available in the field - including receiving the award for International Wedding Photographer of the Year by the International Photographic Council, a branch of the United Nations in New York.
Please check out our website at www.ricephoto.com and then give us a call at (440) 979 0770 to set up your personal consultation with us and view our award-winning wedding images.
Thank you and best of luck with all your wedding planning.
Over the years, the area known as Voinavich Park and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum have become increasingly popular with Brides and Grooms. Unfortunately, the City of Cleveland is also utilizing these areas much more on Saturday afternoons for numerous civic events. When there is a function planned in this area of Cleveland, it is impossible to use these areas for wedding photography. These areas are routinely blocked off from vehicle access, there could be hundreds or even thousands of people milling around, and there may be booths, stands or other structures that would interfere with photo opportunities and obstruct the desired view. In addition, traffic in these areas can be quite heavy and take considerable time to get through.
If you are considering utilizing the Voinavich Park, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum area, please check the www.cleveland.com website to see if any events are scheduled on your wedding date. This can prevent a lot of disappointment and wasted time on your special day.
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there are three lives before you: his life, her life and your life together.
Go now to your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your life together.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion to the place where the river meets the sun.
And may your days together be good and long upon this earth.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the prettiest and largest parks in the State of Ohio. Because of the immense popularity of this park with the public, commercial photography (including professional wedding and portrait photography) is allowed only if the client secures a use permit in advance. Failure to do so can result in stiff fines and the confiscation of all film and/or digital media cards. Please do not ask the photographer to just "take a chance" and try to use the park without a permit. You could end up with no images from your wedding day and an invoice from the photography studio to replace confiscated film and/or media cards.
With the advent of digital photography, many amateur photographers can now afford to own the same quality cameras as professionals. However, having a quality camera does not make you a quality wedding photographer. The cameras, as well as flash equipment, brackets, etc, are only the tools needed to create photographs. These tools don't make someone a skilled artisan in photography any more than they do in any other field. Think about it - if someone hands you a pair of $150 sneakers and a basketball will you be able to play like Lebron? Will a $1,500 set of Ping clubs and the best golf shoes and glove that money can buy turn you into the next Tiger Woods? Of course not! When you hire a professional wedding photographer you are hiring an experienced artist with years of training and knowledge.
Anybody can claim to be a professional photographer. By definition, being professional simply means that you are paid for the service you provide. Ask everyone that you are considering as your wedding photographer which professional associations they belong to and what professional credentials they have earned. Professional photography has certification programs similar to accountants. The best wedding photographers hold a Masters Degree in the field. There is a difference between photographers. Shop around, ask the right questions, and then hire the best!
Do you think that anyone who swings a baseball bat should be paid eight million dollars a year? Do you consider anyone who owns a Guitar to be a world-class musician? Do you believe that anyone who drives a car should qualify as a NASCA driver? Do you think that anyone who owns a hammer and nails should serve as an Architect and be commissioned to design and construct your next house? Why, then, would you ever have confidence in just anyone who owns a camera? Trusting just anyone, who owns a camera, to deliver a “Professional” product is a bit like loading all but one bullet in the chamber of a pistol, giving it a spin and engaging in the deadly game of “Russian Roulette.” Now, more than ever, the Professional Photographer has to up the ante in the never-ending quest for Professional excellence. With the advent of all the current and rapidly changing technological options, the Professional Photographer is inundated and continually challenged by methods of composition, color balance, resolution, printing, tonal range, color space, correct and proper sensor care, histograms, software proficiency including all forms of retouching and monitoring correct dynamic ranges.
You can be sure that a Professional Photographer is extremely interested in elevating the beloved Profession of making Images. The Professional Photographer spends countless hours honing theory, technology and art.
THE PLAIN TRUTH ABOUT AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS!
People with cameras who are not trained or educated about the properties of light, cannot properly understand and work with light! This may sound redundant, but the ability to recognize and correctly use light is the most important ingredient when creating compelling photographs! Amateur Photographers are called that for a reason! Many Amateurs actually believe that because they see an image on the back of the camera they have created a worthwhile image. This is usually not true! Since the image on the LCD back of a digital camera contains so much contrast, clients are often shocked to learn that many and sometimes all the images are not in sharp focus or properly exposed. The compositions of these photographs often leave much to be desired. It takes countless hours of practice to produce proper exposure and sharpness. This is in addition to all the scientific issues that have been mentioned above.
NOTE: There were good reasons that the disposable cameras fad didn’t last long for most wedding receptions. The resulting pictures were underexposed or overexposed, badly composed, over flashed, and just plain meaningless. Brides and Grooms soon found that the money spent on disposable cameras was a waste. Thankfully this idea went away in favor of professional imagery which not only showed Who, What, When, Why but also the Feelings and Emotions.
You will live a lifetime with either a professional quality, meaningful photograph or you will spend a lifetime desperately trying to like a set of images which could have been professionally created.The choice is up to you!
As one of the leading wedding photography studios in the nation, MTV Productions contacted us at Rice Photography looking for couples to participate in a new reality show about planning a real wedding. The following letter from MTV provides the available details.
MTV is casting a new documentary series that features a young couple (between the ages of 18 - 23) in the process of getting married in next few months. Each individual couple chosen will be the center of a half-hour show that takes us through their planning, their actual wedding and beyond. In addition to sharing how they met, how he proposed and what her dress will look like, we also want to explore the issue of age and marriage...does it matter or not? What do their family and friends think? How will their life change once they are married? What do they look forward to with their future spouse? They must be willing to let cameras into their life in order for us to capture their entire wedding experience!
If you are working with any couples who may be interested in being a part of this project, please have them send us their story right away! We are urgently looking so we can start shooting with them NOW! We'd love to know how they met, their proposal story, when they plan on getting married and any other interesting information about them and/or their wedding. Also please have them include their names, ages, wedding date and contact information. Email Stephanie Gholam, MTV Casting Director - Stephanie.Gholam@mtvnmix.com or feel free to give me a call at the number below.
Thank you so much for your time!
Associate Producer, MTV news & docs
With over 25 years of experience in the field of wedding photography, it is unnecessary for the staff at Rice Photography to attend wedding rehearsals prior to the wedding day. Over the years, we have been to most every church and synagogue in the Greater Cleveland area. As professionals, we can determine the best locations and angles for photographing a wedding service very quickly on the day of the event itself. Many churches and synagogues can provide you with a list of the photographic guidelines that can be passed on to us prior to the wedding.
If a couple insists that we attend a wedding rehearsal, there is a $500 charge for one of us to be there. A photographer will spend about an hour at the site where the wedding service will take place and will take some photographs of the rehearsal itself. This does not include attendance at the dinner that usually follows the wedding rehearsal. These images will be included in your set of wedding originals.
Wedding rehearsal coverage is not available for all weddings. Friday weddings, scheduled appointments and other commitments may prevent the availability of a photographer to attend a wedding rehearsal. If you would like a photographer at your wedding rehearsal, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can try to accommodate your request. Sincerely, The photographic staff at Rice Photography
At Rice Photography, many of our photographic services and packages will include the printing of photographic originals from the event or session. These originals are what other photographers may refer to as proofs or previews and may be made in 3 ½” x 5”, 4” x 5” or 4” x 6” size.
Photographic originals are printed to give the client a tangible representation of the images recorded at the event or session. Although the quality of photographic originals is very high, they are not necessarily color and density corrected. Some variances in both the representation of color as well as the overall density (darkness/lightness) may exist with your originals. Photographic originals are printed on the same professional grade photo paper as any other image that you would receive from our studio. Originals are permanent and will not fade.
Please use your photographic originals as a method of determining which images you would like printed for your albums or frames. Color and density correction, as well as retouching of images, is naturally handled when enlargements are made. Your finished images will look as good as we can possibly provide. Do not view your photographic originals as a basis of determining the quality of the images you will ultimately receive.
If you have any questions about your originals, please call us at (440) 979 0770 and we will be happy to address them.
At Rice Photography, our goal is to create the ultimate wedding album of your dreams. We are happy to provide you with a free wedding album design consultation after you have had some time to view your originals and begin making your selections. We ask that you attempt to “narrow down” the images to a group of your favorites for possible inclusion in your finished wedding album. For example, please select the best of any family groupings and Bridal party images.
During your wedding album design consultation we will discuss the possibility of making color images black & white (and vice versa) as well as sepia toning and spot coloring images. We will discuss mat selection and styles that are available for your album. Images can be grouped together on a page with matting or collaged onto a single piece of photographic paper. Besides traditional photographic sizes, panorama prints and half panorama prints are available. The inclusion of your wedding invitation, program or a song sheet can all be added to personalize your final album.
The wedding album design session is a tedious but rewarding process. You should allow approximately two hours with own of our design consultants. When making your appointment, be sure to indicate to the telephone receptionist that you need to book this longer time segment into our schedule.
Have you ever watched a professional card player shuffle? The cards move so fast that you can’t see each individual one…they get lost in the shuffle. There are card shufflers in the photography world as well, and they don’t want real professional photographers to look better than they do. Their goal, in fact, is to make your credentials get lost in the shuffle.
Several times each month, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) goes after photographers claiming to be members of PPA who are in fact not. The PPA finds these people based on what members have told us, or on periodic internet searches. Most of the time, the PPA’s first contact solves the issue - they simply stop! Last month, just as the PPA was getting ready to take the issue into court, a photographer and attorney agreed to stop boasting of membership, certification, and degrees.
These imposters want the advantages of PPA’s name without being a member—they want real professional photographers to get lost in the shuffle of names and credentials. You’ve probably figured out why this is important. Membership in the world’s most prestigious professional photography association, achievement of the Certified Professional Photographer status, and the degrees earned all set real professional photographers apart from the imposters. PPA photographers stand out from the crowd.
In fact, in a recent conversation with a consumer reporter, the importance of PPA membership was confirmed when the PPA learned that they always advise consumers to look for professional association membership and/or certification when selecting a photographer. That’s just more solid proof that other photographers would want to lay claim to PPA’s membership without earning it.
PPA membership, certification, and degrees set real professional photographers apart in a crowded marketplace. Smart consumers pay attention to this. This is just what the imposters don’t want to happen; this is why they try to falsely claim membership in PPA — to make real professional photographers get lost in the shuffle.
In many professions, certification programs exist to separate true professionals from just anyone with limited skills in an occupation. Occupations that do not require licensing to perform the particular service tend to have certification programs. Most health and hygiene fields such as nursing, massage therapist, barbers, hairdressers, makeup artists, etc are licensed by the state so certification would be redundant. In these fields, it is illegal to work in the profession without the proper licensing. Certification programs exist in many fields that do not require licensing. Certification programs are typically administered by trade associations to insure to the buying public the highest levels of quality products and services available. Certification programs are strictly monitored to maintain their integrity. In most cases, an applicant must pass both a written exam as well as a visual demonstration of their skills in the profession.
In planning your wedding, you will deal with both licensed and unlicensed occupations when selecting vendors. Your caterer and bakery must possess a state health license to prepare and serve food for your guests. Your hairdresser and makeup artist will be licensed as well by the state. These licenses are required to protect you as the consumer from harm. Certification programs act in much the same way. One such area where certification can protect the consumer is in wedding photography. Even though a consumer is not physically harmed by receiving inferior photography, the emotional pain can be just as hurtful. Remarkably, less than 1/10th of one percent of all of the photographers in the field of wedding photography have actually obtained certification in the profession. The sad fact is that anybody with a camera can claim to be a wedding photographer. Many state and national photographic associations have instituted certification programs to help the consumer make the right choice when selecting a wedding photographer. It takes more than just paying annual dues to the association. These certification programs test the knowledge and skill of each photographer and also make certain that they maintain reputable business practices. Choose a certified professional photographer for your wedding and be sure you will receive the highest quality in images and service.
There are several myths regarding digital photography. None of the following “myths” are true and non-digital photographers who are unscrupulous and deceitful when talking to potential clients spread them.
While many maturing Generation X-ers think working out of a Starbucks, Panera Bread, or some other coffee shop is avant-garde, it is no place to make major investment decisions about your wedding day. In recent years, many office-less wedding photographer-want-a-bees have adopted these types of venues as an acceptable place to meet with potential Brides and Grooms. So, instead of viewing numerous wedding albums and sample enlargements on the walls of a legitimate professional wedding photography studio, the Bride and Groom meet with a potential photographer who tucks a couple of wedding albums under their arms. Would you hire your florist in this manner? Would you select your reception facility without seeing it in person? These so-called photographers act more like traveling small appliance salesmen than artistic image-makers. Do you really believe that any of these photographers belong to a professional photographic organization? Do you really believe that any of these photographers have any real professional credentials? Do you really believe that any of these photographers have a degree in photography? Of course the answer to all of these questions is no! Don’t be fooled by these professional photographer imposters – select a wedding professional that has an office in their home or a retail space.
In the never-ending quest to make certain that every Bride and Groom begin their new life together in debt, the latest over-priced “fad” is photo booths at weddings. At a rental cost of upwards of $1,000 or more, this decades-old gimmick is certain to turn your elegant wedding reception into a circus. Just think about it. You two walk by these booths every time you go to any of the area shopping malls and you would never consider wasting your money on them. Yet, local vendors and Bridal Consultants are now telling Brides and Grooms that these photo booths are all the rage in California. Reality check: in a poll of over 100 of the most popular reception sites in California, not one of them has ever seen a photo booth set up at a wedding. Most of the banquet managers laughed and said that their clientele was too classy for something so cheesy.
Photo booths are frequented most by young adolescents that hang out at the mall. Nobody mistakes that strip one 1” square pictures as anything but a gag. The quality is poor and the results are equal to the investment. If you want to turn your reception into a joke, go ahead and seek out one of these machines. If you want a wedding reception that people will remember for fellowship, great food, music and dancing, invest your money on things that matter.
The choice of your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions that any Bride and Groom will make regarding their wedding. Unlike most of the other choices of vendors for a wedding, the implications of a good or bad photographer are felt each time you view your photographs throughout your marriage. The following tips should help making the right choice easier.
It is now possible to post your wedding photography images on the Internet. At Rice Photography, we use a third-party image hosting service located at www.eventpix.com This highly respected web company hosts photographic images by photographers across the country. After logging on and locating your wedding event, you and your guests can view images from the wedding day and even order pictures through their secure server using a credit card.
The cost for having a selection of your wedding images (approx. 100 – 150 images of our choice) on the site for a period of thirty days is only $50.00. If you desire to have all of your wedding images on the site, the fee is $150.00. If you choose to have the images posted for a longer period of time, the additional cost is $25.00 per thirty-day period. One final note, no images will be posted until after the wedding package balance is paid in full.
If you have any questions about this policy and how you can utilize it for your wedding, please call us at (440) 979 0770.
The U.S. Copyright Act protects photographers and other creative artists by giving the author of any photograph the exclusive rights to reproduce your photographs. This includes the right to control the making of copies in any form.
It is ILLEGAL to copy or reproduce these photographs yourself or elsewhere without our written permission, and violators of this Federal Law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.
We are certified members of the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of Ohio both of which monitors copyright violators. For orders call (440) 979-0770 or on the web at www.ricephoto.com
Infrared photography has long been one of the most interesting and mysterious applications of photography. From its earliest beginnings in the 1920’s and 1930’s as a technical and scientific film to its current applications in both landscape and portrait/wedding photography, Infrared has fascinated photographers. The artist inside of me appreciates Infrared photography for its ethereal qualities. The businessman in me appreciates the competitive advantage that using Infrared imaging can provide for my studio. If you have never experimented with Infrared imaging, there is no time like the present. If Infrared imaging is something that you did back in photography school but haven’t used lately, it is time to rediscover this interesting media. If you are a veteran Infrared film user but looking to move into the digital age, then this book should help you through the transition.
Digital Infrared photography for me was a natural extension from shooting Infrared film for so many years. When we decided to make the transition to digital capture for our portrait and wedding work, we looked for a digital solution for creating Infrared imaging.
The purpose of this book is to show photographers that Infrared image capture can be done with digital cameras and techniques as well as it could be with traditional Infrared films. I hope that you get as much reward from viewing these images and text as I and others have had in creating them.
Scientist William Herschel is considered as the person who discovered infrared in part because he described the relationship and similarity between heat and light. Herschel determined that there were a refraction of light rays emitted from the sun that were not visible, yet they existed and could even produce heat. Although William Herschel was essentially an amateur astronomer, his discoveries and technical achievements were of enormous significance. William Herschel was responsible for increasing the dimensions of the Milky Way, discovering the satellites of Saturn, the rotation of Saturn's rings as well as the motion of binary stars. Herschel experimented extensively with techniques for grinding and polishing specula mirrors. England’s King George III himself had a fascination for astronomy. He kept abreast of the latest discoveries and patronized the leading astronomers of the day. When Herschel made his remarkable discovery of Uranus in 1781, his fame quickly spread and the King was duly impressed. This led to a royal appointment and a grant of £200 a year to pursue his enquiries firstly at the King's seat, Datchet, near Windsor, and latterly at Slough. In return he was expected to show the Royal Family and their guests interesting astronomical observations. The King even rewarded Herschel with £4,000 towards the construction of what was then the world's largest telescope, which was a reflector, 40 ft in length with a massive 48-inch mirror. It was through his observations of the sun that Herschel accidentally discovered the existence of infrared radiation. Using thermometers and prisms he made experiments that led to a series of papers being published in 1800 on the discovery of the independent behavior of radiant heat and Infrared light.
Walter Clark is considered the Father of Infrared Photography. Clark was involved in the development of infrared film in 1920’s and 1930’s at the Eastman Kodak Company. Clark's first publication on the use of infrared photography appeared in the Journal of the Biological Photographic Association in 1934. He described some of the earliest photography with infrared - landscapes taken in 1924 by the U.S. Army. He reviewed the sensitization of emulsions for infrared then discussed cameras, lenses and filtration. He briefly mentioned other applications in medicine, forensic science and paleontology, describing infrared photographs of the face and noting that African American skin appeared to reflect infrared radiation. He also noted that breast cancer could be detected through proper illumination, and he theorized that infrared photography could enhance the results. Clark noted that the skin of appeared chalky, red lips recorded light and that some lines of the face were exaggerated. He repeated these findings in his later articles in 1937 and 1939 when he wrote a short but informative chapter entitled 'Photography of the Infrared' in 1937 and wrote similar articles reviewing the infrared technique in 1939. His definitive work on infrared radiation called Photography By Infrared was published in 1939.
H. Lou Gibson was for many years, editor and consultant in medical, biological, scientific, and technical photography for the Eastman Kodak Company. He was contributing member and a fellow of the Biological Photographic Association, as well as a registered biological photographer of the BPA in the medicine specialty. In 1964 he won the Communications Award of the BPA for original work in infrared color photography and medicine. In 1945, Gibson wrote a research paper on infrared photography of patients with particular medical conditions. A true pioneer in the field, Gibson described the use of flash equipment, the need to test camera equipment for infrared leakage, the requirement for even 'wrap-around' lighting, and the technique of un-sharp area masking for accentuating fine detail. The research paper explained how Infrared photography could be used in the detection of breast cancer. In 1978, Gibson chose to update Walter Clark’s text Photography By Infrared. This book is considered by many as the Bible of Infrared photography.
In more recent years, several photographers have stepped up to lead a new generation of photographers in their explorations into the world of Infrared photography. Laurie White is the author of both The Infrared Handbook and its updated version Advanced Infrared Photography Handbook. The text in both of White’s books is grounded in solid technical information on every aspect of Infrared photography. She is considered one of the most talented instructors in the field of Infrared. Her books have long been seen as the standard for Infrared in the modern age.
Joseph Paduano is another of today’s Infrared masters. His books The Art of Infrared Photography and Infrared Nude Photography are both well written and beautifully illustrated. Paduano has a keen understanding of the beauty that Infrared film can lend to any subject. Todd Damiano is a master of medium-format Infrared photography. Using Konica’s 120 film sized Infrared film, Damiano has shown the photography community the film’s stark contrast in his scenic photography. Todd had his beautiful work published in his book Infrared Landscape Photography.
In the area of people photography in Infrared, a number of photographers have helped to make great advances in the field. Richard Beitzal showed in his book Infrared Portrait Photography an art form that is like no other. His beautiful portraits debunked many of the accepted restrictions in using Infrared film. Beitzal’s striking Infrared images showcase close-ups of people, the use of long focal length lenses, and studio portraiture – all things that many users of Infrared film said could not be done. Fortunately for the photography community and his clients, Richard allowed his art to speak for itself.
Last are the new pioneers in the field of Infrared wedding photography. There are several photographers in recent years that have helped to make Infrared photography on weddings much more accepted. Ferdinand Neubauer, Richard Beitzal, Gary Fong, Ken Sklute, Don Emmerich, Laurie Klein and others have contributed greatly through their images, magazine articles and books. Of course, I would consider my family as important pioneers in this area as well. Along with my wife, Barbara Rice and my stepson Travis Hill, we published the only book dedicated strictly to this topic. Our book Infrared Wedding Photography has been critically acclaimed and accepted as the definitive guide to this area of Infrared photography. Through the years, the three of us have lectured to tens of thousands of photographers on how Infrared wedding photography can benefit their photography businesses. My recent articles in the area of digital Infrared photography in Rangefinder, Lens, The Contact Sheet and other photographic publications led to the writing of this text.
Infrared photography began as a technical film to be used in scientific, medical and military applications. Both Walter Clark and H. Lou Gibson of the Eastman Kodak Company found medical applications of Infrared film that helped in the detection of certain diseases. Their research papers and books helped doctors the world over in diagnosing common ailments in the human body. Each of these men used both black & white and color Infrared films to identify particular health problems.
Medical photography has three purposes: record keeping, illustration and discovery. In essence, Infrared photography can emit luminescence in the Infrared range when the subject is illuminated with light as well as showing the transmission of Infrared radiation when the subject is illuminated with studio lighting that excites the Infrared radiation. Infrared radiation can penetrate 2 – 3mm into the skin. In 1967, the Eastman Kodak Company published the first book to deal directly with this subject – Medical Infrared Photography. The scientists at Kodak described in great detail numerous examples of how Kodak Infrared emulsions could be used in the medical field. One of the major advantages to Infrared photography in diagnostics was in tone differentiation. The veins in a person’s skin are more visible with Infrared films than normal panchromatic or color films. These tonal differences allow the early and non-evasive discovery of circulation disorders in some patients. Infrared photography is also used in studies of the eye, especially the retina, to emphasize melanotic lesions.
The military applications of Infrared imaging have always been one of the most significant uses for Infrared films and video. All of us vividly remember watching the Infrared cameras of the United State “smart bombs” as the ordinances seek and destroy their targets. Again, Walter Clark was instrumental in working with the U.S. Army Air Corp as early as the 1920’s with military applications of Infrared sensitized recording materials. Through my research I found an old magazine advertisement from the Eastman Kodak Company exalting Kodak’s role in helping with the war effort in World War II. The ad contains three photographs. One is an image of a factory taken with normal black & white film. The second photograph shows the same area but the building has been camouflaged so that it cannot be detected by aerial surveillance. The third photograph illustrates how Kodak Infrared film can detect the false cover or camouflage in an aerial photograph. The ad states, “Natural grass and foliage contain chlorophyll – Nature’s coloring matter. Camouflage materials lack this living substance. Chlorophyll reflects invisible Infrared light rays – and Kodak Infrared Film registers this invisible light, making the natural areas look light in the picture – almost white. In violent contrast, the “dead” camouflaged areas show up dark – almost black – in the picture.” While lecturing in Cincinnati, Ohio some years back on the topic of Infrared, I shared this ad with the photographers in attendance. An elderly photographer, George Mayhew, raised his hand to make a comment. George informed all of us that he actually was one of the Army Air Corp photographers in World War II that would fly over Nazi Germany looking for munitions plants and army barracks. He regularly used Infrared film for camouflage detection as cited in the old magazine ad. He stated very bluntly “After we got the film developed, we knew where to go back and drop the bombs”. This poignant yet chilling statement reinforced Infrared film’s importance to the war effort at the time. Recently, I was having a discussion with retired U.S. Coast Guard photographer Jim Perkins. He described how the military used both black & white and color Infrared films. Perkins pointed out how different vegetation would record differently – especially with color Infrared slide film. Different plant species would be rendered different shades of red with color Infrared. He explained how this would be beneficial in the detection of Marijuana plants that were planted in cornfields to hide detection from the air. He would take color Infrared images of these innocent-looking cornfields to detect the growers of these illegal drugs. I never imagined that Infrared film was used in the war on drugs!
In 2000, the total United States market for Infrared imaging rose to over $1.8 billion with an annual growth rate of more than 6%. Military spending accounts to over 90% of that total. Security and surveillance companies are the next largest users of Infrared technology. Human identification and tracking are common uses for Infrared. The latest development in Infrared imaging is face recognition technology. With security being so important as global terrorism increases, Infrared imaging can be used to detect disguises or other means of shielding a person’s identity.
In speaking with a gentlemen that had just completed serving five years in the U.S. Marine Corp, he also emphasized the importance of Infrared. He was thoroughly trained in the use of Infrared imaging – especially Infrared night vision equipment. Curiously, he explained that the military has developed clothing that cannot be detected by Infrared. He pointed out that all digital images are made up of tiny squares that represent colors. This specially designed clothing is made up of similar tiny squares – thus making it invisible even to Infrared night vision scopes. Our troops can move about at night without being seen by this type of detection device while enemy soldiers cannot. I remarked that you could still see someone’s face and hands with Infrared spotting scopes, but was told that the military has clothing and masks that cover the soldier from head to toe.
Infrared radiation has also become very important in the field of Astrology. Ironically, almost 300 years after William Herschel first discovered Infrared radiation in his study of the stars, Infrared radiation is revolutionizing how astronomers look at the heavens. In fact, almost every celestial body has been found to radiate much more stronger in the Infrared wavelengths than in any other with some only being detected through Infrared. In David Allen’s book Infrared: The New Astronomy he outlined the many unusual and unexpected astrological discoveries made through Infrared research.
Infrared radiation is also used in the observance of plant life and ecology. Infrared photography can detect problems with vegetation caused by disease, lack of water, or insect infestation. Infrared photography’s role in the detection of these problems lies in the fact that plants lose their ability to reflect Infrared light when they are under stress from one of the above mentioned problems. The farming community relies on Infrared imaging for crop studies to detect diseases at an early stage before too much damage has occurred.
The observance of animal populations in the wild is sometimes difficult because of the species protective coloring that camouflages them and makes them difficult to spot. Many species tend to blend into their surroundings. This coloration does not extend into the Infrared range and Infrared photography can differentiate animals from the vegetation that they live in. This is of great value in tracking the numbers of some animals and determining if a breed is thriving or facing extinction.
Infrared photography has been used for many years by law enforcement. Criminal labs employ Infrared imaging to expose document forgery or forged paintings and works of art. Even documents that have been badly charred by fire can sometimes be salvaged through Infrared imaging.
These technical applications of Infrared photography and measurement of Infrared radiation in general have from the beginning led to developments that have greatly helped landscape and portrait photographers. Their breakthroughs have led to improvements in film, equipment and application for all of us Infrared enthusiasts.
No study of Infrared photography would be complete without first understanding what light is and how it works. What we commonly call light is actually energy radiated from our Sun in our solar system. The scientific community refers to this energy from the Sun as the Electromagnetic Spectrum. All energy from X-Rays to radio waves is part of this spectrum. For the purposes of traditional photography, we will consider the visible spectrum and those areas of radiation before and after the visible spectrum. The human eye primarily sees in the range between 400 – 700 nanometers. Each color that we see corresponds to a particular wavelength of light. Shorter wavelengths are in the blue range starting at 400 nanometers. Longer wavelengths are in the deep red range up to and beyond 700 nanometers. What we perceive as daylight or white light is actually a mixture of all of the wavelengths of light within this range. This “mix” produces our perception of white. On a sunny day, the light that we see about an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset is seen as white even though the actual color temperature of the light changes throughout the day. Color temperature is important because it measures the amount of light at a particular color. The accepted color temperature of daylight is between 5200 – 5500 degrees Kelvin. Variations in this color temperature produce differing results with all photographic recording media. It is important to realize that the amazing device that we call the human eye adapts very quickly to different lighting situations and can make things appear like we expect them to appear. Cameras, both film and digital capture, do not have this capability. For example, incandescent light bulbs have a color temperature between 3000 and 3500 nanometers – very much in the yellow wavelength. If we walk into a room illuminated with incandescent illumination, our eyes will very rapidly give us the impression that everything is illuminated normally (like white light). Daylight balanced film and digital cameras set to a daylight mode will however see the light at its true color and wavelength and record an image with a yellow or amber cast to it.
Normal photographic cameras can record in three separate spectrums; Ultraviolet, Visible, and Infrared. The Ultraviolet spectrum is the range of very short waves of light just before the visible blue wavelengths at 400 nanometers. For purposes of this text, we will not deal with the Ultraviolet spectrum. Again, the visible spectrum is the range between 400 – 700 nanometers. This is very important to Infrared imagers because we need to understand this spectrum and make provisions to eliminate the recording of some if not this entire spectrum when recording Infrared radiation. The Infrared spectrum is from 700 nanometers and beyond. Most Infrared photographers work in the spectrum known as “Near Infrared”: 700 – 900 nanometers because this is where both Infrared film and digital Infrared sensitivity exists. For simplicity, I will refer to the Near Infrared range as simply Infrared.
Our vision is limited to the visible spectrum, which makes the recording of the invisible that much more interesting. I’ve used both Kodak and Konica Infrared films for more than twenty-five years. Through research and experimentation, I have been able to produce a commercially viable service to my portrait and wedding clients. My wife Barbara and stepson Travis Hill wrote the book Infrared Wedding Photography to help mainstream wedding photographers successfully create salable Infrared wedding images. Today, photographers across the country are integrating Infrared photography into their wedding day imaging.
Both Infrared film and digital Infrared cameras record the visible spectrum as well as the Infrared spectrum. In fact, Infrared films are actually more sensitive to the shorter blue wavelengths than they are to the longer Infrared wavelengths. In order to achieve striking Infrared images, part or the entire visible spectrum must be blocked so that the blue wavelengths do not overwhelm the image and lessen the Infrared look of the photograph.
The fisheye camera lens is the most intriguing of all lens used in photography. Because the lens “sees” so much more than our eyes can, it has fascinated photographers the world over. The distortion created by the fisheye lens makes photographs different than we would expect. It is this distortion of reality that has elevated fisheye lens photography to an art form in recent years. No other lens can completely change your photographic style in the way a fisheye lens can.
Many years ago, I got “hooked” on fisheye photographs. They were so different than everything else I was seeing or was shooting myself. I saved my money to purchase my first fisheye lens – the 24mm lens for the Mamiya 645 medium format camera - and have never looked back. I have been a loyal user ever since. Fisheye lens photographs became synonymous with my photography. They helped to differentiate my work from my competition. That first fisheye lens paid for itself the very first year I owned it. Our studio now owns fifteen fisheye lenses and all of our photographers have become very proficient in their use.
In the digital age, occasionally customers inquire about receive their image files. Packages do not include rights to the digital files. You will not receive a CD with the high-resolution images from your event. Why do you want them? What is your purpose in having them?
As the leading wedding photography studio in Northern Ohio with a thirty-year reputation of the highest quality images, we at Rice Photography must control the printing of our image files to insure that each image is the best it can be. Cheap printing is unacceptable for our high standards. Any reprints from any source are a reflection on Rice Photography. For this reason, we cannot risk compromising quality by having image files available for printing.
I hope you understand our commitment to excellence.
10. "Call and Answer"
- Barenaked Ladies
If you are simply looking for a smooth, easy-listening tune, this is it. The Ladies have created a song with sweet vocals that will set a romantic tone at your reception. Lyrically, "Call and Answer" is about loving someone through thick and thin, despite any faults. This sentiment should echo nicely with the vows made earlier. Also, this song is an uncommon selection for a new couple, so the originality factor is high here.
Favorite line: If you call I will answer/ And if you fall I will pick you up/ And if you court this disaster/ I'll point you home
9. "I Belong To You"
- Lenny Kravitz
Though the image of Kravitz may not be desirable as you dance for the first time as husband and wife, the rocker presents a really good case for choosing his song -- thanks to a funky beat and deep, poetic writing. An account to his woman of his feelings of unconditional love and devotion, this ditty should ring quite true, while avoiding the cheesiness of more well-known wedding songs. No other song recounts so succinctly the feelings you undoubtedly have toward your new bride, so picking this tune for its lyrics is a smart choice. Plus, with such a catchy rhythm, all the guests will be tapping their toes.
Favorite line: Your soul and mind are entwined/ Before you I was blind/ But since I've opened my eyes
8. "By Your Side"
The woman most remembered for "Smooth Operator" strikes quite a chord with this slow jam. You can't go wrong with a song about always being there for your partner, in the good times and the bad. When the lights are dimmed and the spotlight is shining on you and your bride, Sade's hit should really ring true. It's genuine; and, with Sade's smooth voice, will set the mood for the two of you later on in the night.
Favorite line: When you're on the outside / Baby, and you can't get in/ I would show you/ You're so much better than you know
7. "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?"
- Bryan Adams
While Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" is certainly overplayed, his contribution to the “Don Juan DeMarco” soundtrack gets less recognition and should be a great fit for your wedding. Even if it wasn't "your song" when you first started dating, the lyrics are meaningful. So pick it for the content -- not just because it's by Bryan Adams, who traditionally gets a lot of airtime at weddings. (And don't worry, dancing to an Adams song is allowed at weddings. Just don’t get used to it …)
Favorite line: When you love a woman you tell her / That she's really wanted/ When you love a woman you tell her that she's the one
- Elvis Costello
When it comes to weddings, "She" is a great alternative to the more common ballads. Taking the good with the bad, Costello shows that a woman's imperfections may be as attractive as her assets, both physical and mental. It may seem like the "cheese" factor is high, but the originality of expression more than makes up for it. For this reason, Costello is your man. Those previously unfamiliar with the song have been known to take an immediate liking to it because of its emotion, so try it out.
Favorite line: Me, I'll take her laughter and her tears/ And make them all my souvenirs/ 'Cause where she goes I've got to be
5. ”And I Love Her”
- The Beatles
For those who love to reminisce, it doesn't get much better than this song. With the unmistakable Beatles sound, McCartney and Lennon get across a recognizable message (undying love for a gorgeous woman) in a creative way. Attractive in its simplicity, you can sway to this song and look into your wife's eyes with the same feelings expressed by the legendary group. Though this may not be your top priority, any Beatles tune will likely be well received by guests as well, since just about all of their hits are adored classics.
Favorite line: I give her all my love/ That's all I do/ And if you saw my love/ You'd love her too
4. “Knocks Me Off My Feet”
- Stevie Wonder
This song, from the Wonder man himself, stands up today more than ever. The sweet piano playing and cadence of his voice make for a great slow dance, while his lyrics will make your new wife teary-eyed in a heartbeat. If you're looking for an oldie but a goodie, this is it. For many couples, it is part of their own personal soundtrack, spawning the happy memories of their wedding day. Join the select club who has picked this song, as it contains all the criteria a bride and groom require for that special dance.
Favorite line: There's something 'bout your love/ That makes me weak and knocks me off my feet
3. “It Had To Be You”
- Harry Connick, Jr.
For a big band classic, it does not get any better than this renowned song. For whatever reason, this perfect wedding piece often gets overlooked, though that should not be after you listen to the lyrics. As another vow-like song that brings up themes like love everlasting, both you and your grandparents will appreciate Connick Jr.'s version. It's the type of song that, 15 years from now, you can put into your sound system and still really enjoy, as you think back on that special day.
Favorite line: For nobody else gave me a thrill/ With all your faults I love you still/ It had to be you, wonderful you
2. “You're Just Too Good To Be True”
- Lauryn Hill
If you want to add a bit of urban flavor to your wedding, Lauryn Hill's ballad is a wise choice. Encompassing true love and the feelings of joy that it brings, the song avoids the stereotypical expressions of love with the original lyrics from the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons classic.
When Hill added her own touch to it, it was remade into a hip love song worthy of consideration for couples who want to keep the music at their reception modern but still relevant.
Favorite line: Pardon the way that I stare/ There's nothing else to compare/ The sight of you leaves me weak/ There are no words left to speak
1. “When I Fall In Love”
- Nat King Cole
The one song that stands head and shoulders above the rest has to be this one. The powerful, rich voice of Cole, the music, and the inspirational words combine to form a piece of art worthy of a first dance by newlyweds. Since being with your wife forever should be pleasantly on your mind, why not play a song that emits the same message?
What's more is that the soft vocals and classical music really set the tone well -- don't be surprised if your wife has a tear in her eye as the first chords of the song start playing. Who knows, with Cole's voice as a trigger, you are likely to get choked up as well. Or not...
Favorite line: When I give my heart it will be completely/ Or I'll never give my heart/ And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too/ Is when I fall in love with you
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Dear Mr. Rice:
Congratulations! You have been nominated and will receive the International Professional Photographer Award.
IPC will present the award to you as the Top Wedding Photographer at a luncheon celebrating May, the Month of International Professional Photographers at the United Nations on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, from 11:30AM to 2:00PM. The luncheon will be held at the UN Delegate Dining Room on the 4th Floor. The entrance is at 46th Street and 1st Avenue, New York City.
Mr. Patrick Siewert, President of Kodak Professional will also be presented with the Industry Leadership Award.
IPC has been affiliated with the United Nations since 1983, and is the only photographic organization affiliated with the UN.
We look forward to presenting the award to you at the luncheon on May 3, 2000. Please bring your ID card and this letter for admittance to the UN Building.
James L. Chung
Chairman & CEO
At Rice Photography, we prefer that you or a member of your family come into our studio to pick up any photographs that we produce for you. However, we understand that coming into the studio is not always possible. Escalating shipping costs and the carelessness in which the U.S. Postal Service and UPS have handled photographs has made it necessary for us to pass these costs onto you the recipient. Your wedding originals (proofs) and any other small photographic print order can be shipped to your home or business for a flat fee of $25.00. If you would like your finished wedding album shipped to you the flat fee will be $35.00. These fees are to cover the actual shipping costs, insurance, and delivery confirmation as well as our time and expense in packaging and delivering the package to the shipper.
All large shipments (proofs and wedding albums) are shipped via UPS. Due to the number of shipments that have been lost or damaged, we have been forced to require an adult signature for the release of every package. If you can not be home for the delivery of your package, you will be required to pick it up at your nearest UPS hub facility.
The choice of a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your special day. There are hundreds of photographers in the area to choose from – how do you decide? Are photographers are not alike! True professional wedding photographers in the Cleveland area belong to the Society of Northern Ohio Professional Photographers (SONOPP). This association, founded in 1949, boasts membership of only the finest wedding professionals in the area. SONOPP members benefit from continuous education in the field through monthly meetings and programs, access to educational materials, and sharing knowledge with their peers. SONOPP has a strict Code of Ethics that is rigidly enforced to ensure the consumer is not only hiring a talented photographer, but also one with impeccable business practices. SONOPP members work together in case of emergency to ensure that all weddings contracted with its members are photographed professionally. Because of this, you never have to worry about your SONOPP member photographer getting sick or otherwise unable to be at the wedding – you will have a qualified photographer at your event.
Don’t settle for less – hire a photographer that is a member of the Society of Northern Ohio Professional Photographers. You’ll be glad you did!
The Indian marriage ceremony is a highly auspicious occasion of Indian culture with customs and rituals dating back more than 5000 years. The ceremony is performed inside a Mandap (Wedding Pavilion) symbolizing the home into which the bride and the groom are welcomed. The mantras are recited in Sanskrit and symbolic gestures and rituals ensure that the bride and the groom are united in the presence of the God with Agni (Sacred Fire) as the witness. The ceremony starts with the Nadaswaram (Indian wind instrument) music.
8:45 to 9:30 am Baraat (45 min)
Baraat - The bridegroom arrives on a decorated white horse, accompanied by his friends and family in a singing and dancing procession.
9:30 to 9:40 am Milni (10 min)
Milni - The party is greeted by the bride’s family and friends.
9:40 to 10:00 am Ganesh Pooja and Navkar Mantra (20 min)
Prayers are offered to Lord Ganesh, requesting His divine grace to get rid of all evils and pave the way for a successful ceremony. The Navkar Mantra is recited by remembering the virtues of the supreme spiritual personalities, and seeking their blessings to emulate them. It is the most fundamental mantra in Jainism and contains the essence of Jainism.
10:00 to 10:15 am Punyaha Vachana, Navagraha Pooja & Naandi (15 min)
At 10 am, the bride walks to the mandap
Punyaha Vachana - The priest sprinkles holy water on the bride, the groom, their families and the surrounding environment. Navagraha Pooja - The priest performs pooja to seek blessings from the planets and pacify the nine cosmic forces which influence human destiny. Naandi – The priest invites the spirits of the forefathers of both the bride and the groom to grace the wedding and bless the couple.
10:15 to 10:30 am Kashiyatra and Varapooja (15 min)
Kashiyatra – The groom pretends to leave for Kashi, a pilgrimage center to devote himself to God. The bride’s father, on behalf of the family, advises him of the superiority of a married life to that of an ascetic life, and persuades him to take on the responsibilities of a house-holder. Varapooja - The bride's father treats the groom as equivalent to Lord Vishnu by washing his feet and requests the groom to marry his daughter.
10:30 to 10:40 am Garland Exchange and Mangalashtakam (10 min)
Garland Exchange - The bride and the groom exchange garlands signifying their commitment and mutual acceptance of one another as life long partners. Mangalashtakam– Eight auspicious slokas (mantras) are sung seeking the prosperity of the bride and groom.
10:40 to 10:55 am Preparation for Wedding (Changing into Wedding Outfit) (10 min)
Mantras are recited to sanctify the bride in preparation for the subsequent stages of marriage. This aspect of the marriage is known as mangala snanam. The gods are invoked to purify the bride in preparation for a harmonious, married life. Next, the bride wears her wedding outfit.
10:55 to 11:10 am Kanyadaanam and Agnistapanam (15 min)
Kanyadaanam means the gift of the bride to the groom. The rituals trace the ancestry of both the bride and the groom beginning with Lord Brahma, the God of Creation. The bride’s father asks the groom to accept his daughter in marriage and treat her as his equal. Agnistapanam (Sacred Fire) is lit to symbolize purity and to act as a witness to the ceremony.
11:10 to 11:30 Mangalya-dharanam, Pani Grahanam & Gath-bandhan (20 min)
Mangalya-dharanam - The groom ties the Thali (Mangal-Sutra) around the bride’s neck. Three knots are tied – the first one by the groom and the other two by the groom’s sister to make the bride a part of the groom’s family. The groom promises to take care of her forever. Pani Grahanam - The groom holds the hand of the bride. This ritual symbolizes the bride surrendering her heart to the groom. Gath-bandhan – A knot is tied using the scarves of the bride and the groom symbolizes the sacred union between the two.
11:30 to 11:40 am Mangal Fera and Laaja Homam (10 min)
Managl Fera - The bride and the groom walk around the sacred fire four times, symbolizing a walk along the four paths of life. The groom leads the first three rounds, and the bride leads the last round. The four rounds mark commitment to live according to Dharma (righteousness), Artha (prosperity), Kama (family and happiness), and Moksha (spiritual enlightment). Laaja Homam – The bride, with the help of her brother and the groom, offers parched rice to the fire. Through this offering, she seeks a long life for her husband.
11:40 to 11:50 am Sapta Padhi (10 min)
Holding the bride’s hand, the groom takes seven steps (sapta padi) symbolizing the beginning of their married life. Each step represents a lifelong vow to each other
1) We will respect each other;
2) We will care for each other;
3) We will be patient with each other;
4) We will be honest and faithful to each other;
5) We will remain together in sorrow and in happiness;
6) We will travel the journey of life in love and harmony;
7) We will do everything to keep our family happy, healthy and strong
11:50 am to noon Ring Exchane & Sweet Exchange, Sindoor, Ashirwad, Vidai and Arundati (10 min)
Ring Exchange – The bride and the groom exchange wedding rings signifying love, devotion and commitment to each other. Sweet Exchange – The couple feeds each other sweets brought by bride’s mother, which symbolizes their first meal together Sindoor – The groom applies a holy red powder along the part of bride’s hair, making her his partner for eternity. Ashirwad (Blessings) – The two priests bless the newlywed couple. The bride and groom receive blessings from their parents and the family elders by touching their feet. Vidai (Farewell) – The bride bids her parents and family farewell as she joins her husband and his family.
At noon for 2 minutes outside building - Arundati
This ritual is performed outside of the building after the completion of the ceremony. It involves a gesture by the priest to view the pole star which signifies a single-minded devotion and steadfast in love.
In the past couple of years, reception halls, decorators and even some bridal coordinators have been pushing the idea of putting chair covers over the chairs at your wedding reception. Why is this? Are the chairs at the reception hall in poor condition and need to be covered? That is typically the purpose of any type of furniture cover. People buy furniture covers when they can't afford to get a new chair or sofa and need to cover holes or stains. Of course this is not the case with your reception hall! The halls, decorators and coordinators are pushing the use of chair covers because it is another way to get more money out of the Bride's purse. Do you realize that chair cover rental (yes, you only rent these covers) can range from $4 - $15 per chair. Invite 200 people to your wedding reception and that can cost you an extra $800 - $3,000! Don't you think you have better things to do with that much money? Weddings never needed chair covers in the past, why should anybody believe they are needed now? Don't get sucked into the latest fads that are really only schemes to separate you from your money. Save your money and leave the chair covers for more gullible brides.