Main Line Today Magazine has done it again! They have pulled together the Main Line Area’s 2019 Top Docs and we were honored to be the event photographer for the celebration!
The party was held at White Manor Country Club with sponsors Tompkins Visa Bank, Genesis of Downingtown, RZ Wealth, Keystone Shops and Slay Displays. Physicians enjoyed an evening celebrating their hard work to help individuals within our communities happy and healthy. Check out a full gallery on Main Line Today Magazine’s Facebook page.
We are always excited to be the event photographer and a sponsor for Main Line Reform Temple’s Speaker Series. This past February we had local celebrity journalist, Terry Gross!
Terry Gross is the host and co- executive producer of Fresh Air. Fresh Air is an interview based radio show nationally broadcasted from right here in the Philadelphia area on WHYY-FM and NPR.
It was a wonderful afternoon learning about Ms. Gross’s interviews and approach to interviewing artists. She has championed interviewing artists from actors, illustrators, musicians to comedians asking the tough questions with empathy and curiosity. Speaking personally it was hearing Ms. Gross speak of her interview with famed children’s author and illustrator, “Where the Wild Things Are”, Maurice Sendak. An air of intrigue and silence fell among the crowd of listeners as we listened to what would be her last interview with the author. Eye’s began to bead with tears as he reflected on his life and his fondness for being interviewed by Ms. Gross. It was a beautiful moment when the excerpt of the interview ended with his comment to her “I’ll go before you go, so I won’t have to miss you.”, referring to Ms. Gross.
Main Line Reform Temple’s Speaker Series allow their sponsors and guests to interact personally with the speakers. Here is a recap of the sponsors welcome reception, lecture and the VIP dessert reception. It was an honor to be there to hear her speak and photograph this event!
Being an event photographer is an honor and privilege. Our role as creator of life long memories is very important to us. It is a role we do not take for granted or lightly at AMC Photography Studios.
There is a quote my mother used when I was growing up. She would say “children should be seen but not heard”. Similarly, here at AMC, we like to say “photographers should be seen but not heard unless directing” and there is a “time and place for directing.” Here are some useful tips to provide to your event photographer:
1. Key Family Members
We will ask our clients to provide us with a mini family tree – a “who’s who” if you will. It allows us as the photographer to be able to recognize, ask and capture ‘key’ family members throughout the event. We ask for this information at least a month in advance to the big day.
2. Family Formals Breakdown
Providing a list of formal family arrangements prior to the date of your event will not only be the key to capturing photographs you are expecting to see afterwards, but also allow for them to be captured quickly and efficiently the day of your event. Your big day; wedding, b’nai mitzvah or coming of age event, should not be spent primarily posing for photographs.
Creating a list prior also allows you to inform family members that they will be in photographs. You can request they be present at a certain time and place accordingly.
Tip: Tell them 15 to 10 minutes prior to the time they are needed. They can wait for you, but you should not be waiting for late comers.
3. Planned Candids
Providing both your family tree and your family formal arrangements allows your event photographer to recognize members of your family. For us here at AMC Photography Studios, it allows us to zero in on key family members during candid moments.
For example: A great candid shot of your uncle watching his brother dancing with his daughter in the father/daughter dance or your cousin breaking it down on the dance floor are the memories we all love and cherish!
4. Special Details
We know so much heart, hard work and planning go into the small details that sometimes get taken for granted, but are important and special to creating the scene of your event. Especially important are those heirloom objects that are included in remembrance of family member or in religious/ heritage tradition. Make sure you stress to your photographer those special details, and when and where they are incorporated in your event. For example some of our favorites are:
A mother of a Bat Mitzvah sewing the buttons from her father’s wedding suit into her daughter’s Tallis (Jewish prayer shawl) in sweet memory of her grandfather wrapping his arms around her as she recites from the Torah.
Recreating a photograph in the same church where the bride’s parents were married thirty years prior will be an instant cherished favorite.
A groom who worked tirelessly to find pennies in ‘new condition’ minted in ‘2001’ the year the couple started dating to provide as a favor of good future for each wedding guest in attendance.
5. Other Important Photographs
While we love photographing creatively and zeroing in on the guests of honor and key family members, there are other guest in attendance who are just as important. We advise not leaving it up to chance. If there is a photograph you are expecting to remember or see in your proofs tell your photographer before the event! It is our job to capture them and unfortunately we are not mind readers. Many of these are the photographs that can be taken at anytime during the event day, prior to the event, cocktail hour or at the reception.
For example: Groom with his Godmother, Penn State Girls with the Bride or Grandmother with her brother and sister.
Our favorite! Basically… if you want a photograph of your surprise then you have to let your event photographer in on the surprise. Promise we won’t tell!
We hope these few tips are helpful as you plan your event and work with your event photographer. – Ann Marie Casey, Principle Photographer
AMC Photography Studios are Commercial and Event Photographers located in Bryn Mawr. The studio has been voted Best of Main Line in 2019 by Main Line Today magazine. For information about our event photography services please contact the studio at (610) 519-1890.
We were so excited to work with the marketing team at Centric Bank on their newest branch location. Centric Bank opened a new location in Devon, PA this past January. We were honored to create new branding images for the new location as a result here are some samples of the branch’s exterior location photo, new professional headshots for employees, team group photos and coverage of their grand opening!
We were so excited to be asked to participate in Philadelphia Weddings Old City Loop this past Wednesday! It was an honor to showcase our work next to some of the most premiere event professionals in the Philadelphia area.
Newly engaged couples were hosted by our presenting sponsor Philadelphia Wedding to an evening of touring three of the most beautiful venues; National Constitution Center, Independence Visitor Centers, and American Revolution Museum, on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and tasty treats were provided by premiere caterer Brulee Catering. Philly PHLASH looped the historic mile transporting couples and their guests to the next romantic American inspired view!
“Thank you for allowing the studio the honor of participating in this event!”– Ann Marie Casey
Venues: Kohelet Yeshiva – Lower Merion, PA & Har Zion Temple – Penn Valley, PA | Photography: AMC Photography Studios – Associate Ann Marie Casey – Bryn Mawr, PA | Entertainment: All Around Entertainment (MC Leon) | Lighting & Draping: Illuminaire – Philadelphia, PA | Decor: LaDae Event Planner | Catering: Elite Catering