Wedding photographer

Wedding party photo boothThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Here at Donal Doherty Photography, we kicked the year off to a fantastic start with an announcement… we introduced our BRAND NEW Roxbury Photo Booth, which is already proving a hit with brides and grooms, and booking up fast!

Why Hire A Photo Booth For Your Wedding

Undecided about hiring a photo booth for your wedding? Here are just a few of the many reasons why a photo booth makes a fab addition to your wedding reception…

Do something different with a photo booth

Dare to do something different

Every year over 8,000 weddings take place in Northern Ireland and while your guests won’t attend them all (obviously), they’ll probably attend quite a few. A lot of these weddings will have many things in common… there will be cake and dancing, but what they won’t all have, is a Roxbury Photo Booth (which is a shame, really!).

Unrivalled entertainment

With a wealth of never-before-seen props and simply fabulous backdrops, (hello, gold sequins!) stand back, watch, and prepare to be amazed as guests make a bolt for the photo booth at your wedding reception. Photo booths offer hours of unrivalled entertainment and we’re always so amazed to see people coming back time and time again, proving Roxbury is anything but boring. Hearing your guests laugh is definitely one of the best thrills achieved, and it’s good clean fun for all ages.

Get in on the action with a phone booth

Get in on the action

A photo booth is a fantastic way to socialise with your guests and make them really feel like a part of your wedding as you capture great memories together and spend time with your fellow party guests. Plus, while we’re not ones to dish sugared almonds, your guests will definitely thank you for providing a welcome alternative to the norm, with their personalised print serving as a constant reminder of your special day.

Get guests talking

Let’s face it… it can be a little awkward if not everyone knows each other, but a photo booth is the perfect ice breaker for getting conversation flowing and guests interacting with each other. It’s exciting to see a wedding party in full flow with everyone chatting and enjoying themselves and a photo booth definitely provides that thrill!

A favourite favour

While we’re not ones to dish sugar almonds, your guests will definitely welcome an alternative to the norm, and their personalised print will do just that.

Professional photos from your photo booth

Professional standard photographs

Just because it’s a photo booth doesn’t mean we’re going to skimp on quality. All the way from America, our Roxbury photo booth is one of the best in the business, so expect high quality, professional prints from your time in the booth! Plus, they can be shared on social media and can even be turned into animated gifs. Fancy!

The perfect reminder

Your prints can be collated to create a beautiful album of prints, to serve as a perfect reminder of just how much your guests enjoyed your wedding. Plus, these instant photos will keep you amused while you wait on your wedding album.

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Hire a photo booth for your wedding

Bio: Donal Doherty previously spent many years working on marketing and PR for some of the world’s leading super brands such as Walkers, Supersavers and Matalan to name but a few. Shortlisted as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, twice as Outstanding Young Communicator by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), and as Business Man of the Year in 2014, he went on to start-up his own consultancy, helping businesses to communicate with their stakeholders and to grow market share.

Five years ago Donal followed his passion for photography and has since positioned himself as one of the leading wedding photographers in the UK and Ireland. His brand is known for excellence, and using his experience in driving business forward he is now in demand for commissions on a global level. He has travelled as far as Australia, Mexico, and across Europe for weddings. His work is regularly featured in leading bridal magazines such as Getting Married NI, Ulster Bride, Local Brides NI and Wedding Journal Magazine. In addition to his recent awards for customer experience,

 He has a strong interest in helping other creatives and does so through Engage Live. Donal writes a regular column in Photo Professional Magazine and has recently released his best selling book, ‘Engage! Social Media Marketing for Photographers,’ A regular speaker at the SWPP Convention in London, Donal tours the UK with Photovision Roadshows and the world with workshops to help photographers to create a business and life they love.

 Learn more about Donal Doherty here www.donaldoherty.com and Roxbury Booth herewww.roxburybooth.com.

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You wedding photographer in action
This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Time and time again I am so overly blessed by my clients… whether it be through words, actions, or a physical gift. I have friends and clients saying to me “I really want to thank my photographer for what they did and how they captured us! What can I do for them?” So, I decided I would put together the top 5 things that clients have done for me in the past that made me feel like a million bucks!

Five Ways To Thank Your Wedding Photographer

Wedding thank you toast

NUMBER 5:  Thanking them at your wedding!

Wow, just last weekend a bride and groom got up after speeches and gave the proper verbal “Thank You’s” to all their friends and family for all the work they put in… THEN they didn’t stop there… they literally said to their guests  “You have seen our photographers running around all day and we want to thank Tonie Christine Photography from the bottom of our hearts for being more than just a photographer, but a confidence booster, a dress fluffer and such a joy to work with from start to finish” …

Queue the jaw dropping right there! I was so so so honored to be mentioned by name on their wedding day that I fear I looked like a Miss USA Contestant fanning my dropped jaw… but really, people,… even a hand written note mailed to us after the wedding, or a shout out at the wedding goes SUCH a long way!

Photographing the bride & groom

Number 4: A TIP!

Many people don’t realize how much a tip means to us as photographers! The money that you invest in us is a big deal and we are so thankful you chose US…. but here’s the thing… a tip speaks volumes to us. It says

1.) You value the hard work we do before the wedding, at the wedding and then after the wedding and

2.) It says “We want you to treat yourself to something nice with this tip and not just put it back into your business!”

This means we have the freedom to grab a massage, manicure, or that new top we have been eying and not even feel guilty about it! Not to mention each time I am given a tip, it makes me melt inside. It’s certainly not necessity, but if you feel like your photographer went above and beyond, it’s never to late to mail them a little note and a small tip! I am not even talking about a certain percentage or a package price or what you would pay a server… I just mean whatever is on your heart to bless them with DOES NOT go unnoticed!

Thank you flowers

Number 3: Something Personal.

One of my favorite things to do is scour friends’ Instagram accounts and Facebook pages for things they love, not just Starbucks gift cards, camera paraphernalia or something generic but to really look and find something unique that you see they LOVE! (Of course, it’s not a bad thing to do a Starbucks card as we as photographers frequent coffee shops!)

Knowing that your photographer’s favorite candle came from Anthropologie, or that they eat all the time at a certain restaurant in town near you, or better yet, that they love to display certain colors in their home, can really go a LONG way when buying them a small gift that makes you think of them!

My favorite example of this is a bride of mine last summer who knows I have an undying love for all things black and white and gold… After her wedding day, she literally went back to the boutique where she bought her bridesmaids gifts, and bought an additional black and gold necklace just like  she bought for all of them and mailed it to me with a card that simple read “I felt like you could have been a bridesmaid all day with us, and instead you were working all day. Thank you for being not only our photographer, but our friend” WHOA… queue the tears! (Thanks Ari!! )

Promote your photographer on social media

Number 2: Social Media Shout Outs And Rave Reviews Online Anywhere!

These go a LOOONG way with us as photographers! We send you your gallery of images that we have worked hard on ,and we wait, holding our breath, wanting to either hear back from you via email or see a totally rad post online somewhere! When you tag our businesses (not us personally) on Instagram or Facebook and leave our website addresses when you post wedding photos, your friends and family respond to that! They look us up and they follow us too! This is how we gain our advertising and new clients which leads to my number one gift to give your photographer…

We love referrals!!

NUMBER 1: REFERRALS!

Past Clients, we can’t thank you enough for being our clients and when you send us a referral of a friend or two, we know that we did our job and we did it well. It’s truly the BEST thing you can do for your photographer. To simply tell your friends and family about the experience you had with us and what it meant to you!

It’s my hope that my clients NEVER feel obligated to do any of these, and that they flow naturally from our relationship that starts at the consult all the way through the end of your shoot and wedding day that leaves you with great anticipation of seeing your photos when they are done. I am truly and constantly blessed by our clients!

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Bio: For the bride who doesn’t just walk the aisle, but blazes her own trail, Tonie is a Seattle-based photographer who travels to where you are. Her heart desires to work with brides who are not afraid of stepping outside their comfort zone for a dance in the rain, a romp under a waterfall or a blustery day that might put wind in her hair! She isn’t afraid of logistics on her wedding day, and wants to make her photos a MEMORY and not just settle for what is right in front of her. Find out more about her here at www.toniechristine.com

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