Summer is here and I’ve got new photos to share with you!
I recently had the chance to photograph Melissa Davis’ 30th birthday celebration. Melissa chose the theme “Cherishing the Moment” for her milestone birthday, and this fun-loving and outgoing woman DID JUST THAT!
We all know how time consuming and stressful event planning can be, which is why many reach out to event planning coordinators to tackle the tasks. For those who decide to tackle the project themselves, Melissa gave great advice for making it a success!
1. Start EARLY searching for whatever it is your looking for such as venues, decorations, ideas, outfits, etc. Never think it’s too early to start searching!!!
2. Never hesitate to ask questions when working with vendors. It’s always important to know what you’re getting for your money.
3. Make a budget when planning an event. Keep in mind that simplicity is best at times – you don’t have to always overdo it or do too much.
4. Always have a backup plan because you never know if something may fall through.
Check out the vendors Melissa used who, according to her, “helped made my event extra special and unforgettable”:
Hair: Deborah Morman, Stylist/Owner of Debs Dooz
Make-up: Rickya Dodson, Licensed Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist
Decorations: Shaka Gray, Melissa’s BFF
Graphic Designer: E-Jay Smith, E-Jay Designs
DJ: DJ Dark Night
Catering: Kimberly Martin, La Fontaine Bleue
Cake: “The Cake Lady” Diane White, Owner of Kake Korner Bakery
Photographer: Yours Truly!
Melissa stated that the most memorable moment of her milestone birthday was the out pour of love from her parents, family, friends and co-workers. She shared that “The love was just overwhelming and heartfelt and this made my birthday unforgettable and, most importantly, memorable. I honestly felt like God answered my prayers and gave me all my heart’s desires. I can truly say that I lived in the moments and that I cherished every moment that was given to me. I prayed about my birthday party and I felt that God allowed me to have a successful party and so much more. God really blew my mind!!”
See what Melissa has to say about her photo session experience:
“My experience with Ms. Insana Collins was hands down amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better person to do the job. I was searching hard for the right photographer to capture the unforgettable moments at my birthday party. Deep down inside I knew I had to pick the right one. I reached out to several photographers for the job at hand and I asked several questions, but it was something special about Insana. She was very professional, prompt to my response, patience, accommodating and so sweet. Even though I never met Insana [before the party], I just felt like she was the right one for the job!!! She made me feel comfortable and sure about my decision. When the results came back, she blew my mind away. In fact I believe she was God sent because she was a referral to me. When I saw my photos from my event I just cried and I relived the moments all over again. Insana truly has a gift and it definitely shows in her work. I was beyond pleased with the results and I would recommend her for sure to anyone who’s searching for photographer. She’ll NEVER let you down.”
Melissa and I never met before her party, but we left feeling like lifelong buddies. It was such a pleasure being a part of this milestone birthday celebration and an honor to provide Melissa with the lasting memories.
I’m happily accepting wedding, event, family, and commercial photo sessions. I hope to hear from you soon!
Until next time,