• Sfaturi pentru Planificarea sau Reprogramarea Nunții (Pandemia Coronavirus – COVID-19)

    Va pregățiți pentru orice eventualitate la o nuntă – umbrele, truse de cusut, meniu de urgență. Încercați să faceți tot ce puteți pentru a vă asigura că lucrurile merg bine și toată lumea se bucură de ziua voastră.

    Cred că este corect să spunem că atunci când v-ați rezervat nuntă, nimeni nu și-ar fi imaginat că va apărea o pandemie globală care ar putea pune atât de multe bețe în roate, dar din păcate suntem în situația asta și va trebui să ne conformăm.

    Deja din primele momente de criză au început să apară mesaje de la cupluri despre modul în care coronavirusul (Covid-19) va afecta planurile lor de nuntă.

    Având în vedere că țîn să păstrez o legătură foarte apropiată cu toate cuplurile cărora le fotografiez nuntă mi-am dat seama că este important să împărtășesc informațiile și cu ceilalți oameni în aceeași situație, astfel am decis că voi scrie această postare pentru a ajută și alte cupluri.

     

    Primii Pași

    Este important să fim deschiși și să vedem lucrurile în perspectiva.

    Majoritatea cuplurilor este formată din tineri, plini de energie și viguroși, cei din categoria oamenilor mai puțîn afectați de Coronavirus, dar gândindu-ne la invitați, trebuie să avem în vedere membrii cei mai vulnerabili ai societății noastre – părinți, bunici, cei cu vârstă înaintată. Este un moment foarte dificil și provocator mai ales pentru ei.

    Preluarea Informațiilor Corecte despre Coronavirus

    Trăim într-o eră de fake news. De dragul sănătății mintale, încearcati să urmariți informațiile oficiale, mai ales cele legate de organizarea și susținerea evenimentelor în următoarea perioada, deasemenea limitarea numărului de persoane în locații închise.

    Este o idee bună să urmăriți evoluțiile, deoarece lucrurile se schimbă rapid, iar din informațiile de până acum, lucrurile au evoluat cu predicții pentru următoarele 30 de zile.

    Păstrați legătură cu Furnizorii și Locația

    Nu este nimic mai rău decât să te îngrijorezi despre scenarii și lucruri care s-ar putea să nu se întâmple. Este util să rămâneți în legătură continuă cu furnizorii și locația aleasă.

    Suntem cu toții împreună în această situație, așa că cel mai important este să comunicăm.

    Mulți furnizori sunt îngroziți în acest moment, deoarece întregul lor plan pe acest an s-a dat peste cap. Majoritatea furnizorilor individuali din această industrie sunt pe cont propriu și depind foarte mult de evenimentele la care lucrează.

    Dacă anulați sau amânați nuntă, anunțați furnizorii din timp.

    Iar dacă puteți, susțineți întreprinderile locale și furnizorii contractați pentru evenimentul vostru în acesta perioada provocatoare.

     

    Țineți-va la curent invitații despre noile informații

    Această pandemie globală ne afectează pe toți.

    Orice s-ar întâmpla cu planurile voastre de nuntă, oamenii vor înțelege.

    Dacă decideți să amânați evenimentul încercați să va informați oaspeții cât mai repede posibil, astfel încât să poată anula orice cazare sau zboruri.

    Adesea, rezervările de cazare au un termen limită pentru rambursări, astfel dacă reușesc să își anuleze din timp exsita șanse mari să își primească banii înapoi.

     

    Reorganizarea Nunții

    Mulți dintre voi ați avut planuri să vă căsătoriți în următoarele săptămâni, dar având în vedere situația actuală trebuie să vă reorganizați nuntă. Iată câteva sfaturi care o să vă ajute:

    -discutați cu locația aleasă pentru a află care sunt alternativele oferite de ei (date disponibile, termeni  și condiții contractuale)

     

    -discutați cu furnizorii pentru a află care dintre datele oferite de locație se potrivește tuturor

     

    -informați-va dacă depozitele și avansurile sunt transferabile, este bine să vă asigurați că furnizorul poate și va face acest lucru

     

    -luați în considerare o nuntă în timpul săptămânii, majoritatea locațiilor vor avea o flexibilitate mai mare, pe următoarea perioada, luând în calcul că vor există foarte multe reprogarmari, astfel optând pentru o nuntă desfășurată în timpul săptămânii, aveți o șansă mai bună de a vă apropia nuntă de dată inițială, evident țînând cont de restricțiile oficiale

     

    -amânați-vă luna de miere până când lucrurile se vor îmbunătăți, este bine să luăm măsuri din timp

    Nuntă în Pandemie

    Cei care doresc neapărat să facă acest pas acum, în această perioada, există variante foarte limiatate, dar măcar există.

    Azi 19 mai,  avem disponibile aceste informații oficiale:

    -limita de 8 persoane cu legile de distanțare socială (astfel luând în calcul de ex. la o cununie civilă vom avea: mire, mireasă, nași, oficiator, fotograf și încă 2 persoane, toți cu mășți de protecție, fără o îmbrățișare cu adevărat plină de emoții)

    Dar totuși, dacă puteți – cel mai bun lucru de făcut acum este să rămâneți în casă și să așteptăm momentul în care ne putem distra împreună cu toți oamenii dragi nouă.

     

    Sper că această postare va fi de folos.

    Dacă aveți și alte întrebări postați la secțiunea de comentarii mai jos.

     

    În momente provocatoare că aceastea, cel mai bun lucru pe care îl putem face este să fim atenți, amabili și grijulii.

     

    Rămâneți pozitivi!

    Ne vedem în curând.

  • My gear

    My gear and how I use it

    Nowadays gear is an important part of a photographer’s plan on approaching projects. What to shoot with, favourite lenses, accessories?  So I decided to put it all together here for you! Mainly it consists of digital gear and a touch of film gear as well!

    Digital gear:

    This is all the gear I have and use for weddings, lifestyle, events and personal work. Everything fits into my backpack.

    Nikon D750 + Nikon D610 (backup camera, in case of a lightning strikes me at any event) I usually shoot with one camera, so the strap I use is BlackRapid something like Classic Retro RS4, mine is older model so this is the closest one.

     

    Lenses:

    I own 4 lenses in total. Yes I know, just 4 lens? Yepp! I bring and use them at all events. The only lens that sometimes doesn’t get used is the Nikon 45mm TiltShift, and I’ll explain why immediately.

    The usage percentage based on the editing software’s insights:

    24-70mm – 35%

    35mm –25%

    70-200mm –25%

    45mm TS – 15%

    Every event is different, but overall these numbers demonstrate my general lens usage. Some more detailed explanations of each lens and when/how I use them:

     

    NIKON 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

    I bought this lens alongside the NIKON D610, when I stepped up to Full Frame cameras. Since then it’s been my main lens and it’s one of my favourite. I am a people person and I’m not shy on going super close to someone to get the shot, also it allows me to photograph wide scenes and as well as detailed work too. It gives the feel of actually being there, because of how wide it is and includes enough details around the subject that it’s easy to understand the context. It gives me the freedom to shoot only with one camera and being more present and attentive of what is happening.

    Sigma 35mm f/1.4

    I got the 35mm after my 24-70mm. The intention was mostly light oriented.

    Based on the percentage of usage on the 24-70mm, around 35mm was the most used focal lenght. So I decided that buying this lens will help me out with the poor light situations and as well as being a lighter (in weight) lens for daytrips for just one camera + one lens. I love to use it when I need to hide, because of the size and I use it to mood setting shots. It has a really nice bokeh, so it can be used for bigger detail shots or to separate the subject from the background.

    NIKON 70-200mm f/2.8G VR3

    It’s an awesome lens. Most suitable for detailed work, it has a really nice bokeh and you can separate the subject from the background, as well as keeping a bigger distance if the privacy is needed. Very sharp and accurate on the focus. 

    Nikon 45mm f/2.8 TiltShift

    I’ve been dreaming about this lens for a long time. It’s just so different from everything else that it sets you on another level of art. It allows me to capture interestingly focused photos, it gives an intimate feel to portraits, offers a way to accentuate the effect of limited depth-of-field and it separates focused parts on the same plan, this way I can remove distracting details, creating a moody look and tighter feel.

     

    Camera bag:

    Lowepro ProRunner 350 AW – Limited resources force us to make brainy decisions, so when picking out the bag for my gear, the decision mingled between low cost, high quality and space for everything I own. This is the only bag I own, fits perfectly everything and I still have room for occasional extras (jacket, food..) This bag is discontinued but there is a newer version of it. When upgrading I will surely stick to the same model.  

     

    Speedlights:

    Nikon SB-700 and Nissin Di700A + trigger –  I use it in many situations. On camera when I need more ambiental light in the exact places where I shoot. Off camera with trigger (weddings- dance floor, product photography)

    Extra: On camera, directed to subject, zoomed in – low shutter speed  

     

    Accessories:

    BlackRapid – I wear it for most of the bigger events. For couple shoots and other smaller events I don’t use anything, I carry my camera handheld.

    Waterproof Rain Cover – a plastic sleeve for my camera in case it rains.

    Batteries- LADDA 2450 mAh – from IKEA, so many people tested them and besides the packaging nothing is different from Eneloop Pro

     

    Film Gear:

    Instant film. I’ve been integrating it into my couple sessions and weddings. The results are amazing.

    Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 – tiny little plastic camera that brings joy to everyone’s face when I take it out of my bag, they should name it “Instant Joy Making Machine”

    Hobby and Free Time:

    Fujifilm x100 – Lightweight, super tiny – fits in any of my pockets. I take this camera with me on every personal trip. I’m shooting RAW with it, and the final results have DSLR quality. It has a fixed focal length -35mm, suitable for all around and portraits.

     

    For now, this is all I’ve got, but I’m planing on expanding my tools.

    Thanks for reading!

  • 12 Steps to Plan Your Wedding

    12 Steps to Plan Your Wedding

    It’s party time! So if you are planning your own wedding let’s get started on this step by step guide.

    Time management being a major part of organising, so if you have just a few months before the big day, try to delegate some of the  responsibilities to your friends and family, this will most likely help you focus on the most important aspects for you!

    Are you ready for The Planning? Let’s do this!

    1.Set a Budget

    Figuring out how to plan a wedding will include a lot of financial decisions so you’ll need to decide how much you can spend on your wedding. This task needs to be completed first to avoid unnecessary stress about unobtainable or out of range services.

    2.Get inspired

    Think about the styles you and your spouse like. Are you looking for an alternative or traditional vibe? An event that’s outdoor or in a venue? The choice is yours! Some of the most inspirational websites are Pinterest, Instagram and of course wedding websites where you can select different decor ideas, colours, styles and more.

    3.Start the Guest List

    Before you start searching for wedding venues, try to get an idea of how many guests you’ll have. You’ll also want to decide and choose the people who will have an important role on your big day. So this would be an optimal time to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to take on this important role.

    4.Set the Dates

    Define the season and take in consideration the day of the week. Is it gonna be a weekend wedding or just an afternoon party taking place on any day of the week? After that, look at the calendar and take into consideration official holidays, work schedules and other family programs. It will be very helpful during the venue selection process, if you select some potential dates.

    5.Choose the Venue

    Now you have gathered the information you need (budget, guest count, potential wedding dates) to book a wedding venue, make a list of your dream wedding locations and venues you like, read online reviews, visit them and take in consideration: how accessible is the location for you and the guests, does it fit your needs, test the food menu. After signing the contract with the location you will officially have The Date!

    Depending on the type of assistance you need, you can opt for a wedding planner to help you.

    6.Wedding Website and Invitations

    We are living in the digital era, so online will always be an easy alternative. Having a wedding website will make it easier to keep your guests updated about the most important informations about the wedding. As the date, location, travel information, accommodation, and more. But keeping in mind that there are still lots of family members who are not best friends with technology, printed wedding invitations can be a hint of traditional in the modern world and also taking an important part in your wedding stationary.

    7.Vendors

    The most important thing is to hire the right people to ensure that your big day goes as you imagined. Some of the primary vendors are: wedding planners, venue, photographer, videographer, florist, chef, music, live band, accommodation, officiant (religious or/and formal), wedding dress and suit, stationary, cake, make-up artist, hair stylist, rent (car, tables, accessories, decorations), transportation, favours, wedding rings. We will soon come out with a new post about Vendor booking – Step by step.

    8.Final Guest List

    It’s time to create your final wedding guest list. Be aware of the venue’s capacity and don’t invite more people than the space can handle.

    9.Send Invitations

    You should send the Save-the-date Invitations at least a few months in advance, to ensure that your guests can plan accordingly. The RSVP deadline is typically about two or three weeks before the event.

    10.Wedding Dress and Groom’s Attire

    Wedding dresses and suits can take up to a few months until are ready if you are choosing a properly tailored one. Take your time and make a research about the styles you prefer. Make appointments to the shops you are planning to visit, so this way you will be able to try on some of the products.   

    11.Seating Chart

    Nowadays most alternative weddings don’t have a seating charts, so people can choose their own places, but if you are a more traditional one, there are a few steps you should consider: determine the number of tables available, create a floor plan, keep in mind relationships and family dynamics, assign seats.

    12.Party!

    Enjoy your special day!

    Extra:

    Plan the Honeymoon

    If you’re planning going on your honeymoon shortly after your wedding, it’s time to choose a location, book your travel, accommodations and start planning an itinerary. Have fun and chill!

  • My Story

    My Story

    How I got started in Photography:

    How did you get started in photography?

    How many years you’ve been in photography?

    These are the most frequent question that I get asked about. Sometimes my short answer isn’t enough. So I decided to write this article to show you a bigger picture about this journey. Honestly it’s not that overnight success story, rather it’s a more realistic and self driven one.

    My background:

    Growing up I had always been a very artistic and crafty child. The walls in our house were full of my sketches and drawings, had a massive Lego Set and loved riding my bike naked, haha!

    Besides this, my grandma was a photographer herself and had an amazing photography studio, with the red light room and everything, so every time I visited her was an amazing experience. I haven’t went to art school because they didn’t had classes in my mother language, so my parents decided that I will go to Math-Info, to another school. But besides school, everyday I went to a local Art School were I took Professional Drawing and Painting classes and after so many years of wishing got my first digital camera as well, Nikon D60.   

    First steps in Photography:

    As I got the camera in 2009, I started this amazing journey. Went to the library borrowed all the photography books, read all I could, searched the internet, invented little projects, made a lot of DIY props. And after a few months I started to feel what photography really means to me.

     

    From that moment on it was part of my core, everyone knew that I was “the girl with the camera”. I found my true sense and it was all, and more that I ever imagined. So every step forward was a super big accomplishment. And I worked hard to get my second lens, after  that my first speedlight, and so on.

    Around 8 months later I started to get payed jobs. Portrait sessions, company presentation photos and it slowly took off. The next  year I was the official photographer of the school events, graduation photos and official photographer of the first edition of Hungarian Days in my hometown, Brasov.

     

    This amazing passion just started a fire inside of me and gave me a drive, so I knew I had a defined direction and I needed to do everything I could to evolve.

    Being in such a major spotlight because of the Hungarian Days, people started to notice me and called for different photography jobs. Product photography, presentations, concerts and other smaller events. At the time I knew I haven’t got that much of experience, so most of the jobs were barters (when you trade your knowledge or services for other goods) or very low payed ones.

     

    A few events later I developed a pretty consistent Portfolio, so as the quality of my work stepped up I was able to choose the jobs I prefered most.

    At that time, I already bought my second camera, the Nikon D90 and my first prime lens, thee Nikon 50mm/1.4. The change was visible and got so many appreciation for my work.

    Being in my adolescent years, exploring what relationships really mean and feel, found a quote that somehow reflected my inside toughts:

    “Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” – Andre Kertesz

    Since then, this is the motto that drives me to capture on camera what my eyes see and my heart feels.

    Capturing the feelings, connected me to people more than I could imagine, so in a very short time I photographed my first wedding. And it was amazing, because after I sent the clients the final gallery and saw how grateful they are for me capturing their super unique and intimate moments, I decided to focus more on the wedding photography.

     

    Rough periods of time exist in everyones life. And as a photographer who does everything on her own, without any connections with influent people, coming from a city where the main acitivity is agriculture, it was hard to make myself known. Investing in marketing was a no-no, because photography gear was expensive. There were moments I went to school, worked afterwards a full-time job (between 6-10 hours) and besides that, had photography jobs.

    In moments of rest, between jobs and hard work, together with my best friend who is now a well know Letterer and Designer – Andrea Stan, we worked on a new branding and everything included in the clients experience for my personal brand. It took one year to complete the now called VELLUM branding, and I’m super grateful of what we did! Thank you Mukky!

     

    Higher education:

    University was finally my choice so guess what? I chose to study Photography in Cluj-Napoca, at University of Arts and Design. But… after being in this industry for 4 years, having ups and downs, and already knowing how things worked, it wasn’t such a big newsflash to learn about it. On the other hand I had so much more time then my collegues to explore and dive deeper in the parts of photography I already figured out I like. Besides university I kept working part-time jobs for bars and concert venues.

    Festival and concert photography was something I always dreamed to do and Cluj-Napoca being such an eventful place, filled with lots of young people and students, was the perfect opportunity for me. I was hooked in no time, so besides all the projects, weddings and what not, I started to shoot bigger concerts and festivals too.

    Being part of festivals it’s inevitable to establish new connections, meet people and maybe find the person you care the most of in this world, at your favourite festival.

    So this way I met a group of guys with whom now we have a common project named KOMITI – a full-service media agency currently based in Transylvania. Covering the biggest festivals, events and concerts mainly in Cluj-Napoca, but also in other parts of Romania too.

     

    What I learned:

    Handeling clients is super important and how you do it, will turn into your trademark.

    Consistency is key. Pushing forward with any means will help you grow even when it’s hard.

    Making friends in the industry is important.

    Social media is an important ramp to show off what you can do.

    One of my favourite photos, at Electric Castle 2017 – Moderat Live Concert

    Special thanks:

    I would like to including a special thanks to my guy, Vizi. He has helped me grow and pursue my dreams and develop my business so much since the very first day we met. As a photographer himself, he understands the problems of the industry and he is incredibly inspiring and always encourages me. I’m super lucky to have you on this journey!

    It’s been 10 years, a long ride. I am grateful for all the people who joined and helped me on this process.

    Thank you!