Choosing a photographer for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your wedding. We know you have several questions, and we want to provide you with all the information you need to feel comfortable choosing BEL Portraits.
An Experienced Professional Photographer
Bernie received his education from the Rochester Institute of Technology, is a past President of the Maine Professional Photographers Association, a past President of the Professional Photographers Association of New England, and is one of only a handful of Certified Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsmen in the state of Florida. He has been photographing weddings for thirty-one years.
BEL Portraits can provide you with everything from a more traditional look to the more contemporary photojournalistic style of photography. You’ll enjoy photographs that blend the classic elegance of romantic imagery with edgy, artistic vision that’s bold and fashionable.
We’re Proud To Show You Complete Samples of our Work
We’d be happy to show you several COMPLETE albums that show you how we photograph an entire wedding from start to finish; as well as the different lines of custom album styles we offer.
We Do Not Subcontract our Work. At BEL Portraits, Bernie is Your Photographer.
We do NOT hire part time “photographers” who do this as a hobby. Our entire income comes from being photographers, so we’re dedicated to exceeding your expectations.
Enhanced Images Are Included in Your Wedding Coverage
Our coverage comes complete with black and white images, as well as “hand colored” images and enhanced colored images at no additional fee.
An Online Gallery is Included For Your Friends And Family To Enjoy
You will have an on-line gallery to enjoy for six months after your wedding date so your wedding guests can view as well as purchase images from your wedding.
References Gladly Given Upon Request
Don’t just take our word for it. We can give you references from our most recent weddings as well as professional references from other photographers and vendors.
We Have State of The Art Equipment
We use state-of-the-art digital cameras, flashes, computers and software. Back-up cameras are standard, as well as back up lighting and other key equipment.
A Free Bridal Registry Is Included To Help You Have Te Wedding Images You Always Dreamed Of
We can set up a Wedding Registry for your wedding photography at no charge. Instead of buying you a toaster, your guests can give you a gift that will last a lifetime – your wedding portraits. Plus, if they purchase a certificate for between $50-$200, THEY get a matching gift certificate to use for themselves!
You’ll See Your Image In Just A Couple of Weeks – Not Months!
Your initial images will be ready to view two weeks after your wedding. Albums are created in 5-7 weeks upon your final verification. A la carte images are ready one week after payment is received.
You’re Covered In Case of an emergency That Prevents Us From Being There
As a member of the Florida Professional Photographers, the The Professional Photographers Association of New England, and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have colleagues all over the country who will cover for us in the unlikely event of a catastrophe. Luckily, this hasn’t happened in thirty-one years of being in business.
We Love To Travel!
Whether it’s flying to Maui or driving within the state, we’re willing to go where ever you need us. We keep our travel fees as low as possible because we love to see new places.
Your Images Are Safe. Period.
We have a 4-terrabyte RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Drives) system that has four redundant drives that mirror each other so that WHEN a drive fails (make no mistake ALL drives will eventually fail), the bad drive can be pulled, replaced with a new drive and all the data is mirrored to the new drive. We also use Carbonite to upload your images to a safe off site location in case something should happen to the physical studio.
We Have a Package To Fit Your Budget
Our commissioning rate starts at $900 which includes two national award winning photographers. Your package is custom designed to ensure you get just what YOU want and need.
Spread Your Payments Out Over Time With No Interest Fees
We have a custom, interest free payment plan to suit your budget. Pay by the week or month. There’s no interest, fees or penalties.
We Are Fully Insured
As members of PPA we have indemnification insurance, and an errors and omission policy, not to mention liability insurance in case of any accidents or injuries at your wedding. If you need a Certificate of Liability, we’ll happily provide one.
We Play Well With Others! Other Wedding Vendors Have Become Our Friends
After over three decades in the industry, we’ve worked with most all of the vendors in the area. We know how important it for the vendors to “mesh”. We’d be happy to show you a list of our Wedding Alliances – vendors who we personally recommend because we’ve worked so well with them in the past.
Dressed For Success
Our dress code is simple. We will blend in with your guests and not compete with the wedding party. If the reception is a formal black tie affair, we have tuxedos to wear.
Planning Ahead is Key
Our best advice when planning a wedding is to book the services that can only do one event per day first, such as your reception venue, church, photographer, videographer, and band. Other vendors like cake, florist, and tux’s can do many events per day. When you book your ‘one per day’ vendors first, you ensure that you get your first choice of vendors.
Keep in mind that we limit our calendar to only 15 weddings each year. The calendar fills very quickly. Be sure to call us as soon as you have determined your date. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event so please don’t take your photography selection lightly. Working with a talented professional not only ensures breathtaking imagery, but also makes for a stress-free wedding day.