Wedding Club Welcome ~ TellaStory Photography

Hi there, we are so glad you found us;  watch out, we could talk weddings stuff for days, there is so much information to cover.  This on-line guide is the first step to answering the easy questions. (we hope) 

First of all, Thank you for your interest in our services, it is our goal is to provide you with a stress-free photography experience.  From our first meeting to the delivery of your final selections, we deliver top notch products & service with a smile.  Sounds cliche’ right?  We are the average Joe Schmoe’s who know their wedding shit – better?   All kidding & sarcasm aside; planning a wedding is stressful enough, as creatives, we see a need, fill a need & do our best to keep the photography aspect easy & straightforward.  Please take a moment to read through this guide, there is some good stuff.  If you still have questions – there is space at the end to drop a message and we can talk shop.  ENJOY

Behind the Lens
Meet the photographers

Let’s Get Social!

it’s hard to be anti-social in a social media world. 
by golly, I’m still trying….

Hello & Hiya

I am B – the lady “behind” TSP.  Some may see me as Mom to many;  playing a set behind the cello strings.  While I wear multiple hats everyday because I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!?!  First thing to know about B {me}:   I’m a joker and lover of sarcasm.  I like to keep conversations light hearted & focus on the happy side of life. Don’t know what to say – no problem,  I’ve got a head full of “funny” movie lines +  dash of song & dance  I can provide a variety show on demand.  No, I am not an entertainer, more socially awkwardness perhaps a little quirky.

TellaStory Photography was my first artistic outlet.  Where I can view the world with my rose colored glasses on.  Images are created in love with my camera + lens & creative photography.
Documenting life is what I do best.  I find the little things that make us human, living an experiential life there is more than just a smile and look at the camera.  I see the beauty in movement, laughter & tears.  I see The connections between two people { a spark },  I watch the excitement in a seniors eye and feel it around the room.  These are the little things that I notice & watch for.  Capturing life as it unfolds like a storybook coming to life off the page.  It’s all those little things that make up the bigger things = important nuances & life worth living.  Memories fade.  A picture says 1000 words.   Need I say more? 

I cherish all the amazing years that have taught me about business, art & capturing candid photo’s.  I am humbled to think TSP – is so much more than photography it’s priceless to me. Welcome to the TSP family.

Thank you for supporting our small business.

 

Post Covid Update. (Oct 2022)
Life is kinda funny – the loopty loo’s that one takes to get into the space we are in currently.  “The NOW”    So much has changed in a short amount of time.  Our family has grown with the addition of a new baby + new fur baby.  TSP has evolved & grown with the addition of a wedding team.  (Kim & Trent)  are a dime a dozen & my dream photography team.  They are my eyes, capturing all the goodness.  I can’t seem to pull myself away from the Saturday commitment & continue to shoot weddings 90% of the time.  (Chris no longer photographs weddings with me – someones gotta manage the homefront while mom plays)
Covid taught me the art of slowing down, I dived into myself to figure out what’s next?
I love all things healing (trained reiki master) & growing my understanding in holistic medicines.  Tuning forks are my next adventure – I am in love with learning new things, passions & interest – Need a bio-field tune up?
Musically – Chris & I go on “hot dates” when we play music for a small crowd – or intimate group.  Either way music is our heartbeat that keeps us connected.  Check us out:
 Rusty Cello + Yellow Chair 
I may say outload I’m a starving artist (I’m a sarcastic joker like that)  – when reality, my cup overflows with creativity as my core & love on my sleeve.  YOLO

Our Pre-Covid Life
Becky aka: shutterbug + Chris aka: Chris
We are a team.  Together we are responsible for 5 kids, 2 cats and 1 giant puppy.
{Uftda, it’s exhausting some days}
Chris has a day job in IT.  Having computer troubles?  I know the perfect IT technician, He keeps our computers running seamlessly.  My full time job is photography followed by Mom-ing is that a word?  Plus various jobs that I acquire out of boredom or the famous “I can do it motto.”  Mom-tre-Prenuer style, yup.  I’m a go-getter.  Somehow all of this leads into a very beautifully hectic life.  I’m fortunate to have awesome clients that trust me with their long-term memories & thankful beyond measure that I get to do what I love & still love what I’m doing after all these years.

When Chris & I are not behind the lens, you may find us camping in remote places & dreaming of our next “escape”.  We love a good hike, or willing to settle for an evening walk around the block.  We prefer to take the long route home {back roads}  more often than not; finding some peace in the chaos.
During the winter months we can be found on the ski hill & staying warm in our living room playing music together. (Modern Day Partridge Family)  Music is the heartbeat of our family & our catch phrase:  “Get lost and find yourself.”

That’s us in a nutshell.  Pretty easy going, because life is too damn complicated for stress & worries. ~Hakunna Matata

Frequently Asked Questions
Q & A

Q: What Makes your work different from other photographers work?

A:  We are not your typical photographer.  We don’t just take pictures – we are there to help keep the day running smoothly (think of it as putting your wedding day on auto-pilot when you hire us)  With 15+ years experience & over 300 weddings photographed, we have seen it all & still find new “things” at each wedding.   There are times during the day where we try to keep certain settings relaxed; while we blend into the background capturing simple moments.   We are quick to spot moments & can create a scene on command.  Sometimes we are a part of something more intimate; other times there is a lot happening, non-stop action.   Every wedding is different & we adapt to accommodate each situation.  I think you “get the picture”

To capture those “pretty” pictures we use natural lighting as much as possible.  {I’ll admit, my super hero power is bending light}   We do have flash that can be set up, as needed.  We strive to keep the day fun & candid in front of the camera, that is when the best photo’s come about – un-posed & relaxed.  ~CHEERS to your new beginning!

Q: How many photographers will be there at our wedding?

A:  Most TSP Wedding Collections start with 1 photographer.   This allows us to build your package.  We have a team of trained 2nd photographers available to fill dates.  Once a wedding is confirmed,we finalize your photographer team.  

*PRO TIP: A second photographer brings a 2nd perspective from the day. 
For wedding parties larger than 12, we encourage a second shooter.  

Q: Will we get the print release to our photo's after our wedding?

A:  Yes.  Upon receiving your final flash-drive box + prints, you will receive a digital print release.

Q: How do we reserve our wedding date?

A:  A deposit of $800.00 secures your wedding date.  Once a date is reserved we will not book any other sessions / events. 

Once the DATE is saved & misc. items to mention:  
* Deposit will be applied to the open balance. 
* Ala’ carte ordering can be placed anytime   
* Packages may be modified anytime
* TSP offers Flexible Payment Plans,
* Final balance due 30 days prior to the event.
* Deposit is non-refundable // if canceled it may be turned into an open credit for future work (pending contracts) 

Q: Do we get every image taken from the wedding?

A:  trust me when I say, you do not want every image we take.  We shoot high {approx} 3,000 images are taken during the day.  We cull that down to 1/2 that number.  We spend hours editing and ensuring you receive a variety of images, from black & white to artistic shots; there will be plenty of images to tell your story.
On average we deliver 100 images per every hour we are on-site.  7 hours of coverage = 700 images.  Add a few more if there is a 2nd shoot.  ‘you get the picture’ 

Q: Will we get featured in a magazine or blog?

A:  Many of my weddings do get featured one way or another, it is not guaranteed.  Most publishers are interested in specific decor & designs.  If you want to get featured, let’s talk – I’ll help you prior to the wedding with details that will get the publishers attention!

Q: How long does it take to get our photos after the wedding

A: We like to run a tight ship.  Average lead times for wedding images: 
On-line highlight gallery is available 2 weeks after the wedding date.  These sneak peak images are a great way to see how the edits are coming along.  The remaining gallery + flash drive is delivered roughly 8-10 weeks after the wedding date. 

Q: Do we have to order prints through you?

A: My obvious answer: yes, print through TSP & we will provide an image guarantee.  It is not required to print through TSP.  but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t educate my clients in the difference & quality.  It’s huge, and you get what you pay for in your prints.  TSP is not responsible for color variations when choosing independent print companies.

Building Your Wedding Package

Decide how much of your day you would like documented.    How do you want to relive your wedding each time you view the photo’s? Do you prefer a story book format?   Do you prefer viewing in digital format?  Are you interested in hanging a large Print after the wedding?  The list of questions go on and on…… let’s start with the basics.  TSP weddings are delivered in a wood keepsake box + flash drive + prints + highlight gallery the rest is up to you to decide what fits your style & budget.

Kuddos for making it this far!  You’re almost done.

Are you one step closer to saying “YES” to your photographer ?

Let’s have coffee/ drinks/ dinner .  We can’t meet just yet, but we can still visit.  This is a no pressure consultation – where you walk me through the vision of your day while I help you create a tentative timeline.   We may ask a few more questions and come up with the best coverage while keeping your budget in mind.

Drop us a message with a few dates that work best
Hope to Chat Soon!! ~B

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Why hire a Photo Booth Rental for Graduation Parties, Weddings, & Events?

If you are planning a Wedding or hosting a Graduation Party. or planning any type of event for that matter;You may be considering a Photo Booth Rental. Like the title says, Why Hire a Photo booth? The answer is simple. So you can Celebrate in Style and good Cheer!

If you are looking for a fun, creative way to honor the host of the party. Bring in a photo booth.

Above all, any good host would want to see their guest, laughing and having a good time at the party. By hiring photo booth rental at your party it a great way to bring the crowd together, and get them up and moving around the space. In the event that you decide to hire an open-air, interactive photo booth, your guest will have room to let loose, with a group photo, or two or three. It may even encourage a little spontaneity in your party.

Do you like instant Gratification?

Guest love having their photo’s delivered instantly on high quality, custom designed prints.

TSP Photo Booth Phun offers a 3 in 1 solution
3. Entertainment
2. Fun Photography
1. Memorable Keepsakes

The photo booth should not take place of your professional photographer.
Our Crew wants to add the PHUN to your party.

Meet our friendly Photo Booth Attendant. The life of the party.

Photo Booth services may include, Guest Book, unlimited printing, backdrop, props just to name a few & of course LOTS OF LAUGHTER is guaranteed!  Cheers to New Props & Photo Booth Fun for Everyone!

Want to learn more?
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About the Author
Rebecca is a Midwest based photographer; with Award winning images in Wedding Photography. She has 10+ years experience, hundreds of memories from each event, along with a few published articles in the photography field. She enjoys sharing insights with clients and fellow blog followers. As a photographer, her use of natural light and technical ease allows her to create memorable, unique and beautiful photo’s for all her clients.

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Planning a Wedding? ~ Checklist numero uno ~ Choosing your Venue

Are you Planning a Wedding? Checklist – Choosing the Right Venue

It is no hidden surprise as a wedding photographer, I’ve been there, seen that; so I thought it would be nice to highlight a few venues that I have had amazing experiences at.  My hope is to give those planning events a little background information of what’s out there.  Let me do the leg work and help make your planning process a little easier.

Looking for some rustic charm with a bit of whimsy?

Check out the Brick House Getaway located just outside of Centuria WI.

Julie is the coordinator of this amazing location.  She is undeniably wonderful & accommodating to work with, here is just a sampling of what is to offer, but it’s a must-see-it-for-yourself kinda place.

Meet Julie

Q: When did you start operating your locations for weddings?
A: “Our first wedding was our neighbors daughter in 2010.  In 2011 my daughter had her wedding reception in our barn.

Q: What is your most memorable moment while hosting an event?
A: “Each and every wedding is memorable and different.  It’s fun to see how they incorporate their different styles.  I think one of the most memorable moments is when I was showing a recently engaged woman the hayloft and the minute she walked upstairs she started to cry and said it was everything she ever dreamed her wedding would be.
Laura Becker from KARE11 TV was married at the Brickhouse in 2013 and Belinda and Jarred were there so that was pretty amazing.

Our goats and llamas are always a hit with the guests.  I have a playhouse for the children & one wedding there were 5 kids lined up outside the playhouse playing different instruments, but the instruments were pots, pans, spoons they called themselves “From the Kitchen Band”.  I have vintage dresses in the house and one of the bridesmaids ended up liking one from the closet better than the one she brought so she ended up wearing it for the wedding.  Another guest found a wedding dress I had in the closet and loved it so much and wanted to buy it so she could wear it at her wedding, I couldn’t refuse that!
Q: How many guest will your venue seat?
A: Seating in the hayloft for dinner will hold 150 and the ceremony will seat 200.  Some have the ceremony outside and dinner in the hayloft.  Others have had the dinner on the lower level of the barn and ceremony in the hayloft.  Some have the dance outside, sometimes it’s in the hayloft.  There are so many different scenarios to hold your wedding here.  There is room for tents to be set up outside, the Brickhouse does not provide these.”
Q: What other amenities are offered?
A: I have a lot of vintage decor that can be used.  The entire home comes with the rental.  We have a campfire and offer the wood.  We are on-site to help and make sure everything goes smoothly.  We offer hay bales for ceremony seating if they want to have that look.
Q: Are there any limitations on what brides/grooms can not do while hosting a wedding with you?
A: So far we haven’t run into any limitations

Q: What sets you apart from other venues?
A: I would say offering the home for the wedding party and family to stay in for the weekend.  Many have had their rehearsal dinner on Friday night and gift opening on Sunday.  Another thing that sets us apart is the vintage decor, decorations and centerpieces that they are able to use.  We have 5 huge chandeliers in the hayloft, a bar made out of old doors and hay bales.  And we have no mosquitoes!!

There you have it, a little more insight to the most magical wedding location inside Polk County WI!

Stay tuned….. I have a few more Q/A’s up my sleeve.

Cheers!!