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8B Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter ountain otography tuFss -l 'i A well-rounded photographer will keep an eye out to snap a variety of classic and candid moments as the wedding day and reception'progress. Many times he or she will also arrange that the story be portrayed for the bride and groom in both still pictures and videography. Candid shots of the bride and groom and members of the wedding party can provide a lasting representation of the mood of the moment. Photographer Susan Mueller cautions that while there are usually many pictures of the bride and her mother or the groom and his, don't leave out Dad! In many instances, a tremendous intimacy is captured when a dad offers his son a congratulatory hug or a father takes to the floor to dance with his daughter. Photos courtesy Dyer Mountain Photography PKOFILES IN BUSINESS DYER MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY M. Kate West Chester Editor "'It's more then a picture, it's the feeling' is the slogan of Dyer Mountain Photogra- phy," said photograph- er/owner Susan Mueller. The slogan came about when the mother of a bride sent her a thank you for "cap- turing the moment" during her daughter's wedding. "Hands down, and no mat- ter how many mothers of the brides you ask, they concur that one of the most important of the many wedding elements are the photographs and, con- sequently, the critical need for a special relationship between the bride, the groom and the photographer," Mueller said. Because countless emotions are involved in those extraor- dinary forever after moments, the advice most often given is to "make sure the chemistry exists" and that the photogra- pher is someone with whom you can get along. Beyond chemistry, another critical ingredient to that re- booked as soon as possible. I Brides should definitely she has also taken profession- tationship is trust and Susan have been booked as far as view the style of the photogra- al classes at the New York In- Mueller describes the essence two years in advance but pher's pictures to ensure that stituteofPhotography. well. there are many situationsshelikes what she sees. She and her husband, Mer- "Your bride and groom must when a bride does not have "Brides should also be pre- rill have worked together on trust your expertise. In order that luxury," Mueller said. pared about pricing, which assignment, she behind the to grasp the intimacy and feel- As a guide, one year is a good can depend on the economic camera lens and he with ing of their specific day, the book date in order to obtain the times and location of the pho- video, for over 20 years. couple must feel comfortable photographer of choice, to shoot," she said. "This began when I was with you and your direction. Mueller highly recommendsTraveling, for example, commissioned to video wed- "This comfort comes from that brides allow themselves could add expenses to the pho- dings and special events. We getting to know each other the necessary time to complete tographer that they may pass found that Merrill had superb well. Knowing whether the a solid interview process with on to their clients, skills in the area ot video that bride is up for fun and crazy potentialcandidates. "Brides can expect to payallowed me to focus on what I pictures or if she's one that "It would be really disap- anywhere from $1,000 to truly love," she said. would like to keep the style pointing to decide and learn $5,000 or even more and they In addition to wedding cov- more classical, the photographer is already need to clearly understand erage, Mueller lends her tal- "The most important thing under another contract. Also, with comes with the package ants to what she calls "people is the bride's comfort level, bride beware ... there are pho- for this price," Mueller said. pictures." You do not want a photogra- tographers that have booked Some questions that might be Her menu of services in- pher that is going to add more more than one wedding on a asked are: Do I receive special cludes photographing fami- drama or tenseness to the day, assuming there may be a effects on photos? How many lies, newborns, graduates and event, you want one that can cancellation and not wanting pictures are guaranteed and do school portraits for students of roll with situations and be to lose business," Mueller said. I have the choice of selection? all ages, proms and reunions. helpful in bringing stress lev- "It's poor business practice Have you shot a wedding in "I also have a passion for els down," Mueller said. to say the least. It is impera- this location before? What time the unusual, which is _why I She also stressed what a tive that the bride trust her will you begin to shootphotos love wildlife so much! You good photographer might look selection and obtain a con- and how long will you stay at never know when you come for in seeking those very im- tract as soon as possible," the wedding and reception? upon them what they will be portant candid shots. Mueller added. Brides should also question doing!' Mueller said. "You need to know who is On the other hand, if youspecifically who owns theWhile Mueller was born in attending the wedding that is must cancel your photograph- negatives and how the photog- Southern California, she moved important to her life. ls it her er, she suggests courtesy be rapher will be dressed at the toWestwood at the age of 6. grandma or a childhood the by word and that the pho- wedding: ...... Her time in the greater Lake friend? What tokens are being tographer be given enough"There are so many vari: Almanor Basin has provided exchanged as she gets ready time to accept another client, ables that can change cost and her a peaceful lifestyle and the for her big day? Is she wear- this is where making those opportunity to develop the ing a family heirloom and is it Interview with a checklist reference calls pays off. Call many facets to her highly suc- important to be included?" Mueller also adds a caution previous clients and makecessful photography career. Mueller asked, about the judging the book by sure they were happy with its cover, what they received for the Dyer Mountain Booking the photographer "Just because a photograph- price they paid," Mueller said. Photography "A photographer should be er is inexpensive does not 25% OFF mean he or she won't provide About the photographer Photographer: Susan Mueller quality work. By the same to- Susan Mueller oPened her Telephone: 259-5814 ken, just because they are ex- doors as Dyer Mountain Pho- Email: dyermountain pensive doesn't mean they tography 15 years ago. will provide you with excel- In addition to taking Website: dyermountain lent work," she said. photography classes in college photography.tom Susan says getting to know the bride personally is a must. If she is going to be wearing a family heirloom or keepsake, it's imperative the photographer understands who is making the presentation and what the story is behind the gift. "Taking the time to become knowledge- able makes these photos priceless," Mueller said. For a child so young, the stillness of her quiet introspection is quite lovely and possibly offers a glimpse of the bride she may be one day. Hi hS erra " Beautiful Mother s Day cards and g,fls. ........ 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