Today, WeddingPlannerLove, our directory of the best wedding planners and coordinators worldwide, is teaming up with Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Processionals! NEAWP provides networking, resources and support for Professional Wedding Consultants. We’re constantly looking for more ways to prove our vendor’s quality, and adding NEAWP to our partnerships is a great way to show customers that we have amazing wedding planners!

From NEAWP’s website:

“A majority of Professional Wedding Consultants are small business owners who do not have business or professional support available to them. NEAWP was founded to provide a high-quality community of professionals to offer support and share information, as well as to provide continuing education opportunities for the experienced consultant.”

If you are currently listed on one of our directories and a part of NEAWP, then you now can edit your profile and add the NEAWP badge to your profile:

Not a part of NEAWP? They provide a number of amazing benefits:

  • Marketing for members through:
    • Member Website Listing with complete contact information and a website link
    • Featured Members highlighting different members on a monthly basis, including a biography, photograph, contact information and a link to the member’s website
    • Featured Weddings submitted by our members including a brief event description and photographs, as well as contact information and a website link
  • Support for consultant member questions on business and/or wedding topics
  • Networking with fellow wedding consultants through the discussion board
  • Continuing Education offered through NECI
  • Marketing and Public Relations Tools for members including press release templates and strategies
  • Annual Convention for networking and continuing education
  • Client Referrals through member listing on website
  • Comprehensive List of Wedding Resources
  • NEAWP Membership Certificate
  • Opportunity to start a local NEAWP chapter

Membership starts at $250, join today!

Thanks to NEAWP — we’re excited about working together!

Joyce Scardina Becker

Welcome to Part 2 of our guest post from  Joyce from Events of Distinction. She had so much great info on Wedding Planners that we broke it into two posts for you. You can read the first post here. Thanks Joyce!

The term “Wedding Planner” is most often used to describe my occupation, but wedding planners really don’t have a consensus about what to call themselves. Some of the other titles my esteemed colleagues have used include: Consultant, Coordinator, Designer, Director, Producer, Stylist, etc. These differing designations are not just ingenious marketing pitches; they usually reflect a special expertise that the planner possesses.

Photos: Wendy Maclaurin Richardson. Wedding Designer and Planner: Joyce Scardina Becker, Events of Distinction

Types of Wedding Planners.

Here is a general explanation of the different kinds of planners, the services they offer, and what to look for in hiring them:

  • Typically a Wedding Planner or Producer will embrace your style and vision and orchestrate your wedding from start to finish. These professionals will put together the perfect team of wedding service providers for you, and will manage all details of the entire wedding. A Wedding Planner / Producer should have received professional training and a degree in Event Management, Hospitality Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management at a university, or a certificate in Meeting Planning, Special Event Management or Wedding Management from an accredited institution. The Wedding Planner must also be an expert in wedding etiquette, protocol and ethnic customs with the flexibility to understand each couple’s uniqueness. Typically, the Wedding Planner / Producer has been in the event management industry for at least 10 years. Fees can range from $10,000 to $40,000.
  • A Wedding Consultant or Coordinator is appropriate for the wedding couple who want to take a more active hands-on role in planning their own wedding, and is looking for a “coach” to help them along the way. The Consultant or Coordinator will furnish vendor referrals and set up appointments, but will not always be present with you at the all the meetings. The Consultant or Coordinator would also typically schedule the wedding day activities and be on site to manage the wedding. The Wedding Consultant / Coordinator is typically less experienced than the Wedding Planner / Producer and sometimes may not have professional training and credentials from a university or event management program. Fees can range from $2,500 to $10,000.
  • A Wedding Designer, Stylist or Architect is focused on fostering your personal wedding vision. This is for the bride who has complete confidence and trust in hiring an expert who can take the bride’s vision to the next level and create something more spectacular than the bride could envision herself. The Wedding Designer / Stylist/ Architect should have formal training in a relevant field such as Floral Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design or Fashion Design. Fees for Wedding Designers can range from $5,000 to $20,000. Some Wedding Planners / Producers have the proper credentials to also call themselves Wedding Designers and offer both planning and design services.

If you decide to take the DIY route for your wedding, you can always change course and hire a Wedding Planner later if you get into troubled waters.

Several Wedding Coordinators and Wedding Planners even offer “Day Of” service for budget-conscious brides. But let me make this clear – there is no such thing as a “Day Of Planner.” This term is widely misunderstood and misleading, because no Wedding Planner of sound mind, experience and education would simply show up on the day of your wedding and expect everything to flow flawlessly. That’s why the Wedding Industry Professionals Association recommends the use of the term “Wedding Director” for this service. Instead of waiting until the wedding day, the Wedding Director starts a minimum of 30 days before your wedding, and performs the following tasks:

  • Reviews all of your wedding vendors’ contracts
  • Inspects the ceremony and reception site
  • Develops a detailed timeline and draw schematic floor plans for ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing. These documents should then be sent to your vendors three weeks before the wedding
  • Prepares a separate, abbreviated wedding party timeline to be sent to parents and all attendants two weeks before the wedding
  • Reconfirms logistics with all wedding service providers after they have received the timeline and floor plans
  • Oversee the wedding rehearsal and be on-site up to 12 hours or more to manage the wedding day activities

Properly providing this service usually requires at least 40 to 60 hours of a Wedding Director’s time, considerably more than just showing up on the day of your wedding.

Photos: Jade Studio Productons. Wedding Designer: Joyce Scardina Becker, Events of Distinction.

Selecting a Wedding Planner or Designer

Check WeddingPlannerLove to find a planner in your area and budget. To find a qualified Wedding Planner or Designer, check out non-profit professional associations such as the Wedding Industry Professionals Association or the International Special Events Society for a list of current members in good standing (many WeddingPlannerLove vendors belong to these organizations!). You might also ask the Catering Departments in the top hotels in your area for a list of Wedding Planners or Designers that they recommend.

For Wedding Planners, here are some questions to ask during a face-to-face interview:

  • Do you have a business license and business insurance?
  • How long have you had your business?
  • What did you do before establishing your business?
  • What is your educational background?
  • Do you have a college degree?
  • If so, what was your major?
  • Have you pursued continuing education in Event Management or Design? If so, where?
  • Do you belong to any professional associations?
  • Have you served on the Board of these associations?
  • How do you find and establish relationships with other vendors?
  • Do you have letters of recommendation from other vendors?
  • What are the steps you take to plan a wedding?
  • How many weddings do you typically plan a year? Describe the services you typically provide for these weddings.
  • Can you work with our budget and create our vision?
  • Can I see a typical staging guide that you have created?  Timeline? Floor plans?
  • When reviewing their portfolio, ask: Who was responsible for conceptualizing the design? Who implemented the design?
  • How do you charge? What does your fee include? Do you receive fees from any of your vendors?
  • Will you be present at our wedding rehearsal and wedding day?
  • Will you provide any additional staff on the wedding day? If so, what are the costs?

While meeting with prospective Wedding Designers, you should carefully examine their portfolios and other materials that demonstrate how they have designed prior weddings. Design elements should be consistently woven through every aspect of the wedding, from the save-the-date card to wedding programs, tablescapes, favors and décor. Confirm what elements of the wedding were actually conceptualized by the Wedding Designer, and not by a graphic artist or florist. Also, since Wedding Designers need to understand your personal preferences in order to design a wedding that reflects your personal tastes, they should also be asking you lots of questions, so they can begin to understand what’s important to you.

Photos: Dennis Desilva, Studio Seven. Wedding Designer and Planner: Joyce Scardina Becker, Events of Distinction.

 

Finally, when interviewing Wedding Planners and Designers, you need to feel that there is good “chemistry.” An effective Wedding Planner or Designer must clearly understand your needs and articulate your vision. And your Wedding Planner will be your new best friend through your wedding day (and hopefully long beyond that), so it is imperative you are comfortable working together, and most importantly having fun!

To learn more about Joyce, visit her site! She’s got enough credentials to write a book—and she has! You can also find her on Facebook and twitter when she is not busy blogging! And of course, you can also find her on WeddingPlannerLove!

We just love letterpress! In celebration of our collaboration with Ladies of Letterpress, I thought it would be perfect to showcase some letterpress invitations. If you are a WeddingInviteLove vendor offering letterpress, you should look into joining them and adding their beautiful badge to your profile!

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Interested in joining Ladies of Letterpress? (remember, you don’t necessarily have to be a lady!) Basic membership is free, but if you want to pay (starting at $60/yr, or $25 if you’re a student), there are plenty of benefits.

Sign up for free here, or see the benefits of a paid Ladies of Letterpress account here!

Today’s guest post comes to us from Pam Garnett of Altared Visions. Thanks, Pam!

For most people, their wedding day is the first time in their life they’ve ever been in front of a professional photographer’s camera lens. This can be some scary stuff, especially if you’re camera shy or perhaps a bit awkward in photographs normally. I am definitely in the latter category, by the way. If you’ve done your homework and selected a great wedding photographer (you are checking out WeddingPhotoLove, after all!), I give you full permission to relax!  Repeat after me: “I am in good hands.” Feel better? Good. I’m going to make you feel even more at ease by giving you a few things to expect from your photographer on your wedding day.

Altared Visions WeddingPhotoLove

Professionalism, Promptness & “What on Earth is She Doing?”

Professionalism is a given if you’ve hired someone carefully based on their work, passion and reputation. Your photographer(s) should of course be polite and friendly as well as arrive on time and dressed appropriately. You’ll find that many wedding photographers show up a bit early to “location scout.” My partner and I call location scouting “light hunting” and may or may or may not converse with each other exclusively in a Steve Irwin accent while doing so. You will find a lot of photographers to be a little odd, but ultimately harmless. You may glance out your window and find your photographer laying on the grass or walking in circle with an outstretch palm. Perhaps you’ll begin to fret thinking the competent professional you hired is on drugs, but it’s more likely they’re checking angles and the way the light falls on their hand. In fact, I use this hand trick often. I’m sure it looks very weird.  You may be asked to move closer to a window for your make up touch ups or other “getting ready” shots, and don’t be alarmed if you see your photographer cleaning up around the hotel room, we’re just staging the scene and lighting it so everything looks the best it can.  Again, you are in good hands!

Altared VIsions WeddingPhotoLove

Direction & Striking a Pose.

A photographer’s ability to direct a subject is just behind light hunting on the important skills list. Most couples are not models or celebrities and need some gentle direction while being photographed to feel at ease and make great photos. Your photographer may have you act out gestures, walk together holding hands or pose you in that perfect light they found light hunting. You should also expect your photographer to fine tune poses by asking you to make small adjustments such as “drop that shoulder” or “lift your chin.” There is a whole science behind posing, just know that your photographer is making you look fabulous with these little tweaks! Some poses may feel unnatural, but trust us…you will look great! Zach and Jody Gray, amazing wedding photographers from Nashville, TN like to say “feels weird, looks good!
If you’re confused by your photographer’s direction, ask them to physically show you what they mean so that you can mirror them. (Note: Some photographers take a very hands-on approach so if that sort of thing gives you the creeps, be sure to let them know!)  We find our couples are more relaxed with us demonstrating instead of dictating poses and usually a couple seeing James in a pigeon toe stance gets me some great natural laughing photos. You can’t take yourself too seriously in this industry!

Altared Visions WeddingPhotoLove

A Note on “Uncle Bobs.”

For those new to the term “Uncle Bob”, that is the probably slightly impolite way we wedding photographers refer to relatives of the bride who bring their own camera to the wedding and photograph over our shoulder. The trouble with this seemingly harmless uncle or aunt shooting along with the photographer is, among other things, no one is sure where to look or who to take direction from. This leaves you with a lovely group photo of your family and only half of them are looking at the camera. This is no good and it will certainly affect your final images as well as your professional’s concentration, so we may ask them to stop shooting or wait for us to finish first. I’ve found asking relatives to allow me my shot first and standing aside for them after makes everyone happy.

Altared Images WeddingPhotoLove

The Reception: Forget about it!

Expect to mostly forget about your photographer at your reception, in fact you should forget about your photographer at your reception! Your hard work is done; it’s time to cut loose! Unlike the beginning of the day’s in-your-face formals, the reception presents the photographer with a photojournalistic challenge in that they must hang back and catch natural, candid moments. Rather than pester you, the savvy photographer will seek out the maître’d and DJ/band immediately upon arrival to find out all they need to know without ever having to disrupt your celebrations. My partner and I alternate following our couple and shooting crowd reactions and dancing. The best reception photos are often ones taken while you’re unaware you’re being photographed in the first place, so forget about us and have a great time!

Altared VIsions WeddingPhotoLove

Lastly, The Law of Photobooths.

If you have one, we will use it. It’s like a moth to a bug zapper…this is immutable science and cannot be helped.  We apologize in advance.

Thank you Pam! I love your advice and your humor. Check out Altared Visions on WeddingPhotoLove.

Joyce Scardina Becker

WeddingPlannerLove’s very own Events of Distinction brings us today’s guest post which is two part series. We’ll feature Part 2 on Thursday! Thank you Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP for your post for our planning brides!

With a myriad of details to handle, planning a wedding can be very time-consuming for engaged couples, and spare time is often in short supply for brides and grooms who are busy establishing professional careers or attending school.

You should consider hiring a Wedding Planner if:

  • You don’t have at least 12 hours a week to devote to planning
  • You’re having a destination wedding
  • Your idea of being creative is copying a wedding that you saw in print or online
  • You have previously hosted parties where you spent the entire evening in your kitchen

Aside from saving you that precious element of time, there is another fundamental reason why Wedding Planners can be a tremendous benefit to you – they are experts at what they do. The more complex the details of your wedding are, the greater the skills that are required to implement these details flawlessly.  So, for the same reasons that many people hire professional accountants to do their taxes, many couples also hire professional planners to do their weddings.  The only difference is that weddings are much more fun than taxes!

Photos:  Sherman Chu. Wedding Designer and Planner: Joyce Scardina Becker, Events of Distinction.

What a Wedding Planner Can Do for You

Successful planning and execution of a wedding requires an understanding of many disciplines –including audio-visual, budgeting and financial analysis, food and beverage, design, entertainment, flowers, graphic design and methods of printing, hospitality law and contracts, lighting, music, photography, transportation, videography and wedding cakes. What separates the pros from the novices is a solid track record of producing hundreds of weddings, maintaining quality relationships with many wedding service providers and keeping current with the latest trends. This experience gives the Wedding Planner the foundational knowledge to effectively assist you with the research, design, planning and execution of your wedding, which includes the following specific tasks:

  • Developing a detailed budget for your wedding
  • Selecting the most suitable site(s) for your celebration
  • Recommending appropriate vendors that fit with your taste and budget
  • Scheduling appointments with vendors
  • Performing cost analyses of vendor proposals
  • Effectively negotiating contracts through an understanding of hospitality law
  • Organizing the planning process in a logical fashion
  • Understanding the flow of a wedding, and developing a detailed timeline for your wedding day, which enables the ceremony, cocktails and reception to run smoothly
  • Producing floor plans drawn to scale
  • Providing on-site management for your wedding day – overseeing all activities to ensure a flawless execution

To learn more about Joyce, visit her site! She’s got enough credentials to write a book—and she has! You can also find her on Facebook and twitter when she is not busy blogging! And of course, you can also find her on WeddingPlannerLove!

Today’s interview is with Dallas based WeddingPlannerLove vendor, Wendy from Each & Every Detail. We just love her work and her giving spirit. :)

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Katie Cassidy Photography

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Each & Every Detail is a small wedding planning firm in McKinney, Texas, that focuses on finding that particular niche that their clients love and expanding on it.  I started this business in 2006 and have focused on wedding planning from the beginning, offering couples everything from month of coordination to full service wedding planning and design help. Our mission is to be the key resource for our clients and champion them throughout the wedding planning process, while making sure they have fun and get to enjoy this special time in their lives. We love working with engaged couples that want to focus on having a great time and making the event special to them and their guests.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Fairy Tale Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

In 2005, I became the event manager at a local venue. This was my first job in the industry and it was an amazing experience. I absolutely fell in the love with the weddings, as those were the clients I ended up spending so much time with. After seeing the brides and grooms struggle through the planning process, I was determined to become a resource for them. I took my first certification course in 2006 and that’s how Each & Every Detail was born. Since then, I’ve continued my education with more certification training and I received my Certified Master Wedding Planner status just last year. All the planners who work in my firm are trained wedding planners, including our wedding day assistants.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by F8 Studio

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is meeting new and interesting people, learning about their lives, how their personalities “click” and pulling from that knowledge to customize their special day. I adore getting to know these couples and spending so much time working with them to create an amazing day simply to celebrate their love.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Fairy Tale Photography

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Focus on developing your education, your ideas and your methods on how to serve your clients best, instead of worrying what everyone else is doing. The more you stay true to yourself and take care of your clients, the more you will attract the right clients for you and your past clients will advocate for you.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by F8 Studio

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

My three favorite things to do in the world are spend time with my husband, read sci-fi/fantasy books and to storm chase. Living in Texas means I’m lucky enough to witness a lot of crazy weather, and when there’s a great storm, sometimes there’s nothing better than watching it from beginning to end. Kind of like a wedding.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Katie Cassidy Photography  (Wish Upon a Wedding Couple)

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I just finished up a wedding where myself and my team donated their services to Wish Upon a Wedding. This organization grants free weddings for couples where one or both of them are terminally ill through donations of products and services from wedding vendors. It was humbling to work for this couple, knowing that the wedding planning part of their day was usually the best part, considering the rest of it was dealing with illness, doctor visits, medication and just a daily struggle to live. We were honored to help them and were amazed at the generosity of the other wish granters. Wish Upon a Wedding is a national organization and I am now the Co-Volunteer Coordinator for the Houston Chapter. If you know anyone who could benefit from Wish Upon a Wedding’s services, or if someone wants to donate their time, products or services, please visit www.wishuponawedding.org.

Thank you Wendy. You can see her on WeddingPlannerLove or visit her site for more. We love your work and willingness to give back. :)

 

Kseniya of Thomas-Printers has always been a big supporter of WeddingInviteLove (and one of our first vendors, too), and I’ve always been a fan of the organization she founded, Ladies of Letterpress (with Jessica W., the owner of Heroes & Criminals Press.)

From their website:

Ladies of Letterpress is an international trade organization for letterpress printers and print enthusiasts.  Our mission is to promote the art and craft of letterpress printing and to encourage the voice and vision of women printers. We strive to maintain the cultural legacy of fine press printing while advancing it as a living, contemporary art form as well as a viable commercial printing method. Membership is open to both men and women.

This is a community where you can read about our adventures in commercial, fine press, and zine printing, ask for advice and learn from other printers, share resources, and get inspiration for your own business and work–all for the love of letterpress.

Isn’t that just fantastic?

As of today, any member of WeddingInviteLove who is also a member of Ladies of Letterpress can edit their profile and choose to list Ladies of Letterpress as an affiliation, giving them a handy-dandy badge on their profile!

Interested in joining Ladies of Letterpress? (remember, you don’t necessarily have to be a lady!) Basic membership is free, but if you want to pay (starting at $60/yr, or $25 if you’re a student), there are plenty of benefits.

Sign up for free here, or see the benefits of a paid Ladies of Letterpress account here!

Thanks again to Ladies of Letterpress for being such a great organization!

How was your week? It was a pretty busy and eventful one around here! Monday, my husband and took a day “off” and went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with my parents. My favorite part of the day—the jellyfish. Hands down. I could’ve watched them for hours. The rest of the week I was busy emailing vendors and scheduling blog posts. The next month is going to be full of blogging goodness. :)

Your Dadness via Flickr

Photo by Dave Hanson

This week on the blog:

Elsewhere on the web:

  • This DIY from the Brooklyn Bride is pretty dang adorable.
  • Have you seen this Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest?
  • Two Bright Lights announced their 2012 Editor’s Choice Awards
  • Ruffled shared a DIY for a monogram that I absolutely adore.
  • Every Last Detail had an awesome post about creating details for your wedding. Seriously—read this if you are thinking about details for your big day.
  • An oldie but a goodie from Hip Ink: “Are custom invitations right for you?”
  • Invitations by Ajalon shared a great post about hosting a wedding invitation stuffing party!

Happy friday everyone! Enjoy your weekend. If you are in the Bay Area, head to Monterey and check out those jellyfish!

 

Melania Marta Photography gave us an interview for today’s post. Wasn’t that nice of her? We think so too! Thank you Melania, you were a lot of fun to chat with and of course – we love your photos. :)

Melenia Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I was born in Brooklyn, NY to immigrant Italian parents (first generation – baby).   As a young kid I was introduced into photography; I used to steal my mom’s 110 camera with disposable flash.  I was always interested in cameras and capturing moments.  Growing up my mom was the kind of mom who was always there, in your face, with a camera in hand.  I’m so grateful for that now.  Life happened and we moved from the city when I was seven.  I now live in a small town in Pennsylvania with my husband, two daughters, step-son and two boxers.  I couldn’t be happier. I started Melania Marta Photography in February 2010.  I absolutely love what I do.

Melenia Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

2. How did you get into wedding photography?

I became OBSESSED with wedding photography after I saw a friend of mine’s e-session on facebook.  From there I started blog stalking others and kept saying, “I wanna do that.  I can do that.”  Then one Christmas I got a camera for Christmas from my husband.  I knew NOTHING.  I started a fan page so that I didn’t bombard my “friends” with photos on their news feed.  Shortly after I started posting on my fan page, I was asked to shoot an e-session which was my second shoot ever.   After that, I was asked to do their wedding.  This couple completely took a chance on a newbie.  I owe them EVERYTHING.  They were my motivation to work my hardest to learn everything I could before their wedding day.  I think I did a good job. (I spent hours researching, reading, practicing, and doing everything I could to educate myself in a super short amount of time.)

Melenia Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

I can’t pick one.. I really like the getting ready portion for both the parties.  The guys are all kinds of nervous and so are the girls, and my second and I are the only people who know what they all look like getting ready.  It’s kind of fun.  Honestly – I love it all. 

Melania Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

Sometimes those “speeches on a whim” aren’t a good idea.  I had a wedding where the Father of the Groom gave a speech about his son – and it was going downhill quickly.  Talking about how the groom made some less than good decisions in college.  The room was silent.  I thought for a moment it was going to get really bad – but luckily, he stopped.  Could’ve been because of the dirty looks he was receiving.   

Melania Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

Champagne Chicken with fresh veggies. It was amazing.

Melania Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

6. What is your favorite venue and why?

That’s a toss up.  I really like the Eden Resort in Lancaster.  The Courtyard is absolutely gorgeous.  Then again, I had the chance to second shoot at The Inn at Leola Village and I love it there too.  I go married there, so it’s a sentimental thing, for sure.

Melania Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

7. Nikon or Canon?

Nikon – not because of Ashton Kutcher.  Okay, I DO enjoy the commercial, a little.

Melania Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove 

8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

I have a wedding photography bucket list.  Those locations include Costa Rica, London, Paris, and Rome.  

Melania Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

That’s tough.  I admire so many, but my favorite actress is Rachel McAdams, so I’d like to shoot hers.  

Melania Marta Photography WeddingPhotoLove

10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Don’t give up on yourself.  We ALL have moments when we think our work is garbage.  It’s those moments that we need to suck it up, grab the camera and shoot your next shot.  You have to.  Plain and simple.  Ask questions and know that there are photographers out there who are willing to help you learn.  Find them and learn from them.  They were YOU at one time.

Thank you Melania! We appreciate your time and your work! Speaking of which, you can view more on her site.