Destination Wedding Photography

Couples that are looking for something very different from their usual surroundings are now considering the option of a destination wedding package. Part of this package includes the services of a professional photographer. In the west these photographs are usually taken on the day during the ceremony, be it in a 13th century gothic church or a shimmering white sandy beach in Australia.

In Asia the phenomenon known as destination wedding photography has a slight twist. Instead of the photographs been taken on the wedding day they are usually taken weeks or months in advance of the big day. This fashion of shooting pre wedding photographs in exotic locations is more popular in Asian countries like Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Malaysia than anywhere else in the world.

Many Asian couples are looking for exciting romantic fairytale European towns and cities to have their pre wedding destination photographs taken.

Central and Eastern Europe offer an unparalleled choice of romantic fairytale settings. With centuries of history behind them cities like Budapest in Hungary, Prague in the Czech Republic, Vienna in Austria and Krakow in Poland have magnificent castles and cathedrals which provide the perfect backdrop for pre wedding photographs. Budapest in particular is a fantastic city at the heart of Eastern Europe; known as the Paris of the east it has an amazing array of architectural styles including gothic, baroque and art nouveau.

Aside from the photographer and assistant most overseas pre wedding photography packages include the services of a professional makeup artist. The makeup artist plays an essential role in insuring that the couples look their very best for their pre wedding photographs. Usually the bride and groom bring their own wedding clothes of choice for the shoot although some photography packages also include the option of hiring wedding dresses and suits from a local wedding specialist. However in the end it’s the professional photographer who’s the dream maker creating memories the couple will look back on and treasure for a lifetime.

I have recently begun shooting overseas pre wedding photographs mainly for the Asian market in Budapest Hungary and surrounding Central European countries. Budapest in particular offers couples unparalleled opportunities to shoot their dream like photos in numerous fairytale settings around the city such as at the Buda Castle, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge, the Parliament and the Freedom monument just to name a few. Couples who have had their pre wedding destination photographs shot in Budapest have all agreed that this beautiful city far exceeded their wildest expectations.

Best Singapore Pre Wedding Photography Location

Singapore has many beautiful and exotic places that are suitable for wedding photography. Because of the usually good weather, it is definitely one of the best places to take wedding photographs and have them immortalized. There are a lot of places in Singapore that are really good, but we had to slim it down to a few. From parks to the urban picture, from the classic home setting to the modern city life, Singapore is surely to take your breath away.

Marina Promenade is one of the locations that can bring you back to nature while still staying within the sophistication of the urban life. The picturesque is different at every turn. There are the more natural palm trees and water forms, from the sky wheel to the skyscrapers. For better lighting, there are lots of trees in the park so the shading and the light can help with a good picture. View of the water is very much abundant especially across the condominiums.

There is also the east and west Bishan Park. The west gives a beautiful Asian garden-inspired scenery that creates different views and options to provide you a beautiful picture. The east however, gives you more lighting and a lighter, more urban feel with condominiums although there are still a few grassy areas and a large field with the buildings as backdrop.

If you are interested in having a port area as your location, the Labrador Park can give you just that. It gives you the view of clear blue waters under the wooden bridge, stone benches, antique warfare, and an old lighthouse.

If you opt for one that has height, the Telok Blanah Hill Park is a photo haven above the city. The hill in itself is beautiful with staircases that seem to lead up to the sky with flowers and trees.

No matter which pre wedding photography location you choose, the most important thing is to enjoy the photoshoot with your loved one.

Marriage of Convenience in Singapore and A Wedding Without Wedding Gowns and Suits

Three weeks before my youngest daughter’s wedding, our family sat down for breakfast one morning. It was during that time the topic of wedding invitations came up for deliberation. The conversation then drifted to issues like arrangements for wedding reception, wedding dinner and wedding photos.

After breakfast, my young grand-daughter asked her mother to see the wedding photos of her grandparents. She answered: “OK, Dear, but there aren’t many wedding photos of grandma and grandpa’s.”

Upon the little girl’s insistence, her mother came to our room and with our knowledge and acquiescence, took out an envelope containing some old photos. The colours of the photos were faded and the pictures a little yellowed and blurred, for these were taken in the 1940s when colour photography was in infancy. There was no digital colour photography nor high-resolution picture taking then.

“Mum,” asked my grand-daughter, “why grandma and grandpa were not wearing wedding dresses? Grandma was not wearing a wedding gown and grandpa was not in suits. Why?”

Before she got an answer I and my wife came out of our room. Her grandma held her in her arms and smiled: “Audrey Dear, why do you ask? What’s wrong with the pictures?”

“Every bride wears a wedding dress and every groom wears wedding suit. Why not you and Grandpa? Did you make any wedding invitations, by the way?”

I now joined the conversation by telling Audrey that we did not put on the conventional wedding gear because 1: we did not want to wear them and 2: we could not at the time.

Little as she was, Audrey’s curiosity was aroused. I explained to her that at that time there was a war going on. Food was scarce and difficult to come by, household necessities hard to obtain and wedding dresses a major luxury only the very rich could afford. Her Grandma added by saying that yes, we could not afford the wedding dresses and even if we could it would be well nigh impossible to procure them. Most people in occupied Singapore at that time were living in fear of the Japanese Imperialist Army who, just days before we got married, invaded and occupied the British Colony.

Product Photography – Your Reliable Salesperson Without a Flimsy Smile

A part of the issue is the reality that photography itself has never been as simple, or as technologically sophisticated as before.

With the advent of high resolution multiple mega pixel digital cameras with numerous options available, along with the software which assures to transform your family pictures into something an art gallery would be yearning for, product photography looks to be a suitable choice for anybody.

Still, the reality is there is so much ad-photography has to offer rather than just approaching your launched product, taking out a camera, taking some aesthetic shots, passing it to your computer to crop them, make the necessary changes, and then lunging them at your online profile or printed booklet with a mistaken hope that it will sell your product.

Ad-photography is all about vending products, but it is much different from just taking pictures of your products and believing that they are sufficient to sell them. If we put it differently, imagine you got an awesome product, and you give it to the salesperson to promote through door to door marketing process.

Your flimsy salesperson reaches instantly the first door rings the bell and anticipates, with the product in his hand or in the bag. The door opens, and a person looks at the salesperson. The salesman also looks at him or her. Nothing special happens. The salesperson then takes out a product and approaches the person, who looks at the salesperson in bafflement for the last time before closing the door. It’s time for the salesman to approach the next home.

The issue is that just showing the prospective customer what a product seems like is seldom sufficient to sway them to make them pay the price and buy it. Product photography needs to work harder than this, and still this reality is not realized by most of the people.

Ad-photography is similar to getting your best salesperson taking the product to the customers, and sells it. But your best salesperson isn’t just going to knock the door, waiting for it to be opened and then offer the customer an opportunity to go through your product without saying anything, and no such true endeavor to pursue the customer.

Product photography should be able to speedily and efficiently pursue the targeted audience, and this just can’t happen if all the audience is presented with a possibly unlikable and pale picture.

Hence, how can you make the product photography work, instead of standing there looking lost and stupid? The solution is to make the camera work more, to introduce a wide range of tricks and skills to deliver an innovative picture of the product that reach the audience, says something, communicate a thought, an idea, and an attitude and ensure a prompt response that makes the people look for more information.

Can this happen? Obviously it can. It happens regularly. You can stay assured that you have purchased something by looking at the picture of the product in the first place. The picture on its own may not be completely convincing to you, but it possibly convinced you to look for more information, as it itself implies an efficient utilization of product photography. The camera will never lie, but in the proper hands, it can work just like any salesperson, and deliver everything without a brassy tie and a flimsy smile.

Wedding Photography and Videography – A Must For Today’s Weddings

In many cultures around the globe, the wedding day is, perhaps, the second greatest day of a persons life, second only to ones day of birth. Of course, this outlook might be a bit different depending on who we ask: the bride or the groom. During this day, people seek to have their most special moment documented for the ages.

For many, this documentation sadly ends up in a box, gathering dust or, Lord forbid, wasted away by time. With the technology made available to us today, we have the benefit of taking advantage of the most brilliant inventions and recording our most precious occasion by wedding photography and videography professionals. These are the storytellers, hired to tell our story in picture and on film (or disc), capturing all the magic and beauty of the day.

In the days of old, weddings would be remembered by intricate paintings. In actuality, it wouldn’t be the wedding that was painted. It was the still-picture that came afterward. The artist would have the newlyweds pose, then they would be put to canvas. After that, we had early photography. Things didn’t change much, though. The couple would pose, the photographer would snap the picture.

As technology progressed, so didn’t the imagination of the time-recorder. Next thing you know, the photographer was no longer taking just one or two photographs. The photographer was taking many, posed and natural. But this isn’t the end of it. The next step, naturally, was the dawn of wedding photography and videography.

It wasn’t long before somebody thought that the photograph became the norm and, dare say it, boring. In comes the video camera. Now, not only were photographs taken to document the special day, but videos, too. This way, not only was the action documented, but all that was said, too. Not only did we see still pictures that told our story, but now, we were able to see the whole story unfold right before our very eyes, in just the way we would see it if we were invited to the wedding.

Some videographers have become so imaginative that, they take both still pictures and fluid video as well. That way, we get the whole picture from both points of view, at the same time. Who knows? Maybe in the near future, we’ll have to hire a wedding photographer and videographer, along with a hologram technician, too

Sales Techniques to Boost Performance

Believe it or not, every business in the world is in the business of sales. Sales to be put in simple words are the tools and techniques that are used in order to make the customer purchase or sign a contract, which generates revenue. Every business goal is to generate higher revenue as this revenue helps them pay employee, cover operating costs, make investments and other stuff. Here are some of the sales techniques tips that will help one to boost their performance and increase sales.

Think about future business

Business is not only about present, it is about future. If you work hard in the present you will have a wonderful future, but for that one needs to understand that they should not only think about current business but try to be systematic about generating leads to keep enough business in the future. It is necessary for consistent sales.

Make customers the hero

It is important that you make your customers ‘hero’ and you work as a mentor. You need to make them believe that they are the sole drivers of their business and your role is just to help them grow.

Your role is to keep yourself updated with the changing technology and help customers adapt to changes in order to survive and thrive.

Knowing your sales cycle

The type of business you are in will determine the sales cycle. While going about a project make sure to understand the amount of time that elapses between an initial meeting with a prospective client and the closing of a deal. Understand the average time taken on average. To do this, make a list of the last 20 closed deals. Identify how much time they all took and find out the average. This will give you a hint about how much time it takes your company to seal a deal on an average.

Keep calm and listen

The most crucial thing to maintain sales is to build a good relationship with your client. Show them they are not just business. Try to listen to them and write what they are saying. Make sure that the client’s needs are being met as it will help in case of any future business with them.

Telemarketing Tips on Appointment Setting for Small Business Owners to Get More Customers

Telemarketing tips to help self-employed people and small business owners to get more customer by making sales appointment cold calls.

Many small business owners haven’t had access to training on appointment setting.

To get more customers they may want to make cold calls to arrange meetings to present their sales offers, but without training they can get a lot of rejection and soon become de-motivated.

One of the biggest mistakes is not knowing how to use benefits and features effectively. These telemarketing tips will show you how and where to add benefits and features to your cold calls for appointments and get in front of more potential customers.

Telemarketing Tips on Making Great Sales Appointment Calls

What makes a great sales appointment cold call is understanding how and when to use benefits and features in your call script.

The reason you should use them is because benefits are what your customers get, so for the prospects you call it tells them what they could potentially gain by listening to you.

Benefits are about the prospect you cold call. It’s what they gain from being your customer. It’s the savings on time or money that you can offer. It’s how their life or business will be easier. It might be something they must have, or something they want to have, but it’s not how they get it, that’s the feature that supplies the benefit.

Benefits are often feelings or emotions. Feelings of safety or security, being happy, satisfaction, success, or whatever else they will feel when they become your customer and the features of your service give them the benefits.

Poor telemarketing calls for appointments often include lots of features and few, or even no, benefits. Features are all about you and your products or services.

Benefits are what the features do for the customer, they are what the customer gets by using what you supply, and it gives you a chance to talk about the customer and the changes your sales offer will make for them. You may have to mention features as you explain how they get the benefits, but keep it brief.

Where on Your Calls to Use Benefits and Features

You want to get more customer by making appointment calls, so one of your aims is to keep prospects listening to you. You want to get past the first few lines of introduction and into a conversation about them or their business.

To do that you should use benefits in your call introduction, supported where necessary by features. What will, or potentially could, give the prospect a benefit. Maybe you are the best, the cheapest, the most experienced, the fastest, the most caring, the most qualified, at what you do. Those are all features so you then have to state what the feature you select will do for your potential customer in terms of a benefit to them.

The Reason You’re Calling

The next telemarketing tip is to use your best benefit, and supporting feature, as the reason why you’re calling the prospect.

What many self-employed people and small business owners don’t know is that the reason for calling is again all about the prospect. You might think that your experience and credentials, qualifications, and a list of existing customers are really good reasons for calling a prospect to arrange a sales appointment, but they’re not.

When you tell your prospect why you are calling, select a benefit you think will grab their interest and explain what it could potentially do for them.

Gaining Agreement to a Meeting

When you’ve qualified the prospect as a potential customer that you want to meet you need to gain agreement from them to the meeting. Here again is a great place to use a benefit to influence them to take that next step.

You explain to the prospect that they could gain a benefit, and by meeting with you they will have the opportunity to see exactly what the benefit could do for them. You can use the same benefit that you used earlier as your reason for calling. You started by saying that was why you called, so here you’re saying it’s why you should meet.

Small Businesses Should Use Benefits to Get More Customers

That’s 3 places where you can add benefits to make your telemarketing calls more successful.

The more effective your calls, the more opportunities you get to get more customers.

Look at what you’re currently saying on your cold calls. Are you using features that tell the prospect all about you, your business, or what you do.

It only takes a small reframing of your viewpoint to change those features into benefits and talk more about the prospect than about you. This simple change will make a big difference to your calls. It will increase the number of meetings you get, and you will get less rejection and fewer objections, so you’ll enjoy making more cold calls.

Tips For Choosing The Right Course In Sales

In today’s user-competitive global job marketplace, having up-to-date and effective training in the skills and knowledge that affect sour careers is very important. For this reason, people all around the world not only embark on getting high quality degrees and qualifications, but also try to keep up with ongoing professional training to be competitive against their peers.

For this reason, there are many high quality training courses for professionals at the beginning of their careers as well as those who are already halfway up their career ladder. These can be found all over the world, particularly in some of the world’s biggest and most prosperous cities.

If you are considering taking a professional training course in sales, here are some factors that you may want to consider to help to find the right programme for you. All of these elements can affect the quality of the skills and knowledge that you get out of the course as well as how much it will help you reach your goals.

Firstly, consider that there are many places that you can study, ranging from training companies right through to institutions of higher education. The one that you choose will all depend on the depth that you wish to study your chosen topic and how much time and money you want to afford the try.

You must therefore consider whether you want to study a lengthy programme or instead just brush up on a few essential skills that will help you in your role. If in doubt, speak to an independent careers advisor or the Human Resources staff in your company for a better idea of how you can further develop yourself professionally.

Another reason to consider is the location of the course, as there are many excellent sales courses and a number of other hotspots around the globe. Your choice of destination will all depend on a number of factors, including price, ease of travel and whether or not the course offers precisely the content that you want to be studying.

It is worth noting that even though the exact course that you want to study on may not be local, many of the best training providers run in major cities and therefore they are relatively easy – and sometimes very inexpensive – to travel to. There so no reason to worry unnecessarily about cost if studying in a major city.

You should also look at the quality of the training and particularly the experience of the trainer who will be leading the programme. This is especially important, as a teacher with a vast experience in sales you are looking to brush up on will be of the greatest benefit to you.

This is something to be particularly concerned about if you have decided to study with an independent training provider or private training company. This is because these companies often have tighter budgets to work will and you may find that the instructors can be sub-par in some cases. However, this is not always true of all training companies.

The reality is that some of the smaller training providers will still use top experts with vast experience to deliver their courses. You will, however, have to investigate this for yourself before picking out a company that you wish to work with.

Regardless of where you end up studying, doing your homework and choosing a sales course with the right content and a great teacher will help you a great deal in achieving what you are hoping for. One thing is sure, however, and that is that professional training can help you go exactly where you need to go.