It’s Spotlight Tuesday, where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding vendors and share the stories behind the companies who help Wedding Venue Map couples have their best wedding day.
Hiring the right professional wedding photographer and videographer is so important on your wedding day. The photographer and videographer are responsible for capturing all of your special memories. After the wedding flies by, these photos and videos are what you will have to look back and remember. You’ll be amazed at how many moments you miss on your wedding day and will look back fondly on after the fact.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce this week’s vendor spotlight, Edmund Rhodes of Rhodes Studios Photography and Video.
When people ask “what do you do?” how do you answer?
I love capturing couples’ wedding dreams, engagement sessions, maternity sessions, and I also do corporate events.
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
I was a Director with AT&T wireless division. AT&T was purchased and I packaged out. I was stumped as to what to do next in life and my wife told me to do what I had always loved doing, photography! So, I took the plunge back in 2005 and never looked back! I started Rhodes Studios Photography and Video.
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
I enjoy taking people who may not think they look good in pictures and getting them to do things they never thought they would. At the end of the photo shoot, they loved it! The goal is for people to enjoy themselves and love their photos!
Tell us about your most memorable event so far and why it was.
At one couple’s wedding, the bride’s brother wasn’t going to be able to attend because he was deployed. No one knew that when they all were FaceTiming with him, he was in the next room and then surprised everyone! The bride, family, and guests were so excited that he was able to be there and walk her down the aisle…and then the groom was shocked! Great moment!
What’s the best part of your job?
Watching couples, family, and friends be moved by their photos. The memories they created with me behind the camera!
What motivates you to do this every day?
My wife! She knows my dream and passion and works very hard to keep me, and everything that matters to me, moving! Her strength gives me strength.
What fun fact would people be surprised to learn about you?
Hmmm, I’m a wild drummer, a fanatic about movies and music. OH, and I LOVE Starbucks!
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
That they were completely blown away that we were able to capture so much and they never knew some things that happened because they were so busy. They were so happy that we captured it all on photo and video!
What is important for clients to know about your company before they book you?
First and foremost, we want to have fun! From engagement to after the wedding, you are stuck with us! : ) Our personalities need to click! We appreciate when couples share what they want. We love to show your vision as well as you enjoying ours. We’re very organized and time sensitive. We want to make sure your happiness is fulfilled. We help guide you through the entire process from beginning to end.
What is the most unique service/product you offer?
I, as the owner, am at every wedding. I have never missed a wedding. We fully edit all photos, not just a few, and you get them in a timely manner. Making your day run as smoothly as possible and being honest about time restraints is key.
What types of events do you specialize in?
We specialize in all types of weddings. We pride ourselves on learning all cultures to be able to service our couples.
What makes your business stand out from other photographers and videographers?
We are upfront with our pricing to our clients and then start customizing packages to fit their day. I pride myself on being available to my couples via text, emails, and calls. I’ll always be there, rain or shine. I’m secretly known as the bride whisperer! I’m able to enter the room and assess the vibe of the room and roll everyone in a positive, fun way!
Tell us about your favorite type of engaged couple.
Couples that you can see are in love and getting married for all the right reasons! Not just getting married to get married, but have a story of love behind their engagement.
Why do couples hire you?
I think couples hire us because they see we are flexible and want to work with them. We’re not pushy and we want to hear their ideas and connect with them. Making a couple feel that their decision is right is very important.
Tell us more about your most popular packages.
The most popular package includes both photography and video and usually the engagement session as well. We have a basic package that fits with the couple that just wants the basics: we capture the day, edit the images, and send them to the couple. The next package includes an album and prints.
Rhodes Studios shares some helpful information for engaged couples…..
What are the most common questions you get asked by brides and/or grooms?
How much time do we need? Will you help us on how to pose? Should we do a first look? Will you help us get through the day? What do we do next? We have the experience of over 10 years of weddings. We can ask you the right questions to give you the correct answers based on your wedding!
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions that people have about your photographers and videographers?
Some people think all photographers should charge the same and that we charge too much. After explaining to them why we charge what we do and they see us working at the wedding, we hear back, “now I see why” and “it was worth every penny.”
Name three unique venues that you enjoy working at and why
Estate on the Halifax is a beautiful venue that has many options for ceremonies, both inside and outdoors. Many areas for taking photos and guests really enjoy strolling the property!
What some of Rhodes Studios previous couples had to say….
“OMG Edmund!!! I’m in love with our pictures!! Not only did you make the experience much easier than anticipated but you made the pictures look beautiful! You totally captured our personalities and gave us a memory we will cherish forever!” – Gloria and Freddy engagement session, Downtown Winter Park
“Rhodes is a fantastic photographer and the best in the Orlando area! Photos were one of the most important items to me, especially to have a photobook included in the package, so when we met Rhodes at a wedding expo, we booked him immediately, and it was such a great choice. He also does a lot of weddings at our venue and it made it so much easier because he knew all of the “must have” locations. Everyone who has seen our photos comment on the quality and how great they turned out. I had a list of places I wanted, but of course, my favorites turned out to be the ones suggested by Rhodes and we love them all. I also really appreciate that he includes prints as an option because I love hanging photos around the house.” – Amanda and John wedding, Bella Collina
“Rhodes Studios is a professional husband-wife team and without question one of the best wedding photographers in the Orlando area. Always friendly and ready to try new ideas, Edmund & Joanne took the time to get a good feel for us and our style first, then worked with the environment and setup to make sure that our photos captured our personalities and dynamic. With them working as a duo, we also got more coverage of our event, shots from different angles, and more flexibility in capturing the highlights of our wedding. They were also very quick in getting our photos to us after the event to share with friends and family. Thanks for capturing our special moments!” – Bryan and Audria wedding, Mystic Dunes Country Club