Doodle Dog Creative is a creative agency headquartered in Dallas and Austin, Texas, specializing in branding solutions, website design and development and search engine optimization. We create smile worthy concepts that capture personality and inspire brands.
I am so proud to show off the whole new look of Amy Barry Photography! We started out working on Amy’s logo, so first things first Amy and I went and had a few drinks with her and talked about her business, her marketing goals and her “business personality.” From the beginning it was clear that Amy Barry Photography is a happy, care-free, and most importantly joyful business. I really thought it would be memorable and fun to use the “Berry” (Barry) in her name and incorporate bright fun/happy colors to set her apart. So, here is what is what we came up with for her logo and tagline.
And her business card and a few other branding elements (letterhead and tags)….
CD cases/CD labels (to send the images to clients) and thank you notes:
The mailing envelope and bellyband (for packaging etc.):
And finally, one of the most important elements….THE WEBSITE AND BLOG!
And now that you’ve seen all of this fun stuff, I’m guessing you want to learn more about Amy, so I asked her a few questions…
How long have you been in business?
A little over two years. I began my business in July 2008.
What do you do?
I take photos of life. From weddings, families, kids, maternity, no matter what the occasion is, I am honored to document these amazing moments for people.
Why did you start your business?
My business began as a hobby. I photographed my first wedding in 2003 and I was hooked. I stayed current with learning and growing in my photography style and I decided to make the big plunge into the business world in 2008. It was a scary move because there is a whole new world to photography when you make it into a business. The accounting, legal, and overall business aspects I wasn’t looking forward to but it wasn’t enough to keep me away from my passion. After being in business for a couple of years, I have realized that all of that is not so scary after all. Everything I needed to learn was on the Internet at my fingertips.
What is unique about your business?
The connections. It’s pretty simple to me. To get an incredible photo, a connection has to be made. I love to get to know each and every client who steps in front of my camera. Without knowing who they are and what they love, it is hard to create an image that really sparks any emotion. Having a connection with my clients also helps them feel more relaxed and open to having fun during the session.
What is the process like to work with you?
I would like to say FUN! From that first e-mail or phone call, I want to get to know you. Typically I will ask to meet the client for coffee or lunch so we can get to know each other a little. Yes, this is a two way street, I want my clients to get to know me as well! Once a client has decided to book, we schedule an engagement or bridal session and usually talk about what the wedding will be like. Then the big day, the wedding comes along! After the wedding, I e-mail brides frequently to let them know when their photos are posted to Facebook, my blog, or when their whole wedding is available on my proofing site.
Why did you decide to work with Doodle Dog?
It’s easy… Nikki knows my style better than I do! I wanted to work with Nikki because she knows what questions to ask in order to understand what I want to represent my business and me. When I received the first options for my logo, I was blown away. I fell in love with everything that she created and it was hard to choose.
Tell us about your family.
In a one-word description: AWESOME. I married my best friend, Derek in January 2010. Our immediate family consists of us, our two dogs Lucy and Jovie, and our ferret Noodle. I have amazing parents who have been married for 32 years and a fantastic older brother Rusty. I hit the all time jackpot with in-laws as well. I absolutely love the family I married into. Derek and I don’t have kids yet, but maybe in a couple of years it will be our time to be parents.
Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Oops, should have read ahead. 2 dogs Lucy and Jovie and our ferret Noodle.
Where do you like to shop?
I love New York and Company for clothes, they always have the best sales. For anything else I typically go to Amazon to see what they’re offering.
Describe yourself and your style.
Silly. Typically I’m quiet in a school setting, but anything outside of that I don’t even know what shy means. When I meet a new person, I just assume we will be friends. I like to tell jokes and make people laugh. Most of the time I’m pretty sure they are laughing at my silly-ness and not the joke itself, but that’s ok with me!
Where do you find inspiration?
I love bridal magazines. I usually will stock up a few times a year to try and get a feel for what the new trends are for the next wedding season. Mostly, I draw inspiration from my client’s love for each other. I can’t get the same kind of inspiration from a photo in a magazine that I can from the cute little name a bride has for her groom. Inspiration, to me, must be different for each client and unique to them.
A Day in the life of you consist of:
Wow, this is different every day! Now that I will be done with school, I will be student teaching in the Spring. So, I’m guessing that my typical day will begin at 6:00 am and go until about 5:00 pm. Once I get home I will be busy with photography needs such as editing, e-mailing, etc. Once I complete my student teaching in May, I hope to take my photography to the next step and be a photographer full time!
What is your web address?www.amybarryphotography.comwww.amybarryphotography.com/blogPhone Number:
Is there anything else you would like to mention?
Only that Nikki at Doodle Dog is the BEST! I don’t think anyone else out there could have captured my personality and put it into a brand better than Nikki. I cannot say thank you enough, and I will always come back for my design needs in the future!
If you are interested in getting branded/re-branded or just getting some help with certain aspects of your branding please contact us today.
Many of you out there have probably heard me mention Amy Barry Photography a number of times, she is an awesome wedding photographer with tons of great insight into the photography and wedding industry.
So when I decided that I wanted to start helping brides know what they should be looking for and what they should be asking when they are shopping for vendors, she was one of the first professionals who came to mind. So I asked Amy to talk to me a little about what she thinks every bride should know and should ask before making an investment in a photographer for their special day and here’s what she had to say….
Choosing a photographer for your wedding is just as important as choosing your dress and details, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.
First, you can ask for referrals from friends and family. Look at images from their events and most importantly, ask how their experience was with the photographer on a personal level. Just as the images a photographer captures at your wedding are important, so is your personal connection with the photographer. This person is going to be your shadow the entire day of your wedding, so you want to make sure you get along. The perfect opportunity to evaluate your connection with a photographer is a consultation. This is typically the time a photographer will meet you somewhere like Starbucks and discuss the details of your wedding, what you are looking for in a photographer, and go over their contract. Keep in mind that just because a photographer brings a contract to the consultation, this does not mean you should feel pressured to sign it and book with that photographer right then and there. Which brings me to my next point…
Interview multiple photographers. Sometimes, this isn’t necessary. If you are like me who had one photographer picked out before I was even engaged, you may not need to ask around. It sounds crazy, I know. Don’t be afraid to schedule consultations with a few photographers to ensure you’re picking the photographer you get along with best. I can’t stress this enough. Even if you a certain photographer has award winning images and they look great on their website, if you don’t connect with them on a personal level it could be a real downer on your wedding day.
Ask about equipment. Photographers love to talk about all of their photography toys J Should you base your decision solely on their equipment? No. Make sure that the photographer you choose has the right equipment for what you’re looking for. If you are looking for digital images, make sure the photographer is using digital equipment. This may sound weird, but there are still photographers out there using film. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just their preference. So make sure you are on the same page with your photographer about how you will receive your images.
Now, for a list of questions you could take to your consultation:– How long have you been active in wedding photography?– Do you bring an assistant with you?– What is the most important part about wedding photography to you?– Do you release the digital negatives to your clients? (VERY important!)– What is the typical timeline from wedding to receiving images?– Ask about products offered such as albums, save the dates, etc.– If you are still in need of other vendors such as videographers, designers, etc. ask your photographer. They more than likely know plenty of other respected vendors in the industry.
These are just a few questions to get you started. Definitely add to this list depending on what is important to you.
Make sure pricing is clear between you and your photographer. Many times, photographers have their prices listed on their websites, or at least give a price where their packages start. This can give you an idea if the photographer will be within your budget. Most photographers will also work with you to customize a package to fit your wants and needs. Respectfully ask a photographer if they would be willing to make a package specifically for your wants, but don’t be offended if they only offer the packages listed on their site.
Finally, and maybe most importantly make sure you reserve enough room in your budget for photography. This does not mean that you should spend half of your budget on your photos, but make sure to reserve enough. So many brides wait until the last minute to get their photographer and don’t have enough room in the budget to get the quality they’re looking for. Don’t expect to get a photographer for a small amount of money and get incredible images. Yes, “a small amount of money” depends on who you are talking to, but it depends on your overall wedding. For example, if someone has a $10,000 budget for the whole wedding, would you hire a photographer for $500 to document it all? No. Keep it consistent. I see so many brides who say “my friend/family member has a professional camera and they can do it for cheap or for free”. BIG MISTAKE. Yes, they may have the camera, but do they have the experience? Being a wedding photographer is not as easy as many may think. There are various lighting situations and things are constantly changing, and a new photographer may not know how to deal with these situations. Hire a photographer with experience. It may seem expensive at the time but you will not regret paying the money for your wedding photographer.
Have fun with your photographer search, and good luck!
-Amy Pittsinger, Amy Barry Photography June 2010_______________________________________To see some of Amy’s beautiful work visit her blog athttp://www.amybarryphotography.com/