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Hire a Wedding Photographer

Hire a Wedding Photographer

Hire a Wedding Photographer who cares about you more than marketing themselves at your event.

Last night’s wedding was something else (Warning: possible self-righteous rant to follow) when I was hired to perform as DJ for a wonderful couple and had a grand time with them. They decided to hire a wedding photographer that was not  www.threeoceansentertainment.com/photo for photography service, and that’s ok; our services are available independently and without obligation for others.

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3 Oceans Entertainment Photo DJ Video – Phoenix and statewide in AZ

However, I believe that when the sales process is concluded, and all of the accounting and office paperwork is finished, and it’s time to provide actual performance (also known as “execution”) that it’s time to set the marketing aside.

That’s where this particular photographer clearly had a much different philosophy than us. Having worked another event in another capacity with them previously and recently, I immediately noticed a trend similar to before. From the moment they arrived at the event venue, she and her assistant (for ranting purposes and not naming names, I’ll just write “she” and “he” and so forth) began methodically selling themselves to any and everyone they could, looking to get paid for their next event. Wow.

Seriously, at one point I saw her huddle down and compose a Gmail message response  – kind of hard to miss – while her back was turned on the action that unfolded and concluded without her involvement.

At another point, I let her know, as event DJs are known to do, that something special was about to happen. I was absolutely shocked when she told me to hold on because she had something else more important do do right now at this very moment. As it turns out, she wanted to run out to her car and get some marketing materials to leave with the Director of Catering so she could work on her to become a preferred vendor at the facility. She had sensed an opening and was like a shark with blood.

Then there was her associate. This guy…

Just as before, he loudly announced himself upon his entrance and proclaimed his glory to all in the land. He made sure that everyone knew his name and the fact that, although he was “just the second shooter” he had his own photography company and would be happy to let you know about it. He spent a lot time standing around loudly talking (at highly inappropriate times, such as, oh say, the Wedding Ceremony!) and “schmoozing”, meaning basically extolling his virtues. During set-up, I was confronted with a particularly difficult technical situation involving poor Wi-Fi access at the venue, and was feverishly working to fix it. He felt this was the appropriate time to grill me about my business practices, starting with “how did I get hired for this job” and so forth. Both of them had previously interrogated me about my rates, marketing strategies, bookings, and more. I was wondering if they were going to ask me my social security number and Mother’s maiden name!

Things really changed this time though, when I had the audacity to request that the associate quit “talking shop” and focus on the task at hand. You know, the Bride and Groom?

For the remainder of the evening, he pouted around me, which was fine because I certainly didn’t need his frivolous distraction. Unfortunately, he could not quite hold back and wait until the guests had all left when he exploded with “I didn’t like what you said to me!” and wouldn’t stop until he’d worked his way through the script of the old Jerry Springer show in front of everyone. Fun for TV, but unbelievably inappropriate at someone’s wedding.

Sales and marketing is essential to the success of any business. But there is a line that must not be crossed, when it becomes shameless and relentless self-promotion at the expense of the client. A wedding photographer owes a particular obligation to their client, often by now their friend, to give them their complete and undivided attention during this most important time in their lives. Please choose one who will pour their heart and soul into yours.

WeddingWire Winners 8 Consecutive Years

We are WeddingWire Winners for the 8th straight year in a row

WeddingWire Winners 8 Consecutive Years 2009-2016

with the Couples’ Choice Awards – previously known as the Bride’s Choice Awards – for our DJ, Photography, and Videography services in and around Phoenix, Arizona.

This is especially significant for a good reason. Although many AZ wedding vendors claim this award for a year or more here and there, very few have the distinction of winning the award every single year back to the very first time these awards were issued in 2009. In fact, 3 Oceans Entertainment is one of only 9 Arizona wedding vendors who can say this.

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3 Oceans Entertainment – Event Wedding DJ Photo Video services in AZ

Just for fun, let’s break this down. Looking at the winners in all categories and in all markets nationwide is a lot of effort resulting in a huge number, so let’s just look at the Phoenix, AZ market and focus on Wedding Photographers, Videographers and DJs.

This year there were 153 award winners in those 3 categories. Very cool if you’re one of them, and understandable that a company’s PR person might feel compelled to brag about it, especially if it’s the first time.

Now let’s go back to 2009, when this same program was named “Bride’s Choice Awards” and there was only a total of 63. That’s a little different story. How many of these 63 carried through with an unbroken winning streak all the way to present? The answer is 9. They are:

  1. 3 Oceans Entertainment – DJ, Photography, and Videography
  2. Ray the DJ – DJ
  3. Ray Mar Productions – DJ
  4. Face the Music – DJ
  5. Birkett Entertainment – DJ
  6. Bill Limbach, The DJ for You! – DJ
  7. AZ Celebrity DJ – DJ
  8. All-American DJ – DJ
  9. Pinkerton Photography – Photography

There were no Phoenix AZ Wedding Videographers who made the list, and only 1 Photographer. Congratulations to these 8 other Arizona wedding vendors, who deserve recognition for honor in an increasingly crowded field. 9 companies specializing in weddings in the Phoenix area with a positive and proven track record over the last 8 years is a very small number indeed.

Why would a Bride and Groom even consider someone else? An insured professional with great rates and outstanding service is the way to go when considering Phoenix AZ wedding vendors, and WeddingWire winners 3 Oceans Entertainment are worth a look.

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding

What a grand time everyone had at the Scottsdale Arizona Wedding of Russ and Lida La Rose.  We were so fortunate to be involved as their Photographer, Videographers and DJ MC, working together as a team at one of the most enjoyable Scottsdale Arizona Weddings that we have ever participated in.

Electricity was in the air as they arrived at Ancala Country Club and began preparations to be married; so much that not only could the people feel it, but the surroundings also, as it bounced off the walls and even their wedding rings.

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Electric Rings – 3 Oceans Entertainment Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Photography

The beautiful Bride arrived and began getting ready for her big day.

Scottsdale Arizona Bridal Preparation
Bridal Preparation at Ancala Country Club in Scottsdale AZ

It clearly worked out well, as the Bride was simply stunning.

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Photography - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photographer
Lida La Rose the Beautiful Bride

With preparations complete, it was time to remind Russ that this was his last chance to run!

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Last Chance to Run

Of course he did not.  They were married with love, unity,

Unity Sand at Scottsdale Arizona Wedding - 3 Oceans Entertainment Photo Video DJ
Unity Sand at Scottsdale Arizona Wedding – 3 Oceans Entertainment Photo Video DJ

and a kiss to seal the deal.

Wedding Kiss
Wedding Kiss

There was time for sunset photos before the sun went down,

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Sunset
Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Sunset

and also after.

Bride and Groom in Love spelled out in sparkler - 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Weddings
Lida and Russ in Love

After the reception (which included lots of fun surprises contained in their wedding video,) they fired up the sparklers again for a honeymoon send off.

Sparkler send off for Scottsdale Arizona Wedding couple - 3 Oceans Entertainment
Sparkler send off for Mr and Mrs La Rose

Russ and Lida were grateful to their friends and family for attending, and sped off to their Honeymoon.

Lida and Russ Thank You
Lida and Russ Thank You

See more pictures of their event in our photography portfolio, and visit our website for more information on 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding DJ Photo Video.  Thanks!

Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography

Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography

Having thoroughly enjoyed our engagement session with Brad and Kim and their family, we were really looking forward to spending the big day with them when it was time for their wedding.  They opted for Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography and DJ services from 3 Oceans Entertainment, so Robbie and I especially enjoyed being able to work together.

Of course we had to include a shot of their wedding rings, and we thought they looked so good in one of Kim’s red roses.

Wedding Rings in Red Rose - 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding Photographers
Wedding Rings in Red Rose – 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding Photographers

The Bridal Processional is always a fun moment, when the Bride and her escort (in this case her Father) make their entrance to the wedding.

Here Comes the Bride
Here Comes the Bride

Kim was so happy she was beaming.

Beaming Bride
Beaming Bride

The family participated in a Unity Sand ceremony, which represented the blending of their lives.

Family Unity - Unity Sand Ceremony
Family Unity

And made it official by signing the marriage license with Officiant Montana Meadows.

License Signing with Montana Meadows
License Signing with Montana Meadows

That left them feeling very happy and very married.

Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom

A favorite pose from their engagement session found its way to the wedding day.

Brad and Kim
Brad and Kim

And then the rest of their lives together began.

In Love - Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography - 3 Oceans Entertainment DJ and Photographers
In Love – Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography – 3 Oceans Entertainment DJ and Photographers

3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding DJ Photography and Videography

Arizona Wedding Videography

Arizona Wedding Videography

Arizona Wedding Videography - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Videographers for Trisha and Steve at Sedona Golf Resort in Arizona
Steve and Trisha Cornell Wedding Video Highlights by 3 Oceans Entertainment at Sedona Golf Resort

We were so happy to perform Arizona Wedding Videography and DJ Services for a great couple.  Steve and Trisha Cornell got married in Sedona at Sedona Golf Resort, and 3 Oceans Entertainment was lucky to be there as AZ Wedding DJ and AZ Wedding Videographers.

It was a beautiful sunny day with sunshine as a prevailing theme, with lots of love and laughter.

Our friends SJA Studios were there to Photograph; as always Steven Aquilino did a great job and took good care of the Bride and Groom.  The cake was made by Sedona Sweet Arts and was yummy!  Mountain High Flowers made it beautiful with floral arrangements, and the Officiant was even a treasured friend of the family!  Katie Draxler and her staff at Sedona Golf Resort did such a fantastic job, as they always do, bringing it all together.

3 Oceans Entertainment used a fresh, modern style to showcase Trisha and Steve as a couple, and also our videography style at this very moment, in September of 2013.  Please click on the link through the photo to see a 13 minute sample of the Trisha and Steve’s Sedona AZ Wedding Video, and other videos posted on our 3 Oceans Entertainment YouTube Channel.

 

Wedding Videographers in Arizona

Wedding Videographers in Arizona

We’ve been getting a lot of calls lately for wedding videographers in Arizona, but not necessarily for the best of reasons.  One particular urban wedding company promised much and delivered little.  Then they took the money and ran, and violated the trust of unfortunate engaged couples who believed in them.  They have now disappeared, and the wedding industry is better for their absence.

Meeting with an AZ Wedding Videography Photography DJ Company

The story begins over a year ago, when I got an email from a person I knew as a wedding videographer to meet with him and hear about a proposal he had for me.  He wouldn’t discuss it on the phone, other than to say it was a “great opportunity” that I “would not want to miss out on.”  I decided to set aside the time to hear what he had to say.

After arriving at the time and place he designated, I was greeted with a big phony smile and introduced to a colleague of his who supposedly had flown in from California just to meet with me, or at least that is what I was led to believe.  The hair on the back of my neck was already beginning to stand up when the wedding videographer (we’ll just call him “Thad”) said that his friend (we’ll just call him “Mr. Creepy”) was there to observe, and for the remainder of the meeting Mr. Creepy just sat there with a disturbing look on his face listening intently as Thad went through his passive/aggressive presentation.  I later learned that I was not the only one to receive the sales pitch that day, but that’s beside the point.

He began by complimenting me on what a great job I was doing as a wedding and event DJ, and my wife and I as wedding videographers in Arizona (he was not aware of the fact that we had already branched out into wedding photography) while pointing out that his company dominated the wedding business in Arizona and were taking over nationwide with Mr. Creepy.  Apparently there would be no room for other wedding vendors after their plan to take over, and this would be my only chance to get in on the ground floor with them.  He noted the accolades and awards that my wife and I have gathered in our almost 10 years in business, and even acknowledged that he was aware of my ability and dedication.  He then warned me it was all about to come to an abrupt end unless I went along with his offer.  Cue dramatic music bum-pa-bum!

Mr. Creepy smirked at me when Thad said they had a plan to expand their power and that basically any Videography, Photography, or DJ job in any state they were doing business would go through them as brokers.  He claimed to have a crack team of SEO experts who would insure that their website would be the only one seen on Google.  The only perceived threat to them was WeddingWire, and the strategy there would be simply to buy out all of the top spots to gain preferred placement.  Besides, he figured that any potential client looking at them would be crazy to go anywhere else.  I guess they figured there was no such thing as free will in the marketplace.

The Offer

Here’s where I fit into their plan.  I would close my business, 3 Oceans Entertainment, and surrender any existing or future jobs to them.  In return, I could be the DJ manager for the state of Arizona.  They would lowball the price to get all the available work in the state.  He claimed they had all sorts of DJ talent in California waiting to fly out to Arizona to fulfill the jobs.  When I questioned this, he actually said “we can get all the chumps we need because they are desperate for work.”  They would collect the deposits from clients (half up front,) pay the DJs a pittance, and give me a salary to insure that everything went smoothly.

He thought that they already had all the videography and photography jobs wrapped up for themselves, and expanding into domination of the DJ field would be their next logical step.  He pointed out that I would not be able to get any more wedding video, photo, or DJ work on my own, as that would all be going to them now.

He may have said some other outrageous things, but I was already done listening and looking for a way out.  I may be old-fashioned, but I believe honesty and integrity mean something and there was none to be had here.

As I was leaving, I remember Thad saying we would be out of business as soon as they implemented their plan, and this would be the last chance I had to join their team.  Shortly afterward, I saw their ads begin to appear on the internet and their website promising the best DJ, Photography and Videography service for the lowest price.  It appeared their conquest had begun.

The Trouble Begins

I’ll admit they took a lot of work away from us for a while.  I would call or email with prospective Brides and Grooms who told me they decided to book with another company offering a great deal.  They had already put half down on a deposit and were convinced they were choosing the right vendor to help with their special day.  I worked alongside this company on a few occasions when the couple had chosen us for one service and the other guys for another.  I even had a few of their independent contractors tell me about all the money they were going to make with this wedding company.  They had been promised to be paid well for their hard work, although most of them had yet to receive payment for their services.

The Kicker

Then it came.  They collected as much money as they could while paying out as little as possible.  They kept people happy until they decided to strike.  Suddenly they were gone!  Phone disconnected and no response to emails, no-show at contracted events and no recourse for customers.  They seemingly disappeared off the face off the earth, but apparently indicated to WeddingWire that “they are no longer in business.”  According to multiple complaints, the money is gone and the clients have been left high and dry.  To add insult to injury, their many website listings now redirect to porn websites.  Ouch!

The Good News

The good news is that the previous story is an extreme and unfortunate example, as most reputable companies want to do a good job and maintain a positive reputation after your event. A legitimate business has little interest in legal difficulty, but the sad fact is there are bad guys out there who are more interested in pulling a fast one. Fortunately, there are several measures that can be taken to minimize the risk.

First is using a contract signed by both parties. It does not necessarily need to be complicated, but should include the basics of date, time and location of event, and terms. It should also include a clause concerning what will happen in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances that would prevent performance.

Second is working with an established business that has a history measured in years, not months. The longer a business has been around, the more likely they will be there when your event comes around.

Third has to do with integrity, which can often be indicated by reputation. Personal recommendations from friends and family are great. In the absence of that, online reviews from a trusted and verified source can be quite helpful. On a side note, many brides and grooms review a group of vendors after an event, so looking for a set of reviews on a certain date can be a good idea.

Another good line of defense is using a credit card for the deposit payment. Disputes can be mediated through your credit card company and often resolved to your benefit if your vendor does not show up to your event or has otherwise nefarious intentions. PayPal offers some measure of protection, but is currently limited to 45 days from the transaction date.

3 Oceans Entertainment is still here after surviving the battle with “Thad Moerber of Urban Wedding Company.”  We have wedding videographers in Arizona, as well as photography and DJ services for weddings and events in AZ.  We’ve been operating with quality, honesty and integrity in the Arizona wedding industry for over 10 years, and are thrilled to have been involved in the weddings of over one thousand happy couples.  We respect marriage and people, offer great services at fantastic prices, and fulfill the promises we make.   Please consider 3 Oceans Entertainment for your wedding and event DJ, Photo and/or Video service needs in Arizona.

Wedding Videographers in Arizona
3 Oceans Entertainment – Wedding Event DJ Photo Video services in AZ

Phoenix Weddings

Phoenix Weddings

I’d like to recommend a valuable resource I’ve discovered for Phoenix AZ Brides, Grooms, and Vendors called Phoenix Weddings. It is a Wedding Professionals for Phoenix Brides website located at www.phoenixwedding.net and also a Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/Phoenixweddingnet .

Taken from their website:

“Phoenix weddings are easier to plan with Phoenix Wedding.net, one of the largest online resource of Wedding professionals for Phoenix brides. On our site you will find a large assortment of Wedding vendors for all of your wedding needs including, Phoenix wedding reception sites, cakes and bakeries, invitations, flowers, Phoenix wedding photographers, wedding video, disc jockeys, limos, tuxes, wedding gowns, and gifts.

Wedding planning should be an enjoyable and exciting experience, but all too often we see brides that are stressed beyond belief at picking the perfect cake topper or torn between a DJ and live music. Phoenix Weddings aim to ease this stress and make planning your wedding as easy as saying ‘I do.’

Phoenix Weddings takes a unique one-stop approach to offer you the best vendors in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa so that you can minimize the amount of time you spend tracking down professionals and maximize the time you have to actually experience their products.”

3 Oceans Entertainment has a listing with them for our DJ, Photography, and Videography services.  I’ve found the site owners to be friendly, responsive, honest and professional. These are all of the attributes that we look for when choosing to do business with someone, and qualities that are important when having any sort of affiliation. They are especially important when making a recommendation.

Phoenix Wedding Vendors

Of course I rarely have need to suggest Phoenix Wedding Vendors besides ourselves, with the exception of a very small group of carefully screened and approved set of quality wedding professionals. However, if we’re not right for you, or we’re not available on your special day and none of our recommended friends can help, the I think that Phoenix Weddings is worth a look.

Phoenix Weddings DJ Photo Video
Phoenix DJ Photo Video