Man when I met these two I knew it was going to be “GAME ON!”  We sat down at The Corner Store (A restaurant people… Not a place where you go and buy your 5 hr energy!) and Taylor started describing his work as head chef.  Man, my ears and tastebuds were about to POP absorbing all of the stories he was spitting.  I remember asking him if he gets put out when people cook… Like how do you cook for a CHEF!?!?  “I love when people cook for me… Cooking is my way of showing people that I care for them, and no matter how the food tastes, when someone cooks for me, I know it’s an act of service and care for me.”  Damn skippy dude!!!  I love that mentality

One of the things that I thought was so cool about Katie and Taylor (besides how great we got along) was their family history… They met EONS ago… And actually their PARENTS met EONS ago as well and have been BEST friends for more than a decade.  Katie and Taylor kept telling me, “They LOVE to party together… This is going to be ALL OUT!”  Haha… That sounds, just, PERFECT.

 

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All the pretty things!Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Lil’ help!?!?Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Ha, this was a favorite… Wedding goods on a platter!  Bridesmaid doin WERK!  Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Pretty sure thats called a Hair of the Dog. LolPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Looking dapper!Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Man… No one’s got a smile like that!Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Everyone’s ready!Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

That look. Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

THAT HUGPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Bootie bump! Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

We went to 620 Jones.. A cocktail bar here in San Francisco and they had this door right at the entrance… Gorgeous!  Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Arriving at the City Club… The crew is strong!!Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

The City Club was all decked out with Holiday decorations… Katie and Taylor love Christmas so it was a perfect fit. Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

I always love capturing this photo… There’s no other moment like it…Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

The butterflies are flowin’! Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Katie waited to see her dad until right before she walked down the aisle with him… His face says it all. Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Im not sure who was happier, Katie and Taylor or their PARENTS!!Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

The City Club had it going on! Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comPhotos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Proud mama! Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

These two always seem to be smiling… That happiness and energy was felt by EVERYONE there.  Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Love this…
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Mmmmm HMMM!!!Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Soooo Katie’s family heritage is Native American, so I guess this is PC!?!?  Lol  Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Mamas on the dance floor!  BUST IT! Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Erin… Thank you for the intro…. You’re the reason I was there at this wedding! Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Lemme take a selfie!

Such an awesome day.  Katie and Taylor… Im truly stoked to know you two and now to be able to call you friends… Cant wait to share some wine and dinner and about a billion laughs… That seems to be what you guys do best and it is such a gift to share that experience with you two.

Whoop!

Colson

Event_Photo_BannerYou’ve put about 3.2 million hours into planning your event… The invites have been sent months ago, the DJ is locked and loaded, the catering is hot hot hot, and you’re ready to rock this thang!!!  Doors open… Crazy crazy crazy, dancing dancing, last song… and then lights out.  WHA HAPPEN?  Man, all that work for three freaking hours!  and now it’s OVER!?!?! Wha whaaaaaa….  BUT wait!  There’s more!  See… Your event wasn’t just for those three short hours… Your event served the purpose of creating experience, connection, and STORIES… Man, the creation of stories is the biggest thing.  Fo real…

You see… I just got married and my wife’s family is ALL. ABOUT. STORIES.  We gather around the dinner table over Thanksgiving and Christmas and if someone does not explode up from their seat to emphasize the pinnacle of a story then I truly think something is wrong.  Hands in the air, volume at 11, letting it alllll out.  It’s an expressive bunch, and seriously, I laugh more than I have ever laughed in my life.   You know what?  At the end of it, we all feel closer together in our experience… In re-living those stories… And being a part of the events all over again.  This is what your events serve to create.

So, how do we encourage those lifelong stories?  How do we as event professionals ensure that we are reminded of the good times of past?  By showing photos!  A picture is worth a 1000 words, right?  All we gotta do is show that one photo and the stories start-a-comin!

Now, why is this important?… Well, it’s a good story that is directly tied to your company is the best marketing, right?  Isn’t that what marketing is?  Telling stories?  Yah… I’m like 93% sure I heard that somewhere.

So, to launch this bad boy off, here are four of my best tips to keep the buzzzzzz (and stories!) going after your event!

Step and Repeat Event Photography in San Francisco

Post your photos on social media and tag your guests with a thank you note.

1) Post your photos on social media! 

Do you run a Facebook business page? Post your photos to a gallery and be sure to TAG the individuals in each photo! They will get a notification that you’ve shared photos and then scour the gallery for more. If they comment, share, or make that photo a profile pic, your event reach extends to their social networks as well. This works especially well for branded Step and Repeat style entrances or photo walls. #awesomesauce!

2) Print 4×6 photos of your guests and mail them in personalized cards.

I support GLIDE here in San Francisco and every year after their Holiday Jam I get a hand written thank you card with several 4×6 prints (of me and my fiance!) included inside… Talk about an impressive level of service! Opening that card and absorbing this personal touch is totally awesome, and makes me feel like a valued member of their organization. One of those photos sits in my living room and I think of GLIDE every time I pass it!

Step and Repeat Event Photography in San Francisco for a Non-Profit

Step and Repeat Event Photos are great to include in your thank you letters!

3) Give people a shout out for their donations!

Are you running a non-profit? Are you seeking donations or funding? Are you raising money for a personal Team-In-Training campaign? After your event, find a photo of someone who donated and post it to Facebook. In the caption say, “Jamie! Thank you for your donation to XYZ… We are so thankful for your support!” and then finish the post with, “If you’d like to make a donation of your own, visit our fund raising page here: URL Link”. Be sure to tag the person in the post, so that they get the notification. Your donor will feel awesome because of your shout out, and it gives you another opportunity to post your fund raising link without feeling like you’re nagging people. This also has the side of effect of putting social pressure on friends. No one wants to be that ONE friend who didn’t donate! This is a surefire way to keep your fund raising totals on the up and up after an event.

Corporate Holiday Party in San Francisco

Print your fun event photos and post them in your office. Smiles for DAYSS!

4) Print photos and post them in the office! 
Most of the events I shoot are about creating opportunities for community and connection outside of the office. Print your event photos and bring that fun, laughter, and light heartedness back to your office and let the photos be a daily reminder that we’re all amazing people, working for a paycheck, but living to laugh. ;D

Cheers!

Colson

Corporate Holiday Party at The Exploratorium in San Francisco

Corporate Holiday Party at The Exploratorium in San Francisco

Man!  Hieu and Justin BROUGHT IT!!!!  They kept telling me this was going to be a massive dance party, and I guess I kinda believed them, but when the time actually came, and I took a second mid reception to look over at Hieu, and she was pouncing up and down on top of a char with her hands in the air waiving wildly at my buddy Max who was DJing, it all became clear.  Haha.  At one point Hieu decided the dance floor was too far away from the DJ booth, so she weaved through the tables blocking the way and just started dancing in the epicenter of the EDM bass drop. Her ENTIRE wedding party migrated with her and ditched the dance floor in favor of this new found fist pumping, foot stomping, playground.  It was awesome.

What made this wedding even more awesome was the amount of emotion that these two expressed to each other.  Justin, during their first look, totally had an emotional explosion when he first say Hieu that just can not be replicated.  His eyes teared and he lifted his hand to his face and if I could have put words into his mouth I think he would have been saying, “OMG, You are Perfect.”  You need to see the photos… This is why weddings truly are the best day of one’s life.

A baller ass watch and custom stationary make for great detail pieces!

Of course the rings were stunning… As well as those kicks!

Simple.  Elegant. Perfect for DANCING!

Gotta get the hurrrr did

Now thats a SUIT!

Hieu’s makeup was natural and seemingly effortless.  Nice job ladies! 

Gotta show off that bussel! 

Justin had this blue wedding suit totally custom made, complete with purple stitching.  SO DOPE!

Yup… Like a BOSS!

Just take a deep breath

So happy!

Man… This photo says it all… 

Lets do this guys!

When you are the 4th wedding of 4 in a row, and all the previous couple show up to see you!

Hieu’s smile is totally infectious.  She had this on about 97% of the day!

Lovin that pink tie!  NOICE!

Hieu, youre the BEST

Gold sparkly dresses made the ladies look gorgeous!

Champs + Giggles = The Way A Wedding Should BE!

Grrrrr!!!!  Or is that Arrrggghhhh!!!!

Love Justin’s dad’s smile in this.  Thats a proud papa!

See… Hieu’s smile!!! ;D 

Let’s boogie!

Hieu’s family wins for most professional selfie takers.  ON POINT!

NOWWWWW its official!

Reception lighting really changed the brown tones of the Claremont Hotel’s walls into something vibrant and party like! 

Cake cake cake cake!!!

When the first thing you do is dance… People pick up on the idea

I see you! 

Hieu’s dad told me “I am so nervous” right before his speech.  I’d say he killed it. ;D 

Whadddduuuupppp!!!

Dodgers what???  Welcome to the Fam! 

Sometimes you gotta sing to your first dance song.  

When your mom and dad are ballroom dancers.  Dancing With The Stars here we come!

Keith.  Good buddy of mine, awesome friend of Hieu and Justin’s.  Officiant.  He did a great job. 

Yes Max.  Bring the BEAT!

Drop it drop it low girl… Drop it drop it low girl.

I feel ya! 

Shots shots shots…. Shots shots shots!!!

Who’s having a great time?  THIS GUY!!!!

And dad too! 

Professional style selfie

When your parents are ballroom dancing… And 2 Pac comes on.

And the dip to finish it off!

Man… Top to bottom, beginning to finish, Hieu and Justin just brought the best energy for the day.  Hieu thank you for the gobs and gobs of smiles that you shared with me, and Justin, thanks to you and the fellas for making the day such and easy going and all out ridiculously fun day.  I am so happy for the two of you and am thankful to be a part of such a wildly awesome day!