Friday, December 11, 2009

Chad & Lauren Testimonial


Coming from myself, Lauren, and my family, we would like to thank you so much for the incredible photography you have provided us with. We could not be more pleased with every single aspect of our experience with you. You were very easy to work with, communicated with us regularly, and captured amazing photos! We are soooo glad that we decided to go with the higher of the two packages we were contemplating. I must admit that prior to our experience with you, I was somewhat a skeptic about spending large money on photography for weddings. After our experience with you, I will always highly recommend spending as much as you can afford to ensure a great photography experience. Having said that, we strongly believe your prices are extremely reasonable for the quality (and quantity) of photography you provide. This is especially true when comparing you to the competition. We also enjoyed your very straight forward pricing system. From researching other photographers, we noticed some of them try to nickel-and-dime their customers. This was not the case when working with you.

Readdressing the most important aspect of the photography...the quality. Your quality of work is truly amazing! In both viewing your work and talking with you, it is very obvious that you have a lot of photography experience that leads to jaw dropping and tear inducing photos, albums, and videos. No amount of photography equipment or editing software can make up for lack of experience. So, while others may brag about their cameras and photoshop abilities, it is merely a diversion due to their lack of experience. Your experience is ultimately what leads to amazing photos that will be cherished forever! (Not to say you don't have fancy cameras and great editing abilities, because you do!)

A final note on the cost of photography. I can honestly say that the money we spent on let me reword that...Marvin Hall's photography, was the best money spent when compared to anything else for the wedding. Better than the flowers, tuxes, dresses, food, etc. For that, we thank you more than any one of our other vendors for your services. You have provided us with photos, albums, and videos that our entire family will cherish forever!

Thank you again so much!
Chad & Lauren
- Married on June 27, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lauren :: Bridal Portait Session

I love doing Bridal Portrait Sessions! It gives me some time to really do a photo study of the dress! My clients really enjoy the experience. It is kind of like a "dress rehearsal", they get a chance to see how their hair, make-up and accessories look, before the wedding. As an added bonus for me, the session gives me another chance to really spend some time with my client and get to know them. Here are a few photos from Lauren's session!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

David & Lindsey Williams Testimonials

Ohhh my gosh Marvin....are we ever pleased!!! The wedding album is absolutely beautiful and gorgeous and amazing and everything else good! You are seriously the best, we were so blessed to have you as a photographer, thanks so much for the book!!

Lindsey Williams
-Wedding August 1, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Andrew & Calli :: Wedding Slide Presentation

I love doing these teaser videos. Photographing Andrew and Calli's wedding was a pleasure. The church was beautiful and the reception at Eagle Eye was wonderful. Enjoy the video!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Arash & Concetta :: Engagement Session

I met Arash and Concetta at the Lansing Bridal Show last September. What a wonderful couple! From the very beginning we clicked! When Arash booked me for the wedding he said that I might have a problem with Concetta because she didn't like her photo taken. I was shocked because she is gorgeous. Anyway, the first session went extremely well. We had a great time wondering around MSU at night. In fact, it went so well that Concetta called me up and asked when we could do the next session, since she had such a good time during the first one! I am really looking forward to their wedding in November. It will be my first Persian wedding.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Seniors 2009 :: Recap

It has been a GREAT year for me doing Senior photography. I love photographing young people. Sometimes it is quite a challenge, but the rewards are worth it. Here is a sampling of the highlights from this year.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Gina & Brendan :: Wedding

It was my pleasure to meet Gina & Brendan through Nicole Dungy from Weddings by Nicole. Gina was an MSU Alumni and was coming back to East Lansing to get married. Unlike a lot of my clients, Gina and I communicated through e-mail and several phone calls. We were able to finally able to sit down and plan out her wedding over coffee, about a month before the wedding.

The wedding took place at St. John's Student Center in East Lansing, a wonderful place with the reception at Kellogg Center in the Lincoln Room. You couldn't have asked for a better the day. Gina and Brendan booked us for the whole day so we were at the hotel bright and early to record the both of them getting ready. Deb Martin and her crew from All Tressed Up provided the light brunch for the girls as well the hair and make up for Gina and her bridesmaids. I love having time to photograph a wedding from beginning to end! I photographed Brendan and the guys getting ready, while my assistant Holly photographed the girls.

From the hotel we went to the Church. St. Johns is a beautiful place to have a wedding with lots of natural lighting and a wonderful sanctuary. Brendan's mother was not able to make the trip to the wedding, but she was able to listen via cell phone held by one of the groomsmen!

After the wedding we were able to take time and tour the MSU campus photographing the bridal party at different locations. My favorite location was the Clock Tower! We spent over an hour and a half photographing.... wonderful.

We finally made it to the Kellogg Center for the reception festivities. The first thing I usually do is photograph the cake which was provided by Jeannie from The Cakery, wow simply wonderful. Gina and Brendan wanted to sit among their friends, so they did not have a traditional "Head Table"! I was able to pull Gina and Brendan away from their guess for about 20 mins to do some photographs of just the two of them high above city. I would have to say, some of the best images I have produced to date!

Here are a few photos from that day. Enjoy!

Chad and Lauren :: Wedding

This is a teaser video/slide show I did for Chad and Lauren's wedding. The wedding was fantastic!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lindsey & David :: Engagement Session

Here are some photos of the second session I had with Lindsey and David. This time we went out to Michigan State's campus. MSU is a great place to photograph especially in the spring time, flowers are in bloom and everything is alive. The three of us had a great time. Enjoy the photos.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Lauren & Chad :: Engagement Session

I include many opportunities to get together with clients before the "big day", the engagement session is one! I love working with engaged couples, they are so much fun and usually so in love, and it shows. Lauren and Chad are one such couple. They are great looking couple and they were fun to work with. Here are some photos from the two sessions we worked together.

When we started the first session it looked like the weather would not cooperate. It was cloudy and rainy to start, but we still got some great shots. We went to take some photos on the MSU campus and on the way it was raining so hard you could not see! We continued on anyway, and were able to get some nice shots inside some of the buildings and in the doorways. Toward the end of the session the rain stopped the clouds parted and the sun came out, it was beautiful and made for a perfect end of a session!