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  • I was given this opportunity to photograph people for a living, and it's something I take very seriously. I love what I do, and it amazes me the connections I've made through this career in such a short span of time. I love it when a bride glows on her wedding day, how a baby makes a goofy face when dad tickles them, how a family gets a kick out of an uncle's knock-knock joke. I'm not just a photographer, I'm an artist, but above all I'm a journalist. I know what interactions between friends and family means, and I know my job is to capture those moments that are real, which are true to who you are, not what I create. I love getting the “big picture” while focusing on a split second.

    You can expect me to answer my emails at 11pm, you can expect me to give you advice if you need it, and you can expect me to bring 110% of my energy to put into your wedding!

    So if you feel that you have connected with my work, and you like what you just read, email or call me! Yes, even if it is 11pm. I'll probably answer!

Website Makeover!

In lieu of giving myself a makeover, I decided to give CaitlynBom.com a face lift! This  is a completely new look, and I gotta tell you…I feel like I can breath when I look at the site now (instead of cringing and wishing I could redo it).

The new logo was done courtesy of Tiffany of On the Spot Studio.

 

 

So waddia think!?

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Syracuse Wedding Photographer – 8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful.

How do you find the right match for you? How do you know who to trust? Where do you go for advice?

First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.

It’s not like you plan a wedding every day! This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

 

A few tips to finding the right ones for you…

 

  • Do Your Homework. You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first.

 

Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married. Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available. Get an idea of what you like and don’t like. Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource. This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.

 

  • Meet With Them. An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor. It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism. If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation.

 

  • Ask Questions. There are no stupid questions! Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand.

 

If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you. The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.

 

  • Listen. Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen. Watch the vendor’s body language. Are they confident and comfortable with their response? Do they look and sound nervous? Do you get a “funny feeling” about them? Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.

 

  • Check References. Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance. Videos are edited for the optimum presentation. But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake.

 

Call up both client and professional references. Ask questions and use those listening skills. Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems.

 

Ask around and search the internet for reviews. Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business. Weigh all of this information into your choices.

 

Here are 8 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:

 

1. How many weddings do you do per year? How much experience do you have?

This is an extremely important question. Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience specifically with weddings. Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.

2. How much do you cost?

Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill. Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.

3. How much is the deposit?

4. What specifically is included in that cost?

Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring. The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages. Make sure you take this into account.

5. What happens if I cancel? What happens if you cancel?

Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions. Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?

6. Do you use a contract?

If the answer is No, RUN! A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional. Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.

7. Are there any additional fees?

Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly. Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay. This should be clearly defined in your contract.

8. Do you carry liability insurance?

The answer you’re looking for here is Yes. This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day. It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business, since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.


If chosen wisely, with the right wedding vendors you get expert help and advice…for free!


What questions have you been asking vendors? Want yours added? Leave a comment below!

Rock the Dress, Trash the dress, Bridal Session

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Syracuse Wedding Photographer – October Bridal Show!

I participated in The Wedding Planner & Keepsake of CNY‘s Bridal Show at the Turning Stone Resort Casino. Boy did I meet a lot of awesome brides, mother of brides, grooms, and entourages! It was really quite the show, and very busy. I feel pretty terrible because most of the time there was a line and I wasn’t able to speak directly with some of the brides. I did try to be quick, but I also wanted to find a balance so not to give couples the time they deserved to ask me questions. Everyone was so wonderful, and I really have to thank Renee and her team of awesome show helpers for their amazing job!

I did take a few photographs of my setup, as well as some of the other vendors!

The beautiful model Karla Reilly posed for me, what a beautiful gown from Picker’s:)

A little bit of singing by Nick Piccininni

Some of the ladies from Turning Stone events!

Olney’s had a breathtaking display of flower arrangements!

Randy & Riesa of Celebrations DJ Service were my neighbors for the show! What a cute couple:)

I got a sample from ACE of Cakes, and it was to DIE for! You’ve gotta check them out:)

I’ve worked with Black Tie Entertainment a few times now, and I’ve always been impressed. Great show guys!

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Syracuse Wedding Photographer – Jamie’s Rock the Dress Session!

 

 

I can’t even put into words how much I love Rock the Dress Sessions (otherwise known as Bridal Sessions or Trash the Dress sessions). I think there is more to it than just a simple Bridal Session or just Trashing the dress though. This is truly a memory you are creating with a dress you spent so much money on (for just one day! ugh!;)).

Jamie and I have been planning this session for ages, and finally the day came that I was able to head up to Henderson Harbor, NY to photograph the absolutely gorgeous Jamie and stunning Justin (and their handsome puppy Blu!) The clouds looked scary for a little while, but it actually panned out PERFECT for this session! Take a look!

 

 

I wish you could see that it was raining in the background of this photo with the sun blasting!

 

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Syracuse Wedding Photographer – Victoria & Jesse’s Auburn Chantelle Marie Lakehouse Wedding

 

Simple and beautiful. Victoria & Jesse shared vows and happiness with friends and family at the Chantelle Marie Lakehouse in Auburn, NY. Guests witnessed this beautiful marriage under a permanent tent (which makes sense to have in Upstate, NY with the crazy weather we have, yet this is the first venue I’ve photographed that thought of it!), and the rain actually held out throughout the ceremony and most of the reception so everyone could really take in this special day.

When I talked to Victoria about this wedding, the word “wedding” was actually the last characterization she gave the event. This was to be more like a party, with friends and family as well as a few wedding-ish details. Nothing was to be structured or planned that would cause panic or worry. Both Jesse and Victoria wanted this to be as relaxed as possible, so they could truly enjoy their matrimony. Two wedding dresses, a ceremony, and some impromtu speeches really tied everything together nicely.

 

Victoria & Jesse… I will always remember your wedding, because it was very unique. I’ll remember how your friends and family supported you, and added the perfect elements when necessary without the entire day turning into something you didn’t want. It was truly beautiful, and it was a nice reminder that “back to basics” isn’t boring;)

 

I *had* to share this. He was such a cute boy!

Such a little gentleman!

Beautiful bouquets arranged by the bride herself!

 

I haven’t seen Celosia used in a bouquet before, but I LOVE it!

Beautiful ladies!

Dashing gentlemen!

Party time!

 

Impromtu speech…

…and the reaction! You are loved!:)

Mustaches in odd places…

 

Mustaches everywhere!

 

 

 

Tamara Woodruff - September 25, 2012 - 12:22 am

Caitlyn……..I can’t tell you how much I love all of these! You absolutely caught the feel and the mood of the day and evening for us all. We are still talking about the wedding, the weather, and all the incredible time we shared with family and friends. I can’t wait to see the rest as these are all so gorgeous and remarkable!
Tammy Woodruff (Jesse’s Mom)

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