“Mike was an incredible photographer. He was early to every meeting, the engagement session and most importantly on the wedding day. He was easy to be around, great sense of humor, laid back enough to put everyone at ease and yet proactive and on top of it. He was able to make us feel comfortable during the engagement photo session and gave us great direction. The day of the wedding he was phenomenal. He showed up early to give us some flexibility with the unpredictable weather we were dealing with (showers throughout the day). Matt didn’t even realize he was there until he heard someone say “keep putting that sign up!” while he was putting up a wedding sign directing guests down the road from the vineyard. Without even asking he got shots of Matt putting up those signs and of the vineyard before any of us were even ready! We had given him a long list of photos we wanted, and he literally made a checklist out of it and took every single shot we asked for, plus other shots he knew would be good. He was patient, and quick when we needed him to be, i.e. when we had breaks in the weather. He was always close-by when we decided at the last minute we wanted him to photograph a part of the day (i.e. me putting my veil on with my bridesmaids/mom). Additionally, we had planned a grand exit with sparklers, and someone ended up lighting their sparkler early, which of course resulted in others lighting theirs, which could have been a disaster. But Mike was quick on his feet and was able to adapt and start taking photos as everyone was dancing with the sparklers, and then rally people to make a tunnel for us to walk-through towards the limo. We have gotten SO many compliments from our families, the groomsmen and the bridal party on how awesome he was and how lucky they thought we were to have such an amazing photographer for our big day. We could not have been happier with Mike!! We would 100% recommend him to anyone :)
My name is Dustin Schmidt, my wife Jenny (formerly Rumbaugh) and I contracted with you guys to photograph our wedding on October 13th at the Jenkins Estate. I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to write you but we are absolutely thrilled with our wedding photos!! More than that, we were thrilled with our photographers, the package options, and the price! We met with several photographers and photo companies and were completely floored by how competitive your prices are! Going in to our first meeting with Ben I was very skeptical. I saw pictures around the office and thought “sure.. they’re great but they’ll only show the very best…” But the quality of the final product was certainly on par with the display! I also thought that by the VERY professional look of the office and Ben’s great presentation about the process and technology that your services would be far beyond our price range. I was very pleased to be wrong about that!
I have to dedicate an entire paragraph to Joni, our main photographer. She was absolutely outstanding! I went in to our engagement session quite uneasy about the whole thing but her easy going personality and unending friendliness put me at ease right away! Beyond that the quality of her work was absolutely superb! I have never thought of myself to be photogenic and like many people I am uneasy with having my picture taken but Joni is a true professional who completely erased my uneasiness and took photos that I am proud for people to see! EVERY person who has seen any of our wedding or engagement photos has remarked that we had an excellent photographer!
Our second photographer, Juan, was also excellent! He was taking photos of myself and the groomsmen getting ready and he helped us all with our boutineers and tuxedo technicalities and took excellent photographs as well!
I simply can’t say enough great things about the service that you all provided to my new wife and I. You took the perfect pictures of what turned out to be a picture perfect wedding. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!”
– Dustin Schmidt
“Alisha and I could not be more thankful for the experience that we have had working with Powers Photography Studios throughout our wedding process. The way we were treated from our initial meeting all the way through our wedding was beyond reproach. We both believe it is a testament to your company policies and practices that our experience was made so special.
We both have said to each other, on multiple occasions no less, that we could not have been paired with a better photographer for us than Marc. Our personalities meshed just as much if not more than style of photos that he was able to capture. He honestly felt like more like one of our close friends and part of our group than just another ‘vendor’ at an event. He went above and beyond to make sure that we both had everything we needed that day from him, whether that was helping us stay on track when our timeline went straight out the window, he was very concerned that we do exactly what we wanted when we wanted and was willing to be flexible and assured us we would get all the shots we wanted, managing some typical Oregon rain-breaks, dealing so discretely with a miscommunication with the Columbia River Gorge Hotel – on our behalf no less – so we could still capture wonderful pictures, and even helping Ryan and I by suggesting to us an excellent camera for our own personal use (that we did end up purchasing).
His creatively and personality we truly believe will bring out exactly the memories we wanted from our day. We truly appreciated his energy, professionalism and dedication to his craft and I know we will have a lifetime of memories captured by his hard work. We can both say that Marc made our day that much more special and that much more meaningful. We were happy to reserve him a spot at our table and we would do so again anytime.”
– Ryan and Alisha Murphy
“I would recommend Powers Oregon Company to any bride! They take the stress out of your wedding planning, and they go above and beyond to make your wedding day just the way you want it. They truly care about you and the most important day of your life.”
– Danielle, Albany, Oregon
Thank you, Kat! I’ll send you some pictures of the wedding. Let me know if you need anything. I really appreciate your generosity. There’s not enough people in the world like that. I truly hope your company does well through this economy. Take care and Blessings!
Hi there Ben, I hope by now you have heard about the success of our wedding. And, I hope you know that all would NOT have been possible without you… your commitment to a cooperative relationship for us, throughout out the total process, was clearly evident from the first meeting that I had with you.
What is even more impressive to me is the fact that I was able to totally depend on you and your word, all the time. You said what you meant and meant to ensure we have a fun and hassle free event at the West End Theater. What can I say? THANKS!!!
Also, please do me a BIG favor and pass on my admiration and appreciation to Kat for her unconditional support to make our event a total success. She is just a pleasure to work with and extremely dedicated to see things come together according to plan.
Eric, thanks YOU very much for making our wedding a BIG hit. I heard from many of our guests, many times over, about your great creation, our delicious and tasty food that you prepared for us. In short, it was a big hit — both the Persian menu and the Northwestern Menu — simply, well done!!!
Thanks for making it possible for us to have such a wonderful wedding!
I personally enjoyed working with you throughout the total process, from our very first meting to the the time that you personally helped with the set-up of our tables and decor. Please extend my THANKS to your team!!!
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 08:50 AM
Subject: Thank you!
Kat- Thank you for everything you did to help make the wedding a success. You and Kimberly were a huge help for Andrea and myself! We had a great time hanging out with you guys! I look forward to the opportunity to refer my clients to you guys in the future and work with you both again. Talk to you soon… Heather with Sorella Events
From: Katie H.
To: Nadine Huey
Subject: Re: Powers Photography Studio
Date: 4/2/09 4:11 AM
Thanks for checking in Nadine, Erin and I are getting along just swimmingly :-)
I’m super excited to have Ben on board as our photographer, and like I mentioned to Erin, we’re looking forward to possibly working with more of the Powers family as we consider Vista Hills as our venue. You guys are great!
…I wanted to thank you again for all your help making sure that my wedding day was perfect. Every detail was truly appreciated…
Thank you so much, the reception was so beautiful, it was a pleasure working with you!
You guys have everything someone needs. It is wonderful!
I just wanted to thank you for everything. It was so perfect. We couldn’t have imagined a better wedding. Thank you so much for all that you did!!!!!
Sincerely, Art and Lisa
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 17:10:18 -0700
To: Kat Stauffer
Subject: RE: Event
The most abundant thanks go out to you and Ben and Laurel and Erin, and and and… You are the most incredibly gracious and wonderful hosts that I can imagine. I am absolutely thrilled to have met you and to have the opportunity to sing your praises to my friends, family, teammates etc. I am honored that you allowed us to use your space and, although I looking forward to a catching up on rest and training, I am thrilled to begin planning for next year.
Again, please let me know if I need to do anything else to tie up loose ends!
Kat and the Powers Staff,
Thank you so much for helping make our day so perfect! It was an amazing day and the West End Theater looked beautiful. It was exactly what we had pictured for our wedding day.
We are so grateful for all of your hard work, attention to detail, and willingness to work with our vendors on the big day. The stress was off of us!
We received many wonderful comments about the venue and the wonderful food!
Thank You again!
Sam and Michelle Bornfleth – May 24, 2009
Working with you guys during this process has been absolutely amazing! We have already recommended Powers to some of our engaged friends and I’m sure we will in the future. Thank you and the rest of the gang for being so awesome!
Planning a wedding is a tough task for anyone and when you are planning from over 2,000 miles away, it doesn’t make it any easier. But after visiting Vista Hills Vineyard, our hearts were set: we knew we had to have an outdoor wedding and reception in that amazing setting. It could not have come together without the help of Powers Oregon and their staff. Not only did they answer question after question, and when you are long distance planning, there are a lot of questions, they even visited the property during the construction of the new patio so we could see photos of the progress. The entire event could not have gone more smoothly and we could not have been more pleased. We wished the party could have gone on late into the night because we all had such a blast. Our friends and family have not been able to stop talking about how beautiful the scenery was and how much they enjoyed themselves. I would recommend Vista Hills and Powers to any bride & groom looking for the perfect, picturesque wedding.
Blythe and Todd
I hope this finds you doing well. I’m sure it has been an exhausting number of months for you. I just wanted to thank you for everything that you did the wedding day/night. I know that you were behind the scenes – making sure everything was taken care of. I really appreciate it – from the candles, to the flow of the evening, and all of the other nuts and bolts that make an event happen. What you do is definitely noticed and appreciated! I hope you get to RELAX soon. It was an absolute pleasure meeting you and working with you.
Kimi (+ Carl too)
Kat, Stephanie –
Thanks so much for pulling everything off wonderfully last night. Our wedding went very smoothly and everyone had a wonderful time, particularly the bride and groom who could let go of their organizing and have fun! Kat’s set up work and Stephanie’s efforts through the evening really made the difference. You’ll have to tell me how you arranged for the weather, though!
Jeremy and I just wanted to take a minute to extend our gratitude toward Marc, our photographer, as well as your company as a whole. We were extremely impressed with the level of professionalism and caring that was portrayed throughout our whole experience. From the very beginning, we felt as though you guys actually cared about what we really needed and wanted and put forth exceptional effort to make sure things were exactly as they needed to be.
I have to admit, in the beginning I wasn’t sure what to expect because our photographer was chosen for us. When you are planning a wedding you feel like you have to be the only one making decisions about your vendors and it’s really tough to put that choice into someone else’s hands. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences we had. Looking back on our engagement session and wedding day, we realize that Marc was a perfect match for us. Not only on a professional level, but a personal level as well. He always listened to what we had in mind, but he also gave us great feedback as if he were a friend looking out for us. He always worked exceptionally hard, and never seemed to miss an important moment. Marc has an extraordinary eye for photography and his skill level is unreservedly impressive. He truly kept us going towards the end when were exhausted and didn’t want to do anything but take our limo to the hotel and sleep!! J He knew what pictures we needed, and worked quickly and efficiently to make them happen. He had a great balance of getting photos with us, as well as allowing us enough time to sit back and enjoy our day. Marc was so much fun to work with! We have had so many compliments about him from guests at our wedding. We continually heard from the bridal party, “Did you see your photographer standing up on that table in the bridal room to get that perfect shot? Wow, that is so cool! What a great guy!!” And we completely agree. Marc is an amazing asset to Powers Photography Studio and I will be passing his name along to anyone I can. We appreciate the opportunity to work so closely with him and hope to do so again in the future.
Jeremy and I both thank you all very much for a wonderful experience and can’t wait to see our photos in the next few weeks and start on the album design.
Jeremy and Kristina Trtek
We had the pleasure of having Marc Rotse as our wedding photographer and just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much we enjoyed working with him. From the start, he was easy to contact and helpful answering all our questions as we got organized. He was very laid back and flexible which made meeting with him and working with him the day of very easy.
Also, he was very nice and friendly. Several of our guests even made comments about how polite he was. He easily organized and herded the family along through the pictures keeping us on time without seeming demanding or abrupt. He got along well with everyone. We very much enjoyed working with him and would be happy to work with him again in the future.
Looking forward to seeing our pictures!
Jenny and Paul Tostenrud
I just wanted to check with you to see if I could get an update/estimate on how long it will be until we get to see our wedding pictures. I promise I’m trying to be patient, we’re just really excited! :-)
Also, is there a place I can leave feedback about your team and the service we received? I have to say your studio was the best vendor we worked with!! I really appreciated the regular emails checking in and contact from our photographer. We loved working with Cammie.
wedding date 9-5-09 @ Youngberg Hill Vineyard & Inn
Thank you. Yes they did an excellent job and hustled all night. Laurel even wiped off mud from one of the bridesmaids shoes on her pants so it didn’t ruin the picture! We were so impressed with how quick they moved and how accommodating they were with our crowd. My father will be sending a thank you as well.
Marci Johnston, Broker
Andrew here. I just wanted to drop you an email and say thank you very much for all that you have done and helped us with. We will tell everyone GREAT things about all of you and your company… Means a lot to us. THANK YOU SO MUCH!