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How To Pick An Event Photographer


You’re in the middle of planning your big extravaganza, a wedding, or graduation party. Whatever it may be, you’re going to need a photographer to preserve the memories. Without a photographer on hand, you’re beautiful setting and the memories that will come with it will be lost in the wind.

And without a good photographer, the quality of the work enclosed in your photo albums might be a lot less than what you want. How do you decide who to hire and where to go from here? Hopefully these tips below will give you the helping hand you need.

1) Work Out Your Budget

First things first, you’re going to have to figure out a budget for yourself before you hire anybody for your event. You need to ask yourself what kind of event are you planning, and how much money are you already spending? You can use this to work out what you can afford to spend on a photographer.

Sometimes it helps if you personally know a photographer who can work out a deal with you. It may even bode well for you to offer them what you’re offering the guests, and by this I mean offer them food and drinks in exchange for a lower rate.

2) Review Their Portfolio

When you’re hiring somebody for their creative work, it is always best to review a portfolio. You need to physically see with your own eyes what kind of work your prospective freelancer is capable of. And if somebody you’re vetting doesn’t have a portfolio, or doesn’t know what a portfolio even is, then you move on to the next one. You don’t want anyone who doesn’t know what they’re doing handling the preservation of your memories.

Reviewing a portfolio before you hire a photographer is almost like watching a movie trailer before you go see the movie. You have to know what the movie is all about, how it looks, and how it might make you feel.

3) The Style You’re Looking For

There are a few different styles of photography that can happen at your event. You need to ask yourself if you want entirely candid shots, posed formal shots, or maybe even both. There are photographers that specialize in either and one might be better than others with the specifics. As soon as you lock down what style you’re looking for, you can bring yourself one step closer to hiring the right person for your event.


Chez Vous is the Staten Island Catering Company & Party Rentals Source

Are you thinking about throwing an event on Staten Island or in the tri-state area? Chez Vous has been catering on Staten Island for 30+ years and can provide the catering, party rentals, and all the service necessary to have a beautiful and memorable day for mom, her friends, and family.

If you’re interested in learning more, please call: (718) 720-0900

4 New Year’s Eve DIY Party Tips

There are many things to consider when planning a New Year’s Eve party. What menu will you serve? Will you cater yourself or will you hire a catering company? Will you cater at your home or at a catering hall? Should you hire a bartender or make the bar self service? Do you need additional tables and chairs or is your home set up sufficient? Chez Vous Caterers offers catering, party rentals, and staff for your New Year’s Eve Party. We offer catering, tent rentals, tables, chairs, linens, chafing dishes, china service, staff, and decorations. Below are four tips for the DIY party planner, if you choose to plan your whole event without the assistance of a caterer.


1) Select a Location and Time 
Whether it be in your home or a catering hall, location is key. Make sure your location is large enough to accommodate all of your guests for dinner and dancing.

2) Select a Menu

Your menu items would be determined by the selection of your dinner style. You can choose to have either a cocktail party, buffet, family style, or sit down dinner.

3) Plan the Evening

Here are some ideas: are you going to watch the ball drop on tv? When will you serve desert? Before or after the New Year? Will you have live music or a DJ? Will you play games with your guests?

A popular New Year’s game to play is to try to predict what your friends’ resolutions for the year are. This handy PDF print out from RealSimple, has a list of fill in the blank questions. All your party goers have to do is fill out their answer, place their cards inside a box or hat, and then try to guess who wrote what. You may be surprised at what your friends have written down for the new year.original

4) Have Fun

Prepare properly because planning an event has many aspects to it and can be challenging. Some people under estimate the amount of work it is to do a party on your own. Try to remember to take a deep breath and have fun at you party. Be present in the moment and enjoy ringing in the New Year with your loved ones.

In the event that you choose to have a caterer, Chez Vous is offering a special menu for News Year’s Eve ensuring that your New Year’s Eve party will be a success.

New Year’s Eve Menu

Presentation Table with International Cheeses and Fresh Fruit

Charcuterie Board

Vegetable Crudites served with Dip

Choice of 8 Hot and Cold Hors D’oeuvres
Miniature Calzones served with Marinara Sauce – Shrimp Cocktail served on Belgian Endive – Asparagus Wrapped in Puff Pastry – Fresh Mozzarella on Garlic Toas – Stuffed Mushrooms on Garlic Toast – Stuffed Mushrooms Oregante – Petite Beef Wellington – Lobster Voul-Au-Vent – Sesame Seed Chicken – Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

Caesar Salad

Choice of Pasta

Boneless Breast of Chicken
(topped with Spinach and Mozzarella in a Light Wine Sauce)

Carved Filet Mignon

Shrimp Scampi Oreganata

Rice Pilaf

Vegetable Medley

Viennese Table

5 Hour Open Bar

and China Service

$80 per person

Good luck with planning your New Year’s Eve party. For more information and for additional menus, visit cvparties.com. To book your New Year’s Eve Event with Chez Vous Caterers, call 718.720.0900.