Continuing our new series of “Vendor Reveals”. Through our Disneymooner forums we’ve found our members have used a number and variety of Vendors for their Disney Wedding and we’ve been asking those Vendors to reveal just a little more about their business……. and themselves!
Our next Vendor Reveal comes to us from the West coast servicing Disneyland Fairytale Weddings.
What is the name of your business/service and what is your offering?
My business name is the White Rabbit Photo Boutique, and I offer wedding photography, custom invitations, and am just getting a new photo booth(!!!) A lot of people assume that I decided on the White Rabbit name because I’m a Disney fan. It’s semi-true, but the biggest reason was because it was exciting to start my own business, and it felt a little like Alice following the Rabbit down the rabbit hole on her way to a new adventure. It also was whimsical, and I’m a big fan of whimsy.
What is your name, seems obvious I know but maybe it’s different from your business name?
What do you believe makes your business/service unique?
The biggest difference between myself and other photographers, is my training as a visual anthropologist. I had to photograph different cultural events and people, and so I learned to document everything about the environment I was in. Because of this, I’m great at capturing the overall details and feeling of the wedding day, as well as showcasing the personalities of the couple. The thing that ties in weddings to my anthropology training, is that I’ve had art training since I was very young, so I try my best to capture the day in a way that is also beautiful.
How did you get started and how long have you been doing this?
Ack! This is a long story! Many moons ago, I worked at a popular photography studio in the Central Valley as a second shooter. I was working towards my degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Digital Media. I was hoping to eventually get contractual work photographing other cultures in different countries around the world. I loved anthropology, but then I unexpectedly met my husband and didn’t want to travel for years at a time without him. Instead of applying for grad school and anthropology contracts, I used my backup plan and began working as a kindergarten teacher for two years. When we adopted my son, my teaching contract just happened to end because our school was closing. While I was at home raising my son and looking for jobs, I started blogging and posting photos about our life (www.thislittleblog.com). This led to being asked about photographing an engagement shoot, which led to being asked to photograph a pirate wedding, which led to being asked to photograph a proposal in the Dream Suite, which led to being added as a preferred vendor at Disneyland! I couldn’t believe my good fortune, and cried happy tears on the phone when I was told I was being added to their vendor list, because I’m sappy like that!
When not working a wedding at Disneyland (or another venue for that matter) what are you doing?
I love, love, love, to spend time with my husband and son. We are big foodies, so we love to try out new restaurants and cook. Other things I love: walking, hiking, quilting, gardening, and reading. Oh, and I spend a lot of time at Disneyland with my son, who thinks Mickey Mouse is the coolest person on the planet. After mom and dad, of course. 😉
What is your favorite part about your job?
Hands down, getting to photograph people on one of the happiest days of their lives.
What types of wedding packages do you offer Disney brides? (please feel free to add a link for Brides to get more information if applicable)
I have four photography packages starting with escape weddings and moving up. All of my packages include my services for the entire day (I don’t like time limits!) and a beautiful Custom Designed DVD with all of the high resolution images. Brides and Grooms can print images on their own, or have them printed through my professional printing company. I also design albums, do custom framing, engagement books, and anything else you can think of. People are usually surprised when they see my pricing, but I like keeping my pricing affordable because I know what it’s like to pay for a wedding and I think everyone should have the chance for beautiful pictures on their wedding day.
What is your favorite wedding trend right now in relation to your business/service?
I think it would be all the creative details people pull into their weddings. I’m always amazed at how creative and classy the Disney Brides are.
What’s your favorite thing about doing Disney weddings?
This is hard because there are so many things I love about Disney Weddings. I love getting to know the couples because we have a common love of Disney, but I also love working with the Disney Coordinators. They love their job as much as I do, and it is really fun to work with their team. They tell me about how beautiful a dress is going to be, or how neat the details of an upcoming wedding are. It’s great working with people who are so excited about the weddings that I’m going to be photographing. It’s a really fun, rewarding, and positive environment.
What was your strangest request when working a Disney wedding?
I haven’t had any strange requests yet. This is probably because I went to school for anthropology and am still waiting for the day that someone asks me to try a soup that’s made out of bug juice.
What’s your most memorable moment that you have taken away from a Disney wedding?
Ack! I am going to sound so silly, but here I go….When I worked at the park ages ago, I used to take the long route and made a point of walking through the castle every morning so I could hear “When You Wish Upon a Star”. My favorite line from the song was when they’d sing, “fate is kind, she brings to those who love”. It happened to play when I walked through the castle on my first shift at Disneyland, so it was special to me. If I heard that part of the song when I walked through castle at the beginning a shift, I knew it was going to be a good day. Not too long ago, I was photographing a Morning Castle Shoot for Tina and On Wa. I walked through the castle and heard that particular part of the song. I had this moment where I felt like things had come full circle, and that I was the luckiest person on the planet to be able to do something I love so much.
JUST FOR FUN
If you were getting married at Disneyland where would you have your ceremony and reception and why?
My husband and I talk about this all the time, and we decided we’d get married in New Orleans Square. We love the atmosphere over there, and think it would make an awesome spot for a wedding. Second runner up is the Mark Twain River Boat.
Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
Alice, of course! I love how logical she is about the quirkiest things. I often feel like I’m having Alice moments.
Which is your favorite Disney attraction and why?
Storybook Land Canal Boats, because I worked there for five years and that attraction was my baby. I have a hard time riding it now, because if I see one single thing misplaced, it makes me want to bring the Attraction Tinker Fairies some cookies so I can get it fixed pronto.
Why should a Disneymooner choose your service?
THIS! Coming from the worst salesperson in the world! I would want a Disneymooner to choose my service because they love my photos. After your wedding, the only thing you’ll have to look back on are your photos and videos! It’s so important to choose a photographer that is going to give you photos that you want for always. My son’s favorite book is our wedding album, and I’m so glad we took the time to find a photographer that we loved! Disneymooners should do the same, and if it happens to be me? Yayyyyyy, that’s awesome! I can’t wait to work with you!
White Rabbit Photo Boutique
Los Angeles/Orange County/Central Valley
1 (909) 293 8064
Thanks to Jenna, White Rabbit Photo Boutique for answering our questions as part of our Vendor Reveal series, if you would like your work revealed to our readers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org