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“Little Black Book” The Most Prestigious Listing

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Business, Marketing, Networking | 6 Comments

If you don’t know already, there is a website called StyleMePretty¬†also known as SMP. This is an upscale wedding blog that attracts influential brides. For an event filmmaker, the holy grail of listings is the coveted Little Black Book which is SMP’s prestigious listing. Now you can’t just call SMP up and say “How much to get on?” They won’t consider you unless another company that’s listed recommends you. It’s not over there, they still need to go through a serious review process and ask other vendors if they know you as well. They get submissions and recommendations all the time so it can be very tedious for SMP to choose the right vendor. Once they fill the area with only a few (usually around 3) filmmakers, they close the listing until someone is removed from the list. Of course this rarely happens because everyone wants the spot. There is an advertising fee as well but it is very low. SMP says it’s not about the money, it’s about having a true listing with high standards so this publication is very concerned about just who gets on their exclusive Little Black Book listing.

Visit the listing and see who is on there so you can size yourself up with your competition. If you feel that you have what it takes to get listed, then contact SMP and also ask for recommendations from current LBB members who can sponsor you. Once you get on the list, you will have the chance to enter your latest work to be featured on their blog. If you get this opportunity, your clip will get a huge number of hits and most definitely more inquiries in the days following your feature. These are not just any brides, these are brides who take filmmaking seriously and are looking for the top dog in the area with a respectable budget to back it up

Divorced NYC Man Suing Over Wedding Pics Speaks

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SOURCE : http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ap-exclusive-man-suing-wedding-pics-speaks-15336706#.TxL4GJjtElL

Todd Remis, Milena GrzibovskaBy JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press
January 11, 2012 (AP)

It may come across as an extreme case of nuptial nostalgia: A now-divorced man saying a photography studio should pay to recreate his wedding to make up for what he considers flawed pictures and video.

But after being branded a “groomzilla,” Todd Remis said Tuesday his now-notorious lawsuit is about holding a business to a pledge, notholding onto a broken marriage.

“It was their failure to deliver after a promise and a handshake” agreement to retouch the photos, Remis said in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “How could a business treat a customer this way?”

It was his first public response to a flurry of acidic commentary on the case in recent months.

While suits over wedding photographs aren’t unusual, what set Remis’ case apart is his mention of wanting to reconstitute the ceremony and celebration of a bygone union. He said during sworn questioning this summer that the two began divorce proceedings in 2008. The split was final in 2010, and he said he believed his ex-wife had moved back to her native Latvia.

Nonetheless, “I need to have the wedding recreated exactly as it was so that the remaining 15 percent of the wedding that was not shot can be shot” and the album and video completed “so we have memories of the wedding,” he said during his July deposition, according to a transcript. “So we would need to recreate everything to complete that.”

After his remarks about recreating the wedding appeared in a story in The New York Times in November, Remis’ quest became a punchline in quarters ranging from the legal blogosphere to the city’s tabloids. The Daily News gave him a “New York Knucklehead Award”; CNN’s Anderson Cooper included Remis on his “RidicuList.”

Remis declined through a spokeswoman to be interviewed.

Remis sued H&H Photographers in 2009, saying the venerable suburban New York studio had done a shoddy job of shooting his and Milena Grzibovska’s December 2003 wedding at a century-old hotel overlooking the Hudson River. The photographer ignored the couple’s request not to shoot in front of a mirror that ended up reflecting photographers’ lights, and the photographer and videographer left 45 minutes before the end of the reception, missing the last dance and the bouquet toss, says Remis, 44, who has worked as a stock analyst.

Grzibovska, who is in her early 30s, had come to New York in June 2002 from the University of Iceland to study how to teach English to foreign-language speakers, according to a piece that September in a Columbia University newspaper.

The couple had paid a $3,500 advance toward a $4,100 total price for the photos, part of a wedding he said cost $48,000 in all, including guests’ travel.

Still, Remis and his bride “were newly married and in love” and not looking for a fight with photographers, his statement says.

H&H co-owner Daniel Fried says he stands by the quality of the two hours of video and the hundreds of color and black-and-white photos, which were shot on film.

As for Remis’ contention that the photographers missed key pieces of the celebration by leaving early, Fried said they had provided ample coverage of the affair, including blessings that came late in the event. The hundreds of images include portraits of the couple and bridal party, images of the ceremony and pictures of the couple cutting the cake, guests dancing and other aspects of the festivities.

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