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Vancity Vendor: Acken Studios

May 17th, 2013 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: Acken Studios

Danielle and James - Acken Studios

Danielle and James Acken are a match made in heaven, in love and in business. Danielle has been a photographer for as long as she can remember, an Emily Carr grad and rock concert photographer (how exciting!) while James is a graphic designer with a fine arts degree, who happened to be pretty handy with the camera. Danielle saw his potential and jumped at the chance to work with her true love. Together they formed Acken Studios and have become an integral part of many weddings in the past 7 years.

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Acken Studios Acken Studios provides full, unlimited wedding coverage with high resolution digital images as well as leather bound, flush-mount albums. Wedding packages start at $2,800 and includes unlimited coverage, all of your high resolution digital images as well as a 20 page 10×10 leather bound, flush-mount album (extra pages available to order). They also have add-on products like parent albums, engagement shoots and story books, as well as true-frame canvases. For a little something different, they also offer Trash the Dress shoots, Bridal Boudoir Parties (with hair, makeup and pink bubbly!) and open photobooths with props!

If you like their journalistic and editorial approach, send them a message! You can find more info about the Ackens on their website, be a fan on their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.

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Special Offer for Vancity Bride Readers

The Ackens have a special offer for my readers! Get a free engagement session as well as their signature engagement album (package worth $550) if you book your  2013 wedding within the next 3 months. Just mention that you saw this deal on Vancity Bride!

Offer expires on August 17, 2013. 

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A Few Words With Danielle & James…

Acken Studios Why did you want to become a wedding photographer?
“It was after our own wedding that I (Danielle) fell in love with L.O.V.E. We both always seek the art and beauty in the every day, and with weddings it’s awesomeness on overload!i love how the event is the same: a wedding, but every single one is different and unique as well. We are always honoured at being a part of each couple’s big day.”

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“We really feel that our price is a great deal! For us it is about the service that we provide, not all of the extra products and expenses that can add up. You get all of your files and are free to create whatever you like with them at whatever budget you have.”

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Acken Studios What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“Our combined approach (Danielle’s romantic flare and James’ artistic edge) make for a unique approach to each and every wedding we do. It’s that approach that allows us to truly tell your story. And that’s important to us. We make it a priority it get to know our couples, really spend time and understand who they are together. We want your images to be a true reflection of he day as well as who you are as a couple. We’re also a boutique business: we’re not out to book as many weddings in a year as possible. We’re very selective with our clientele because we want to make sure it’s the right match – not just for us but for our clients as well.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“We love getting to know our couples. Plain and simple. We’re people people, and making new friends is the best part of our job!”

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What was the most creative shot you took and how did you come up with it?
“Most creative….? That’s so hard! Danielle has a mirror obsession, so right now this is her favourite image. It will undoubtedly change next week when the next session gets edited.”

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Which part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
“We love the portrait portion the best – it’s that point right after the wedding when the bride and groom get to be alone for the first time as man and wife…the love just SHINES!”

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Where is your favourite place/part of the city to take pictures for a shoot?
“We love to shoot EVERYWHERE, but living in BC gives us the added advantage of wonderful seasonal colours like this amazing field on Salt Spring Island.”

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Do you draw inspiration from other photographers?
“We actually draw a lot of inspiration from different sources – James likes to look to graphic novels and films for unique angles and lighting while Danielle loves old 1940′s images as well as interior design magazines. We have our favourite photographers too, but we’d rather innovate than imitate.”

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What should your clients expect when they have their first consultation with you?
“Latte anyone? We like to hang out for our first consultation and have a nice chat about the vision for the wedding. We also recommend a Pinterest board at this point – between the couples vision and our style, we work together to create some amazing art.”

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If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“This is an easy one! We’d definitely tell couples to get to know their photographers. Be sure that they understand you and that they see the world in a similar way. Your wedding photos will be the largest memento of your day (other than each other!) and will hopefully be passed down for generations to come; thus they should be a true reflection of who you are as a couple. Besides that, your wedding photographer is the vendor you will spend the most time with throughout the entire planning process right through to after the honeymoon – best they be people you like to hang out with!”

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To contact Danielle and James, visit their website.
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