Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vendor Spotlight - Rebecca Zoumberos - Limelight Photography

We believe photography is one of the most important components of your big day as it is one of the only ways to capture all of your special memories. You only get one shot (no pun intended), so picking the right vendor to match your personality, style and budget is a huge decision! We have worked closely with Rebecca (and Michael) Zoumberos from Limelight Photography over the past six years and are exciting for you to learn more about them! 

Madison: How did Limelight Photography get it's start?
RZ: "With a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Florida and a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Rebecca’s creative roots run deep.  Before deciding to focus solely on photography, Rebecca spent a year as a Social Catering Sales Manager with Hilton.  This experience exposed her to the world of event planning and organization and to the importance of capturing the intricate details of these events.  She also spent a year as a Designer and Director of Marketing at a photography studio in Safety Harbor, FL, where her passion for photography was ignited.  Now, Rebecca is not only the owner, but she is also Limelight’s lead photographer, marketing strategist and she trains and manages six teams of photographers. Rebecca has earned her Certified Professional Photographer certification and Photographic Craftsman Degree through Professional Photographers of America. She is recognized as one of the leading photographers in the country. 

A love for sports led Michael to St. Leo University where he earned a B.S. in Secondary Physical Education.  Specializing in sports-specific fitness, Michael has trained world-class athletes including tennis players James Blake, Martina Hingis, and Jennifer Capriati, as well as New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, and NHL Hall of Famer Peter Svoboda.  Michael’s positive energy and determination can be felt not only in the arena, but also among the Limelight team.  His enthusiasm is contagious, which makes him the perfect person to handle new client sales and organizational structuring.  He also completes the husband and wife team by working alongside Rebecca at wedding shoots, where he showcases his eye for design and creativity.

We have been sought after worldwide by clients such as professional athletes, celebrities and royalty. Limelight has been featured on the TV show Get Married hosted by Colin Cowie. Our award-winning work has been published over 200 times worldwide in magazines such as Caribbean Bride, Grace Ormonde, Weddings Unveiled, Brides, The Knot, Southern Weddings, Destination I Do and Style Me Pretty. 

Together, Rebecca and Michael have been guest speakers on a national panel for Successful Studio Management Services, Webinars for Marathon Press and have been featured at Share the Knowledge at PPA's Imaging USA and on iUSA TV.

Limelight Photography is a member of PPA, SMS, and Master Minds, and have been featured in association with Studio Management Services (an affiliate of PPA), Marathon Press and"

Madison: Where does your inspiration come from?
RZ: "Having a passion for God’s purpose in our life inspires us to do always do our best for Him and for our clients. We feel truly blessed by God to be able to work together doing what we love. We are always grateful He has used our talents in a way that enables us to capture the moments of your life, for you to remember forever. “Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.” Colossians 3:23." 

Madison: How would you describe your "personal style"?
RZ: "Our work is sexy, savvy, and chic. We’ve learned how to translate our eye for design and creativity to suit any ambience. The first step is to look for lines, light, and texture in each shot, and then place the subject within that.

Limelight Photography specializes in high-end wedding photography for clients with a taste of sophistication and elegance. Documenting weddings with superior quality and exquisite customer service that exceed all expectations creates the essence of Limelight Photography. Limelight Photography documents high-end weddings and creates striking images infused with sophistication and elegance. Limelight Photography has been sought after worldwide by elite clientele such as professional athletes, celebrities and royal families around the world.

Exploring love around the globe wherever it begins is our specialty. Limelight Photography owners Rebecca and Michael have personally hand-selected their staff that of five talented photography teams, a graphic designer, book keeper and a full time studio manager. Limelight Photography photographers each have an individual distinction but their collective soul stays true to the Limelight brand. Together they photograph over 130 weddings per year all around the world."

Madison: What keeps you passionate about photography and working in the industry?
RZ: "Only through God can we find our real passion and happiness in life. Passion is a good feeling. It is where you find purpose, energy, and life. Seeking what others have leads to envy and disappointment in life. Once we began seeking God first, passion for life and for documenting the sacred covenant of marriage was ignited. We do not this great responsibility for granted. If ever we feel our passion waning, we spend some quiet time in prayer and are reminded of the amazing mystery of two souls joining as one. 

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21"

Madison: How do you stand out from other local photographers?
RZ: "Individual Distinction. Collective Soul. Limiting the number of weddings and events they do a year keeps their work very personal. Truly getting to know whose story they will be capturing is paramount. By the time the event comes around, people know they can trust them and be themselves in front of the lens.

They look at each event from an individual perspective, never forgetting that their job is to tell the event’s story, capture the mood, illustrate the overall look, while attending to every detail, so nothing is overlooked. Limelight’s distinctive and effective approach to photographing events has propelled them to the forefront of our industry in a very short time. Known for their use of the “fish eye” lens, their unique style, demeanor, response time and follow up has won them accolades – and many clients!"

Madison: What is your favorite part about being the owner of Limelight?
RZ: "The best part of owning Limelight Photography is working together with a team of talented and wonderful photographers that have become like family to us."

Madison: What is the biggest "mistake" or oversight couples make when choosing a photographer for their wedding?
RZ: "The two biggest mistake couples make when choosing a photographer are: (a) Basing their decision on “finding a deal” or saving a little bit of money by going with a less experienced photographer and (b) Not hiring a professional event coordinator to handle the details of the wedding day. (An Event Coordinator is not the same thing as the venue catering sales manager that is normally included in your venue package!). When a professional coordinator is not hired, attending to the personal needs of the bride and logistics of coordinating details on the wedding day becomes the responsibility of the photographer. We are always willing to do anything it takes for the day to run as smoothly as possible. However, when we must turn our attention to things such as checking in on transportation that is running late, finding missing items, assisting elderly guests, etc. we miss out on photo opportunities."



Madison: What advice do you have for future brides who are going through the process of hiring a photographer?
RZ: "Trust the recommendation of your wedding planner and those who have experience working with photographers you are considering such as your venue, vendors and even your friends and family. Also take time to read reviews on Wedding Wire from clients about their experience with photographers you are considering."

Madison: Are you able to attend a wedding and sit back and relax or do you find yourself always thinking about weddings from a photographer's perspective?
RZ: "When friends or family hire one of our Limelight Photography associates I fully trust they have been trained to do their job correctly. This allows us to attend our friends and families weddings and fully relax and enjoy the festivities without worrying about thinking from a photographers’ perspective."

Madison: What are five things you could not do your job without?
RZ: "Faith and prayer, Our amazing team of photographers, Canon 5D Mark III camera, Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens,  Mac Pro computer"

-Written by Madison Dawson, Associate Coordinator

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