Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what…?!

Now that you’re big day is shaping up, it’s time to add in all the details.

One of the most memorable parts of your wedding day will be what you get to look back on, your photos!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Left Coast By Design.

This is one job that we HIGHLY recommend you entrust to a professional.

Memories are forever, we want you to make sure that your day lives on just how you remember it. From the portraits to the details, a professional photographer is sure to capture every element and detail of your wedding day.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Makenzie Photography.

First things first, never just choose a photographer because your mother’s brother’s cousin’s friend owns a really nice camera and takes a really great selfie. Look into their portfolio, do you like their style? Are there photographs similar to what you are interested in? Does their style fit your personality? These are just some of the beginning questions that will pave the way towards your decision.

One of the best things you can do is to consult your planner. Anyone who is anyone will have a reputation in the wedding industry. Your planning, or event producer, will help you make the best decision!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Gwen Corona Photography.

 What are the things that you notice most about photos? Does your potential photographers satisfy your eagle eye?

One of the BIGGEST and most IMPORTANT questions to ask yourself is “Are our personalities compatible?” Aside from your wedding coordinator, your wedding photographer will be the one vendor that is with you for a major chunk of your day. You want to be sure that your needs, desires, and all those little things that go “unsaid” are met or exceeded.

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Photographed by J.Michelle Photography.

Another rule of thumb is to compare the packages that your potential vendors may offer. What is the “basic” or “entry” level package of one photographer, may be a middle grade for another. It is important to let the vendor share about what they offer, but it is very important to make note of any questions that may remain unanswered.

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Photographed by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to have a photographer who understands you, has your interests at heart, and is willing to do what it takes to make it all come together. Compatibility is a must!

Lastly, be sure that you have a contract signed by both parties involved! A contract will bind your photographer to what is expected of them, this includes the hours they will be with you, the equipment they will be supplying, and the rights that you have as the client. All of these things are vital to your day.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Shelli Renee.

Let Fairy Godmother help you find the perfect photographer for you, contact us today!

Remember, a photo says 1,000 words!



Welcoming Marianne Lucas-Polina – Fairy Godmother Friday

The “Happiest Place in Bakersfield” is steadily growing from the inside out!

We would love to welcome Marianne Lucas-Polina and her great talent of photography to our community room!

20th Street Cottage

If you haven’t heard of a community room, let us tell you why they are SO awesome!

The purpose of a community room is to allow professionals the comfort of an office, without paying the office price. These rooms are shared space that is there when they need them without trying to have a conversation over blenders, the normalities of a coffee shop, or other little nuances that may arise in public spaces.

The 20th Street Cottage Community Room is a warm, well-decorated space that gives Marianne and her clients a quiet, personalized area to spread out and talk business!

20th Street Cottage Community Room, designed by Jamie Urner Interior Design.

The community room at the 20th Street Cottage, designed by Jamie Urner Interior Design.

Marianne and Victor are a husband and wife team that are providing not only photography but also cinema! When you get to share what you love, with who you love, it can only be assumed that there is going to be an abundant amount of passion and pride in their work.

Marianne & Victor by Makenzie Photography

Marianne & Victor by Makenzie Photography

Aside from being fabulous photogs and cinematographers, Marianne and Victor are parents to four beautiful girls!

They enjoy spending their spare time camping, going to the movies, shopping online and playing basketball!

Marianne & Victor Family by Makenzie Photography

Marianne & Victor with their girls. Photo by Makenzie Photography.

We are so happy to share our special place with Marianne and Victor, be sure to come and knock on our red door if you’re in the neighborhood to meet her!

Welcoming Magdalena Cruz – Fairy Godmother Friday

It is with only the greatest pleasure that we welcome Magdalena Cruz to the 20th Street Cottage!

Before Magdalena was a photographer, she was a mother! Magdalena has three children… Jasmine, Adrian & Cristian and a three month old granddaughter, Camila!

Magdalena's son and his date posing as her models.

Magdalena’s son and his date posing as her models.

Magdalena with her oldest son.

Magdalena with her oldest son.

Magdalena's daughter photographed here pregnant with her now 3 month old granddaughter, Camila.

Magdalena’s daughter photographed here pregnant with her now 3 month old granddaughter, Camila.

Grandchildren are always so very special, but Camila brought something more unique to her family.

Camila was born with a rare heart disease which not only brought the immediate family closer, but also created a more tight-knit quilt of friends and extended family!

Magdalena Cruz with the famous photographer, Sue Bryce

Magdalena with famous photographer, Sue Bryce.

Magdalena found her passion for photography on complete accident.

When returning to school in 1999, her professors pushed for her to try different paths and guided her through dark room photography and then onto graphic arts where she excelled. In 2001 Magdalena put her passion to work opening her first studio.

Magdalena Cruz Photography

Magdalena Cruz Photography

Magdalena being a California native left a photographer’s footprint on Porterville and Visalia before settling in Bakersfield just a few years ago.

Magdalena says that she is so blessed to have worked with so many different individuals, families, and organizations throughout her career. She credits many of her friendships to these connections, and is so happy to be in profession where friendships continue to blossom.

Magdalena Cruz Photography

Magdalena Cruz Photography

She credits the “family feeling” of her business to the fact that many of her clients return as they begin families, and hit special milestones in their lives. Her strong belief in preserving the “family legacy” is where she feels that full-service photography studios are most important.

Magdalena Cruz Photography

Magdalena Cruz Photography

For Magdalena, it is her belief that photographs are to “live” amongst us, and that a photograph should find it’s way past the computer or phone. This is why she not only captures these timeless images, but also produces the images into products for her clients.

“The journey has just begun!” and we are so excited that we will get to share our cozy little cottage with such talent!

We would also love to wish Magdalena a “fairy”


 on Saturday, November 5th!