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February 12, 2018

A post from Hello Productions

In 2018. we want to bring you information that will help you to have the event of your dreams, weddings and any other types of events ~ you will hear from trusted vendors of IWP Photography throughout the year that will address important aspects of your event that may help you make some simple decisions about your wedding or event.  This by NO MEANS should make you think that you can plan your own event without the help of experts like Ashley Moss and her team.  I will say it here and have said it a million times……a professional planner IS WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD!  Call Ashley today to speak with her about your upcoming event ~ no matter what size or theme, she and her team have you covered!!!!

Hello Productions

Fantastic Event Planner in Raleigh and Pittsburgh







BLOG POST BY Ashley Moss, President of Hello Productions
Buffet Vs. Sit Down Vs. Stations

In most cases, the bulk of your wedding budget will be spent on food and beverage. When providing dinner service to your guests, you as the host will choose from three styles: Buffet, Sit Down, or Stations. Each choice has pros and cons… it just depends on which fits your style!
Reception Style #1: Buffet
What is a buffet? It is a meal consisting of several dishes stationed on a long table from which guests streamline through and serve themselves. To create a more formal buffet, servers will sometimes assist guests. In the end, this style is considered to be the most casual meal service.

Pros: Buffets provide your guests with more options of meat, sides and sauces. You can please the masses without having your guests choose their entrée prior to your event. Buffets also save a small amount of money for wait staff since the caterer needs fewer people tending to the buffet instead of each table.

Cons: The downfall of buffets include time. Since guests are not professional food handlers, they tend to move at a slower pace when moving through the line. Also, a buffet requires an overage of each dish to ensure no entrée or side runs out. Caterers cannot guess how much each guest will take; therefore, an overage of food increases the cost.
Reception Style #2: Sit Down
A sit down, plated style of dinner is considered the most traditional and formal option as guests are served an individually plated meal… in most cases, one they have pre-selected in their RSVP. The meal typically consists of three courses: an appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert. Caterers will usually give guests the option between two entrées, which are selected beforehand, or they will offer a duo plate consisting of two proteins.

Pros: All of your guests will be served at the same time! With preselecting meal options, the caterer will know exact amounts. A plated dinner also provides the opportunity to time event formalities (such as dances and toasts) between courses to keep guests entertained and engaged throughout the meal service.

Cons: A greater number of serving staff is required to cater every table individually. Also, some venues do not offer a plated sit down due to lack of kitchen space. Imagine 300 entrée plates lined up in the kitchen… that’s some major square footage!
Reception Style #3: Food Stations
A station style reception is where the event’s meal choices are distributed at various tables in your main event space. Station examples include a carving station, a raw bar, a tapas station, a pasta station, a dessert station, and the list goes on.

Pros: A fun variety of dishes can be made available including themed stations (like a pierogi or taco bar) that you might not see at a more formal setting. With “cook to order” stations, guests can request the amount of sauce or level of spice, etc.

Cons: Considered a new-age style of event dining, many of your guests treat it like a buffet… taking a full dinner plate of food at each station. Stations are made for snacking, tasting, and enjoying smaller portions of each fun theme. The amount of consumption and waste may rack of up your catering bill.
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Hello Productions can handle as much or as little of your wedding and wedding planning as you need. We want you to feel comfortable that you are hiring trusted vendors who can work with your budget and bring your vision to life. Most importantly, we want you to enjoy planning your wedding! For more information on our services and packages, please contact:
Ashley Moss Kurkiewicz ~ 412-298-7333 ~

How to start your retirement together as a couple before AND after the wedding!

My friends over at Archer Investment Management in Raleigh, NC have sent me some amazing information to share with you ~ now that you are going to be saying “I do” soon! When starting your life and retirement life together as a couple, these points will make you think~

Engaged or Just Married?  Ok, Now What To Do About Money?

Couples often ask us what is the best way to handle finances together.  The answer is always the same – whatever keeps your relationship happy.  However, it is important for couples to talk about their financial situation and to be transparent with each other’s wishes.  During this conversation, talk about your future goals and hopes for your life.  These conversations should continue throughout the relationship and will evolve as life changes.  Co-managing finances is not just combining checking accounts and paying bills.  We recommend spending time together addressing the following items:


Financial success hinges on cash flow.  It is critical to understand how much the household is spending on a monthly and annual basis.  Make a budget and stick to it.


Discuss each person’s savings goals and expectation of spending.  Figure out how much may be needed for an emergency fund.  Some couples realize that one person’s comfort level for emergency savings is drastically different than the other.  If there is already plenty of cash available for an emergency fund, what will you do with the excess?  Will you open a joint account for investing those funds and can you contribute to that on a monthly basis?


Being upfront about any significant debt is important to both the relationship in general and the financial success of the household.  Debt can cause problems in many ways, so it is best to have open communication about that issue immediately.


Typically, households do not have both parties making the exact same amount of money.  Share income and future income potential with each other and be open if there are issues with a big discrepancy.  Also, take time to review your company benefits together and see what each other’s options are for retirement saving and health insurance.  If one person does not have a company sponsored retirement plan and the other does, engage in a conversation on how to maximize retirement savings utilizing one plan or using other vehicles such as an IRA.  This is a good time to also review any necessary beneficiary designations and make sure they are updated.


Young, healthy couples have the benefit of obtaining insurance at a lower cost than older couples.  Consider income replacement needs and any outstanding debt when you are factoring in how much life insurance to purchase and what type of insurance.


While never a pleasant topic, it is important to discuss your plans for your estate after you pass away.  This is a critical step to take in situations where couples have children and/or are in second marriages.  Finally, find out your state’s requirements for both financial and health care powers of attorney and have those documents drafted as well.


Finally, determine who will be handling the household finances or divide up the responsibilities.  Make sure both parties are always engaged in the decisions and understand the household finances.  Relationships thrive on trust and transparency, especially with regard to money.  Starting off on the right foot will make a huge difference in your relationship over time.  A financial advisor can go through all of this with you and help you to make great financial decisions along the way.  Consider hiring one to work with you through this process.  Sometimes we can see the picture more clearly as outside looking in and can facilitate some of the difficult conversations.  At the end of the day, the healthiest relationships in regards to finances are ones that have open, honest communication.


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This was an opportunity of a lifetime – Photographing Roger Daltry & Joan Jett in Philadelphia

WOW WOW WOW…..that is still all I can say, even after a week.   I have so much to say about this event, but for now, I will share some images that we took of these amazing musicians and music icons! Look for a full blog coming soon about this event and definitely more photos!  We were beyond honored to photograph them and they were amazing to work with!!!

Roger Daltrey of the The Who performing for a fundraiser for TCA

Roger Daltrey of the The Who performing for a fundraiser for TCA

Roger Daltrey of The Who

Roger Daltrey of The Who

The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA

The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing at the Kimmel Center

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing at the Kimmel Center

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Joan Jett

Joan Jett

Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett

Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett

The Who - Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey performing at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Press release for our big news!!!! IWP has been nominated for Best Event Photography by ISES!



PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       

Contact: Mica Parekh @

(IWP Photography & Video)


International Special Events Society

Tesh Parekh, Owner of IWP Photography & Video, Raleigh, NC is an award recipient for the prestigious ISES Esprit Awards from the International Special Events Society (ISES) in the categories of Best Event Photography for Rakhee and Hiten’s Magnificent Indian Wedding.  Tesh has been a special event professional for 10 plus years.  In that time, Tesh has also won Best Entertainment for Weddings, presented to him by NACE for his other talent of LIVE Watercolor Paintings.

The Best Event Photography event nominated for a 2012 ISES Esprit was a beautiful multiple day Indian wedding that captured all the glamour and grandeur of Rakhee and Hiten’s special day.  They wanted a photographer that would capture the details of their event, and the depth of their love, artistically.

Tesh Parekh  says” “Quote”

ISES honors industry excellence through its prestigious awards program, the ISES Esprit Awards which fuel a spirit of competition within designated categories. ISES Esprit Awards gain global visibility and recognition for ISES members. It honors special event professionals who exhibit a “spirit of excellence” in their work. The importance of global industry recognition helps improve industry standards internationally and further promote our professionalism. ISES is dedicated to recognizing excellence in events and rewarding those individuals whose vision and creativity make their events “Special.” (

June 4, 2012

A dynamite head shot by Raleigh Commercial Photographer – Raleigh, NC

North Carolina’s Premiere Head Shot/Commercial Photographer ~ Tesh Parekh


Do you see personality in this head shot?  Do you think this gentleman is easy to speak with?  Easy to learn from?  Approachable, and likable?  He is definitely all of that!  When he came to us for his head shot, he wanted people to see these attributes through the image.  I think we got it!

IWP Photography & Video specializes in head shots.  When we book a client for a session, we don’t just sign them up and take their money.  We learn about the client, what they are looking for, and most importantly, what they hope others will see when they look at their image.

We work as a team to insure that our clients are getting exactly what they hope for in their photos before they even leave the studio.  Our process is painless, fun even and our clients receive their images quickly.  

When you need a new head shot, because yours is:

~ older than 3 years

~ you don’t have one at all

~ you are rebranding yourself and/or your business

~ people need to have a clear professional image in mind when thinking of you

~ you are going on a new adventure

These are just some of the reasons why you want to call us today to schedule your head shot….this client was!

To see other head shots and other commercial business:

IWP Photography & Video


Tesh & Mica Parekh 

February 28, 2011

1 NEW Promotion from IWP Photography & Video for Headshots & Video Clips

WE are so excited to be offering Video Clips now!  If you need a short video that tells anyone that goes to your site exactly what it is you do or sell, then you need to call IWP Photography!

We will take up to 45 minutes with you to create a 90 second clip for your website or your social media sites and we can incorporate sound, stills and verbage as well. 

We are giving the 1st 5 people that contact us about video clips 50% off the price of the video, which start at $350

Give us a call today!


Shawn and Doug’s 10/10/10 Wedding! – by Raleigh NC Professional Wedding and Event Photographer

It seems like yesterday when we photographed Shawn and Doug’s e-session at the E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest! Their beautiful wedding took place on 10/10/10 at a gorgeous private home in Raleigh. It was a picture perfect day! The wedding minister was Reverend Kaylily Middleton (Tesh remembers her from one of his live wedding painting at the Matthews House in Cary). It was fun when horses from the neighborhood pasture came by to check out our couple’s portrait session! And then there was the live band! Way to celebrate a beautiful wedding on 10/10/10…

– Tesh & Mica Parekh

IWP Photography

919-622-5399/ 919-270-2510



Simcha Showcase ~ IWP Photography showcases Green Screen Photography

What a great day for a showcase!  IWP was a vendor at the Simcha Showcase, in Durham, NC brought to us by the JCC.  We had great fun meeting with all the families that will have Mitzvah’s and Weddings in the next 2 years!  We are available for these events, and as well as event photography, we specialize in Green Screen Photography!  It is such a fun way for your guests to show how glamorous and how fun they are!  You don’t even need props!  Even some of the other vendors came over and had their photos taken!  What fun!  We print on-site either 4X6 or 5 X7’s and always provide a photo folder.  There are over 4000 backgrounds to choose from!    We will be creating these images all over Wake and Durham County next year, will we be at your event?  We certainly hope so!  Take a look at some samples we created for guests on Sunday!

July 24, 2010

Three Profitt’s ~ Their family photo day

We have been doing a lot of Indian weddings in the area lately and we were so glad when the Proffitt family called on us to take their family photos. Jessika and her Husband Ryan came out to have photos taken with their son, Carter. What a cutie!!! This family was great. Jessika had a particular look she was hoping for in her photos and we were able to capture it. She even got a hot shot of herself to use for her facebook page! Carter and Ryan had a great time too, and Carter got to play with Ian’s toys while Mommy and Daddy got some beautiful shots together. We enjoy working this type of shoot so much because you can’t control one thing when you are photographing children. There are no do-overs with little ones, you just have to go with it. Carter was a wonderful client, and we look forward to photographing the whole family again soon!