El Folio Entertainment & Photography
FIVE STAR RATING - Always Free Transportation in VT - DJ Evan Foley & Diana Foley, Photographer
167 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05601 (map)
Style: Contemporary, Traditional / Posed
Packages: Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, High...
Liability Insurance: Yes
Cash, Check, Paypal, Mastercard, Visa
Nov 27, 2013
Frequently Asked Questions for DJ
What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Describe your DJ style:
My attitude is a simple one... the stars of the show at a wedding reception are the bride and groom. Our signature style is very unobtrusive and strictly professional.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
Although I openly take as many requests as I can, my primary objective at any wedding reception is to motivate all wedding guests to come have a good time on the dancefloor and make the experience with the music as interactive as possible. Sometimes that can mean omitting certain requests which will 'kill' the dancefloor mood.
What is your usual attire?
Tuxedo attire at all weddings.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
Absolutely not... so long as we have ample notice of the music selections that will be needed, we're happy to provide it. We'll also accomodate special requests and renditions as per what's indicated on your online planner. With a WIFI connection, we can also legally attain any songs needed on the fly. This is a rare occurrence, but when it's needed it's there.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I am the sole DJ in this company which is why our availability is extremely limited and exclusive. My wife, respectivley, is the only photographer in this company. Unlike other companies we compete with, our emphasis is to be good... not big.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
Six hours is the standard wedding DJ package, but my wife Diana, the photographer, includes eight hours.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Absolutely - a face-to-face encounter is the most accurate way to get a feel for the person you'd be working with as well as get a feel for the person. This can be vital when selecting a DJ for your wedding reception.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Standard with every event is an online worksheet that not only encompasses all of the usual musical selection and prompts but also a do-not-play list. We know that 'do-not-plays' can be just as important, if not, more important than the 'do-plays'.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Of course, AND backup equipment. The only thing that I require is a table and a GROUNDED power source within 20 feet of my setup.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Special effects lighting is not only important for setting the scene for a romantic and fun dancefloor, but also plays an important part in making people feel less self-consious in coming out to the dancefloor, as usually the other lights are down. We typically use a self-contained starball (or discoball) as well as shifting color lights. We do not use fog machines, bubble machines or strobe lights for reasons of safety and fire code.
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
I usually take about an hour to set up, but I always arrive two hours before the beginning startup time. No, we don't charge for setup time, We do require a table at the site. No picnic tables please. Six or eight foot tables with proper linens are ideal.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Abolutely not. Your wedding photos and memories shouldn't be immortalized by the tacky and flashy banner which only unclassly traies to upstage your existing decorations. Although we will not flash banners, we WILL offer our business cards to those who ask.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
I will emcee the event effectively to get people's attention when I need to, and it's a given that I'll be lining up the wedding party for introductions. You won't hear me, however, sounding like an idiot on the mic trying to be goofy, overbearing or cheesy. Like I said, the bride and groom are the stars of the show... I'm just here to highlight the evening with entertainment.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
The role of music at a wedding reception is a living, breathing thing. There are times in which music plays the background (during cocktails and dinner when people prefer to mingle) but then when the dancefloor becomes the center focus, it becomes the time when the DJ needs to be most attentive. If people aren’t dancing to the song currently on, then the pace needs to be switched up for the next song. For example, if the floor is empty because the music’s to fast, I like to break out a slow song… that at least gets all the couples up to slow dance together. After that point, with all the couples on the floor, both young and old, I like to then break out a faster (not fast per se but fastER) song that spans the generations to see everyone’s enjoying themselves.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I typically eat at the DJ table while everyone else eats so that there's no interruptions to service. Typically ALL vendors at a wedding, from DJs to photographers and videographers should be fed... they are NOT required, however, to have the expensive meals reserved for your guests. Inquire about vendor meals with your wedding venue.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Never Never Never... I see this done so often by so many other DJ companies and it irks me. In our case, the person you communicate with throughout the process is the DJ who will be AT your wedding. When you're booked with us, the day belongs to you and you only - these events are too important to have a company be spread too thin.
What is your overtime rate?
$75/hr after the included hours
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel expenses within all of Vermont are included in the quoted price. Certain parts of New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are also included. Outside of these areas may require accrue an extra charge, but that depends highly on where you'll be.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$200 down, deducted from your quoted price. All wedding events require a deposit, but the balance is NOT due until the day of the event.
Frequently Asked Questions for Photography
What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes, I have shot weddings and receptions under various conditions and have the proper techniques and skills to work with them to the best of my advantage.
Is your media preference film or digital?
How many photographers do you work with?
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never more than one gig per day. I make myself available for the entirety of your special event.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I always have a backup camera, flash, extra batteries etc. I am always prepared with the latest equipment and am constantly making upgrades to take the best photos possible.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Do you charge hourly or full day?
The full day, but other arrangements can be made.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, $75 per extra hour.
Do you charge for travel?
No, travel expenses are included in the quoted price.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
A week to ten days is the usual amount of time.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
On a disc in jpeg format
How long can the client keep the proofs?
All photos are yours for the keeping.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
No, as stated in the contract, the client owns all rights to their photos and is free to distribute and print them in any way they see fit.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
We reserve the right to use the photos for advertising purposes, but upon request, we will refrain from using any or all photos of your choosing.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, all of our clients receive their pictures digitally.
Will images be available for viewing online?
There is an optional add on where we can host the photos in an online album.
What kind of albums do you offer?
An online album, and a printed album are available as add ons.
When will the client get the final album?
No later than four weeks after the event can you expect a printed album. However, an online album and the digital proofs are usually available no later than two weeks after the event.
Additional Answers & Advice:
When searching for your wedding DJ, keep these things in mind:
- The customer is always right... don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
For example, if you wanted to hear a song from the eighties that may seem obscure or out of the ordinary (but you want it all the same), don’t let the DJ reject that request or laugh in your face. A good wedding DJ is open-minded, and although he’ll offer recommendations, he’ll NEVER force something down your throat nor will he ever tell you “no”. To the same effect, feel free to put him to work for the amount of money you’re paying... give him a playlist if you want, give him a ‘do-not-play’ list if you want. Whatever DJ you choose, make sure that he/she respectfully acknowledges your needs and acts on them. Anything less should be considered a red flag.
- DJ (not company but DJ himself) has a comprehensive list of referrals
- Price reflects the DJ you get… NOT A PRESET RATE
Earlier I said "DJ referrals" with emphasis as opposed to the DJ company as a whole. In many wedding DJ companies, a single rate is usually advertised, but that single rate trickles down to every DJ within the company regardless of experience or talent. Naturally, the most experienced DJs are booked first and the others come after. Statistically in a company of over ten DJs, there can not be consistent booking between them throughout the wedding season. It's a sad fact but some may fall out of practice or prove inadequate to host a wedding… some wedding entertainment companies even advertise employment for the job of wedding DJ.
It's my strong belief (but sadly not a requirement) that all wedding DJ companies have the moral obligation to individually identify their staff and respective experience on their website AND PRICE THEMSELVES INDIVIDUALLY based on their respective talents and/or experience when part of a company. If a single price trickles down to the entire group of DJs (regardless of experience) there is a serious fundamental issue for the company as a whole in how they deliver themselves, their identity and their service.
- DJ does NOT play msuic exclusively off a laptop
- DJ is NOT on "autopilot" for most of the night
- Confidence, not cockiness
- Wedding DJ vs. Club DJ
- A great amount of attention is paid to your wedding reception plans
- DJ will consume NO alcohol at your event
- Overall, the price matches the experience
We won't tell you to choose our services. Instead, we'll educate you on what a good wedding DJ should be, so that you may be informed while choosing the right entertainment for your wedding… that's why many people come back and choose us in the end.