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Candid Photography

Candid photography is one of my favourite things to do. I love being able to see people act themselves and not put a show because someone is watching. I hate when people act fake which is why I love my candid photography. I love walking by someone with my camera down and then at the last second catching a real laugh or smile. Those photos end up being some of my unique wedding photos and sometimes make for some really funny wedding photos. If I can’t do it fast I do it waiting patiently hidden behind other people or a pillar or something or I just pull out the long lens, either way, I get those candid photos. Great part about shooting candid photos is how quickly I can do it. It doesn’t take any time at all. I don’t have to ask people to smile or stop blinking¬† etc. I can just set up the photo and shoot it. I used to shoot around 10,000 photos in a full day of wedding photography but I’ve toned it down to about 5-6000 photos per wedding. It’s actually pretty cool when you go through the photos in post editing. It’s like watching a movie and being able to really see true candid reactions. Best part about shooting so many photos is that I always get the shot. If the first one didn’t turn out for any reason the next one did so it really opens up how many good photos my clients get from their wedding. I have you ever heard of someone saying “oh,please don’t take so many photos,...

Steel Wool Wedding Photography

If you haven’t heard of Steel Wool Wedding Photography, as seen in this photo, it is a very unique artistic type of photography that sure does attract a crowd and creates absolutely stunning photographs. It is much more intense than sparklers! We’ll use this image above as an example of what a steel wool photo actually is. Yes, this is a real photo I have taken recently of a couple at their wedding. I brought them a couple of panda heads as a surprise because they are just a fun loving couple looking for something different and something that stands out. So in this photo I positioned the newlyweds in a spot about 5 feet in front of where I will be standing to create this work of art. You see, what you may not know is how this photo is taken at all. I have the camera on a tripod set to go off in 10 seconds for a long exposure. Before I click that shutter button I check for framing and lighting of the newlyweds and then I show them exactly what’s going to happen and walk them through what their job is in order to pull this daring photo off. What you can’t see in this photo is the 75 people at their wedding watching my every move in anticipation. In order to get those beautiful sparks flying through the air I need to burn a piece or two of steel wool at a very rapid pace, making it a little light show or a small fireworks show. People really enjoy watching because they have no...

Types of Wedding Photography

Unless you’re a photographer you may not know all the different types of wedding photography available. So let’s get started. Terms you’ll find in a quick google search are Wedding Photojournalism,Fine Art,Natural,Fashion,Portrait,Illustrative and Traditional. Wedding Photojournalism generally is good method to choose if you’re looking for your wedding to be documented. Many candid photos are taken to tell a story of your day. When you’re looking through your photos it’ll be like watching a movies highlights in slow mo if done properly. Fine art is a type of photography mixed in with other styles to add some beautiful images for your home. Lighting,composition and creative framing or posing is important to a fine art photo. Natural photography is usually only used for outdoor weddings capitalizing on natural light available as some people prefer the look over what a camera’s flash would look like. Fashion photography is used for most weddings but absolutely needs to be mixed with other forms of photography. This type of photography is pretty much as it sounds, a photographer will take photos of your weddings fashion in great detail, which is nice to have when you’re spending an arm and a leg on a dress you’ll hopefully only wear once. Portrait photography basically covers all of your photos when you pose for the camera. The photographer will position and frame the subjects in the proper lighting to make them the center of focus. Portrait photographers are quite popular and usually mix their style with one or more other styles such as traditional. Illustrative photographers love a good background and with the proper skill,composition and lighting,...

So Many Wedding Photographer Horror Stories!

I’m sure by now since being engaged all of the horror stories have just been coming out of everywhere, right? Everyone has input about how they have heard a story about some friend of a friend experiencing such bad luck with one of the vendors at their wedding and now you’re rethinking and second guessing all of your decisions. One of the most common errors a couple makes is hiring the wrong photographer. Most of the time this can be avoided but not all the time. A little research and asking the right questions is certainly very important before hiring the person that’s gonna be stalking you for 10 hours lol. Yes, it is true, every one that buys a camera these days thinks they are a professional photographer and will put together an okay portfolio and charge a bunch of money. So how do you figure out who is a professional and who is just starting out? How do you know what you want? Even if you can figure these things out, which one do you choose? Let me TRY and help all of you nice people out there without writing for 20 pages lol. First thing is first, know your date and location before speaking to a photographer. There are hundreds of photographers that will tell you what you wanna hear to get a quick buck. Write down your questions and concerns and have a real conversation with a person on a phone or in person. This way you can eliminate certain characters that you didn’t want to work with. If someone can’t have an intelligent conversation...

All you need to know about Engagement Photography Sessions

Hello again! I’ve been constantly asked so many questions about engagement photography sessions. Unfortunately, people still have no where to turn but bad information strung together from various friends and websites. I’m very open about things revolving around the wedding industry because I feel some companies out there still want nothing more then to rip people off and make a quick buck. So I’ll do what I can to be as objective as possible and fill you in on why, what, where, when and how these engagement photography sessions are important. After you find the photographer, hopefully me, the first thing you want to ask your photographer are some important questions. These questions are much more important then you think. They help you as a customer understand what your wedding day photos will look like and what it will be like to work with this photographer. There are many things that will happen on the wedding day that you won’t be able to see during an engagement photography session but at least you should have an idea if your photographer is capable of photographing your wedding and if you like them enough to spend the whole day with them. So to get started you have to think to yourself what kind photos do you want done. Engagement photography sessions aren’t supposed to be a boring walk in the park, get your photo taken and go home. It’s supposed to be a time when you get the chance to have professional photos taken doing whatever you can think of doing without having to stop your fun and take a selfie....

So you got engaged…now what?

Well HEY, congratulations on your engagement! Now what are you gonna do? Well, let me help. First, you’re gonna need a date to get married. Some couples choose a date that’s important to them and some couples don’t care about the date at all and think the venue is the most important thing and just take whatever date is available still. Without a date everything else is useless….yes even the dress. It may be years before you get married so make that decision first so everything else can start happening. The wedding industry is a funny thing because of the amount of people getting married each year it allows for the growth of many new businesses to come along. The problem is that YOU as a couple will not know that a business is new until you ask or do your research. Putting luck aside for the purpose of this blog, you’ll want to do some research into companies you’re gonna want to spend your day with. Once you figure out a list of what is important to you on your day, you’ll be able to start looking into companies to hire. Again, putting luck aside you’ll want to give yourself some time before the wedding to get all the vendors available on your day and first to book up is the venue. Always, book your venue first. Once you do that, you’ll have a location and a date to tell the other vendors and it will help in your process. If photography is important to you, it comes next on the list. Just remember one thing, no matter...

POST #1- My First Blog

Hi there people! This is my first blog post EVER! Hopefully I’ll have more then just my mom read it lol. I plan on being myself and a little less formal when writing these so please read them like I’m your best friend and be nice. A little about me, I’ve been doing photography for quite a few years now since I was in grade school when I got my first 35mm camera. I absolutely loved it. I still loved it even when the back kept flipping open and exposing my film, so I taped it shut using electrical tape lol. So ghetto. Over the years I took courses whenever I could until one day digital cameras were the big thing. I got my first digital camera and it was great….except I liked film better. Years later after just shooting whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, I found myself not loving my jobs anymore and wanted to pursue something with a purpose that I loved doing. That’s when I asked my friends if I could shoot their wedding, my first wedding and they said yes. I was terrified. I had no real professional equipment needed to shoot a wedding, which I know now but didn’t know then. It was horrible and I never felt so bad. I knew I could do better but the thing about weddings is that everything happens very fast and you don’t get a mulligan. My friends said that they liked their photos which made me feel a little better but if you really know me, I always feel that I could do better and...