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Covid-19

Well I guess I too should write something about what is going on with the world right now. The world is basically on lock down and quarantine due to a virus called Covid-19. As a business owner that relies mostly on large functions it is definitely having an effect on day to day business. Many couples are going through a terrible time of having to postpone their dream day after sometimes a very long and large amount of planning and having the unfortunate time of hearing that their vendor is already booked for their second wedding date. Now everybody is scrambling trying to figure out what to do and figuring out how to navigate such a hard time. Of course there is the terrible news of many people that have died due to this virus and I think there will be a lot more bad news to come. With the world shutting down who knows what will happen to our market. I can only assume our markets crashing soon when people start taking this virus seriously and stop spending their money in time of a crisis. Currently, I am trying to put together a new marketing strategy so that my business doesn’t fail but at the same time I can’t morally try to take advantage of such a terrible situation like some other businesses have already begun doing. So on the flip side I have put in place a guarantee to help all couples in the future so that they aren’t so afraid of losing their money if next year this problem happens again. I have also put together...

Wedding Photography Prices

Wedding photography prices have definitely changed over the years but then again so has our living costs. In this post I will try and cover what photographers charge to photograph a wedding locally and for a destination wedding just add travel costs. Let’s start with the fact that many people seem to forget that wedding photographers are people too and just trying to make a living doing what they love. If you have met a photographer willing to photograph all the weddings they receive for free and that is really good, let them do it cause they’re already rich enough they don’t need to worry about bills like the rest of us, congrats you hit the jackpot lol. If not, then let’s talk about why us photographers charge what we charge. When I first started out back in 2011 I was working this sales job that I didn’t really love. I would sit and do my job all while thinking about my true purpose in life. I wanted to do something I loved to do that could make a difference, no matter how small. After I saw how unhappy my brother was with their experience they had with their wedding photographer I thought,that’s it, I can do that! I would take my skills and passion and mix it with business know how and really make a difference. I thought I would be making a living in no time,during an economy when people didn’t like to part ways with their hard earned money. I thought that’s ok, I can go out and buy new professional digital equipment,offer cheap pricing and...

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...