FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What advice should customers think through before talking to professionals about their session?
"While a lot of people are thinking about their budget, I highly encourage people to get to know their photographer and their photographer's portfolio. If you are relaxed and at ease with your photographer, your session or wedding is going to be much more fun and produce better end results. If your photographer causes you to feel tense, pressures you into doing something you are uncomfortable with, or is disconnected from you as a person, it is going to show in your photos, and you aren't going to have good memories attached to the images."
Can I give you a list of photos off of Pinterest that I want to recreate?
"While I encourage using the internet to collect general ideas, get inspired, and figure out how you might want to coordinate outfits.... printing off a list of photos to copy is frowned upon. Why?
1. "You should hire your photographer because you like THEIR work, and you trust them to do what they are good at. Your photographer has spent years crafting their skills. Trust your photographer."
2. "Trying to recreate a photo can be difficult on so many levels, and can eat up all the time that you've booked with your photographer, while causing stress and tension."
3. "Most photographers want to tell YOUR story, they want to connect with you organically, they want to capture you. Copying someone else's pose, is like trying to fit you into a mold. It isn't you, and it can never be exact, so then chances of you being happy with the results are limited."
4. "If this is for a wedding, the only list that I need is a list of family names IN the groupings that you want taken (see below for more info). I need to know if there are any surprises, and gifts to be exchanged, any special sentimental things that I wouldn't otherwise know about. I don't need a shot list, just anything special about your day that I need to know about."
I need to lose x amount of pounds before I get photos taken...
"Today IS the day, let's have fun, let's create art, let's make memories together! You are you, no matter what size, shape, color or if you need a pedicure or your roots dyed. We can always find an excuse as to why we don't feel good enough to have our picture taken. But yesterday is already past, and tomorrow is not promised.... so let's celebrate and remember who you are today."
What do we wear?
"Wear clothes that fit nicely, that you can move around in. I prefer solids and simple patterns as well as textures and layers. T-shirts, especially with logos are not my favorite. I'd like your photos to be timeless, and for you to look back for years to come and associate your photos with a fun memory and not be jolted with, "Why was I wearing that? I don't even like that band/sports team/fashion statement anymore." When dressing an entire family, your color doesn't need to match exactly, but it is nice to same in the same hue of colors. Pick a favorite color and then accent with a complimentary color. You can bring in jewelry, belts, accessories etc that bring that pop of color into your photo. The fun thing about layers, is that you can take things off or add things and create completely different looks without having to change your clothes. If you want to bring different outfits, go ahead! Just keep in mind the time it takes to change, and how long you've booked your photographer. If you keep them past the time they've scheduled for you, there may be extra charges."
Can you make me x pounds lighter? Can't you just Photoshop that out?
"The simple answer is yes. The complicated answer is; Are you willing to pay for that, and are you willing to pay for that times however many photos are taken? Thankfully, a professional photographer will know how to capture you at a good angle and use their equipment, surroundings, and lightings to capture the best photos of you. When editing, I want to do the least amount of post processing possible. This means more realism, and a better turn around time. So, take your wallet out of your pocket, don't spill soda on your shirt, don't put your sunglasses or drink right behind you or next to you in the photo. Take a few extra seconds to get the shot right, and save tons of time for the photographer in the back end."
So, how do I write this list of names for my family portraits at my wedding?
"Family photos after the ceremony will take up the most time on your wedding day. Professional wedding photographers use this method of having you create a list before hand so that things go faster and smoother. I am not sure who goes with whom, and who wants a photo with who, who is married, who is divorced, who is remarried etc. So, I suggest you write down their names, and not just "mom" because there are tons of moms in each grouping. This way, either myself or my assistant can call out each name and have them come into the photo, take the photo, and then call out the names for the next photo. It speeds the process up, and alleviates confusion and/or arguments for myself and for the family as to who goes next. I can simply cross of groups as I go, and let the family know that we are following this pre-made list, so other groupings can be taken at the reception if time allows. I suggest you start with the largest group first, so that you can release people to cocktail hour. I also suggest getting photos with grandparents and tiny children next so that they may be released soonest."
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