Bride, groom, photographer and.... i'll come help!!!!!

Bride, groom, photographer and.... i'll come help!!!!!

When you see a photographer, bride and groom head off away from the wedding reception or somewhere during the day you should totally follow and help them out by asking them questions and offering suggestions and also giving constructive criticism during this and maybe giving social media updates. Kidding, don't do this!

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Who steers the ship

Who steers the ship

You've hired a wedding photographer but on your wedding day you decide to direct them instead of enjoying the day, that's fine. But... how many weddings have you shot and do you have a method to get all the formals done in twenty minutes? 

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The flying photographer

The flying photographer

I certainly don't mix my lenses with my socks when I travel. Here's how I travel as a wedding photographer. I'm also endorsing ThinkTANK because they really rock when it comes to photography gear. 

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Why would you hire me?

Why would you hire me?

I've put together some ramblings of why you would want to choose me as your wedding photographer.  When you choose a wedding photographer you are choosing someone who you will most likely spend the day with. I'm fun and sometimes I bring donuts. 

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I made the bride's daughter cry

I made the bride's daughter cry

Soooo before you get mad at me, I didn't do anything wrong. While taking photos a waitress yelled at me and afterwards the bride's daughter (9 years old) was absolutely certain this waitress would kick everyone out and cancel the wedding. Here's the story.  

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Wedding workflow

Wedding workflow

So this post is geared towards photographers out there, specifically wedding photographers. This is my workflow. It's simple and it works. I basically import, sort and process. This is a little bit technical and you'll appreciate it this only if you know Lightroom or are planning on getting Lightroom. 

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Marketing

Marketing

So every once and awhile i'll ramble on to people about how I market. I really don't mind giving away my secrets if that's what you can call it. If i'm giving away my secrets and someone copies me then that only means I have to get better which I always welcome. Anyways here's some of my marketing plans that I usually work with. 

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Procrastinating is when I do my best work.

Procrastinating is when I do my best work.

I get a lot done when I procrastinate it just may not be the work that I was working on at the moment. As a kid with ADD I was always told to sit down and focus. As an adult I am pacing around my apartment but finding many different outlets to conquer. We're always moving forward even if it isn't on the specific tasks that you've started.

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Business cards and why mine is the best.

Business cards and why mine is the best.

So I posted the design of my new business card and everyone had great feedback on it. I wanted to write about my design choices a bit more and explain myself and not have it get lost within the thread. So here's some of my marketing choices and design choices wrapped up together. This blog has cost me two Venti Cafe Mochas from Starbucks btw.

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Hoodie and winter cap.

Hoodie and winter cap.

Meetings should be casual. Imagine if you went into a bank to discuss a mortgage which is a very serious matter. If the person across from you was wearing similar clothes to you and was able to sit there and walk you through the process of a mortgage wouldn't you feel a bit more confident and relaxed? That's what I think at least. When I meet a bride and groom I want them to be relaxed and honest with me so that I can give them the best price possible and also get to know them a little bit quicker because I'm going to be spending an entire day with them later in the year. 

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Filters are for the lazy.

Filters are for the lazy.

Going to be pretty straightforward in saying that filters can ruin weddings. Look in your phone at the photos from a year for two ago at the filters you were using on your photos, some are pretty cringe-worthy. Some photographers use filters as a crutch or use it because they're lazy. Photographers who de-contrast and play with highlights / adding a yellow filter over a photo are a dime a dozen.  The goal should be correct color reproduction and using your skill as a photographer to produce compelling images through composition, knowledge and also being in the right place at the right time.   

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Want to become a better photographer? Shoot weddings!

Want to become a better photographer? Shoot weddings!

Want to become a better photographer, shoot weddings. 

This is a marathon, a crucible of photography. Locations, settings, light, people, equipment, you are the one making all these mini decisions and changing the outcome of your photos. The more you shoot these, the better you'll get.  Sure it can be stressful, but once that's gone it's nothing but fun.

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Food photography

Food photography

So i'm a wedding photographer but I love food. So combining that into food photography is pretty damn easy. Here's a few things i've learned while doing food photography. BTW most times i'm shooting photos of food i'm using my iPhone. 

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The unseen unheard photographer

The unseen unheard photographer

Are you that photographer who only uses natural light, shoots on P and won't talk to his bride and groom or interact with them at the wedding.  You are paid to be awesome, you spend the day with the bride and groom and you're tasked with giving them an awesome experience. 

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LB Wheaton, Sigma 150-500

LB Wheaton, Sigma 150-500

So if you're thinking about buying a lens or want to check out some cool equipment then head down to LB Wheaton. I stopped in and had no idea that I would be walking out with a super telephoto lens. Being able to hold it in my hands and experience it was enough to put me over the edge. Great experience at LB Wheaton.

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