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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It's not a Trump hat!

It's not a Trump hat!

So if you haven't seen my Facebook yet then you don't know the yuuuge news. I have a new hat, a red hat, like i've always worn, except.. it has white lettering. Make Mike great again, he's always been great. So the problem with the new hat is Donald Trump also wears a red hat. I guess the big difference will be my ability to write and speak full sentences without using small words and big small hand movements. Okay, enough writing, go and read. 

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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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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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We're not going to get everything.

We're not going to get everything.

You're going to have your dream wedding, you've even selected what your wedding photos will look like via Pinterest, various wedding blogs and Google image searches. So you can have all of this but you may have to spend some time doing during your wedding. If you're getting married you'll want to read this. I'm writing this through my own personal experience. My number one goal is to make a bride and groom happy and also being very truthful with what I can offer.

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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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Europe - Barcelona for the day.

Europe - Barcelona for the day.

A full day in Barcelona with everyone's favorite wedding photographer Mike Hendrickson. 

Spent most of the day shooting street photography and the sites. I'm exhausted but want to make sure I get this post and photos out before I leave tomorrow morning for Paris.

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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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Europe, me, camera, car

Europe, me, camera, car

Mike, camera, car, Europe, 2 weeks. What could go wrong.

Traveling alone everywhere I can via car in Europe. Exploring and taking photos. I'll be documenting as much as I can via Iphone, Canon 5d and regular uploads to my blog. 12 countries in under 2 weeks sounds pretty damn awesome to me for a vacation. 

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How to own that Maid of Honor speech.

How to own that Maid of Honor speech.

The Maid of Honor has a very important role, to pour out all the nice things they could ever say in a 3-4 minute speech as well as tease the bride a bit. This is a companion blog to my Best Man Speech blog that i've posted previously. I hope you read and enjoy this. These are just a few pointers from the dozen or so weddings that I attend a year. 

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