Dumb tricks that get photographers hired.

Dumb tricks that get photographers hired.

I don’t do bridal shows and I try and stay away from some of the practices of other photographers. If you’re going to make it in this business you can’t do the same exact thing every other photographer does. If we all used the same exact equipment, same “style” aka presets.. then we would be pretty hard to distinguish ourselves from the pack. Here’s some trends that I see and some of how I operate.

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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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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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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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What a photographer's day is like.

What a photographer's day is like.

So I thought this may be interesting to some of you out there. Being a photographer is awesome but most of it is the hustle. You have to work your butt off and throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks. On top of that is communicating with anyone who you may come across on social media, phone, e-mail, text message or smoke signals. It's being proactive and taking risks at times and other times playing it safe and doing things by the book and also knowing the difference of when to do which.  A typical day in most full time photographers lives means being flexible and nimble. Here's what a typical day looks like for me, give or take a few details. 

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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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