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Succeed with Sincerity

Are you really able to get to know your clients as photographers? Paul Japonica once stated, “It’s easy to take a picture of a person’s face; it’s quite another to create a portrait about who they are.” This is the challenge. How do we get to know our clients in order to capture images that are true to their personalities that they will cherish for the rest of their lives? This article will give you an organic way to get to know your clients. It also includes a list of questions for wedding photographers.

These are some questions that you might ask to learn more about your clients in your meetings. These questions might be asked during your initial meeting, or at another point in the planning process.

  • Please tell me about how you met.
  • Please tell me about the person who asked you out.
  • Name 3 of your favorite physical characteristics on your partner
  • Name 3 non-physical characteristics you love about your partner
  • Please tell me about how you proposed to me
  • What is your ideal date night?
  • Please describe your favorite activity that you do with your partner
  • What would make your partner smile?
  • What’s your favorite thing your partner does to show that they care?
  • Please share your most memorable moment with your partner

These questions will help you get to know the couple’s expectations before the big day.

  • What are you most looking forward to at the wedding?
  • (To him) Tell him how she will look at the wedding.
  • (To her) Please describe how he will appear on the wedding day
  • Please tell me about your families
  • Who would you like to help you get up in the morning?
  • Which is your favorite part about your wedding venue?

Prospective clients may reach out to your office and inform you that they are engaged and looking for a wedding photographer. Your knowledge of them is limited. You know very little about them beyond the fact that they are getting married. Remember that each prospective bride-to-be has a story, and they are more than just engaged. You can get to know your clients better by understanding their vision.

Ask them questions about their background. Here is a sample of the background of a potential client:

Him

  • In college, played football
  • I wanted to be a professional, but was injured.
  • I met a lot of girls but was never interested in them.
  • She was at the school gym when I met her.
  • He was the first to laugh at her.
  • He loves her smile
  • He loves her intellect
  • Her eyes are his favorite feature.
  • He thinks she would make an incredible mother.
  • During an adventure trip to Thailand, he proposed.
  • By consulting his best friend, he found the perfect ring.

Her

  • Concentrated on her school and her grades
  • Rarely dated, didn’t have the time
  • To her, most men seemed to be shallow
  • She is a religious runner and loves the outdoors.
  • He is a great motivator and she loves him.
  • He makes her a better person
  • He makes her laugh, and keeps her light-heated.
  • She is a big fan of his athleticism, and adventurous spirit.
  • His smile and his hands are her favorite features.
  • It was something she didn’t expect.
  • It was beautiful, exactly what she desired.

They were together for five years but just got engaged.

They are so much more than simply engaged. A photographer might take many close-up photos of their smiling faces and laughter when translating that information into a photo shoot. Your photography will be more personal and memorable if you get to know your clients.

Bonus 1 – The WAVE exercise

We recommend asking sincere questions and also following the W.A.V.E. We outline the W.A.V.E. (Wall Art Vision exercise) process in our Premium S3 Workshop. You can find a free training course on this process. This process involves asking a series questions to uncover the client’s true needs and desires for their wedding day. For more information, make sure you sign up for the training.

Bonus: 10 Questions about Wedding Photography for Clients by Hanssie

Here are the top 10 questions from the questionnaire to help you create your own. Communication is key to making everything run smoothly. The more you can communicate with your clients the better you will be able to serve them. These are ten things that you need to know before you shoot any wedding.

1. Family Details & Dynamics

It’s likely that your clients will have step-parents and step-siblings. This will also mean estranged family members. I ask my clients to fill out a questionnaire that includes a page listing their immediate family members. I also ask them questions about family issues, such as whether they would prefer not have portraits taken together. Instead of making assumptions about everyone getting along and being one happy family, I prefer to be able to walk in and see what is happening.

This is also how I make my wedding photography timeline. It lists specific names and places for each person.

2. Names of everyone at the Wedding Party

As I get older, my memory has deteriorated. I have lost the ability to recall names in particular. When I meet people I don’t know their names. However, if I have a list that includes all of the wedding party members, it can help me remember. At the very least, I will remember the names of the Best Men and Maids of Honor, and the names of as many bridesmaids or groomsmen as possible. Plus, I will have already seen some names, which should help me remember them.

3. Phone numbers of day-of-contact people

Who are your main contacts on the day of the ceremony, besides the wedding planner (if they have one)? It’s usually the Maid Of Honor, Best Man, or the mother of the bride. The groom and bride may not have their phones with them all day. In these cases, it may be necessary to call someone else than the planner. These numbers are important as you never know when you will need them.

4. A list of all the vendors

I request a list from the florist, DJ, and person who designed the invitations on the last page. I will send an email to the people I will be working with and include the timeline for wedding photography. It is always nice to work alongside friendly vendors. I find that a brief introduction makes it easier to build a good working relationship for the wedding day.

This allows me to easily send photos after the wedding, and I have a list that I can refer back to in the future.

 

5. Photography Expectations

Bridegroom asked 50 wedding couples to tell them what they would have liked their photographers to do better. In addition to communication, many brides stated that they wish their photographers had taken more specific photos of this or that or of that group of people, or of those floral arrangements. Some said that they wish the photographer had taken more photos of the reception, more romantics, more family shots, etc.

We photographers are not mind-readers, nor are you clients. Talk to them! Ask them what they want. Pye stated that all his clients create mood boards in his studio. A mood board is an excellent way to help your client visualize the MOOD they want. It’s not usually a shot list, but your client is showing you some of their favorite things. They don’t expect you to recreate every single photo, but most of them won’t.

Don’t be afraid to ask your client for a shot list. You should read it carefully and do your best to please the client. My questionnaire asks my clients to give me a few words about themselves. I also ask them to list the feelings they desire for their wedding. I thank my clients for sending me a shot list and promise to try my best in getting as many images as possible within the given time frame. Then, I try to match my style with theirs as best I can.

Talk to your client about their expectations and the images they would like.

 

6. Their Story

Every couple has their love story. I’ve never met a couple that didn’t want me to tell how they met, fell in love, and how he proposed. It is a way to connect with them and for them to be more than clients. Get to know them, their personalities, and how they live. Maybe they’ll remember you when they get married.

You can personalize your blog post by knowing the couple’s story. This makes the feature more engaging for blog visitors as well as meaningful to the couple.

7. List of people to be photographed

The best friend’s sister; her best friend’s grandmother; college roommates who put them up on blind dates…these are people you should be aware of, but they are not obvious to your eyes.

The bride might forget to take a photo with her sorority sisters during the wedding day’s hustle and bustle. I ask them to fill out a questionnaire asking for their list of VIPs. Once I have the list, I put it on my timeline and keep it with me for the day. I have been known to find the bride at the end of the night, and remind her that she would like a photo with her third cousin’s family. She was so happy that I remembered to take a photo of her and her third cousin’s family.

8. Restrictions on Venue

Every venue is unique and may have different restrictions. Some places restrict how close you can get to the stage, others allow flash photography. The person responsible for the venue will usually inform you when you arrive at the venue, but I prefer to be informed beforehand.

9. Food

which a wedding planner suggested that grooms and brides could save money by not having to feed their photographer. No matter which side you are on, it is important to communicate your expectations with your clients about food.

If the wedding lasts more than a few hours, I offer my clients the choice of either feeding them or giving us a break so we can eat together.

10. Other Expectations

Ask your clients what they have to say. Let it be open-ended and open to their wishes and expectations. Happy clients are made possible by open communication and plenty of time before the wedding.

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Wedding Photography Guide

This is the second installment of our Wedding Photography Guide. It’s a series of articles that teaches you the basics of wedding photography. We covered the first look of the bride and groom in our . This included everything from planning the location, coordinating with the team, and taking pictures as the action unfolds. We present this week our official Couples Session Guide. It explains how to lighten, pose and guide clients to create beautiful couples portraits for their wedding day.

Why We Are Here

A quick Google search for “wedding photography”, will show you which images are most valued by people. Couple portraits are a vital part of the wedding story. They can be taken in a variety of settings, including close-up candids or epic shots.

It’s not a coincidence that couples spend three hours or more on their wedding day to have couples sessions. These sessions typically consist of two to three sessions scheduled throughout each hour of the day from the first look through to the golden hour and into the evening.

Timeline problems

Despite their best intentions, time can sometimes run out. You should identify any time issues during the pre-wedding chat-through. However, it is important to be prepared for unexpected problems on the day. It is also helpful to plan how you can capture the couple as best you can.

This article will provide seven tips for capturing flattering portraits of your couples that capture genuine emotion.

How to master the Couples Session

  1. Scouts Locations Before Time
  2. Lighten up according to your taste
  3. Use Foundation Posing Framework
  4. Use the Veil
  5. Select the right lens for your couple’s portrait
  6. Be a Director and Not a Photographer
  7. Every Second You Get
  8. Utilize Creative Techniques

Let’s get started!

1. Scouting Locations Before Time

 

Although this phrase is often repeated, it’s important to remember: Scout locations in advance whenever possible! It doesn’t matter if you have shot before at the location, but there is a possibility that it’s under construction. It is best to plan ahead to find the ideal locations before the event.

Selecting a location

We recommend that you choose a location that allows you and your team to photograph from multiple angles when choosing a location. Second shooters may use the time for couples sessions to photograph the reception details and cocktail hour. However, they have limited time to capture creative angles of the couples’ session.

Apps that are helpful

Apps like Sun Surveyor, which work with the Live View feature of most phones, will let you determine the sun’s location at any time. This will help you make informed decisions about the best locations based on available light.

These are some examples of good and bad outdoor and indoor scenes for couples sessions:

Ideal Outdoor Couples Portraits Scene – 

 

A beautiful sunset on a beachfront is hard to beat. But if you don’t have this backdrop, these are some options for outdoor scenes:

  • Lighted spaces that are evenly shaded
  • Back lit spaces with natural reflectors, such as bright walls, can be used to fill in the couple’s space.
  • Clean and/or scenic areas

Bad Outdoor Couples Portraits Scene – Distracting Backgrounds

 

Sometimes, your location may not offer enough options to create a backdrop that is suitable for couples portraits. A solid knowledge of angles, exposure, aperture, composition and composition is key to outdoor photography. To learn how to create elegant couple portraits in an outdoor setting that isn’t ideal. These steps can be taken if you are faced with shooting in poor conditions outdoors.

  • You need to find the best light possible – Even in dark scenes, there will likely be a shaded area in which to position the couple.
  • Use a longer focal length. This will limit the amount of environment that is visible.
  • Wide apertures (f/1.2-f/2.8) are recommended. This will allow you to draw less attention to your surroundings while keeping the focus on the couple.
  • Maximize dynamic range. Despite the brightness and depth of the scene, retain as much detail as you can.

Indoor Couples Portraits Scene with Large Natural Light

 

Although the meaning of ideal can vary depending on what style of photography you choose, you will be able to find at least some of these elements indoors.

  • Look for natural light
  • For compositional elements, use hallways/stairways
  • Natural reflectors such as white walls can help to fill in light
  • Clean backgrounds are desirable

Bad Indoor Couples Session Scene – Powerful Ambient Light Source

 

While some indoor scenes are not ideal, there are still options. These are some ways to deal with indoor environments that are less than ideal.

  • Use reflectors and flash to overpower the ambient light
  • Limit how much of the environment you reveal
  • Wide apertures (f/1.2 – f/2.8), to blur the background
  • Exposed for skin/shadows: Darken your exposure to show less

2. Make Light according to Your Taste

Don’t let the lighting conditions dictate the style or look of your couple’s portraits. Understanding your couple’s vision will help you choose the right lighting style. There are many ways to light and photograph a scene but these are the most common methods for lighting couples portraits.

Bright & Airy Couples Portraits

 

Even though lighting trends change, the classic bright and airy look is still a popular choice for couples portraits, especially during golden hours. While some photographers prefer this style, others may use lighting to enhance the effect. These are the steps to follow when shooting in this style:

  • Camera white balance
  • Keep shadows out
  • Wide apertures are preferred (1.2 to 2.8)

Dramatic Off Camera Flash

Off-camera flash images that are dramatically lit capture stunning details in a unique manner. They often record a wider range of colors than bright, airy images. When taken in large areas, these images can take on an “epic”, dramatic feel. They also show more of the surrounding environment. These are the steps to follow when you want to shoot OCF images that are dramatically lit.

  • To taste, cool white balance
  • Set ambient exposure
  • Flash with CTO
  • Bride should be in the direction of the flash (camera is right in above image).
  • Flash power can be adjusted
  • If desired, add additional flash to the back light

Silhouettes for Couples Portraits

 

Silhouettes are one of those rare cases in which the details we don’t see are equally or more fascinating than the visible ones.

These are the steps to follow when you shoot silhouettes for couples portraits

  • To taste, cool white balance
  • Set ambient exposure
  • Add flash for back light if desired
  • Make a separation between the couple, and make the bride and the groom stand apart to show their bodies

3. The Foundation Posing Framework is a great tool for couples portraits

 

We found that 97% of all poses were based on five fundamental positions of the feet. Micro adjustments can be made to create different looks and levels of intimacy by using these foundation poses. The following video will give you a brief overview of the foundation posing framework.

The greatest benefit of using the foundation pose system with your couple is the ease with which you can communicate with them to cycle through poses and get into poses. You can quickly position the bride and groom by covering the foundation poses before your session. This will enable you to capture more photos in a shorter time and, hopefully, produce more couples portraits. It should take no more than five minutes to complete the run-through, so it is well worth the time.

Goals for Men and Women

 

It is important to be able to recognize the differences in posing for couples. This understanding will help you guide the bride and groom whether you are photographing individuals, families, or wedding portraits.

Couples Portraits

 

The simple placement of your feet and the position of your arms and hands can make a huge difference in how an image looks. Before deciding on the pose, consider the purpose and mood of the image and match it accordingly. If the expressions of the couple are not in sync, it will look off. For example, if the bride is smiling and the groom is serious, it can cause the image to feel off.

Nuances in Body Language

 

To sell an image, body language is essential. Eye direction and staggered hand placement are important. Uncontrolled nuances, such as mirror posing, could cause the image to be unsaleable.

4. Use the Veil

Nearly 70% brides choose to wear veils on the day of their wedding. We recommend that you learn to use your veil when it is available. The veil is the bride’s. However, it can be used as a tool to create images that are impossible or impossible to get without the veil.

Couples Portraits Within the Veil

 

Live view is a great way to see what your camera is doing. Live view allows you to see the effects of lighting and flares from the veil when setting up shots. Live view isn’t necessary but it’s a useful tool.

Veil Drops & Tosses

 

Photographing veil drops in couples portraits requires that you consider many compositional factors, including the shape and position of the veil as well as the position of your assistant.

Tips for compositing and veil drops

  • Place the veil on the left side of the frame or in the middle
  • For the assistant, open veil (one hand high/one handed low)
  • Countdown to the end of the assistant
  • Fire multiple images (pick best shape)
  • If the shape is not good, repeat.
  • Composite is an option if the frame’s width is too large (tripod ideal).

Wrapping the Veil

 

While veil wraps can add interest to an image and direct focus, it is important to give yourself enough time to compose the shot. Photographers make the most common mistake when photographing veil wraps. They rush through sessions and don’t pay enough attention to details such as the shape, leading lines and concealment of the couple.

5. Select the right lens for your couple’s portraits

Your choice of lens to photograph couples portraits will depend on the look and style you want to capture.

Some lenses, like wider angle lenses with 24-mm or 35mm focal lengths, lend themselves better to environmental or journalistic images, while others can be used more effectively to capture traditional portraits such as an 85mm focal-length lens.

6. Do not be a photographer, but a director

 

Once you have mastered your technical skills and posed elements, it is time to communicate with and direct clients. This will allow them to create natural, beautiful couples portraits regardless of any time constraints. You will be able to communicate with your couple better and get to know them better.

7. Take advantage of every second you have for couples portraits

 

There are many opportunities to capture additional images during the time between wedding events. You can use the time it takes for the couple to walk from one place to the next to give them simple cues so they will respond in candid ways to capture a series of walking shots that fit into the story. The couple was just instructed to look at each other while they walked from one location to another. This shows that couples portraits don’t always need to be set up and executed in a timely manner.

8. Utilize Creative Techniques for Couples Portraits

You can elevate your couple portraits by using unique and creative techniques such as the Brenizer method. You will be inspired to learn new techniques or improve on the ones you already have. This will help you inspire your clients and keep them satisfied. Some portraits are best done in close-up, candid interactions. However, it is possible to inject some creativity into the session. These creative photography techniques and ideas will inspire you.

Conclusion

We are wedding photographers and we have the responsibility of capturing the most significant day in the lives of the bride-groom. Couples portraits are one of the most sought-after images on this special day. Couples portraits are often difficult due to their importance and time constraints. However, if you’re prepared and ready to take on the challenge, they can be rewarding both literally and metaphorically.

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Shower Photography Tips with Off Camera Flash

It can be difficult to capture photos of the subject in the shower, or tasteful portraits. Not only is there limited space and poor light, but also the subject’s discomfort with showing too much skin. There are creative ways to hide parts of your body you don’t want. We’ll show you some tips and tricks to help you with shower photography in this article and video tutorial. Although the subject is a groom at his wedding, these ideas can be applied to any creative shower photography. We promise to keep it clean, as usual.

Check out the following tips for shower photography

Let’s see if that title isn’t enough to grab our attention. Our job description includes taking photos of events and being present in them. This requires us to be constantly looking for moments that can narrate the day’s events while keeping a journalistic candid nature.

The voyeur, in this instance, you the photographer, does not usually interact with the subject of your/her interest directly, and is often unaware that he/she is being observed. We simply asked our subject to do something (shower, shaving, etc.) for a scene such as this. We simply gave our subject a scene (showering, shaving, etc.) and let him do the rest as he would normally. This is what we call “assisted photography journalism”, where we act as the director and capture the moments as they happen.

Shower photography gear

  • Gorilla Pod
  • Mag Grid, Orange CTO gel
  • Tether Tool RapidMount SX
  • Phottix Mitros+ TTL Flash
  • Gaffer Tape (Black).

Update – Another great tool is the Frio Cold Shoe Mount.

The Shower Photography Scene

 

First, we assessed the scene and light available in the SLS Hotel’s bathroom. We can replicate the overhead spotlights in the shower area with an OCF. But how do we direct our flash to the right spot?

There are two options for mounting your flash to a surface.

  • Gaffer Tape is not very visually appealing, but it does a great work in protecting your flash. It is also great to have around the house at all times.
  • Tether Tool: The Rapid Mount SLX uses an adhesive strip and a bungee cable to attach your flash to a flat surface.

After mounting your flash, adjust your settings to reach a flash sync speed (shutter speeds at 1/200th of an second or less). This particular image was taken with a Canon 5D Mark III using a Sigma 24-mm f/1.4 lens at 1/200th of an second, ISO 100, and a Canon 5D Mark III .

The first step in getting the flash to work is to position it correctly. Next, you will need to determine if you require a gel to match your existing light, a grid to pinpoint the light and prevent light spillage, and what power setting you should use to get the best light for your subject.

The Shaving Scene (Similar Lighting).

 

These scenes were shot at a flash power of 1/32nd to 1/64th. Keep in mind that flashes are used to illuminate the subject because our exposure is darker. To clearly show the subject in mirror reflection, we placed the flash on the shadowed face.

Conclusion

Journalistic photography is based on candid imagery and capturing moments as they occur. This is what we strive to do as wedding photographers. Being a photographer is to be an observer and to look for moments that tell the story of the day.

An off-camera flash can be used to lighten a subject in dark scenes or fill in any shadows. Although this is not a popular image, it can make you stand out from the rest.

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A List of Wedding Photographers

One of the most difficult parts of a wedding day is photographing the ceremony. The photographer is unable to control the lighting, expressions and overall setting of the ceremony. Preparing for the wedding ceremony is crucial. The following eight tasks were voted the most important by over 200 wedding photographers. This wedding photography checklist is a must-have for any wedding.

According to 200 photographers, Wedding Photography Must-Do List

One of the most difficult parts of a wedding day is photographing the ceremony. The photographer is unable to control the lighting, expressions and overall setting of the ceremony. Preparing for the wedding ceremony is crucial. The following eight tasks were voted the most important by over 200 wedding photographers. This wedding photography checklist is a must-have for any wedding.

1. Sync your cameras/beginning and end of the day (26%)

 

It saves time and ensures that the catalog is chronologically arranged according to the order in which the moment was captured. Time. Gov can be used to sync your cameras down to one second. Do not forget to sync your cameras before you begin shooting. Instead, sync after.

2. Communicate team positions (16%)

 

Ensure that each member of the team knows where they stand during the ceremony. Two shooters shouldn’t be in the same area at the same moment unless one is taking wide shots and the other is taking a narrower crop. This is often necessary for the first kiss. Spread out with one photographer on each side and one down the aisle.

3. New battery + spare in your pocket (15%)

 

There are some ceremonies that run longer than others. It’s best to be prepared and have extra batteries in case of an emergency.

4. You should have enough memory and spare money (10%)

 

It’s a smart idea to have an extra card in case your memory card is damaged or loses its capacity. This will ensure that you don’t miss a thing.

5. Accessory/lens at the ready (10%)

 

Do not rush to find your lens when you need it. Keep your essential lenses in a convenient bag or pouch. Our full list of ” The Top Camera Accessories for Photographers on the Go” contains more information about recommended accessories.

6. Exposure + White balance synced (5%)

 

For consistency in post, all shooters must communicate their exposure and white-balance settings. Remember to account for light transmission when syncing exposure and white balance settings. For example, a 24-70mm zoom lens will let less light in (between 1/2-stop and 1 full stop of lighting) when it is zoomed to 70mm instead of 24mm. Zooming in and out can have an impact on your exposure.

Checking your histogram is the best way to ensure consistent exposure. Make sure to retain your highlights and shadows. It is important to remember that time is money and it can be a waste of time to adjust each setting individually in post.

7. Cinema (5%): Communicate movement through cinema

 

Communication with cinematographers, regardless of whether they are part of your team, can reduce the chances of you blocking each other’s shots.

8. Discuss the moment of your first kiss with an officiant (3%)

 

Ask the officiant to tell you what he will say before the groom announces that he may kiss his bride. This will allow you to get in position to capture the first kiss. Ask the officiant what he or she will say around one minute before the first kiss to make sure you have enough time. It is also a good idea to ask the officiant if he or she will step aside from the couple to avoid being included in the first kiss images.

Bonus Tip | Know your sun direction

 

Bonus tip: Know where the sun will rise for your ceremony. This will help you plan angles that maximize lighting. An app such as Sun Seeker can be used to track the sun’s position throughout the day.

Conclusion

You can find more information about wedding ceremonies in our article ” How to Master the Ceremony”. For an A-Z video course, visit Photographing the Ceremony as part of the Wedding Photography Training System. Photographing the Ceremony was created to help wedding day teams of any size master the art of wedding ceremony coverage using non-invasive photography techniques. The course objectives include not missing a moment, understanding wedding cultures, telling complete tales, and managing a wedding team.

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