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1. Is the Photographer Really a Professional?
With digital cameras becoming so popular, just about everyone owns one. Some individuals feel they are qualified to take wedding shoots and charge a fee, which technically means, “professional.” Wedding photography is like many other professional services where you have people working at all levels of expertise and experience. Here are some things you should consider in your search for a wedding photographer:
Does the photographer have his/her own web site or are the samples loaded on a third-party web site? Does he/she have an email address that depicts the photography business or is it “John Doe” @ yahoo.com? This may seem trivial, but it demonstrates how serious the photographer feels about his/her business.
Know the difference between an aspiring photographer and a professional photographer.
What professional photography associations does he/she belong.
Does he/she carry business or malpractice insurance? What is your legal recourse if they don’t?
What formal education and training has the photographer taken? How much experience?
Does the photographer have real honest photograph samples of his/her own work? Or are they borrowed from someone else. Can they provide references?
Does the photographer have a back-up plan in case of equipment failure? What is the professional level of equipment? Is he or she using a consumer camera, or a professional camera? What about illness or family emergencies? Do they have a substitute ready?
2. Understanding the Costs of Engaging a Professional Wedding Photographer
Before asking yourself how much you should spend on a wedding photographer, ask yourself the importance of one! This may seem silly to ask, but the average wedding today cost upwards of $15,000 to $25,000 or more. For a ONE DAY EVENT! Doesn’t it make sense to make the investment in preserving those memories forever? Who are you going to trust to do that? We have had many newlyweds tell us that they were so caught up in their special day, they don’t remember half of it, it’s a blur. Ok, point made.
A professional photographer’s work doesn’t end at the conclusion of your reception. After a full day of shooting, the work is just getting started. There is a lot of back end work that must be accomplished, from reviewing the photos, making selections, correcting or enhancing, to providing the final product for your review. On average, it takes three hours of back end work for every hour of shooting the event. If there are two photographers, the work is doubled. For a typical wedding day shoot of 8 hours, (including pre-ceremony, ceremony, formals and group shots, and the reception), a total of 30-40 hours will be invested in your wedding photography. So if you receive a quote for only a few hundred dollars, you have just found out what that photographer feels his/her time is worth, the value of their shoot, and the level of their expertise. This brings us to the next topic below.
3. I found a photographer that offered to shoot my wedding for $500.00
Go back and reread points 1 and 2 above.
If a photographer is willing to be commissioned for only a few hundred dollars, you may not be getting the quality of photos you had hoped for. A photographer that operates at this level is often either a beginner with very little experience trying to build their portfolio or a casual part-timer. Most professional photographers have invested thousands of dollars in their equipment, hundreds of hours in perfecting their knowledge and the artistic style they deliver. On top of that, if they offer to hand over their images, they don’t understand the true value of professional photography, which brings us to the next point below.
4. Some photographers offer to give me the originals on a disc.
Now go back and re-read points 1, 2, and 3 above.
A musician is an artist. They write music, play it, record it, and sell you the finished product of their work on a CD. Who owns the CD? You do of course. Who owns the music? The musician does.
The same is true of a professional photographer. You own the wedding photographs, the prints you contracted for, the albums, the discs. You have paid for them. But a professional photographer retains the rights to their artistic vision, what they saw in the lens of the camera, their style of shooting, the way they place or arrange you for the shoot. A photographer makes a living by selling his artistic vision of your wedding day. As pointed out earlier, that artistic vision has a price. Several thousand dollars in equipment, thousands of hours in training, seminars, etc. Plus the expense of insurance. Additionally, a professional photographer will be concerned on how their “vision” is represented or reproduced. Will he/she employ the services of a professional wedding lab to provide your prints, or will he/she run down to the nearest drug store. With all of this said, why would the photographer be willing to give you the originals for nothing?
This should tell you one of two things right away: First, he places no value on the quality of his work and how it is represented to other potential customers; and secondly, he needs the business so bad he is willing to give it way. “Buyer beware!”
5. Do not begin your search by asking the photographer’s price.
Let’s be honest. Would you call up any home builder and ask him what his price is for a home? Would you call a jeweler and ask him how much for a wedding ring? They will all tell you that it all depends upon what you are looking for. How many square feet do you want in your new home, or what size and type of gem do you want in the ring.
The same is true for your quest of a wedding photographer. Decide first the end product you want. Do you want prints, an album, a coffee table book, a large portrait, or maybe a DVD? When you meet a photographer, look at all the products they have to offer, decide what you want, and tell them how many hours you will need them at your special event. Only then, can a professional photographer quote you a price.
A more fair question to ask a professional wedding photographer: “What is your minimum engagement rate?” Many photographers won’t leave their studios for less than $5,000, while others may start at $1,500. Knowing this helps to save both the photographer’s and your time. If you find the photographer’s starting price is too high for your budget, perhaps he/she can make a recommendation within your budget.
This was a regular High School Senior photo shoot with Kelly from Peak to Peak High school. This was a two hour session with two different locations. The first one in Louisville, CO at Rock Creek Park, so very nature related, Kelly was able to step into the creek with shoes off and really loved doing that. The second one was in Westminster which was much more urban with a prom dress with really cute high heels. A lot of my High School Seniors love the high fashion model looks, so it is really fun when we get to bring those ideas to their photos. One of the things I love most about doing High school seniors is the creativity of the photo shoot. We do not just shoot in front of a back drop but doing outside in the nature, and really having their personalities shine through. These will be photos they will treasure forever. Kelly is a super fun girl that loves to play tennis, her favorite class is APR, and she is also very interested in photography so this was a great shoot for her.
The second shoot we did on June 11th, 2011 with Kasia at Dream Dress , our focus was wedding dresses. Kasia had brought in 4 models this time, and I had my intern Sky Beeler there so we had 5 girls and 2 guys to show off the both the Bride and Groom attire. We had food and drinks ready for the models when they got there in the morning, it was going to be another long day. With this photo shoot we used a new Hair stylist Diane Kingsbeck from Sola Salon and make-up artist Tori Apodeca from Bronze & Beautiful; they both did an amazing job! If it was not for those two I would have had to cancel the shoot, I had previously booked another hair stylist and make-up artist and they BOTH backed out at the last minute, I saved the day! These 2 ladies came to my rescue and stepped up to the plate!!! With this shoot we did traditional, crazy high-end fashion, and contemporary bride looks with both make-up and hair. In the photo shoots the men were involved as well; we all had such a great time. I am donating the images to Dream Dress so she can display my work and her beautiful dresses in her boutique on canvases. One of the things I loved most about these photo shoots were my models, this is not what they do for a full-time job but came into the studio with great energy and ready to play. It is amazing how these girls came in in normal clothes and how we were able to dress them up in the gorgeous dresses and create breath taking portraits. We will have our viewers be voting on these portraits as well on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aniamikolphotography we would love your feedback, be sure to leave a comment below.
I was asked by Dream Dress owner Kasia to help her with a photo shoot to showcase her beautiful dresses. In her boutique which is in Lakewood, CO, she has everything from prom dresses to bridal dresses. We decided the first shoot we would focus on high school seniors with prom dresses. The first shoot was on June 27th, 2011, I had one of my high school senior models Sky Beeler and 3 of her friends from Peak to Peak high school came out to model as well. These girls had this amazing opportunity to participate in a high-end photo shoot, that normally they would not have this opportunity. Sky is my intern and models for me quite a bit, but for the girls just being normal girls like you and me and seeing them transition into the runway, high-end fashion models was truly incredible. Everyone came to my studio in Westminster, CO we had coffee, water, fruit and veggies ready for them. This was going to be an all-day affair; we started at 8:00am and ended at 5:00pm! Once the portraits are finished we will be doing a voting on Facebook www.facebook.com/aniamikolphotography to see which portraits our viewers like the most to hang in the boutique. Each portrait will be displayed on beautiful canvases and hung around the boutique. We had a lot going on at the studio that day with 4 models, boutique owner, dresses, me and all my photography equipment and then we also had a make-up artist from Aveda Salon and hair stylist from Boulder. This shoot went great, everyone had so much fun and we are all very excited to see which portraits are chosen to be displayed. Be sure to vote on our Facebook page and leave your comments below. We always have opportunities for models. If it is something you are interested in please leave a comment and we will connect. It is a great way to earn portraits. We are donating all images to Dream Dress Boutique.
The ultimate question, how to photograph children? How to capture your child for who they really are and not just for what they look like? Before the shoot think about what it is that you want to portray about your child. You want your photographs to tell story about them. Are they shy, outgoing, feeling moody that day? Is your daughter going through a princess stage and is your son into cars and trucks? Let them play and you will capture their personality. But before you set out on your adventure in capturing those special moments here is something to think about: The basics.
A fast camera is a must. Kids are fast, they are constantly running, climbing, changing their play, by the time you use your point and shoot camera, that beautiful expression you wanted to catch will be long gone and your child will be nowhere in sight. For a fast response, a DSLR is a must.
Have all your equipment ready and choose a location before your child arrives to play. Replace batteries in your camera so you are not losing time and missing on some great shots during your photo shoot. Set your camera in aperture priority mode. This will give you creative control over depth of field- meaning how much or how little you want the background to show. Some backgrounds can be really distracting so you will want a shallow depth of field, which will make the background blurry and eliminate the unnecessary clutter. Zoom in really close and focus on your child’s eyes. Eliminating the background simplifies your photo and tells more about the person you’re photographing. With that said, sometimes you may want to include a background to give context to your shots. A good lens to use would be a longer lens such as F/2.8 70-200mm. It will allow you to be away and non intrusive as your child plays and if you set your aperture wide open it will blur out that unnecessary background.
The best children photos are unposed. Capture your kids while they are playing, dancing and just being silly. Dress them comfortably. If you put them in their Sunday’s best your kids will feel stiff and uncomfortable and your images will look uninspiring. If your kids can’t move around freely you won’t get those great images you were looking for. Avoid any writing on the clothing or any recognizable logos. Your eyes are always drawn to writing first and it will take away from your child’s face. Set up some toys, take them outside and let them play. Get them doing something that they enjoy and you will find many opportunities for that perfect shot. Watch them carefully and when the moment is right snap away. You may even shoot in your camera’s highest burst rate-multiple frames at a time.
Avoid using on camera flash. Use natural lighting if possible. Early morning, late afternoon and overcast days work wonderfully for natural lighting. You won’t have to worry about the harsh glare of the sun. If you can’t go outside, use the available light around you; window light can produce beautiful effects. Change your perspective, get on your child’s level and then break that rule and shoot straight from above or way below. Trying different angles can produce great results.
Do your best to make the shoot as fun as possible, relax and have fun yourself. The kids will feed off of you and you will have some great images to show for it.
Ania Mikol Photography specializes in children and family portraiture. Ania’s residential gallery is located in Westminster, Colorado where she resides with her husband and two beautiful children.
While older children might have the patience to sit still for a few minutes while you set up your gear, get your camera settings all right, adjust your flash and then get them sitting just right – in most cases children just don’t have the attention span.
Not only that – sitting or standing in a posed situation can lead to shots of children looking unnatural, uncomfortable and obviously ‘posed’.
A more natural way to photograph children is to set up your camera and lighting in an area where they naturally play and to photograph them while they do so.
Set them up with some paint and paper, put our their building blocks, take them to a playground, give them some balloons, capture them playing with a bubble machine, give them some dress-up clothes to get into, introduce a pet into the situation or get them involved in some other activity that they enjoy – then start shooting.
This will lead to shots with a more natural and candid feel to them. You can still call to them to look at the camera if you’re wanting a shot where they engage your viewer by staring down the lens – but you’ll find that in most cases their smiles will come across as a lot more genuine as they’ll be actually having fun.
Remember to get down to their level when shooting, fill the frame, shoot in burst/continuous shooting mode and to be playful in your own style and the angles that you shoot from.
Ania Mikol Specializes in Maternity, Newborn and Children Photography.
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Why are Professional Photographers so expensive? This article has been very well received by the photography community, and is published in the December 2009 edition of Professional Photographer Magazine.
In this digital age where everyone has cameras, scanners, and home “photo printers,” we hear this all the time: How do professional (or personal) photographers charge $X for an 8×10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drugstore? Simply put, the customer is not just paying for the actual photograph; they’re paying for time and expertise.
The average one-hour portrait session
First, let’s look at the actual work involved:
■Travel to the session
■Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
■Shoot the photos
■Travel from the session
■Load images onto a computer
■Back up the files on an external drive
■2 – 4 hours of Adobe® Photoshop® time, including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, and backing up edited photographs. Proof photos are also ordered.
■2 – 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment, and ship.
■Meet clients at the studio to review photos and place order. Meeting time averages 1-2hrs some Clients love the pictures so much they can’t decide!
You can see how a one-hour session easily turns into an eight-hour day or more from start to finish. So when you see a personal photographer charging a $200 session fee for a one-hour photo shoot, the client is NOT paying them $200 per hour. Ania’s Session fee is $99
The eight-hour wedding
A wedding photographer typically meets with the bride and groom several times before and after the wedding. And it’s not uncommon to end up with 1,000 – 2,000 photos, much more than a portrait session. Many photographers spend 40-60 hours working on one eight-hour wedding if you look at the time that is truly involved. Again, when a wedding photographer charges $4,000 for eight hours of coverage, clients are NOT paying them $500 an hour!
(Don’t forget that the photographer runs the wedding day to some extent. A comfortable, confident wedding photographer can make a wedding day go more smoothly.)
The expertise and cost of doing business
Shooting professional photography is a skill acquired through years of experience. Even though a DSLR now costs under $1,000, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.
Most personal photographers take years to go from buying their first camera to making money with photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera, there is a mountain of other equipment and software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And don’t forget backdrops, props, rent, utilities, insurance, etc!
In addition to the financial investment, photographers actually have to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill by itself. You could argue that posing is a more important skill than actually knowing how to use the camera. A poorly exposed photo can be saved, but a badly posed photo cannot.
The chain store photo studio
Chain stores do have their place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it. But you get what you pay for.
Consider the time and effort that a personal photographer puts into photographs, compared to a chain store. Store sessions last just a few minutes, while a personal photographer takes the time to get to know the people, makes them comfortable, makes them laugh. If a baby is crying at a chain store, they often don’t have the time (or the patience) to wait because everyone is in a hurry.
The truth is that many chain store studios lose money. In fact, Wal-Mart closed 500 of their portrait studios in 2007 because of the financial drain. What the chain stores bank on is a client coming in for quick, cheap photos…and while there, spending $200 on other items. They are there to get you in the door.
The real deal
Professional, personal photographers are just that—professionals. No different than a mechanic, dentist, doctor, or electrician. But a personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories.
Maybe we need to help clients look at it this way: A pair of scissors costs $1.50 at the drugstore. Still, most people will gladly pay a lot more to hire a professional hair dresser to cut their hair.
The added attention and quality that a personal photographer gives is worth every penny.
We hope that those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why professional photographs, created by a Personal Photographer are so expensive.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Written by Pamela Richter.