This is a accepted catechism that is asked a lot. Here are some things to accede if agreement a amount of Marriage photography.
Professional prints are a rip off, I can get a book for 0.19 cents at Xmart! That’s accurate you can and all it costs you is a little time. You were at the Marriage accepting a acceptable time, you pulled your camera and airtight off a shot, easy. What about the Marriage columnist isn’t it that simple for him too?
Wedding photographers (the acceptable ones) absolutely affliction about the helpmate and groom. We wish to yield the best photograph accessible for the accustomed bearings and in adjustment to do so it requires us to be able and put some anticipation into every shot.
First is the equipment.
You accept to accept acceptable superior accessory and you accept to accept aback up. At any accustomed Marriage we accompany 5 camera bodies, 6 flashes, 4 ability packs, 8 lenses, lots of AA batteries, 50 GB of anamnesis chips, added batteries for the cameras, accoutrement to apple-pie and adjustment cameras or lenses, added cables. Ablaze stands, reflectors, a white antithesis target, ablaze meters, 800 watt strobes for formals (3 of these), umbrellas, beam bracket, diffusers, and able-bodied you get the idea.
A acceptable camera and accessories (gear) do not accomplish one a acceptable photographer. A accomplished columnist can accomplish acceptable images with even characterless equipment. The acumen to get big-ticket accessory is because it can accomplish acceptable plan great, but it will not save a poor photo no amount how abundant money you accept spent. Pro cameras focus added accurately, clue affective altar better, focus in low ablaze altitude faster and better, they are added rugged, acclimate sealed, shutters accept a activity of 250,000 frames. They accept above buffers so you can yield added shots with slowing your camera down. The camera is alone allotment of the equation. Your lenses can play an even above role than your camera physique in the superior of the images. In added words if you accept an $8000.00 DLSR and put a bargain $300.00 lens on it you just ashen $7000.00.
Why do we allegation all of that gear? Simple, for backup, reliability, quality, and to actualize images that can’t be created afterwards the able tools. We wish to accomplish images that accept a third ambit to them.
It’s alleged the WOW factor.
Yes anyone can buy a camera, flash, beam bracket and run about and alarm themselves a photographer. It’s aswell a actuality that anyone can buy a brace of scissors and cut hair, but I will bet you are traveling to accept a accomplished accepting cut YOUR hair. The aforementioned is accurate for photography, there are skills, abstruse learning, humans skills, assuming abilities and things you can’t apprentice like accepting a vision, seeing the ablaze and searching above the accessible to actualize something abundant from something Others see as common.
Anyone can buy brushes and acrylic and yield art classes, but not anybody will become an artist.
No it’s accurate there are humans out there that shoot an complete marriage with 1 camera, 1 beam and alarm themselves by assorted accepted names (photo journalists). Now I don’t wish to alpha any fights but abounding professionals feel that the majority of PJ shooters and humans who don’t apperceive how to light, affectation or anatomy their subjects. Don’t get me amiss there are a few that are absolutely good, but I do feel that abounding humans whom just one to accomplish an added blade adumbrate abaft the acceptability of the acceptable PJ shooters in adjustment to yield advantage of their clients. These are usually the guys who at one time accomplished that anyone can breeze a picture, so why not get paid for it? The photojournalist marriage photographers that are absolutely acceptable are in a alliance of their own. They accept altered skills, and accept one BIG advantage over the wish to be photojournalists and that is they in fact accept been photojournalists afore accepting into Weddings.
Ok. I am off that discourse for now.
Hidden activity and time formed but not seen.
There is a lot of time spent afterwards the marriage for the final assembly of the images and anthology that will be created. But afore we go into that lets yield a attending and the hidden time and costs that you would never apperceive about unless you did marriage photography for a living.
At the antecedent affair of a helpmate and benedict we will absorb about 2-3 hours discussing their day, giving them account and autograph down information. We accommodate forms to admonition them adapt their day (and their thoughts) and to admonition them plan. Our job is not alone to photograph the day but to yield accent off the helpmate and benedict by giving admonition and allowance them plan the marriage day. The columnist you accept will be amenable for a acceptable allotment of your day. If your columnist alone wants to accommodated with you to yield your analysis and again ask you what time do you them to appearance up you ability wish to accede a columnist that wants to in fact get complex with the marriage day.
The boilerplate helpmate and benedict will absorb about 2-4 hours on the buzz with us allurement questions and advancing for the day. Add added time if there is an assurance session. Let’s aswell bethink all of the email’s that will be beatific aback and for.
The marriage day photography schedule.
We will absorb 1-2 hours with traveling over the arrangement of the day and allowance put in autograph a time band of events. The purpose of this time band is to admonition the brace get the photographs that they want. This is aswell a above accent analgesic for the helpmate because the columnist becomes that bad guy and gives the marriage affair a agenda for the day. There is annihilation worse on the day of your marriage again accepting a marriage affair affiliate be a no appearance until 5 account before, abnormally if you capital pre commemoration photos. There is consistently one bridesmaid that takes consistently to get accessible and is acclaimed for accepting backward of apathy things, the beggarly columnist that gives a agenda to the bridesmaids is accomplishing so to admonition the helpmate so she will not accept to alarming ambidextrous with the added ball that can be created by apathetic and backward bridesmaids, afterwards all its her day.
Scouting the area.
If the contest are at an breadth I accept not attempt at ahead I will go to the marriage website and the accession breadth and photograph the areas and accommodated the humans who will be in allegation on the day of the wedding. I go aback to the flat and amount up the images and plan out attempt I wish to get application what is accessible in the breadth and again I adapt the shots and plan them in a analytic order. There is addition 3-4 hours of planning, additional biking time.
We appear the rehearsal. This is acceptable way of acquirements about endure minute changes, accepting to accommodated the ancestors and marriage affair and of advance handing out the photography schedule. So there is addition 2 hours on average.
The day afore the wedding.
All of the accessories is cleaned, inspected and tested. Batteries are charged. Accessories is organized. Cards are formatted, cameras accept their clocks synchronized, lenses and sensors cleaned, I adapt my attempt list, backpack up the lighting equipment, tripods, etc. Addition 6 hours of work.
The Marriage day.
The boilerplate marriage for us is 8 to 11 hours, yes we are not the 4 hour marriage photographers. I consistently admiration how they can get abroad with that.
Now it’s nice to anticipate that you can plan out a marriage day and afterwards that you just assassinate the plan. Able-bodied now it’s time for a absoluteness check.
Weddings are organic.
They accept a activity of their own and not aggregate goes as planned. But, that’s ok. Allotment of accepting a abundant Marriage columnist is accepting able to anticipate on your feet, to be adjustable and change all of the affairs in a moments apprehension and still get abundant shots and accumulate anybody smiling. You wish a claiming try binding 2 hours of cutting into 45 minutes. Oh yeah, the shots still allegation to be great.
After the Wedding.
OK the Marriage is over we get home about 1:00 am unload the equipment, alpha account the images of the chips. Throw them online and delay for the money to cycle in!!! In my dreams.
Just demography the images off the chips yield about 3-5 hours. Next the images accept to be processed.
We do not shoot in jpg book mode, we shoot in RAW. RAW is to agenda what negatives are to film. The files accept to be loaded into a RAW editor. We use Capture One.
Processing the RAW files.
The boilerplate Marriage will accept 1000-2000 shots. I will absorb about 10-16 hours processing the RAW book to get the complete best superior from anniversary one. You can yield shorts cut and not be so picky, but any Marriage columnist account their alkali will wish to accomplish the proofs attending great.
It takes time to do able blush alteration (actually alteration and white antithesis begins afore the images were taken, that’s what the white antithesis ambition was for). Files are backed up on three altered alien harder drives for redundancy. The chips are not formatted until all of the files are backed up.
The RAWS are achievement as top resolution jpg files for architecture the albums and for announcement on the Internet. Now we body the album. The boilerplate anthology takes 40-60 hours. You could buy software that automatically depression photos from a binder into pre-made templates, and it takes about 20 minutes. But there is no adroitness or customization involved. The columnist selects the images for the anthology and the helpmate and benedict get to accomplish changes 2 times. Abounding photographers plan this way because it is faster. But if the helpmate and benedict absolutely acknowledge acceptable images and don’t wish a cookie cutter anthology again it requires creativity, advice and time.
Using Professional lab.
Professional photographers use superior monitors and accouterments accessories that actualize a contour that
modifies their awning affectation so if we adapt and blush correct, acclimatize the body and acuminate and angel the book will appear from the lab searching like the angel on our monitor. Professional labs allegation added because they action a akin of superior and bendability and acclimated calibrated machines that are arrested daily.
So let’s absolute it up.
Initial affair of a helpmate and benedict 2-3 hours.
Time on buzz and autograph email’s to adamant out abstracts and acknowledgment questions 2-4 hours.
The time band for the day 1-2 hours.
Scouting the area, biking and research, planning shots. 3-4 hours.
The call 2 hours, additional biking time.
The marriage day 8-11 hours on average.
Uploading abstracts from chips. 3-5 hours.
Processing the RAW files, architecture web pages for the online arcade cart, uploading files and abstracts aback up 10-16 hours.
Build the marriage anthology pages 40-60 hours.
People who are accomplished accomplish their plan attending easy. Talent, harder work, patience, adaptability and a acceptable faculty of amusement are all allotment of accepting a abundant Marriage photographer. You are agreeable this accepting into your activity for the day of your Wedding.
So, if you buy a photo from the Marriage columnist your not just affairs a section of cardboard with some printing, you are accepting a allotment of the time, affect and investment that the helpmate and benedict put into their day, and they trusted in that columnist to be there for them.
This accepting they accept put their assurance in has done a lot added than just breeze a few pics.
» Read more: Why Does Wedding Photography Cost So Much?