The Secrets Behind...

Due to the overwhelming response I received about my "Secrets Behind Vendor Selection" blog, I am going to now feature a segment where different vendors are interviewed about their "secrets."  This series will be on-going, so if you have a vendor you would like to recommend for this or if you are a vendor who has some great answers and insight into your industry, feel free to email me.

The significance of knowing things a little more "behind the scenes" of your vendor, is that it allows you to make better choices, have a better relationship with them and (most importantly) get the most for your money.  Fellow vendors, brides and even other wedding planners can all benefit from
knowing the secrets behind- PHOTOGRAPHY

Today's interview is with
Justin Ketchem
of JustinK Photography.

Here is a little information about Justin Ketchem
and his love of photography.

"My artistic career began with portrait painting. While studying under the instruction of renown portrait artist Bill Kufahl, I learned the importance of light and photography in creating realistic portraits. While I have experience in portrait and commercial photography, the emphasis of my work is weddings. I choose wedding photography because I enjoy telling a story with pictures. I am passionate about capturing the emotion and creating the memories that will be revisited for generations."

*information provided from Justin's site- 

And now for all the secrets behind
Photography courtesy of JustinK Photography.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A:That anyone with a decent 
camera can photograph a wedding.
Using a good friend or family member
to take wedding photos will end in
disappointment.  It should always be avoided.

(if possible)

Q:What are a few mistakes brides make when choosing their Photographer? 
A: 1.Having a "biggest bang for the buck" mentality.
Sacrificing quality for quantity will get a
bride a whole lot of mediocrity.

 2.Cutting out the engagement session to
save a few bucks. Photography is an important investment and the
B&G only get one shot to get the photos right.
Why not get to know the photographer a little
and do a practice run. It's truly beneficial for
everyone and well worth the money.

 3.Not allowing enough time for photographs
between the ceremony and reception,
or wanting to go to a bunch of different locations
for photographs. The B&G should allow enough time,
and be efficient with the time they have.

Q:What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a Photographer?

A:The B&G should look for two main things
when selecting a photographer: QUALITY OF WORK and COMPATIBILITY.
Everything else should be secondary.
Besides a day-of coordinator,
the photographer is the only vendor that's with
the  B&G all day. If the B&G find the photographer
to be annoying, it could make for a terrible experience and even bad photographs.

Q:What is the one thing a bride should save on when booking with you?
A:If budget doesn't allow for all the bells and whistles,
hold off on them instead of booking the
cheaper photographer that offers the
"all you can eat buffet."
If the B&G have the digital files, they have everything they need to get started.
They will make more money later in life
and can pick up albums and such along the way. They should pay for
the highest quality photographer they can afford,
even if it means ordering the album in a year or two.

Q:What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you?
A:Time. There's nothing worse than telling a bride her time is up before the bouquet is tossed. Again, if it comes down to a 6 hour package with everything, or 10 hours of coverage and a DVD for the same price, they should go with the extra time.
Who wants an album of half a wedding?

Q: What is the worst story you have heard about a mistake someone in your industry has made, anyone, ever.  Alternatively, you can answer to what is the worst mistake a person in your industry can make?
A:1.Shooting half of the wedding
with no film in the camera.

2.A photographer told a disappointed bride,
"I can't fix ugly."

3.Losing the files before their backed up is the
worst possible thing that can happen to a photographer.

Well, I have to say that was insightful for me.  How about you?  Think you learned something new?  Or, do you think you have something to add?  Email me or comment on the blog and we can discuss your thoughts.  Thank you to Justin Ketchem, whose photos you can see at All Events Planned's website or you can just click here to go directly to our portfolio.  Click Here.