Posts tagged wedding photography
Secrets Behind Photography- Hunter Harrison
I am so glad to be getting back to talking with vendors about the ins and outs of the industry.  I've had some great vendors to interview in the past and I'm looking forward to a whole new listing of them to interview over the next few months.  We are starting out with Hunter Harrison of Hunter Photographic 



Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A: I think the biggest misconception about wedding photography is also true of any person who provides good wedding services. People believe my service is limited to photography. In reality, the service I provide is so more holistic. When needed, I can act as a planner, sounding board, supporter, stylist, haberdasher and organizer. My clients will tell you that I can tie a bow tie, fix a dress, mix the perfect cocktail, pin a boutonniere, and much more. I also need to integrate well with other wedding vendors, so being a great team member is critically important. For example, working with a wedding planner. Knowing what information to provide and when is important. All in all, actually taking photos only accounts for about 25% of the ample time I devote to each client.

Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their photographer?
A: Everyone has different priorities, so I am hesitant to call anyone's choices a mistake. However, I can say that I see two potential pitfalls when choosing a photographer. First, I tell clients that a good personal relationship should be their number one priority. After all, the photographer will be their shadow on the wedding day, so you want someone you can relate to. Also, the photographer will be interacting with family and friends, so they need to present themselves professionally. The second potential pitfall is not investing enough in the photographer or wedding album. Making the investment in a good photographer can make a huge difference in the outcome of the photos. Also, it's important to actually print the photos. Investing something in nice printed photos, whether an album or otherwise, is a really smart investment.
Q: What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a photographer?
A: Everyone has different priorities when selecting a photographer, but I think a really sensible set of priorities would include the following - 
1. A great personal connection
2. A photographic style that speaks to your heart
3. That the photographer is running an established, professional business with a good track record which can be demonstrated
4. The photographer is a strong leader and communicator. Never under-estimate the value of these assets.

Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you?
A: That is a very tough question, as I am torn between one of two answers - either coverage time or an album. If a couple splurges on coverage time, then the photographer is present to capture more content over a longer period of time. If the photographer is not there to capture it, then the photos won't be an option for the album later. On the other hand, coverage time has diminishing returns as it gets maxed out. An album is a forever heirloom, though. It's a physical record of the wedding that is handed down through family or estate. It's importance cannot be overstated. I guess if the choice was purely more coverage time or an album, I would choose the album.

Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas and products/services would you offer them?
A: Challenge accepted - 
1. Destination engagement session in a magical location
2. Bridal session, which is a Southern tradition, and something I do offer
3. Beyond a second photographer - a whole photography team
4. Honeymoon coverage - I have so many clients who say they wished I was with them on their honeymoon to capture their worldwide adventures.
5. Fully custom albums - which I do offer as well
6. Capturing the wedding 100% on film - I consistently shoot film, so this can be arranged as well

As a quick side note, I offer my clients unlimited customization. If they can dream it up, I can find a way to make it happen. In the past this has lead to adventurous engagement sessions, amazing albums, and some stunning photos. Needless to say, I welcome big dreams.

Q: What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts with their photographer?
A: Prior to my second career (but first love) as a photographer, I spent 12 years as a technology project manager. Part of that role involved reviewing lots of contracts. I don't think there is any one "gotcha" in a photography contract. Instead, the couple should review the entire contract carefully. If something is unclear, they should feel free to ask for clarification in writing. Any good business personal would be happy to clarify a contract. I would also add that everything in my contract has a specific meaning. If that meaning is unclear, then I am more than happy to explain it. I want to make sure that my clients and I are on the same page at the beginning.

Q: What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?

A: My clients should know that they're beautiful, that they hired me, and I am committed to representing them well. My clients should feel free to dream big, because this is their best year, and I love grand plans.

You can check out some of Hunter's work below or visit his site at www.hunterphotographic.com 











Happy Planning
Secrets Behind Photography- Spencer Photography
This isn't the first submission by a photographer and it won't be the last.  The idea has been to show a range of photographers and their opinions.  This will give everyone the chance to see that all photographers from all areas and skill level are really interested in giving you the best work they have to offer.  There are enough skilled photographers in this industry that you don't have to settle nor do you have to turn to a "friend" to do the work.

Spencer Photography has won the following awards/honors--Approved as a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA)-Approved as a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) by the Professional Photographers of Ohio (PPO)
-2009 Professional Photographers of Ohio Fall Conference - 1st and 2nd place in the "Wedding" category. 1st Place in the "Creative Open" category
-2009 - Winner of the Akron/Canton Fox 8 Hotlist for "Best Photographer"
-Chosen by The Knot Magazine "Best Of Weddings 2008-2009"
-2009 - Wedding image chosen for the cover of the Akron/Canton "Today's Bride Magazine"
-2008 - "Sunrise on Bryce Canyon" chosen by the Professional Photographers of America for their prestigious International Loan Collection
-2007 - Chosen by Akron Life & Leisure Magazine "Best Wedding Photographer"

-2005 - Awarded the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award by the Fuji Corporation

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f the list of awards isn't enough to give you an idea of the quality of his work, his answers to the interview questions will.  Spencer Photography offers high quality products & service.  See for yourself Larry's feelings on all things wedding photography.

And now Secrets Behind Wedding Photography by Spencer Photography

Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A:
With the advent of digital photography anyone who owns a camera believes they are a “photographer”. It is a misconception to believe that the camera makes the photographer. The camera is a tool just as a wrench or screwdriver is to the mechanic. It takes years of practice and study for someone to attain a level that makes them a true professional. Organizations such as the Professional Photographers of America enable the true professional to advance their knowledge and skills thru seminars, conventions and educational opportunities. They offer a certification program that once completed, helps the professional separate themselves by reinforcing their technical expertise thru testing and review by their peers.
Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their photographer?
A:
When it comes to wedding photography the old adage absolutely holds true: you get what you pay for. It would be a mistake to eliminate the possibility of hiring a particular photographer based solely on price. What would one think if they saw a brand new Mercedes Benz priced at $5,000? I know that I would think “What is wrong with that car?” In the same vain, what would one think if they saw a 10 year old clunker for $100,000. We all would probably have the same reaction: “Are you kidding me?!!” The same thing needs to be considered when looking for a wedding photographer. There is a reason some photographers are more expensive than others. They give the best customer service; help your wedding day run as smoothly as it possibly can; and they provide the absolute best quality images and products.
Q: What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a vendor/site?
A:
Originality and creativity. This is the number one thing that separates photographers. Also, how well does the photographer handle color and lighting. If you really make an effort to notice these things you will see a profound difference in many photographers and it will help you select only the best.
Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you?
A:
A larger album. The album will tell the story of your day, not only to you, but to your future generations. A good album should flow and not be overstuffed with images.
Q: What is the worst story you have heard about a mistake someone in your industry has made?
A:
A professional, no matter what industry, should never EVER drink alcohol while working. A professional should act like one.
Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas and products/services would you offer them?
A:
I try to provide every one of my clients with the absolute best service and give them the most awesome wedding images regardless of their budget.

Q:
What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts with their photographer?
A: Make sure to pay attention to deadlines. Be sure that the pricing that is offered at booking is locked in regardless of the wedding date. Also, make sure that you have recourse if the vendor does not fulfill their end of the contracted agreement. That should be in the contract.

Q:
What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?
A:
Just allow enough time to get the images that you want without interrupting the flow of the day.

I have to say that most of Larry's answers are answers that I would have given myself on the interview.  If you agree, great, if not, tell me why or submit the interview with your own answers!  Would love to hear from any vendor in the wedding industry, even other wedding planners!  You can check out Larry's work at http://www.spencerphotography.net/


Happy Planning,
http://www.alleventsplanned.com/

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Secrets Behind- Photography
One of my favorite things about wedding day is the beautiful wedding day photography.  Photographers have become amazing artist and it isn't because of the digital camera.  It is because the wedding industry has been blessed with very talented, artistic, creative and unique people.  It is filling up with them actually.  Thankfully, for my brides, it is easy to know good work from the bad, just look at the pictures.  Compare good photographs to bad and then compare GREAT photographs to good, the difference is tremendous.

With that being said, I am once again, featuring a photographer on my "Secrets Behind" series.  I don't think there will ever come a time when I run out of good photographers for this series.  

Now SECRETS BEHIND- PHOTOGRAPHY by Julie Hahn of Sugarbush Design

We were introduced to Julie through one of our 2010 bridal clients.  Our bride found Julie and fell in love with her work.  We are very excited to work with her and to see the great results from her photography.  The ceremony is being held at Cleveland Botanical Gardens and reception at Signature of Solon, both will make for great backdrops for the wedding photos.

And now for the "secrets"

Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?

A: That all photography is the same.  I don’t think people know that people can specialize.  Landscape photography is different from sports photography which is different from architectural photography which is different from street photography, etc.  There are different techniques, skills and equipment that apply.

For wedding photography specifically, I think the biggest misconception is that you can save money by asking a family member or friend to shoot the wedding. There are a few things I would advise wedding couples to consider if they want to go this route:

•    Ask yourself if you want your family and friends to be your guests.  It is very hard for your friend to do both and he/she will still think of themselves as a guest even if they are supposed be taking pictures.  For example, if they want to have a drink or catch up with out-of-town friends, then that's time that they’re not taking pictures.  Also, if they're drinking, the photos will be blurry.
•    If your friend isn’t a professional, you might not save any money.  I spent several months this year fixing wedding photos for a bride who had a family friend cover the event.  The time, expense, frustration and heartache that it took to bring these photos to a place where we were both comfortable with them was substantial.
•    If you have a professional photographer as a friend, consider what you are asking them do. Are you expecting your other friends to give you a $3,000 gift for your wedding? 

Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their photographer?
A: Not having an opinion.  The best thing a couple can do is have a well-considered, unified, heartfelt opinion.  I think everyone is so deathly afraid of becoming a ‘zilla of some sort that they think the best position to take is one of “Oh, I’m easy.  I don’t care.”  But if you don’t have a clear vision of what you’d like to see happen, then everyone else will be guessing and will be influenced by their opinions, not yours.


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

A: Compatibility – both in terms of style of photography and personality.  I cannot imagine having someone whose company I didn’t enjoy following me around all day with a huge camera.  I’m sure my smile would be less than genuine
Consistency – every one of us is capable of taking a stunning picture…once in awhile.  It’s a different situation to be able to take really good, quality photographs (in addition to the “great” ones) over the course of 10-12 hours straight under a wide variety of conditions.  In checking out photographers, I would ask to see complete wedding galleries of a few different weddings to make sure your photographer can cover the entire event.

Q: What is the one thing a bride should save on when booking with you?
A: Well, I’m an all-inclusive kind of gal.  I book for the full day so that I don’t have to worry about looking at my watch wondering if they are going to start the first dance on time. Wedding couples are really saving on the potential added costs of needing extra time when they book with me.  

Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you?
A: Ordering prints and albums.  Most wedding couples want their images on disc so that they can print them out themselves which is totally understandable.  However, no photographer can guarantee how the images will look when printed at Costco, Target, Walgreen's, etc.  All of those printers are different machines with different specifications.  Professional photographers calibrate their monitors to match their photo labs’ printers to ensure that what we see on our computer screens will match our prints.  Also, the photo paper will be professional grade which makes for better quality, longer-lasting photographs.

Q: What is the worst mistake a person in your industry can make?

A: For people starting out in the photography business, I believe it is a big no-no to “borrow” images from another photographer, with or without their permission, to build a portfolio or start a website.  That might sound like common sense, but it happens and it’s yucky.

I have a friend who was second shooting (not the primary photographer) at a bar mitzvah and the main photographer was scolded by the rabbi, during the ceremony, for moving around too much and being too intrusive.  Yikes!


Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas and products/services would you offer them?
A:
Well, I would love to travel and do a destination wedding, but I’m sure everyone says that.  With unlimited funds, I would do a full-on, magazine-style shoot complete with every kind of stylist I could think of.  Scout some crazy locations (and these places would probably charge serious money to shoot there), have some fun wardrobe changes, maybe a few wind machines, I don’t know…it would be great.

One thing I don’t think I’ll ever offer, but would love to see is for the wedding couple to hire really trustworthy and fun babysitters who can care for and entertain kids at the wedding…maybe in an adjoining smaller room.  I think it’s always a difficult thing to exclude kids from weddings and I think the parents would appreciate having their kids invited to the event, but also free to enjoy the evening.


Q: What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts with their photographers?

A: Timelines, cancellation policies and what is expected from the wedding couple/bridal party.  A good example is when there is a group photo to be taken and someone wanders off.  The photographer can’t take the time to go find that person, if we even know who it is!


Q: What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?
A: My request is not so much for the wedding couple, but for all of the wedding guests and non-photo/video vendors out there.  Please be aware of the photographer and videographer.  We are being paid to capture this unique day and when we need to compete with guests and other vendors for space, placement, and time, it causes delays and missed shots.


I just want to thank Julie from SugarBush Design Photography for really getting into the interview and giving some thoughtful and VERY helpful answers to the questions we have.  I think these interviews can benefit everyone in the wedding industry by allowing us all to see the event from another perspective.  It will make better wedding vendors and better brides, in the long run.

Happy Planning,
Brandi 
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Northeast Ohio Bridal Soiree
This will be a one of a kind event, for any bride who is planning her wedding and is still in search of a few vendors and more wedding information.  While, I will not personally be working at the Soiree, I know that you will rest in good hands with the amazing vendors who are.  Hope to see a few of my clients there!

OHIO BRIDAL SOIREE 

Tricia Dever from Always Eventful and Genevieve Nisly Photography are proud to announce the first ever Northeast Ohio Bridal Soiree! This is an opportunity for savvy brides to meet and talk with some of the areas top wedding professionals in a relaxed setting while being inspired by the lavish displays of local talent.
Come experience a one of a kind event at Brookside Country Club on Wednesday January 27th from 7 to 9pm. Limited tickets available at $15 for 2, since we know you won’t want to come alone.
The evening will begin with different wedding displays of local talent. Food and drinks are available while you mingle, relax and gather inspiration from the different flower arrangements, linens, cakes, lighting and music available. Discuss ideas with the weddings professionals who are also mingling or attend one of our four mini workshops.

Check out their site for more information-
http://ohiobridalsoiree.com/