I’ve gotten a fair amount of requests from photographers to share another full album design. I, like many photographers, like my albums to look clean and simple. I like each spread (two pages facing each other) to have continuity. I like single images on each page. It’s really about that simple :)
And since the album doesn’t show up here — and blog posts without photos aren’t that cool — here’s one Dane shot of me. I didn’t ask him to take cool photos of me, by the way :P He wanted me to teach him off camera flash so it was just me and him — and he couldn’t take photos of himself :)
I think I’ve said it before, but full weddings are thee way to book clients that want what you do. Over the years, I’ve found that I’m a pretty lucky photographer when it comes to my couples. I match up so well with my couples. And note what I say there. My couples. Believe me, I’m sure that there are plenty of couples out there that would not find me to be a great match for their big day — but the couples I match up with? We have a great time making awesome photos together :) I’ll explain why in a second, but full weddings help me get and not get the following…
*I don’t get bridezillas.
*I don’t get shot lists.
*I don’t get photos by other photographers where the bride says “can you do this???“
*I do get total trust from my couples.
I think this a large part of this is because of showing full, recent weddings. I totally believe that full weddings answer questions that brides don’t even know that they have. When a bride inquires about my photography, I send a response email — with the bottom smothered in full weddings. Okay, not smothered… But I do send the last 5 or so weddings that I’ve shot (plus a couple of my favorites). I explain that this is the best way to find out if I suit their style. If they like what they see with my last few weddings? Well I can do that every time as these aren’t my favorite two or three weddings over the last few years — but rather the last five or so weddings I’ve shot. This gives clients an awesome level of confidence in me and has really made my day of shooting the wedding free of stress as I know my couples trust me. I love it.
So how do I show full weddings? Showit Web. If you’re a wedding photographer and you aren’t using SIW, it’s time to do so. Really. It is. I’m convinced that this simple, easy approach to showing my work to my potential couples has been a major part of why I am booking weddings. Remember, clients aren’t JUST paying for photography. They are paying for peace of mind. Peace of mind comes from knowing that the photography is definitely taken care of — where the couple doesn’t have to hope things will look good — they just look forward to seeing their wedding photos that they know are going to be awesome! Seeing your last several weddings, and thinking they’re as great as your gallery on your site, is an incredible way to get them that peace of mind.
Anyways, here are my last two weddings I’ve shot this year. Loved shooting both of them as again — total trust from both couples :)
Katie and Anthony
Chris and Shamar
Hope that helps! And if you aren’t using Showit Web… get on it! :P
I tried this a couple years ago, but my blog had very few readers back then. I’m hoping that since there are more of you now, that you can help me here.
As I’m about to be a dad, I can’t help but begin to wrestle with worrying about something bad happening to my son. No parent wants to go through that — but it most certainly does happen. So here’s what I want to do.
When I have a free month, I’d love to donate my time and photography to families who have a terminally ill child. I know it sounds a bit odd just saying it like that, but I don’t know a better way to word it. The reason? First, it’s something I can do. We all should be looking for ways where we can use our craft to help others — and I know I don’t do this nearly enough. So this is something that I can do. Second, my hunch is that there are an insane amount of medical bills for families in these situations — and that everything that isn’t absolutely necessary gets put on the back burner. I’d love to help a few families out with that problem. Third, many of you that read the blog are fellow photographers. I’m hoping that in my photographing these families, that seeing the photos may inspire some of you to do something similar. Just to start thinking about how you, as a photographer, can help out your fellow man. For no reason other than helping.
So if any of you know a family in the San Diego area that I could help in this regard, please let me know. I’ll be looking for a family for the month of April. Then I’ll go on from there — doing it whenever my month allows it. The family will receive a complimentary family session and a disc of all their finished images. Thank you guys for your help!
My nephew, Mo, trying to see a lizard on the other side of the gate :)
Let me start out by saying that I fully know and acknowledge that these pictures make our little boy look creepy and alien-like :P Again, I swear that it looks much more real/not creepy when you’re looking at the live video feed ;)
Anyways, enough people wanted me to post the ultrasound pictures, so here they are!
Can anyone guess why we were able to tell that he’s a boy?! :P