Our friend Leah just opened Pink Apron Cupcakes, selling delicious cupcakes from her online site. We were so excited when she asked us to photograph her most popular flavors. Not only was this a fun session but after we got to give them a taste test. I think my favorite was cherry coke. We apologize in advance if this post makes you crave something sweet.
You guys, marriage can be hard, and it can be the greatest! So we love the idea of celebrating every year, but especially the big ones. So when couples come to us and want an anniversary shoot, we are all in! And this couple is even more special, because they are absolutely the sweetest! And how cute is their China Town shots with the elegant cocktail attire, and then casual down at the picnic in the park after? Love. it. all!
Happy 5 years Andrew + Jasmine! So glad we got to capture it in time for you!
We often get asked how we got started in this business. And here is the short story. We just went for it. But one of the things we did was sit down and have a chat together about what our do’s and don’ts would be. We actually usually reevaluate often what we want with our company, and what our main goals, rules, and morals will be to make sure we are headed in the direction we want as a team. We have always felt this has made us happiest in our business. Here are a few things that we have learned in our 5 years in the business. Hopefully they will help you if you are considering any creative job.
It is said that comparison is the thief of joy. FACT! While looking for inspiration, comparing yourself to someone else will only make you feel bad about your own accomplishments, or lead to copying. All of which make it hard for you to grow in your trade, and to keep your own inspiration. It’s better to find what inspires you, than to compare yourself to others. And this is especially true when starting out.
DON’T BE OVERLY COMPETITIVE.
We feel this is probably one of the most important don’ts there could be. Many people in our industry are very competitive with one another. Eat or be eaten. It is true that when you are self employed and a business owner, if you don’t book, you don’t get paid. But being overly competitive really robs you of your joy and can give you a bad reputation. It’s better to be a team player.
Self worth is a hard balance. People will always be looking for a deal. But if you are always willing to lower your prices, you can diminish your own worth and the worth of your product. So if you are competitively priced, do not haggle. The right job will come around. If you aren’t in their budget, there is probably a reason. Instead, offer discounts certain times of the year if you need to, or throw things in. Another option is to make a budget friendly package that you can offer to the brides + grooms that don’t match your budget or custom packages that match the amount of work you will have to put in to the price.
One way to keep your happiness and inspiration is to be yourself. There is a reason you got into this industry as a creative. And doubtless if you are putting out what you love, you will find others who love it too. So don’t post things that you think others will like. Post things you love. Post clients you loved to have. Post things you love to do. By advertising those things, you will get the clients you truly want. And trust us, this will make you happier than getting double the clients that aren’t YOUR client.
We can learn a lot from each other. So instead of being competitive, be a team player. Especially at weddings, we all have to work together. We are a team to make that couples day perfect. Start a recommendation list of your favorite vendors. Then you will get to work with others that inspire you more often. By networking, you get to meet lots of different styles, people, and get your name/product out there even more. If you are unable to do a job, give it to another professional you know or admire, or that has a similar style to you. Often, they will hear you referred them, and start referring you the jobs they are unable to do. Win/Win! Look for opportunities to learn more. Second shooting with other photographers is a huge help, or shadowing another wedding professional. Not only will you learn a lot, but it’s a great way to supplement when you are starting out. Always look to inspire one another, and you will be inspired too!
Nobody wants to work with a negative person. Buzzkills straight up kill creativity. So if you want people to work with you, stay positive. The worst reputation you can get is someone who is negative, competitive, and a copier. So make sure you are positive, helpful and inspired instead! Even if you think that the situation seems impossible, try to have a plan B. Even in the worst of situations it’s probably just a bad moment, not bad overall. So hang in there.
We hope these tips will help you a little bit in starting off in a creative industry. We will be sharing a lot more tips and behind lense tips soon! So stay tuned!
It is always the hope of a photographer that your subjects will be super comfortable in front of the camera. But the truth of the matter is, normal everyday people are not celebrities with reality tv cameras in front of them all day long. Comfort cannot be faked. In fact, the camera picks up “uncomfortable” quite easily. So it is really one of our jobs as professionals to not only make our clients comfortable, but give them the best possible ways to do so. And we hope our tips will help you whether you are a professional, or just trying to take a good picture of another human for instagram! Here are 3 we use all the time!
DON’T OVER DIRECT OR OVER POSE.
While you want to make sure everyone is posed right, you also want to make sure they look natural. So if they are posed in a position that is uncomfortable for them, or if you are over directing their every move, then this can really create a problem.
What works for us: We like to put our clients (and even our families for our personal pictures) in the pose we want and let them be themselves. If you are looking for it, you will be able to see if they feel comfortable in the pose, or if they are just outright not into it. And if so, encourage them to move around until they feel like it is more them. If you are constantly trying to make them fit your vision, then you could miss out on the actual moment. And we have found that sometimes the pose they get into on their own, and the picture that results, will be better than the one you had imagined. So make sure not to over pose, over direct, or boss them into stiffness.
SHAKE IT OUT.
If you have ever seen us in front of a camera, you would see the problem of stiffness. We also call it: The freeze. Deer in the headlights. Barbie arms. The problem is real. And that is ok.
What works for us: Create some movement! Sometimes we ask them to hold hands and dramatically walk towards us. Sometimes we ask them to slow dance. Sometimes we ask them to jump. By creating movement, you often get them to loosen up their bodies, and get more comfortable quickly. And usually they also have a lot of fun too!
LAUGH + HAVE FUN
An important point to remember is that when people see a picture, it evokes a memory. The session should be fun. This especially goes for taking pictures of events or of your personal memories. There are still pictures from our childhood that we look back on and don’t even necessarily see a cute picture, sometimes we remember what it took to get it. Mom yelling at us, or that we were crying right before, or sometimes that right after we fell and scraped our knee. We do not want our sessions to have that connotation, or have our pictures capture bad memory. If the clients are truly having fun and enjoying their session, it will show in their pictures, and give them a happy memory to look back on.
What works for us: We try our best to make our sessions the most fun for us all! We are goofy, we laugh with you, we do our best to make any situation not seem bad. And if they aren’t feeling particularly goofy, sometimes you can “fake it until you make it”. Have the couple look at each other and give their best fake laugh. Most of the time the laugh will turn real! And we all know that genuine laughs and smiles always look best in pictures! So make sure noone is taking the session too seriously, which includes you, even if yo are behind the camera.
We hope these tips will help you to have fun with your posing and clients, and take the best pictures you can! And if there is a question you are having and would like our take on, please feel free to email us at email@example.com, or message us on any of our social media! We are happy to answer any questions you may have, or even might choose the question as a topic for one of our Tuesday posts! We look forward to hearing from you!
It’s that time again! Time for a new mixtape. And the weather has warmed up just enough to get us super excited for summer. And hopefully this mix gets you ready for it too!
We have been working with babies a lot lately. And it is definitely different than working a wedding or with a couple. Babies are not easy props. They are tiny humans with many needs, even before they come out of the womb. So here are a few tips for this special time of photography. Hopefully they will help you have lot of success in capturing this special time of your life.
Scheduling is key. Even if you are doing maternity pictures, it is important to schedule it at the right time of your pregnancy. You don’t want to wait too long towards the end of you pregnancy, because you will probably feel uncomfortable, or worse, could become bed ridden, or have the baby come early! So make sure to take your pictures no later than around 7 months.
As for newborns, their scheduling is special as well. You want to make sure to schedule a time between feedings. Most NEW newborns (less than a week old), will sleep almost all day, which makes it a great time to take pictures. So if you want those super sleepy, adorable, propped up newbie shots, make sure to discuss this with your photographer well before your due date, so they can plan ahead for around that time and make sure to come before your newborn becomes too active to get those specials shots.
Toddlers are a whole different story. They are so active! Which is a lot of times hard to shoot. Especially near those terrible twos. They can be a bit “moody”. So they need to be scheduled well before or after their nap time, and make sure they eat. If you notice there is a time they are most happy and cooperative, that would be the time you should schedule you photoshoot.
Bribe, Bribe, Bribe. No baby is born a model. They need coaxing. So make sure to bring their favorite toy, favorite snack, favorite blanket, or favorite anything really. Anything that will make them happy and cooperative should be there!
Always have a backup. While you of course will have that perfect outfit for your baby’s photoshoot, always bring a spare! Babies are messy, and toddlers get into everything. So having a backup outfit is key! Also having some baby wipes for spills of any kind. Baby wipes can fix a multitude of accidents.
Choose a comfortable place. This is especially important with babies. The more comfortable you are, the more beautiful your pictures will be. It truly is as simple as that. So if you feel more comfortable at your own home than in a park or at a beach, or anywhere else, make sure to have your pictures there. And a sidetone for newborns is to keep whatever room you are shooting in very warm. The warmth helps them feel safe and comfortable.
While babies and toddlers may need some special love for their shoots, they are so fun to work with. And you will not regret having this special time in your life captured to remember forever. So hopefully you these tips will help you. And if you would like to book one of our portrait sessions or a baby bundle, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so happy to say that we have been able to capture a lot more baby’s and adorable maternity photos lately. So one thing we now offer is our Baby Bundle Package. Each Baby Bundle package features 4 one hour photo sessions, an online gallery of images for easy sharing, a designed album, and a disc of images.
It is one of our favorite things, since it not only let you make sure to capture this super important time of life (which totally flies by way too fast!), but also lets us keep connected with our clients and watch all these adorable babies grow up. That is definitely the case with Elliot. We love this little guy! It has been so fun to watch him grow since was a newborn to now walking around. I mean, come on! Isn’t he just so cute?!