Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Important Questions to Ask Your Potential Wedding Photographer So you’ve narrowed down your selection of potential wedding photographers. You’ve now got to decide between two or three. You like their work and they have similar rates and packages. But you still aren’t sure who to hire. What else can you do to help make your decision? Contact the photographers who made it to your ‘short list’ and ask them some key questions…- The rates are important, yes and of course you’ll want to inquire about them. But once you’ve got a fairly clear idea of the amount you can expect to pay, there are several other things you should make sure of as well… – The first and maybe most important question you’ll want to ask: Does the photographer provide you with a detailed shot-list to fill out prior to your wedding? – This list is invaluable for you and for your photographer. On this list, you’ll fill out the names of the wedding party and family members so your photographer knows who is who, without you having to take time from your wedding day to make extra introductions. – Then you fill out information about the various shots you want. Do you want photos of the wedding party getting ready? Bridal party and groom’s party? Do you want family photos before and after the ceremony? Do you want photos of the cake cutting and the signing of the legal documents? How much time are you allotting for each activity? – All of these details (and more) can be arranged with your photographer weeks or months in advance by filling out this shot list. This ensures you and your photographer both know what to expect and how much time you have for each location and activity. Things go so much more smoothly when those things are worked out ahead of time! – Another important question to ask your potential photographer: If you hire them, will they give you a free consultation before your wedding date? – The answer to this should always be yes. Whether it’s in person or by telephone, at least a few days prior to your wedding, you and your photographer should have a one-on-one discussion about the kinds of photos you envision for your wedding day. Especially if you plan on having formal/posed shots of the bride and groom alone. Where would you like to do those? Would you like them to be posed, or would you like something more casual? Do you have any special ideas in mind? These are things that are best discussed in person with the photographer so you can both be clear about your vision and your needs for your wedding photography. – A question that should definitely be a deciding factor in who you hire, is: How soon after your wedding can you expect to receive your photos? Anything under 30 days is reasonable. More than 30 days is not. – A few other things you may want to […]

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Let’s begin with the sports photographs. Quite often the photographer of a sport such as football, soccer or even competitive bicycling will have a single subject – the athlete. Additionally, this athlete is usually in motion and heading towards a goal or finish line. While watching this as it happens can be exciting, a photograph of an athlete doing their job can actually be dull. How many times do we see images of a runner sprinting towards the end zone? These are not necessarily compelling images, but they could be if the photographer had only added an element of space to the photograph.

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Family Portrait in San Jose Here are several points to consider when planning for your family portraits. How Often? Generally, every three years, or after a major change such as birth or marriage. Any longer than that, and people will have changed enough that the old portrait on the wall looks like someone else. What Time of Year? You can choose any time of year. If you are winter people, why not pick a ski or other outdoor setting? If you are boaters, late summer is a good time. Many family images are captured in early autumn. The weather is cooler, things may have calmed down a bit from summer, and you have the opportunity to capture fall colors in many areas of the country. What’s the Occasion? Most family portraits are not centered around any specific occasion – they are scheduled and conducted independent of other life activities. However, if you have a special gathering of relatives for a family reunion, holiday get-together, wedding, baptism or graduation, it is a good opportunity to get extended family images taken. What Location? Think about what kind of images you would like to have preserved. Are you interested in formal, indoor portraits, or more casual, outdoor images? Are you fond of beach or woods settings? Determining how you want your family represented is an important step in planning for your family portraits. Destination Images are one option you may not normally think to consider – if you hire a photographer to take your images while on a trip, or travel with the photographer to a special location, you can capture some truly special images. Where Do You Want to Display? Your family portraits should command the center of attention in your house. Be certain to think about the locations where you would like to display the images. Your photographer will consult with you on the size and type of images that would work well in each setting, as well as some color scheme ideas for clothing and setting that would compliment the decor. Also think about your work and second home for possibilities to display wall portraits and desk images. What/Who Do We Include? Well, the core family is a must. You may want to add extended family such as husbands and wives and their children for some images. You will have to consider whether boyfriends and girlfriends are in your main group shots – it may be best to have smaller images with them and a smaller group. If you have a property, setting or toy such as a boat, camp, farm or club to which you belong, you may want to have those featured as well. What Should We Wear? It will depend on the setting of course, but the key is to be compatible in color and dress. For beach, it is common to have either khaki or denim bottoms and white or other solid-color tops, and often, bare feet are better in the sand than footwear. For fall […]

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Custom Made Family Portraits *** It is fun to take photos of friends and family. With the latest in digital technology taking photos is easier and faster than it has ever been before. Even so there is something to be said about the quality of photographs that people take at home. Not everyone has a natural affinity with cameras or technology and the same can be said about compositions and lighting. When taking a family photo that really matters, a moment in time that needs to be captured such as a gathering of multiple generations it is sometimes best to have custom photos taken by a professional photographer. Capturing a spur of the moment expression of situation is one reason why people own cameras. Cameras are becoming smaller and easier to use as time goes on, you can even take photos from your phone! But what about the quality of these photographs are they really something you want to sent over seas to Grandma or print out and hang in the living room? Not likely! So what do you do when you want to have a high quality photograph of your new family or an updated family photo to capture how big your children have grown? The best way to do this it to hire someone to come into your home or to a location that has meaning to you and your family and have custom photos done. Having a professional photographer come take your photo is easy, fun and not as expensive as you might think! There are lots of different types of photographers out there and they are usually very accommodating to the needs of an individual family. When a photographer comes into your home their goal is to take high quality portraits of you that have depth and meaning. Its not like going into a big department store where the only special treatment you will receive is a not so fancy backdrop. When taking a custom family photo it is the small intricate details that really tell the story. ***  

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