Have you ever been on a cruise and had the experience of having those awkward, pushy cruise-ship photographers force you into taking a photo that you don't want taken at all the most inopportune moments you can image?
There you are just trying to enjoy a nice vacation and every time you turn around (or the best... every time you've just taken a big bite to eat), they are there snapping photos and yelling, "smile," "look this way," "oh do that one more time."
Now imagine that on your wedding day.
There you are on wedding day, you've started to walk down the aisle with your father and he is whispering...
Typically when I'm at a wedding and I see a traditional-looking gazebo, I try to divert my
attention before I hear a guest blurt out a well-intentioned, although misguided, suggestion
of taking photos in it.
It's not the gazebo's fault -- some of them are well-built, expensive, and even look really nice.
But for some reason, the gazebo symbolizes the traditional aspect of wedding photography
that I do not want to produce.
I can't look at a wedding gazebo without seeing super cheesy, 80's style, cliche wedding photos
pass through my mind. You know the kind.
Some venues even take it up a notch...
Christina and Daniel had been in a wedding I shot a while back and they were those people that
you just instantly get along with. So when Daniel called me up to tell me he was planning
on popping the big question and that he wanted to see if I could come and photograph the event,
I was very happy to oblige.
Now even though Christina has only been in one or two weddings that I've shot.... I often get
to know my wedding parties quite well, so there was no doubt that if Christina saw me prior
to Dan getting down on one knee, she would recognize me and begin to wonder what exactly
I've heard people say "We're just having a courthouse wedding, we don't need a photographer." Of course, I realize I'm biased in this situation as my livelihood is my photography... but is a courthouse wedding any less of a wedding than a wedding with 200 guests in a grand venue? Just because you may be tying the knot with a few close friends and family does that automatically mean you don't deserve professional wedding photos?
It doesn't have to.
And the thing I love best about courthouse weddings: The freedom! Freedom to hail a cab and just go... wherever we want to take photos. Freedom...
Tabrizi's in Baltimore is among one of my favorite places to shoot for local weddings. Partially because I love anything waterfront, and partially because the food consistently ranks in the top of my own account of "Baltimore's Best Wedding Food" list. They have a great location over in Federal Hill and the owner is on site and actively involved with every wedding they do to make sure everything runs smoothly.
It's wedding award season, and I just received an e-mail that told me I won!! YAY!
When I first started "winning" awards, I really was excited. I thought that my business was being singled out as one of the "top vendors nationwide." It made me feel proud and since it was given to me by TheKnot.com or WeddingWire.com, both huge players in the wedding industry, I thought it meant something.
That was until I realized how naive I was. I started noticing that just about every one of the vendors I work with boasted about the same award. If I really was one of the "top vendors nationwide,"...
Yes, it's quite cliche to write a blog about what you are thankful for on Thanksgiving, forgive me. But it's been a benchmark year for Be Photography, so as I realize that I'm now in my 10th year of business, I'm reflecting on where I started, where I've come, and where I want to go with my photography. I'm thankful for so much that has happened that has helped me along the way.
I'm thankful for:
My wife, who saw potential in me and urged me to give my own business a shot
The chance my father-in-law took on me by fronting me a loan to start this whole wedding photography thing back in 2004
Recently I had an interesting conversation with a potential bride. She called to inquire about the availability of her date, and when I told her that I was available, she got right to the point. She nicely asked if there was any chance for a discount as she thought my prices were a little high, especially considering how few “bells and whistles” I offer.
First, let me say that I always appreciate directness and have no problem discussing my prices! It never hurts to ask, right? However, my rates usually stand pretty firm as I know that I’m more than competitive with other photographers...
You know the saying – “The early bird gets the worm.” Well, that phrase could work in the wedding world too. “The early bride gets the [insert vendor here]!”
For anyone who has ever spoken with or met with me, you know that I don’t allow my clients to book me over the phone or without having a formal meeting/consultation. (And by “formal,” I mean either in person or via Google Hangouts for my out-of-town clients). The reason I do this is because I don’t want to rush my clients; I want them to take their time, think everything through, and not feel rushed to make a decision...
At the beginning of June, I photographed my first destination wedding in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica. The bride contacted me about a year ago asking if I would travel for her wedding, and to this I replied an emphatic YES! She mentioned that the photography packages the resort provided were horrible – lots of money for only an hour or two of coverage. What this means is very few pictures! No getting ready shots, probably no reception shots, no details pictures, and definitely not a day-after session. Just the ceremony and some posed photos after.
I told the bride how much it would...