If you've been reading my blog for any length of time then you know I love to help photographers grow in their craft!!! I love it! I've always encouraged readers to ask questions and I do my best the answer them. Here's a recent email:
Hi Noemi!I am going to be shooting my first wedding in July and I needed some expertise/tips on what I should/shouldn't do, things I should be aware of when shooting a wedding, any pointers or secrets that you use when shooting weddings. i WISH i COULD SOME UP EVERYTHING i DO FOR A WEDDING BUT, THAT'S REALLY HARD.
i SEE MY JOB AS A COUPLE THINGS: PEACEMAKER - FAMILY IS A STICKY THING...DO YOUR BEST TO KEEP THE PEACE, ENCOURAGER - EMOTIONS ARE HIGH, STAY POSITIVE EVEN WHEN THE SCHEDULE YOU WORKED HARD TO CREATE IS OFF BY AN HOUR, BE INSPIRING - GIVE THEM FEED BACK AND LET THE BRIDE AND GROOM SEE YOUR CHOICE SHOTS...IT WILL BUILD EXCITEMENT AND COOPERATION, AND BE CONSISTENT - FOLLOW YOUR LIST...I'VE LEARNED THAT BRIDES LOVE CREATIVITY BUT, IF YOUR FORGET TO TAKE A PICTURE OF GRANDMA THEY WON'T BE HAPPY.
Also, what brand of albums do you use that aren't too expensive/dealers/stores that you shop at; as well as a recommendation on where to have the pictures printed (I am in St. Cloud, MN)
I USE UPLOAD MY IMAGES TO PICTAGE AND USE THE PHOTOBOOKS. I'M LOOKING AT ADDING A COUPLE MORE SAMPLES THIS YEAR...I'LL KEEP YOU POSTED. WHEN i WAS AT WPPI I REALLY LIKE ASUCA BOOKS, AND GRAFFI BOOKS BUT, THEY ARE EXPENSIVE.
As far as contracts go, I am at a loss as to where/what I should write in it and where I should start. Would you possibly be willing to share a copy of your contract for reference purposes?
CONTRACTS ARE VERY PERSONAL...ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU WILL BE LEADING YOUR CLIENT THROUGH IT. i WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT THE CONTRACT THEY CURRENTLY HAVE AS WELL AS MARKETING AND BRANDING BUT, IT'S REALLY SOMETHING WE WOULD NEED TO DO ONE-ON-ONE. THAT'S WHY I'M HOSTING THE WORKSHOP...PART THREE WILL FOCUS ON YOUR BUSINESS.
Thank you so much!!
Meagan Haugeto (a faithful blog reader)
THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE ME...i HOPE MY ANSWERS HELP.