As a newcomer in the wedding photography industry, you should be quite open to a lot of the possible eventualities out there when it all comes down to it. If you have been doing this for quite a while now, you are probably already well aware of the fact that an Asian wedding photography is something that holds a substantial amount of differences from the usual western weddings that you are probably well accustomed to at some point. If you ever come across a possible gig in Asian wedding photography, then you need to make sure that you are able to prepare well for it in order for you to be able to provide the best possible kind of service to your clients who are paying top dollar for your skills as well as for your expertise.
You have to keep in mind of the fact that the bride and groom are banking on you to be able to really properly document one of the most memorable events of their lives. This in itself should be motivation enough for you to make sure that you always bring your best foot forward and in making sure that they will be getting everything that they would like to get and more, if you can help it.
Talk with bride and groom
The first order of business would have to be your talk with the bride and the groom. Hold a meeting with the couple and discuss everything with them in detail. Discuss what kind of wedding scope they would like you to cover. Also try to find out if you can establish the perimeters of where you stand, artistically speaking. You need to know until where your artistic liberties lie so that you can make sure that you are not overstepping on anything during the actual event. Lay out all of the details to them in black and white and make it as simple as you possibly can. Embellishing anything at this point will actually get to do more harm than good so try to veer away from that as much as possible. Ambiguous language can also prove risky in the event that your clients might misunderstand what they are getting and might end up expecting things that you cannot deliver or you are not willing to deliver.
Learn the rituals
As the professional in charge of an Asian wedding photography gig, you should also go through the motions of really learning about the wedding rituals of that particular culture. Do a lot of research before you act on anything. Doing your research will definitely help you out a lot in determining which rituals are more substantial than the others and you will be able to successfully plan your shots around that aspect.
Asian weddings are usually steeped in tradition and wedding rituals and you need to make sure that you are always on the move and that you are always thinking on your feet to make sure that you do not miss out on any important details. It is also wise if you can get in touch with the couple and ask them for the list of important shots that they think should really be included in the wedding coverage. Make sure that you are able to follow through on this list because at the end of the day, this is not the kind of dispute or argument that you would like to have with your clients.
Manage expectations and find out what the requirements are
Commercial photography is a tricky piece of ice for you to skate on and this is something that you should more or less approach with caution if this is something that you are planning to get into as a career or as a side gig one way or the other. If you have been working on your photography skills as a hobby for quite some time now, then it will come as no surprise that it is something that you are getting better at doing at some point. You will see that acquaintances, friends, and family members will start approaching you to ask you if you can more or less cover some events for them in exchange for a certain fee or for payment. This can seem appealing and this can really be an exciting time for you since you are on the brink of earning money out of something that you are passionate about but you will need to seriously think things through first before you even go ahead and agree to cover it by saying yes.
Find out exactly what the clients are looking for and what they require. Assess yourself objectively and think everything through and be honest about whether or not it is something that you can actually provide.
Understand what the images will be used for
You need to know what the clients have in mind for the usage of the images. Are they having the photos taken for posterity or are they planning to launch a nationwide campaign at some point and use your photos for them? You need to learn about usage rights and license rights as well. This can really affect the pricing and everything else in between so make sure that you ask your clients about it. Commercial photography is all about asking what the entire process is for.
Assess all of the elements that come along with the service that you have to provide and quote accordingly. Make sure that you do not quote too low in such a way wherein you end up losing money but not too high in such a way as well wherein you eventually end up turning your clients off. You need something fairly mid ranged and balanced. This will make things so much more attractive and interesting for your clients and you will still technically get a fairly good enough margin of profit one way or the other.
Prepare for the coverage
Prepare all of the things that you would need to bring along with you during the commercial photography shoot. It varies a lot depending on whether the photo shoot is to be held outdoors, indoors, in close or tight spaces, in areas with limited lighting, and so on and so forth. You need to know exactly what you are getting into so that you will know exactly what to bring. It certainly would seem wrong for you to bring light stands to an afternoon shoot, won’t it?
Blogs are crucial to just about any kind of business out there. They are the best marketing platforms on the internet. They are also quite effective when it comes to establishing your presence online. Wedding photographers, particularly those who have already been around for quite some time now, understand the importance of maintaining a proper blog more than the fairly new ones ever could.
More traffic and redirects to your site could basically mean your next possible client. It is something that might seriously bring you absolutely lucrative results if it is something that you are able to work with long enough at some point or so. Always keep in mind that your blogs are not for your current clients, they are basically for your future clients. It is one of the most important platforms that you should set your eyes on developing.
First things first, make sure that you are posting enough images in the blogs that you are writing.
What you need to make sure is for you to capture enough photos that will be enough to be able to show a story or an illustration of the entire wedding event that you have just covered. You need to be able to show enough proof that you are a wedding photographer who has the capability to cover a full scale wedding from the beginning all the way to the end. You will need at least a minimum of ten photos for the blog post of an entire wedding but it should lean towards more instead of less.
Try to a capture moments of the most important parts of the wedding such as the part where the couple gets ready, details of the wedding, a photo shoot involving the bride and the groom, the party that comes along with the wedding, the actual ceremony, and of course, the reception. Most wedding photographers tend to clip the posting part and are a bit short on the images which don’t make sense because they don’t comprise an entire story.
The second mistake most wedding photographers commit is posting all of their images in their blog in full size.
You have to understand that not each and every single image has earned its right to be posted in full size. It will leave your readers bored and will make the images look kind of redundant at some point. Pay attention to how magazines lay out their images. Some images, the more important ones, should be posted in full size whereas the accent images or the supporting ones should be in slightly smaller ones. This will give your layout depth and variety.
Lastly, veer away from posting too many images.
You do not have to post a lot of images in order for you to be able to tell a story. Stick to the gist of the story that you are trying to tell and remember that simplicity is usually the best way to go. It requires a delicate balance of sorts and if you can handle that, then you’ve got a good thing going there.
1. Create a must-have shot list and keep it on you all throughout the coverage of the wedding event.
This is something that has been happening between wedding photographers and brides and it is something that is basically as old as time. Brides usually get disappointed with wedding photographers who neglect or miss out on some of the most important moments that they would like to get documented in their wedding. This is one of the most common things that brides and photographers disagree about at some point and something that you might want to take care of and get out of the way as much as possible and as early on as you can. The best way for you to be able to go about with an embarrassing and dissatisfying situation such as this would be to have a long and good talk with the bride.
Discuss all of the important moments that the bride thinks she absolutely cannot do without.
Make sure that this is something that you are able to get down on an actual and physical paper list. You should then proceed to go ahead and see if there are any items that you would like to add on for good measure. Having a must-have list would mean that you will be able to keep track of things that you have already captured. Cross things out as you along the way and keep the list on you until you are done with the coverage. Over time, this is something that you basically get better with and you will not need the list at all once you have them all committed to memory.
Change your camera lenses every now and then.
There are some instances wherein people in the wedding tend to get a bit awkward and a tad bit too uncomfortable when you are up in their faces all the time. Sometimes, you need to scoot back a little and get out of the way and pretty much take your photos from a comfortable enough distance. You need to make sure that you are able to arm yourself with all of the right equipment that you will need. You need a telephoto lens that will let you take all of the right photos from a distance. That is usually the main reason why you need at least two cameras so that you can house or mount two different lenses on them. It is way faster and way easier for you to swap in between cameras than to have to keep fumbling with different kinds of lenses at some point. Actually, this is a great way to start when filming the couple. Start from a comfortable and far enough distance then work your way forward as you go along.
Know the people around
It also helps if you go through the trouble of finding out the names not just of the bride and the groom but of the people who are close to them as well. Try to figure out who the maid of honor and who the best man is as well. Try to be on first name basis with them if you can pull it off.
Newborn photography gets much more dimension and gets so much more interesting when you incorporate the aspect of props. Props add in the fun factor to the photo shoot. For most of the newborn photographers out there, the shopping around and the act of collecting the props and getting them all together is almost just as fun as using them in the actual photo shoot. If you are not that much of a shopper, there is no need to rush. Take your time and go about this slowly and surely. Sometimes, the pieces pop up when you are not really looking for them, like when you are just walking around on a weekend and stumble upon a church fire sale or something similar to that.
If you are starting to collect your own set of props for newborn photography, it is important to know exactly what you are looking out for so that you will know when to buy when you see them. This article aims to give you a rundown of some of the most basic and essential newborn photography props you can definitely use.
Wraps are awesome especially if you are just starting out if newborn photography. Babies like the feeling of security and the warmth brought about by being wrapped. Investing in several pieces of wraps is always a good thing. Start out with the gauze ones and you can build on from there. They are also great alternatives for clothing and can be used for when parents are not that comfortable with having their babies being photographed in the buff. Most babies do not like the feeling of having their feet and their hands free and they really love the solace and that comfort from being wrapped so this really is one of the best things for you to start with.
Blankets are awesome for babies. Try to look for blankets that have a rich texture and nice colors as well. One rule of thumb that you should always remember when you are looking for blankets is for you to make sure that the blankets that you do buy are soft to the touch. It is never advisable to put a rough blanket on a newborn. It will make the newborn baby extremely uncomfortable and might even go to the extents of chafing his skin, and that is something that you should avoid by all means. Try to go for soft and solid colors and do your best to veer away from anything printed. The reason why prints are discouraged is because of the fact that they may be visually confusing at some point.
Faux furs are wonderful additions to your prop box for newborn photography. They are oftentimes soft to the touch. That in itself is one main reason why you should have it there in the first place. Their textures are very rich and they are oftentimes extremely thick. This can be something very comfortable for newborn babies to lie on or sleep on. Not only that, faux furs photograph quite nicely and the best part of it all is that they come cheap and you can purchase them in bulk or even by the yard.