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14 Must Have’s on your Wedding Photography Checklist

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Have you ever woken up on the day of a wedding and realized that you forgot to charge your camera batteries the night before? Or perhaps the outfit you were planning to wear was still in the hamper after last weekend’s wedding? It can be easy to forget the number of things you should do in order to prepare for a wedding. Just as you work to create systems for the business aspects of photography, it is important to have a wedding photography checklist in place when it comes to shooting!

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Pro Wedding Photographer Duo Zach and Jody Gray created a robust wedding photography checklist of the essential items that should be done the day before every wedding. By following this, they are able to confidently arrive at each shoot knowing that they have everything they need for it. Ranging from preparing your equipment, to ensuring you have an accurate timeline, to having all of the contact numbers you need, proper preparation will ensure you arrive to the wedding able to focus on your job: taking amazing images and interacting with your clients and guests. Here are 14 things Zach and Jody recommend doing on your pre-wedding day checklist to help you be relaxed and ready to go!

1. Charge equipment

Start charging all of your camera batteries, flash batteries, and two-way radios ahead of time. It can be easy to forget to do this until the morning of the wedding, so set a reminder for yourself the day before to make sure that all of your items that need to be charged are plugged in to an outlet. [···]

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Setting Realistic Turnaround Times for Your Clients

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As a wedding photographer, properly managing your clients’ expectations is crucial to the growth and success of your wedding photography business, especially when it comes to timeframes. Leading up to the wedding day, you most likely had to follow the clients’ schedule – they selected the wedding date, the time the ceremony would be, and how many hours they wanted to book you for. You may have helped plan out the wedding day timeline to ensure there was enough time to take photos throughout the day and to ease the stress of your clients.

Everything you do to help your couples prepare for their special day is great and helps build trust, but after the wedding day is when you can really manage expectations in regards to turnaround time. By properly setting realistic turnaround times for your clients, you can exceed their expectations and turn the trust they have for you and your business into loyalty.

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After the wedding is an exciting time because not only are your clients eager to see one of the most important events in their lives memorialized forever, you are also excited to see the stunning images that you captured and add your Signature Style to them. This is not a phase that you should rush through or spend any less time on. You know how long it takes to get all the images cleaned up and ready for viewing, so it is important that the timeframe you give your couples is accurate and doable on your end. [···]

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Top 5 Tips for Photoshop Techniques

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As a photographer, one of the elements that makes you stand out from the hundreds of other photographers in your area is your Signature Style and the effects you add to your images. After you send your images to a wedding photography post processing company and receive the color corrected images back, this is the time for you to make your images unique and stand out.

In our webinar, Photoshop Techniques for Photographers, fashion photographer Lindsay Adler shared how to create simple yet eye catching visual effects in Photoshop. She believes that by utilizing Photoshop effectively, you can change your vision of beautiful imagery, while optimizing your wedding photography business at the same time. Here are the top 5 tips for Photoshop techniques that you can use on your next set of images.

1. Use Adjustment Layers and Layer Masks

In any photo, if there is a color or tone you don’t like, you can change it through the adjustment layers. By using the adjustment layers, you can alter your photo and make the colors work for your overall vision that you have for the image. For example, with the adjustment layers, you have the ability to alter and minimize or maximize the color hue, saturation, and vibrance of an image to achieve the desired look you are aiming for. [···]

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3 Ways to Create a Community for your Brides

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As a wedding photographer, you are a specialist in creating memories that will last a lifetime for your clients. After you provide your couples with a great experience, they have the opportunity to share how great these moments were with their friends and family members. This is great to have this kind of word-of-mouth reputation. However, it is even better when couples can share their experience of working with you with other couples that have, too—it establishes a unique and special bond between them that you helped form!

One of the best things you can do to achieve this is to bring brides together that have experienced your professionalism and creativity first-hand. This fosters a strong community of brides and continues to build their trust and loyalty with you and your brand, making them lifelong clients. With that in mind, here are 3 ways you can establish a community for your past brides.

1. Organize Events for Your Brides

People love to get together over shared interests or mutual experiences. Simply put, there is nothing like the energy of a room full of people who are all excited to be right where they are. As a wedding photographer, you can help to create a special community of your past brides and organize exclusive events for them. You want to find unique and fun ways for your brides to connect! For example, maybe you are interested in creating a guide like, “10 Things Every Bride Should Know before the Wedding Day.” This would be an excellent time to organize a get together with past brides, so they can share their own stories, and contribute to the success of other brides. [···]

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The Two Most Common Mistakes About the Ideal Client

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed our blog series with The Youngrens so far – if you have missed the first two posts in the series, you can access them here:

Part 1: The 5 Steps to Discovering your Ideal Client

Part 2: ROH: The Secret to Truly Effective Marketing

Today we’re excited to present the third blog post in the series: The Two Most Common Mistakes About the Ideal Client. In this post, The Youngrens cover a couple of the myths photographers may hear when looking for their ideal client. Enjoy the post and think of ways you can change the way about you think about your ideal client from their tips!

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Creating an effective profile of your ideal clients is not an easy task, my friends, but it’s an important one. Knowing who you’re trying to attract to your photography business becomes the foundation of your decision-making process as a business owner, so if you’ve ever felt like your marketing plan is less of a ‘strategy’  and more like wadding up wet paper towels and throwing them against a wall to see what sticks, then I’m here to help. I’ve helped a lot of wedding and portrait photographers build profiles of their dream clients over the years, and the more I teach and research the topic of the ideal client, the more I learn about the common myths and mistakes of this complicated subject – mistakes that I have definitely been guilty of making over the years.

Here are the two most common mistakes that I see photographers making when they begin the process of discovering their ideal client.

Mistake #1: My Ideal Client is ME

I think that a lot of us are guilty of this – at least, I know I am. It’s not a stretch to assume that the couples that I love working with the most are a lot like me. I start to believe that they think like me, act like me, and buy like me. It makes sense to cross-check a decision based on my own personal preferences, asking myself “what would I want to hear if I were getting married?” or “what do I think about this particular photo?” [···]

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Lightroom CC Workflow

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Now that our Lightroom CC Workflow for photographers is here, as a part of our wedding photography editing services, we are giving you the opportunity to grab a year of Lightroom CC for FREE! Through the end of day Friday June 19th, grab UNLIMITED editing and we’ll pick up the tab for Lightroom CC. You’ll solve your post production for the busy shooting season, and also get to take advantage of all the additions to Lightroom’s newest update!

Why should you upgrade to Lightroom CC? It’s the fastest way to get your images exactly how you want them – with the help of ShootDotEdit’s wedding photography post processing services!

Other important benefits for you as a photographer include:

  • Fast importing and exporting of your images
  • Facial recognition and tags allow you to quickly search for the bride and groom
  • Mobile option! Work on your images anywhere at any time!

Related: DotPreview – Everything You Need to Know

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How ShootDotEdit Grows Photographers’ Businesses

As a wedding photography business owner, there are constantly areas of your business that you can improve. Between improving your marketing strategy, personalizing your pricing, and updating your blogging workflow, the possibilities are endless for what you can do to grow your business! The one roadblock you might be familiar running into is finding the time to implement your ideas. We have good news for you! At ShootDotEdit, we believe that your time should be spent working on areas of your business that only YOU can do, meaning that we want to help you out! By utilizing our photo editing services, you can free up time to focus on areas of your busy that need your attention.

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The 10 Must-Have Shots From the Reception

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You just finished shooting a wonderful tear-jerking wedding ceremony, and you nailed all of the must-have shots. As the bride and groom happily run off as husband and wife, you think to yourself, “only 5 more hours left of coverage!” While that can seem exhausting at first, there’s good news! The hard part is over, and it’s almost time for you to capture some fun moments from the party – the reception!

Wedding reception traditions have been around for centuries. As a wedding photographer, it is your job to document these so that your couples can show their children and continue the traditions for years to come. Here are the 10 must-have shots that you must take from the wedding reception – and some fun facts to help you understand the importance of certain traditions!

1. The Grand Entrance

During the cocktail hour, the guests anticipate the arrival of the newlyweds to the reception. Once the couple walks through the doors, music blaring, the host will announce them and the room will go wild. It is the first time that they will be introduced to their friends and family as husband and wife. Make sure you snap a ton of pictures of the excitement on the bride and groom’s face during this moment. [···]

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Who’s Doing it Right on Facebook

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With over 1.35 billion active users on Facebook, this social platform is a great way to share your photography business with current and potential clients, as well as friends and family. Facebook provides photographers with the ultimate marketing tool to grow your business.

Wedding photographer JP Elario uses Facebook to effectively optimize his business. With over 7,700 likes, JP excels at sharing his content with his followers on Facebook. Through stunning images, consistent blog posting, and engaging posts, JP’s Facebook Page invites you to stay awhile. Here are some of the ways that JP uses Facebook to create connections with his clients that you can use in your business!

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