You are a wedding photographer and love to bring out the beauty of your subjects. You understand that it is reasonable if your brides want to look their best on their wedding day. So it might not surprise you if a bride-to-be approaches you with photo edit requests on or before her wedding day. And why not? It is her big day. She wants to look beautiful and be the center of attention. She wants everything to look perfect, at least in her wedding photographs. That’s the reason she hired you.
Thanks to technology and editing software like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, there is so much that you can do when it comes to editing and retouching wedding photos. It has become a trend, for example, to smooth skin or flatten the stomach in photographs. But as a photographer, especially if you are just starting out, the question isn’t always what you can do, but maybe what should you do, and perhaps even, how much should you charge to do it?
First, it might be helpful to know what common edits brides may request, and have a plan in place for how to set expectations for what is reasonable, and what might be above and beyond your skill level. Because brides may sometimes request very specific — and very time-consuming edits, and they might get upset if things don’t go their way.
You dress to the nines, put on makeup, wear your best jewelry for a party — but nobody compliments you.
You work on the fence of your house all da, repair it by evening and now it looks like new. Yet, your spouse doesn’t say a word about it.
Aren’t these scenarios a bit unsettling?? It is because everybody wants and loves appreciation! Not receiving feedback for all your efforts is heartbreaking.
This holds true for every individual and every business. Wedding photography businesses are no different. If your clients don’t tell you that they enjoyed your company and your work, how would you know? That’s why getting good reviews is crucial for your growth as a photographer and a business owner.
Receiving good reviews is more than just feeling appreciated. It has many other benefits for your business. Read below.
You capture some of the most beautiful moments of a couple’s life on their wedding day. The couple sees it all through your eyes — an overwhelmed groom or a teary-eyed father of the bride. You create magic by photographing emotions, love, and romance. You edit the photos, share sneak peeks, and then send all those fabulous images to the newly-weds.
After doing such an awesome job, you might even be showing it off on social media quite proudly. And that’s good! But, have you ever thought of using slideshows to showcase your skills and your amazing line of work?
Videos are one of the most powerful marketing tools today. And slideshows help photographers tell stories with photos and music. This makes slideshows a game-changer for wedding photographers
As a wedding photography business owner, advertising has probably crossed your mind. Do you want to draw more clients to your business? Do you want to remain visible to prospective clients? Magazines, sample albums, leaflets, brochures, or events are all avenues of advertisement. They all are essential for the success of a professional photographer. But, in this digital age, you need to go further and use online and social platforms as well to get more clients.
This means advertising your wedding photography business on Facebook might not be a bad idea. According to data from Pew Research Center, 70% of Facebook users in the U.S. log into it on a daily basis. Less than 59% log into Instagram, 38% into Twitter, and 27% into Pinterest.
Everyone loves hearing a good ‘Thank you’ — especially your wedding clients. They love it when you tell them you enjoyed being their wedding photographer! After all, you played a significant part in their love story. Thanking your brides and grooms show them that you really care and this wasn’t just another job for you… it’s also a way to get loads more referrals!
You are the one who, through your photography, immortalizes the moments lived by them. You capture the emotions experienced by them during their engagement or wedding day and they’ve probably built up a TON of respect for the work you do. Now, all you have to do is to thank them, and there are several great ways to do this.
Read below for 10 of our favorite ways to thank your wedding couples!
Lightroom can be a fickle beast… but a powerful one. If you’re serious about editing your wedding photos, chances are you’re going to need to wrap your head around Lightroom at one point or another. So we’ve decided to put together five quick tips to get you started on your photo editing journey in Lightroom.
Wedding photography is your passion and love. It keeps your creative soul satiated. It helps you grow so much as a person and experience a great variety of human emotions. But… wedding photography is also your bread and butter. The more brides and grooms you photograph, the better for your business. The number of weddings you book is directly proportional to your business expansion. You should always be trying to book more weddings!
So how many weddings are you booking each year? Have you managed to reach your goal, but don’t know how to take it further from there? Remember, a growing business needs to be approached differently than a new business.
In this blog, we’re giving you 20 ways to book more weddings every year and grow your business the way you want to.
ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!
As a wedding photographer, you’ve probably Googled ‘best photo locations near me’ many times when looking for unique shooting locations for your couples. It can be a challenge — finding the perfect spot. It’s also a challenge finding the perfect spots you haven’t already used for other clients…
You don’t want to fill your portfolio with different couples all in the same poses at the same locations. Plus, your clients often want locations and shots that are unique to them and their love. So how do you find those new and amazing photo locations (or use familiar locations in new and exciting ways)?
Find out in this week’s Fast 5!
Let’s get to it!
Capture Unique Photos in Any Location You Find
1. Make It Personal
Clients don’t often realize what makes them unique or what resources they have available to them. You can ask them the place of their first meeting or engagement place through questionnaires when they book you. It can be an indoor cooking class or an outdoor park.
You can ask them about places special to them as a couple, they might have fond memories of some locations, and this will give you a cue for a good location. It can range from a nightclub to a university or maybe even a museum!
2. Prioritize Light Over Background
If you find a great background for a portrait, but the sun is directly in your clients’ eyes, they have sun and shade spots on them, or they’re in the shade with a bright background — your photo won’t be stellar. But if you have a simple or nondescript background with fabulous lighting, you will likely end up with a high-impact image. Great lighting is far more important than the background. So stop looking for great backgrounds and start looking for amazing light!
3. Compositional Elements
Shadows aren’t objects per-se but they can function as such. Lines can help to lead your eye to the subject, as well as frame your subject. You can find so many reflective surfacesat your photography locations. You just have to be on the lookout for them if you want to incorporate them into your images. You can also useshallow depth of field and foreground elements. Another compositional element you can be on the lookout for when choosing locations is the opportunity to change your shooting perspective.
4. Change It Up at Familiar Spots
There are places you are so used to shooting at. They are great and familiar. Clients keep choosing them because they are popular, but it can become monotonous for you to photograph your couples there. So what can you do when you get another client request for the same location? Just walk around the place and choose a different spot — maybe a different landscape if the location offers that diversity. You can capture these locations in new and exciting ways by playing with light and shadows a little differently than the last time.
5. No More Excuses
Though this post is about finding locations to photograph your clients, we would say maybe we all need to stop relying so heavily on great locations in order to make great images. Because, it’s you who makes amazing images — not locations. So no more excuses! You can make a great image ANYWHERE.
After the engagement session, as the wedding date gets closer, there is still much to be done.
Sometimes the gap between engagements and weddings is a full year, so how do you often use that time? Do you relax and put off preparations until one week before the date? If so, you may already know how much stress this can create for you and your clients.
So what should you be doing? Perhaps you could list everything you have learned about the couple so far — which poses suit them, what they expect from you and what gear would be best to bring for their big day.
These kinds of notes will help you a lot when planning your wedding workflow. But there are still so many ways to improve your workflow before, the day of and after the wedding.
Having a solid workflow foundation in place will benefit not only you, but your clients as well.
Long gone are the days when wedding photographers used to capture beautiful images, turn them into albums or prints, and eventually forget them. With the advancement of technology, photographers have so many ways of storing and seeing their work over and over. They can share their amazing work at different platforms and attract potential clients. This has helped them build a name and earn recognition in the wedding photography industry.
Although most photographers these days share their work on social media, a good number out of them ignore the benefits of blogging. Blogging is one of the most beneficial tools for your business.
You can start your own blog and also make submissions to other popular wedding blogs, which have a mass appeal and reach out to a larger audience. You send them your images with some description and voila! They beautifully craft a well-worded blog featuring you and showcasing your images.
Here’s how getting published on popular wedding blogs can help your photography career: