In addition to the bride and groom portraits, bridal party photos, and detail photos, as the wedding photographer, you are also in charge of documenting the ceremony. However – ‘Where to stand as a photographer during the ceremony?’ – is a valid question whether you are a beginner or a longtime pro. The answer to this question is complex as there’s no single rule that can be applied to all weddings you photograph. A wedding ceremony may last from 15-30 minutes, but this might differ for weddings from different cultures. However, one rule will always apply: Try your best to not draw attention to yourself. While you might have to find your best spots depending on the venue, in this blog, we suggest five spots you could consider for wedding ceremony photography.[···]
With the ever-changing trends in wedding photography, the job of a wedding photographer has become more than just about documenting the day. Now a wedding photographer also has to know (and show) the wedding photography style that appeals to clients who ultimately are looking for what they offer. We have seen styles evolve over time and watched photographers and customers take a common style and fine tune it to become truly theirs – ultimately becoming the photographers they are today. From artistic to documentary, this blog post is a compilation of our favorite wedding photography styles. Which one is yours?[···]
Couples spend a long time planning their weddings and pay a lot of attention to even the smallest details. The flowers, the cake, the reception set-up, the table settings – they are all planned with purpose and bonus! they make for amazing pictures too. Even though every wedding is different, there are some detail photos that are common at most weddings. From the rings to the dress, there’s likely something in these details that are personally connected to the couple that, when captured, will help you tell a better story.
Planning weddings is so much work. The bride is busy deciding on her gown, her hair, makeup, and handling all the details of the day. She might also be managing some – or maybe most – of the vendors. The groom has his own things to do, like deciding on his suit, what family to invite, or he might even be in charge of some of the details of the wedding as well. The couple has many things running simultaneously. They often forget a few details here and there. Even if they have help, sometimes they skip a few points during discussions with vendors. This might happen when they are booking you as their wedding photographer.
FEATURING SARA FRANCE
This feature story is ALL about Sara France. Prepare to be inspired.
“Each time a woman stands for herself, she stands for all women.” This quote by writer and activist Maya Angelou holds true in every sense. Be it helping each other with small household chores, understanding each other’s motherhood challenges or even encouraging each other in entrepreneurial ventures, ladies have done it all with confidence.
Here, we are bringing you this special story of Sara France, an international award-winning photographer who started 20 years back and stands not one, not two, but three brands tall today with her amazing all-female team. Sara is a part of a small select group of pro wedding photographers, from all over the world, selected to be among the Sony Artisans of Imagery. She is currently a mentor in Sony’s revolutionary Sony Alpha Female Program. Out of Sara’s many achievements, she was also an exclusive photographer for Apple, sent all over the country shooting many of their iconic images. Additionally, Sara has been an inspiration to photographers as an instructor at the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Trade Show (WPPI).
Technology in the Wedding Photography Industry: Featuring Wedding Photographer & Entrepreneur — Ben Chernivsky
Technology in the Wedding Photography Industry is ever-evolving. And when it comes to an industry like wedding photography, technology is constantly reshaping the playground for wedding and event photographers. Which is why we knew we needed to talk to pro photographer and entrepreneur Ben Chernivsky.
Not only does Ben operate a thriving wedding photography business — This Is Feeling Photography. He also co-owns and operates ZippyBooth, a Chicago-based photo booth rental company that is dependant on Gifyyy, his photo booth software and manufacturing company. Ben and his team have created a complete photo booth system unlike any other. And not only that, but it’s incredibly easy to use, too — something Ben takes a lot of pride in.
“We truly have taken a super complex product like photo booths, and turned it into a 12-pound product that takes 30 seconds to start up,” Ben says. “it’s iPad-based and just very, very simple.” This IS Technology in the Wedding Photography industry.
How Jasmin Neidhart of Flora & Grace Photography Got to the Top
For Flora and Grace, becoming a pro wedding photographer includes being internationally recognized in their first year of business – this is every up-and-coming photographer’s dream! But staying humble, grounded, and focused while this happens is another thing entirely.
Jasmin Neidhart had been in business for just 4 years as Grace and Blush Photography (now Flora & Grace Photography) when she was named one of the 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography in the world by Rangefinder Magazine. The Germany based newcomer had barely even heard of WPPI before being invited to host a photo walk and speak on a panel at the convention earlier this year.
“The panel was about how to build a brand, find your style and overcome insecurities in an industry that can be oversaturated.” So what did Jasmin have in common with her fellow Rising Star award winners? “All of the rising stars built a certain style that was different. When I looked at their work and mine, I think what made us all successful is that we just do our own thing. We don’t care about industry trends or editing trends.”
Featuring Erin Morrison
Taking the guesswork out of client meetings is too much of a time saver for Erin Morrison, wedding photography expert, to worry about the potential fallout from oversharing. The Knoxville, Tennessee based wedding photographer believes knowledge is power, even when it comes to including information on her website that other photographers might consider counterintuitive, like listing her limited availability for elopements.
Featuring Kuoloon Chong & Qiya Ng with Kompactfaen
We hear it all the time. The old saying, “you can’t please everyone.” But in the social media-focused world of wedding photography, going against the grain is tough. The more people like you, the more work you’ll get.
So in an industry that relies so heavily on referrals, ignoring criticism from other photographers and vendors is a big gamble. But it’s one that paid off for Qiya Ng and Kuoloon Chong. Despite a lack of support from their community and colleagues, just one year after the couple created Kompactfaen they were named one of 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography in the world by Rangefinder Magazine.
Featuring Rebecca Yale
“I’m a photographer who shoots weddings?” Rebecca Yale answered my question with a laugh and a rising intonation in her voice that I wasn’t used to hearing. Her answer, which presented more like a question, made me think she wasn’t sure what to say when I asked her what type of photographer she is. The uncertainty in her voice had me abandoning my planned questions to find out why a 20-year photography veteran with a degree in photography and aesthetic philosophy from NYU would answer in such a peculiar way. The answer though – uncovered the roots of overcoming wedding photography stigmas.