Survey Says...Brides Regret Not Spending More on Photos

Taken from Digital Wedding Forum blog, I couldn't have put it better myself:

Well there you have it! Right there in black and white. Good photography is worth paying for but 22% of Brides don’t realize it until after the wedding is over.  What the heck can we do about that?Online printer/image host/publisher Shutterfly released their most recent survey results today and amongst a few worthless facts (like blue is color of the season) there was some valuable information.Should’ve spent less on the dress; more on the memories. Of survey respondents married within 12 months prior to the survey, 28 percent felt they didn’t spend enough money on the honeymoon; 22 percent felt the same about the photographer. 19 percent of the same sample reported spending too much on the bridal gown and food.So this either means that 22% of the surveyed brides either wanted more product or there are a bunch of hack wedding photographers out there who aren’t living up to brides' expectations. Interesting food for thought no matter how you look at it…

I can't tell you how often people say to me (when I tell them that I am a wedding photographer), "Oh, we never got our wedding pictures from our photographer!" or "I wish I would have spent the money to hire someone like you instead of just telling my wedding guests and/or my friend to snap some pictures."As professional photographers, we value brides who value photography.  It means their priorities are straight, they already trust us to do a good job, and their wedding, as a result, will be nothing short of awesome to photograph.

FAQ Friday: RAW vs. JPG

Q: Do you shoot RAW or JPG? A: We shoot everything in RAW for the greatest amount of control in post processing later on.  If you totally botch a photo's exposure or white balance, it is far more salvageable if it was photographed in RAW than if it was shot as a JPG.  RAW records detail that, if blown out, is recoverable.However, I will add that I personally shot JPG when I was learning, which helped me become a more accurate photographer instead of someone who wildly clicks away with lesser regard for whether the photo is exposed or not (as RAW is more easily fixed in post).  Obviously if you shoot in RAW you need to have more storage space at your disposal as well.  Right now my "2010" hard drive has a 2TB capacity, and I may add more before the year is out.Pros of Shooting JPGThere tends less work in post to 'finalize' the picture---it's done for you in the camera. Many photographers claim that shooting in JPG format makes their images "snappier," likely due to this reason.JPG image files take up less space on both capture cards and hard drivesPros of Shooting RAWLost data (image detail) is recoverable from a RAW fileThere is more control over basic aspects of exposure, white balance, contrast, and other post-processing effectsWe use Adobe Camera RAW for processing, and more frequently Adobe Lightroom for batch RAW processing.

FAQ Friday: Telling a Story Without Words

Today's Q was sent from my friend Trevor:Q: What are some tips for telling a story without words?A: Man, way to go jumping right into the difficult questions right off the bat, Trevor!To be honest, there's no fast-n-easy answer to this (such as, "oh, first you have to go buy the special Storytelling Lens") because I think the best way to capture and portray a story without using words is experience and anticipation.  Since most of the time at a wedding you're relying on your subject's expressions to primarily tell the story of how they feel and what they're doing, it's key to be able to anticipate reactions and shoot while they're happening.  For example, which photo do you think tells more of a story: A father-of-a-bride giving his daughter a hug, or a close-up of his face when he sees her in her wedding dress? The former is a depiction of a supportive father, but the latter is a depiction of their whole relationship.The other point I can mention about "telling stories" using images instead of words is: layers. Use composition to create layers within the photo so viewers can see the entire scene and more fully understand what's happening:This photo depicts relevant information in both the foreground AND the background and is a good example of using layers within a composition to tell a story.Hopefully this was helpful!  Try looking at my images as well as other photographers' work and see if you can find some of the elements of what I discussed today :)