Last week, Sam and I were lucky enough to be photographed by the incredible Natalie Franke & Caitlin Kellagher. These girls are from Annapolis, Maryland…
Because really, how natural is it to stand in a garden/park/beach and be photographed? It’s not! So how do I get my clients to feel comfortable in front of my camera to produce natural images? I admit, this is a huge subject to delve into – but I’m just going to talk about how I approach a shoot and a few techniques I use to get my couples to warm up to my camera in order to produce engaging, natural images.
Have you ever heard the saying, ‘jack of all trades, master of none’? Today, I want to talk about why I have chosen to specialise in weddings for my photography business, how I did it, and why I think it’s a great idea!
I believe the short answer is no.
I studied Graphic Design at University, it was only in my last year that I swapped my elective from Advertising to Photography. To be completely honest, I didn’t learn much in that photography class. This was in 2007, so digital cameras were around, but not as accessible as today. We spent a lot of time on thinking about concepts for photography projects, and not much time on the practical aspects of how to actually use your camera, or how to make a living in photography.
I LOVE my job (can I even call it that?) as a wedding photographer. However, many people don’t realise the huge amount of computer time required, after the wedding has been photographed. I’m embarrassed to admit, before I had systems to streamline my wedding post-production, I’d leave my un-edited weddings sitting on hard drives for weeks! I’d photograph more weddings in between, and suddenly be left with 5 weddings to edit – which was super overwhelming! Working this way not only stressed me out, but was completely unprofessional, unfair to my couples, and ultimately not the way I wanted to be running my business.
I had tried a few workflow systems in the past, but just last year I have found a system that works for me. I can completely finish my wedding post production (including an album design) in less than a week, my office hours are generally 9am – 6pm. My couples get their images faster, I usually have at least one day off, which leaves me recharged creatively, ready to give my absolute best to the next couple I am blessed to photograph.
Here’s how I do it (based on a Saturday wedding):