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What if we don’t want any posed photos of our wedding?

Posted by Mike Voss on Saturday, December 1, 2012, In : wedding photography 

You want a photojournalist who will record your wedding day as it unfolds
without orchestrating the photos. You’ll want to make it clear to your family,
your bridal party, and your guests that the photographer will not be staging
events or posing photos during the day. The photographer will remain in
the background and shoot unobtrusively. This is very difficult for many wedding
photographers. They can’t shoot from a “shoot list” when asked to work this way.


Keep in mind there are...

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Do we want a wedding photographer who shoots film or digital?

Posted by Mike Voss on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, In : wedding photography 

Nowadays many people find it hard to tell the difference between film and
digital capture, and photographers will tell you that what they do is best.
You’ll need to trust yourself and go with what you like.

Recently there has been a movement, by some photographers, back to film
because they like the look of it. Most non-photographers, it seems to me, would
be hard pressed to tell the difference.

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Why should you hire a professional wedding photographer?

Posted by Mike Voss on Saturday, July 21, 2012, In : wedding photography 

A professional photographer is accustomed to dealing with people under stress,
and today’s weddings are the very definition of stressful, especially for the bride.


As a bride you don’t want to be standing at the altar ready to exchange vows
with the love of your life only to look out and wonder why ‘’the photographer’’
does not seem to be able to get his camera to work. I have attended a wedding
as a guest and witnessed this.


Part of the job of the professional ph...

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Posted by Mike Voss on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : wedding photography 
I don't know Alex Garcia of the Chicago Tribune. We've met a 
couple times, but I can't imagine anyone could have explained any better
the photographers you want to avoid than he does here on his blog:

Assignment Chicago

If you're a bride, a groom, a parent, or even a photographer
you should read this.

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How much time will you spend at our wedding?

Posted by Mike Voss on Monday, April 16, 2012, In : wedding photography 

That depends on your wedding and your budget. Many couples want
photos before the ceremony – the bride dressing, the men getting ready,
first look etc. Some couples opt to have formal portraits done before the
ceremony and sometimes the groups with the bridal party, family and friends
are done immediately after the ceremony at the church and/or other locations.
Many photographers prefer to finish with the reception after the cake is cut, the
first dance has been danced and the bouquet and g...

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How long will it take to get our proofs, our album?

Posted by Mike Voss on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : wedding photography 

This will vary from photographer to photographer and taking a
little longer is not necessarily a bad thing. You want your proofs
and final order(s) to be done right. Generally you’re looking at
weeks, maybe 6 weeks, to get your proofs. Most photographers
will tell you that getting your album or book depends on you and
when you place your order. Brides and Grooms get busy after the
wedding and sometimes getting an order placed may require calls
from the photographer or studio. Some studios p...

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Do we need a second photographer?

Posted by Mike Voss on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : wedding photography 

Some photographers recommend a second photographer. Often the need
depends on the size of your wedding and on the number of guests. At some
weddings one photographer will concentrate on formal posed photos while a
second photographer will function as a photojournalist, capturing the day as it
unfolds. If that appeals to you go for it. Some studios include a second photographer
or an assistant in their package prices.

If you’re being charged extra for a second photographer be sure to ask a...

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What technical qualities should we look for in sample wedding photos?

Posted by Mike Voss on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : wedding photography 

Light is the most important aspect of any photograph, both the quantity
and quality of the light which should appear natural and flattering,
whether it’s available light or created with flash. Incorrect use of on-camera
flash flattens facial features and creates harsh shadows. A professional
should not create photos with red eye under any circumstances.

The colors should look natural and be rich in tone. Black and white images
should contain rich grays and detail in both the darkest and l...

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Why is wedding photography so expensive?

Posted by Mike Voss on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : wedding photography 

It can cost $20,000 to outfit a professional photographer. There are also costs
you can’t see like computers, software and insurance. You want to be
absolutely certain the photographer you hire has high quality equipment
and back up equipment. You are paying for expertise which would be hard to
put a price tag on.

Many couples underestimate the cost of photography. It’s not unusual to
spend ten to thirty percent of the entire wedding budget on photography when
it’s all said and done....

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Another question to ask a wedding photographer

Posted by Mike Voss on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : wedding photography 

Who influenced you as a photographer?

This might seem like an odd question, but professional photographers,
like musicians or painters (the ones who paint on canvas, not on houses),
should have been mentored or influenced by someone. They should be
glad to share that information with you whether it’s a world famous photographer,
a teacher, or the guy who owns a local studio. There should be at least one name
he can share with you off the top of his head.

When I hire a photographer I google ...

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Another wedding photographer question - who owns the photos?

Posted by Mike Voss on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : wedding photography 
Who owns the photographs taken at our wedding? 

Photographs are copyrighted as soon as they are created.
The photographer owns the photos and reproducing them without permission
is a crime at worst, and bad karma at best. It's stealing. It's also a copyright violation for
your local drug store to print them for you so if you want to reproduce them legally
ask your photographer to provide digital images on a disc and a ''reproduction rights letter''.
This is the right way to go about getting ...

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How do we find a professional wedding photographer?

Posted by Mike voss on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : wedding photography 
You can search the internet, or the yellow pages. Attend bridal fairs
in your area. Caterers, planners, disc jockeys and dress designers
also deal regularly with wedding photographers. They can steer you
towards, or away from, photographers based on their experience. If you
 know a local photographer that's a great place to start, but it's also a
good idea to talk to others as well.

Probably the best way to find a qualified photographer is to ask your
family and friends, especially anyone yo...

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The first question to ask a wedding photographer

Posted by Mike voss on Friday, September 30, 2011, In : wedding photography 

Will you be photographing our wedding or will it be someone else?

Because weddings are booked in advance and photographers move around
(and change careers) like everyone else these days, it's not unusual for a
photographer to move on by the time your wedding day rolls around if you're
dealing with a large studio.

There's not much you can do to prevent this other than follow up by asking
when you can meet the photographer who will actually be photographing
your wedding. You should insi...

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