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The Feedback from our last “Stuck in Automatic Class” has been fantastic.
The light has been ignited for many and it is such a great feeling to be able to share this passion I have.
I know that all my ladies from our class are paying close attention to their metering system with a guaranteed smile as I so well referred to the metering system in our camera constantly searching for that perfect shade of grey! You guest it, completely opened up the trap for myself to fall right into while making all the ladies in the class turn bright red, myself included.
Never a dull moment in class even while talking about metering system…who knew!
A powerful day!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of teaching a photography class at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver. The group could not have been more eclectic but all with a common goal: “ Make me fall back in love with my camera.”
Within the first 5 minutes of intro, I could sense we were in for a treat. I never saw people connecting so fast, everyone sharing a common passion that goes beyond words. I could see mini light bulbs going off every minute as I guided them through the journey. By the end of the day, we had moved from snapping pictures to creating fine art. It was empowering.
Stay tune for part 2, I’ll tell you how I got all the girls to blush talking about metering system and exposure (sexy, I know), yes only a french girl could get herself in that embarrassing situation.
“What’s your opinion? Should I get a second shooter?” I get asked this all the time and my answer is always, “Undoubtedly, yes.” And here’s why.
1. You get more photos. One photographer can only take so many photos; two photographers can take that many more. Once you’ve found a photographer whose work resonates with you, you can generally be assured that their second shooter will as well. After all, everything shot during your wedding is the first photographers responsibility and ultimately it’s their reputation on the line so you’ll be in good hands.
2. You get more candids and detail shots. The main photographer has to focus on the key points of the wedding while the second photographer can concentrate on candids and detail shots. For example while the main photographer is getting the formal shot of the couple, the second photographer is watching the family and guests to capture a moment of emotion or laughter that would have otherwise been missed. Alternately, the second shooter may have the same general viewpoint but instead captures a less formal angle of it.
Check out both examples below. The first two are from the same moment but different viewpoints. The bride in full color walking down the aisle and the groom in black and white brushing away a tear. The second set of photos are the same moment but similar viewpoint, however two very different feels have been captured.
3. A different angle. Having a skilled main photographer and a capable second shooter adds dimension to your final collection. The two angles will give you insightful perspectives because your coverage is doubled. In a way, it provides the main photographer with eyes in the back of their head. Wherever my lens is pointed, I instruct my second shooter to be pointing theirs in the opposite direction.
Collectively great moments are caught and photos that will bring memories and perhaps a tear to your eye will be gazed upon for decades to come.
1. Hire a hot photographer.
It’s true. A hot photographer will deliver hot photographs to you. When you find the one that you click with, book them fast. Top photographers book up to a year in advance and you don’t want to miss out.
2. To pose or not to pose…
This is the question. Photojournalistic? Or Formal? Love can be caught in both and both are needed. But character and raw emotion are found in photojournalistic work. Consider giving your photographer creative leeway to explore this area.
3. Practice makes perfect.
A little warm up during an engagement session let’s you get use to the photographer and them get used to you. Let’s face it, we aren’t usually accustomed to having a rather large lens in our proximity and it can be a little daunting for some.
4. Ignore the photographer.
Unless of course they are offering a suggestion. Then listen, please. Otherwise a great photographer will make themselves blend into the crowd and be subtle in movement and presence. The more you can pretend they aren’t there, the better photos you will receive. Even if you feel the camera is on you, don’t stop what you’re doing to look up and smile.
5. Hire a good make up artist.
There isn’t much more that needs to be said on this one. Natural, natural, natural. Oh yes, and flawless.
Is a boudoir shoot for you? Generally, the husband-to-be will offer a lot of encouragement on this one. An even better idea is to do this on your own and save the photos or album as a surprise.
Here’s a few things to take into consideration when making your decision:
1. You’re spending a lot of time getting in shape and looking your best. Personally, I would want to document that.
2. Set aside a few hours so that there’s time to do your makeup and hair.
3. Bring at least 2-3 outfits. White and black are a must and a color could be a consideration.
4. Find a comfortable location that works for you. Your home, a friends home or a hotel. If the weather is agreeable, outdoor locations can be amazing.
5. Might be fun to have a friend there to help ease the moment.
6. Make sure you really, really like your photographer because let’s face it, you’ll be sharing a fair amount!