Here is another round of [FAQ'S for Photographers]. We receive alot of questions from other photographers and we are trying our best to answer them all!
We hope you find these FAQ’S useful and helpful. xo
Where do you find inspiration to keep your photography creative and fresh?
I 100% find it in my clients. Each couples love is so unique and different, so I do my best to capture who they really are and how they connect with one another.
Do you like to use flash? Or do you prefer to work with natural light?
We have mentioned this before in previous posts, but we love natural light, and use it 99% of the time.
What advice do you have for photographers starting out?
Practice, practice, practice…and then practice some more!! Know your camera inside and out. Get yourself comfortable in ANY lighting situation (this will relieve alot of stress for you on the wedding day, when you know you can shoot anywhere and nail the shots!)
What do you do when ‘Uncle Bill’ is following you around with his nice camera while you are doing formal/bride & groom photos?
To be honest, I have never really ran into this issue. Mainly because I make sure to educate my brides BEFORE the wedding day by sending them a ‘helpful tips & reminders’ email & it is mentioned in our contract. It not only makes there day go much more smoothly, but it helps me not run into any uncomfortable situations.
What type of camera bags do you own to hold your Camera gear?
For Weddings & Engagements, I have the Shootsac. Which is perfect for fast lens changes and is very comfortable to wear!
I also have a quilted *Emera Camera purse that I love! It makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn and is perfect for work & personal use.
And finally, when going to each wedding and travelling for destination weddings, I have a Lowepro bag. Which is great for carry everything and keeping it safe and sound.
When you shoot destination weddings, do you ‘check’ your camera gear with your other luggage?
Heck no! I carry that bulky bag on the plane with me. Wherever I go, it comes with me. I have travelled quite a bit, and I have learned that airlines are terrible for losing luggage. And that is one peice of luggage that I cannot lose. I would die a thousand deaths, if I showed up at the destination airport and they said my camera bag was lost….
So like I said, it comes with me. If I had to, I would jump on the conveyer belt and ride the plane in the cargo hold with all the luggage- hey, at least there would be more leg room ;)
Sometimes when I check in, they notice how bulky it is and they will weigh my Lowepro bag, and of course, it will be over weight. But then I distribute lenses and cameras between the Lowepro and my *Emera Camera purse. (you are allowed 1 personal bag and 1 carry on bag). And once I am back on the plane, I put it all back into my Lowepro bag. sneaky sneaky.
Do you always shoot at a 1.2 aperture or wide open?
Nope. I sure don’t. Lenses are known to be sharper at the 2-2.8 range. There is alot of hype about shooting ‘wide open’, which, don’t get me wrong can make for beautiful amazing shots, however, alot of time I find that staying in the 2-2.8 range makes for crisper/sharper images.
So, the wedding is over, what do you do?
I get into my car, play some lovey-dovey songs from my ipod, think about how much I love Matt and how grateful I am to have him. Seriously. Weddings put me on a ‘love high’.
Once I get home, I throw myself on couch & bed, and Matt will give me the best foot massage in the world. He knows how tired they are after a wedding.
After that, I back up all of my images to three different places. Desktop, and 2 external hard drives. Once they are all backed up, I sleep soundly.