We get a lot of the same emails from different Brides, and so we thought it would be
fitting to do a blog post to answer some of the more common questions.
Our answers are to try to make your wedding day go as smoothly as possible!
(plus a mini, mini sneak peek for Theresa!!)
1) On our wedding day, should we allow other people to take pictures during our ceremony?
Great question! This is totally up to you. But here are our thoughts, from having attended (photographed) a lot of weddings.
With cameras & photography being very popular right now, and with you (the Bride) being so dang beautiful, people can
be a little bit picture crazy. I have attended weddings, where the minister/marriage commissioner never said anything
about “not taking photos…letting the pro do it” and honestly, it was a feeding frenzy. Flashes were constantly, CONSTANTLY
going off all over the place & it felt like paparazzi; rather then a wedding. A marriage.
Personally, what we recommend is that you have your minister/marriage commissioner ask that guests tuck their cameras
away (and for what its worth, cell phones…if its not mentioned, one always seems to ring!) and let the professional handle the
photos during the ceremony. But that guests are more then welcome to take as many photos as they would like during the signing
of the registrar. Again, this is totally up to you. It is your wedding day. BUT if you want your guests to relax & just watch your ceremony
it is best to say something, or else it seems to be human nature to not take it all in, but rather spend the entire ceremony trying to get a
great shot (which, lets face it, can be really hard to capture from a seat with people all around & in front of you).
2) I know that we will receive the images on DVD “beautifully enhanced”,
but does that mean that you will thin down parts of me,
or touch up my moms roots in photoshop, or remove the mole on my shoulder in every photo? (etc).
No. It does not. The images that you will receive on your DVD will be all color corrected, massaged in photoshop to look spectacular
with that “pow” or “pop” factor that is much better then an image SOOC (straight out of camera) (see examples HERE).
If you wish to have additional re-touches done to your favorite photos (or really really hate that mole), we can most
definitely do that for you. Our photoshop fee is by qoute- so please inquire with your photographer. If you let us know what you want done,
and how many images (details) we can give you a rough quote on how long it would take & final cost.
3) We have a family member/friend who is trying to get into photography,
can they tag along during formals, ( Bride & groom, family or wedding party pictures) and take pictures? It would be great for their portfolio &
good experience to shoot with pros like you guys!
No. This is not because we are trying to make a sale, or squeak more money out of you….and are worried that your cousin may
have the exact same photos….. After all, you receive all of your images on DVD, Beautifully Enhanced and Full (high) resolution.
You don’t need (if you don’t want to) to order any images from us. You have the power. Cousin doesn’t need to capture the same shot.
You will be gaining nothing!
Secondly depending on the situation of where we are shooting, his flash firing when ours is firing can over-light the subjects &
overexpose you in our images, thus ruining the shot & making photos take MUCH longer while we make adjustments & try to guess
when his flash may fire!
Thirdly, while YOU might know who you have hired….often the people in the photo (cousin, brother in law, etc) don’t know.
When 2 people are standing in front of them, both with big fancy cameras, they do not know which one to look at. Therefore,
some people always look at one camera while some people look at the other & it ruins the photo as the eyes are not in the same
place. Again, you receive all of your images on DVD, so you can make prints, copies (or email) those photos to the various
family members to have. Again, you have the power! They are YOUR photos! We are capturing them for you! Your guests
can just enjoy the day. It is being documented for them.
Thirdly, it is a little bit unethical for your relative/friend to build a portfolio on shots that we have totally set up.
Essentially they would be showing people those shots as their work, when in reality, they are 90% our work. A
large part of photography is the creativity/posing and shooting over someones shoulder and using that as
their wedding portfolio is a little bit misleading & unethical.
A few years ago, I was shooting a wedding in Banff & had spent quite a bit of time setting up a fabulous shot,
on the edge of a mountain with an amazing view & the veil blowing. I had pre-found the spot & pre-planned the pose
knowing what I was trying to create for my couple. I got my shots (LOVED THEM!) and as I turned around and looked up,
up on the hill, hiding behind the tree was the limo driver with a massive zoom lens taking the same shot.
When I asked him what he was doing, he said he was getting in to wedding photography. He had been hiding & shooting
behind me! Wow.
So the answer is no. Not only does having your friend/cousin buzzing around me while I am trying to create tender images
of the two of you wreck the feeling & comfort level necessary to get such tender looking photos, it is just plain unethical.
It can also be dangerous! When I was first starting out, I didn’t have this policy in place and the bride’s friend was trying to
build her portfolio. While I was taking a series of shots, she had come and stood right behind/side me and I hadn’t noticed
(being caught up in what I was doing). I went to move quickly to get another angle and tripped over the friend and fell down.
Thankfully I wasn’t hurt very badly, and thankfully I was able to secure my camera mid-air so that it didn’t come crashing down
on the concrete!
The best way to let guests know this policy, is to think of who are your camera happy friends & just let them know in
advance. If it happens on the wedding day, as per your contract, it is your responsibility to ask your friends/family members
to please stop.
Your guests are more then welcome to take all of the reception photos & candids that they want. We are just addressing the posed formal
portraits here (and ceremony photos if you choose to limit guests there. But that is YOUR choice.)
For those people who wish to learn from us and second shoot with us, we are more then willing to teach! That info is HERE.