Encore Photography

January 13, 2010

Questions to Ask a Prospective Wedding Photographer

Filed under: Uncategorized — encoreportraits @ 3:32 am

As a photographer I truly love it when potential clients come with questions as I believe it is soo important for them to walk away with answers to their questions and really have a clear view of what that specific photographer offers.

I thought it would be great to list some questions that I have been asked and share them, as knowledge is power and I think communication is a key element in a relationship.

  1. Will you personally be the photographer for our wedding?  This is important as you want to meet the person and see that persons work who will actually be photographing your wedding.
  2. How long have you been a wedding photographer, and how many weddings have you photographed?
  3. Have you handled events of my type and size before?
  4. What are the reasons you think we should hire you?
  5. Is this your recent work that I’m seeing?
  6. I’m looking for a photojournalistic photographer.
    What is your definition of ‘photojournalism’?
  7. How do you know how many pictures to take?
  8. What makes your photographs better or different from anybody else’s?
  9. Why did you choose wedding photography as a career?
  10. What time do you arrive to setup your equipment?
  11. Do you bring backup equipment with you?
  12. How many people will cover the event?
  13. Do you provide a written contract and guarantee?
  14. What are your policies regarding negatives?
  15. What are your policies regarding delivery times?
  16. Is a deposit required? If so, how much?
  17. When is the deposit due?
  18. When is the final payment due?
  19. What is the overtime charge?
  20. Are there any additional charges not mentioned? (i.e. travel)
  21. What are the refunds/cancellation terms?

A question to ask yourself: Has the photographer addressed your personal concerns satisfactorily? 

I hope you find this helpful as again like I said above there is soo much to think about when it comes to hiring the right photographer for your wedding.  I always tell potential clients that there needs to be two elements present when hiring the right photographer for your wedding; 1.  like their work and 2.  like them as you will be spending a lot of time together on one of the most important days of your life.  Something to think about.

January 11, 2010

Wedding Photography and Styles – Photojournalistic vs. Traditional Wedding Photography

Filed under: Uncategorized — encoreportraits @ 5:53 am

This is such a fun time of year as soo many couples were engaged over the holidays, CONGRATULATIONS!  There is a lot to planning a wedding and soo much information to take in so I thought it would be great to help these newly engaged couples on the two most common types of photography and what exactly each of them offer; knowledge is power they say!

Who else would like to know the difference between photojournalistic and traditional style wedding photography?

There is a much confusion surrounding the different styles of wedding photography that professionals are shooting today. Most couples want the style and glamour that they see in magazines. They often don’t know exactly what that style is called and how a skilled photographer can make them look as good as the bride and groom in the latest trend-setting celebrity wedding. Other couples are looking for a more traditional style of wedding photography.

These are the two most common types of wedding photography; traditional and photojournalistic. While similar equipment is used in both, there are significant differences in technique and approach.

Traditional photographers concentrate most of their efforts on posed portraits, and rarely capture candid moments. The quality of traditional photography is usually judged by sharpness, lighting, correct skin tones, and the use of the background. Most traditional photos are instantly recognizable, as many poses are standard for all weddings.

The more glamorous, or modern style of photography is called Photojournalistic. It is also called documentary photography. While similarities exist between traditional and photojournalistic approaches, the main expectations of each style are very different. Traditional style is portrait oriented. Photojournalism is candid oriented. The photojournalist’s goal is to take pictures while people are not aware they are being photographed. By blending with the crowd, a photojournalist is able to capture the action as it unfolds – the true emotions, the real expressions, the happiness and joy, with some but little direction. Instead of the traditional formal portraits and posed photos, this approach produces a more intimate, artistic take on a wedding. Images will reflect a fleeting, unposed moment that conveys the emotions of the day.

Photojournalism means to capture the real, true thing. Visual perception of an experienced photojournalist will add a unique charm to your pictures and you will end with up emotional and artistic photos capturing the very essence of your wedding day. The Album will resemble a storybook, rather than just be a series of posed portraits.

If you are a bride that loves wedding photojournalism, it is still a good idea to choose a photographer who recognizes the value of certain aspects of traditional photography and will work aspects of that style into their wide variety of shots. The photographer will gently coax a situation, and with a little guidance and interaction with their subject, get the shot that has the look and feel of a candid, photojournalistic shot, but the compositional beauty of a traditional one. A few familiar wedding poses, mixed in with the glamorous photojournalism, can also satisfy the desire for traditional portrait style poses that many people grew up with without taking away from the overall photojournalist style.

Photojournalism is truly the growing trend today in wedding photography and if done right it can be amazing! At Encore Photography we specialize in photojournalistic and candid wedding photography, or what some say is lifestyle photography, while capturing those traditional moments that are , the family.  We want you to look back at your images and remember that moment in the images vividly with a smile.  Also the advantages of photojournalistic photography is if you are not comfortable in front of the camera this is the style for you as you are not posing and always looking at the camera with a perma smile that is most likely going to not represent you.

There is soo much to think about with photography however style is in my opinion the first thing to look at; to decide if you like the traditional style or photojournalistic style then look for a photographer who offers the style you are looking for. 

Wedding planning can be fun and at times stressful and at Encore we want to make things on our end for you to be stress free and fun so please look around at our website and if we can answer any questions please email or contact us.  We look forward to starting our relationship with you!


January 9, 2010

Happy New Year with an “I Do”! Boettcher Mansion Wedding

Filed under: Uncategorized — encoreportraits @ 7:56 am

What better a day than January 1, 2010 New Year’s Day to say “I Do”?  That is what Rebecca and Todd did at the Boettcher Mansion while their close family and friends joined in on the awesome celebration! 

I met Rebecca a couple months back and from the first conversation we had together I knew I would just truly enjoy her and I do.  When she came to my studio we must have talked for two hours, time just flew by; it was as if we had been friends for a long time; she is nothing short of great. 

I have been soo blessed to work with some wonderful clients and this to me has been soo amazing as it allows me to capture some great memories for them.  I just love it when things come together and everyone is having a great time and the wedding party or bride and groom ask “are we already done, that went by fast’?  That is what wedding photography should be for everyone, FUN and not stressful.  I just love it.

Todd and Rebecca and little Sophie (Rebecca’s little girl) were nothing short of fantastic and fun to photograph, THANK YOU.  New Year’s Day was a little chilly however little Sophie hung in there and was a real trooper, thanks Sophie.  Here are some of my favorite images, enjoy!

Being in the moment!

Rebecca was a trooper in the snow!

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