The Night Before....
It’s been a few weeks, but I’ve been busy, business has been great for us. Really I’ve been working on what seems like wedding after wedding, having just enough time to finish one batch of proofs before a second is ready to begin, but that is the life of a photographer. We shot a community wedding at “Our Lady of Mercy” and were very pleased to give the local community and the four couples getting married that day, a near over whelming option of images.
The following week I went solo, shooting a very small but poignant wedding by the river in Anderson. Even though the wedding ceremony was short, it proved to be a very unique experience getting all of the “standard” images in a compressed 5 minute window. I am proud to say, mission accomplished. The couple was fun and full of energy, I was able to do quite a bit of free shooting, able to explore more of my style, a few images in particular came form that shoot that allowed me to get a better “vision” for what I want to present to clients in the future.
This image actually epitomizes what I have come to want for my clients. I have found a central theme in my shooting style, or rather, my creativity that I plan to run with for the time being. I like these segregated colors/ black and white/ HDR/ composite/landscape portraiture, that I’m finding I can shoot and present one or two along with the other standard wedding shots that we present to our clients. I believe I can tentatively name my found style: high contrast compositional. I will let you decide how that works, I feel as the weeks roll on I will develop this concept more and more, hopefully getting more creative ideas that will allow me to further explore my unique style.
Speaking of the future, tonight I am writing this post after spending the last 7 hours rediscovering a completely different world for photography, macro. A couple of years ago, I played around with extension tubes and magnifying lenses to do a bit of armature macro, these never amounted to anything that I could use in “the real world” But now that I have been shooting weddings I have found a certain aspect that begs and is almost a REQUIREMENT to use macro to some extent, all the little details that make a wedding unique and personal HAVE to be captured. This evening I’ve been playing with a 100mm Macro F/2.8 L from Canon, I rented it for $25 and have it for the weekend, I have a wedding tomorrow and decided that having this lens as part of my arsenal as well as my tri pod for my super macro shots will surely be what I shoot most of the day.
Saturday’s wedding will be down in Red Bluff, I have myself, my assistant, and J Valline shooting this wedding. Sunday I’ve got an engagement shoot and we have a few more wedding booked at the end of the month as well as July. Now I know this is quite a bit of travel for a Redding Wedding Photographer, but that's fine. We are up for the road trips!
Finally this brings me to a new conclusion, After June we are chargin for our weddings, just a nominal sitting fee, our clients are getting the same quality, and even better since now we can have a bit more start up cash before a wedding to invest in better equipment and to help fund the bottom line, think this is a good move? Bad move? Let me know until later