If you are looking for high quality and yet affordable wedding and bridal photography then In Style Photography is your place!
It’s OK, it’s just a photo shoot!
From time to time I come across a person or a couple who just cannot relax in front of the camera. This is unusual by any means. In fact few people are 100% comfortable being the center of attention. Not all of us are an attention seeking Kardashian! OK with that said below are a few tips which might help you when you have to get your head shot, model beauty shot or engagement/bridal photo:
- Be yourself! Too many time people feel the need to “act” instead of simply being who they are
- Move! As in actually move. I do not mean sprint like you’re in a race, but simple move and sway
- Take a deep breath. I know this sounds so simple but it really does work. Heck, take 2 deep breaths, couldn’t hurt
- If you have the choice shoot in a location that’s familiar to you. Strangers and storage places add to you being uncomfortable
- Feel comfortable with the photographer. Rather a good photographer will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and safe
As you can see, nothing on this list is terrible complicated. In fact it’s pretty darn basic. But of none of this works, there’s alway wine!
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Does the personality of your photographer really matter?
Of course I am going to say yes to this question, and I do have my reasons . When selecting your photographer most have been told to look at three things: price, quality of work and experience. While I cannot argue with any of those suggestions I would like to add a fourth to this list, personality!
If you stop to think about it for a moment you will realize that you will be spending the majority of your wedding day next to and interacting with your wedding photographer. Same goes with your guests! With this said, ask yourself this simple question; Do you want to be around a grumpy old, “I hate my job” kind of photographer? Or do you want to be around one who is fun, funny, has the ability to relax you and not get stressed out and most of all, one who really enjoys their job?
I would add this component to your selection process when deciding on your photographer be it for your; wedding, family portrait or any photographic event. So the next time you are talking to a prospective photographer try to ascertain whether her/she is relaxed, open and fun. I am not talking hiring a stand up comic, but hire one that at least has a sense of humor!
If you have decided to have anything photographed the obviously it is important to you, so a full time professional photographer is vital!
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If you use your image for ANY sort of marketing a professional head shots is a MUST!
Regardless if you are an actor, realtor, business executive, book author or anyone who uses a image of themselves to promote or sell their wares a professional head shots is important, no, it is a must! I know this may sound like common sense but I have seen many so called “professionals” with signs, business cards and flyers with photos taken by their friends. And I must say they shots are horrible. Sorry for being so blunt, but if is the best you can do then you may need to either find better friends or stop being cheap and pay for a professional photographer to take a high quality image.
What is this important you ask? Simple, because the imagery you use tells the prospective casting director or client that not only do you take yourself seriously but you are professional and deserve serious consideration. Let me share a personal story as to why this matters. When my wife and I we house hunting we first had a realtor that had a amateurish head shot or her sign. I said to my wife this is a sign and maybe we should move on. My wife insisted that it does not matter and of course I smile and said yes dear. Long story short, we had an appointment to view a house she really wanted and we waited for 45 minuets for the realtor to show up. She never did! 11 days went by and the realtor sent a text asking if we wanted to view the house. The next realtor we used had professional marketing material and we closed on our hour in 30 days with zero issues!
The old saying still rings true; “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. So who on earth would you want to me cheap and do things half-assed? Yes, I am being abrasive and dare I say maybe a little “in your face” but I am this way because I genuinely want to see you succeed! Below are a few examples of head shots.
I hope you can see that at a cost of $99.00 these people were able to obtain a clean, professional looking and affordable head shot. As a photographer you must have the ability to understand your clients needs and produce images that will help them improve their careers. For more informations please contact me below:
Why do brides need professional a makeup artist?
I am not a professional makeup artist. I am, however, a professional wedding photographer based in Houston, TX. Why does talking about Houston, TX matter and what does this have to do with makeup? Simple, humidity!
If you know anything about an outdoor wedding in the summer in Houston you know that one thing is guaranteed to happen and that is you will sweat! When you sweat you get shiny and when you get shiny you want me to photoshop the “shiny” out of the photos, which is 100% impossible to do. So how to you combat this? Well, the answer is easy and not nearly as expensive as you think. Hire a professional makeup artist.
When it comes to wedding photography I view everything through the eyes of a wedding photographer. Brilliant, right! In my 14+ years of experience one thing I have learned is the value of professionally applied makeup on your wedding day. If you hire a true professional such as Tara Elle Artistry you will see that not only is this affordable it will make all the difference in the overall quality of your photos. Yes, make up and quality photography go hand in hand. Below are a list of reason why:
- 1) No shine! Makeup take the shine off your face. Less shine better photos!
- 2) Even skin tones. The more even your skin tones the smoother and more angelic your skin will look
- 3) Pros use high end makeup specific for hot, humid situations
- 4) Makeup that is applied for photography will handle my flash better
- 5) It’s your wedding day. Don’t you want to simply look the best you can?
I understand that it seems that everyone has their hand out asking you to pay them. I get it, I really do. But I am one who truly believes in spending the bulk of the money in YOU and NOT your guests. I say buy professional photography, video, makeup and hair and worry less about what your guests will eat.
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In Style Photography
Houston, TX professional wedding and portrait photographer
How to choose your wedding photographer:
- Do not shop by price alone
- Ask if they are full time
- Can they provide references
- Are they willing to meet with you prior to booking
- Do they put what they promise in writing
- Are they nice
- Ask if they took the images that are on their website
These are some of the basics when choosing a wedding or portrait photographer. Below are my opinions on what I feel is important when choosing your photographer:
1) If you are shopping price alone you are doing yourself a disservice. Think about this for a second. Your wedding photos will outlast everything else associated with your wedding. They will outlast your cake, food, D.J, flowers and even your dress. So why in the world would you go “cheap” on the one thing that will outlast all others?
2) A fill time photographer usually means they are serious, committed to quality and customer service driven. Part time photographers will say they are “professional” when in fact they are not. They are low cost for a reason and that reason is because they are using your wedding for their practice!
3) Asking for references is something I conflicted about. What I mean is, no one will ever give the name of someone who is going to say bad things about their photography. So what can you do to get information to help you make the right decision? The internet! Google them, Yelp them. It is up to you to do your research before writing your deposit check. But still ask and if they refuse to give references do NOT hire them!
4) If the photographer is not willing to meet with you prior to booking this is a HUGE red flag. I would go so far as to say immediately remove them from your list. If they are not willing to meet prior to booking then they may not be willing to actually show up for your wedding!
5) A true, honest, legitimate and professional photographer will always put what you agree to for services in writing. I provide a contract to all my clients. If you do NOT get it in writing then you have no legal recourse if things go bad! Simply put; no contract, no sale!
6) Are they nice? Well, they sure should be right! The photographer will have more interaction with you and your guests than any other vendor you hire. If your photographer is grumpy and lacks personality with you on the phone image how they will be at your wedding. Trust your gut and hire someone who is nice. In the long run “nice” really does matter.
7) Why ask if they took all the images on their website? Because beginners, part-timers or like I like to call them, “weekend warriors” use stolen or stock images to sell their services. Some may have had an assistant shoot the images and are passing them off as their own. When you hire a photographer make sure they are the ones who will actually be taking the photos!
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing your photographer but the one thing that gets ignored the most during this process is your gut feeling. If you trust what your gut is telling your, both good and bad, and you learn to trust it then you should be ok in the end.
If you have any questions please vista me on-line at: http://www.instylephotography.net
I have been doing some Fuji bashing lately, well deserved bashing might I add, but I thought I would take a break from flogging the Fuji horse and talk about something positive with the Fuji X system. I am talking about the Fuji 55-210 3.5-4.8 R LM OIS!
We all know I have a huge issue with the claims that the new Fuji XT1 is a DSLR killer, which it is not by they way, but I digress. I was in Houston Camera Exchange about 3 weeks ago and was looking to buy something. Didn’t really care what, just knew I wanted to buy something, anything! After looking around I spotted a few used Fuji X lenses and I asked mi amigo Craig what he had on the shelf and low and behold a used 55-210! I asked how much. He gave a price. I scoffed and said, here is what I can pay today, and he said OK! My mission was accomplished. Plus I didn’t think I’d get hurt too bad at an out the door price of $350.00.
With my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II long since sold I was concerned that when shooting weddings I did not have a lens that would be long enough to accommodate the Catholics. We fellow wedding photographer know how the Catholics love to put us photographers way in the back, turn out all the lights and say NO FLASH! With the lens costing a just $350.00, I figured it was a low enough price to take a calculated risk. An added bonus is the crop factor is 1.5x which make this a seriously long reaching lens. I must say I did feel more comfortable and confident knowing I had this lens in my bag. And now I could shoot a wedding without ticking off the Catholics LOL! So now my thoughts:
I was on my way to shoot a wedding at the end of March with my newest lens (yes latest firmware installed) and had my XT1, X Pro-1, XE-2 and X100s in my bag. The XE-2 held the 18-55 and the XT1 was adorned with my new’/used 55-210. Right away I noticed how smooth everything was on the lens. The autofocus was pert-near silent and actually pretty responsive. Now keep in mind, I was shooting in the prefect sun-setting, beautiful light. The zoom function was buttery smooth and the feel of this lens on the XT1 was substantial, in a good way. Everything felt solid and well balanced. Oh yea, you must use the new grip for the XT1 to get that balanced feel. All in all the lens felt good, no, felt great in my hands. But what about performance?
I must admit I had little to no expectations as to the image quality of this lens, after all it’s a “kit lens” and what pro would ever dream of using one of those things? As I snapped the first few test shots before the bride strolled down the isle I noticed the images on the back of the camera where sharp, I mean fixed lens sharp. The colors and contrast were what you would expect from the Fuji XF lenses. To be honest I was stunned with what I was seeing and crossed my fingers that the quality would be the same on my iMac. And so far so good!
Fuji XT1 with 55-210 3.5-4.8 OIS.
As you can see from the .jpeg images above (Lightroom did not have a RAW plugin yet) not bad. Not bad for a “kit lens and most of all not bad for $350.00! I will freely admit that I was spoiled by the Fuji 35mm 1.4 on my X Pro-1. That combo just may be the greatest lens/camera combo to date. Take that Leica lovers! All kidding aside, the image quality was not only more than acceptable it was down right fantastic! Will I use this lens more? I already have. in fact I use it at every event I shoot now. Understanding this lens is slow and therefore you will not do as well in low light, even with a superb OIS lens stabilization, but for what it is and for the price point, even new, this lens is a steal! If you are trying to decide what to add to your bad I implore you to take a long and lustful look at the surprise Fuji 55-210 3.5-4.8 OIS. You will be glad you did!
You know I love the Fuji X system cameras right? Here are my thoughts on where their system is a complete failure:
FLASH! Yup! Their flash system when on camera, works great, but when you want to take it off camera is really shows how far behind the other camera makers they really are. Let me get into more detail about what I am talking about. When I say off camera I am specifically talking about wireless TTL functionality. One thing that Nikon, Canon and even Panasonic do well is wireless TTL off-camera flash. I am an event and portrait photographer and having access to this function matters to me a great deal. It is because of this failure on Fuji’s part that I have not made the complete switch to Fuji. I still have my 5D II for wireless high speed flash sync functionality.
I understand that on the grand scheme of things the Fuji X system is very much the “young pup” so to speak, and maybe Fuji has no desire to be like the rest in the area of flash. But don’t forget the Fuji S Pro line was built on the Nikon platform and was 100% compatible with Nikon flashes. As a pro photographer I want, no, NEED a fully functional off-camera, wireless TTL flash and remote power control. I did speak to the wonderfully nice people at Pocket Wizard and as of now they have zero plans to produce anything that is compatible with Fuji. Quantum Instruments also made a similar claim. I do remember Will Crockett announcing that Quantum was producing something for Fuji, but then Quantum was purchased by Promark International out of New York, who also own flash lines like; Photogenic, Norman, Speedotron, Smith Victor and Cool-Lux. Quantum did release their wireless line for Panasonic cameras, which Will Crockett uses extensively, but nothing for Fuji.
Now let’s be clear here. You CAN use Fuji wirelessly which I do often. I use my Quantum T5D-R with a Pocket Wizard (PW) attached. A PW on my XPro-1 or XE-2 (silent shooting must be sent to OFF) and can shoot all day in manual mode only and with no wireless power adjustment.