Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
and headshot studio.
Most everyday people don’t think they are photogenic, though everyone can be, if they are photographed when they don’t expect it, or while in their element. What about headshots for camera shy people? That describes a good portion of professionals who need headshots done. People of all different walks of life feel this way. If you’re one of them, you’re in good company. I will tell you how I work through a headshot session with the more reserved.
That was an on-site headshot photoshoot for very busy local financial advisors. None of them particularly like camera time, but did well, because they knew they needed them. Also, I made it easy for them. I find it helps loosen people up when I talk with them for a moment about what they do, and quickly figure out the best angle and lighting for them. Not every face is the same. Not dragging it out seems to be the key. I’m ALWAYS getting compliments from headshot clients about how quick, easy, and painless their session was. Which is great, because that’s the experience I’d want.
Carefully but quickly selecting an angle and height to shoot from, as well as lighting to fit each unique subject helps efficiency and overall confidence level of the headshot subject. Trained models are fine with several hundred frames and hours of photos, but you can’t do that to everyday, busy people who don’t think they’re photogenic. That only wastes their time, when they need just one keeper or just a few, and exhausts them. Efficiency, brevity, and strategy are the secrets to success for doing headshots for camera shy people.
Wedding Details You Don’t Want to Forget-
Written by Alexis Lewis. Alexis loves live music, hiking in the summer, and reading in her spare time.
Planning a wedding takes an enormous amount of time and effort, and after all that work you do not want any slip ups or to realize you forgot something once the big day arrives. There are many aspects of planning a wedding couples don’t always consider. Here are a few details you do not want to overlook:
Capture the Moments
It cannot be stressed enough that there is only one chance to capture these moments that will be memories for a lifetime. These photos could be on your Christmas card, in frames around your home, or saved in a special keepsake photo album.
To many couples, this is a top priority when wedding planning, and should be booked well in advance to ensure availability. Take the time to do your research on what you aesthetic you are looking for, and book a quality photographer for your wedding day.
Have an Emergency Plan for Weather
Out of all the details you can control when it comes to your wedding, the weather unfortunately is not one of them. If your wedding is taking place outdoors, always be sure to have a backup plan. This will not only make life easier for your guests and vendors, but, it will also extinguish any anxiety and worry over any unexpected weather conditions.
There are many things to keep in mind when browsing wedding venues, like “Can I fit all my guests here and into the backup rain location if necessary?,” and “Can I see myself getting married in the backup location?” Be sure to ask your venue if they have umbrellas on hand even if you are getting married inside for in between transportation in and out of cars.
Set Up Your Wedding Registry
Who doesn’t love gifts? Be sure to set up your wedding registry in advance so your guests can give a gift you are excited to receive. If you are having trouble coming up with items for your registry there are plenty of out of the box things to consider.
Art for example is not something people usually think of, but it’s splurge items you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself. You could register for a luxury honeymoon cruise that you and your new spouse can sail stress free on and help cut the cost of your honeymoon after an expensive wedding. If you’re really stumped there are even places you can register gift cards which is a great solution if you feel uncomfortable asking for money.
While it seems there are thousands of details to remember when planning a wedding, these are a few key ones that will keep you on top of your game for the big day. It can be difficult taking on everything yourself, hiring a qualified planner is the most effective solution. Alternatively, delegating certain minor tasks to supportive family members or bridesmaids, etc. is ok. Just don’t make it burdensome for them, as no one cares as much as you do about your wedding. Help selecting a venue or a dress, wedding colors, etc. is one thing. Extensive planning and setup, hire a pro. Enjoy the day.
I met Celina and her mom last year when first discussing Celina and Jamison’s wedding photography. Two things were important to Celina specifically. Documenting human emotion and love, with the ambience and mood of the venue incorporated in the photos, and beautiful, fun engagement photos. Celina met her fiance while both of them worked at Publix supermarket to get themselves to what’s next. In the process, they found a paycheck, and each other! Jamison also used to work at Hermitage Golf Course, who graciously extended them the invite to do their engagement photos there, on their green pristine grounds. Golf course engagement photos, here we come!
My approach with the couple, as always, is to be a fly on the wall and document their natural interaction with only minimal direction from me. This creates a mood that belongs to them rather than one I created, and avoids contrived, unnatural posed photos. Apparently they’re skilled dancers! It’s discoveries like this and experiences together that help build our bond leading up to their kick ass wedding day!
It was fun zooming around in the golf carts, across the pathways, off the beaten path, and even where the rams were housed. Yes, there is a ram sanctuary on the property, they just didn’t want to join us on our photoshoot.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these sweet romantic Hermitage golf course engagement photos featuring Jamison and Celina! I look forward to rocking their wedding photography and documenting their next chapter. Next time you drive past a golf course and yell “FORE!” at the top of your lungs, remember, some of them have good aim. So I’ve heard. You’re welcome.
It was time to catch up with my friends, Mary and Les, and their children, Marley and Wiley on their farm in Southern Kentucky. I photographed their wedding in 2011, and have done documentary family photos for them since. Also I got to catch up with them over homemade spaghetti and sourdough bread. One aspect of documentary / lifestyle photography that they appreciate is the capture of real human emotion in ways that posed cannot do as effectively.
Mary messaged me and said it was hard for her not to be freaked out, because the house work, weed trimming, etc. was not done. I told her, don’t give that a second thought. You know better than anyone, part of documenting through photography is recording real life as it happens. Not facades, which portrait photography is about. We begin with Mary and Marley helping give Wiley a bath in the sink. When looking at these documentary family photos in two years, and twenty years, these moments don’t happen like this anymore. The photos and memories remain, not just for you but for them.
All of these are natural activities the family does after dinner, during the Summer months where daylight savings time and weather allows. This was not an act, and no special preparations were made for my arrival, except dinner prep. Just the way it needs to be, to document a day in the life of Les and Mary’s family. In 20 years, no one cares about how clean countertops were. The real memories that documentary family photos provide, is forever.
I don’t think the topic of wedding guests taking photos at weddings will ever have a unanimous agreement of the masses, but I thought I would offer my perspective, as a wedding photographer. Before I dive into the topic, I wanted to tell you that it’s customary for a wedding photographer’s contract to state that no other photographers are to be working when you hired them. How each photographer interprets and enforces this clause will vary.
I don’t care if wedding guests take photos-
I don’t consider the average wedding guest with their phone or camera taking some photos to be another photographer working. It’s the norm in our culture. I’m documenting the day as it happens for the couple, and the last thing I want to do is affect the guests’ experience. Most people understand that the couple invested a handsome sum of money to hire me and they don’t interfere with my work. I think it helps that my couples value my work because I’m hand picked and one of their key investments.
What about guests or relatives with pro cameras?
Same principle applies. I’m more concerned with behavior than I am equipment. Every once in a while, I’ll encounter a guest or family member with a full rig, as an attempt to fill the shoes of a hired pro, with their frequency of shooting. That’s what the difference is between someone acting as a photographer vs. wedding guests taking photos. Usually, those people are intrusive, and probably aren’t accomplishing anything. But that’s beside the point. Maybe they’re trying to build a wedding photography portfolio at someone else’s expense, maybe they think they’re helping (they’re not), who knows. But the last thing I want to do is to say anything to them, as they are still the couples’ guest. I’ve only had to, as professionally and politely, but directly as possible, maybe three times in the past 6 years.
Yes, it’s the job of the pro to work around the event. I don’t mind that. When you have an inexperienced shutterbug who has no clue about etiquette, that can sabotage the working pro you hired. Wedding guests taking photos are great. But I’d advise telling any click happy shutterbugs to come as a guest and celebrate with you, as you’ve hired a pro to do the work.