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It’s extremely rare that I ever read any solicitation emails from service providers I don’t know or have not used before. But one day I got curious, I saw an email about custom whiteboard videos and animated cartoon videos. The light bulb went on, how about a fun animated wedding photographer video? I had considered putting a short video on my website because many people love them. Also it’s a way to get info without having to read through multiple pages. So I looked at their website and sample videos.
Whiteboard was cool, but more instructional than what I needed. That’s basically things being written and illustrated on a whiteboard. I liked the idea of a fun custom cartoon video, because who doesn’t love cartoons? My style of wedding photography can be viewed as more utilitarian as opposed to bright and airy and Pinterest inspired. For that reason, I thought this fun animated wedding photographer video could be a good tool to sell my approach to those looking for info. It’s a fun, light, and brief way to simplify the understanding of the process.
I spoke with Julian, my contact person, and I gave him my vision for the project and went over a bunch of details. Then we went over words for his voice over person to use. He hit the nail on the head. The cartoon me even sortof looks like me, LOL! I’d love to get your thoughts on this new video, it’s now on my website as well. I thought it was a good idea because no one has anything like it. It’s fun, informative, and brief, well under a minute. Maybe Cartoon Network will hunt me down and try to make a Jay Farrell Photography cartoon. One step at a time. But I’m happy if it only helps and entertains prospective clients.
As an engaged couple shopping for a wedding photographer to document your day, here is one helpful tip decoding jargon. You might notice some wedding photographers advertise wedding photo retouching as part of their digital file delivery. Let’s discuss what it all means without too much in depth trivia.
-The definition of editing in terms of photo work is only the beginning of the post production process. Post production covers the wide range of the process. Editing is the sorting and culling. Yes, culling is part of it. Getting rid of less flattering photos, missed focus or exposures and less strong redundancies. That’s editing.
-Color correction / batch post production is what most wedding photographers TRULY offer. This is after the editing process, doing basic adjustments and color/ black and white work. This ensures a level of quality control so that the photos look consistent and present well. That’s the standard and this is what I offer, on paper. Yes, it’s post production, but not actual retouching.
-Photo retouching consists of creative changes. Such as skin and blemish cleanup, teeth whitening, slimming an arm or face, etc. Or even background manipulation like removal of exit signs. Actual wedding photo retouching on the grand scale isn’t feasible because of the quantity of photos and the work it takes.
Actual wedding photo retouching isn’t something I promise in my contract, but it is something I do at my discretion. That’s one perk of not having to sort through 7849 photos and allowing myself enough profit to do the job properly. I can be detail oriented. My approach is organic and I capture and light how envision the photo, so that helps cut back on retouching. In cases where there are skin breakouts, some of the dress bustled wrong and I can bring it in, exit sign or wall plug removal, I usually do it. No reason not to. I’m pretty quick at Photoshop and it helps the overall representation of the end product. But if asked to slim the entire wedding party…well….not feasible unless they are willing to pay my retouch rate. So this is a term I avoid using as my standard offering but I over deliver by doing what they don’t expect. Watch the terminology and clarify.
This is one of those questions that is sometimes asked, because some don’t know what else to ask to break the ice with a potential wedding photographer. How many wedding pictures should I expect to get back from my wedding photographer? It seems like a logical question to ask. But, from an inside perspective, I will show you why it’s a moot point and has nothing to do with the overall value of your wedding photos.
To better address the question of how many wedding pictures is the standard, it varies. There are different styles and approaches of wedding photographers as I’ve discussed a lot. Some are quick on the draw and others like me watch for the moments and shoot what I feel happening, not just what I see. That will mean a lower image count than a runner and gunner, especially if there are two of them. I average 350-500 delivered for a wedding. But they’re well thought out and placed. I see no value in excessive redundancy or heaps of the same thing photographed 167 times. Some insist that those running around all day and delivering 2000 plus mean more value.
You don’t need 2000 wedding photos. If you love the work of that photographer, it’s all good. But just because someone offers a greater quantity of photos doesn’t equate value. Would you call a 4 star restaurant and compare how much food you get there vs. a buffet? No. Is the quality of the food the same? Usually not. At least with that as the standard. Every photographer has a different system. Their work should matter MUCH more than the promise of a lot of photos. Let’s do some math.
-Your grandparents and parents may have gotten 6-8 rolls of film shot at their wedding….so 200 photos max. Yet, you still love looking at their wedding photos. Just because technology is there, doesn’t make overkill valuable.
-The average album gets 70-125 or so photos in them, so if you get 200, 300, or 400 more besides that, why wouldn’t that be enough if they’re well scouted? What would you do with thousands of photos? Have you sat and looked through that many photos before? I promise, it would be exhausting. I have worked as a photo editor and I haven’t even done that. I could also promise there would be lots of redundancy. This is why I’m telling you that the question of how many wedding pictures on it’s own merit is a moot factor.
Downtown Nashville engagement photos, featuring Joe and Rebecca! –
It was maybe a month before the Downtown Nashville engagement photos session we had, that I talked to Joe on the phone. As a general stereotype, guys are known for being a little bit too simple and not as romantically spontaneous as the female gender. BUT, after working with several of these guys on surprise marriage proposal photos and in this case, surprise engagement photos, there’s a lot of hope for the male species. LOL. He said he wanted to surprise Rebecca with a fun romantic couples getaway to downtown Nashville and arrange a surprise engagement photoshoot, and dinner at The Melting Pot! So we worked the plan together.
Joe and Rebecca are both Michigan natives. Rebecca still lives there and is a nurse, and has mixed feelings about organic foods being the end all be all. 🙂 Joe is stationed at Fort Campbell and active military, Army. They had both been married before and had lived and learned. Through healing and personal / spiritual growth and rebuilding, they found an amazing support system and love connection in each other! All of which was very evident in these lovely engagement photos!
None of these photos were scripted or posed, it was about me documenting the fun afternoon in downtown Nashville. One cool thing about our downtown, we have our crowded hot spots but also places where you can find your own corner to hang out and breathe. Doing these Downtown Nashville engagement photos would document their day and love perfectly. Just me, my backpack, Fuji XT-1 and 35mm F2. Backup body and lens, spare batteries in tow. Traveling lightly still.
There was something powerful about this photo. Some might say, well…it doesn’t show Joe. Well, it does. The sun in her hair, and the hand. Hands are very intimate and this particular composition emphasizes the love and touch of the hand and the calming mood it instills in her. Nerd moment over, lol.
This is where Joe revealed the surprise dinner reservations to Rebecca and I walked off into the sunset after a fun time with them. I hope you’ve enjoyed these Downtown Nashville engagement photos, and the couple will cherish them forever.
It was a beautiful sunny late February afternoon, around 54 degrees. When you get in the sun it’s quite lovely, but in the shade it may feel chilly. Arrington Vineyard is a beautiful, hilly, scenic destination to unwind, enjoy some fine wine and food, and the outdoor amenities offered. So, today I present to you a beautiful Arrington Vineyard marriage proposal featuring Donna and Monee!
Donna emailed me about a month before the shoot after finding me on search for LGBT friendly photographers in Nashville. The planning for this Arrington Vineyard marriage proposal began! Donna has been with her girlfriend Monee (pronounced same as Monet) for 4 1/2 years since meeting on Ok Cupid, an online dating website. The couple had planned a long weekend trip to Nashville that weekend, visiting from Atlanta. But Monee didn’t know exactly what was coming! That was our secret. For now.
Donna even made a trip to Nashville a couple weeks before the big weekend to find the perfect spot to propose. Also to scope out hotels and restaurants while in Nashville. While she was here with her friend, I met up with them to meet and talk strategy. I could tell Donna is very detail oriented and wanted everything to fit them perfectly, which I would say happened exactly according to plan.
Donna scheduled a wine tasting tour at the vineyard, and arranged to have a picnic basket and bottle of their wine ready for after the proposal. Monne didn’t know my involvement until that point when they hiked up the hill for their picnic.
I love the intimate mood and back lighting for photographing this happy couple as they bask in the sunshine. What a lovely special occasion to be a part of and to document for these wonderful ladies. This has been my fifth live marriage proposal to photograph since the Summer but my very first same sex marriage proposal! It’s an honor to serve the LGBT community and of course a true pleasure to know Donna and Monne. Congratulations ladies!