The other day I was looking at old pictures that I took and I sat down and listed all the weddings I have shot. I looked through them and I realised how much I have changed as a photographer and person but also with my editing!
When someone is hiring me to take their picture they are actually helping me to be better, to learn more and that I can invest in my company for the future sessions.
Being a photographer takes skills, stubbornness, passion, motivation, technique in difficult light situations and it takes a lot a lot of time. And money! I have spent so much of my own money on computer, cameras, courses to be where I’m today.
As a photographer, you have to understand your camera, you need to have an organized system to sort your pictures, back up to your hard disc, skills and knowledge about editing programs and how to save the picture in the best possible way. Is the picture for the web or is it for printing? Have you converted the picture to right colour profile?
Then it comes to the planning of session with your clients. What to do when its bad light? What to do when it’s raining? Which angle is the best? Where is the best light? Why does it bounce green light in their faces at this location?
And then we have the personal service, to help your client with poses, instructions, see what they like or dislike and make them comfortable. This year I have really focused on that part in my business so I can be even more encouraging to my clients and make them feel safe, seen and at ease in front of the camera.
It takes years to get the knowledge, the experience and most of all to have the will power to do better, be better and learn from every situation!
There is a lot of photographers out there – it’s a good thing because you can find the one that fits you the best! Every single person is different and the same with the photographer you choose.
My goal and plan is to grow as a business, be a better photographer, being able to buy new camera lenses, hard disc, buy online courses, go on workshops and most of all keep on taking the best pictures I can take every single time!
I heard a great story some days ago and it goes like this. (It is from Harry Beckwith)
It was a man that had a floor that made a lot of squeaky sounds. No matter what he tried, nothing worked. Finally, he called a carpenter who friends said was a true craftsman. The craftsman walked into the room and heard the squeak. He set down his toolbox, pulled out a hammed and nail, and pounded the nail into the floor with three blows. The squeak was gone forever. The carpenter pulled out an invoice slip, on which he wrote the total of 45 dollar. About the total were two line items:
Hammering: 2 dollars
Knowing where to hammer: 43 dollars
The same goes for a photographer! All the education, countless of books and courses gives me the knowledge what do to and how to do it. I know how to take your picture, the same that you need to trust a carpenter what he does is the right thing, you have to trust your photographer.
During this Christmas time, I will be busy to work full time, work on my business and plan our own wedding. It is exciting times! It’s the perfect time for all of it because next year I’m going to be super busy but I’m going to be prepared!
And never before I have understood now that some people will understand that it takes skills, passion and we can do this attitude being a photographer and some people will just see someone clicking on a camera and giving them the pictures.
Every photographer decides themselves where they want to be. I have decided that I want to be a very good photographer, someone that is fun to talk to and that my clients feel that I care about them from a genuine place in my heart. And that I take it very seriously and feel the responsibility to take anyone’s wedding photos!
So as I’m walking down the memory lane, I wanted to share some pictures with you guys.
As many you can see I have different editing styles and I actually try to make them personal to every client. Sometimes I see a photographer editing different weddings in the same style – that make sense because then you going to have a nice flow in your pictures. For me though, I want to decide and talk to my clients what they want and go from there. It is important for me to have an open mind to different editing styles because that can save a picture! But also get it a personal and unique touch of editing them differently.
Where I’m today is to be effective, focused and have a system how to edit and deliver the pictures to my clients. From the beginning to the end I want it to be personal for every single client.
Click on the pictures to see them in full size. This is not radical editing, sometimes I need to objects or photoshop a person face to another picture where their partner doesn’t blink! Let me know what you think!