Romanian wedding photography Toronto

I have a confession: I’m a serial procrastinator. It affects almost every aspect of my life, such as doing household chores, walking the dog, being active, and, sadly, updating this blog. Fortunately, my dog and I are the only victims (maybe my wife, too); I’m always timely when it comes to interacting with my wedding photography clients, and especially so when it comes to delivering wedding photography on or before the due date. With that said, I have many tasks that aren’t actualized because I put them off in favour of something better or more convenient. This post is about completing one of those tasks and finally featuring a Romanian wedding I photographed in 2014. Continue reading…

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wedding photography retainers paymentsPhotography is a hobby for many people, but what differentiates a hobbyist from professional photographers? Money. You’d be hard-pressed to run a business without generating revenue or income. In today’s post, I’ll discuss wedding photography retainers and payments. This is the heart and soul of what turns wedding photography from a casual hobby into a business. To start, I’ll explain why almost every wedding photographer requires payment of retainers to reserve their time, why they’re always non-refundable, and why this is right. I will then discuss different approaches to payment schedules, including information on when the balance is due, and how to handle overtime hours. Continue reading…

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tipping wedding photographersMy first job was—actually, let’s not talk about my first job. My second job was working as a cashier and fry cook at McDonald’s. I was paid $6.65 per hour—the minimum wage in Saskatchewan at the time—and told that we could not accept tips no matter how much a customer insisted. An incredibly small number of customers brought it up, and fewer pushed it. Despite that, I specifically recall one customer who firmly insisted that I accept his money (it was a dime), which he offered after I made him a fresh batch of fries. After he had left, I pushed the coin over the counter and let it drop to the floor. (Our tills were counted at the end of each shift, and I didn’t want to ring up too high.) I haven’t been tipped since, and I do not accept tips as a wedding photographer. However, I was surprised by the number of my peers in the wedding industry who either expect gratuities or actively welcome them. Let’s analyse tipping wedding photographers and other wedding service providers. Continue reading…

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wedding photography reviews

Introduction to Wedding Photography Reviews

Imagine this: the wedding is over, the pictures are great, and the thank-you cards are in the postbox; what’s left to do? Consider writing a wedding photography review. Reviews are a tremendous way of paying it forward to couples that are starting to traverse their way through the minefield that is the wedding industry. Recall yourselves in the preceding months as you were attempting to decide between florists, entertainers, venues, caterers, and wedding photographers.

Reviews provide couples who are just getting their feet wet with the tools necessary to make informed hiring decisions based on former clients’ experiences. Positive reviews reward good wedding photographers by making them more desirable. Negative reviews steer clients away from photographers who don’t deliver on promised results or provide an undesirable experience. Let’s begin by analyzing why reviews are more crucial for hiring wedding photographers than other wedding service providers. Continue reading…

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wedding photography gearWhy my wedding photography gear is taped over

On Monday, I published an article describing my wedding photography gear. Some of you may have noticed the slightly shabby condition of my cameras and lenses, especially accentuated by the prominent use of tape to conceal the brand names and model numbers. I developed this habit when I started travelling because I didn’t want to become an easy target for theft. Whether that’s an effective strategy is a separate topic; the point is, I continued this practice into my work. As a novice wedding photographer in 2012, I turned to occasional gigs with a more established company to balance for the profit I wasn’t earning. During an interview with the company’s lead wedding photographer, I was told about an encounter he had with a guest who possessed a more expensive camera. The guest made a flippant remark about the photographer’s compensation in light of his cheaper camera. To avoid such encounters in the future, he committed to buying only “the best” gear. (He currently shoots with a Canon 1D X). Professional wedding photographers—and intelligent people in general—know that it’s their skill, not their gear, that makes or breaks the pictures. Unfortunately, some wedding photographers feel compelled to buy expensive gear to fulfill clients’ expectations of what amounts to acceptable equipment. Today, I’ll attempt to convince you that your wedding photographer’s gear doesn’t matter. Continue reading…

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wedding photography equipment

I can always sense when the couple sitting across the table from me has conducted the relevant research before meeting for a wedding photography consultation. Whether the questions are the standard fare—found on one of many lists of things to ask your wedding photographer—or something entirely unexpected, such preparation indicates that the couple has a good understanding of their requirements and are serious about doing business. Occasionally, couples inquire about my wedding photography equipment—the cameras, brand, and lenses that form my arsenal—which is a topic of general interest to my fellow photographers, be they hobbyists or other professional wedding photographers. In the spirit of transparency and full disclosure to all, today’s article will cover the topic of my wedding photography equipment. However, instead of providing you with a basic list of my gear and its features, I’d like to tell you the brief stories of how each item came into my possession, my overall impressions, and how it’s used to photograph weddings.

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Yesterday, I photographed a wedding while wearing a fitness tracker with an always-on heart rate monitor. The results surprised me; I would never have guessed that my heart was pounding away at such elevated rates—even crossing into the fat burning zone—while working. (And no, I’m not out of shape by any means).

Perhaps some entrepreneurial gurus could turn this into the latest fitness fad…

Wedding photography workout

 

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Are affordable wedding photographers really?

Getting the most for your hard-earned money is a perpetual struggle for all income brackets. Whether rich, poor, or part of the shrinking middle-class, everyone’s goal is to extract as much money as possible from one’s labour and pay as little as possible for the work of others. But selling price doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and it can come with both benefits and trade-offs. As such, one of the chief points to consider before hiring an affordable wedding photographer is whether they offer good value. Continue reading…

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choosing a wedding photographerLast week, I discussed a novel method that you can use at the start of your search for finding a wedding photographer that will allow you to narrow your choices quickly from absolutely everyone to a manageable number of candidates. For this article, I’ll skip to the end of the process and reveal the best method of choosing a wedding photographer from among those that you’re seriously considering.

When choosing a wedding photographer, always…

For the sake of this discussion, I’ll assume that you’ve done your homework and narrowed in on a small selection of wedding photographers. This process would typically have involved checking the following: confirming their availability; reviewing their services and prices; browsing their website to understand how they work; meeting them to discuss everything in greater detail, clarifying any points of concern, and seeing physical products in person; and, reviewing the contract terms. At this point, you’ll either find yourself sold on one of them or undecided about some of them. In either case, but especially in the latter, I recommend that you take pause and consider one more frequently overlooked criteria—their delivered work. When it comes to choosing a wedding photographer, this should be the pivot upon which you decide.
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finding wedding photographers

January is one of the most predictable months of the year in wedding photography. Following a December engagement, a couple will wake up in the new year to realize that they have a wedding to plan. After deciding on the date and location, they will proceed to the other big-ticket items, such as finding a wedding photographer.

Finding a wedding photographer that’s right for you is no simple task, and you should consider many variables should before narrowing your options. They include: Continue reading…

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