It’s ALL about the Client

Yesterday I started watching a webinar on CreativeLive by Scott Robert Lim.  He’s an amazing wedding photographer based in Southern California.  Yesterday was the first part of a three part series he’s doing titled “How to Shoot like a $10K Wedding Photographer”.  His high energy and coupled with a great approach to the job is just amazing.  He is SOOOOO into it.  Most of the day was spent on posing the bride and groom and what he does to capture some of images he gets.  Well it got me thinking.  How much time does he spend with these clients before the actual wedding day?  More importantly.  How much time do they spend getting the images that day?  Well it got me thinking even more.  How much of this is really about the client taking the time and effort to make these images great.  He makes a point to note that in all of the wedding images he’s displaying neither the bride nor groom are professional models.  As he said.  It’s easy working with models.  They know how to pose.  The trick is getting people who are not models to pose like one.  Here again it all gets back to the client.  I started to think about a wedding I couple of weeks ago.  Granted it was a slightly different situation.  I was called last minute.  Had no opportunity to talk to the couple prior to the day of the ceremony.  And was just handed a scheduled and told where to be.  A tough position for even the most experienced photographer.  I knew it was going to be a tough day when the bride showed up at 3:15 for a scheduled 3:30 shoot on the beach.  Oh.  Did I mention she wasn’t dressed, didn’t have her make-up done and didn’t have her hair finished.  Then the groom showed up an hour and 15 minutes later.  The bride wasn’t done getting ready for another hour. Oi!  Not a great start.  NOT a great start.  That left us a little more than an hour to get all of the formals, the group formals and the family formals.  (I knew that we weren’t going to get half of the shot list done.) Well it turns out that neither bride nor groom were really into getting the formal portraits taken.  This is the point of the this rambling.  The biggest factor in getting great wedding portraits is…………… the couple.  Understand that I’m not talking about getting nothing but beautiful people.  I’m talking about a bride and groom that really want to be there.  And most importantly are into getting beautiful images. They have to be into it.  If they’re more into being with their friends and family (or eating) then the images are going to show that.  A large part of it too is connecting with the couple.  It’s a tough thing to do when you’ve only met moments before the shoot.  I guess it all just comes down to getting it all together.  Sometimes no matter how hard you try to connect with the couple it’s just not going to happen.  So make the most of those times where you get the convergence of a couple that you connect with, a couple that’s into making beautiful images and beautiful venue.

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Inspiration

Over the past few days I’ve a watched a webinar on CreativeLive given by photographer Scott Robert Lim.  It was about using Speedlights and portable flashes to create a signature look and in general how to get the most out of your little speedlights.  It was absolutely one of the most inspiring webinars I’ve seen in a long time.  I really want to get out and start trying some of these techniques.  I’ve got a really busy weekend coming up and should have the opportunity to try some of them.  Prom on Friday night.  I’ll be at the Jersey shore  Saturday morning covering a JDRF fundraiser walk.  Then I have to race back to West Chester to get some pick-up shots for Westtown Township at a wedding at the Oakbourne Mansion.  Then it’s another prom on Saturday night.  So should be able to try a few new techniques somewhere in there.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay inspired when you’re just cranking things out.  But our creativity is what separates a professional photographer from just another picture taker.  So it’s really, really important to keep finding that inspiration and striving to make your images special and unique and captivating.  There’s one thing that I’ve noticed in watching photographers like Scott Lim, and Peter Hurley and Chase Jarvis.  And that is their passion for photography.  That’s the other element that separates the really great photographers.  Their love of photography and the creation of the image.  It’s not just about  about clicking the shutter, it’s about making everything in the image click.  So find what inspires you, challenges you, and most importantly find your passion.

Here’s the link to Scott Robert Lim’s website; http://www.scottrobertgallery.com/