Posts in Wedding Photography
Quality Matters

Hard work can be really unappealing sometimes.  It's a hard reality that I have to call myself out on at many points when I'm tempted to be lazy, to cut corners, to not put in the work and put out the product that I'm capable of.  Today's post talks about the merits of hard work, what professionalism should mean, and the message you send to everyone when you put out sub-standard products.

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What's In My Deployment Camera Bag

Everyone's always asking, "What's in your bag?" when it comes to weddings, but from time to time I get asked how it's different when I'm deploying with the Canadian Armed Forces.  My answer is usually, "As much value in as little space as I can."  Well as it turns out I'm flying out for a short bit in a couple of weeks, so let's talk about what I've got packed!

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Why Photography Insurance Should Matter to You

When you're starting out as a photographer insurance seems like one of the least glamorous ways to spend what little money you may have, but it's probably one of the most important investments you can make.  Here are a few things to think about before you dismiss the idea at an early stage.

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How I Became A Professional Photographer

Ever since I was just a kid, I only wanted to be one of two things: 1. A Full-Time Firefighter, or 2. A History teacher.  My life however, took a very strange path that jumped from carpentry, to personal training, to managing a record store, to graduating school for business, and finally joining the military. I obviously missed the mark a bit.  Here's how I wound up finding, and falling in love with, photography.

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21 Tips for Sharpness – How To Hit The Sweet Spot

It’s not often that photographers aim to have an out of focus shot.  Yes it can be done tastefully, particularly in artistic contexts, but by and large we aim for the sharpest shots we can get.  Here are 21 tips to help you nail the focus and get tack sharp shots every time.

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Workflow: The Most Important Investment You Can Make

When it comes to wedding photography there are thousands of ways to invest your money.  New lenses, camera bodies, bags, flashes, accessories, they're all ways that you can see dramatic changes in your business, yet one that gets overlooked far too often is workflow.  It's hard to put money into something that won't show up in the form of better photos, but today's post explores why that's exactly where you should invest.

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What is Camera Noise?

Camera noise, as wedding photographers it can be the bane of our existence.  There is an argument about the value of noise, the character it adds to a photo, almost a nostalgic throw-back to the days of film grain. Many programs like Lightroom, Photoshop, and Capture One Pro feature filters by which to add noise. But what is it? It's funny how many professional photographers themselves don't know. Today we clear this up and set the record straight.

 

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How to Start a Wedding Photography Business

Wedding photography is a great industry to be in, but there’s a world of difference between taking photos at a wedding and being a professional wedding photographer.  It can be a long road to becoming established, and a few smart choices can really streamline the process .  Here's a 14-step guide to help direct you towards success in getting your own wedding photography business started.

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Tips for Photographers Shooting a Destination Wedding

It's no wonder so many wedding photographers want to cover destination weddings.  Truth told, it's a heck of a complicated ordeal to shoot a destination wedding.  There are so many logistics and steps to prepare involved, and it can be truly overwhelming. So where do you start?  Right here.

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A Couple of Great Questions

This week I was approached by a colleague about my business, as he himself is looking at starting his own.  There are dozens of approaches to the business of booking clients, and also subsequently how much of their lives to post online.  This week's blog post talks about how I handle these matters, and why I've made the decisions I have.

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How To Take Great Photos

Today's post is for people who are looking at taking better photos. You may know how to use your camera, but sometimes you find yourself having an issue really making your images stand out.  This post is directed towards the average Joe or Jane, intended to set you on your way with a few ideas and approaches that the pros use to make their images pop.

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Shooting Winter Engagement Photos

Shooting on completely overcast days can be absolutely brutal.  Sure your subjects won't be squinting, but they'll have no contrast in shadows and look flat.  With engagement photos you don't want flat and boring, you want punch and contrast!  This week's blog post walks through one method of overcoming the overcast, and getting great shots through those gray clouds.

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Why Photojournalists Choose to Become Wedding Photographers

I've been serving as a military photographer for almost a decade, and my service has taken me all over Europe and Asia in a photojournalistic role.  To say it's a passion would be an understatement, I'm convinced that it's the best job on the planet.  So why then are so many professional photojournalists like myself moving into wedding photography? In this week's post I tell you why I love it so much.

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Do You Need a Macro Lens for Wedding Photography?

When it comes to wedding photography we've seen a considerable shift in recent years towards focusing on every little detail that went into the wedding itself.  Think about it, do you remember seeing 30+ photos of shoes, center pieces, place settings, custom napkins, and dresses hanging from windows at your parents' wedding?  Probably not.  This week we explore the demand for macro lenses in wedding photography.

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Why You Should Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer

Let's get straight to the point: weddings can be expensive.  I remember the anxiety I felt at every dollar spent at my wedding, and even as a photographer it was REALLY hard for me to come to terms with spending more on photography than I had to.  Man, do I regret that in retrospect.  This week we address why people should invest in hiring a pro wedding photographer instead of cousin Becky.

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Why I Switched from Canon to Nikon

As a first post I've decided to dive right into the middle of an ugly fight: Canon vs. Nikon.  This being a biased blog, I have start by saying that I'm first and foremost a photographer, not a videographer.  That being said, I do video almost as often, which is a field where Canon really shines in its DSLR's.  This week's blog is on why I still chose Nikon.

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