Posts tagged 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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My Top 10 Photography Mistakes

Sometimes it's fun to go through some of the worst things you've done.  Take that photo of me for instance.  I don't care what anyone says, that sweater is pure class.  It really brought out the best in my braces.  Anyways, the following list is comprised of poor decisions that I've made at some point as a, "professional."  Hopefully you can laugh at how much of an idiot I can be at times.

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Keeping It Fun

Photography can be one of the most amazing and fulfilling jobs on the planet.  You get to travel all over, work with incredible people, and capture moments that will last beyond your lifetime.  But the reality of a career in the field can sometimes be really taxing, and even kill the passion.  Here's a short blog post on some of the ways I've found to keep it interesting, challenging, and fun.

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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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A Call to Arms: Stand Apart

The world of photography has changed.  Gone are the days where there were only a few options, a select handful of professionals who possess both the skills and the equipment to manage as a professional wedding photographer.  Naturally when we find our niche, most of us draw our lines, we find and try to emulate the photographers that represent the shades of what we want to be ourselves.  Here's a post on the value standing out, and being your own photographer.

 

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Investing in Pro Lighting Gear

I know how it feels to be frozen in your tracks at B&H staring at some Profoto, Wescott, or Dedolight gear, dreaming of a bank account that could afford your wildest dreams.  It's hard to look away, and it will haunt your every waking moment... alright, I'm being melodramatic, but you get my point.  Here's the thing though, there are many instances where (despite how you may desperately try to justify it to yourself) it's not necessary whatsoever.

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Letting the Light Guide You

Light is the most important element in photography. It can make the biggest difference in the quality of the image, and with that it also holds the most influence on the artistic elements when used creatively. Today's post is a short one to keep you inspired to create, and to show you that most situations have an opportunity if you read the light well and experiment.

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Merry Christmas 2016!

Just a little message from us at Bend the Sun to all of you on this Christmas season.  If there's one thing I'm sure I'll come to regret it's that I've spent too much time behind a lens and not enough time taking in the world beyond it.  This one's more about just taking in the special moments in life. 

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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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10 Tips on Black and White Photography

Black and white photography is just so classic and beautiful if done well.  There's just something so impactful about not just the medium, but sometimes the statement it can imply.  Today's blog post focuses on introducing some techniques and tips that help you to effectively employ the style to convey emotional connection, but most importantly how to do so with a measure of subtlety.

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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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Photography and Growth

Photography is a perishable skill, meaning that given time if you don't keep practicing your skills will fade away.  Certainly some of us can maintain consistency and practice, but most of us eventually fall into creative ruts.  We simply learn a handful of tricks and get comfortable.  Here's a post intended help you break that cycle, and challenge you to grow as a photographer.

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The Basics of DSLR and Photography

So you own a camera… what now?  If you have a DSLR, or a camera with manual control options it can be very easy to find yourself overwhelmed by buttons you don’t understand.  This post is more of a reference guide, and less of a blog post;  it's intended to introduce the tools, tricks and terminology without too much of the science behind it so that you can start understanding your own camera better.

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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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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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