A few years ago I published a post on photography movies that inspired me. I find that watching a film on a photographer’s work is somewhat of a compensation for my inability to meet them in person. I cannot stress enough on the importance of meeting other artists and photographers. I feel that actaully meeting other artists is perhaps the biggest influence on an artist’s career. More than following someone’s work on a website, meeting a photographer who’s work inspires me, enables me to make the connection between the way his or her images look like, and who the photographer is as a human being. There is nothing more inspiring than this great tool on the path to understand your own identity as an artist. Read more
A photographer is hired for a wedding and delivers an amazing collection of images. Is this what it is all about? Is the job only about the ability to produce well composed images that tell a good story? That goes without saying, of course, but is that all?
The other day I took a walk on the beach not far from my house, and saw this text written in blue on the rocks. It reminded me of a story. Imagine it is New Year’s Eve in New York City. It’s almost midnight, and the temperature outside is close to freezing, and windy. You are at Greenwich village, inside a local bar, packed with people and smoke. Music is loud. Something from the 80’s. The Joshua Tree perhaps. All the seats at the bar are taken, with two lines of people pushing to get a drink before midnight. You are the bartender tonight. A girl manages to squeeze close to the bar and shouts; “DO YOU HAVE SEX ON THE BEACH?” You know it is a drink, but you just started tending bar and you don’t know what’s in it. What do you do? Read more
Good morning wedding photographer! It is this time of the year again. We are approaching the wedding season in India, at least the north of India, as the weddings in the south are also during monsoon, and the emails start coming in. “I am writing you from ‘XYZ’ magazine. For our upcoming special issue we are doing a feature on Indian weddings and would love to feature your work. Can you please send at least 10-15 photographs, so we can select according to our spread? I will revert on the selected photographs, and you can provide the text accordingly. Can you send in the photos by tomorrow?” When asked if the magazine has allotted a budget for usage rights, the answer would usually be something like; “It is an honor to be published in our magazine. We will give credit of course”. This kind of request comes from journalists, TV companies, magazine editors – you name it. All are shamelessly trying to exploit you! Read more
Many of us have had the doubtful pleasure of shooting alongside a video team using hot halogen lamps at an Indian wedding. Gladly, this trend is quickly fading away as both photographers and videographers adopt the usage of the more advanced, and easy to use lights. Some photographers find flash, be it on-camera or off-camera, to be the best light solution, while others find them a bit intimidating. I am not a technical writer, but I’ve been using both flash, as well as LED lights, and although I love working with off-camera-flash, I think LED lights are under appreciated. I believe that young photographers, but not only, can extract an incredible value from LED lights as an alternative option for flash.
I am often asked by wedding photographers about my pricing strategy. Recently a photographer wanted to know how he should explain to his clients that he wants to get paid fully in advance for his services. After all, not every client is happy with paying in full up front, and many try to come up with other payment terms that will give them what they feel is a secure business model. This is an issue of trust as the two parties wish to be assured the other will deliver. Basically a power struggle. So how should a photographer explain, and convince his client to pay in full before the work is done, and why is it so important?
“See in this world there are two kinds of people my friend; those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig!”
– Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly [After the stand-off, where in Angel Eyes is killed and Tuco finds out that there’re no bullets in his gun]
Shooting a wedding and having a second shooter at your side can be a great help, bringing another dimension to the coverage of the wedding, as well as in terms of backup and technical support. Yet, it is not always a pleasant experience as it brings about many issues related to expectations, qualifications, rights and responsibilities. We thought it could be good to have a look at second shooters best practices, and try to shed some light on a subject we so often tend to ignore. Read more
Some wedding photographers shoot 50 or more weddings a year, while others choose not to shoot more than 10. Some win awards, and others never send their work to any competition. Success has many faces, and many times has really nothing to do with the quality of your work as a photographer. What does success mean to you? And what is more important, to be; good, or successful? Read more
Are you an award winning wedding photographer? Some of the world’s best wedding photographers are listed in directories of a small number of professional associations. These have become synonymous with great wedding photography, and conduct periodic contests in various categories of wedding photography. The award winning wedding photographers are often able to build very successful international careers as a result of the exposure they receive out of these awards. Nevertheless, most of the wedding photographers who are listed on these online platforms are yet to win any award. We wanted to know what this really means, and whether Indian photographers should consider memberships on these websites. Read more
In recent years, there’s been a surge in wedding portals that offer a plethora of ideas, and a whole host of listed wedding photographers that they claim are handpicked from the best of the best. Wedding photographers in India usually have to pay anywhere between Rs. 1 lakh upto Rs. 5 lakhs annually for a premium membership on these portals. Portals like WedMeGood, WeddingsOnline and others claim that wedding photographers who sign up will get a significant amount of business through them, exclusive stories on them, features on social media and more. Read more
In a fast-changing world, and the growing digital outreach, does it still make sense for wedding photographers to publish their work in print media? Is print still alive, or is the future of marketing in the wedding photography industry shifting completely to online platforms? We headed out to speak with some of the leading industry experts, and came up with interesting answers.
It turns out that while many of the marketing channels for wedding photographers on the internet are still free, making the online promotion option a more economical choice, pundits in the photography business make us see the other side to the coin, and maintain that the good old print media is still alive and kicking. Read more