Q & A
- Do you have associate photographers: Yes! We have 2 primary associate photographers. I use these photographers for weddings I am double booked on or if a client wants a lower priced wedding.
- Are you looking for any associates right now? Not right now but that all depends on how busy we become this year and next year.
- Are you looking for an assistant? Not at this time. But please send me your information because sometimes we get booked up and I need someone to assist.
- How many weddings do you shoot per year? Currently we have over thirty weddings.
- Do you shoot on manual or automatic? I always shoot on manual. If you are not shooting in manual mode then you need to start!
- Raw or JPEG? RAW all the way!
WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?
Below is what I carry with me to most weddings and engagement shoots. Every event is different so I may not use all of these but this is what I have found works for me and my business. You will also notice that I photograph Nikon. I have nothing against Canon and absolutely love the back toggle and skin tones that canon offers. I simply bought my first camera and it happened to be a Nikon. Canon is great! Nikon is better in low light and I’ve found that this helps at receptions. Choose what you will! Melissa Jill shoots in Canon and if you want a list of Canon bodies and lenses you should check out her page!
Bodies: I have three cameras. If you are a serious photographer you should ALWAYS backup your gear. You have absolutely NO idea what will happen at a wedding and making sure you are on your toes at all times is very important.
- D4s, D3s
- Backup D700
Lenses: I’m a lens junkie so this list may seem a little longer than most professional photographers. I still don’t have every lens I want.
- 50mm 1.4: If you don’t have this lens you need to stop what you are doing and get it now. It is the cheapest lens I own but one of the most beneficial. I absolutely love photographing details and portraits with this baby. It is lightweight and fits easily into any bag I own. I also take this to family sessions.
- 85mm 1.2: To say that I love this lens would be an understatement. I don’t go anywhere without it. It’s a little heavy but the outcome and the bokah it produces makes me tear up a little.
- 70-200mm 2.8: The Beast as I like to call it. If you want to shoot weddings then you NEED this lens. I use this lens mostly at ceremonies. It is crisp and I can be at the back and to the side of ceremonies and capture those moments people sometimes miss. Having this lens is very important if you want to photograph a wedding. For Canon users I suggest the 135mm.
- 24mm 1.4: This wide angle lens is great for reception and large wedding parties. It gives me just enough range. It is extremely sharp and provides a great range.
- 35 mm1.4: As of right now this is my favorite favorite lens. I never go anywhere without it. It stays on my camera a lot of the time! It is an amazing portrait and wide angle lens. I am kicking myself in the side for not purchasing it much sooner!
- 10.5mm 2.8 Fisheye: This lens is so much fun! I don’t use it very much but during above ceremony shots and reception dancing pictures it provides a great variety for my clients! I would only buy this lens if you have everything above first.
- 24-70mm 2.8: When I started my business this was my first major lens that I purchased. I can’t honestly tell you when I last used it though. I love prime lenses for their quality and this lens just doesn’t cut it for me. The only reason I would use this again is if my 24mm or 35mm broke on me.
Flashes: We use stands for a couple of our flashes for OCF
- (2) SB910
If you are interested in purchasing a mentoring session with Stephanie email your interest to email@example.com
I have been in the wedding industry for five years now and when I first started out there was little to no information on what it took to become a photographer. There isn’t an instructional guide on how to be on your feet for hours at a time or how to truly market yourself into an industry that I like to refer to as high school. It’s hard to be a newbie in this business. The wedding industry is an EXTREMELY tight-nit group of people who refer to one another because in a sense we are family and for this reason it is somewhat difficult to break out as a trustworthy wedding photographer. It has taken me a long time to get to where I am today and it hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine. I’ve made some mistakes and I’ve learned some valuable lessons. That being said I want to SHARE my knowledge with those just putting their foot in the door. I want people to succeed and to do well.
1-ON-1 ONLINE MENTORING: $500
I will help you brand and help you choose the right steps for your business. We will go over your images and show you ways to improve your craft. I will give you tools to succeed and share programs that I have used that help me in my own business. This video online mentoring is for 3 days and will happen over Skype for 2 hours each day.
1-ON-1 IN HOUSE MENTORING: $1500
The in house mentoring includes everything from the online mentoring class and more. I will not only go over everything to start your business but we will have 2 days where we are shooting. We will be photographing a bride and groom and I will show you how to pose, the lighting, and camera settings. After we photograph I will show you post processing and what has worked for me and my business. This class is for 2 days for 4 hours each day.