50 years

This was a great event, I have to congratulate when a couple can be smiling at happy after 50 years of marriage. My parents have been together for over 30 years and It is something you just do not see much anymore.

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Photographers a few things to keep in mind both for wedding and quince, Invest in a off camera flash it is better. At least use a on camera shoe flash, I know your thinking natural light is better..it is but bounce your flash and use a diffuser, take the picture a few steps back..bounce..bounce that flash

Can other people take photos while you are taking photos? I inform the people that asked me to do photos to please ask people not to push me out of the way, they are paying for your time so get in walk around and introduce yourself.

Will you accept a list of specific photos to be taken? I ask for one, I want to make sure to get what I would want and incase there is a family member that they do not see often I will walk over to them and ask to take their photo.

Editing: The client does not understand what goes into editing beyond color and contrast. Effects and colors can be simple and you might have a CS action but combine that with blemish retouching and it can take over an hour a photo. Yes an hour a photo if you want something realistic Dodge and Burn. Clone and frequency seperation.Give yourself enough editing time as there will be other things you need to work on, and make sure a timeline is presented in a contract.

Contract: Do I have to tell you that you need one even if it is a small event for a friend. Clearly state the following;

  • What time will you arrive and how long will you stay?
    Should the event last longer than scheduled, will you stay? Extra charge?
    How long after the event will the proofs be ready?
    What type and how much assistance will your provide in planning an album?
    What are your policies regarding proofs?
    Is a deposit required? If so, how much?
    When is the remaining balance after deposit due?
    Are there any additional charges not mentioned? (i.e. travel)

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