I like to have a sneak peek photo ready on the same day or night of the shoot. Photography can be looked at kind of like going to a restaurant. When you put in your order you don't get your meal right away. However you do get your drink and any appetizers before your food arrives. My sneak peek photos are my clients drink. It shows that their business is appreciated and their patients is respected. As for an appetizer I have started to send an additional edited photo or video when I update them on where I am in the editing process. Continuing to work on improving my clients experience also includes finding ways of being more efficient in my editing process. If your new to the page welcome 😃 be sure to follow for my next post where I'll be talking about how long it takes to send off wedding photos.
-How many photos do you send your clients?- The short answer for me is all of them.I thought I would take some time over the next few posts talking about some of the questions I get as a photographer. When it comes to the editing and delivery process I decided early on that I wanted it to be simple. No packages, no minimum quantities, and no back and forth nonsense picking prints.I edit and deliver every image I capture (except for test shots and out of focus images) in a web format and a print format. I can understand some wanting to only send what they feel is their best work. However more often than not I've found people will like different images for different reasons. I also don't want to hold on to clients photos. My thought is they are your photos you paid for them so you get em all, and I save room on my hard drive😃. The term "do good work" is much more important when I hand everything over.
Early morning photo session at the Lake in Van Nuys CA,
I met up with these two early in the morning. We were scheduled for a 6:30am shoot however plans changed and we pushed things back to 8am. Being a morning person this wasn't an inconvenience for me. I would much rather have a couple be ready, and not feel rushed to get to a photo shoot with me. I find things go a lot smoother when everyone is at ease.
Photographing these two was a lot of fun. Both were very comfortable in front of the camera and made my job a whole lot easier.
For these photos I decided to use my 85mm for the entire shoot. It required a lot of moving on my part to frame my shots but I am a huge fan of the images that this lens is able to capture. The background just melts away and the couple is tack sharp at f/4.0
While on location this early there was very little background interference from the public. This allowed us to move about the park in a way that allowed us to capture shots that would otherwise be filled with people. Since I started photographing in southern California finding locations that give a private feel can be a challenge. The most effective way I have found to photographing without a lot of people around is to schedule my photo shoots either early in the morning or late in the evening.
I also included another lets edit video where I take you through one of the black and white photos and show you my editing process from beginning to end. Also If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.
Summer photo session with Anthony, Christy and their yellow lab Jack
Driving towards Newbury Park on a warm Saturday afternoon we were met with the wonderful surprise of a ten degree difference in temperature. Given the heat that we have been living with this summer it was a welcome change. When scheduling photo sessions in the summer season Its good to check the weather ahead of time to be sure it isn't too hot out. The heat can cause a lot of discomfort for a client and that discomfort will show through in the photos. On the 101 freeway as we drove toward our shoot we even caught a glimpse of a fire burning off in the distance.
We met on location at 6:30pm. The sun was still far from ready to set but the light we had was great none the less. Christy, her husband Anthony and their dog Jack are close friends of my fiancee. Christy and Anthony were a pleasure to work with. Their dog Jack was full of energy like most labs but when it was time to take their photos he was very well behaved. My fiancee and Christy have been friends for almost ten years. When Christy asked to have her photos taken it was just about setting a date.
The park Christy selected for her photoshoot was just a few steps away from their new home. I try to do as much research as possible before shooting at a new location. This helps me plan the path we will take through our photoshoot and ensure we get the photos we want. In this instance I wasn't able to make it out to survey the area prior to the shoot. I relied on Google maps and screen shots taken by others who have visited that park before. I find it helpful to use Instagram when doing research on a new location. More often than not I find a large amount of photos taken by others who are familiar with the best angles to photograph from.
Since the sun was still rather high in the sky we began our shoot posing under a tree. The shade helps to prevent harsh light and shadows from being cast on a persons face. One thing I learned to watch out for is light spilling through the branches. It can create a hard light spot or spots on a person that isn't easy to edit out in post.
From there we moved into the clearing while still remaining covered by the trees shade. I tried a few different lenses to incorporate the grand landscape in the background. Having started out taking landscape photos I like to incorporate the surrounding area whenever possible in my work with people.