Outdoor Shoot Q&A

 

Wedding Photography Weekend

 

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Outdoor Shoot Q&A

do you have any tips or tricks for photographers out there who don't have an assistant to hold a live reflector or don't have a second shooter toe hold the reflector right do you have get someone pull people from the crowd you're doing like fortress of kids you can always like help like occupy mom um kind of exactly mentioned earlier there's always people out there that just want to learn and even if you have to pay someone ten bucks an hour I mean it is worth it to pay you know you have your doing portrait for two hours so you're paying twenty bucks toe have someone hold some light to save you five hours and post like is that twenty bucks worth your time absolutely so like and on that note you gotta realize what's the value of your time so say you're even on the low end some photographers are making a myth you know ten or fifteen or twenty or thirty dollars an hour so saying your time is worth thirty five dollars an hour I figured it out front to back you figure out every hour that yo...

u put in the wedding from e mails to shooting editing you know the whole shebang and you're worth thirty five dollars an hour well that's worth ten dollars an hour like jodie said tohave five hours saved in postproduction cause that would cost you one hundred eighty dollars and you could pay somebody else twenty dollars to do the exact same job which is get right in the camera and not have to do it in post production so I think thinking about the value of your time is important and all of a sudden now when you get back and you can edit the photos twice as fast what are you gonna do with those three hours we just saved you couldn't go out market or you could go on a date and that's worth twenty bucks you know that's worth that extra couple of bucks to bring someone out to get a reflector out toe hold it get some light in someone's eyes and make for an incredible shot they also um sell kits you know that where you can put a reflector understand but it's you know it's not as easy as okay let's just adjust it here you have to like kind of unscrew one part to adjust and so it's just kind of a pain in the butt so there are ways to get around if you can't find anyone you know sometimes hold that for a second like you know for shooting someone down here you know like you can like have part of it on the ground and you're kind of you know holding it with your legs while you're shooting you know just kind of to make it work but ideally if you can bring someone out pay them it is a hundred percent worth it so the question for your jody from in davies who says I love your boots but what do you wear to the wedding so to both of you how do you dress for your wedding um that's a really good question we say that we like dress for the job that we want not the job that we necessarily have so we're always trying to look amazing and we like our job um even if we're shooting you know lower and wedding because and we'll talk about this on sunday we don't just shoot bride so I have a lot of money sometimes people spend half their budget on us but um so even if we're shooting lower and weddings were still looking sharp so on the biggest thing to me it is a comfort um cleavage and try to think of another sea and something else I always want to make sure that I am one hundred percent comfortable I'm shooting so when I'm leaning down I don't have toe like hold something here like watching my booty crack you know I want to be comfortable and you don't wanna have to worry about exposing myself in anyway so I have this one top that I wear every single weddings and it goes hi it's cute but it also goes along and I can tuck it in and I don't have to worry about it and so we were just um grey or black slacks in the summertime when it's really hot I always wear black pants and I always air blacktop was alive just because if you get hot and kind of covers that grossness and um and then I were like cute earrings or something because justin all black you don't feel super cute and then the shoes I wear actually got from foot solutions when the lady first brought him out I was like you could not pay where those but then I tried aman and then my pants kind of cover them so my comfort in our bodies we've really learned to take care of our body so I wear those shoes in the pants top and some key rings when I have a watch I wear a watch wouldn't go to weddings because the last thing I want to do is have to be looking at my phone and people think that I'm not working so I have a lot and said and I can quickly yeah I always dress you know super sharp the only thing I don't do is wear a tie because it gets in my way because I have stuff hanging around my neck like a light meter or you know different things that are dangling around and it sort of gets in my way but I wear a nice pinstripe fitted shirt I wear really nice you know h and m slacks I have these really slick shoes that look you know like I'm a professional you know so when we shop on weddings were clean put together we look really really good we looked like we go together we also don't wear clothes that make us really stand out we don't want to wear like a orange shirt or a tuxedo and it's like are you in the bridal party you know we we want to look really sharp but also sort of blend in at the same time because it's not our wedding it's not our event actually have a woman and she designs clothes for photographers and she's sending me some stuff so I'll try it out and then I'll block on it if it's legit so sateen and we can all be matching when we goto over weddings that's awesome that's very thick scales a weird thing well um medical you guys are so much fun and are easy going to be around and I'm sure you know people just feed off your energy but what happens if a bride and groom or an engaged couple are really nervous and our camera shy do are there specific questions you asked them to kind of like loosen up and kind of bring their personalities forward to your lenses yeah I think something you know jody and I for our in state weddings because we shoot kind of fifty fifty now fifty percent in state fifty percent out of state and with out of state clients you don't always get to meet them so we've done many weddings where we've rolled in the day before met them for the first time or met them on the day of their wedding sometimes like this last wedding we just did the groom is in the army lived in alabama he was completely unavailable we couldn't schedule engagement session we tried it just didn't happen and I met him the day of the wedding and I think one of the best characteristics you can learn is how to be a great people person in this business I would highly recommend dale carnegie has the dale carnegie university where you can take his courses on hana he wrote the book how to win friends and influence people and I think it's so critical toe like disarm people learn how to read them really well and be able to show up and within five or ten minutes go into a full on photo shoot and have them at least get through it and hopefully feel really really comfortable while they do it so I think it's a gift that judy and I happen to have you know we roll up we're smiling and we're really laid back and we're having fun or telling people that everything they did is amazing all the time you know it's really amazing how easy it is to make people feel at ease if you ask me and then I sometimes we do me photographers and I'm just like you know fred jacobs uh who's the guy who started all these bridal shows all around the country he said if you don't have a personality you shouldn't be in this business and I highly right I couldn't agree more like you look at some of the top most successful photographers that have these great businesses they have really great personalities and not to say that if you don't have a great personality can't succeed but a personality I'm a natural introvert who would have thought that I am I'm actually an introvert I prefer to be with my wife at home if I get around crowds for too long I'll go stand in the bathroom for ten minutes and kind of you know have to like what do you call it decompressed I have to decompress because I go out and I turn it on and it's something I've learned how to do over the years I wasn't like this when I was a teenager I was pretty quiet so it's something that you can learn how to dio and it could be great for business and then you can go home and be your quiet person but you can go out and be great in front of people someone remembers they feed off your energy so if you're shooting photos of them you're like cool you know like you know they're going to feed off that e I think the biggest reason that people don't feel comfortable in front of the camera is they don't feel confident so I think it's our job to build him up even if you like corpulent in front of the camera don't even show them a photo if you don't have to like you saw like I should uh corey and lauren a photo right there after I got those type photos in there like oh you know and that got them even more excited so like even if they look awkward in the photo don't show them but just encourage them and build them up and then they'll start to relax and loosen I think that's probably yeah absolutely and luisa had asked a question earlier that was regard to actually looking at the back of your screen a lot whether that is checking your history graham or what have you but does like taken that moment away detract from the interaction that you're having with the bride and groom tio make them at il either but I think it's something to be careful but I think you don't want the conversation to stop so you don't want to be like oh awesome right no I think if you keep that verbal those verbal cues up because it is important to check the back of your camera look at your history and make sure you're nailing that shot how you want to nail it but you don't want to stop all contact you know so it's like oh awesome on my word you guys look great and keep looking up a cz you're like freaking out in the back seems like I'm all my sitting there are you know just to keep up that cover photos out of focus I sock uh hate myself uh I want to quit so I think it's just something to be definitely aware of you way of questions from you guys question way answer every question you have no pressure there thinking question your question yeah strain love is wondering if you were able you're only able to buy one lens for wedding photography what lends would you say twenty four seven and why just because it covers wide and sort of portrait it's not technically a portrait lens but it's close enough and it's the most versatile you're going to get that's the range you'd have tohave toe to shoot in but I would never shoot a wedding with one ones so don't ever shooting don't ever shoot a wedding with one lens yeah lens yeah lens reynolds dot com you know rent a lens but honestly if you don't have you know a business license and not paying your taxes if you're you know have a backup camera if you don't have some sort of backup solution online off offsite um if you're not doing some of those things I'd highly recommend getting that stuff in line second shoot shoot portrait's build up some money before you go out because you're taking a huge risk like your if you shoot a portrait session of somebody's baby and you lose the photos you can go do it again but if you go shoot something that can never be captured again and you're not prepared for it you're taking a huge risk by doing that site I definitely am not down on like new people going out starting and shooting we did that we had a couple of cameras two lenses and a couple of flashes and we started but we had enough between us off something went down or something broke we could still capture that event so I definitely think it's important to don't start shooting a wedding into your prepared because this is somebody's whole life you're taking in your hands like it's a big it's a big responsibility so it isthe uh question from simply loved simply loved you love you simply love I know working together as a husband and wife team can be a blessing and a curse at the same time how do you to keep the way I think that uh with the husband and wife team you have to be built for we've talked to some people that I could never work with my spouse they drive me crazy you know there's a couple people back on right now um but I think the important thing is it's just like in a marriage you want people teo work in their strength most of the time I think that's what's been a huge benefit for jodi and I and it's ironic that most couples where she lacks he gains where he lacks she gains like jodi's a great manager I suck at it I'm a really great being a big dreamer and being very technical that's where jodi lax and I fill in the gaps for her she is better at going zach there's moments happen and capture them and helping me to do that so I think we always say eighty percent of your time work in your strengths twenty percent of your time work on it weakness areas because we've done that I think that's really helped us keep the piece because I'm not doing things that frustrate me I'm doing things that I love most of the time because when we started out to be like why don't you organize your e mail like this don't you do this like this and I'm like you know what that's how he does it and if it works for him and I think the biggest thing is not expecting himto work like how I do because I'm very organized and detective dunn's actually but you know like he works at okay I know I need to be a bit more organized system so I think just kind of like and where it just have been flow for the other's weaknesses and um and grace realizing we're just people you know jody's not gonna hit every deadline and I'm not gonna get every photo and some shots are gonna suck and sometimes we're gonna have to fix this and just realizing we're just people like what do you expect and it's just a job you know don't get so bent out of shape your marriage is way more important and we've really learned to go hang on we're not having a marriage problem this isn't a business problem let's go work on our marriage and get together and get a quiet moment together and just focus on each other and forget about business is it not the most important thing happening in our lives that can seem like it

Class Description

Being a successful wedding photographer isn’t just about taking gorgeous shots, it’s about creating an incredible experience for your clients. If a bride feels great about the services you provide—from your first meeting to your wedding day demeanor to the final delivery of the album—then she’ll be a happy customer for life and recommend you to her vast network of friends and family.

Zach and Jody Gray not only produce beautiful photos, they take great pains to ensure that every aspect of the wedding day is well planned and executed. In this weekend course that includes actual shoots of a bride and groom, Zach and Jody cover all the components of wedding photography, everything from marketing your business to finding the perfect lighting sources to posing your subjects to picking the best shots.

By describing their humble beginnings and explaining how their modest start-up grew into a thriving business with clients across the country, Zach and Jody will inspire you to pursue your own wedding photography dreams.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish a strong connection with your clients.

  • Identify the essential gear you’ll need for your shoots.

  • Use light rigs when natural light is unavailable.

  • Understand lighting ratios, strobe lighting, clamshell lighting and more.

  • Figure out which lenses to use for each part of the day.

  • Build up your network and attract more clients.

  • Market your business with your website, sales calls and word of mouth.

  • Review your images and find the best shots.


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