engagement photography, portrait photography, Wedding Photography

A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Restrictions

 

The photos that a photographer hands over to you are part of their life’s work. It has their name or branding so there are a few important restrictions to note when it comes to the professional digital images that you receive.

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1) Copyright. The digital images that your photographer provides you with have a copyright, which means the photographer has the option to use those photos to market their work and services anytime in the future. We are however also respectful of our clients so if there are any images that you would prefer to keep private, it’s best to let us know about it ahead of time so that we can honor your wishes.

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2) Image type. We aren’t able to provide you with the original files or raw images. All images given to the client have been cropped and have been edited. If you do require further touch ups we would need to provide you with a quote.

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3) Image altering. While we appreciate your business and welcome the sharing of our photos on social media platforms, we ask that the images not be altered in any way as this is against our copyright policies.

What constitutes image altering?

  • Adding filters or editing photos in Photoshop
  • Removing our logo or studio name
  • Color correcting or including transitions from color to black and white
  • Clipping people or objects out of the original shot

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So why do we have this as a restriction? Our photos are a representation of our work so when a customer alters an image it directly impacts our name and brand in the industry. When we present you with final images, they have already been through our editing process and don’t require further alterations. When images are altered, the results are not always reflective of our original work and can then be mistaken for ours. We greatly appreciate your loyalty and cooperation in this matter.

 

 

Boudoir photography, engagement photography, high school senior portraits, portrait photography, Wedding Photography

How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer

What you need to consider before you pay that photography deposit.

If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there are. Before you go ahead and book a professional photographer for a shoot though, there are a couple important things to consider.

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What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from wedding and maternity shoots to family and corporate shoots. Ask the photographer for some examples of their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.

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Research and review.

Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look around their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:

  1. Do their services fall within your price range? Or better yet, are you looking for something custom and high-end or just a shoot-and-burn? Different studios offer different types of experiences, find the one right for you.
  2. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?
  3. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be?
  4. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness, exposure and saturation.

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Create a short list.

Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that you might have. It’s important that you chat with the photographer over the phone if not in person as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to work with them. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad photos.

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It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos are there to last you a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions that you can’t relive.

Contact Rebecca@3rdeyephoto.net to capture your next memories!

Wedding Photography

Which Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer: Part II

Weddings are amazing, but also a lot of work to plan. Photography is one of the most important aspects of your day and choosing a wedding photographer is not always easy. To start, ask the right questions when interviewing. It is easy to ask a question that really doesn’t give you the insight you need into who the photographer is…so here are a few tips.

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Instead of: Do you discount? Try: Our budget is $$$, how can we work together to find the best plan for this price?

Every photographer is different in the way they will handle their pricing and packages. It is important to be direct and honest with your photographer about your needs and your budget. Many will be able to work something out, and some will not. Sometimes it is better to be honest about your budget upfront and accept that you may get some of what you want for that price and then be able to use gifted monies after the wedding for additional items like files or albums. Just know it is always ok, if not encouraged, to ask.

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Instead of: What gear do you use? Try: Do you have a backup plan if equipment fails?

There is a HUGE array of equipment out there for photography and video. Everyone has their favorite brand or lens. At the end of the day I am a firm believer that it is not the equipment that makes the images, but the artist. Check out their portfolio, maybe even ask for additional examples of their work. Fall in love with the imagery, picture yourself as the bride or groom. How they get to that point is really meaningless if you love their work and the photographer themselves. More importantly is to find out what they do if something goes wrong to save your images. Do they have insurance? Backup lens?

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Instead of: Have you worked at my venue before? Try: Do you have experience and example photos of similar venues to mine?

I have shot over 100s of weddings. I have NOT shot in every location possible, even in our small mountain town of Crested Butte CO. Some of my favorite images came from venues that were new to me…there is an excitement and creativity that can be released when in a new environment. It is less important if your photographer has shot in the exact location you are getting married in and more important that they are equipped with the skills to adjust to any location. Asking to see images from locations or times of day that are similar to yours will be more informative then simply if they have shot at your location.

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I hope you have found this to be a helpful starting place for the conversation with your potential wedding photographer. Most professional photographers will have a list of FAQ on their website which can help direct you while choosing the right photographer for you. Visit www.3rdeyephoto.net/Wedding-FAQ for my FAQ wedding section.

Wedding Photography

An Indian Extravaganza

This wedding in June of 2016 was one of the most fun, interesting and visual weddings I have ever shot. It was a 4-day affair and I had 2 other photographers working with me for the Saturday event. I am thrilled with how it turned out…I hope you enjoy!

Thank you Geeta & Adarsh for a magical wedding event!

The Friday night event was the the Club at Crested Butte. They did an amazing job transforming the dining areas and outdoor deck into a beautiful welcome reception. The Saturday wedding event was at Ten Peaks on Crested Butte Mountain hosted by Crested Butte Mountain Resort. It could not have been more perfect!

 

For more images and info please visit Third Eye Photography

Wedding Photography

Which Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer: Part I

Hiring a wedding photographer can send any bride into a tizzy. There may be several websites you are in love with- how do you chose? To start, ask the right questions when interviewing. It is easy to ask a question that really doesn’t give you the insight you need into who the photographer is…so here are a few tips.

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Instead of: What is your style of photography? Try: What does a typical wedding day look like from your perspective?

Styles range from photographer to photographer and can have very different meanings for each individual. You will get to know more about how your day will be photographed and how it will unfold with a different approach. You have already seen the photographer’s portfolio and love their work (otherwise don’t have this conversation). So here is your opportunity to find out more about the flow of the day and how the photographer will be dealing with the different segments of the day. This can also lead to a timeline conversation which is a necessity from any photographer.

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Instead of: Do you have a second photographer? Try: How do you cover all the aspects of our wedding?

People always assume that more is better- the more photographers you have the better photos there will be. This is simply not the case. The RIGHT photographer(s) are better. Some weddings I hire a second photographer because of the size of the wedding or the length of the day. But there are plenty of other times where all I need is an assistant who does not shoot but helps with equipment and lighting OR just one professional photographer to capture everything in an amazing way.

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Instead of: Do we own the copyright to all of our images? Try: What rights do we have with our digital files?

Most wedding photographers will include digital files in their Collections. The copyright holder is the creator of the images. What you want is to be able to freely reproduce and prints those files from any company and as many times as you would like for personal use. Holding the copyright does NOT mean you can print your files, so be clear with your photographer about your intentions and make sure you are given the proper release if needed.

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Instead of: Can I give you a shot list? Try: How do you decide what images should be taken and can I be a part of the decision process?

A shot list is limiting, and takes away from the creativity of the artist. Hopefully you love your wedding photographer’s portfolio and with the right questions you are getting a sense of how great he/she will be to work with- don’t stifle this professional with a list of shots you “must have”. Trust that you have hired the right person to do the job to the best of their abilities. That being said, you can certainly talk to your photographer about your needs such as family groupings etc, and if you have anything specific like a special aspect of the ceremony or a unique wedding exit that you want to make sure is captured. Communication is the key!

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Please check in next week for more “Which Questions to Ask Your Photographer: Part II” and visit http://www.3rdeyephoto.net for more images and info.

Wedding Photography

Flowers Flowers Flowers

There are so many options when it comes to flowers. Simple, white, colorful, bountiful. How to mix different flowers, how to place them on a cake, what the bridesmaid’s bouquets should look like in comparison to the bride. The options are really endless. Here are some of the best I saw last wedding season. Hopefully it will inspire you!

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Third Eye Photography based in Crested Butte CO