Why Your Photographer Won’t Give You All Your Images

It’s not uncommon for customers to request all of their photos from their photographer after their session but when a photographer refuses, it can leave clients feeling confused and sometimes even frustrated.

So why won’t your photographer give you all of your images after your session?

70631_2019.08.23_WED_LuzadderWhat you’re entitled to

It’s important to remember that you are paying for an end product and don’t really have a right to the work in progress. Think of it in terms of a painting. Would you demand all the sketches and research that went into the finished painting? Probably not. But asking your photographer for every image that was taken is basically the same thing.

69734_2019.08.15_POR_GarrecUnderstanding your photo session

Even if your photographer has decades of experience, not every photo is going to be perfect, which is why so many photos are taken to begin with.

In some photos your eyes may be closed or the wind may be blowing your hair across your face. Your photographer takes hundreds of photos in order to pick a few that look the best. Even then, the best photos will be processed so that clients receive the most flattering images possible.

Your photographer puts a lot of time into the selection and editing process in order to produce exceptional results so asking for all of the raw images only makes this entire process a complete waste of time.

Plus, seeing the raw photos from your session could leave you feeling disheartened when you don’t see the results you were expecting. There is a reason why the selection and editing process is done by professionals – they want to see their clients happy with the results.

69155_2019.08.08_POR_IhnsTrust your photographer

Ask yourself why you want to see all of your photos? Are you worried that your photographer may have missed a great shot?

Remember that your photographer does this for a living and has carefully sifted through all of your photos to ensure that you only receive the best shots. Plus, choosing the best shots also impacts their reputation and portfolio so there’s really no reason for them to skimp on this process.

Your photographer truly does have your best interests at heart so trust in the process and their abilities.

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Why Your Professional Photography Session is Worth the Price

A lot of people may love the idea of a professional photo session but many end up being put off by the price.

While it might seem like YOUR photographer is simply getting paid to push a button for an hour or two, it’s so much more than that.69306_2019.08.08_POR_Colontrelle

Here are 6 reasons why a professional photography session is well worth the price:

  1. Your photography session extends beyond the shoot. Even though your photo session may only last an hour, your photographer still needs to travel to and from your location, spend time selecting the best photos and edit those photos too.
  2. Photography gear costs money. Producing high-quality photos requires professional equipment. The price of your session factors in your photographer’s camera, lenses, flash, reflectors, tripods, storage cases and more. Certain types of photography can also cost more because more gear is required. Wedding photography being a prime example.69691_2019.08.15_POR_Garrec
  3. You need the right skills to take great photos.As with any other profession, building up the skills required to be a successful photographer takes time and money.
  4. Technology doesn’t come cheap. Along with having all the right gear, photographers also need to have certain technology in order to process and edit their photos. This includes high-end computer equipment as well as professional photo editing software.
  5. Experience is priceless.Photographers spend years honing their skills and developing an artistic eye that allows them to produce the results that they do. From knowing how to work with different types of lighting to being able to spot the perfect photo opportunity, you really can’t put a price on experience. It’s also experience that gives them the know-how necessary to guide you and pose you during your photo session.69422_2019.08.09_SEN_Livie
  6. Sometimes assistants are required.This is particularly true with event or wedding photography. When there are multiple things happening all at once, an assistant will be required to get the job done right, which will often be factored into your pricing.

At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. If you truly like a photographer’s style and are impressed with their skills and experience, the price you pay for your photo session is definitely well worth it.

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How to Use Natural Light to Improve Your Photos

There are countless ways that you can take better photos but lighting is a simple concept that can truly make all the difference.

From wedding and engagement photos to family and newborn shoots, using more natural light is one way to take your photos from good to great.

While ambient light is usually created by camera equipment, natural light is generally any light that has been created by the sun.

If you have an upcoming photo shoot that you would like to better plan for, here are some tips for using natural light to take your best photos yet.

  1. Schedule your photos around natural light.Ideally, your photos should be scheduled around natural light instead of hoping that you’ll be able to get the best possible light. The time when the sun is lower in the sky is when you’ll get the best shots.63059 2019.06.15_WED_Wilson
  2. Be on time for your photo session.There is only a very small window for getting the best shots using natural light so if you have scheduled a photo session for sunset, make sure that you’re on time.
  3. If at all possible, always head outdoors.When it comes to shooting family portraits, many people opt to stay at home or head to a studio. But if at all possible, always choose an outdoor location for your photos regardless of the theme. The natural light will give your photos an entirely different look and feel.54439_ 2018.09.27_ENG_Benson
  4. Stay near windows.If you do have to take photos inside, choose areas that have the most windows in order to incorporate as much natural light as possible into your shots.
  5. Use water and trees to your advantage. If your location has a lot of trees or a small body of water, use these backdrops and natural light to your advantage. Take a few photos in front of trees where the light is streaming through the leaves. If there is water, use the sunset and the reflections it creates in the water to give your photos a romantic and intimate touch._MG_8230
  6. Use the shade if you need to. If the only time you can take photos is during a time when the sun is harsher, use shade of trees to soften the light and avoid any squinting.

Your photographer is a pro at working with lighting and will best be able to advise you on the right time to book your shoot as well as give you some great location ideas that will help you take advantage of natural light.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Preserving & Organizing Your Printed Photos

While most of us possess hundreds if not thousands of digital photos, most people still have countless printed photographs lying around the house.

In order to preserve these precious memories, it helps to know how best to organize and store them so that you and your family can keep them safe and easily accessible. It would be such a shame to lose family photos that have been passed down through the generations, which is why proper storage is so important.

Below are some dos and don’ts for organizing and storing your printed photos.

60056 2019.05.10_NEW_MeadowsDo keep climate in mind when choosing a storage space.Spaces such as basements and attics that experience major fluctuations in temperature are not the right places to store photos. Instead choose closets or cabinets that are in climate-controlled areas of your home.

Don’t store photos on the ground.Elements such as water become a concern when you store your photos on the ground. Plus, there is a much higher chance of them getting damaged by falling objects, people, pets or pests.

Do keep your photos properly enclosed. Dust, sunlight, and pests can all damage your photos if they are not properly enclosed in a box, frames or plastic folders.

52779_2018.09.22_WED_HaugheyDon’t forget to use dividers.Once photos start aging, they can start sticking together, which leads to permanent damage once you need to pull them apart. While it might seem like extra work, place non-acidic dividers in-between your photos to prevent this from happening.

Do get rid of adhesives.If you have any photos that are stored in albums that require adhesives, it’s best to remove them and place them in an album that contains acid-free sleeves or protectors to prevent damage in the long run.

Do organize photos according to dates and events.In the same way that you file your digital photos according to year, month, and event, do the same with your printed photos so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. Stick an inventory list on the front of each photo box for ease of reference.

Spending time organizing and storing your photos may not seem like the ideal way to spend a weekend but you will certainly thank yourself for it later.

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Understanding the Common Expressions Your Photographer Uses

If you’ve recently started discussing a photoshoot with a photographer or you’re still on the hunt for the perfect photographer for your wedding, birthday or engagement shoot, you’ve more than likely come across several different terms and expressions that you’ve never heard of before.

To make you more comfortable during your conversations with your photographer, here are a few common expressions that you should familiarize yourself with:

  • 52211_2018.09.17_SEN_ElliotRaw Files.Raw files are photos that have not yet been processed. Most professional photographers only ever shoot RAW so that they can alter their photos later on. Most photographers will also be reluctant to give raw files to customers since it could result in their photos being altered by someone who isn’t familiar with editing processes and techniques.
  • Reprint Permissions. Sharing a photographer’s photos online or in the media will usually require reprint permission. This ensures that a photographer knows where their photos will be showcased, that they want to be associated with a particular platform or portrayed in a certain light.46558_2018.08.18_WED_Hutchinson
  • A copyright on photos means that they belong to the photographer that shot them and that the photographer can use them as they see fit. For example, they are allowed to use your photos in their portfolio. It also means that people or organizations are not allowed to use the photos in promotional materials without the photographer’s permission.
  • Golden Hour.The golden hour is a period of time around 15 – 20 minutes before sunrise and after sunset when your photographer has access to the best possible natural light. Most photographers will always opt to shoot during this period when possible.61815 2019.06.08_WED_Nicoll
  • Straight Out of the Camera.When photos are straight out of the camera, it means that they have been through very little editing and processing.
  • Suggested Shot List.This is usually a term that comes up a lot during discussions with wedding photographers. While planning your wedding, you will more than likely have a few ideas for photos that you really want your photographer to shoot, which is why they will usually ask you for a suggested shot list. If not, remember to speak up and tell your photographer your ideas.
  • Photography style is another term that will usually pop up during your conversation with your photographer. Some common photography styles include classic, lifestyle, documentary, and artistic. It may be useful to research a few of these photography styles before you meet with your photographer so that you can tell them what you expect.61832 2019.06.08_WED_Billesbach

Remember, your photographer is there to make this a fun and pleasant experience for you, not to throw technical terminology at you. If there are certain terms that you’re unsure about, ask away. Your photographer will be more than happy to explain the entire process to you.

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Why a Photo Session is the Ultimate Gift

Photos: we have them in our homes, on our phones, in albums, on our computers, they’re everywhere.

Photos remind us of life’s most precious people and memories As we move through life, we get to add new moments to our collections.

cropped-53006_2018-09-22_wed_haughey-1.jpgSometimes though, it makes a world of difference to have a professional photographer present for the really big moments in life, including weddings, christenings, milestone birthdays and engagements. Giving the gift of photography is one that won’t soon be forgotten.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a parent, newly engaged couple or friend in your life, here are some reaons why you should gift them a professional photo session instead of the usual gift.

49864_ 2018.09.02_WED_MikesellPhotography is a gift that lasts a lifetime

How many times have you received a gift that you pretended to like, only to end up storing it in the back of a cupboard a month later? Gadgets, clothing, and accessories all go out of style or become null and void, but professional photos last a lifetime and are something that the recipient can treasure for years to come.

38782_2018.04.26_DAN_WynesPhotography is personal

Gifting someone with a professional photo session is personal and unique. Since it’s far more thoughtful than guessing what someone would like to receive, it’s a gift that truly comes from a place of love.

2997_tep_2015.07.17_mat_krishanPhotography is an experience

Experiencing something instead of adding something to a growing pile of possessions is far more worthwhile, exciting and meaningful. A photo session gives your loved one a brand new experience that will leave them with lasting memories that they can proudly display around their home or office.

When looking for the right photo session for your loved one, keep an eye out for any specials photographers in your area might be offering. Who knows, you may even find yourself booking a photo session for yourself at the same time.

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5 Tips for Rocking Your Outdoor Photo Session

Whether you’re shooting a new family portrait or you’ve just gotten engaged, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to selecting an outdoor setting for your shoot.

If you’ve never done an outdoor photo session before though, there are a few things that you should know if you want to truly enjoy the experience and get the best possible photos.

Here are a few useful tips that you can use for your upcoming outdoor session:36179_2018.01.31_glam_walker

  1. Timing is everything.When it comes to outdoor photo sessions, lighting is everything, and you will always have the best lighting around 20 minutes after sunrise or before sunset. This is called the Golden Hour. If possible, aim to have your shoot during this period. If this is not possible, choose a location that does offer some shade should the light become too harsh.
  2. Think twice about your outfit.When deciding on an outfit for your shoot, keep the theme of the shoot as well as the location in mind. It’s important that your outfit doesn’t look out of place.55490_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter
  3. Start with the basics first.While having an outdoor shoot leaves you with endless creative possibilities, start with some basic shots first and get creative from there. Chat with your photographer about some of your ideas if you’re not sure.
  4. Add some color.If your shoot is taking place in winter, incorporate some beautiful pops of color using clothing or props to liven up your photos. Autumn, spring and summer don’t usually require as much color since your backdrop will bring in a lot of character all on its own.54439_ 2018.09.27_ENG_Benson
  5. Preparation is key. To avoid any unwanted surprises, it’s important to visit your desired location ahead of time to make sure that it’s the right fit for your shoot and to pick out a few spots for your photos. It’s also helpful to bring an extra set of clothes, especially if your shoot will include children as you never know when you may need to change.

An outdoor photo session will leave you with beautiful, unique photos that you can treasure for a lifetime and are the perfect addition to your photo wall at home.

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