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How To Start Your Wedding Photography Business


bride1Many photographers at same point of their photography journey consider to get into wedding and engagement photography. The wedding photography business has also become a popular and desired field lately. One has to search online to see how many wedding photography business are advertised and available.

With digital cameras becoming more and more affordable yeah year and the barriers to entry for the wedding photographers business lowered, no wonder many photographers join the ranks of the already established professionals. After all, setting an online website and building a wedding portfolio nowadays takes 3-6 months compared to 1-2 years in the past.

So what are the main reasons for so many photographers to switch to wedding photography. Well, there are different for every photographer and every market, but here are some which are most common:

1. Constant Demand:

It’s an important event in every young couple’s life and parents are willing to spend plenty of money to make sure their children have the best experience and memories possible from these events.

2. Professional Help Required:

Such events tend to last between 2-8 hours and just hiring a professional photographer who specializes and has the experience to deliver quality images commands high rates.

3. Lucrative Business:

It’s actually derivative from #2 but the payout from one such event can sum up to many headshots and portraits session with much more clients, which of course require planning, preparation, attention and post-processing time to deliver the final images

So no wonder than photographers with all level of skills and degree of preparation are eager to become wedding and engagement photographers. This is all good but do all these photographers actually understand what is required and expected to be a wedding photographers.

Related: 12 Questions Photographers Hope Their Clients Would Never Ask

To start with: it is not an easy task working with all personalities on a wedding. Relatives, parents and even the couple itself could be quite difficult to work with. Equipment could fail and what seemed a perfect and easy shooting could become a nightmare and potential lawsuit with devastating consequences. The mental stamina required to handle all personalities and work with all sorts of people, requires lots of energy and is not intuitive to everyone.

So how a photographer can make the entry into the wedding photographer easy? First, make sure you learn about the wedding photography itself either by reading a specializing book or watching video tutorials. The professional wedding photographers who created these materials have really good examples and points to share. Creative Live is a good resource and they happen to run 30-days free course in February, 2014 (check their site for schedule details) : Check Creative Live Website For Details.

Second, arrange to attend a wedding and tag along with a fellow photographer. If you are going to be a second shooter, find out from the first shooter what he needs you to cover. Most likely he will do the bridal and bride & groom portraits and you might do group photos, dance and close ups. Most main photographers won’t risk to get the second shooter into the “secrete”, “cannot go wrong” , “must nail or get lawsuit” areas. No offense. It’s just how this business works.

Related: How To Photograph Wedding Formals

Once you know what you will be photographing, research it. Make sure that you have visualized in your head the poses, lenses, light and compositions you will be taking. One good resources to help with this is Pinterest. Here is board to review: Wedding Ideas for Brides and Grooms.

Conclusion:

Hope these tips are useful to anyone who is considering to get into wedding and engagement photography. Think differently, have a comment or want to share an experience? Drop me a line or two, or as much as you need to.

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right side block of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site

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The Artistic and Commecrial Sides of Photography


IMG_20140124_161352There was an interesting discussion we were having last week with fellow photographers. A fellow photographer posted a wedding image he took last year for his clients and was surprised to find out that one of his artistic images did not get picked and prints ordered from his clients.

So a long discussion started. Many provided reasonable guesses on why the image was not picked but I felt there is more than just selection decision which was on the bottom of this discussion. It was the whole inherited conflict every photographer faces: Satisfy its internal artistic vision or take time to understand client’s needs and deliver images which appeal to each client?

After all how good is an image to a client when is not something he or she likes and feel truly represents their personality and mood.

Not all clients are created or would be the same. Not all clients are artsy natures. And we cannot expect them to be of course. I have found that most of the portraits I take and clients like are about them, their personality and feelings. Clients have a certain perception or would like others to get certain perception of them (happy, thoughtful, serious, funny, silly, etc). Composition, effects and props are tiny-bit of sprinkle but unless the image matches their perception, the image is going to end up on the shelf, not being picked up or ordered.

It does NOT mean is a bad image or one should not take images which clients most likely won’t purchase or like. It does mean, that images focusing on the personality and matching client’s expectations are the one to pay the bill and make a sale. Art is not easy to sell and it doesn’t appeal to all clients neither a photographer should expect to be appealing or always understood.

In regards to the wedding image we were discussing even if the clients are artsy and get the art images, think about their parents, relatives and friends they are going to show their wedding pictures and brag about. Who would want their mom or aunt, making puzzled face and asking: “Honey, did you pay for these pictures? Because I don’t think they are good at all! Why I cannot see your face and why Nik is all blurry? Uncle Frank could have taken better pictures of you and Nik”

It’s a dilemma a photographer has to solve for itself: satisfy its creativity drive or compromise its vision and cater to the commercial aspect of the photography business. That’s the reason why some decide to do photography for fun and follow their heart. Others, take both shots: for sale and for their own creativity needs. But at the end: if photography is ones means of leaving and a photographer doesn’t meet its clients expectations, no matter how much art is produced at the and without adequate sales and client references, the professional career for some could be short lived.

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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Pushing The Digital Image Editing to The Limit, or The Feature Is Already Here?


abstract photography by trifon anguelov photographerAmazing video showing how digital image editing might change in the future. Real time retouching is not the one we have already seen using Adobe Photoshop. New interface and controls are used to alter skin, facial, hair and overall image details and features. No more hard to remember keyboard shortcuts and complicated menus.

Simply point to the control and use intuitive presets. Is that the future if digital image editing? Only time will show us, I guess. If you though Adobe Photoshop was great, wait until you see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5qrGOi41iwE .

Most likely make up artists were used to video record different frames and then edit with overlapping of the controls. Quite amazing. Very intuitive controls and easy to do. I am sure Adobe is taking a notice.

Credit to the singer BOGGIE for performing Parfüm song.

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site

 


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When Photography Tools Are Not Enough


IMG_20140124_185046Erik Johansson’s “Impossible Photography” talk on TED is both inspiring and stimulating.

A photographer needs to have a vision and come up with a creative idea instead of just trying to be in the right place at the right time. And still, one can ask: What is the right place and what is the right time? Isn’t the right composition, light and camera settings for one completely unappropriated and uninteresting for others?

Is photography just a way to record moments in time and capture composition of random objects aligning in a certain way: sky, clouds, light, shadows, trees and mountains? Or capturing human emotions as they unveil in front of photographer’s camera? What about if there are ideas which cannot be realistically captured with a lens and a camera? How can they be implemented and shared so others can visualize them as well?

Erik’s talk provide some of the answers examples of his work. Creating very realistically looking composite images is not easy but when done skillfully it really opens one eyes to new possibilities. After all, when all tools are equal, the imagination and vision is what can set one apart of the pack.

To watch “Impossible Photography” talk visit TED’s site: http://www.ted.com/talks/erik_johansson_impossible_photography.html

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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How To Find Inspiration For Your Photography


IMG_20140122_130521 With the explosion of digital images online and the affordability of digital cameras continuing to increase, it’s no wonder that even seasoned photographers can run out of fresh ideas and get into a rut.

Has everything already been photographed and everyone has already seen this same composition which one considers interesting and worth the time to capture? Why take a picture if most likely someone else has already captured and showed the World this same image?

I am sure many photographers have or are asking themselves this question from time to time. If that’s the case, what is the solution? How does one get inspired and jump start the creative juices so they flow again? This was the same question fellow photographer asked in a Facebook photography group.

Well, my answer was simple: Get inspired by reviewing the work of fellow photographers and not just any photographer but ones who can inspire and have fresh ideas. Not the one who posts 20 images of a pretty girl in the same outfit and same scene to the point that everyone else knows they has a photo shoot. I am talking about the photographers who created and continue to create art, have vision and see the World differently through their lenses.

Aaron Nace who’s videos I enjoy watching has put a list of the Best Inspirational Photographers and does a pretty good job keeping it up to date. This is just one source of inspiration in today’s world of digital imaging and information saturation.

Check it out: http://phlearn.com/inspirational-photographers

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right side block of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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Getting Your Images Posted Is Always Exciting


IMG_20140121_185206It’s always good to see some of your work posted online. Even better is being purchased by your clients or complete strangers who find your images interesting enough so they they are willing to pay money for them.

One of my images on 500px.com was picked by a financial blog: http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/10/22/361-capital-weekly-research-briefing-61/

When I took this image during my trip to Mono Lake county in Easter Sierra in the fall of 2013, I did not have any idea this lonely road image could be used in a financial article. It looks like it communicates a long and lonely road to a mountain summit.

For more images or to check my latest work, visit my Trifon Anguelov Photography website: http://www.trifonanguelov.com

or follow me in Instagram. I have started to add more images there from my smartphone: http://www.instagram.com/trifonanguelov/

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site

 


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The Launch Of My New Photography Website


IMG_20140121_224853 I have been working for sometime on putting some of my photography body of work online. So far Facebook and Instagram have been the way for my to showcase my work and share with other photographers to review and provide feedback.

On many occasions felt that there was more to share and have a discussion about than simply critiquing the camera settings or image quality. So decided that I will have my own photography website to post my most recent portfolio, galleries with by best images as well have a place for my clients to download their images and purchase prints.

Picking a website provider hasn’t been easy. First was the research: reading what fellow photographers which I admire and regard use or recommend, then signing for a trial version of the best choices. There are so many great services but ultimately I needed to have full control over the website design and plenty of customization options. Smugmug.com seem to be the perfect match for me.

So the site is live now (although I will most likely continue to tweak and change it in the upcoming months): http://www.trifonanguelov.com

To sign up for Smugmug account, you can use this link: https://secure.smugmug.com/signup.mg?Coupon=csIihXVPqgmhc or use the coupon code: csIihXVPqgmhc

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About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right side block of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site