Simply Tailored Photography http://www.simplytailored.com Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:30:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.9 5 Things Every Photographer Should Be Doing http://www.simplytailored.com/2014/03/23/5-things-every-photographer/ Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:08:34 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=26503 1. Charging For Your Work This should go without saying, but there are many photographers just GIVING their work away. Sounds crazy, right? It is understandable when you are just starting out and need to build some sort of portfolio to get off the ground. What i find is that many would be photographers get […]

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1. Charging For Your Work

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This should go without saying, but there are many photographers just GIVING their work away. Sounds crazy, right? It is understandable when you are just starting out and need to build some sort of portfolio to get off the ground. What i find is that many would be photographers get stuck in that habit of continuing to give out their hard work and creativity for FREE. Don’t get me wrong, there are times where it is actually beneficial to forge a relationship with a future client by providing them a service pro bono. What i’m trying to say is, if it really doesn’t help you get ahead in your goals, your should never devalue your work by giving it away. This industry is very cost intensive, gear costs a small fortune, learning to use it proficiently takes time, and so does buying and using the software and rest of the hardware required to create beautiful images. Why should companies and individuals get free content on promises of “Great exposure” and “Could lead to future jobs”. IT SHOULDN’T, PERIOD. So give yourselves some credit and price your self out accordingly to what your time is worth!

2. Investing In Your Brand

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One of the most important aspects of building and growing your photography business that is usually overlooked by new photographers trying to go out on their own. Spending money on advertising and marketing is so important. It doesn’t matter if you have some of the most beautiful photos out there; if you can’t connect with your clients you will just be a great photographer without clients. Social media marketing, getting out there and connecting with potential clients, advertising plans, are very important in establishing yourself. At first it may feel like a waste of time because you are focusing so much attention on something other than photography itself. However once those connections are made its just a matter or maintaining those connections and continuing the process.

3. Continue Education

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When I say education, it doesn’t necessarily mean “formal” education. Regardless of your passion or your career, you should never stop learning. Keep up with new advances in camera tech as well as software to edit. The worst thing you can do is become complacent and think that you have mastered your craft. Continue evolving the techniques you use to shoot and edit, experimenting with new ways to improve what you already excel at as well as improving on what you are lacking. Now you can accomplish this by taking courses in a formal establishment of education [university, college]. Or you can assist other photographers that inspire you or take seminars by established photographers. There is a third option, if you don’t want to break the bank join a photography group on meetup.com and connect with other photographers in your area. You can always learn lots from fellow photographers that are probably facing many of the same issues you have or are. Plus it’s always good to know other photographers in your area!

 

4. Be Open To Constructive Criticism

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Many photographers and artists alike have blinders on when it comes to the work they produce. Many have it stuck in their head that their work is great, having confidence is a good thing! However there are times when people won’t see what you see as the producer. Taking In criticisms of your work will only help you evolve as a photographer. Take a look at your work and compare it to someone else’s who has gotten rave reviews. What makes you work different or similar, what makes your work as good as the next photographer? I know sometimes it’s hard having to hear that that image you spent 3 hours on needs a revision or perhaps multiple revisions. The ability to adapt and learn from those situations are what will set you apart and improve your work. If you aren’t getting repeat clientele or any clientele at all perhaps that may be one of the reasons. Basically what I’m trying to say is don’t get all bent out of shape and butt hurt anytime someone doesn’t like your work, instead ask them why.

5. Get Out There And Get Those Clients

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Many photographers I know, from newbies to I seasoned vets come to me from time to time to talk business. They ask how I go about getting new leads and booking new clients. My answer is always the same, if you want to get noticed and get those jobs you have to go out and get them. Complacency is the number one reason photographers fail! Regardless of how good their work is. Get out the and approach the clients you are looking for, engage them, build a rapport with them and always ask for the sale. This is where branding and being social are so important. Have up to date business cards and a relevant website to send these people to. Explain to them what type of person you are and how you work. Once they put a face to your company it’s personal. Make them relate to you and then follow up. When you meet someone that you are interested in pitching a project to. Follow up the next day with an email, thanking them for talking with you and try to set up a formal meeting for possible future endeavours. It’s not easy, but who said being self employed would be? So get out there and network the crap out of whatever you industry demographic is and make sure you always deliver what you say you will. Reputation goes a long way and word of mouth travels fast. For every job you book you can almost always rely on them for a referral to another company or person looking for the same thing. If you get turned down, don’t sweat it learn from what you did wrong and continue doing what you do. In the end perseverance is EVERYTHING!

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Shooting With DJ Fizza http://www.simplytailored.com/2014/03/19/shooting-dj-fizza/ http://www.simplytailored.com/2014/03/19/shooting-dj-fizza/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:00:26 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=26515 DJ FIZZA came to us looking for an update on her current photos, so we setup in our studio and got to work. creating an edgy dark look for the first two edits. We used a two light setup to achieve this with one with a 22″ beauty dish overhead and one large soft box […]

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Dj Fizza

DJ FIZZA came to us looking for an update on her current photos, so we setup in our studio and got to work. creating an edgy dark look for the first two edits. We used a two light setup to achieve this with one with a 22″ beauty dish overhead and one large soft box to fill the rest that needed filling. We had Fizza stand a few feet away from our white background which allowed us to adjust and monitor the darkness of the back ground and make her pop off the backdrop.

DJ Fizza, Toronto Female Dj, Buonanotte

Editing was just a simple process, she has great skin to start so blemish removal was minimal. a once over with Imagenomic Portraiture was more than good enough to perfect any minor imperfections. The majority of the rest of the edit was selective dodging and burning to pop highlights and darken shadows and contour areas that needed shaping. On the top photo once all the editing was complete we threw on a light blue tint to cool down the skin tones and give the photo a dark effect.

Toronto DJ, DJ Fizza, Buonanotte, thompson rooftop

All in all the shoot went quite well with Fizza being open to trying new things and comfortable in front of the camera. It was very easy to get the images we were looking for. We can’t wait to get her back in studio for another session sometime soon!

Thanks Fizza!

About DJ Fizza:

DJ Fizza is one of Toronto, Canada’s most sought-after female DJ’s! DJ, Educator, Model, Live television host – she’s got it all! She is one of the most versatile female DJ’s that few can compare to! She has a serious passion for house music, but her knowledge of a wide array of different genres of music can range from House, EDM, Deep House, Hip Hop, Old School, Top 40, Mashups, Indie Electronic, Spanish, Bollywood and everything in between. Fizza has spun at the best and most elite clubs in the city of Toronto including Muzik, Cinema, Spoke Club, Cube, Ame, Skybar at Guvernment, not to mention her weekly residency at Cove Thirtyone and her latest residency every Saturday night at Toronto’s HOTTEST supperclub, Buonanotte! She has DJ’d at some of the most elite events in Toronto including official Toronto International Film Festival After Parties and many fashion shows during Fashion Week in Toronto including Evintra’s Fashion Night, as well as Collection Launch Parties for several lines such as Guess? and Express. She has worked with the industry’s best, including Toronto talent such as Frankie Shakes, ISC Nation, DJ TNT, Special K, DVS & Jiten (to name a few) to the BEST worldwide DJs such as Miami’s Mark Brickman, DJ DEMI from the UK, Former NBA star/now-turned to world-renowned DJ Rony Seikaly and one of the top DJS in the world: Ministry of Sound’s Mark Knight. She has been featured on various media spreads including OMNI Television’s V MIX, author, Melyssa Moniz’s Live Your Passion ‘Dream Team’, and TOinitiative.ca Top 50 Entrepreneurs in 50 days in Toronto! Her passion, great looks and personality not only have her DJing, but she is steadily busy modeling and hosting TV and live events, as she has been featured in several magazines such as Suhaag, Kismet and Niche Canada, and has walked the runway for many fashion shows including IFFT 2013 (International Fashion Festival Toronto). DJ Fizza has hosted her own television series with Sony Entertainment (formerly B4U).

She has also been involved with several charities through her DJing, such as with We Are Your Sisters Yogathon and Change Up Canada. She is passionate with all that she does and is certainly a threat within all realms of her work.

DJ Fizza travels extensively, to keep herself enlightened with the various music scenes around the world. Her regular spots include Las Vegas (EDC), Los Angeles, Miami (WMC/Ultra Music Festival), NYC (EDC), Vancouver, Montreal and all around Europe.

DJ Fizza is currently working on several remixes and producing tracks for a 2014 release. Stay tuned, she has only begun to take over as one of the hottest, most passionate & most hardest-working females DJ in the industry!

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Who needs photography school when you have CreativeLIVE http://www.simplytailored.com/2013/11/28/photography-creativelive/ Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:24:07 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=26401 Since its inception in 2010, Creative Live has been providing photographers with a platform to learn pretty much anything they want in regards to photography, the business of photography, and any creative aspects of your world. Courses are moderately priced and quite reasonable. One should never stop learning whatever their craft may be, its the […]

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Since its inception in 2010, Creative Live has been providing photographers with a platform to learn pretty much anything they want in regards to photography, the business of photography, and any creative aspects of your world. Courses are moderately priced and quite reasonable. One should never stop learning whatever their craft may be, its the only way to become closer to mastering it. hosting guests like Sue Bryce, Lara Jade, Jared Polin to name a few, these professionals share their knowledge, and try to guide new and established photographers alike to avoid the mistakes they made along the way.

By far the best aspect of creative live is that you as a user can watch and take part in each and every 3 day seminar for FREE, during the live taping. They broadcast every series live and give you the opportunity to purchase each course for later viewing. They showcase every possible resource a photographer could ever need, from how to start/grow your business, marketing, improving your photos, lighting techniques, and general talk about the industry regardless of what your genre is. There is something for every aspiring photographer!

check out their website and all its resources here: CREATIVE LIVE 

also here is a preview from one of their recent courses they had with Sue Bryce and Lara Jade.

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Learn To Edit Your Photos Like A PRO http://www.simplytailored.com/2013/11/28/learn-to-edit-your-photos-like-a-pro/ Thu, 28 Nov 2013 04:35:19 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=26392 Creating the perfect photo always begins with taking the initial photo. Having an eye to capture a great photo is essential in this day in age where anyone and everyone has access to affordable pro-sumer cameras, and with the advance of cell phones everyone is taking part. what else will set your work from someone […]

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Creating the perfect photo always begins with taking the initial photo. Having an eye to capture a great photo is essential in this day in age where anyone and everyone has access to affordable pro-sumer cameras, and with the advance of cell phones everyone is taking part. what else will set your work from someone else will be your final product which in most cases requires a bit of post production touch ups. below are some of the resource we like to refer to and watch from time to time to broaden our use of photoshop and lightroom.

Manniphoto – Youtube

Manniphoto creates and published videos that provide tips and tricks to use with photoshop, lightroom, bridge and other photography resources. Take a look through his channel, you are bound to find something of value in his videos.

 

Andrei Oprinca – Youtube

Andrei is the creator of PSD Box and in this channel he uploads all his Photoshop video tutorials along. He publishes videos in both English and Spanish but to make it easier he puts the spanish version videos on a separate playlist which you can find on his videos page on youtube. He has some great stuff on creative manipulations and edits of that nature. He provides both free and paid videos for his users. Premium videos giving subscribers access to presets, PSD files, and other goodies he uses in his tutorials for users to try it out for themselves.

 

BakaArts – Youtube

Darius made this channel to help people learn what there is to digital art and how to create it in really easy and simple steps.For all those who are new to it, this is a great resource to learn the ropes and features of some really cool techniques used to create some pretty neat images.

* Feature photo by: Andrei Oprinca – www.psdbox.com

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The Photo Shoot Locations Toronto: Engagements http://www.simplytailored.com/2013/05/09/the-photo-shoot-locations-toronto-engagements/ Fri, 10 May 2013 04:55:53 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=26052 As photographers on of the issues we run into time and time again is the age old question, “where should i do my shoot?” For many photos, location can make or break a photo; unless of course you’re shooting in studio. Shooting E-shoots is no different, you must be able to provide a suitable location […]

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As photographers on of the issues we run into time and time again is the age old question, “where should i do my shoot?”

For many photos, location can make or break a photo; unless of course you’re shooting in studio. Shooting E-shoots is no different, you must be able to provide a suitable location in order to take fantastic photos of to lovers and be able to tell a story about the entire thing. Some locations may provide very warm and dramatic backdrop for a couples love story. In other cases perhaps they are looking for something more modern clean and cold. Whatever it is your clients are looking for you you should always have a list of places you can give them as options where you can shoot. Some require permits that range anywhere from $50 to upwards of $300 depending on the location and the length of the shoot. Below is a mid sized list of locations within the Toronto area, Feel free to use the information below for your shoots!

Wedding photo locations in Toronto

Osgoode Hall

  • Features: A stunning 1800’s historic building, with colourful manicured, gardens, cobblestone pathways and ornate iron fencing.
  • Location: Queen and University Streets

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University of Toronto – Hart HouseUniversity College

  • Features: Charming old architecture on a beautifully landscaped campus. Use is limited to certain areas, but those areas are great.
  • Location: College and University
  • Permit: $120 for non-alumni / $60 for alumni
  • Phone: 416.978.2187

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High Park

  • Features: Incredible gardens and a wonderful pond.
  • Location: Bloor and Parkside (west, just north of the QEW)
  • Permit: Permission may be required, as events may be planned.
  • Phone: 416.392.8188

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Casa Loma

  • Features: This famous castle provides a spectacular setting. Access to the
  • conservatory, terrace and gardens are all available.
  • Location: 1 Austin Terrace (near Bathurst and Dupont)
  • Permit: $200 to $300 depending on time of day
  • Phone: 416.923.1171

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James Gardens

  • Features: Traditional park; lots of trees, flowers, bridges, some water.
  • Location: Edenbridge Drive (east off Royal York Road)
  • Permit: $50 to$100 per hour
  • Phone: 416.392.8188

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Distillery District

  • Features: historic distillery built in 1832. Cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, and old brick buildings make a unique background for interesting photos
  • Location: Mill St. (Between Parliament St. and Cherry St.)
  • Permit: $150.00
  • Phone: 416.364.4793

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Centennial Park Conservatory, Etobicoke

  • Features: Three glass houses with interesting plant collections.
  • Location: 15 Elmcrest Road (west off Renforth Road, just north of Rathburn Avenue)
  • Phone: 416-394-8543

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The Old Mill Inn, Toronto

  • Features: Historic building with a beautiful waterfall and landscaped gardens.
  • Location: 21 Old Mill Road
  • Permit: Permission normally required.
  • Phone: 416-236-2641

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Union Station

  • Features: One of the largest and most opulent train stations in Canada, with fascinating old architecture, both inside and out.
  • Location: 65 Front Street West (at Bay Street)
  • Permit: $100
  • Phone: 416-392-8188

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Edwards Gardens Conservatory

  • Features: Similar to James Gardens, but larger with a fountain and a staircase.
  • Location: Leslie and Eglinton
  • Permit: $50-$100 per hour
  • Phone: 416-392-8188

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Cherry Beach

  • Features: Situated on Lake Ontario (East end of Toronto), featuring Sandy beach, wooded areas and a boardwalk.
  • Location: at the south end of Cherry St.
  • Permit: None required

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Humber Bridge, Etobicoke

  • Features: Situated on Lake Ontario (West end of Toronto), featuring sandy beach, parkland & trees, and walkways
  • Location: Lakeshore Rd. and South Kingsway
  • Permit: None required

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Alexander Muir Gardens

  • Features: Situated next to a ravine, beautiful sunken gardens, treed walkways, benches, stone wall & stairs
  • Location: Yonge St. & Lawrence Ave.
  • Permit: $80.00

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TD Centre

  • Features: Urban environment, tall skyscrapers, concrete walls, and small greenspace
  • Location: Bay St. & Wellington St. W.
  • Permit: None if venue is canoe restaurant
  • Phone: 416-869–2277

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Front Street/Esplanade area, Toronto

  • Features: Nice architecture, shops and outdoor cafes, greenspace with flowers and water fountain.
  • Location: Front St. & Market St.
  • Permit: None required.

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St. Lawrence Market

  • Features: City architectural landmark, farmers’ market, indoor food market.
  • Location: Front St. & Jarvis St.
  • Permit: Call for permit information
  • Phone: 416-392-7219

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Ashbridges Bay

  • Features: Situated on Lake Ontario, features expansive beaches, a harbour & marina, and boardwalk cafe
  • Location: Lakeshore Blvd. E. & Coxwell Ave.
  • Permit: Call for permit information
  • Phone: 416-392-8188

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Spadina House

  • Features: Victorian mansion surrounded by restored victorian gardens.
  • Location: 285 Spadina Rd.
  • Permit: Call for permit information
  • Phone: 416-392-6910

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

  • Features: Fully restored rural ontario 19th century village
  • Location: Steeles Ave. & Jane St.
  • Permit: Call for permit information
  • Phone: (416) 736-1740 ext. 5444

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Evergreen Brick Works

  • Features: Comprised of distinctive industrial buildings, a quarry garden,surrounded by parkland.
  • Location: Bayview Avenue and Pottery Road
  • Permit: Permission required. $200 (please call ahead to confirm)
  • Phone: 416-392-8188

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Todmorden Mills

  • Features: Adjacent to the Don Valley Brick Works historic site, the Todmorden Mills Museum is a unique industrial settlement built in the 18th century.
  • Location: 67 Pottery Road, west of Broadview at Mortimer Ave.
  • Permit: permit required
  • Phone: 416-396-2819

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Sunnyside Park & Pavillion

  • Features: Situated on Lake Ontario, featuring beaches, Late 1800’s architecture, iron gates, Courtyard with fountain, treed areas and a boardwalk.
  • Location: Lakeshore Blvd. and Colborne Lodge Drive
  • Permit: $40 per hour (for up to 20 people)
  • Phone: 416-392-8188

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Allan Gardens Conservatory

  • Features: Six indoor greenhouses ¬ great for late fall and winter weddings.
  • Location: 19 Horticultural Avenue (south side of Carlton between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets)
  • Permit: $40 per hour (maximum 12 people)
  • Phone: 416-392-8188

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Harbourfront

  • Features: Toronto’s newest waterfront park.
  • Location: South side of Queen’s Quay Blvd. West (between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street)
  • Permit: No permit required for outdoors; please call to inquire about indoor permits.
  • Phone: 416.392.1111

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North York Rose Garden

  • Features: In the heart of North York, the Rose Garden has winding pathways, mature trees and a lovely array of greenery and flowers.
  • Location: Northwest corner of Yonge Street and Park Horne Avenue
  • Permit: $12.25 per hour
  • Phone: 416-395-6055

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Toronto Music Garden

  • Features: Beautiful outdoor architecture, with spectacular indoor opportunities.
  • Location: 65 Front Street (between Bay and York Streets)
  • Permit: Permission may be required, as events may be planned for certain dates.
  • Phone (416) 392-1111

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Fantasy Fair

  • Features: Ontario’s only indoor amusement park, complete with rides and attractions!
  • Location: Woodbine Centre, 500 Rexdale Blvd.
  • Permit: No permit required; however, rides can be reserved for a fee.
  • Phone: 416-674-5200

 

**locations sourced from wikito**

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How to book the perfect wedding photographer for YOU! http://www.simplytailored.com/2013/04/24/how-to-book-the-perfect-wedding-photographer-for-you-2/ Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:40:46 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=6239 Who doesn’t remember being transfixed by leafing through their parents wedding album as a child. The photos from your wedding day are more than photos, they are more than memories, they should evoke emotion of that special day. And you should not settle for anything less! You simply can’t entrust it to memory, it’s just […]

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Who doesn’t remember being transfixed by leafing through their parents wedding album as a child. The photos from your wedding day are more than photos, they are more than memories, they should evoke emotion of that special day. And you should not settle for anything less! You simply can’t entrust it to memory, it’s just one day you may say…but it’s the day that changes the course of your entire life. That’s where having a professional photographer entrusted with capturing as many moments and evoking as much feelings and emotions possible in order to immortalize that special day is so important. Long gone are the days of a photographer showing up taking photos and you get your album and boom that’s it. With all the technological advances in photography a new breed of photography has grown out of it, brides and grooms now have so many choices in the styles and stories they want captured for their special day. That is why it is so important to go through and evaluate a photographers portfolio and other work.

Choices oh the choices!

before you do anything you should decide what type of photography do you want. Portraiture or candids? Colour or Black & White? Some photographers offer a combination. Usually the photographer has an option to hire a second shooter, what does this mean? Well for one the second photographer can capture the stuff that the primary might have missed. Or perhaps the second shooter will be shooting the wedding in all black & white from a completely different style and perspective.

The photojournalist or documentary photographer specialize in capturing the day as it unfolds , much like covering a news story for an event to tell a story. Usually shot in black & white, this approach over the last few years has become a fresh modern look compared to traditional wedding photographers. The downside to this style of photographer is that they are used to shooting on the fly and as such may not be skilled at lighting portraits; some wont set up portraits at all. Ensure that if you’re thinking of hiring one of these types of photographers that they are willing to work with a short list of portraits.

Traditional or classic photographers photos lean more towards structure and posed photos that need to be set up, with most of the time spent on portraits and milestones throughout the day [exchanging rings, first kiss, first dance, cake cutting and such]. Usually these types of photographers will bring along lighting and possibly a backdrop in order to stage and light the photos. Generally taking many frames in order to get the “perfect shot” and will interact heavily with the guests. So ensure that not only their portfolio fits the desired photos you want, but they are friendly and will get a long with your guests. When evaluating a Traditional portfolio you should look for photo composition, backdrops, and poses used. If any of his photo make you groan or think “why would anyone want to pose like that?” then they probably aren’t the right fit for you.

Fine art photographers shoot a very distinct style of photos, generally with the quality of work you would see in galleries. Very dramatic pieces with a very specific point of view and style which may change from fine art to fine art photographer. Normally these photographers capture what compels THEM, so if this is the style you want ensure that they are willing to do a shot list of photos that you specifically want. Although the results from fine art photographers without a doubt can be quite remarkable you may want to add a second shooter if you want to make the whole family happy.

The “Sticker” Shock!

Due to the nature of any wedding photography and the challenges of time and skill involved, photography will rank as one of your major expenses. including videography it often amounts to at least 10% of your overall budget some couples go up to 30% depending on what they want done and the size of their wedding.
Fees vary widely from photographer to photographer but you can safely expect to pay anywhere from $2000-$6000 for a basic package and from $6000-$11000 for a top photographer. Most photographers require a deposit anywhere from $500 to half of the entire fee depending on who you book, and full payment 2-3 weeks before the big day. When looking at package prices take note at what you are getting for your money. How many prints are you getting? Is the album included? Are thank you cards included? Some photographers will set artificially low prices and charge a huge markup for prints and books, which in turn will have you paying more on the back end of things.

35 questions you should ask your photographer

– What style of photography do you prefer?
– Do you prefer colour or black & white?
– Do you bring an assistant?
– What does the assistant do?
– How many hours are included in the package? [although it should be marked on the package itself]
– What’s the cost for extra hours?
– How soon will i get proofs for the wedding?
– Are proofs part of the package or extra?
– Is the album included?
– How much are additional prints?
– Do you automatically do table shots, or do i have to request them?
– Are you willing to follow a shot list?
– Are prints printed on archival quality paper?
– Will i have an online gallery?
– Will guests be able to order prints directly?
– Will you stand by the quoted fees, even if you raise your rates before the wedding?
– Do you bring lighting?
– What type of clothes will you and your assistant be wearing?
– How many photographers do you think i need for my wedding?
– What are my choices in albums?
– Who owns copyright to the photos?
– How many weddings do you book per day?
– If you book multiple wedding per day do you charge a twilight fee?
– If you get sick and cant make the wedding, what’s the backup plan?
– How many photos can i expect to see?
– Will you visit the ceremony and reception sites beforehand?
– Who gets the photography guidelines from the church?
– Ask for a reference.
– Is there a minimum order for prints?
– How much is the deposit to reserve the date?
– When is the remaining balance due?
– What is the cancellation policy?

Hopefully this was a helpful article for those who seem lost and the task of hiring the right photographer seems like a daunting task! using these simple guidelines it should be a piece of cake to get exactly what it is you are looking for from your photos for that special day!

-Dave

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The Power Of Coco….Rocha That Is! http://www.simplytailored.com/2013/02/28/the-power-of-coco-rocha-that-is/ Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:22:46 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=748 So you have gotten into modelling and you want to take your photos to the next level, what do you do?  If you ask me , best way to improve your work is an ever lasting evolution of yourself. Where you are so diverse you can play any role a client throws at you. GET […]

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So you have gotten into modelling and you want to take your photos to the next level, what do you do?  If you ask me , best way to improve your work is an ever lasting evolution of yourself. Where you are so diverse you can play any role a client throws at you. GET IN FRONT OF A MIRROR…..and do like Coco does. There is a reason she is as good as she is and watch this quick vid and let us know what you think. 50 poses in 30 seconds, this is what Coco is known for, keep that in mind next time you are thinking of what to do in front of the camera. every subtle change in the position of hands, head, chin, eyes, mouth, IS a new pose and a new look!

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Face Posing 101 http://www.simplytailored.com/2012/11/17/face-posing/ http://www.simplytailored.com/2012/11/17/face-posing/#comments Sat, 17 Nov 2012 22:57:51 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=131 Many people that come in and shoot with us have never posed in front of a camera before. As    such they are timid and very stiff when they are asked to pose. One of the posing areas that most have issues with is face posing, after your body is set and posed what do […]

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Many people that come in and shoot with us have never posed in front of a camera before. As    such they are timid and very stiff when they are asked to pose. One of the posing areas that most have issues with is face posing, after your body is set and posed what do you do with your face? SIMPLE. Remember learning your vowels as a kid in school? THAT is what you do, spend 10 minutes in front of a mirror and see the results of what happens to your face and facial features through each letter.

You can associate almost every pose you can imagine with one of the vowels in the english language. At first it seem strange and weird and you will find it hard to do seriously. However once you get accustomed to saying them and feel confident doing so, the results you will get in your photos will be like night and day.

So get out there and have fun with it! Shoots are meant to be fun and exciting! So remember, the next time you are at a loss for face poses, bust out those vowels and watch your face shine!

-ST

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The Posers http://www.simplytailored.com/2012/10/09/the-posers/ Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:46:15 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=112 Posing Principals Nervous about your first photo shoot? maybe its your 100th, there are always things to learn as a subject that is being shot as far as posing goes. Below are some general guidelines you can follow in order to ensure a great shoot from your end. At the same time if you are […]

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Posing Principals

Nervous about your first photo shoot? maybe its your 100th, there are always things to learn as a subject that is being shot as far as posing goes. Below are some general guidelines you can follow in order to ensure a great shoot from your end. At the same time if you are shooting with an experienced photographer he/she will pose you in a way that will make you look the most flattering to the camera depending on what type of of shoot you are doing. My number one rule is just to have fun with it!

Make Your Posing Moves Look Natural

When preparing for your photo shoot, there are numerous steps you can take to ensure you are comfortable while posing and your photos will look more natural. Mostly, this comes from experience in front of the photographer’s camera. The more you practice and set up photo shoots, the more your posing will appear as if you just “walked into the picture”.

 

Get Posing Ideas from Other Sources

Before you head to your photo shoot, pick at least ten good modeling poses you really like from fashion or glamour magazines, or poses you’ve learned from previous photo shoots. Take time to practice each pose in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable and have the confidence of knowing you look great doing these poses.

 

Hands and Facial Expression

Also, focus on what to do with your hands and pay attention to facial expressions. A pose is virtually dead and unimaginative without a “look”. You should be able to close your eyes, imagine a thought, open your eyes and sell that thought. Practice this technique and your photos will come alive.

 

Become an Idea Factory 

Unless you are shooting for an advertising agency or some other type of special interest session many photographers recommend that you bring some of your own posing ideas to the shoot. In addition to your ideas, the photographer may have his or her own idea of how the session should go. The secret is, once you’ve learned a brand new pose, keep the photo seperate so you can look at it later in your daily practice session.

 

Build Rapport with Your Photographer

Always work with a photographer you feel you can trust. This will make communication between the two of you easier and give you the confidence to express your own ideas. Always listen to what the photographer tells you. If you are really uncomfortable with the pose, let your photographer know how you feel, in a nice way. Remember, he is looking through the camera lens and might see something you don’t.

 

If the photographer says she wants something different in the pose, try looking away from the camera or giving a unique facial expression. This is where your practice in front of the mirror really pays. Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to posing for female models than you may have first thought. But, just take one step at a time and you’ll be amazed at how fast you will learn new poses and add them to your idea file.

 

Posture for Model Posing

When posing you should always keep good posture unless the photographer instructs you to do otherwise. Hold your stomach muscles in to give your abdomen a more toned appearance. If you have gained a few pounds stick out your chin a little to avoid the appearance of a double chin in your photos. Relax your shoulders but bear down just a little. Back straight but not stiff.

 

Keep your fingers slightly apart and pointed away from the lens. Let your hands fall naturally into position whenever possible. Remember, you want to be yourself – on purpose. Now that you have learned what to do, consider these things you should try to avoid while posing.

 

Things to Avoid when Posing for a Photographer

 

Misplaced Body Language

Body language and expressions come naturally but the language you are projecting might not be what your photographer wants in a particular pose. You need to consciously focus on ways to prevent these habits while posing.

 

Don’t hold your breath during a pose. Stay relaxed and your photos will look as if you just happened to be sitting this way when the photographer walked up. In most pose situations you want your arms, legs, wrists, etc. slightly bent unless you are directed to do otherwise Most people don’t stand or sit with their arms and legs completely stiff. A good point to remember is, if it will bend, bend it.

 

Mona Lisa Smile?

Another posing tip to remember is that you don’t always have to smile. You should have a good variety of smiling and serious looks. But, sometimes you will want to give a large, openmouthed laugh. If you are supposed to be happy, look the part!

 

Your Eyes are the Windows to Your Soul

Don’t always look straight into the camera. When you cut your eyes to the left or right, you create an air of mystery. When you look up and away, you are annoyed. Tilt your chin slightly down and look straight ahead for a sexy look.

 

About Blinking

Beware of the Blink! If you have to blink, try to blink between exposures. This is not always easy, especially if you are working in a photography studio. Some models get into a habit of anticipating the strobes and start to close their eyes when the picture is about to be snapped. Get into the habit of not paying attention to the flash and concentrate wholly on the pose, your body language, hand position, etc. and your images will come out as you expect.

 

Be Bold with Your New Posing Ideas!!

Never be afraid to try out some of your own poses in front of your photographer. Most photographers are glad to hear suggestions and posing ideas from you.

 

How do You See Yourself in Pictures?

When you look at your final images don’t be critical of yourself. Find positive ways to improve your posing. Discover your strengths and weaknesses and shoot for the stars. I am certain that Tyra Banks still works on her appearance and her posing artistry even though she has achieved a degree of stardom. Shouldn’t you?

 

As your knowledge about posing for models continues to grow, you will begin to see how this guide to posing the female model fits into the overall scheme of your career. Knowing how your talent relates to the rest of the entertainment world is important too so study and practice hard.

 

It’s impossible to predict when knowing something extra about female model posing will come in handy. If you learned anything new about becoming a more confident model, you should bookmark this page demonstrating model posing tips so you can use them again. And, remember to practice every day in front of the mirror or maybe a friend’s camera if you are a beginner – it will pay off at the photo shoot!! 

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The Simply Tailored Portraits http://www.simplytailored.com/2012/03/29/the-simply-tailored-portraits/ Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:04:31 +0000 http://www.simplytailored.com/?p=70 Our portrait sessions were created in order to show the beauty that a woman has that she sometimes seems to forget. Every woman is beautiful in her own right regardless of age, height, size, ethnicity, ETC. they just need a little direction in order to see it, we provide that direction coupled with  a beautiful […]

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Our portrait sessions were created in order to show the beauty that a woman has that she sometimes seems to forget. Every woman is beautiful in her own right regardless of age, height, size, ethnicity, ETC. they just need a little direction in order to see it, we provide that direction coupled with  a beautiful makeup and hair session beforehand in order to showcase that beauty in front of the camera. Woman be it mothers, sisters, daughters, best friends, most have busy lives in their own right and can find it hard to go out and feel beautiful and happy with themselves. Not everyone is a “super model” or a magazine “cover girl”! THAT IS NOT WHO WE WANT! We want the stay at home mom who spends all day looking after her children and doesn’t feel appreciated and beautiful. We want the business professional who spends long hours working hard on her career that may have forgotten what it’s like to feel beautiful. We want the everyday woman who has the ability to look so beautiful although she may not believe it due to media and magazines! Simply Tailored Photography is just that, an experience where we celebrate the beauty in everyday woman. Giving back to the women who spend their lives making other people happy and not feeling like that photo in a magazine. We want to show you that you ARE in fact just as beautiful and deserve to be celebrated!

Make it the perfect girls day out, come get your hair and makeup done by one of our hair and makeup artists, followed by a beautiful photo session. Finish your day off by painting the town red in that little black dress or whichever dress it is that you fancy, just go out and celebrate yourself. YOU DESERVE IT!

 

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