Posts Tagged ‘wedding photography’

Photographers: How Do You Price A Wedding?

If you are getting into wedding photography, you may be left wondering how much to charge.  According to a 2009 survey of more than 21,000 brides by wedding Web site, the mean amount spent by U.S. couples on their wedding photographer was $2,444.

There is a good post on Black Star Rising about this topic - click here to read more.

Meet Greg Lumley

I recently did an interview with photographer Greg Lumley.  We became facebook friends and I really admire his gorgeous wedding photography!  Hope you enjoy the images and reading a little about Greg.  His website may be found at  For more photography and business tips and coaching, come visit us at Shuttermom University.

SM:  Tell us a little about you (where are you from, are you married, do you have kids, etc.)
Married with two children one 8 and the other is 18months, both girls! That’s going to be fun a little later ;)

SM: What made you get into photography?
GL: I’ve always had a “thing” for capturing time, I tried to take photos when I was a lot younger but neither of my parents were particularly interested so it never really got fed. I remember taking photos of this amazing Jackson 5 video on TV as a teenager, they had all this stardust they were throwing it looked amazing for the time, I tried to capture it using an instamatic on with ASA 100 film and full flash, I had no clue what I was doing… I was quite disappointed when the photos came back, the TV was “off.”

SM:  When and how did you start your photography business
About 5 years ago, before that I worked as a Sound engineer in the TV industry for 10 years (I think this is where a lot of my photographic influence came from, I was always interested in lighting and directing people) Eventually I got bored with the TV industry and got into programming, sounds like a strange change but by then everything was running on computers and I wanted to learn more. It was my first daughter that really kicked it off… I got fed up with missing shots because of slow cameras so I spent a little more money and bought a digital SLR… as my shots got better people started to ask me if I would shoot portraits and events.

SM:  What is the most rewarding thing about photographing weddings?
Being appreciated so much for what I love doing and being hired for what I do and my style and way of doing it.

SM:  What is the most difficult thing about photographing weddings?
I’m sure every wedding photographer answers the same: It’s a once off event, if the light is awful or someone steps into your shot as the bride walks down the aisle you have to deal with it, there is no going back.

SM:   Do you have a studio?
I don’t have  a studio, most of my work is done on location, I’ve got 5 Alien Bee studio lights (including a Ring Light) and a Vagabond portable power supply.

SM:   What type of photography do you like doing best?
That’s a difficult one, I’d say the biggest satisfaction is getting that shot that I would be proud to show my piers is what drives me most, it could be Weddings, Fashion or Landscape. What I specifically like about wedding photography is that I’m working with people and I’m not limited in my creativity, I’m the Creative Director.

SM:  What type of photography do you do most?
Weddings without a doubt!

SM:  What is your photography style?
Stunning and spontaneous! That’s what I tell my clients anyway, I like shooting dramatic different work using off camera lighting a lot but there is nothing better than getting a great natural moment on camera!

SM:   Do you remember the first wedding you shot? Tell us about it.
Yes it was a friend’s wedding,  she had a low budget and could not afford the “big guys”, years later I’m a lot better but even now I’m not unhappy with what I gave her. What I remember most is the stress! I still stress but because of the experience I have I’m a lot more controlled and know what to expect even when the unexpected happens.

SM:   What type of marketing do you do to get wedding clients?
Mostly word of mouth and my website, I cannot emphasise how important it is to have a good website that is updated regularly! I also brand all low res images supplied to the client because many of them appear on Facebook.

SM:   What are some of your favourite places to shoot?
That’s a good one, I’d say anywhere with interesting people and architecture a few years ago I went to Argentina, the culture change was amazing and so were the people, it was so easy to get really great pictures!! I’d love to go to Cuba or Mexico or New Orleans.

SM:  What is your advice for aspiring wedding photographers?

GL: a. Know what you are going to shoot and when!,

b. Shoot manually when you are in low pressure situations, experiment (not at a paid wedding!!!)

c. If you don’t know what “M”,”AV”,”TV” mean or how to use them call the bride and tell her to find another photographer.

d. Don’t mess around with cheap equipment it is generally slow to focus and will lose you shot after shot apart from the fact that the lenses are slow.

e. Expect the unexpected

f. If you don’t have a backup camera call the bride up and tell her to find another photographer!

g. Shoot the wedding like it were your own but remember, it’s not your wedding!

h. Be prepared, have backup gear, I’ve had a flash break on me as well as one of my camera’s because I had backups they bride never knew anything was wrong.

14. What do you like to do outside of photography?
Films and socialising, we’ve got a great group of friends and my wife loves watching movies too.

SM:   Who are some photographers that you admire?
There are so many brilliant people out there, but:

Weddings: Ben Chrisman I love that he is extremely creative but also captures the most incredible joy in his shots

Editorial: Joe McNally, everybody loves Joe! He shows just what can be done with a bag full of equipment and limited time and I’m an off camera flash addict!

Portraiture: Sam Jones, damn this guy is good, he is brilliant at avoiding the obvious, his concepts are so clever!

Candid and photojournalism: Alfred Eisenstadt, he was one of the originals to recognise and capture moments, many people won’t have any idea who he is but they will all know at least one of his images.

SM:   What is in your camera bag?
2x Canon 5d MII (I really  love the low light ability of this camera!!)
1x 24-105 f4 IS (I love this lens for the 5d’s I’ve never really had the urge to get the 24.70 2.8 because the IS excellent and the reach is too) my ideal lens would be the 24-105 “2.8” IS (it would probably be the size of a small barrel!)
1×17-40 f4 – Great wide lens

1×70-200 2.8 IS this lens is incredible, it’s incredibly sharp and a pleasure to use.

1×100mm 2.8 Macro – although this is not a “pro” lens this thing is incredibly quick to focus and use in low light for people shots! Of course it’s a macro too which does not hurt!

1x 8mm MC peleng fisheye – this is more of a toy and personally I prefer it on a 40D or anything that has a 1.6 multiplier, it suffers from flare like you can’t believe but get it into the right situation and it’s very good for its money.

Polariser for my L-Lenses

Canon 580ex MII Flash
Canon 430ex Flash
4x Pocket Wizard Plus2’s

1x Pocket Wizard TT5 (more so I can have pocket wizard and an on camera flash for fill when I need it)

2x Nikon sb28’s (Yes you got it NIKON!) since I use them on manual with my pocket wizards it does not matter that they don’t “talk” to my canon and they are only used for off camera flash.

Thanks, Greg!  Be sure to check out Greg’s website at and his blog at

Another Fun Engagement Session - Behind the Scenes

Here is another fun engagement session video that includes a “behind the scenes” look.  I especially liked the shot of the dog where the photographer held his camera down low while walking to capture it - take a look to see what I mean.  Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you over at Shuttermom University for more photography business tips and coaching.

Irish News Program Features Professional Photographer

Wedding photographer Jenny McCarthy is featured on her local news out of Ireland.  Nice publicity for her business!  Remember, publicity beats marketing every time (it is free and people see it as “news,” not advertising).  Enjoy the video!

Another smart photographer uses video to market his wedding services

Hi There!

Here is another great example of a promotional video for a photography studio.  Imagine having this video on your website or blog and the clients it will bring in.  You get to see the photographer at work, talking about his work, and a couple talking about how much they loved their photos.

Enjoy and learn from this video, and I’ll see you over at for more photography business ideas, tips and coaching!

Interview with photographer Jaco Fourie

Hi There!  I wanted to share a really interesting interview from South African photographer Jaco Fourie.  These are some of the most stunning wedding images I’ve seen.  To read the full interview (and see some AMAZING images), click on the link below:

Click Here For The Interview With Jaco Fourie

Also, enjoy the video from Jaco below, and be sure to check out for more photography business tips and coaching.

A Nice Example Of A Testimonial Video For Your Photo Business

Hi Everyone!

Here is a nice example of a testimonial video that you could put on your website or blog.  My only complaint is that there aren’t any finished images shown in the video.  However, the wedding couple talking about their positive experience with the photographer is great!

Enjoy the video, and stop by for more photography business tips and coaching.

Learn Wedding Photgraphy Secrets from Dream Team of Photographers

More Wedding Photographers Are Doing This

Which side of the debate do you fall on? Click on the link below to read the full article.

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Watch A Wedding Photographer At Work

Enjoy the following videos of a wedding photographer at work.  When you are ready for more, be sure to check out the “Dream Team” of wedding photographers by clicking on the image below.

Learn Wedding Photgraphy Secrets from Dream Team of Photographers

Dream Team Wedding Photographers

Hi Everyone!

Are you an aspiring wedding photographer?  Maybe you already are a pro wedding photographer searching for new ideas and inspiration.  Either way, I came across this fabulous learning tool and wanted to share it with all of you.

From the site:

You are invited to spend a day following twelve of the best wedding photographers in the industry as they give you extraordinary wedding photography tips while showing you how to photograph a perfect wedding.

On May 11, 2009, approximately 100 photographers from all over Florida arrived at the Serenata Beach Club for the filming of the Dream Team Wedding Photographers Seminar.

The Dream Team Wedding Photographers video takes your through a (mock) wedding from start to finish.  Each photographer demonstrates their unique style on how they photograph a specific part of the wedding day.

Watch as the photographers show you a variety of techniques used to create some of the most amazing wedding-day images.

Getting Ready
Julie Hughes kicks off the video photographing the bride as she prepares for the special day, including all the special details that are always so important to the bride.

Glamour Bridal Portraits
Next, Rick Ferro demonstrates how even the dullest, most difficult area to work with can be transformed. He pulls it off in his signature style photographing glamour bridal portraits in a very small equipment storage room just to show you really can create beautiful portraits just about anywhere.

Formal Groom Portraits
Peggy McAteer presents her segment on the formal groom portraits incorporating another important detail to the day – the car that the bride and groom leave in – an antique car brought in for this special shoot.

Bride with Bridesmaids
Mario Munoz, Jr. brings you back inside to cool down and demonstrate how he interacts and photographs the bride and bridesmaids.

Groom with Groomsmen
Following Mario’s segment, Krystal and Matt Radlinski talk about their techniques when working outdoors with the groom and groomsmen for their portraits.

Couple Portraits
Our beautiful bride and handsome groom then join Sherri Ebert as she demonstrates her style of photographing some very romantic couple portraits.

Family & Bridal Party Group Shots
Next is Susan Michal who shares her style of photographing and posing the entire bridal party for the group portraits.

Here’s a video to give you a sneak peek:

Ready to claim your copy?  Click on the image below to go to the Studio Styles website (once there, click on the “home” tab, then scroll down to the bottom of the page where you’ll find the “Dream Team Wedding Photographers” video link.

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