Experience is important when hiring a wedding photographer.
“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.”
Prior experience is important information to know when hiring a professional for an event that does not allow second chances. I do not take this opportunity to brag, but to assure any client that they will get their moneys worth when I am covering an event.
What I offer is experience with people, weddings/events and the equipment that I use. I use Canon gear that is serviced regularly. I also carry backup gear including tons of batteries and memory cards. Experience also allows me to troubleshoot if needed without anyone knowing it. This is another reason I have extra cameras, lenses, and accessories, and a second person to help carry everything. Electronics can quit working in an instance, and I will not be a photographer that cannot complete a job because of not having sufficient equipment.
Part of my wedding photography service is to help you decide and schedule the requested photos for the day. I do not wait until the day arrives and wing-it based on what I think looks good. We will exchange emails and meet to discuss the details.
I use at least two cameras (A pair of Canon 5D MkIII) at all times allowing me to photograph wide/near shots as well as zooming in on distance photo opportunities across the room. It’s like having two photographers on duty. Shooting sporting events has allowed me to know how to focus and capture shots without delay. I do not locate myself in one area to capture an event. I am constantly moving, watching the bride and groom, and looking for the special moments that are happening around me. It’s a lot of work but I prefer to double the coverage instead of relying on a second shooter. A second shooter to cover the same amount would cost $250 to $600 depending on the time required.
I view every photo file individually and do not “batch process” the pics as I have seen on so many other photography sites. This is obvious to me when people in photos are orange and the same people are a different skin tone in other photos from the same event. I white balance each photo for true color representation. For every hour that I shoot I spend approx another 1 to 1 1/2 hours processing and preparing the files for printing. You are really paying for approx 12 or more hours of work when you hire a photographer for 4-6 hours.
Very important as a business owner: I am a licensed North Carolina business and I carry liability and loss insurance that covers myself, the people assisting me, and my gear in all 50 states.
I am an active photographer shooting approx 320 different sessions and events during 2015.
I also teach photography classes at Arts Richmond and have initiated the Richmond County Photography Club.