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Photography Week VII: Nadia D.

April 9, 2009

GETTING IN TOUCH…
website: www.nadiaDphoto.com
email: nadia@nadiaDphoto.com
phone: 404-386-8215

THE BASICS…
Do you shoot digital or film?
I was trained in film, used to even develop it myself in a dark room, but digital is just so fantastic and allows us so many new possibilities that I’m all digital with all of my heart : )

How would you describe your style?
I’m a story-teller, I like to think that wedding photographs should flow together like a good movie. And since my background is in fashion and fine-art, you will see both coming through a lot in my work.

Do you shoot alone or do you usually have an assistant?
I can do either or, the client chooses. However, I do like to shoot with my assistant, whom I trained myself. We work well as a team: if I’m getting wide-angle shots that include scenery, my assistant will get close-ups and details, and vice versa – that way we get more diverse coverage.

How soon after the wedding can your clients see photos?
I promise 2-4 weeks, but try to get it done as quickly as I can (without compromising the quality, of course!)

Do you provide an online proof gallery where clients can preview the photos?
First thing my clients see is a slide show with key moments from their event made with their favorite music – it’s a wonderful way to re-live the memories! From there, the website will take you to a full image gallery, where you and your family and friends can order photos.

Will you accept a job in another state or country?

I LOVE to travel! Here is a little secret just for your readers: I will often offer something extra (like Day After shoot) to my destination clients, just because I love to travel and shoot in different places so much.

FUN FACTS…
How did you get started as a photographer?
Photography is my first and my biggest love – but please don’t tell my husband : ) . Ever since I can remember, I’ve been running around with a camera, trying to stop time and preserve those special moments. But I never thought about it seriously, until I became a model and started working with some really great photographers. I kept on giving them ideas for the shots, and kept on hearing that I should be a photographer myself. So, even though I modeled to pay my way through law school, after I finished it, I got a photo-journalism degree as well. My second year in school someone asked me to shoot a wedding, and I loved it so much I didn’t want to do anything else : )

What inspires you?
FIrst and foremost, my clients. I try to get to know the people I photograph. I like to talk to them. Their stories, hobbies, habits, anything that makes them unique gives me ideas, because I truly want every shoot to be unique and special. I also love movies, especially the ones that have great cinematography, I love to see different angles, their use of lenses, colors, or even get ideas for scenes for my shoots.

What do you think makes you different from other photographers?

I believe my portraits. I have a more of a cinematic approach to them. I like to create fun and relaxing environment, so my clients can enjoy the process, open up and be themselves. I also like to ad a fashion flare to it, and make sure that my clients look stunning in every shot : )


GIVE US YOUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR BRIDES…
1. If you care about photography, choose your photographer first and foremost with your heart. What good are more albums and other products if you don’t like the photographs themselves?

2. When choosing your photographer, make sure to view several of his or hers actual weddings (slideshows, online galleries). Anyone can get a few good shots for the website. But you want to make sure that your photographer’s work is consistent. That you like their style; and can see yourself being photographed that way (make sure to notice the amount and style of portraits, details, etc).

3. Make sure you feel comfortable with your photographer’s personality: he or she is going to be around you most of your day. Plus if you feel comfortable with them, you will have more fun with the photos, and will be able to open up and be yourself in the front of the camera.

Great tips Nadia! Thanks so much for sharing your work!

As Nadia mentioned above, she loves to travel…take a look at the destination wedding photos she took for our clients Ceshia and Anthony (see Part I, II and III)…then check out her website to see more beautiful photos!

We will be featuring another talented photographer this afternoon…stay tuned!

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Photography Week VI: David Christensen

April 8, 2009

Up next is Atlanta photographer David Christensen…

GETTING IN TOUCH…
website: www.dhcphoto.com
blog: www.dhcphotoblog.com
email: david@dhcphoto.com
phone: 678-687-8118

THE BASICS…
Do you shoot digital or film?
I am purely a digital capture kind of guy.

How would you describe your style?
My capture style is very editorial and my image finishing is very crisp, clean and true.  I love contrast of bold colors, clean and simple composition and very REAL moments.  I want my images to stand the test of time and look great 50 years from now, when my couples are showing their albums to their grandkids.

Do you shoot alone or do you usually have an assistant?
My wife, Paula, and I shoot weddings together.  Paula is pivotal in communicating with the bride and keeping the photography part of the day organized and on track as well as shoot.  We ask a lot of questions before the wedding to make sure that we know EXACTLY what the brides vision for the day is so that everything is covered.   Sometimes I bring an assistant to help me with additional lighting and packing gear.

How soon after the wedding can your clients see photos?
We post our edit of the photographs to our online proofing site no later than three weeks after the event.  This gives us enough time to polish the images to that “vibrant pop” that we have become so well know for.

Do you provide an online proof gallery where clients can preview the photos?
Because almost 40% of our commissions are destination, we have developed an online system that allows us to proof images, present album designs, as well as display album material options and upgrades.  It is very interactive and gives our clients an experience that is similar to that of being in our studio.

FUN FACTS…
How did you get started as a photographer?
While in college I began working for the school newspaper as a freelancer and then moved to chief photographer.  I won some awards while on staff at that paper and realized that this is what I wanted as a career.  I transfered to Western Kentucky University and graduated with a degree in Photojournalism.  Immediately after college, I began working for an advertising agency as a staff photographer because they were using cutting edge digital cameras.  I loved the merge of technology and photography.  When Digital cameras developed to a point that you could actually make great prints from them, I was inspired to go back to my roots and begin shooting weddings in an editorial style.  There are so many ways to go out and make a living with a camera, I have found my home with Weddings.

Who is your favorite photographer?
I am inspired by a lot of different people, but I would have to say mainly Joe McNally and Chase Jarvis.  I love their use of light.

GIVE US YOUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR BRIDES…
1.  Hire a wedding Planner!  This is one of the best things you can do from a photographers perspective.
By having someone else manage the details of the day, you are free to enjoy your guests, the food, your husband and your photography will reflect that.  There is nothing worse than a bride that is trying to handle everything and is constantly being bothered, and frustrated, by every little problem someone brings to her.

2.  Don’t shop on price!  I can promise that if you base your decision on photography entirely on price you will HATE your pictures!  There are so many other things to consider like the personality of the photographer, their approach on the wedding day, how they dress, what will happen after the wedding, etc.  You need to feel comfortable that they are going to take care of things and deliver on what they say.  Depending on your personality and needs, this could be someone in a higher price point than what you are currently budgeting for.  Remember, your wedding is a BIG deal and your photography will be the visual representation of what happened that day for generations.

3.  Think about lighting at your event.  This has a major impact on your photography as well.  Lighting designers can do magical things with a well placed lighting plan.  If that is not in your budget, think about how you might be able to use candles, talk with the person in charge of lighting at the venue and see what can be done with the house lights.  This kind of thing is what adds the “drama” to a room and will add the rich depth to your photographs.  We take advantage of as much of the available light in the room and then accent the image with our own lighting.

See more of David’s work on his website and blog.

Thanks David!

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Photography Week V: Kate Headley

Our first feature today is Washington DC-based photographer Kate Headley…

GETTING IN TOUCH…
blog: kateheadley.typepad.com
website: www.kateheadleyphotography.com
email: kateheadleyphoto@gmail.com

THE BASICS…
Do you shoot digital or film?
Digital

How would you describe your style?
I love capturing classic images, but I also have a modern and whimsical twist.  I’m inspired by all the beautiful textures, colors and faces at weddings.

Do you shoot alone or do you usually have an assistant?

Most often, I shoot alone, but I have assistants if the wedding calls for another photographer.

How soon after the wedding can your clients see photos?
Within 2-4 weeks they photos are on their online gallery.

Do you provide an online proof gallery where clients can preview the photos?
I create online proofing galleries for my clients and their families.

Will you accept a job in another state or country?
Yes, I do travel and I’m going to be expanding my business to Michigan, where I grew up and am inspired by.

FUN FACTS…
How did you get started as a photographer?
I have always loved taking photos.  After I bought a good camera, I took classes in photography to learn the technical side and from there have worked hard to achieve the style I want.  I started by wedding photography booking smaller weddings with a portfolio I had from taking photos at friends’ weddings.

Aside from weddings, what’s your favorite thing to photograph?
My grandparents have a farm in upper Michigan and I love taking photos of the old buildings, flowers, fields, antiques and of course all my family.

What do you like most about being a wedding photographer?
I feel like an artist, hired to document their day.  It’s creative, it’s fun and I’m just surrounded by beauty.  I laugh a lot.  I love editing the images and creating a perfect collection of photos.

GIVE US YOUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR BRIDES…
1.  Turn your personality up!  This is your day and your big smile and laughter will light up every photo.
2.  If you’re investing in photography, invest in a makeup artist and professional florist.
3.  Make your wedding unique to you through your attire, your paper, details, food, drink and location.  It took me dozens of weddings, including my own, to realize how much you can make your wedding a reflection of your personalities and couple-hood and the photos will show it!

Thanks so much for sharing your work Kate!

Be sure to stop by Kate’s website and blog to see more of her work…and check out her feature in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!

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Photography Week IV: Christine Gallagher

April 7, 2009

Next is another talented Atlanta photographer: Christine Gallagher…

GETTING IN TOUCH…
website: www.christinegallagher.net
blog: www.christinegallagher.net/blog
phone: 404-229-0000

THE BASICS…
Do you shoot digital or film?
Digital

How would you describe your style?
I hate labels but I consider my work to be editorial.While photojournalism may tell the story of the day, the details, the fashion, your family, those things also tell a story about you!

Do you shoot alone or do you usually have an assistant?
I always work with an assistant.

How soon after the wedding can your clients see photos?
4 weeks after the event , story board on the blog within one week.

Do you provide an online proof gallery where clients can preview the photos?
Yes, via www.pictage.com

Will you accept a job in another state or country?
Have my bags packed now!

FUN FACTS…
How did you get started as a photographer?
If you asked my parents this question they would say that I just woke up one day and decided to be a photographer! I  majored in photography in college & I have always loved its ability to document life.

GIVE US YOUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR BRIDES…
1. Pick someone who’s personality you mesh with! The photographer-client relationship is an important one, make sure the person is not only a good photographer but someone you are going to enjoy having around you for the planning process, the whole wedding day and after.

2.  All the talent in the world doesn’t do you any good if your photographer fails to show up! So look for someone with a good business sense as well as talent!

3. Feel free to ask your photographers advice when planning the day. We have been around the block a few … 100 times & know a thing or two about weddings!

We have had the pleasure of sharing clients with Christine – she did a beautiful job of capturing Adrienne and Zealous’s wedding last Spring. To see more of Christine’s work, be sure to visit her website and blog!