NPR Talks About Wedding Photographers’ Worst Nightmare: Uncle Bob

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Editor’s Note: The photographer on the segment is Amy Wurdock, not Melissa Block as previously written.

Wedding photographers everywhere probably shook their heads in agreement during a recent episode of All Things Considered. Amy Wurdock, a wedding photographer, talked about “Uncle Bob”, an all-too-common guest at any given wedding, and he happens to be a massive nuisance for photographers. Uncle Bob is a guest, not necessarily an uncle and not necessarily named Bob, who brings an awful lot of camera equipment, and is often in the worst possible place for the hired photographer to get the essential images.

Of course, this isn’t exclusive to weddings necessarily. If you’ve been hired to shoot any type of event, you’ve probably run into someone with a camera who had a penchant for getting in the way of your shots. We’ve all been there at least once, but the best thing we can say, as is said in the segment, is to talk with that shutterbug in order to work something out. It’s undoubtedly frustrating, but not impossible to work around.

Head on over to NPR to listen to the segment.

Wedding Photographer Turns Approaching Wildfire into Newlyweds’ Photographic Gold

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Love conquers all, even raging wildfires… as this happy (and now married) couple from Bend, Oregon proves beyond a doubt and in their wedding day, no less.

Michael and April Wolber’s beautiful wedding ceremony in Rock Springs Ranch, just outside of Bend, was almost put to a disappointing halt when a wildfire got too close to their location. Over screaming sirens and thick looming dark smoke, they were told they needed to evacuate just when everybody was already in place, ready to start.

Thankfully, after a lot of imploring, the concerned firefighters finally changed their minds and let the couple quickly exchange their vows in front of their friends and family…and well, I guess that darn wildfire.

Fortunately for the couple, their wedding photographer Josh Newton is brilliant enough to turn the wildfire situation into something just as incredible as their resolve to marry despite the danger – he took photos of their eventful day with the wildfire as the backdrop. Yup, the fire and dark smoke clouds you see in the photo above is just a stock image Photoshopped into a shot of the couple. That’s the actual wildfire this couple had to face down during their wedding.

The images, one of which is of the bride walking down the aisle with thick smoke behind her, turned out pretty incredible. And how could they not? It’s a pretty ingenious idea, one that probably won’t get replicated anytime soon, and a sure-fire (no pun intended) way to make the Wolbers’ wedding day an even more unforgettable event.

See more of Josh’s amazing photographs from the Wolbers wedding after the jump.

 

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Op/Ed: Is A Full Frame Mirrorless Camera An Option For a Portrait or Wedding Photographer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 A7r RX10 Zeiss Lenses (10 of 31)During Photo Plus Expo 2013, I started a debate with several photographers on the viability of  full frame mirrorless cameras for portrait and wedding photographers. We got to play with the New Sony A7 & A7R and we started think about how cameras like these would affect us. While technically and quality wise, the A7 and A7r can measure up to cameras like the Canon 5D MK III or Nikon D800, these camera are cosmetically different. While people should not judge books by their covers, many will. We talked about this, a lot. Here are a few of the things we talked about.

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What Type of Wedding Photographer Are You? Take a Look in This Fun Infographic

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Take a look at this fun infographic from Simply Bridal. It helps you to figure out what type of wedding photographer you are. Even if you don’t want to pigeon hole yourself, it will remind you of the different ideas you can do.

We’ve got more than this if you’re into shooting these ceremonies though. Take a look at our list of modern upgrades, our recommended gear for this season, and your essential shot list.


5 Essential Upgrades for the Modern Wedding Photographer

Have you ever been to a wedding, looked at the photographer, and thought to yourself, “What the hell is he thinking?” Judge Joe Brown has, and so have some of our readers. Even if you’re forced into shooting the wedding, you should consider a couple of modern upgrades. This post was inspired by my recent trip to a wedding where the photographer used a Nikon D700, 18-200mm lens, and an SB-900 on a flash bracket plus two White Lightning strobes in umbrellas. And the photos? As a former wedding photographer I’m going to come straight out and say that I don’t believe that my friend got her money’s worth.

Here are some major upgrades that won’t break the bank (especially with what you’ll be getting back in monetary return.)

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Tips on Shooting Landscapes from a Wedding Photographer

I have a confession to make: I believe that I can’t shoot a landscape to save my life. It’s just not my strength. I’m a weddings, event, engagement, portrait and street photographer. Plus, I live in NYC and we don’t have wonderful rolling hills the way other states do. However, on my recent trip to Toronto, Canada, I stepped outside of my hotel room at the magic hour of the day and snapped what I believed to be the best landscape images I’ve ever shot. The way I did it though was by imagining a bride and groom in the scene. So how can you combine the two art forms to create something beautiful?

Oh, before you go on ranting that these images are terrible, I’m not saying that they’re amazing. I’m saying they’re the best I’ve done so far using my particular method.

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SnapKnot: A New Resource for Wedding Photographers

As a wedding photographer, I was recently friended on Flickr by SnapKnot, a new website designed for photographers to better market themselves and for Brides to (very) easily search for the type of photographer that they want based upon a large number of criteria. Impressed with the site, I decided to interview Reid and Michael, the founders of SnapKnot.com. If you’re a wedding photographer or looking to get into it, hit the jump. For a quick demo, take a look at my own SnapKnot page.

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More Wedding Photos Get Ruined by a Selfish Smartphone Photographer

How many times do we have to say ‘don’t take wedding photos if you’re not the photographer?’

Look we get it, you have a camera in your pocket all the time thanks to smartphones, and we understand that your desire to take pictures of every single moment of your life can be hard overcome, but it’s time to learn some restraint. Yet another wedding photographer has taken to the web to discuss just how damaging it can be for you, the guest, to take out your cell phone to snap pics of the bride and groom. Join us after the break to see how a selfish act ruined this couple’s wedding photos. Continue reading…

Photographer Kevin Mullins Talks About His Documentary Style Approach to Weddings

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If you were to check out the work of photographer Kevin Mullins, you’d immediately fall in love with his classic documentary style approach to wedding photography. He tells the Phoblographer that he draws influence from photographers like Jeff Ascough and others. At the Fujifilm Festival in NYC this year, we got a chance to talk with Kevin about this approach.

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Celebrity Wedding and Portrait Photographer Mike Colón Talks About His Career

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AdoramaTV recently had a very insightful interview with celebrity wedding and portrait photographer, Mike Colón. Colón speaks about his career and how one of the defining moves for him early on was targeting higher-end brides. Although risky, this move not only allowed him to earn more per wedding, but allowed him to give each client more of his time while also give him more time to spend with his family.

Interestingly enough, Mike relates how raising his prices surprisingly caused him to book more weddings. It also forced him to rethink his advertising and broaden his reach since he was targeting a smaller market. Colón would advertise in large publications such as Wedding Style Magazine and estimates he spent $60,000 a year on advertising.

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Wedding and Portrait Photographers Reflect on their Careers

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WPPI 2015 is quickly approaching, and in the run-up to the big conference, we asked a bunch of presenters to reflect on their careers with one simple question:

“What did you wish you knew when you starting out as a portrait or wedding photographer that you know now?”

Their answers are instructive and serve to help photographers who are still figuring it all out. Responses range from the inspirational to the business-oriented, but common to all of them is the need for growth and the recognition of the importance of making mistakes.

Head on for some insight from some of the most influential folks in the industry.

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Photographer Pat Brownewell Shoots Weddings With Film

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Photographer Pat Brownewell usually shoots digitally, but in some cases still shoots with film as an extra bonus for his clients. But we’re not talking about the 35mm variety–oh no, that stuff is child’s play. We’re not even talking medium format. Pat shoots with 4×5 large format film in both color and black and white at weddings.

Why would he do this? Pat tells the Phoblographer that it was partially out of boredom.

We talked to Pat about the expenses and how it made him a better photographer.

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Photographers Dylan and Sara on The Marketing of Wedding Photography

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Photography duo Dylan and Sara are part of the most recent trend of wedding photographers embracing the DIY alternative art style to weddings rather than the more traditional approach that many have come to know for years. They are wedding photographers based in Portland, Oregon and are most widely known for their double exposures and landscape portraits. On top of this, they were recently named “Rising Stars of Wedding Photography” by Rangefinder Magazine.

Besides having the right creative vision, having the means and know-how to market it is another key skill to becoming a professional photographer. Luckily, Sara was a marketing major in college. But the duo has worked on a brand that is holistic and very much has a mind of its own.

We talked to Sara Byrne not only about their images but also about how they became successful.

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Photographer Sergei Yurin on Using Mirrorless Cameras for Weddings

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Sergei Yurin is a photographer based in Russia that shoots weddings–and does an absolutely spectacular job. More than anything, he has proven that gear doesn’t totally matter as long as your creative vision is there, but he has recently been making waves in the mirrorless community due to the fact that he dumped his Canon DSLR and lenses for Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds OMD cameras.

And in his eyes, there are so many more advantages besides just the fact that he’s carrying less.

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How to Overcome the Chaos of Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is one genre I will personally not touch. It takes a special kind of mind to handle a type of photography that comes with so much pressure. I envy those that do it, especially those that do it well. It must feel amazing to deliver an immortal memory of a couple’s special day. But, again, wedding photography comes with a lot of hurdles. There’s one in particular that pro photographers have to deal with, and I was curious as to how they handled it.

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The Best Lighting for Photographers Under $1,000 (We Reviewed Them!)

Light is everything in photography, and we believe that every photographer should know how to use it. Portrait photographers, wedding photographers, photojournalists, and others need to learn lighting. And for the most part, you’ll get more from a light when you get a strobe or a flash vs an LED. You’ll spend a lot less time doing post-production. And you’ll also thank yourself for being more organized in the first place. Take a look at our tests for the best lighting for photographers under $1,000.

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Self Care for Photographers: Why You Need to Do More Core Work

For years, I had a lot of significant back pain. It was only in my 30s that I realized how crucial exercise is. Couple that with the fact that we’ve reviewed the most camera bags of any publication on the web, and you genuinely need exercise. Thankfully, the back pain has gone away with exercise. But more importantly, what we found is that it’s all about exercising your core. If you’ve been curious about self-care for photographers, we invite you to dive in with us.

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3 Affordable Zoom Lenses for Pro Photographers Using Sony FE Cameras

This is a fascinating time in photography gear history. We’re in a unique spot where you don’t need to spend a whole lot of money to shoot as a professional photographer. You can do a great job with a meager budget. That’s incredibly evident in the Sony FE lineup of cameras. Companies like Tamron make great, affordable zoom lenses for the Sony FE camera system. Plus, they’re protected from the elements, reliable, and deliver excellent image quality. Proud of your #SonyFam? Then you can enrich your passion for photography even more without spending a ton of money.

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Our 3 Favorite f2.8 Zoom Lenses for Professional Photographers

One of these is bound to be your favorite f2.8 zoom lens after you try them!

The venerable f2.8 zoom lens is one of the darlings of many photographers out there. It’s a staple for portrait photographers, photojournalists, wedding photographers, and more. It’s also a fantastic lens for passionate photographers who do this as a hobby. They prove to be some of the most useful lenses in almost any situation you can name. Better yet, they’ve become more affordable for what they offer of the years. We dove into our Reviews Index and found some of the best f2.8 zoom lenses you can get. You’ll love these!

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Photographers Need More Practical Camera Bags for Women

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The design of many women’s products makes functionality feel like an afterthought. The front pocket of the jeans that I’m wearing won’t even fit half of my hand. (Forget about actually putting anything useful in them, like a phone or keys.) Men’s razors often have more blades for less money. Similarly, the vast majority of camera bags for women puts atheistic over function. I’m bombarded by Facebook ads for purse-like camera bags that place the weight of heavy gear on dainty straps. That’s fine for compact, lightweight gear, but what about a girl with a full-frame camera and an f2.8 zoom? There’s nothing dainty about carrying heavy lenses on a small slice of one shoulder. Women need a practical camera bag that carries lots of gear too. 

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Photographers: Stop Caring What Others Think, Love Your Work

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Photographers can be sensitive souls. It seems being emotionally tender is par for the course when you’re a creative. Why that is, I’ll leave for science to explain. But as someone who has struggled to let go of the validation of others, I can share my journey. And I can share how I let go of allowing the opinion of others to determine my photographic self-worth.

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