We're going to start our New Year's post with the single most important thing for wedding photographers - or any photographer for videographer - backing up and protecting your data. On Google News, I have a customized news-feed on "Wedding Photographer". As a news item, there are too many sad stories that pops up on my feed on couples losing their wedding photos. Why would a fantastic wedding that happens flawlessly be newsworthy other than thousands of likes on Instagram?
Everyone also knows a story - photographer loses wedding photos on subway, cars get broken into, a friend photographing wedding going awry (another post later), are among the countless stories that shouldn't exist. There is only one chance to capture and preserve wedding photos. As a hired professional photographer, your entire life should revolve around backing up your data. Everyday, your data should be going to multiple harddrives, NAS, multiple clouds, and an offline copy at your grandma's house. Here is our method in backing up. This is very easy once your system is all set up:
by John & Joseph
Wedding photographers are invited to amazing locations to photograph a couple's special day. Resorts, hotels, private homes, beaches, mountain tops, churches, warehouses, wineries, restaurants, someone's backyard, boats, and list goes on and on.
In hotel or resort weddings, the venue manager will ask the photographer (and other vendors) for insurance certificates. When we worked in Seattle, it was very rare to provide insurance but we had one anyways for our own gear protection. In California, if you look like a pro then people will want your paperwork. Your insurance agent can generate a valid certificate for you upon request. Below is an example of what it looks like.
Photographer insurance costs vary depending on your coverage needs and the type of work you do. It can cover your gear, accidents, and your shooters/staff should anything happen. If you don't have a photographer's insurance, then your client will be forced to sign a bunch of waivers on behalf of you which will make you look less professional and they become liable. Just booked a wedding next year? Get an insurance right away.
In this world of advanced digital imaging, retouching photographs have become faux pas. This has been true in photojournalism since authenticity of the original image is vital in telling the true story. Most recently, France has made into law where photoshopped or retouched photographs must be labeled with a notice. The spirit of this law is to combat unrealistic body images and eating disorders in advertising and fashion photography. The topic of retouching is different in the wedding industry, since our job is to create dream wedding photographs for our clients. In a live event like weddings, there are many uncontrolled elements in which a little photoshop can really enhance a photograph without changing the moment. With that said, here is one recent image that we enhanced in post-production.
In the following before and after overlay, we removed the two videographers, videographer’s tripod, and the fencing at the back of the ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards.