Can you successfully pursue more than one photographic career at a time? Three pros explain how they do it.
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My clients Flor and Jerome decided to get married in Flor’s hometown of Quito, Ecuador. As they started to plan their wedding they couldn’t have possibly known there’d be a coup attempt two weeks before it was to take place. Conflicting media reports stated President Rafael Correa was temporarily kidnapped, and that the “coup” was merely a police strike or rebellion.
Regardless of the technology available to contemporary visual artists, seeing is the real key to harnessing the potential of any given scene. And that skill, visualizing the image, is the ability to recognize all the factors that make up a good photograph: the principal subject, supporting visual elements, lighting and composition.
Let’s be honest, most of us don’t have access to couples in exotic locations. I often find myself envious of photographers who get to shoot in all these amazing locations and destinations: beaches, cliffs, castles, sweeping landscapes and more. What do I have? I am stuck in the Midwest in a blue-collar city with no ocean or cliffs in sight. So what’s a photographer to do?
If you ask Grant Oakes to describe what sets him apart from the crowd, he will tell you it is a “relentless pursuit of excellence.” He religiously studies light, lines and composition. As he explains, “If I really like an image, I’ll look at it and think about what I could have done to make it better using a different angle, perspective or maybe taking the shot a split second sooner or later.”
You’ve shot their wedding. You’ve wowed them with your images. Now it’s time to design the bride and groom’s wedding album. For many photographers, dealing with wedding albums and the design process is not something they look forward to for many reasons.
Acclaimed photographer Tony Hewitt created this arresting bridal portrait during a wedding at Watershed Winery in the southwest region of Western Australia. “We were waiting in an adjacent room with the bridal party before they entered the reception to be received by the guests,” recalls Tony.
One of a bride’s most treasured possessions is her wedding album—and thanks to wedding photographers Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez, and his father Jose Luis Guardia Peinado, wedding shots, like one shot at one of the eight wonders of the world, can now be captured and enhanced to surpass even a bride’s wildest dreams.
Wedding photography is certainly a lot more flexible, fulfilling and fun in the digital era than it was back in the day when I shot my first nuptials in black and white, toting a shoulder-wrenching 4 x 5 Crown Graphic and a case of Lisco double-sided sheet-film holders.