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Posted by ScottJarvie at 15 November 2012

Category: (a) Favorite Posts, (a) Portrait Photography

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Countdown to Jarvie Promo + Contest
{ONE AMBITIOUS DAY}

Many may know that back at the beginning of October together with the help of a lot of friends I attempted something very ambitious.
In one day:
- I traveled 400 miles
- Photographed in 6 different areas in Utah.
- Photographed over 30 photoshoots of over 30 different people
- Most pictures I’ve ever taken in a day.
- Photographing from 5am til midnight

{VIDEO}

It was all documented by my friend Devin Graham
And will be made into a short artistic video about the awesome day in the life of a “cool” photographer on a fun Photo-roadtrip with friends.
Think: Artistic visual recap of the Photo-Roadtrip along with some happy upbeat music.

PT 2 – PROMO
There will also be another longer version more in the style of a Promo / Behind the scenes.
Which will have people talking, have behind the scenes clips from the day and include some cool testimonials.
This will be a video I can use to promote myself… aka… make people who’ve never met me understand more about who I am. (The photography, the quirkiness, the sexiness, the randomness, the love of photography … ya know, lay it all out there.)
While we had a lot of my close friends there and there were a few opportunities to say a few things for the camera and though I haven’t heard any of them I’m guessing it may be a little on the spot with the camera in the face and without a lot of time to prepare.
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{CONTEST}

So what I’m saying is: I’m challenging people to make a short quality video answering the question “Why Jarvie?”
Giving the random people out there a glimpse into who I am.
Ya know… Why I can get away with starting a contest about myself and it’s less douchey than if other people did it.
I’m doing PR
… you probably understand that viewing my pictures only go so far… people spend a lot of money to feel confident and secure and to be around someone they can be themselves around and have happy memories of their wedding or whatever they’re hiring me for.

Think:
Smart, professional, silly, random, over the top, simple… it can all work because I fit into all those things.
The key is… CREATIVITY
Here’s partly where I got the idea… while at dinner with Angela. We had just spent the day filming something for a Doritos commercial contest.

I’d say no longer than 30 seconds and probably more like 10-20 seconds if you want it to be in the official promo/testimonial.
But doesn’t mean I can’t use longer videos and reward them. I can put them on my youtube channel or share them from your youtube to my website or blog and or social media.

{Prizes}

I’ll announce more details as they are determined.
The grand prize winner will probably get “A day with Jarvie” for either a photoshoot of the winner and/or photography training.
OR
They will get a package of a bunch of prints. (Good for those out of state)

If there are multiple awesome videos and we use other clips in the official videos, or my new website which is being designed, I’ll make sure to reward those as well… think discount on photoshoots or prints.
Again more details are forthcoming … as they are decided.

{Update Each Day}

I will be releasing a new picture, from this epic photoshoot, of a different person each day up until the video is released.
Check Gplus (http://jarviedigital.com/plus) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/jarvie) as I’ll probably post separate ones on each social network.
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Here’s the illustrious famous video guy himself
Check his youtube chanel  http://www.youtube.com/user/devinsupertramp

Caroline and Remi are from france and live in Paris so I came over there to do their wedding pictures.
I offered to do couple pictures the day before their wedding and this is some of the results.
We started and ended the day at the eifel tower

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She loves the Notre Dame so we got some awesome pictures there… the back in the garden is the best place to do it since it isn’t absolutely covered in people.

Sure the cool building was the other direciton but the great pictures, lighting and bakground was this direction.

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It did rain on us and I used that change for a few cute candids

They got some looks by the tourists.

 

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We had a covered bridge to provide some relief when it rained for a bit.
Btw it only rained for a small portion of the day.

Random covered sidewalk was probably one of my favorite lighting situations

Oh and here are a couple of the pictures I took while I waited for them to get ready at their apartment.

Nothing like a few moody lighting shots to go with the mood of paris.

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Not one of the tens of millions of people who have watched Lindsey Stirling then go check out her Youtube channel now

To see all in high quality go here

Do you have a favorite? Let Lindsey (and me) know.
Ore even try Pairing a picture with an Album title name.

 

BTW most all of these pictures were taken near a large fire… so you see many of the effects of the lighting with smoke in the background and during sunset.

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The intent of this post is to prove the point : that sometimes you photograph for a while just to get the subjects prepped for that one epic moment.

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On another note I don’t think people come to me to get engagement pictures for that one wedding announcement picture.
That might be kind of silly… I think they’re hoping for a set of pictures that share all the aspects of their relationship. A mini-scrapbook of their love story.

BTW you can see 150+ images in this gallery

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In my mind their shoot is kind of like a third wheel Date with Jarvie – An expensive one

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The beginning part of the shoot is often just to find the rythm and be comfortable. I believe it’s an art to making people comfortable or even happy in front of the camera… to ignore them when they talk about being nervous or whatever defense mechanism they have… and just start having fun.

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Doing things like putting them in a tiny little alley way… mainly because you just are intrigued to see how it turns out. (And you think it’ll break down their pre-conceptions of what they’ll be doing)

OR… placing them next to a porta-potty … to make them laugh (or something like that)

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But providing plenty of moments to be tender

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And then of course what I’m good at… the joyful stuff

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Then seeing how they react when they’re all by themselves for some individual portraits… gives me a perspective of where they’re willing to go or where they’re naturally drawn to

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And then you’re at the END of the day and you bring out the fun lighting and things get a little more dramatic.

But by that time you’re all seasoned pros and they can handle a little more standing still and set up for lights and they’re comfortable and you know what their strong suits are… OR… they come up with something totally different and awesome

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Posted by ScottJarvie at 27 May 2012

Category: (a) Favorite Posts

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Tomorrow the video by Devin Graham (Of YouTube fame) is slated to release but today you get a sneak peak at about half a day of the filming.
Though only a view of only a few hours it it was the part with people flying, chase scenes and one great sunset.

See all images from the shoot here on SmugMug http://smu.gs/JGm1PF

You are hereby granted to share these pictures on FB as well as use them as profile pics and timeline profile pics and stuff like that. This includes others that did not make this particular batch of images but are on the link provided above.

 

Please feel free to make a FB gallery… I would have but FB uploading is broken for me.

You can also see a gallery on Google Plus https://plus.google.com/photos/108762309833758369364/albums/5747272390661838993

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My big news for 2012
I no longer charge travel costs for a wedding.

One Price: Yep just one price for anywhere in the world.

Because most of my weddings have me traveling far from my home state (Utah) I’ve decided to have one price, it avoids complication, encourages travel to exciting places and makes me unique.

Why? To me it’s not about costs incurred traveling, it’s more it’s me being indisposed for other weddings traveling 2 days… and therefore the price is included.
Because traveling during 2 days is how it always is… ergo the cost will be the same, because everywhere out of Utah has me traveling during 2 extra days.

Besides… I love traveling … and like I said it sets me apart.

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I’m proud of the following points: (About Me)

  • The one word that describes my photography: Personality
  • I don’t charge by hour – I’m ALL day… to the very end
  • I edit every picture I give to the client. (This is a big deal)
  • You get a ton of pictures. I can’t remember the last wedding where they got less than 500 pictures. (Sometimes I do lots more… it depends on what they have organized)
  • I’ve been doing weddings since 2005 so I’m experienced but still excited about weddings.
  • I have an editing style all to myself I describe it as: bright and full of colors.
  • I teach photography and have had over 20 interns in the past few years.
  • Things I am most well known for teaching: Workflow, Editing, Off Camera Flash, Interacting with clients, Lightroom and SmugMug
  • I can handle very difficult lighting situations.
  • I always succeed. Therefore there’s a lot of trust/confidence in what I do. My clients know they’re for sure going to get awesome pictures.
  • Fun: People get along with me… and not just the wedding couple, everyone. I’m laid back and I don’t get stressed on the job.
  • You will end up with the usage rights (and files) to the pictures. (This is also a big thing)
  • And of course: No travel costs
  • I am conversational in 5 languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese… in that order) I’ve studied many others.

DISCOUNT OPTIONS

  • Utah: I’m discounting the cost for Utah because I have two extra days where i’m not traveling and can do 2 times more weddings in Utah.
  • Students/Military: It’s something unique I’ve done ever since I’ve started and the tradition will continue.
  • Ol’ Friends: Again something I’ve done ever since the beginning.
  • Trade/Barter: I’ve been known for my belief that a fair exchange doesn’t have to be 100% federal reserve notes (dollars) and therefore I’m willing to talk about options for trade.

On a budget? Hard to say what this means. Budgets range dramatically … I’ve dealt with all ranges.
It doesn’t hurt to email or call.
If you feel your budget might be a bit low… just be honest and let me know what that budget is. I’ve helped people out that had their heart set on my photography and I’ve also helped connect people to other amazing photographers.

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WEDDING PACKAGES

  • 1. Formals (wedding pictures of just the couple on a separate flexible date)
  • 2. Wedding
  • 3. Wedding with Journalistic Book (120pgs)
  • 4. Wedding with Leatherbound Fancy Album (40pgs)

Pricing will vary greatly, so personally, I say you should simply contact me.
Range: Formals start in the $1500 range. On the higher end for example a wedding (anywhere) with 3 Press-printed journalistic 120pg books is about $8400
So you might be somewhere in between that range.

Additional things to consider (All are heavily discounted with wedding purchase)

  • Pre-wedding photoshoots (Engagements, Bridals, Formals)
  • Second day options
  • Parent copies of the books/albums
  • Prints
  • Additional Photographer (Not common for me, but I have lots of connections if the wedding calls for it)

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CONTACT ME
I’m way easy to get a hold of and I’d like to think pleasant to talk with.

Call: 1-801-362-6372

Email: jarvie@jarviedigital.com

Google+ : Probably the best way to follow me and what I do and who I am: http://jarviedigital.com/plus
(You do not need to have an account to view my posts… but you will to contact/interact with me there.)

Facebook: http://facebook.com/jarvie and my oft-neglected fan-page is http://facebook.com/jarviedigital

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(A WORKSHOP)

TITLE: Jarvie’s Flash Adventure – Portraiture, Flash and Creative Solutions

(AKA… Experimenting with being awesome)


Short and Sweet Recap

I am willing to go Anywhere (in the world) and teach a full day workshop to a minimum of 5 photographers at a price ranging from $350-550 and I’ll include a 100+pg workshop guide/book.

Now if that seems interesting check out the details below.

If you’re at all interested and want to be updated about future details, locations and dates sign up for the Newsletter. Make sure to select “Portrait Workshops”

UPDATE : Purchase a Ticket NOW – Anything listed in the event itself is more final than this post. Florida – Texas – Arizona

Why Start Now?

After 7 years of learning and teaching myself and several years of teaching and training dozens of photographers (many that have gone onto great things in photography) , after more than half a million pictures and consistently spending 12hr+ days working on and improving on photography I’m ready to go on the road teaching and sharing my passion for photography. I’ve taught for a long time now… but never focused on it as a way to pay bills… mostly I taught so that the student could help me with my work such as with interns.

But I have a desire to travel the country and the opportunity to do so during portions of several months next year.

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(more…)

Oakland California LDS Temple - Early morning twilight

SEE THE GALLERY

Chicago LDS Temple - Wet summer morningNewport Beach LDS TempleColumbus Ohio LDS Temple - Just after sunsetRedlands California LDS Temple - Clear summer daySan Diego LDS Temple - Clear summer day

Salt Lake LDS Temple - Early morning twilightSalt Lake LDS Temple - Early morning twilight
Temples Pictures: Selected, Edited and Uploaded

I have gone through every temple picture I have and selected my favorites and then from that set selected the best of those.

So far I have a gallery of 127
I can easily double that number with others that didn’t make the cut so far but I didn’t want to overwhelm people so I will stay with this quantity until at least the end of the year.

In the future I will continue to organize these galleries even more and add separate galleries for every temple

SEE THE GALLERY

New Additions – Newsletter

I will continue to add new pictures. Including a set of upcoming Temple Square pictures with beautiful christmas lights.

To stay connected with news of any substantial additions to this gallery simply sign up for my new newsletter under the section Fine Art Print Specials
With every bit of news about new prints will be a corresponding discount code for print discounts.

DISCOUNTS

Right here on the blog I’ll say that if you order a print or digital file it is 25% off with the code “temples” (Good until further notice)

Also I will note that the prices of the temple pictures are much lower than my normal portrait prints or other travel/fine art prints.

More Discount: I will give a 55% off coupon code to anyone that signs up for my new newsletter under the section “Fine Art Print Specials” or “Anything Jarvie-esque”. (good until the end of 2011)

Yes for many products 55% off is barely the break even amount.

WHY? Because my newsletter is and will be very beneficial for me and people interested in my fine art pictures.
AND I think it’s a very good thing for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to have a picture of the temple throughout their house to remind them of their commitments to the lord and to become better people.

With any proceeds I get you can pretty much consider will help me to fund more trips to more and more temples. But for now I’m just excited about exciting a high volume of hopefully large (impacting) prints being ordered.

SEE THE GALLERY

Mt Timpanogos LDS Temple - Early morning TwilightDraper Utah LDS Temple - Early morning Twilight

As Stated on the Gallery

(CC RIGHTS) — You are hereby granted permission to use these pictures as they are (no derivations) on your personal computers (screensavers etc) or online for any non-commercial use so long as they are NOT used by or for an entity or website that is derogetory of the LDS church or LDS temples. Also you should clearly state who the photographer is and/or link them to my website. I retain the right to ask you to stop using the picture for any reason.

(PRINTS) – prints and non-watermarked versions of the item are available for purchase.
Special Requests, High volume prints or sizes larger than 30×40 should contact me first.

Provo LDS Temple - Colorful SunriseNauvoo LDS Temple - Sunrise  after a winter Ice Storm with a dramatic vignette.Denver Colorado LDS Temple - Cloudy summer dayWashington DC LDS Temple - Mid Summer day With reflection in water featureMt Timpanogos LDS Temple - Early morning Twilight

Temples found in this Gallery so far

  1. Baton Rouge Louisiana
  2. Birmingham Alabama
  3. Bountiful Utah
  4. Cardston Alberta
  5. Chicago Illinois
  6. Columbus Ohio
  7. Denver Colorado
  8. Draper Utah
  9. Fresno California
  10. Houston Texas
  11. Jordan River Utah
  12. Las Vegas Nevada
  13. Los Angeles California
  14. Manti Utah
  15. Mt Timpanogos Utah
  16. Nauvoo Illinois
  17. Newport Beach California
  18. Oakland California
  19. Oquirrh Mountain Utah
  20. Provo Utah
  21. Redlands California
  22. San Antonio Texas
  23. San Diego California
  24. Seattle Washington
  25. Salt Lake City Utah
  26. St George Utah
  27. St Louis Missouri
  28. Vancouver Canada
  29. Vernal Utah
  30. Washington DC

SEE THE GALLERY

Manti Utah LDS Temple - Cloudy morning with very blue skiesSt George Utah LDS Temple - Evening twilightVancouver LDS Temple - Rainy winter morningSan Diego LDS Temple - Clear summer day

Provo LDS Temple - Early morning twilight with fountainOakland California LDS Temple - Summer daySalt Lake LDS Temple - Evening twilightSeattle LDS Temple - Rainy winter eveningLos Angeles LDS Temple - Clear december day

SEE THE GALLERY

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Way excited to be sharing this set of pictures.
It was the perfect storm of awesomeness that all came together for an awesome shoot.

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We took pictures for a couple hours then took a 30-40 minute break to wait for the moment when we knew that the christmas lights would come on. We were not disapointed.
I knew they were great when I was taking them and I knew she was cold and we had plenty of pictures so this flurry of pictures at the end only lasted a few minutes while the lights were on and then we were done.

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Some long exposure shots just to play around (above)
And my take on the classic window shots (below)

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Oh Christmas tree

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Funny Story. It was so windy she actually lost the veil and it flew high into a tree… it took us 5-10 minutes to get it down. We pinned it in later.

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Our locations outside were determined by where the wind was less and where the ground was cleaner

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Lighting determines posing sometimes.

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The dress was a star and I treated it with photographic respect

I am MORE than happy to work with dresses from this dedicated and unique designer so look her up: http://melissablackburn.net/ or http://melissablackburn.blogspot.com/

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The bride was a star… she was a natural… she did her thing and let me spend more time and mental effort in doing my thing.

Listen Up Friends

Things should be hopping in 2012

Don’t consider the following post my official official announcements on any of these items but I am presently planning on the following…

Stay tuned for more info and better yet SIGN UP FOR THE NEW JARVIEDIGITAL NEWSLETTER

What I’m Planning – In Chronological-ish Order

1. Several Months of Traveling Everywhere to do a mixture of the following:

a. Presentations

b. Full day Portrait and Flash workshops

c. Travel Photography

d. Open Booking Portrait Sessions

e. Photowalks and Meetups

2. Big Photo Event in Utah which should include

a. Festival of Color / Holi – photoshoot – Check my past pictures

b. Photo Competition – The first Photographic Decathlon

c. Print Competitions

d. Meetups and get togethers and possible classes or workshops

(Held the last week in March… so clear the calendar)

3. Workshop Bootcamp

A 12 day 12hr a day workshop held in Utah early May

Covers pretty much everything.

Which may be combined with an exchange internship-like option.

4. Bolivia Travel Workshop

A 11 day travel and landscape workshop combined with the help of The Colby Brown

Happening the end of May – Beginning of June

5. Wedding Season

Yes I’ll still continue to do weddings and am even leaving a significant amount of space open for the summer season to book weddings.

I will also be willing to book weddings during the time I designate as “Traveling Everywhere”… people just need to jump on it soon.

6. Europe

I will be in Europe for an extended period of time starting at the end of the summer to do a wedding.

I will stick around for more “Traveling Everywhere” based on interest of those in Europe. See #1

7. More Traveling Everywhere and Anywhere

When I get back from europe I’ll continue to be willing to go wherever people want to see my smiling face and do some of the things found in #1

8. Meanwhile the whole time I’ll be working on putting together a super gallery of Fine Art Prints to make your walls happy.

So this should provide at least one awesome reason to sign up for my NewsLetter where I can send updates and more official information on all of these Items.

Any of these things of interest?

  • Portrait/Flash Photography Workshops
  • Travel Photography Workshops
  • Online Photo-Workflow Training
  • Internships and/or Workshop Bootcamps
  • Free SmugMug Presentations
  • Events, Meetups, Photowalks etc
  • Future Photoshoots with Jarvie
  • Deals on Client Prints/Products
  • Updates to and Specials on Fine Art prints

You can specify the areas of News you’re most interested or just get all the info. Here on the signup for the Newsletter

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In fact just sign up for the Newsletter Here

Why? Because all the cool kids are doing it… and it helps me distribute the information.

It makes Jarvie Happy.

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“JARVIE: What about when you get Married?”

Why answer a good question with one good point when I can answer it with a full on discourse of dozens of teaching moments… so prepare yourself… get a cup of hot chocolate and prepare for the epic response to the big question.

The Famous Question

Probably the most frequently asked question I have ever been asked is this one “Who’s going to take your wedding pictures?”
A majority of clients ask me… and a lot of photographers.
Because I get asked so much… I have indeed thought about it.
Since +Sandra Parlow just asked last night on her GooglePlus profile I thought it deserved a good hearty response and not a one liner.

Before I answer the question I thought I’d touch on a similar topic

Shooting for other photographers

First of all I really LOVE shooting weddings for other photographers… I get asked frequently and it’s always fun. In fact often I’ll find myself talking outloud about what I’m doing and why and they love it. (More so on the pre-wedding-day shoots)
I know some photographers are intimidated shooting another photographers wedding… but they have been some of my favorites… I think because we seem to work together like a team combining two great visions for the images.
ALSO because one would assume another photographer can appreciate what I do.

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What would I look for – My Many Parted Answer

(Not organized in order of importance… in case you’re wondering… but you’ll understand which ones are most important to me if you read through it all)

The Style

One of the integrated questions is would I want my own style or another style?
I love other styles and while I think they would be cool (and wish I could have an array) … but if I could only pick one… as braggy as it may sound I really would want the style I shoot.

It makes sense right? I’ve spent 5-6yrs developing my style of wedding photography… one would hope I went in the direction of what I like best.

What is that/my style?

As far as the pictures look at my best of weddings here on G+ there’s the look and it’s expressed over and over again in every single wedding!

With one word PERSONALITY

The shots could be technically amazing but if it lacks personality I’m personally not drawn to it. I want someone to look at that wedding picture and say that is SOOOOO JARVIE … see me and my personality.
Here’s the kicker! There are a lot of “angles” / “Views” of MY personality.

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I want QUANTITY

I shoot lots of pictures because I love to… I give my clients more pictures than they know what to do with perhaps to my detriment but hey it’s what I’m drawn to and the type of clients that like that like me.
I want to show the happy go lucky side of me, the pretend-model (poser) side of me and the soft and sweet hopeless romantic side.
(This goes back to the last point I want someone that ENABLES me to show myself by allowing me to feel comfortable enough to Be Myself (as cliche as that sounds)
So yes I really would prefer lots of pictures… so I do understand the clients that ask for more and more.

Quantity means I’d want them to be Quick!!
Slow might be beneficial to the photographer but as a model it sucks the life out of things.
Quick doesn’t mean they rush… it it demonstrated best when they can capture The Moment before it goes away. They can adapt to changing circumstances without skipping a beat.

At-the-Ready

This is really part of quick… but this is something I’d look for.
Are they spending too much time checking their screen?

Heck I’ll check my screen plenty… but I feel like I do it at the appropriate times and even when I do it I can glance at it so fast that I won’t skip a beat.
But I’ve been in front of a fair share of cameras and my biggest complaint is that they start looking down at their camera when I’m still posing it up.

I admit I’m a poser… I want them to keep shooting and getting all those poses… not checking their screen between each shot… throwing the rythym off terribly.
Get it set and then shoot… then after the set up check it out… and we’ll change to do something else.

Also if you’re gonna do those tests… just do them!! Don’t get my attention and have me bring out my A-Game modeling all for some stupid test shot.
I do crazy amounts of test shots but I do them quickly and even when they’re not looking or not posing it up.
When THE MOMENT is happening the time for testing is OVER!
Can that person switch the dial to READY in miliseconds.

In fact I don’t want them to be ready when the moment is happening… I want them to be ready a millisecond before the moment starts to happen.

CREATIVE

You might think… a photographer is creative simple because he/she is a photographer… I don’t think so.
When I think “creative” I think of the more complete phrase “CREATIVE SOLUTIONS” they can come upon any scene, any scenario any Problem and have a solution (They Create!).
Basing the solutions on experience alone is something… it’s good… but to have that real Creative mind leads to real solutions… and appropriate unique Art/Creations.
So I’d look at their ability to “think on their feet” (as the expression goes) see how it plays into it all… I think it’s at the heart of so many of the issues.

Experience

While I put more emphasis on that Creative Solutions stuff I know how experience can help.

I think that in the following situations anyone can come up with awesome pictures:

  • Unlimited time
  • Great Models
  • Perfect Lighting
  • No unexpected problems

But what wedding has all of those things? That’s why it’s not about having just anyone.
They don’t and so while a photographer might show off these amazing pictures when everything was hunky dory it doesn’t mean to me that it will be the case for everyone.
So someone with experience.

Consistency

Look I’m not gonna be all humble and I apologize for that in advance… but I’m very proud of my ability to think on my feet and come up with creative solutions no matter what environment I’m in.

Perhaps my pictures aren’t always the best possible pictures that someone could have taken but they are great for the situations I’m in they are great for the time allotment, the models and the lighting.

It’s not something I can really quantify and put in words … but I think one of things that sets me apart isn’t that I can take the best pictures ever… but that I can do it with total consistency. They know with no doubts that their pictures will be great. They could go for a much lower cost option and to me I think that usually means it’s a gamble… which quite honestly might totally work out for them.

Baseball-Analogy – You give the guy the major league contract and the big bucks for being able to hit that ball with the most CONSISTENCY (AVG) and who does it under the most adverse of conditions (The Big Leagues) … it doesn’t go to the guy that can hit the ball the farthest.
They don’t line up a bunch of bulked up muscle freaks and say whoever can hit this ball the farthest this once will get a 10 million dollar contract.

While for some types of photography I can see where consistency doesn’t really matter… but for weddings, events and contracted type stuff I personally think it’s one of those things that means so so much and sadly these first time brides just don’t understand the value.
So I’d look for consistency… it’s probably more important than looking at where their ceiling is (if you understand that expression)

THE SERVICE

I’ve talked about all these areas of photographic skill but Honestly it’s even more about how it all goes down that day… not even all about the end-product. (For Me)

Yes I want the end product to be good… but I’ve learned there are so many great photographers but what I would really look for is how they handle things. When they don’t have a camera against their face.
I want all of my guests to be happy, I don’t want someone who doesn’t respect every person at that reception.
I would want someone who is consientious of people and not getting in their way.
I feel like some photographers say: “the bride says I’m the most important person and that gives me licence to do whatever I want” …

I think a good photographer would be able to handle the percieved contraints of providing service and being nice and working around people and still come up with a stellar product.

Culture/Location Aware

Where I would get married is at an LDS Temple … most likely the one featured in the blog… it is a location that commands reverence and respect.
The type of photographer I would have would know how to approach the different locations and cultures. Doesn’t mean they would have to have already photographed there (though experience helps) but they are just the type of photographer that gets it.
They are aware.

Part of it comes back to being adaptable… so what you could take an amazing picture if you just broke a few rules and climbed up in a tree or a wall you weren’t supposed to be in/on.
Show me what you can do while still being respectful.

I mean, it doesn’t mean I’d want a total prude… but someone that understood the environment and the conditions.
Also how well do they adapt to the small little subculture of my family and friends... do they get along with them? Or do they stick out like a Sore thumb. (Sore emphasized)
I don’t want a stiff suit (that’s not ME nor my family) they have to be like an old friend to me and the whole crew.

Formal isn’t my style nor would it be the style I’d want in my photographer.

Consistency of character

I feel like I talked at length about consistency in their photography skills… then I talked at length about how they interact with me and my friends and family.

I mentioned I’d gravitate more towards a person that helped me have happy memories that accompany those beautiful pictures.
That goes before and after the big day.
I want to like interacting with that person years before and years after… I don’t want to look at the picture and think about how that dang photographer turned out to be a jerk, how he or she treated me badly years down the line.

I don’t want memories associate with anything negative if I can help it… I want to look at the picture and feel happy, feel love.

I Don’t want to look at the picture and think about anything stupid they’ve done… how they might have turned out to be a rotten person inside and out. (They left their spouse and kids, exploited children, made a profit off of smut, killed a person… ya know… stuff)
I mean I don’t not associate with people if they go bad… I just don’t choose them to be an intimate part of my special day.
I mean we can’t really predict the future… but if we’re aiming for the stars… i can’t deny this is something that becomes part of my thought process.

I want my pictures to not have baggage. Don’t go thinking I wildly judge people. One would hope those that know me can vouch for me on this.

But there are people out there that put on a smiley face for the big day and then I hear from those photographers them talking bad about their clients all while putting on the show on the day.
Let’s just say there are a lot of good photographers… I can be picky.

I feel like this is a touchy subject perhaps because I’m talking about the character of people… so let me just say I’m sure I’m not perfect and have probably said something in the past about a client or something that makes me looks a little hypocritical… I’ll accept that but I feel like I’m getting better and I understand the importance of it all.

Friendship

With that being said here’s something maybe even more touchy… part of the whole consistency of character thing comes down to me preferring to support someone I like.
Someone I get along with and want to make their life better.

Yes every person deserves to be treated well… but if it came down to it and I could only give money to one person I’m going to give it to the person that has got it together.

*Walk the Walk*

Yes it’s true… I’d be picky and I’d have high standards but I feel like it’s something I can ask for because these are all things I give at every single wedding… nothing I wouldn’t want my own clients to demand.

Q&A

Would I want to EDIT the pictures myself?
Heck yes! or in other words… I don’t see why not! (I don’t see a downside to that question)

RIGHTS?
Though I understand and will support a photographer that decides to keep the rights.
I would never ever ever ever hire a photographer for my wedding that I couldn’t somehow get the files and the rights to the pictures. It just wouldn’t work for ME.
(And this is exactly why I will always give the rights to my clients… because I run my weddings as if I were the client)

Are you a romantic?
I know some photographers that do weddings because it’s good money and to them it’s just a job. (Cool… whatever)
I can say with head held high… I am a bit of a hopeless romantic.
I do love weddings, I love real love. I’m in the right job.

Do you like shooting weddings?
Look at this whole post… I would hope it’s apparent :)

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So what’s the verdict!?

It comes down to this: The photographer I would probably pick would be someone I have trained
I really would pick from the group of photographers that I had an intimate and perhaps key role in helping to train including many of my past INTERNS

  • FIRST: I can feel proud that I played a part in their training and this is like a capstone… it comes full circle.
  • SECOND: They know what I like in pictures.
  • THIRD: I’ve been around them soo much that the expectation is that we get along really well.
  • FOURTH: I invested (in most cases) crazy amounts of hours sharing stuff with them at no/little dollar cost to them that hopefully that investment comes back to me at a lower price. ;)
  • FIFTH: They are dang GOOD photographers and by the time I get married I know they’ll be even better… because I trained them to continually grow/progress.

I’ve pushed them to be great!

And like i’ve mentioned many times before what I’d look at are all those qualities that maybe you don’t see in the final product but I they are a known quantity… not a guess… not a gamble
I would know exactly what to expect and I would hope that they pushed themselves to do their best… heaven knows I’ve pushed a bunch of them pretty hard.

Some of them have snapped but the ones with real character and guts knew where my heart was when I probably pushed them too hard, they didn’t take it personally and they became amazing. #winning
Some of them I only had a beginning role in the training… they were probably bound to do amazing things with or without me… but hey I did play a role and my assumption is that the foundations I laid were very important.

SOME NAMES

This will get me in trouble (because I’ll forget people) but you know what I’m not a politician and screw it! I’m gonna spend a moment to say how amazingly proud I am of some people I played a part in helping to teach photography.

SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS AND I WILL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE
(How about show me the people you helped/trained and I’ll tell you what kind of photographer you are)

Suzanne Plant and Steph Jorgenson- Good friends that I’m not really sure how much I helped but I remember doing one of my first personalized workshops with them and then doing some LR training and then just having them on shoots and then when they came to one of my weddings and decided they actually did like photographing weddings. In fact a large portion of the pictures of me on this post came from Suzanne.

Whitney & Thomas Lewis – Another set of great friends… heck they lived in the same house (basement) for over a year and we still get along great. I did their wedding years ago and then she became a professional photographer and in the first year I started dabling in having interns she came to do something akin to an internship for a short period of time. (I hope she doesn’t mind me telling this) I still remember when she came and assisted on a wedding (before the semi-internship) with me and how I came back to look through the pictures and how they were all too blurry… It just goes to show the passion and dedication she has to what she does. That means a lot… doesn’t matter where you start but the amount of dedication you have to becoming better every time. Now she’s amazing and with the two of them it’s consistently awesome.

Marco Greis – I still remember when I would get frustrated with Marco more than most interns… and I think it was because he learned and took it so well. Also because I knew he had the passion that he could use the push and turn it into something great. Many times I feel like I’m on broken glass and having to be carefull they get offended (Don’t take this to mean that I don’t try every day to become a better teacher) He put in the hours and even when I had him doing boring work. He inconvienience himself to put so many other things aside to invest in his learning. Even with a big family and probably financial difficulties while he focused on learning even when there were opportunities to put to the side his commitments to me to do paid shoots. That shows so much character.
But in a short period he is progressing so rapidly and now he’s living back in Brazil doing weddings every single weekend.
So to you Marco I just advise to back through your pictures now that I know you’re so much better and take out a lot of the old stuff because some of your stuff your doing now kicks the trash out of the older stuff… I’m talking mainly with the way you do lighting and editing.

Carissa Uribe - She was the first person to have enough confidence in my abilities to ask to do a summer long internship. I did her wedding and she’s an all around great person. I think I probably have more confidence in her abilities than she has in her own … I hope you know that i think your awesome at what you do!

Paola Gautier – Even though I don’t hear from her very often since the internship I know skill when I see it! She has always had skills and she has developed a distinct style from my that I can dig.

The Campbells are awesome at what they do, they were great interns and have progressed sooo much!

Megan Newhouse and Laurel Scott are both incredibly intelligent gals who excelled when they were interns and can kick butt at photography… Though Megan doesn’t do a ton of photography I totally trust her skills because she knows what to do because she’s just that smart. And Laurel is the latest and greatest of the interns who put in the time like no other and has confidence and skill to back it up.

Chuck Liu is a stud and though he wasn’t able to do a lot of the internship with his work schedule he was already a great photographer before he came this way… AND he’s a solid guy and fun to be around! Look at his stuff… he’s totally legit!

And then of course my sister Sara Jarvie has to be a part in some way … she’s consistently been the person I call to talk to about my ideas and projects. We kind of started our websites and lots of things right around the same time. Heck I chose JarvieDigital because she chose JarviePhotography like a couple weeks before me. But I’m happy for this.

While I only really hung out with the next two and answered questions here and there I figure either would be awesome people to film the wedding (even though they could both rock the photography) Devin Graham or Garret Gibbons … It’s been so many years I can’t even what all I did teach… but I’m great friends with them and I did Garretts wedding and Devin keeps saying I’ll be at his some day. So I’m hoping we trade or something… If Devin’s head doesn’t get so big that he forgets all us little guys ;) While I myself have always helped and supported no matter how busy I was. haha (Yes I’m giving you a hard time)

A DOZEN OPTIONS???

Nope try dozens of options because I have become good friends with some pretty amazingly LEGIT photographers on GOOGLE PLUS

I mean I didn’t train them or anything but how hard would it be to not select some of them!!? (I’m not naming names this time haha)

A SMALL DETAIL

You must remember this is all very hypothetical because I am not engaged, nor have I ever been, in fact I haven’t even been close to getting married, I do recognize my faults like my pickyness, I’ve been really wanting to get married for the last 10 years it’s been by #1 goal to have a family but I also am not the type of person that would get married just cuz.
So don’t hold your breath on this one.
People have tried (And I’m not gonna say it’s not my fault) but it hasn’t happened yet even if I’ve bribed people saying they’d get free pictures for life if they found the one. haha

So yes my pity party is that I’ve achieved a ton of goals in life… all expect the most important one. haha

HOW I’D DECIDE

Back to the important question at hand!! -> Who would end up as my photographer?
Difficult even having options.

Well the good thing about being creative is that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.
I don’t have to do my wedding photography like everyone else does it.
And so what will I do in the end??

Well I got to keep something for people to look forward to and that remains a Jarvie Trade Secret… because my wedding is gonna be one of a kind.

WHERE

I actually will have more problems finding a location for the after wedding Event (reception isn’t a proper term)
The spot for the wedding itself is pretty easy an LDS temple… most likely the temple pictured here.
So most likely you all need to grab a plain ticket and fly on over when it happens. Who’s coming to the party?
What other friends want to come take pictures?

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BTW this is a picture I took THIS MORNING :) Yay

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I’ve been doing this for a few years now and sometimes i’ve been more consistent than others…. but I’ve now done over 600 posts. Pretty Cool.

ABOUT THE SHOOT

I had this couple come up with a spot.

They choose the house that he grew up in and that they’d be moving into after they got married. The property is pretty deverse and it’s up on the mountain side in Provo Utah.

I love taking on challenges of places that have meaning to clients but aren’t the proto-typical… but in the end this place was pretty awesome. A little more rustic and the color pallett was pretty distinct and fun.

Because it’s on the west side of the mountain we were able to shoot in shady light for a long time until the shade finally hit.

MY ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS

We work together as a team. I try to foster their personality and creativity and they allow me to do the same.

This way it becomes more like a day of hanging out and having fun and being creative… and Never painful pictures.

We go until the shots are gotten and we are happy.

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We use what is at our disposal and they trust that with whatever we choose I will be there to make sure they get the best pictures possible.

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I try new things that I don’t normally do… like the shot below. Because the lighting was just right and the idea seemed appropriate for them.

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I put my bright style of colors and contrast into my work

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These are both pictures for THEM and for the many people that they will be sending announcement to. So we need to see who they are and the interaction between them.

I get Close ups

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Or Scenic Pictures

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And I get humorous pictures that are very them

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I encourage creativity. I don’t stifle it by acting as if only the photographer knows anying.

You Like sunflowers… well your image might not work, but let’s roll with it and do something a bit different with the same theme.

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Love has many sides to it… among them are tenderness and joy

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And as you can see they can be done in the same places

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I also get solo shots

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And As you’ve seen… Even a good mixture of B&W choices

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Welcome to the World Of Jarvie

Version 3.00 (A categorized list of what I’ve shared on Google+)

WHY?

Google+, FB, Blogs are all fleeting – (Some more than others)

I will try work to make knowledge a little less fleeting by giving a resource to look back.

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INDEX (I will turn these into links in a future version)

  1. Albums
  2. Important
  3. Photo Stories and Tips
  4. Critiques
  5. Surveys
  6. Lists
  7. Follower Q&A
  8. Thoughts on Themes
  9. Awards
  10. Circles
  11. Re-shares
  12. Political

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My Photography Albums

Pictures are devided between best and rest and are moved back and forth based on

Best or Rest Concept explained

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(Of Importance)

Of Particular Note Right Now:

My most Popular Posts

Big Announcements

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THE PICTURE POSTS

Story and Tips:

(I give background to my pictures and try to give a few tips at the end)



Photo-Deconstruct (A challenge to break down the submitted pictures)

In the words of a Client

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Thoughts on these THEMES

Photo-Insights

GOOGLE+

Google+ Help Articles

Travel

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Surveys I’ve done

My Google+ Suggestions (Users)

Questions I’ve Posed -> Answers received

Photo Challenges

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Jarvie Awards

Re-Shares of Interest

PHOTOGRAPHY

Video Shares

Political (Those that are Public)

Photo Critiques – “Real Reviews”

WorkFlow Hangout – Recaps

Google+ Lists (OLD -TO BE REVAMPED)

Religious (Public Posts)

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    Situation

    Here’s the situation: you’re a bride who loves photography, you want really great art work to remember your wedding, however in your searches for the perfect photographer you’re finding your budget just doesn’t allow you to get what (or who) you want.

    Consider “Formals” or what is better described as: couple pictures on a separate day from the wedding.

    Some call  them “groomals” (because it’s a combination of the word bridals and the word groom) and many times they can be called “First Look” because that’s how it starts – Capturing the first time HE sees the bride in the dress looking stunning. (I would call that Formals with a “first look” moment)

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    Any Budget

    There are always options out there for photography that can fit ANY budget. Some photographers are more expensive and some won’t charge hardly anything or will do it for free because they’re just starting.

    But if you want the high quality of work with a proven track record of consistency with a style that matches your aesthetic preferences those artists can cost more. (due to supply and demand and the amount of investment the artist has put into their craft, both time and money)

    I believe in the concepts:

    When there’s a will there’s a way.
    AND
    Thinking outside the box.

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    So you’re a bride and you want amazing pictures, you found your photographer but simply are not able to reach the budget for wedding day pictures… maybe doing your pictures on a prior day of just the two of you would be more beneficial.

    Let’s weigh the benefits of Formals: The benefits to the photographer equates to a saving for the bride and groom

    • Flexibility: They don’t have to set aside a popular wedding date many months in advance and turn down many other weddings. They set formals often on a free weekday and unlike a wedding they have the ability to move the date if something big comes up. They can also plan the day when it gets closer and both parties better know their schedules.
    • Timing: They get to choose any time of the day they want to take pictures, which can lead to better lighting and a less rushed pace.
    • Location: They can choose any location or several locations, they are not limited by the schedule of a wedding day as to how the schedule dictates the locations possible.
    • Quality: Because of time and location they can spend a little extra time making the photography better.
    • Subject: To many photographers these are the pictures they enjoy the most. They get to take only the most appreciated and exciting pictures and not have to take group pictures and other shots that aren’t as artistic for them.
    • Presentation: These pictures are most often done Before the wedding and in most cases they can be selected and edited prior to the wedding… meaning they can have enlargements AT their wedding reception.
    • Stress: Weddings are known to have the element of stress. many great photographers avoid weddings because they aren’t people persons or they don’t like the stress of having to be in charge or feeling like this is one of the most important moments and they can’t mess up.

    All in all when you take many (or all) of those things into considerations it’s no wonder these shoots can cost a lot less from even the best of photographers.

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    Does it replace wedding day photography?

    NO. I sure hope people don’t read into this post that way.

    Regardless of what you choose, I hope you still get pictures on your wedding day.

    Why wedding day pictures are important:

    • It’s all about the moments and memories. (What more can I say)
    • You’re wanting to capture the things that happened, how the day looked, any memorable events and people and details.
    • All of those unstaged moments that a photographer is often there to just capture without notice without staging in the best possible way.
    • All of those people that travel long distances to be there.
    • Did I mention emotions: Emotions are high and varied that day, we want to remember them.

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    Wedding Day or Formals

    So why consider pre-wedding formals for couples over wedding day? You don’t.

    But it might be a good option to do both… and it might be less expensive to do both.

    OPTIONS

    You can have that photographer who you really love (but can’t afford to do the full wedding day) do formals and then be more OK with hiring someone more in your price range do the wedding.

    Regardless of what people think of this, but it’s a fact that many people are offered free photography by friends or family members. Be that a good or bad thing.

    But this is one option for the bride to be able to figure out what she wants and is able to do.

    Don’t forget this awesome option:

    Have your favorite photographer do BOTH. (formals and wedding day) You get all the benefits of both lists (which I listed above) with the best Art for you.

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    About this situation:

    I have been friends with her father for a while now (he’s a long time photographer – not weddings)

    I told them because of that relationship AND knowing their budget that i’d be able to work with them on their wedding cost. And even still it was hard… so I explained the concept of formals and that worked for them.

    They get married on the 23rd and their budget might not be able to afford even most beginning photographers but they were able to get some beautiful pictures that document their Love and their personalities and are strong symbols of their wedding.

    Them:

    They got to go to their wedding location, we got to spend a lot of time focused on their pictures, more time than I would have had on their wedding day. Without the stresses of the wedding day that the bride, mother of the bride or groom have on that day.

    Me:

    I got to focus on what I enjoy the most focusing on the love and the personalities and I got to pick a free day that I wouldn’t have been shooting anyway.

    They still want a photographer for the actual day (and we are trying to find a creative solution for me to be there) but they made the judgement call that these pictures would provide a great benefit at a great value.

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    You deserve the best, believe in yourself:

    Let’s take on this subject for a moment because it’s something i feel sometimes people have problems with.

    Often people don’t attempt to get what they really want and “settle” for what’s easiest.

    Keep in mind: Deserving “the best” doesn’t mean feeling like you’re entitled to “the best” – but entails finding it and working for it.

    (more…)

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    While sometimes I pick on themed shoots for a few reasons… the truth is I wan to do more.

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    Mannequins for my idea… no

    I’m not gonna ask my clients to dress up like alice in wonderland, a disney princess, the newest most popular movie character.
    I also won’t insist they need to go with a desert, beach, stadium or race track just for the heck of it and make it very themed based on those locations.

    It just doesn’t work for what I’m doing… if their friends look at the picture and ask why are you on a beach towell at utah lake having a pic-nic. You hate Utah Lake, you two have never been on a pic-nic and that’s not even your beach towell nor does it have anything to do with you or your wedding.

    I don’t want a mannequin for some idea i have… “you go stand here and put your hands just like so”
    I want to use the location and light and their personalities to create something that works just for them.

    I create art around them… I don’t just put them into the art I create.

    I know there are plenty of photographers that do this other way… and I think it’s cool and they come up with great stuff… it’s just not me.

    Collaborate

    So when I do more themed it’s because the client was also creative… and we collaborated.

    What usually happens is they have an idea that they think shows off their personalities and their relationship… and I… adapt it to make it look photographically much more appealing.

    That’s the way I pose… you do what you would normally do and I’ll tell you when it sucks and adapt it to make it much more photogenic.

    I communicate a ton with my clients and give them what I consider lots of instructions… and yet they always tell me they feel like I didn’t pose them. That I’m not a poser.

    So with themes they say:

    • Our first date was …
    • We love to…
    • Our favorite location is…
    • Our favorite music… our favorite store…
    • Our favorite activity together is…

    I say: Let’s run with that… I have some good ideas that will work for that. Such as…

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    PERSONALITY

    My photography is about personality.

    I want my clients and their friends and family to say “Oh my heavens that’s so ‘Bobby and Susie’ ”

    • Does it reflect them?
    • Does it reflect their wedding?
    • Does it reflect incidents in their dating history?
    • Does it reflect things they like? (at least)

    I do want to do more themed shoots

    • They get lots more attention
    • They are more creative and artistic (in general)
    • I like the challenge.
    • Even the challenge of making the repeated theme fresh and new in my own way.
    • They are better for business. (the attention they get)
    • They are more desired by wedding magazines and blogs

    Why I have sometimes been hard on themed shoots.

    Well it’s not because I’m against themed shoots or think they’re bad for photography.

    It’s because I worry that people don’t do a good job of distinguishing creative direction for photographic skills.

    I think a picture can be a great picture while being a poorly taken picture.

    The key is to appreciate each are for what they’re worth!

    Areas of impact to consider

    Locations, creative ideas and selecting photogenic subjects are all GOOD things (needful things)… but then there’s that other pesky little thing… taking good/skilled pictures (light, emotion, composition, processing, the moment)

    People can be praised in the picture for many items

    • The Location
    • The Idea
    • The Subject
    • The Photographic Skill

    I guess what I desire is that people can look at a picture and see where each of those skills came in.

    Examples

    Part of this came from thinking about typical Orange County or NYC weddings where they’re spending crazy amounts on the weddings. There is so many pretty elements on the wedding day that I worry potential clients are seeing all the pictures of the pretty things and confusing it for pretty/skilled photography. (Yes they can certainly be skilled photographers as well as pretty items/locations/subjects of course.)

    I myself have been fortunate to have taken pictures of a lot of typically pretty people. I have also taken pictures of couples at nice places (a lot of LDS temples) and a few more exotic locations.
    I don’t do the fancy very expensive receptions (not like OC or NYC) … in fact often I do cultural hall weddings.

    I have tuned my skills dealing with mid day light and crazy colors of a church basketball court for many a reception. (I am thankful for that tough teaching)

    Making up for deficiencies

    You deserve it all

    A client deserves all those things we can offer, good ideas, good locations and good photographic skills.

    I think the Photographic Skills can make up for possible deficiencies in the other areas.

    • They can make a boring or “ugly” place look great.
    • They can bring out the most beauty in the subject
    • And they can portray the idea/theme in the best possible way.

    THIS THEME

    Here’s the deal on these pictures.

    They had a long distance relationship.

    He would fly up from California almost every weekend. He had graduated BYU and had a job in California and she was still going to BYU living in Provo.

    So they said Airport and we rolled with it.

    We then threw in some other pictures… Like these Memory Grove pictures.

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