Shooting a Wedding & Living to Tell About It! [PS 3]

Nick, Erica, & Darin sit down to discuss what it takes to survive Wedding Photography & how to gain more clients!  Planning, planning, planning; what goes on before the big day.

What's in this episode:

  • Erica, Nick, & Darin talk about strategies used gaining Wedding clients.
  • Are bridal fairs really worth the time, money, & effort?
  • The way to a better day! – Pre Wedding Planning!
  • Getting to know your couple.
  • Creating a timeline for clients.
  • Hydrate, nourish, & rest your feet to last through the night!
  • Let the battle begin!  – Canon 5D MK ii/MK iii vs Canon 6D!

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4 thoughts on “Shooting a Wedding & Living to Tell About It! [PS 3]”

  1. Just an FYI, these podcasts are not showing up on the feed your referring to. Are they on separate feeds? My podcast app only keeps the newest so this might complicate things if they are on the same feed.

    1. The reason these podcasts are just dropping now is because we take quality very seriously here at Improve Photography. We are one of the very few podcast networks out there, but rest assured we will make it so you can listen to any or all of the shows. Feel free to look up Brian McGuckin’s Thought’s on Photography Show. – It should be available almost everywhere now. Essentially, everything will flow like that. Thank you for taking the time to comment and for your support of Improve Photography.

  2. So many things to say… where to start? Sorry this is going to be really long winded… I’m a bit obsessed and love you guys!

    One, I love Jim’s intro for each episode! Two, did you three just meet during the Oregon photo workshop? You have such great chemistry, it feels like you’ve been friends a long time.

    While Erica is great, she lost me at her comment on the “correct” spelling… for those of you not named Erika…. you might not understand that this K vs. C debate has been going on as long as Nikon vs. Canon.

    My initial comments aside, I have a few questions. One directed towards Erica. I keep hearing you are short. How short are you exactly and has this created any problems for you while shooting, especially events? I’m 5 ft. While I’m only a hobbyist, I was asked last year to photography a few events. After my first event, I looked at some of my pictures and immediately thought “wow, they look like they were shot from the perspective of a child”. How do you overcome this challenge? Do you have Heidi carry around a step stool or anything to help get a better perspective for some shots?

    Onto my next series of questions… how did you find your second shooters? Also, did any of you start off as second shooters? I would absolutely love the opportunity to be someone’s second shooter. Not that I want to be a professional wedding photographer but I would love the opportunity to do it (for free) just for the benefit of the experience. I don’t even know where to begin here. Suggestions? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this.

    Thank you all for everything you do – I’m happy to have a back log of podcasts to catch up to! You all are doing a great job and I’m grateful to be learning so much from you.

    -Erika…. with a K

  3. Hey EriKa 😉

    I’m going to pretend that our name spelling debate doesn’t exist so that I can focus on the more important issues at hand 😉

    We also love Jim’s intros and think they’re hilarious. The funny thing is we don’t know which one is going to be used for the intro until the episode is produced so it’s always a funny surprise for us! And, yes, we all just met at the Oregon Coast workshop in February and it is crazy how well we clicked. It’s like we’ve been friends forever!!

    We’re the same size…I’m 5 foot even. Yes, I take a step stool/collapsible ladder to every wedding/session. I’ve also gotten very good at climbing things (I was a dancer for about 15 years, so my balance is impeccable 😉 ). If you distance yourself enough from the subject, the height difference isn’t as obvious. Another trick when shooting portraits is to ask your subject to widen their stance (i.e. spread their legs) so that they become shorter. This is a win-win situation because not only do they become shorter, but it usually elicits some laughter because it’s such a weird way to stand, so you get some good, genuine laughing shots 🙂

    Second shooting – I started off shooting weddings as a second. I was lucky enough to have been a bridesmaid in a wedding with a really great photographer and we chatted during the wedding, then again via FB later. I second shot a few weddings for her (enough to get a little portfolio to show to other photographers), then just began emailing other photographers I admired and asked if they needed help. And, actually, I still second shoot for friends who need someone every once in awhile. I don’t get to do it often, but it’s fun to do it a few times a year since it’s not as stressful as being the primary shooter! Another idea is to see if there are any photography groups specific to your city. We have several of those groups here in Columbus and there are constantly newer photographers posting in there offering themselves up for assisting positions. Just contact anyone/everyone you admire and let them know what you’d like to do! Hopefully someone will need some help!

    I hope this helps! Best of luck!

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