Client Education and Planning Resources
Whether you’re in the process of planning a wedding, setting up a photo shoot for your family members, or you’re just curious about how things work from the perspective of a Key West photographer, read on!
I’ve compiled my most useful Blog Posts into one easy Resource page. Whether you’re interested in learning more about hiring a professional photographer, want some tips and tricks for planning your wedding or photo shoot, or are just curious about my creative projects and inner musings, this page has it all!
Booking and Product Advice
Everything you ever wanted to know about behind the scenes, terminology, processes, deliverables, prints, digital files, and what to expect.
When you really want to work with a wedding vendor, but their packages will stretch the budget too far, you might think your only recourse is to keep looking. Instead, learn what goes into pricing a wedding service, and the right and wrong ways to negotiate your package.
Whenever I have a family contact me about a portrait session, after receiving the packages and pricing, I often will have the discussion with clients about the differences between the types of sessions I offer. Instead of trying to describe the variation of images from each location and session length, I thought it would be easier if I just showed you!
If you’re in the process of researching photographers for your wedding, you have probably come across the options for “Photo Assistant”, and “Second Shooter”, and you may be wondering what the differences are, and do you need to worry about booking one or the other?
If you’re asking this one question of your photographer, you’re significantly limiting the value they can bring you from your wedding day or portrait session with them. Most clients ask because that’s all they know. Some ask for certain reasons, but are often amazed when the myths surrounding those reasons are debunked.
Most people think that because they’re good at managing their schedule in their everyday lives, that they can easily estimate how much time they need to book their photographer on their wedding day. Use these questions and checklist to make sure you schedule your day as smoothly as possible.
Your photography package will likely include a set of Digital Files, so it's important to understand the rules around copyright, ownership and the use of professional photos.
Digital files are not archival, so when you become one of the almost-70% of people who experiences a major crash or equipment failure, your beautiful photos are going to be gone. Don’t rely on USB’s and cloud storage to preserve your memories.
I asked my professional photographer colleagues from around the country one simple question: “What do you wish your clients knew before they hired you?” and the results were interesting, humorous, and in some ways reaffirming. Here’s what they had to say:
If someone tells you they’re a photographer, you probably have a mental image formed by a previous interaction at a wedding, or perhaps with your mom at last year’s family portrait session. But did you know there are actually many specialties in the field of photography that most don’t realize? Here we’ll explore their differences and why you might hire one or the other based on your need and personality.
Not all digital files are created equally. When hiring a professional photographer, you will often receive your images in several formats, and they all have their place, depending on your needs. Learn more about the difference between Digital Proofs and Printable files at various sizes.
Depending on how much printing you intend to do and how much editing you prefer on your photos, you may find in some cases it makes more sense to have your photographer do it. This will guide you through from both a cost and logistics perspective.
If you're getting married in Key West, you might be curious how the overall laid-back atmosphere translates to photographer dress code. Just because the wedding is less formal doesn’t mean you want your vendors showing up in any old thing. Enjoy this fun diagram of what you might expect!
Planning Your Session or Event
Guides for everything from posing to wardrobe, timelines to logistics, and ideas for planning from the smallest photo shoot to the biggest all day event.
If you’ve ever seen an image online and wondered what it took to achieve it, now’s your chance to be a fly on the wall, and go behind the scenes during my studio photo shoot with Zanna, in one of my favorite sessions to shoot - a contemporary women’s portrait.
You may have heard photographers talk about “the golden hour” - that time of day when they love to shoot - but have you ever wondered why? Yes, the warmth of the light (from which it gets its name) is one reason, but there are many more factors that make scheduling an outdoor photo shoot later in the afternoon a good choice!
If you have never been to Key West, it can be hard to visualize what images from various locations will look like. So, here are my top picks for areas to shoot during a Downtown Key West photo shoot.
If you're feeling like you want a little extra sunshine in your day, I wanted to share that you can actually log on and watch the Key West sunset every afternoon! Enjoy!
You’ve booked your Family Portraits, but now you realize you have no idea what to wear. Here are a few recommendations for what to think about as you plan for your shoot to help you look your best.
Since undercover proposal sessions are photographed incognito, without the ability to give additional direction for the best posing, lighting, and other logistics, these tips help make sure you get the most out of your Key West Proposal shoot before the session has even begun.
We’ve all been there: trying to plan a nice family outing, trying to make memories, and the youngest in our entourage have other plans. Thankfully, when you’re working with a portrait photographer who is accustomed to working with children, you need not fear.
While photographers you hire from back home will be able to deliver technically accurate and aesthetically pleasing results, when getting married in Key West you should consider that a local photographer has a lot going for them that their out-of-town counterparts do not.
After getting every hair into place, slipping on the dress that was truly "the one", and matching it with the perfect shoes, you want to take a few minutes on your wedding day to let your photographer capture some stunning bridal portraits of you. Gone are the days of stuffy poses and dead stares. Today's bridal portraits are fresh, romantic, and sometimes even a little sexy.
Scheduling a long weekend in your destination wedding location is one of the best things you can do leading up to the big day, not only for your sense of sanity, but also for your relationship.
Creative Insights, Thoughts, and Musings
My personal musings on all things artistic. This is where you’ll find topics I’m contemplating, personal projects I’m working on, things I’m finding interesting, places I find inspiring, images I’m proud of, or accomplishments for which I want to do a little “woot woot” dance.
When the 2019 Wedding Photography awards came around again this year, I submitted several images that I thought might have a chance at doing well amid the tens of thousands of entries that get entered. I was excited to find that one image placed as a top Finalist, and three more landed in the top 10% in their categories.
When a string of tragedies left my own mother with plenty of reasons to hide from life, I made it my mission to get her in front of the camera. What I learned, and how it impacted us both, is a story that will have you wanting to do the same. Don’t wait to document your mother’s life, even if you have to do it yourself.
Photographer Accreditation occurs only one way - you shoot, submit, and score. When your images score well, you earn merits (points) toward either an Associate, Master, or Grand Master Accreditation. I was excited to compete in the international Portrait Masters competition and see that two of my three entries earned Bronze Merit.
It’s obvious that someone with more experience will create better work now than they did when they were still brand new, but what happens when a photographer looks back at an image and re-edits it 6 years later? I took the challenge and here’s what I found!
It would be tempting to think that photographers on a small island would quickly tap out on ideas when they shoot at a location like Fort Zachary Taylor’s historic civil war fortress all the time, but necessity is the mother of invention, and when your job is to continually innovate and push yourself to the next level, you have no choice BUT to be creative!