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!
Everything you ever wanted to know about behind the scenes, terminology, processes, deliverables, prints, digital files, and what to expect.
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:
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!
My personal musings on all things artistic. Things I’m finding interesting, inspiring, images I’m proud of, or topics I’m curious about or exploring more about.
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!
Planning and How-To
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 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.