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With the incredible digital technology we have at our fingertips it seems like everyone is a photographer or graphic designer these days. (And I have to say that I use my iPhone for 99% of my personal life photography!)  “You get what you pay for.” This statement is true in just about every aspect of life (expect for in some small corners of life like the cupcake lipgloss from Forever 21 that you dig out of the bin on the counter and costs a buck fifty and is in every way equivalent to my VS lipgloss that cost seven ninety5.) This stands true for photography as well and  is exactly why you DON’T want to skimp on your wedding day or family reunion and spend $300 on Uncle Joe or your fiancee’s college roommate who happens to own a camera and promises to give you a disk of all of the images. (I can also guarantee that once you get the disk of images it will sit in your desk drawer after you have loaded a few photos to Facebook until disks are no longer a useable device because of our ever changing technology and then you will laugh at the fact that what you so desperately wanted (the prized disk of digital images) has become obsolete. (Ask your parents if they have a copy of the film negatives from their wedding…if they do…um, what are you going to do with them?) I also promise that an actual photo album or fabulous piece of wall art of you and your groom or children will never, ever ever become obsolete!))

I often find myself explaining to my clients the photographic process (which most find amazing especially if there is skin softening or body slimming) which gets a picture from point A (straight out of the camera) to point B (ready to hang on your wall).

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This is a process. When most people think of being a photographer they think of great camera equipment with big lenses, glamorous photo shoots with assistants running around setting up lights, and the photographer constantly commenting on how gorgeous/fabulous/incredible/amazing the model/couple/wedding party is. In part this is all true except what people don’t know about is the endless hours spent staring at the computer screen late into the night. And when I say endless…I mean ENDLESS. It seems that my work is never done and there is alway one more photo to edit and one more shoot to post before I can go to sleep. That being said, my point  is that when when you hire me (or any other photographer) you are not just paying for the hour and a half family shoot or the 8 hour wedding day. Here is my SHORT list of what goes into photographing your wedding and what you are paying me for:

initial emails/contact/phone calls

compiling and sending out the welcome packet and info

more emails/phone calls/answering questions

Engagement Photo Session

edit Engagement Session

FB Engagement Session

Blog Engagement Session

make & upload E session slideshow

upload E session proofs

more emails/phone calls about wedding day

possibly attend/shoot rehearsal dinner

Wedding Day shoot

edit Wedding Day photos

FB Wedding Day photos

blog Wedding Day photos

create/upload Wedding Day slideshow

cocktail viewing of photos

upload Wedding day proofs

process orders/albums etc

and the list goes on and on and on….

Of course I didn’t add in there all of the other stuff that it takes to run a business or the time spent in designing thank you’s, invitations, save-the-dates and a million other little things that goes into making your wedding photos fabulous.  And naturally every wedding is slightly different but I figured it out one time and I think on one wedding I made like $6.56 an hour…but hey, I love what I do and I’d trade a fat paycheck for that any day!

It’s Summer time (for at least 3 months)!! For a photographer in Jackson Hole that means it’s time for weddings and family portraits. The big question when it comes to family portraits is WHAT DO WE ALL WEAR? Rachel Williams from Photographic Designs has a really great way of putting it, “While we hope that you feel as though your family functions much like a team, we don’t want your family portrait to look like a team shot! Rather, your family portrait should portray a sense of solidarity with the right blend of individuality.” In other words, please do not run out and buy matching tee’s for every family member! Allow everyone’s personal style to come out. If your 3 yr old absolutely refuses to wear anything other then cowboy boots and a leotard (yes… this was my little sister when she was young… she would also only eat PB&J and french fries) then by all means…let her wear it! (just buy it in the appropriate color scheme). As a general rule, pick a color scheme and work from there. Start with “Do we want to do dark or light?”.  Gray tones, neutral colors, earth tones, shades of spring pastels…all good options!

When I photograph it is my goal to make you look as fantastically awesome as you are! It’s easiest for me to do this if you wear clothes that are form fitting rather then really loose or baggy.  Please do not wear black and white as your color combination and also avoid wild prints or really trendy clothing (unless you are a family that gets a yearly photograph…then, by all means, go for trendy!)

Bottoms: Pants, skirts, leggings, jeans, kahakis…really anything goes here as long as it’s done in a neutral color. Don’t wear bright red pants…that’s the only thing you will see in the photo!

Tops: Personally, I love layers. They add a depth to your outfit that lends itself to a great style but don’t go overboard here. Of course it depends on the time of year and temperature but feel free to mix it up here allowing everyone’s personal style to come out.

Accessories: Ties, hats, scarves, belts, great shoes (but no white shoes please!), jewelry etc… These all add a lot to the photograph.

Thanks to Pinterest (a photographer’s best friend) I have complied a few color ideas!

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Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Feel free to have fun, be creative and I give you complete permission to wear something that you normally wouldn’t wear!