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A Full Session

February 25, 2014

In this space in time where everyone has a digital camera and we are used to being able to take 5000 photos and delete the “bad” ones, people are often surprised when I tell them that they will receive 30-40 images from their boudoir or glamour session to choose from. I have to admit that for the first few years of shooting digital, I too, took thousands of photos and that’s what my clients came to expect. It got to the point where I was overwhelming myself and my client with too many options. People didn’t know what to choose…they couldn’t decide between 2 (or 10) different images that were so similar that sometimes they couldn’t tell them apart.

I am one of those lucky photographers that was just old enough to have learned the beautiful art of photographing with film. We had either 24 or 36 images on a role. Needless to say as the photographer, one put a great deal more time and care into each shot. Making sure the lighting was perfect, the wardrobe and makeup flawless and the expression priceless. As a digital shooter I think it becomes easier to focus on these things once you understand the camera and why and how it works…so that it is just part of you and you and it are focused on the subject. This only comes with practice.

Well, I practiced and I finally came back to the idea that I get 36 shots to accomplish what I want to accomplish in a boudoir or glamour shoot. It’s the perfect number. An average shoot is 3-4 outfits giving an average of 10 final images per outfit. When I photograph you, rather then shoot tons of images and hope I got a good one, I do my very best to make each and every shot perfect.  Below is a full session with the final images that my (stunning) client got to choose from. She chose them all.
Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

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).

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

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!