TRUTH IN DISCLOSURE DECLARATION: PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

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Do you ever wonder why most of the images you see on photographers websites are taken outside?  Do you ever wonder why you see a small portion of images but rarely any images from indoors during the reception, dancing or formal photos?  Do you ever wonder why the amazing looking couple in single poses, are photographed in exotic locations?  Do you ever wonder why some photographers websites have a few images of mostly picture perfect weddings, that look like they come out of a magazine staged photo shoot, well it is usually true, they are not real weddings but stylized photo sessions with models, actors…etc.

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As a Bride and Groom searching for a wedding photographer, you are selecting someone who will be capturing your memories that will be passed down from generation to generation.  Long after your wedding day is over.

How do I know this, because I am a wedding photographer.  But besides that I personally have not printed one image  from my own wedding back in 2004.

Before I decided to focus on weddings with my photography I promised myself that I didn’t want a bride and groom to have this experience.

Yes, I have images, has anyone seen them? No.

Did my wife ever get any prints or anything to put on our wall? No.

Do I have an album? No.

Do I have the images on a CD? Yes.

But, even being a skilled user and teacher of Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and Adobe Lightroom 5, a member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), a member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America)  and have a BBA in Business Management and an AAS in Graphic Design: Multimedia.  With all this experience I am unable to fix my own wedding photos.

That is why I feel so passionate about educating brides and grooms on selecting a real “Professional Photographer” for your wedding.

Weddings are very different than any other type of photo session.  One of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world has said that anyone can take pictures outside at 5pm and get a good images. Anyone can buy a DSLR camera and take enough pictures to get a few shots that look good.  And his point is true, take a photographer that hasn’t had the proper training, doesn’t have the proper equipment to include back-up gear in-case his camera breaks, doesn’t have proper lighting equipment in case your ceremony is moved indoors due to weather or any other determining factors, doesn’t have the proper liability insurance or any insurance to protect you, the client, and what you have is a growing problem in the photography industry.

It is not about whether or not you hire me for one of the most important days of your life.  It’s about someone having the skill to handle your wedding.  Someone that understands ‘Natural Light’ and ‘Flash’ photography, how to know what lenses to use for certain situations…etc..  At any given wedding a photographer could experience at least 3 or more different lighting situations.  Being a photographer that really cares about what you will have at the end of the day, please ask the photographer you are interested in to fill this out, ‘REAL’ Professional Photographers will be thankful you asked, and actually most that I know wish we were asked more often.

Being a Professional Photographer I am aware of the level of qualifications, experience and expertise that is needed to cover the pressures and unpredictability of fast paced weddings and deliver quality images responsibly.

With today’s influx of DSLR cameras (affordable amateur and professional models) anyone can buy a camera, anyone can put the name “professional” in front of their name and open a business.  Please do not end up like me and my wife did, without any decent wedding images we could show or display.  If it could happen to me, then it could definitely happen to you.

The above document was created by Gary Fong and distributed free of copyright claims as a “fair use” work. To read the original Truth In Disclosure: Professional Photographers article please see Gary Fong’s book:

Fong, Gary. “Teaching Clients How to Choose a Photographer.” So you want to be a rockstar photographer. S.l.: LSH Publishing Co., 2012. . Print.

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