Simple | Timeless

January 7, 2013

Selecting a Wedding Photographer

Filed under: Uncategorized — simpletimeless @ 5:35 pm

You will likely spend more money on making your wedding day perfect than on any other day in your life. You will spend months planning every detail and it will all pass by in a blur. Great photos will capture the day and all the details and beauty you worked so hard for. Photography is not the place to cut corners. The good news is that you can find a great photographer without breaking the bank. Here are my tips for finding the right photographer for you.

1. Be sure to look at a lot of the photographers work, including at least one complete album. Do the photos tell the story of the day? Do you find yourself immersed in the story? Do the images evoke your own emotions and can you see yourself in the photographers work?

2. Style, Philosophy & Approach: Ask the photographer about their style, how do they shoot a wedding? What is their goal when photographing a wedding? How do they work with the bride and groom? What do they do during the formals? What is their approach? Will they pose you?

3. Personality: You will be spending more time on your wedding day with the photographer than anyone other than your new spouse. Do you like them, is their personality right for you?

4. References: Ask for references, and seek out reviews online. Sites like have photographer reviews.

5. Make sure you know who your photographer will be and meet with them. Many bigger studios might have you meet with the owner and then send someone else out on the day.

6. Cost: I urge you to place a premium on wedding photography; it should be a priority. The food, cake, flowers and entertainment will be used up on the night, the photos will last forever. Set a reasonable budget and see which of the photographers you love fit into that budget.

8. Value: Make sure that you are comparing costs based on value. How many hours are they working? What are you getting for the cost? Compare the products: albums can have a raw cost (cost to the photographer just for printing) of $30 to $1000 or even more. Do you own the images taken? Are you receiving all the images on a disc, and will they be edited and ready to print? Some photographers will give you smaller images that cannot be printed or only printed small, others will not give you the original photos at all- you will only get the images as the prints and albums that you buy.

9. Beware sub $1000 photographers. It is expensive to be in business today and very difficult to make a living for under $1000. Does the photographer have a legitimate business registered with the city? Do they have insurance?

Relax, if you take some time to do a little research the chances are good you can find the right photographer for you without breaking your budget.

-Joshua Kline

August 11, 2010

Cutting Through the Hype

Filed under: Choosing a Photographer, Photo Technique, Uncategorized — simpletimeless @ 6:04 pm

There is a lot of hype in wedding photography. What makes one photographer worth 20K a day and another worth 2K? Many times it is real skill and a unique creativity, many other times though it is simply hype. Success in photography is about 20% ability and skill behind the camera and 80% marketing prowess. Many young hip photographers have personality videos and slick artistic presentations where they sell how cool they are, not so much how well they can photograph your wedding! The photographer might have 30-50 great, unique and creative images from a wedding that you love… but what about the rest of the day. The wedding photographers primary job should be telling the story of your wedding day with beautiful images. Eye popping shots are great but, an overall collection of images that conveys the story and emotion of the day are paramount. When I shoot a wedding my philosophy is tell the story first. If I am spending too much time trying to find one dramatic image I might miss 20 great beautiful moments. I am not knocking a well made website and presentation, I am just suggesting that you dig deeper and cut through the hype to the substance the photographs!

Question: How do you; the consumer of quality photography cut through the hype and find the right photographer for you?

Answer: By looking at the full product of a photographer from the perspective of the bride and groom.

1. Look at complete wedding galleries, ask to see complete wedding galleries, at least 2 or 3. A good wedding photographer should have at least 300-500 images from a wedding. I usually have 1200+.  More is not better or worse, look to see that the story was told though and that all the key moments were captured. This way you will have a good idea of what your complete wedding collection will look like. Do moments unfold before you, do you feel like you are there; seeing as much of the people, places, emotions and details of the day? Is there a good variety of close up detailed shots and wide establishing shots? Is the style of the photos what you are looking for?

2. See the real product you are purchasing. If you will be buying a flush mount wedding album, then see at least one complete wedding flush mount album. Does the design please you? Is the story told in a beautiful timeless manner? If you are buying a canvas print, look at one of theirs and so on…

3. Meet your photographer, not a sales person but the photographer you will be working with. Do they listen to you? Can you communicate with them? Do they have the personality you work well with? Ask them about their philosophy and approach to documenting a wedding.

4. Ask for references or read reviews online.

Your wedding day should be one of the most memorable days of your life- it will fly by in an instant. A good photographer will preserve those moments forever, make sure you find the best photographer for your budget.


July 21, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — simpletimeless @ 2:59 am

Fusion is a term to describe the blending of photography and video. Professional and many amateur cameras now have the ability to shoot spectacular cinematic video. This has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for photographers. We can now shoot still photos and video switching seamlessly between the two. We can even shoot photos in the middle of shooting video. Traditional video cameras have small image sensors which make for a large depth of field which means that most of the image is in focus. Still cameras have large image sensors some of which are larger than 35mm film formats which allows for a more narrow depth of field with more out of focus area. The quality and resolution of the new cameras is also exceptional. Another big benefit especially for events is that the still cameras with the larger sensors also are more sensitive to light and allow us to shoot high quality video in lower light.

From a storytelling perspective it is exciting to be able to shoot photos and video in the same smaller camera. It is freeing us up to tell the stories we want to tell and to capture a range of still and moving images. This style of shooting is not without its’ challenges. Still cameras are not designed for shooting lots of video and are best for capturing shorter clips, they are also harder to focus and control. It takes a skilled videographer with experience in fusion shooting to deliver great content. I tell my clients to expect 3-8 minutes of video content per hour if I am shooting fusion. This makes for an excellent highlight but isn’t great for couples that want complete coverage of the ceremony and other events in totality. We typically deliver a 40-55 minute full length video for a fusion wedding shoot. Our classic video packages with traditional cameras average 90-130 minutes by comparison. Fusion is especially great for the couple that wants a great highlight video of the day or might not have the budget for a dedicated videographer.

A Fusion Wedding Highlight: Rosie & David, “All Yours”

See more examples on my website:

February 23, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — simpletimeless @ 5:37 pm

We can all agree that a good photograph makes the viewer feel something. A photograph should either tell a story, or convey an idea or emotion. A personal photograph should convey a memory. A good looking photograph is worthless if it doesn’t evoke a vivid memory of a moment in time. Authenticity is of paramount importance to a photojournalist. We want our photos to be real. I will use the example of the wedding here but this applies to any personal form of photography. When a husband and wife look at their photos years from their wedding date, good photographs will help their minds transport to that time and place. A great photojournalistic photograph is powerful because the memories associated with it are real memories of the event. When photographs are forced and staged they take away from the authenticity of the moment. I want my subjects to remember their emotions on their wedding day towards themselves, their spouse, their family and friends, not their feelings and interactions with me! When a couple views a photo of themselves during their first dance I want them to remember how happy they were, how beautiful the bride was, how great the groom looked in his suit. I don’t want them to remember me barking out orders or jumping in front of them. This is why I believe in unobtrusive, authentic photojournalism. I want my photographs to be real and I want my hand in creating them to be almost invisible. As artists we must always remember to uphold the authenticity of the moment.

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