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Jim Garner Shares His Wedding Photography Techniques on CreativeLive

Today on CreativeLive, Award-winning wedding photographer Jim Garner is sharing hard-won industry secrets — learned from decades of experience — and guiding viewers through the creative process that has helped make a name for himself in the industry. Jim will explore tools and strategies that will make your workflow more streamlined and your studio more profitable. Plus, during live action photo shoots, you can watch Jim’s “story shooting” philosophy in action — as he demonstrates how posing, shooting, and lighting contribute to the strength of the visual story. [more]

Michael Ash Smith Photographs an Entire Wedding on Instant Film

Michael Ash Smith is a commercial wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographer based out of Barto, PA. As a hybrid photographer, much of Michael’s work is done on 35mm and medium format film with some instant film here and there for special occasions. He recently shared images from a wedding he shot over on the Junebug Weddings blog. The difference? Everything he shot that day was with instant film.  [more]

Building A Destination Wedding Photography Business

There seems to be a mystery around a travel and destination wedding photographer. How do you break into that market and how do you afford it? While at WPPI this year, I attended a class with Laura Grier who shed some light on her business and lifestyle. [more]

How To Make Fantastic Wedding Photos Even When It’s Raining

Rain on your wedding day can be quite a downer for most brides even though many cultures see rain as good fortune, cleansing and fertility. Often brides wonder how they are going to still get good photos if it’s raining. Here are some tips for photographers that I’ve picked up over the years having shot numerous weddings in the rain. [more]

The Next Big Thing: Social Media Designed For Photographers

Want to get more leads in a specific area of your business? Have you heard of PhotogRefers.com? The next big social media platform for photographers is upon us. In fact, it is the only social media platform specifically designed for photographers and our creative community. [more]

Strategic Reinvention: Scaling Back Your Thriving Photo Business

Donna Von Bruening’s studio was thriving: bookings of more than 50 weddings a year, a full time studio manager, associate photographers and a new studio space but she lacked one thing — quality of life. Ten years after starting her studio in Savannah, Georgia, she faced the common small business dilemma of having to turn down work due to scheduling. So she expanded and grew her business only to realize that she regretted it and missed the quality of life she had with a smaller studio.

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Only 9 Spots Left For Pye Jirsa’s Wedding Photography Workshop

Update: 7 seats left. Are you planning on attending Pye Jirsa’s Ultimate Wedding Workshop down in the Bahamas? If so you better reserve your spot soon. Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge will be teaching his 2 day course on all things wedding photography down at our first ever Fstoppers Workshops. If you have seen the wedding work of Lin and Jirsa Weddings then you know Pye and his team are at the pinnacle of the wedding genre. [more]

Behind the Scenes of Vivida’s “Released by Love” Photoshoot

Simeon Quarrie, owner of wedding production company Vivida, is back with another amazing and unique editorial-style pre-wedding photoshoot for one of his couples. In this behind the scenes video he shows just how much planning and work goes into a great quality photoshoot production. The concept for the shoot is a whimsical story about severing the ties of restriction with the power of love starring a beautiful couple as its centerpiece. [more]

Jonas Peterson’s Post-Processing “Special Sauce”

Jonas Peterson, superstar wedding photographer, recently wrote a blog post on his site revealing his post-prossesing secrets. After being recognized as one of the top ten wedding photographers in 2011 by American Photo Magazine and being featured on Frame Network’s Film Season 2, Jonas is ready to share the secret to his stunning edits. [more]

Facebook Encourages Brides to Ditch Having a Professional Wedding Photographer

Facebook recently put out a video with the message “Why have one photographer when you can have a hundred?” The video consists of a collage of images from a wedding with the impression that they were shot by multiple people who attended. This is NOT something the wedding scene is happy about. [more]

[UPDATED] “Wedding Chicks” Blog Breaks Terms of Service to Make More Money

Wedding Chicks has responded (located at bottom of article).

Advertising utilizing social media has been an uphill trend for those of us in the photography profession, but when does it become unscrupulous for a company to charge photographers for more exposure using their social media sites? When the social media sites say it’s against their terms of service, apparently. Wedding Chicks, a popular wedding blog, is doing just that to wedding photographers on Pinterest and other social media sites. [more]

Learn How To Light: 32 City Speed Light Tour!

No matter where you are in your photographic journey, one thing is certain:  you need to know how to manipulate light.  The team over at Monte Zucker  Education have put together an interesting speed light tour featuring pro Canon shooters Bob Davis and Stephen Eastwood.  The Need Light? Speedlite! Tour starts March 9th and hits 32 cities throughout the US.  If you have never used off camera lighting or are looking for unique ways to add excitement to your photographs, this workshop is definitely worth checking out. [more]

How Many Steps Does it Take to Shoot a Wedding?

Right before Christmas a sale popped up for the FitBit Flex (a fitness tracker) and even though I didn’t “need” it, the FitBit would help me stay in shape. So of course I bought it. Over the last couple of months I have been making a conscience effort to make sure I am active. I love seeing how different activities affect my daily step count and, well, shooting a wedding sure does.
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30 Most Influential Wedding & Portrait Photographers

As most wedding and portrait photographers know, the annual WPPI conference in Las Vegas is right around the corner from February 27 – March 6. While at the conference you’ll see a few photographers that have a following, literally treated like rock stars filling a packed stadium of adoring fans. I remember last year I saw one photographer who had a group of about 20 people follow him all over. But what about those that do a lot for the industry, though often fly under the radar. [more]

Important Lesson For All Wedding Photographers

As wedding photographers we are hired to show up and photograph one of the most important days in the life of our clients. So what happens if you get sick, or even die, with weddings jobs under contract? Do you have a plan? This week I had an eye opening experience that made me rethink my own plan. Here’s my story and some tips to help you develop a plan of your own. [more]

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