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Summer of 2016

Well, it has been quite awhile since my last blog post, but here I am, still doing photography here on the wonderful beaches of Delmarva.  I sure am one lucky woman!  This will be my 15th year, counting my years in Baltimore, so “Happy Anniversary” to Atlantic Portrait Studios!  Yay!  Anyway, what inspired me to create a new post today was the fact that the last few emails and phone calls I have received were from families and individuals doing a “price shopping” comparison of photographers here at the beach.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand that everyone is on a budget these days and it is always wise to get value for our hard earned dollars, but the old saying of “you get what you pay for”  is true of this business as well.  Sure, you can get the Scopes guys to take your picture on the beach for a (relatively) moderate price, but chances are that you won’t want to hang your telescope picture over your fireplace.  They don’t charge a sitting fee, this is true.  But they don’t retouch your photos, they don’t customize anything, they don’t use top quality equipment, and they take your “pictures” at the most awful time of day…the midday sun on a super crowded beach.  They are not seasoned, professional photographers with a real web site, real references, real knowledge of what it takes to produce a family beach “portrait” (not “picture”).  I am not trying to belittle these guys, because they are just trying to gain the experience to actually become real photographers with their own studios someday.  There is nothing wrong with that, but if you want to pay them to do your beach portrait you might as well do the portrait yourself!  I often marvel at the idea that a family beach portrait session is somehow less important than a few extra cocktails, a few extra souvenirs,  one or two full body massages, or one expensive dinner.  After all, pictures document the memories created here at a place that you love to vacation with your family.  You should be willing to try to capture those memories at least once or twice professionally.  It will be worth the extra expense, trust me.  I wish I had a penny for all of the times that people thank me for doing their beach portrait sessions, because they become cherished memories for generations to come when the kids grow up, people pass away, or pets die.  Just a suggestion. Happy summer!

Add a comment June 21, 2016

Dealing with “Uncle Bob” and paparazzi guests at a wedding

In an effort to keep this post positive, I will not go into a rant on how “Uncle Bob” can ruin a wedding by deciding that he is suddenly a wedding photographer or videographer for a day when he gets in the way of the professionals trying to do their jobs. Although there is really not a concrete way to prevent guests from bringing their own cameras and taking pictures at a wedding, there is a delicate balance between taking a few pictures and actually jumping in the way of the professionals or standing directly behind the officiate during the ceremony. We try to educate our couples that while we are documenting their special day, it is advisable that guests and “Uncle Bob” armed with a video camera be aware that we are the ones the couple is paying. In order for us to do our jobs effectively, we need to be able to get our shots without being interrupted by guests blocking us from doing so. We are very nice, in that we always allow time for them to get their shots after we pose the groups for the formals, but when it comes to jumping in front of us or standing behind the couple during the ceremony, we need to try to prevent this from happening. This can really do damage to wedding images, as you will see when I post some wedding photos where this occurred just recently. Fortunately, we were able to zoom in very close and shoot at certain angles where the videographer was not in every shot, but during some important moments, there he was. Sometimes it is difficult to try to weed through the crowd of paparazzi taking their own photos in order to capture the bride walking down the aisle, or the couple cutting the cake, or the garter being tossed. I am writing this post as a sort of cautionary tale to advise couples to try to make their guests aware that they are “guests” who should relax and enjoy the day. The couple has hired professionals to capture their day so that everyone else can just simply eat, drink, and be merry!

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