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Information on Missoula Event
First off…a huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out with this project! Back to business, the event will be held at the Missoula Headstart building (1001 Worden Ave over on the Northside) on April 29th from 5-8PM. Bring your own photography equipment…we’re hoping for good weather to shoot out on their playground but just in case be prepared to shoot in a gym or classroom.
Each photographer will have someone assigned to them to help with logistics. They’ll need to mark down on a clipboard the photographer’s name, each family’s name, the classroom their child attends, and the frame number for the first image…this will help keep things straight. I figure it would be easiest if I do the post processing so at the end of the night we can dump all the images onto my laptop (please take good photos in the cam and only shoot in JPEG…it will just make it easier).
The event will coincide with Headstart’s yearly Feed n’ Read event that has all the families come to the school for a dinner…in talking with the director over there this is the best time to do the portraits…it will have the best attendance (estimate 50-60 families) and we can pull families away one at a time. Each family will get a printed 8×10…as it stands we have to limit it to one per family (but I can give them a disc of the images as well if they’d like…though sadly most don’t have computers).
Finally as it stands we only have 1 makeup artist signed up to help…please if you know anyone who is skilled at all at making people look beautiful (don’t need to be professionals)…please have them get in touch with me!
I did a family portrait for a wonderful family on Saturday. Their little daughter…Sawyer…was turning 1 this week so they wanted to commemorate the occasion. They were great to work with and the photos turned out amazing!
I’m a member of a group called Help-Portrait. If you haven’t heard of it you really should watch the video below. It’s an amazing organization that allows photographers and makeup artists to provide beautiful portraits to people in need. I’m currently working to set up a large event for Headstart families. My mom runs the Headstart program here in town and I constantly hear about the hardships facing all the families with children attending Headstart. I’m extremely fortunate in so many respects especially having a job that allows me to do what I’m passionate about. This event will allow me to give back…it’s the least I can do. It’s about giving photos…not taking them.
If you’re a photographer or makeup artist and would like to help (you don’t need to be a professional) by all means pop me an email…I’ll send you details of the event. Currently it is planned for April 29th in Missoula. If you can help at all please contact me.
Top 10 Things To Consider When Selecting a Wedding Photographer
1. If they’re available. There’s no point in pursuing the photographer of your dreams if he’s already under contract with another bride. Ask if your wedding date is available first and foremost. The moral here is that all great photographers will book very quickly…so book them as soon as you can!
2. The photographer’s style. Is it posed and formal, photojournalistic, creative, artistic, etc.? More importantly, is it what you’re looking for? All the great wedding photographers are a mix of all these styles and will have a unique style and vision.
3. Are they in my price range? Photographs of your wedding are the last thing you should ever cut corners on with your wedding budget! Additionally, make sure you know all the costs associated with a photographer…ie is the package all inclusive, will we have to pay for prints afterwards (I’ve seen some photographers charge $12.00 for a 4×6), will we get a disc with all the edited images so you can print wherever you’d like, etc.? But never forget…you get what you pay for!
4. Do they work on an hourly basis? Again, trying to cut corners by hiring a wedding photographer for a few hours will only get you burned. Hire a photographer that will work the entire day…from the moment you start getting ready until the couple send off. Imagine what you’ll miss if the photographer goes “off the clock” and leaves before the first dances, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc. Even if they do stay, you’ll end up paying more than if you’d booked a photographer that will shoot the entire day for a flat rate.
5. Who will be the one actually taking the pictures? Make sure the photographer you meet with will be the one who actually will be shooting your wedding. This first meeting will tell you a lot about them as well…ie. were they on time, well dressed, easily approachable. Ultimately decide whether you like this person…they will be with you the entire day of the wedding.
6. Do they have liability insurance? This will tell you a lot about their business. If they don’t have liability insurance they are either just starting out or don’t take it seriously enough to think it’s necessary…aka they’re not professional photographers! All professional photographers have this insurance as part of their business.
7. What is their experience? You need to know if they have a degree in photography, how long they’ve been shooting weddings, etc. Even if they have a degree (the minimum of what you should look for), nothing replaces years of experience in capturing brides on the most important day your life! A seasoned veteran will still know how to make you look beautiful even if something goes wrong…ie. a sudden change in the weather, or lighting situation.
8. When will we get our pictures? Most photographers can have the images edited and delivered within 2-3 weeks, but make sure to check reviews and references to see what past clients have to say.
9. Ask to see a complete wedding album. This is important because all photographers will have a portfolio of spectacular images they’ve taken over the years (some of which may even be taken with professional models they paid)…being able to see a complete wedding will let you know if they have the ability to capture the entire story of your wedding day.
10. Check their reviews and contact references. It is invaluable to have an outside opinion on a potential wedding photographer. Remember, your wedding photographs are the single most important aspect of your wedding…make sure you find the right wedding photographer for you.