We love our CRAFT so much that we always want to expand our knowledge, our equipment to have a better quality of photos and to give our clients the best printed memories we can produce. Photography isn't just a peso coin of investment nor just a click-of-a-button away, It needs your full passion and patience to learn and produce photos that you are satisfied with and also for the client's satisfaction. I know photography is already so mainstream nowadays but it is not a reason to make it CHEAP, we all should know better.
So just so all of you know, we don't just click that button and upload it in facebook or just send it to you, because if that will be the case you won't even bother to hire photographers, why bother hire photographers where you can just do it yourself, diba? Or why not just buy a dslr and tell one of your friends,relatives,brother,sister to take a photo for you? it can save you the money and effort to hire photographers. But the question is, are they the quality of photos you want to have during your most special day? Your friends, relatives,brother,sister might delete all of your photos because they don't know what back up is. The certain mood you want to have may not be achieved and that 1-second "moment" may not be captured, are just some of the risks you are taking with just merely, yknow.. wanting not to invest much with photographers.
Photoshop, it is where all the magic happens. Not talking about overdoing it with the liquify tool and such (though some clients prefer it) but uhmmm providing you the effect or certain mood you want to have to go well with the theme/concept of your special day. Photoshop is not a simple tool to learn, it requires a lot of research, experience, practice and a lot of trial and errors, if you think it's just as simple as laying it out all photos to this side and put a text on this side worse want the service for free coz "it's that easy" well, you should do it anyway! Again, why hire if you can do it by yourself?
itsy bitsy tips to make sure that you are on the right track with your photographers?
1. Always and Always look at their portfolio
- Some may be very good with fashion, some may be the best in wedding photography or with portraits and even in conceptual/art photography but the things is, you should be able to know what or who are the photographers that is specializing in a certain type of photography.
Photography is a very big field, you have to know the specifics so that you'll know who's the perfect photographer/s for you..
2. Send them some sample pictures or what we call as "pegs" hehe so that we'll know what kind of mood you want to create and so that we are consistent of what we are visualizing. And also, so that the client and photographer has the same visuals in their heads :)
3. The third one is a bit tricky though, well for me, base from what I have experienced.. if you want the best service from photographers and even with all those field of services, you should pay right. You know, we are not like you who are in your offices working (believe me or not, I have experienced working in an office working in an interior design firm and a furniture company so I know exactly what's the feeling) 8-9 hours a day, we work from day til dawn - we don't even sleep because we love our work so much that we also have fun working on it. Don't get me wrong here aryt? I mean your paying for the photographers' time, their art and their CRAFT and we can deliver you all of those but we are also investing in our passion, just what I have said, we want to gain more knowledge about it and it isn't just a peso coin cost, we want to learn and be better or even best so that we can also deliver you the best quality photos you and your payment deserve to have. And lastly, we can't do a lot of effort with your photos if you also didn't give even just a little bit of effort respecting our craft by simply giving us your "peso coin" budget.
4. Respect and treat your photographers right, you'll get surprised of how we return the favor ;)
5. Let's always exchange smiles along the way. ^_^
So anyway, the bottom line is that it is a huge SLAP in our face if you just value our craft with a "peso coin" and you expect the best quality we could give. This blog post is not about the complaints and the money, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE VALUE and RESPECT we photographers want you to understand.