Update Style

Discussion in 'Wedding and Event' started by ed_farmer, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. Hello! Although I have been around photo.net for quite a few years (pushing 20?) I haven't been posting much the last few.

    I have been shooting weddings for just over 20 years now. The last 15 have been for the same studio which has a pretty defined style and wasn't open to much in terms of growth in their staff. I'm moving on next year and I am looking for new resources to work on updating my style. I need this personally more than professionally. I could keep doing the same things but I'm getting pretty bored and need to recharge.
    Over the years, I learned quite a bit by hanging out here. I used to spend a lot of time on Monte Zucker's site and took a week long class with around 2003. I also spent a lot of time on Robert Watcher's forum site and even ran a similar site called PhotoArtsForum with Ryan Nutt.

    So . . . Where does everybody hang out these days? Are still any sites not just designed to collect money or sell a product? Are there any hot books that anyone likes?
    Right now, my work is pretty traditional. I don't want, or need, to become a full-blown PJ shooter but I want to relax the style and posing of many of my shots and still keep the older style (which still sells).

    I know this sounds rambling and also makes me sound like an old man . . . I am an old man and I do have a tendency to ramble . . . There's nothing seriously wrong with what I'm shooting. I have been as successful as I could want and have hundreds of happy clients in my rear view mirror with few complaints.

    Just looking at a bit of a reboot . . .
    Thanks . . .
     
  2. "I want to relax the style and posing of many of my shots and still keep the older style (which still sells)."​


    I think you already know what you want. Just add in a new idea here and there that you are shooting for yourself.
    Also maybe a little hands off posing. guide them to a spot give a very simple guide like look at each other, pretend I'm not here. (hope some magic happens)
     
  3. As you can see most online forums are kind of dead. The wedding photography boom that was born out of the advent of the cheap dslr is over, so a lot of online resources and communities have disappeared. I think the PJ trend is dead as well.
    I would take a trip to WPPI conference in Las Vegas for a couple of days. That will let you know what is going on, what trends are going and coming and also interact with other professionals. I think they have workshops and stuff going on too so you can learn how other pros are working. Tap into what people are doing today and see what you can use or what you want to try.
    http://www.wppionline.com/index.shtml
     
  4. Hi Ed, long time no hear!
    Seems that a lot of dedicated wedding sites have faded from neglect ... even this one compared to its heyday with Mary, and then Nadine (God bless her soul). However, I think that is mostly because wedding photography has fallen on harder times compared to then.
    As interest and understanding of journalistic work faded I had to take a hard look at my approach also. While I kept my "of the moment" style, I expanded the more traditional type work and brought to bear more sophisticated lighting solutions as a key element of change.
    This allowed a clear difference from the myriad guests with cameras and cell phones who post stuff on social media before the wedding is even over.
    Come back here and post what you learn as you began your new journey.
    - Marc
     
  5. The last 3 weddings I photographed have convinced me even more Marc is right. Not settling for ok light, but finding ways to make great lighting, not just in a church, even in crowded reception venues and the getting ready rooms is the way to make your work stand out.
     
  6. The comment from Marc Williams is so true.
    'A clear difference from the myriad guests with cameras and cell phones who post stuff on social media before the wedding is even over.'
    This is why 'off camera speedlights' has become the talked about subject just now. Differentiates your photos from the Uncle Toms of the world who very often have the latest state of the art camera.
     

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