Last night I was doing a little searching and ran across something that I thought was pretty telling. It really helped illustrate just how hard it has become for brides to find a good wedding photographer. There are probably a lot of talented wedding photographers that would be a great fit that you might never have heard of. I wrote an article a few years ago “How to pick a wedding photographer top 10 things to think about“. If you do a search on “How to pick a wedding Photographer” it actually ranks #1 in google. Hopefully this will give, you the bride, some questions you can ask the photographers that you are meeting with. Now to help you find other reputable photographers in the business. Maybe you are a bride from another state and want to work with a local photographer or looking for another style that we don’t offer.
My top list of places to find the best wedding photographers are found below: Many places like the knot are directories of photographers that have paid to be listed. There is nothing wrong with that just the fact that some of the more established, successful photographers may not be advertising on them anymore. The lists that I am going to share below are from professional organizations, that list dedicated, professional photographers. There are many other places to browse photographers but these are two great databases, of photographers that are committed to their craft.
1. WPPI Directory (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International)
2. PPA Directory (Professional Photographers of America)
Now for the pictures that sparked me to write this post. The first one is a google map of the photographers in Colorado. The second one is a map of all the gas stations in the state of Colorado. I know it has become increasingly harder for brides to find a Colorado Wedding Photographer or a Photographer for that matter.
I have recently been playing around with Totally Rad Actions, particularly the dirty pictures plugin. I wanted to write a review for those of you that have never tried them. Maybe this will give you the push to buy them and save you a few dollars as well. At the end of the review there will be a code for $20 bucks off any Totally Rad Product untill 5.1.10 that they told me I could share with you guys.
Dirty Pictures is a new product that helps you apply textures fast and effectively to your wedding or other photographs. The installation process is barely worth talking about since it was so easy. Just download the exe or dmg and tell it what drive and it installs. It comes with about 15 textures of its own but does not limit you to loading more of your own (thats pretty cool). When you are in photoshop you go to filter-dirtry pictures to launch the interface. The cool thing is you can generate a preview with the picture you are working on with each texture. Pick the one that looks the best and it loads it on a layer with a mask so you can paint the texture off parts of the photograph you don’t like. These textures I think are a very nice way to finish an artistic wedding photograph. They can create many different moods in your photography. I hope you enjoy the review and have fun playing around with some textures.
I rate this photoshop plugin an A.
We will be giving away a Totally Rad Action Set at our WPPI Platform so make sure and show up.
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Here are a few examples of images that I used the textures on.
This image has Crystalnique Delicious on it at 82 percent
This image has Destiny Starr at 81 percent
If you have been following this blog you will know we talk about Bridal Sessions a lot on this blog. You don’t see a lot bridal sessions before weddings in Colorado. It really is more of a Southern tradition, but it is very common for Angie and I to shoot a lot of bridal sessions for the following reasons.
A few great reasons.
1. They are a blast
2. Its a great trail run for your makeup and hair. Many hair or makeup artists will allow you a trial run to make sure you like everything that is planned before the big day.
3. Did I mention they are a blast:0
4. They give you an opportunity to practice and get comfortable in front of the camera. This is along the same logic as an engagement session. The more you are in front of the camera and get to know Angie and I, the better your photographs will be on the day of the wedding.
5. When you give a photographer time to create something special they do
I hope you enjoy this photograph, and are thinking about a Bridal Session before your wedding or a Trash the Dress session after.
One of my favorite parts of this job is looking for interesting people at the weddings we are hired to photograph. These people mean a lot to the brides and grooms that hire us and its important to get these shots. They mean a great deal to our clients, but they are interesting to others as well. This picture tells a story whether or not you know this gentleman. What kind of a story does it tell you? I really love this photo and wanted to share it, I hope you enjoy it as well.