Below are some answers to last week’s Q&A on Facebook.
1. Emma J.: When you’re starting out, best way to get your name out there?
Social Media. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn . . . they are free so take advantage of them. Also, constantly talk about what you do with friends, friends of friends, strangers, and whoever else you encounter.
2. Bethany R.: When starting wedding photography did you have all equipment right away or rent anything? It is so expensive to get all lenses, backup camera etc… How did you acquire everything? Over time?
I did not have a lot of equipment when I started. I had the Canon Rebel and a 24-70mm f 2.8 lens. Everything was acquired over time. It’s about time for me to purchase another Canon 5D camera body, and I still cringe at how much it is.
3. Gringa M.: What kind of questions do you ask a client before you shoot their wedding? Do you get an itinerary of their wedding day?
Some questions I ask are: What are you favorite kind of photos? How many people are you expecting to attend? How many people are in your bridal party? Do you want to do a first look?
And yes, I ask for a timeline. During the initial meeting, they usually have a rough idea. When the wedding date gets closer, their wedding coordinator will send the detailed itinerary.
4. Michel P.: Do you ever retouch peoples faces?
Rarely. I feel like you should look like you. I will remove a piece of hair or a pimple if it’s obvious.