Have you ever wondered what it would be like to photograph a photographer? Or on the other side of the same coin, have you ever modeled when you have only been the one behind the camera before? I decided that as a graduation gift to myself, I would pay Becca Waterloo at oolretaw.com take my picture :) I wanted to see what it would be like to be the client, so that I can improve my own client experience. The nerves were real! I followed my own style guide, got my hair done, and put my faith into the hands of a talented professional. As I froze up and forgot some of my own posing tips, Becca made me feel comfortable by using an artistic eye, and telling me what looked good. My nerves melted away, and we started to have fun! She went above and beyond by working over our allotted time to make sure I was thrilled with my photos, and I was! Check out our session below:
As Golden hour struck at 6:30 PM on a GORGEOUS sunny June night, Kristin and I hit the field at McGuane Park in Bridgeport, Chicago. As the main motivation for this session was to get tacos afterwards, Kristin and I had so much fun laughing and sharing jokes as the gleaming beams of light danced across the sky and into my lens. "I've never felt this comfortable in front of the camera!" she beamed, and I couldn't have felt more content in that moment. Following my style guide, getting her hair and makeup done, and wearing a dress that made her feel like 1 million bucks, Kristin was the perfect model to have, not just due to her stunning looks, but also to her warm persona that matched the tone of the photos. Peek our session below!
Clients often tell me that they love the style of my work because my images look natural, like I am capturing real emotion between my clients. That's all because I am! I love to start out by posing my clients how I want them to stand (see above), and then I add in either a corny joke, a popped bottle of champagne, or just let the clients work off of each other's energy.
On wedding days, I like to act like a fly on the wall to capture those genuine, gorgeous smiles, that first tear, and the shared laughs. I always ensure that my settings are perfect before putting my clients in front of the camera! That ensures that no one has to wait for a shot, and I am always prepared to get those natural moments!
One of my favorite images came by surprise. At Dani and Kevin's portrait session on their wedding day (above), Kevin had brought out a bottle of champagne to open for a photo (I love this idea!!) Kevin was having a hard time with a tightly sealed cork, and this shot was a product of a surprise bottle-pop! I was prepared enough with both of my cameras to capture the exact moment it happened, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. This is one of my favorite shots from their amazing day!
If you would like to learn more about how I pose my clients, be sure to take Amy and Jordan Demos' Posing Course. They walk you through how to make clients feel comfortable in front of the camera, and educate photographers on posing high school seniors, families, couples, bridal parties, and brides!
I frequently get asked what kind of gear I use, so I thought it might be nice to put it into words on a page!
When I first picked up photography as a hobby, I'd see posts about gear and be so intimidated by all of the nice tools that other photographers used. This has definitely been a continuously growing collection! Camera gear can be pricey, so if you want to grow your business, be prepared to invest over time.
1. Canon 5D Mark IV
This camera has impeccable ISO handling and quality, making it the perfect fit for indoor shoots and receptions!
2. Canon 6D
This camera is a wonderful fit for my portrait lenses, and as a backup for my shoots
3. Canon 24-70mm 2.8 lens
This lens is my baby! It's so sharp and clear, and gets those gorgeous creamy skin tones. It's also great for wide shots and ceremonies with the zoom function!
4. Canon 85mm 1.8 lens
This lens is baby #2! I use it for portraits of up to 3 people. The low f-stop allows for a night creamy background and depth of field
5. Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro lens
I LOVE THIS LENS. It is wonderful for creamy and focused details shots that look like a million bucks!
6. Canon 75-300mm 5.6 Lens
This lens has a great zoom on it! I rarely pull it out, but it's nice for situations where ceremony venues have restrictions on photographer mobility.
7. Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens
This was my first portrait lens, and serves as an excellent backup for my 85mm, which has nicer glass.
8. Canon 580 EX II Flash
A high quality, reliable bounce flash. Perfect for receptions and dark situations.
9. Flash Battery Pack
So you never have to wait for a flash to load or replace the batteries in it!
This pairs with my light stand and flash to create soft, even light indoors, or to make nice light on a harsh, sunny day.
A quality tool for low-light situations and long exposures (how fun!)
12. Table Top Tripod
Ideal for ring shots with my macro ring light and 100mm 2.8 lens.
13. Macro Ring Light
Creates perfect lighting for wedding detail shots!
14. Off-Camera Flash Stands
To ensure every moment at your reception is treasured.
15. Canon Flash Transmitter
This high-quality item allows for off-camera flash usage.
16. Vivitar Backpack
It's weather-proof, water-proof, and protects all of my gear!
17. Memory Card Hard Cover Case
This helps me to stay organized, and protects my cards.
18. 90/mps Or Faster Memory Cards
These are super quick, so my clients never have to wait on me to get the shot!
19. 4TB External Hard Drive
Worth every penny. Make sure it's formatted for your computer!
20. 1TB External Hard Drive
Another backup for my files (just in case!)
21. Macbook Pro Next Generation with Retina Display
Editing heaven right here! Can handle Lightroom and other apps running at the same time.
22. Double camera vest
This allows me to never miss a shot, and not have to worry about dropping my gear!
23. Multi-option reflector
This allows me to reflect light back into my client's view on cloudy days to fill in shadows and get dreamy skin tones.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope this helps you see my process as a photographer, or helps you to decide on what gear to invest in. It's worth investing in yourself!