Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: 2015 Year in Review ::Mandy Paige Photography

I say it time and time again, we have been blessed with great clients since the beginning and 2015 was no exception.  Thank you to each and every one of the special brides & grooms that chose the Mandy Paige Photography teams to capture the best day of their lives.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you-as we look forward to another awesome year in 2016.

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QUICK FIX Series :: Setting Pricing :: Mandy Paige Photography

One of the hardest things about running your own photography business is setting your pricing.  There are so many factors and variables that go into deciding where to start your price point, whether it be for wedding, portrait, or commercial photography.  Here are some tips in setting your pricing and sticking with it.

Do your Research & Know your Market Area.    

When starting out or re-branding your business you need to do A LOT of research to determine where you should be in terms of pricing.  Many factors contribute such as your experience, the market you live in, and the types of bridal clients you want to attract. This is hands down the hardest part of being a photography business owner.  Knowing your market will ensure that you are not priced too high – deterring brides from contacting you at all, or too low- making potential client question your experience.

Network with other photographers or Vendors.

Reach out to your fellow photographers to establish connections and relationships with them.  Go for coffee, set a monthly lunch date, or connect in other ways.  The community you form with other photographers in your area is invaluable to you.  You can get an ideas of what works for them, or hasn’t, and vice versa.   Sharing and growing together ensures success all around.

Stick to Your Prices but set a Deadline to Revisit.

When you set your prices or decide to raise them it can be very daunting.  What if no one books me? What is Im priced too high or too low?  After researching your market, knowing what your ideal bride typically budgets for photography, and taking the plunge to set your pricing – it is very important to STICK with it.  Do not change prices for potential clients just to book them, because the cycle will perpetuate.  Instead, set a deadline for yourself and if you are not booking at your current price point revisit and see what changes you can implement to book your ideal client.  I suggest changing pricing between November-February.  This way you have a few months to collect your research as to the reasons you are/are not currently booking, make changes that will be a better fit, yet still have time to book your season without it being a washout.

Learn to Say NO.

Learning to Say NO to clients that don’t fit your style or do not honor your worth as a professional can be hard.  Not every client is perfect fit for your business and choosing to redirect a client to someone who may fit their style, budget, or personality better is sometimes the best way to ensure everyone is happy with the final outcome.  Family, Friends, or acquaintances may approach you for free or discounted sessions but (unless you want offer to do it) you have to learn to set boundaries and politely decline.   If you devalue your services, you can not expect others to value them.

I hope this helps you in setting your price point for your business!

Mandy Paige Photography teaches workshops and hosts one on one coaching for other professional photographers around the country.

Visit our website to learn more about our education classes & workshops

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QUICK FIX Series :: DETAILS RECEPTIONS :: Mandy Paige Photography

Wedding Details Photography Education by Mandy Paige Photography
Wedding Details Photography Education

Looking through Wedding Magazines, blogs, & Pinterst, you will quickly realize that most of the wedding inspiration is based on details.  The wedding details create the look & feel of the event and help tell the story of the day.  Some weddings are FULL of beautiful well thought out details and others are simplistic in nature, but either way – knowing how to capture the best detail shots with what you have been given is key.

Reception Details Quick List:

*Make sure to document the space and all the details in it.

*Use different lenses to create different looks.

*Pay attention to background and up-lighting when focusing on a detail.

*Use different vantage points for unique shots.

*If unsure, document it.  Better safe than sorry.

Bell Event Centre Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Bell Event Centre Wedding
Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Renaissance Hotel Wedding
Hilton Netherland Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Hilton Netherland Hall of Mirrors Wedding
Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding

*Documenting space and all details in it:   My system is to start with a wide angle and get the entire room, from various points.  Many reception spaces are entirely different looking from one end to another, get the image from both angles.   Make sure your settings are so that you are allowing in ambient light and making those colors pop.  Couples pay big money for room lighting and you want it to show up as gorgeous as it was in person.   I never shoot any reception details above 100 shutter speed for this reason.  Make sure that intricate ceiling detail is showing in image as well by getting low and shooting slightly upwards.

I also like to have the couple in the room for a few shots as well or getting their reaction to seeing all of their hard work and dreams in reality.
I move on to my 35 or 50 lens to document the entry, cake, gift  & guest tables.  I will also get the centerpiece shots at this time.  I goal is to highlight the entire table or area at this point.  If there is a lot of tungsten or candle light present I may need to use just a bit of off camera flash to drown out the orange while maintaining a natural look.  Some large rooms may need two off camera flash units set up to light the furthest portion of the room as well.

Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding

*Pay Attention to Background:  Make sure when you are shooting details you pay attention to your background.  This is especially true for cake shots.  Most venues place the cake in a corner backed up against a wall, but you may be able to shoot at an angle or not directly on to get more flattering background.  When you are not able to get a different angle and the wall is unavoidable, create as much compression as possible between the wall and detail.

 

Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding
The Phoenix Cincinnati
The Phoenix Cincinnati

*Using Different Lenses & Different Vantage Points for unique shots:  I switch it up and use the 85 or 100 to get more shots of the tables, centerpieces, cake and other room details.  I like to get eye level and shoot across to the next table or look for something interesting to “shoot through”to create a unique look.  You can shoot from over top as well to create a different perspective.  Incorporating the couple or key people is another way to show off small details in an interesting way.

Bell Event Centre Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Bell Event Centre Wedding
Bell Event Centre Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Bell Event Centre Wedding
Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography
Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding

*Document Everything: In the end if you are not sure if it’s important to shoot or not, just document it anyway.  It could be something very special or significant to the couple.  Or maybe not, but either way err on the side of caution and shoot everything you can. You may not be given a heads up prior to something that belonged to a grandmother or that the swerving knives are passed down through the generations.  Every piece of the day is carefully thought out and planned and our job as a wedding photographer is to preserve those details and tell the story of the day.

I hope this post is helpful is getting you geared up to shoot those reception details.

Mandy Paige Photography teaches workshops and hosts one on one coaching for other professional photographers around the country.

Visit our website to learn more about our education classes & workshops

The Evolution Workshop Info Packet