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I have been lucky enough to meet and befriend many amazing, talented people and Maria is no exception. She is a brilliant business woman, skilled photographer and all around wonderful lady and I was so honored that she asked me to take photos of her. She just purchased a house with the intent of renovating it, but we snuck in a few photos in the rooms before the renovations started up. I was so excited for this shoot and am so happy with how it turned out.

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Not only did these two let me do their maternity shoot, but they let me use film for a few shots! I got it back this morning, and I just loved how it all turned out. 

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When it seems as though wedding season is just beyond overwhelming, I like to take a day or afternoon off. More often than not, on those days I find myself wandering Phipps Conservatory. It’s such a beautiful, peaceful place. Last week I actually took my camera and grabbed a few shots of the beautiful flowers that fill the lovely rooms there.

amymariephotography asked:

I love your editing style, I am having trouble figuring out how to edit that way. That vintage feel.

Currently to achieve the look I like best for my photos, I use a combination of home made Lightroom presets that fit well with the way I shoot. I highly recommend Lightroom in place of or as an addition to Photoshop. It’s an amazing tool.

fatty-ribs asked:

Hello there! I've just barely started taking pictures as a service for people, and now I have offers for other occasions such as 15s and weddings, but I have no idea of what to charge. What did your prices start off as?

I actually rarely shoot freelance weddings, I have an excellent gig working as a photographer for a small company and get compensated rather well.

But when I shoot freelance weddings, if you were to book me today, my prices start around $2000 and go up to $3000. 

I spent many, many years undervaluing my work. I thought putting a low price and giving things away for free would get my portfolio rolling. And it was great start, but only for a few shoots. 

After a few years, too many free shoots, and too many people expecting everything for nothing, I stopped shooting outside of work entirely. I re-evaluated. I went to weddings for friends for $100-300 and photographed everything they told me their photographers refused to get. (Guys getting ready, the little details, guest photos, reaction shots, etc). Then I booked a full wedding.

I looked at the prices of local photographers who had photos similar to mine, saw what they offered in a package, and priced myself accordingly. The photographers who I felt had a similar style and package offerings were charging about $2000 for what I was offering the couple, so I asked for $1000 since I wasn’t as experienced and it was definitely a portfolio worthy wedding.

After that first wedding, I never went back to doing free wedding photos. It epitomized everything I wanted in a wedding shoot, and I got paid for it. I was excited and ready to get the ball rolling on more paid work. It taught me a few things. I was a better photographer than I thought. I cannot live off of the joy people get from me shooting for free. I am worth the money I am asking for, but remember that sometimes working within someone’s budget can yield amazing results. 

I am very confident in my abilities, so my current pricing is a reflection of that. If I went back in time a few years and told myself (the $1000 wedding photographer) my base price for 2013 weddings, the slightly younger me might pass out. Or freak out, asking what right I have charging “that much.” Back then, I charged what I what I was comfortable with. I have evolved and grown leaps and bounds, so my packages have changed. Don’t short change yourself, but don’t overcharge either. It’s a fine line, sometimes.

These days, I charge more, but am always flexible with my prices to a certain extent. I booked a 2013 wedding with a couple who have an amazing venue, so I cut them a small break because it’s a lovely place where I have never photographed, and a couple who really fits my vision. I look at the details of their wedding and know it will be one I will show to other clients for several years. To me, that is worth the price drop. A few years ago I shot a wedding for the cost of travel, so I made nothing. But in return, I got to add a wedding on the beach in St Thomas to my portfolio. For me, it’s worth it, and that is something you need to decide. I feel comfortable with it because I don’t do much freelance and have the ability to be flexible with my pricing, but for some photographers that just wouldn’t work because they’d end up losing too much money.

But that might just be me, I kind of rambled so I don’t know how much help this really is. I might have confused you more.

In all honesty, it was a crazy journey for me when it came to realizing my worth and figuring out what to charge. Just so you can see where I’m at now, here’s a peek at my current pricing sheets.

Good luck with your endeavors into the world of photography!

darkangelic04 asked:

I absolutely love your style! What kind of camera do you use and how much photoshop work do you do to get that gorgeous softness to your photos?

Aw, thank you.

For all the weddings and digital work, I use a Nikon D700, usually with the 180mm f/2.8, 135mm f/2, 85mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.8. Any film work is done with my old Pentax K1000 and 50mm f/1.4.

As for Photoshop, I don’t touch it, I use Lightroom 4. In most photos, I use some hand crafted presets I’ve perfected over hours of slaving over photos. (My weddings from 2009 and earlier are the worst editing ever, for real) I also have the VCSO presets for Lightroom which I tweaked to my liking. 

Shooting wide open apertures is really where most of the softness comes from. It just lets in the amazing natural light that really makes everything look so stunning. I used to be a studio lighting junkie, then when I started shooting weddings I realized how absolutely stunning natural light is when you’re shooting with a f/1.8. It’s heavenly. Recently I purchased and obsessed over Jose Villa’s book, Fine Art Wedding Photography: How to Capture Images with Style for the Modern Bride. I am always striving to be better and it was such a great resource. 

I hope my answer covered everything!