Monthly Archives: June 2013

Advice from a Bride after the wedding

I really love hearing advice from the Brides after the planning of their weddings. Here is a bit of advice that I really like from Beth Newman.

Before my wedding last year, people kept telling me that your wedding goes by in a flash and it is hard to remember everything. The advice I was repeatedly given was that I HAD to live in the moment to help make sure it didn’t pass too fast and so I would remember as much as possible. Well, I did live in the moment. I stopped myself numerous times to soak in what was around me. But guess what? It still passed in a flash, and I still remember less of it then weddings I attended as a guest. So, my advice? Stop trying to figure it all out. Accept that it will pass quickly and that parts of it will be difficult to remember in detail because of how intensely surreal and beautifully emotional it is. Do what feels right from this very moment until the day you walk down the aisle. Stop following advice and just follow yourself. Some functional advice? Wear comfortable shoes and make ABSOLUTE SURE that someone there knows how to hook up your bustle. It is not an easy task, so make sure your seamstress has shown someone how to do it, step by step.

Great Advice!  I want to add the it is important to “Get Educated” find your options and find out what you like and don’t really care for. As in a past post – Make choices on a good, better, and best scale. Make sure the things that you really will cherish are the best you can buy. Another important aspect — take time to really celebrate your grandparents or and old members of the family. It doesn’t matter how, but have a special dance, a special cake, or a special meaningful toast highlighting what they have meant to you.  This is wonderful for beautiful memories and makes for great images too! The best weddings always make everyone feel like it is there day too.


Finding a Wedding Photographer that I like.

Does it really have to be this hard?

Does it really have to be this hard?

This blog post is thanks to a FaceBook post from Tori Rogers,, a wedding planner that is all over social media and fun to follow. Tori writes,  “Time and Time Again I have advised photographers to take flash player off of their websites, but they still have it. So, here is a comment I received from a bride yesterday. I am sure others have felt the same way. “So I looked at lots of photographers last night as best as possible, unfortunately most use flash player so I could only see so much.”

This is the a growing problem with the use of iPads and iPhones! “Flash” is a program that Apple / MAC users are not able to view well, or at all.  Why do photographers use flash and not just place all their work on the web for everyone to see – what’s the big deal?  The big deal is theft, loss of business, and copyright protection. How does a professional photographer protect their work from being stolen and represented by other photographers as their work? This really does happen – sometimes it’s even funny.

I was at a wedding show a few years ago and the ballroom was filled with vendors of all types. My son was with me and becoming very board, so I asked him to go around to all the photographers and videographers and see what sales material he could find.  After about 20 minutes he came running back and said – “you have to see this, I think they are using a photograph of yours and showing a video that I helped you with!”  Sure enough, I laughed when I saw the sales booth. It was an out of town company trying to promote themselves by using my work and I am sure the work of a few others. In short, I resolved the issue, but the point is this happens all the time.

In these days of “Fauxtographers” anyone can claim what they want. The problem comes in showing examples of quality and appealing work. The Best Hawaii Wedding Photographers have years of experience working with the specialized lighting and weather conditions. And, the work that they show is colorful, clean and crisp.  Unfortunately, just the kind of images the Fauxtographers want to show as their own work.

When searching for a wedding photographer – look three dimensionally!  1. Would you like to see them at to your wedding – could you be friends with them?  2. Are they a professional with years of work to show? 3. What do you like about their work? 4. What are your going to be holding in your hands – the day after the wedding, and at what cost? 5. Do they need to be Social Media Savvy – do you want blasts of your wedding while it is happening?

If you haven’t noticed, looking at their work is only a small portion of what you are really looking for.  Expecting to find a Professional Photographer, in a few minutes, on the web may not be the best plan of attack. Also, be aware of the “everything is beautiful portfolio” If they are capturing 200 to 300 images a hour, not everything is going to be beautiful. Ask to see whole entire weddings – 90% of photographers place your images on-line after the wedding – I do it with-in 24 hours so you can everything. If you want to see example of what I am taking about look here I protect my work by password protecting it. Anyone looking to see a lot of work, can, with just a password.

If you are working with a good wedding planner, they will help you with a good fit, and searching the web is a good idea – just do expect quick solutions. Happy planning and I hope you find the perfect match!


“No such thing, really, as professional photographers”

“There is no such thing, really, as a professional photographer,” said Marissa Mayer of Yahoo!. How does such a ridiculous statement come from the CEO of Yahoo, which owns Flickr?

The worst part is that she said it as matter of fact — is where you can see and hear it for yourself.

I ask — Is there any such thing, really, as a truly appreciated professional photographer? It is obvious that a pro’s work will greatly stand out from the rest, but in these days does the 18 to 30 something client really care? Life is moving at lighting speed for the newer generations – importance of quality is slipping away just as fast.

This generation is much different than past. Technology Creators, Camera Manufactures, and Social Media Outlets [as with Marissa Mayer] are working against the professionals in a way that has never been seen before. I do suggest that the 18-30 really care more about instant gratification than a better Job, a wife or husband, or a nice house as Photographer Jerry Peavy has suggested. All those things are temporary anyway [this is my perspective].  “Use it an throw it away” is the way society, pop-culture or the young look at everything. In all fairness to them – that is the only way to survive in a world that constantly bombards them with information that is screaming for attention. Perspective, Context, and Light are aspects that are not thought about more than the next youtube, fb, or pintrest posting.

The client that does appreciate a professional, is a professional. They can look at you and in two seconds determine that you are a professional at your craft. It is how you are presented by yourself and others. The Client greatly values what you do and expects you to deliver an outstanding product, without question. Typically, in business situations, there is little to no time [or outward appreciation] given, to you, as the level of effort [from the President, VP or CEO] is only measured by the capital it will produce. But, If you were capturing this same CEO in their home with his wife and children or at the their daughters wedding – You would be appreciated and cherished.  As Photographer Bruce Lucier said “I am not surprised about the CEO of Yahoo making this comment”. She does this as the 18-30’s use her product exponentially more than Professional Photographers. Ms. Mayer is attempting to build her market share while stepping all over a profession that she feels is no long valid – to her bottom line.

I am very fortunate to work in the Hawaiian Islands where there are many opportunities for Photographers to do great work and push the profession to new and exciting levels. What I find is the appreciation for the professional photographer is declining every year. That is the case because the level of professionalism is declining and becoming acceptable by the hard working, over stimulated young clients. Do they really take the time to look at a broad range of work and decide what they want, or do they accept the hottest social media link that google says they should like.

Then there is the economy — and the “P” is for professional theory. “P” for those who do not know, is the setting on a camera that signifies program mode. I refer it to the “I think I know what I am doing mode”. So the economy is failing, and an easy way to make a few dollars is to buy a professional camera and take pictures of weddings. Because you can now look like a professional and actually see what the image looks like on the back of the camera – anyone can be a professional! So the CEO of Yahoo is confirming to the masses of unprofessionals. Ask a Bride, after her wedding, how she likes her photographes? Do they bring perspective and context into play. Is lighting used to capture the emotion and the depth of the moment? Or, is the beautiful background blown out to the point of no return? I cropped the images below to make this point — The non-professional will capture the first image and describe it, in the social media world, as an angel-like wedding on the beach. The second image will stand on its own.

Blog Example-1 Blog Example-2

More on this subject in future posts – KB

Just a quick update for a real life example  — This image just won a very popular wedding magazine’s best image, Love in Bloom?