Such a beautiful wedding at Pippin Hill Farms this past weekend!
There is no shortage of beautiful photos from this wedding!
Another image from Michael and Brittany's beautiful fall wedding in Washington DC
In our photography survey Nick asked, “How can you make more time in the day?”
At first I thought this was a tongue in cheek question. Maybe more of a statement like, “there isn’t enough time in the day!” But the question stuck with me.
I think I get Nick. He wants to get better at photography but he doesn’t have the time. Life is busy, things get in the way, and who has the time to work on a hobby or side business when there is a full time job, family, cars to repair, a house to work on and friends to spend time with? I’m getting stressed out just writing that list.
Maybe you are busy too, but I have some good news! You are never too busy to make time for something you value. It's all about priorities, not time, because everyone has the same amount of time. We make time for the things that are important to us. The question is, do you want it?
I want to help people like you achieve their dream of being a professional photographer, or at least make some extra money doing something you love. The fastest way to kill any dream is to tell yourself you do not have enough time.
Time is a lot like money, if you do not budget your time you will get to the end of the month and have nothing to show for it. And like money it is wise to plan out how you will spend each hour of the day.
Consider this; if you set aside a half-hour every day to work on your photography business, after a year you would have freed up over four 40 hour work weeks. ONLY A HALF-HOUR A DAY!
That’s crazy. And think if you could set aside an hour a day. It adds up fast!
For me it is not about the question of do I have the time, but rather have I been deliberate enough to make time for the things that are important to me. Because the time will go somewhere, and if I am not intentional it will slip away, slip away to mindlessly surfing Facebook, browsing the web, or hours binge watching the newest season of Portlandia on Netflix.
Here’s what works for me:
I have to schedule the time to work on my dream. This is like creating a time budget. If you want to spend more time learning photography or building your business put it on your calendar and hold yourself to it.
Try and make time to work on photography every day. Even if it is only 15 minutes, the time adds up. This isn’t a sprint; slow and steady wins the race. Be steady, be consistent.
Work when you work best.
For me I know I am at my best in the early mornings and late in the evenings. So if i have projects, either personal or for my business, that is when I am working on them. Otherwise it will never ever get done.
You may have kids, so you may need to work after they go to bed or before they get up. Remember it doesn’t matter when, just that you are doing it.
It needs to be your passion
Whether it is photography or something else, it needs to be something you are passionate about. Here's why; working a full time job, juggling everything else in life AND trying to work on your dream at the same time is difficult. It is a lot of work. But, if it’s your passion, if it's something you love, you won't mind working nights and weekends on it, because you will be doing something you love.
Becoming good or successful has less to do with natural talent and more to do with how much time, energy and practice you put into something. If you are willing to put in the sweat you can be successful!
The question is, do you want it?
The way you edit an image should add to, never take away from what you are trying to convey. And there is a fine line between creating a beautiful image, and spending hours and hours and hours editing a wedding. That's why we are really excited about announcing our very own set of SSP Lightroom Presets.
A set of presets for both color and black white images that present a clean and timeless look! Take a look at the before and after images below. Sure it helps when you have beautiful clients to photograph but we love the look we have created with these presets.
AND for a limited time We will be offering these presets at a discount to those who are subscribed to our email newsletter. SO take a second and sign up below!
I just shot a couple of new videos and answered some of the questions from the survey many of you responded to a while back. Talking to a camera is harder than you would think and we have the hours of footage to prove it. Haha!
I'll post the first Q&A video in a week or two. In the mean time you can ask your questions here. I'd love to hear from you!
easily one of the best moments at a wedding....
A beautiful Washington, DC Wedding!
I get asked a lot about my favorite pieces of equipment. So I thought I would take a second and share about my favorite lens.
My all time, must have lens is the Canon 50mm 1.2 and I LOVE IT!
If I could only use one lens for the rest of my life, this would be the lens.
I use it for 90% of my work and it accounts for 99% of my favorite photos. At weddings if it wasn't for the ceremony, I would shoot the entire day with just that lens.
Now, it's a great lens, but at over $1,500 it is not cheap and I never recommend going into debt for equipment. So if you don't have the cash I have some good news. The Canon 50mm 1.4 comes in at only $350 is a really good lens. In fact many times, if you do things right you can't tell the difference in the finished photo.
As always there are some trade offs, namely build quality, focusing speed and sharpness. But at a $1,200 savings it's a great place to start as you grow into the more high end 1.2.
Check out this post on my blog to read why it is my favorite lens and see some shots I have taken with it. Also, I'd love to hear about your favorite lens in the comments.
For those of you who are Nikon shooters, I'm sure their 50mm lenses are great as well (side note, Nikon recently sent me a Nikon D750 to try out and I was really impressed!). They have a similarly priced 1.8 and 1.4 in case you are interested.
Here are just a couple of reasons why I love it.
- It's fast. Super fast. Like really really really fast. Combined with the Canon 5d, I can pretty much be prepared to shoot in any situation. And for weddings that means low light; dimly lit spaces where the couple is getting ready, ceremony sites, and the reception.
- The incredibly shallow depth of field. For me, part of "my style" is all about shooting wide open. I know, I know, no one wants to be told by another photographer how to shoot. And that's not what I am doing. I am telling you that I love shooting at 1.2 all day every day. I am shooting wide open all the time: portraits, getting ready, and the ceremony. The 50mm 1.2 gives me that shallow depth of field that no other lens in the Canon line-up offers (except the 85mm which we can talk about another time).
- It sees what I see...almost. When I am looking at or composing an image, I don't have to think about cropping, backing up, or moving forward. I can frame it and move on. That may sound trite, but for me its easy. I like to photograph things as they are. And I like the challenge of creating a personal image from a distance, or creating space to allow the couple to get comfortable.
That's me. So how about you? What's your favorite lens and why? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Fall + DC + These Two = a BEAUTIFUL wedding!!
LOVE shooting at sunset!
Love this from Zach and Emily's wedding in Richmond, Va.
Finishing up this beautiful engagement session today!
Absolutely love this... and that view!!
A beautiful engagement session tonight in Richmond!
LOVE this from Ben and Beth's engagement session yesterday!