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What about “uncle Bob” for your important event photos?

Posted by Mike on August 8, 2009

I ran across the complete explanation for going with a professional photographer the other day… quite by accident.  I was catching a rerun of the Red and Green Show the other night and Red was explaining the difference between reliable and unreliable methods of repair to some object using  his famous Duct Tape.

“Do it the right way and you get the Grapes of Wrath, he said. (A Nobel, Pulitzer, and Literary Award winning book/movie.)

“Do it wrong and you get the Wrath of Grapes.”   (See here, here** , or here for citations.)

** “…television producers in America venture into a world they know nothing about…sweet dreams slowly ferment into sour grapes as “American Idol” executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick invest in a California vineyard…”

You could also check this out for a little eyewitness testimony on the subject of being out of your league as an amateur photographer:  Seattle Bride Magazine.

Just to fend off the Best Buy crowd a little… Check this link out here. As Ken puts it; “…There is nothing wrong with being an amateur photographer. Many of them are better than professionals…” And certainly “most amateurs have better equipment than professional photographers…”.  But, as we all know equipment does not make photographs, eyes, hearts, and brains do.

Recounting the last few jobs I have worked… Here are some topics that are not in the latest book of TIPS on how to make great photographs….

1) Client does not know what they want… they are hiring you for your expertise… If you have no expertise perhaps you should pass on the job?

2) Client is drunk during the photo shoot… How do you handle that.

3) Or worse, the client has a talent agent who thinks he knows more about photography than you do. How do you handle that?

4) Computer breaks during print on site job.

5) Camera refuses to record pictures.

6) Lens fails.

7) It’s dark outside. How do I make photos without people looking like deer in headlights?

8) You know in your heart the shadow on the side of everyone’s head in vertical compositions is the sign of a equipment poor, unskilled photographer. How do you make it not happen?

The answer is right here:  Read this blog.


Additionally, I might add that here is a link to a pretty good sized blog that is absolute proof that good photography trumps photoshop. Trying to “fix” poor photography does not work.

Photoshop Disasters…

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Rent a Kimono

Posted by Mike on July 19, 2009

As part of a Shinto wedding at the North american Shrine we did some photos for

See wedding photos here:



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Into the light…

Posted by Mike on November 16, 2008

There is, of course, no better time to shoot pictures (i prefer “make” pictures) than when the sun is on the deck… You only have a few minutes and you need to explain this to your clients… it’s not negotiable.. there is only a 20 to 40 minute window.

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