Q. I can't decide between a real or artificial bouquet -- which gives a nicer shot?
A. For close up shots that capture fine detail, real bouquets usually produce a prettier image. On the other hand today's artificial bouquets can be extremely beautiful -- and I've also seen real bouquets wilt in the hot sun. So depends on your taste and the circumstances! (And don't forget your manicure for the bouquet shots!)
Q. A local photographer is offering a great price on "Shoot and Burn" wedding photography. What is that?
A. Something to stay away from! Although you'll pay very little for a shoot and burn you'll pay later in aggravation. They're usually offered by inexperienced photographers who shoot away and then immediately hand over the images to you on discs -- over a thousand of them, unedited, unsorted, and uncropped. Unless you're a photographer yourself with a professional editing program you won't know how to handle this huge mass and your wedding pictures may never see the light of day. I found this shot on the internet advertising a shoot and burn -- scary isn't it?
Q. How should a couple choose their wedding photographer?
A. In choosing a photographer for the most important day of their life I suggest the couple considers the "Three E's", and not settle for any less:
Education: Formally trained in lighting, composition and equipment.
Experience: At least five years shooting weddings.
Equipment: Professional full frame (FX) camera gear, lots of lenses, speed lights and back up gear.