Part II. Group Photos / Large Group Photography / Group Photos after the Wedding Ceremony.

6.    Carefully pick the right moment for the shot. I  often find it easiest to take a group shot whenever the group happens to already be close together and if possible, when there is a lull in activiy.

Also towards the start of events can be a good time as everyone is all together, they all look their best and if there is alcohol involved no one is too under the weather yet.

7. Take Control

Some photographers fail to communicate well with the group, bridal party, etc..  It is important to let them know what you want them to do, keep talking to them and keep them motivated to smile. Tell them that they look great and communicate how much longer you’ll need them for.

Try to give the Group and Bridal party a reason to pose well for the photograph. For example at a wedding you might motivate people to pose by saying ‘((insert name of couple being married here)) have asked me to get some group shots’ or at a sporting event ‘lets take a group photo to celebrate our win’. When you give people a reason to pose for you you’ll find they are much more willing to take a few minutes to pose for you.

Another very useful line to use with group is – ‘If you can see the camera it can see you’. This one is key if you want to be able to see each person’s face in the shot.

Wait  until others have finished, if there is more than one wedding photographer.  Let them get their shots first and then get the attention of the full group otherwise you’ll have everyone looking in different directions.

You don’t want to come across as a dictator when posing your group or you could end up with group shots of lots of angry faces. The best photographers know how to communicate what they want and get peoples attention while keeping people feeling relaxed and like they are having fun.

8. Think about Light

You need to have sufficient light in order to get enough detail in your subjects. The way you get this varies but consider using a flash if the group is small enough and you are close enough for it to take effect – especially if the main source of light is coming from behind the group.

If it’s a bright sunny day and the sun is low in the sky try not to position it directly behind you or you’ll end up with a collection of squinting faces in your shot.

9.   Large groups of people can be very difficult to photograph as even when staggering. You can also try tiering to make the back people higher. You ccould wind up standing a long way back in order to fit everyone in the frame.

One solution to this is to find a way to elevate your vantage point, yourself as the photographer. If I’m photographing a wedding and the couple wants one big group shot consider arranging for a ladder to be present, so that you may look down on the group. In doing this you can fit a lot more people in and still remain quite close to the group or wedding party.  (you end up with a shot of lots of faces in focus and less bodies). It also gives an interesting perspective to your shots – especially if you have a nice wide focal length.

Part I. Group Photos / Large Group Photography / Group Photos after the Wedding Ceremony.

Common group photo mistakes and problems include:

  • one or more wedding guests looking away or in different directions (ie at different photographers)
  •  blinks / blinking
  • someone missing from the shot like one of the Brides Maids or Groomsmen.
  • different moods in the group (some serious or smiling, and some playing up to the camera etc)
  • not being able to fit everyone (Bridal party) into the frame, or taken from too far away, and subjects are too small

There will always be challenges, but here are some things you can do to prepare:

1.  You will loose the crowds attention if you don’t move quickly w/the shot.                        Think ahead because people don’t like to be kept waiting.

  • scout the location ahead of time
  • think about how you will compose your shot & pose people
  • people hiding behind other people
  • make sure that everyone who is supposed to be in the shot, knows about it ahead of time
  • ensure all your wedding photography equipment is ready to go.
2.  Choose locations wisely & give your image context – ie. Shooting a Bride and Groom against their wedding venue vs. against a plain wall, or a Race car driver next to his car or on the track.
Another thing to consider is, choosing photo locations that are not distracting.
3. One of the best ways to avoid the problems of not everyone looking just right in a shot is to take multiple photos quickly. Consider shooting in continuous mode when taking group shots; also try short bursts of shots. The subsequent shots after the first, look a bit more relaxed. Sometimes Wedding Photos can be quite comical with people telling one another where to go & jostling for position.  Also try taking some shots zoomed in, and a few zoomed out.

4. Pose the group

Usually the group will pose themselves naturally.  Taller people in the back, & shorter ones up front, there are some other things you can do to add to the photo’s composition:

  • For formal group photos put taller members in the group not only towards the back of the group but centered with shorter people on the edges of the group.
  • Tell everyone to raise their chins a little – they’ll thank you later when they see the shot without any double chins!
  • Try not to make the group too ‘deep’ (ie keep the distance between the front line of people and the back line as small as you can). This will help to keep everyone in focus. If the group is ‘deep’ use a narrower aperture.
  • If the event is centered around one or two people (like a wedding or a birthday) make them the central focal point by putting them right in the middle of the group (you can add variation to your shots by taking some of everyone looking at the camera and then everyone looking at the person/couple).

5.  get in as close as you can the group you’re photographing.  you’ll gain more detail in their faces – something that really lifts a shot a lot.

get as close as possible to them and take some head and shoulder shots. An effective technique is to get your small group to all lean their heads in close, enabling you to get in closer. Another way to get in closer is to move people out of a one line formation & stagger them, putting shorter people in front and taller ones behind.

 

 

( Las Vegas ) High school Senior Portraits

Moments make memories, and “Memories” last a life-time;  make them GOOD.  Your images will be shared with your children and grand children some day.

You’re a High School Senior this year, you’ve finally made it. The high school is yours to rule and this year everything will be perfect. Everything, including your senior portraits / senior pictures. No longer are the days of those tiny, generic yearbook pictures. Those are for the underclassmen. You are a senior now and only the best will do.  The goal of TSB Photography / www.TSboyer.com is to give you just what you deserve, the best. We understand how important your senior yearbook photo is. That is why we pride ourselves in being the finest senior portrait photographers in the country. You WILL stand above all the other classmates, not only because you are a senior, but because your senior pictures will be among the very best. TSB Photography strives to capture what a lot of other senior portrait photographers can’t see – the real you. We will not settle for the boring and plain photos that some other photographers take. We know that years from now you will open your senior yearbook and remember what was. Then you will not see a geek of a teenager. You will see someone with style, someone with class, someone trendy. For when it came to choosing a senior portrait photographer, you went with the best. www.TSboyer.com       ( Las Vegas, NV. ) ( Henderson, NV. )  ( North Las Vegas, NV. )  Boulder City NV.

Moments make memories, and “Memories” last a life-time;  make them GOOD.  Your images will be shared with your children and grand children some day.

Wedding Photography Tips ( Part I. )

“Help me – I’m photographing my first Wedding, and desperately need some Wedding Photography Tips!”

It’s a question that’s been asked thousands of  times.  As a Professional Wedding Photographer I thought it was time to share a few tips on the topic.

Wedding Photography Family Photo Coordinator

1)   Create a Shot-List

One of the most helpful things you can do for yourself as a Wedding Photographer is to get the couple to prepare a shot list in advance that they’d like you to capture on the day so that you can check them off. This is particularly helpful in the family shots.

2)  Family or Group-shot Coordinator

The family photo part of the day can be quite stressful. People are going everywhere, you’re unaware of the different family dynamics at play and people are in a ‘festive spirit’ and cannot wait to shake hands and hug the newlyweds, to the point where it can be quite chaotic. Get the couple to nominate a family member ( I usually designate the Best Man and Maid of Honor )  who can be the ‘director’ of the shoot. They can round everyone up, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can get back to the party.

3)  Scout the Locations

Before the big day, it helps to visit the locations of the different places that you’ll be shooting. Most Pros don’t do this.  I find it helpful to know where we’re going, have an idea of a few poses for shots and to know how the light might come into play. On a couple of my weddings I even visited locations ahead of time with the couples, and took a few shots to use as ‘engagement photos’.

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Wedding Photography Tips ( Part II. )

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4. In Wedding Photography, Preparation is Key

So much can go wrong on “the day” – so be well prepared.  If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you’ll gather a lot of great information about possible vantage points to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the ceremony etc..  In case of bad weather, have a backup plan;  have memory cards formatted, fully charge batteries,  think about routes and time to get to places and get an itinerary of the full day so you know what’s happening next.

5. Set expectations with the Couple

Find out what they are wanting to achieve, how many edited shots they expect to receive, what key images they want you to capture, how the shots will be used (print etc). If you’re charging them for the event, make sure you have the agreement of price in place and up- front.  Show them your work/style.

6. Turn off the sound on your Camera

Beeps during speeches, the kiss and vows are a rude distraction.  Switch off sound before hand and keep it off.

7. Shoot the small details

Flick through a wedding magazine in a news stand for a little inspiration.  Photograph the shoes, rings, backs of dresses, shoes, flowers, table settings, menus etc – this will help give the end album an extra dimension. (See my Wedding Gallery for examples: www.TSboyer.com )

8. Use Two Cameras If Possible

Beg, borrow, hire or steal an extra camera for the day – set it up with a different lens. I try to shoot with one wide angle lens (great for candid shots and in tight spaces (particularly before the ceremony in the preparation stage of the day) OR > my 50mm f1.8 lens for extremely blurred backgrounds, and one longer lens.  I use a 70-200mm f2.8 on my full frame camera, and/or my 24-70mm f2.8 on a crop body camera.

9. Consider a Second Wedding Photographer

Having a second backup photographer can be a great strategy. It means less moving around during ceremony and speeches, allows for one of you to capture the formal shots and the other to get candid shots. It also takes a bit of pressure off you being ‘the one’ to have to get every shot!

10. Be Bold but Not Obtrusive

Being timid won’t get you ‘the shot’ – you often need to be bold to capture a moment. Timing is everything & thinking ahead to get in the right position for key moments are important so as not to disrupt the event.  In a ceremony I try to move around at least 4-5 times but try to time this to coincide with songs, sermons or longer readings. During the formal shots be bold, know what you want and ask for it from the couple and their party. Take control, and do your job.  You’re driving the show at this point of the day and need to keep things moving.  At the reception, seek out the DJ and introduce yourself.  The DJ will have the sequence of events and you need to work in tandem with him or her.

11. Use Diffused Light

Bouncing a flash or diffusing it is critical.  In many churches the light is very low.  If you’re allowed to use a flash (some churches don’t allow it) think about whether bouncing the flash will work or not (remember if you bounce off a colored surface it will add a colored cast to the picture) or whether you might want to buy a flash diffuser to soften the light rather than bouncing it. If you can’t use a flash you’ll need to either use a fast lens at widest aperture possible and/or bump up the ISO. A lens with image stabilization will also help.  (See examples at www.TSboyer.com )

Wedding Photography Tips ( Part III. )

12. Don’t Shoot .jpg,  Shoot in RAW

Many Photogs are not familiar with or comfortable enough processing RAW images, or feel that they don’t have time for shooting RAW (due to extra processing) I’ve found that once I started shooting in RAW, I actually cut my processing time in half.  A wedding is one time that it can be especially useful as it gives so much more flexibility to manipulate shots after taking them. Weddings can present photographers with tricky lighting situations which result in the need to manipulate exposures and white balance after the fact – RAW will help considerably.

13. Add Value to your Package by Displaying Your Shots at the Reception

One of the great things about digital photography is the immediacy of it as a medium. One of the fun things I’ve seen more and more photographers doing is taking a computer and projection to the reception, uploading shots taken earlier in the day and letting them rotate as a slideshow during the evening. Though the photos are not edited, this adds a fun element to the night,

14. Consider Your Backgrounds

One of the challenges of weddings is that there are often people moving everywhere – including the backgrounds of your shots. Particularly with the formal shots scope out the area ahead of time, where they’ll be taken, looking for good backgrounds. Ideally you’ll be wanting uncluttered areas and shaded spots out of direct sunlight where there’s unlikely to be family and guests wandering into the back of the shot.

15. Don’t Discard Your ‘Mistakes’

The temptation with digital is to check images as you go and to delete those that don’t immediately look acceptable. The problem with this is that you might just be getting rid of some of the more interesting and useable images. Some of my best images have been derived from what I thought was originally a terrible shot.  Keep in mind that images can be cropped or manipulated later to give you some more arty/abstract looking shots that can add real interest to the end album.

16. Keep a Fresh Perspective

Keep things fresh by mixing things up a little.  Take shots from down-low, up-high, wide angle etc…  Get creative with your shots. While the majority of the images in the end album will probably be fairly ‘normal’ or formal poses –

17. Wedding Group Shots

Something that I do at every wedding, is attempt to photograph everyone who is in attendance, in the one shot. The way I’ve done this is to arrange for a place that I can get up high above everyone straight after the ceremony. This might mean getting tall ladder, using a balcony or even climbing on a roof. The beauty of getting up high is that you get everyone’s face visible in the shot, and can fit a lot of people in the the frame. The key is to be able to get everyone to the place you want them to stand quickly and to be ready to get the shot without having everyone stand around for too long. I found the best way to get everyone to the spot is to get the bride and groom there 1st, then have a couple of helpers herd everyone in that direction.

18. Fill Flash

When shooting outside after a ceremony or during the posed shots you’ll probably want to keep your flash attached to give a little fill-in flash. I dial it back a little (1-2 stops) so that shots are not blown out – but particularly in back lit or midday shooting conditions where there can be a lot of shadows, fill-in flash is a must.

19. Continuous Shooting Mode

Don’t be afraid to switch your camera to continuous shooting mode and use it. Sometimes it’s the shot you take a second after the formal or posed shot when everyone is relaxing, that really captures the moment best!

20. Expect the Unexpected

One more piece of advice that someone gave me on my own wedding day. ‘Things will Go Wrong – But They Can be the Best Parts of the Day’. In every wedding that I’ve participated in something tends to go wrong with the day. The best man can’t find the ring, the rain pours down just as the ceremony ends, the groom forgets to zip his fly, the flower girl decides to sit down in the middle of the aisle or the bride can’t remember her vows….

These moments can feel a little panicky at the time – but they can actually ‘Make’ a day and give the bride and groom funny memories. Attempt to capture them and you could end up with some fun images that sum up the day really well.

21. Have Fun

Weddings are a celebration; they should be fun. The more fun you have as the photographer the more relaxed, those you are photographing will be. Perhaps the best way to loosen people up is to smile as the photographer (warning: I always come home from photographing weddings with sore jaws and cheeks because of of my smiling strategy).

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If you’re getting married in Las Vegas, selecting a Wedding Photographer is one of the most important aspects of your wedding.  www.TSboyer.com
When selecting a Las Vegas Wedding or Event Photographer
It always helps if you are able to meet and get to know your Las Vegas wedding photographer prior to the wedding event and that you get along with them. You can hire the best wedding photographer in Las Vegas, but if they don’t make you smile, you will not be happy with your photographs.You should make sure that your Las Vegas wedding photographer brings a backup camera to the wedding event. Make sure your Las Vegas wedding photographer specializes in shooting weddings, as weddings are very specialized events. If you hire an experienced Las Vegas wedding photographer, you can rest assured that you and your family will enjoy your wedding photographs for years to come.Questions to Ask

*Does your Las Vegas Wedding Photographer use an Assistant or a 2nd Shooter?

*How many years of experience does your Las Vegas Wedding photographer have?

*Approximately how many weddings has your Las Vegas Wedding Photographer shot?

*Approximately how many weddings does your Las Vegas Wedding photographer do each  year?

*Are you the person who will photograph my wedding?

* Does your Las Vegas Wedding photographer bring backup equipment with them to      weddings?

* Does your Las Vegas Wedding photographer have liability insurance?

*What is the payment policy of your Las Vegas Wedding photographer?

*Does your Las Vegas Wedding photographer offer a money-back guarantee?

*Does your Las Vegas Wedding photographer have a professional studio?

*What is the cancellation policy of your Las Vegas Wedding photographer?

*Can your Las Vegas Wedding photographer take studio portraits?

*What type of equipment does your Las Vegas Wedding photographer use?

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High School Senior Portraits // Las Vegas & Henderson

I photographed a fashion show a few months ago as part an annual MAGIC convention in Las Vegas, I found myself at a point of reflection, of my early days in my photography career. I remembered an important philosophy about being a photographer – and something that has given me a strong skill set when shooting; something I like to call “cross-training”. You cross-train in sports, why not in art?

When I first started my interest in photography, I photographed a wide range of things; Bands, Pets, children, portraits, families – anything to give it a try.  I still need to tackle Food and beverage more! Eventually I focused more on specific work; Weddings, Events, Model Testing, High School Senior Portraits, and Head shots. Even though I now focus primarily on Commercial, Wedding Editorial and High School Senior Portrait work, I do truly believe many of my strengths in my current genera of photography, come from all my experience across a wide variety of photography, early in my career.

Think of the ways Wedding and Event photography can help you – they can give you skills to work in low-lighting situations, help you think on your feet in seconds, give you great client management skills, and so on. Working with new models helps give me skills to pose my teens, and working with shy teens helps me to work in any situation with someone who is uncomfortable in front of the camera. Sometimes it is good to step outside of your comfort zone and add a new tool to your skill set. If you have been wanting to try something new, but lack the experience, see if you can assist for another photographer. There are so many opportunities that await you, and as you grow as a photographer it is great to try as many things as possible, before you can truly know what you love and are best at. Many of those learning experiences along the way will help you be a stronger shooter in your eventual areas of expertise.  www.TSboyer.com

Las Vegas Wedding Photographer, Events, Portraits, Trade Show, Conventions and More

Photographers: Capturing the Perfect Moment A photographer is generally defined as someone who takes photographs using a camera. However, photographers can be classified further as either professional or amateur. Professional or commercial photographers usually take photographs to earn a living while amateur photographers use photography for fun and to record events, places or emotions. A portrait photographer usually takes photographs of the likeness of a person (a personal portrait) or photographs of a small group of people (a group portrait). http://tsboyer.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=8 Usually, these types of portrait photographers focus on the faces, expressions and emotions of the people they photograph. A portrait photographer can also be a family photographer who takes family portraits commemorating special occasions such as birthdays and graduations. A wedding or bridal photographer ( http://tsboyer.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=6 ) takes photographs of activities related to weddings. A wedding photographer can also include photos of the couple before marriage (Engagement Photos) as well as coverage of the wedding itself and the reception afterward. An event photographer ( http://tsboyer.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=7 ) or location photographer covers most indoor and outdoor events and locations such as a corporate events, Trade Shows, Conventions, Quinceanera’s or outdoor concerts for example. Pet photographers practice pet photography, a specialized subcategory of professional photography involving pets and domesticated animals. Some pet shops and pet grooming salons actually provide this service to clients for special events. An architectural photographer ( www.TSBcommercialPhoto.com ) practices architectural photography, which means that they take pictures of the views of interiors and exteriors of commercial, domestic, institutional, religious and engineering structures. A professional photographer can include in their ranks an interior photographer who is devoted to taking photographs of interiors of structures. Hiring a Professional Photographer Choose a photographer who specializes in the type of event such as weddings, family portraits, corporate shots, etc. Ask around for references and recommendations. Nowadays, people have a hard time finding photographers who still use analog cameras that utilize film. A modern photographer usually uses digital cameras. When hiring a photographer who uses a digital camera, specify which view the photos will be delivered: as printed paper proofs, contact sheets or digitally, like in a CD or DVD. Ask to see the samples of a photographer’s work or portfolio; this will give you an accurate idea of what to expect from a photographer. To make sure that special occasions and moments are properly recorded and captured through photographs, hire the best photographer in town.