Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Booking for 2011!

We've been getting a bunch of calls this month for upcoming 2011 weddings. Check out our slide show on Facebook with some of our favorite photos from the past few weddings we've shot.

Let us know if you have an upcoming wedding. We'd love to talk to you more about it!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Quillin Family Photos

Here are some of my faves from my photo shoot with Thomas, Katie and Finn Quillin. What a cute family! I brought over a backdrop and we did some family shots and also used some cute props that they had.
It's not too late to schedule a family photo shoot this holiday season-- they make great holiday cards and gifts for friends or family! Let us know if you're interested and hope you enjoy the photos.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Portraits: Enviromental portrait vs. Heahshots

Picking a qualified portrait photographer can be hard work. Even more difficult can be deciding what kind of portrait you want to have taken. Blue House Photography is here to offer a few tips. First: decoding the styles of portraits. Do you want a simple headshot or an environmental portrait? A headshot is typically shoulders and up with a simple, plain background. An environmental portrait has the subject in their native surroundings and enhances the overall photograph. Think of a football player on the field and compare that to a modeling headshot.

Both styles of portraits can be useful. A headshot can be most appropriate when used on a business card or next to your bio on a website. It’s clean, simple and accomplished the goal of letting your client put a face to a name. But an environmental portrait may look better when trying to convey your expertise. It can accompany advertising material or go with a news article. Both types have merit; it’s up to you to decide how beneficial they can be for you and your business.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Wedding Packages: Decoded

For anyone planning a wedding, you know there are a million little decisions you have to make. They can range from fun decisions, (the dress!), to tedious ones, (what type of font do you want on the invites.)

As wedding photographers, we get asked often to explain our wedding packages. We know that all photographers offer something a little different. (Yet another decision to make!) But don't get overwhelmed! Blue House Photography is here to help. :)

I've compiled a list of useful questions to ask when meeting with a wedding photographer to make sure you get the service you desire.

-- Do you shoot with one or two photographers?
--If two, are they both lead photographers or is one an assistant?
--What do your packages include? (ie, a disc with the high res images, a proof album, a wedding album.)
--Can I print from my disc or are the photos locked?
--Am I responsible for sharing my photos with my guests or is that a service you provide?
--Do you offer engagement sessions and are they included in your package?
--What is your turn around time to get me my photos?
--How many years have you been shooting/in business?
--Why do you enjoy shooting weddings? (Don't you want a photographer that loves weddings as opposed to one that is just there for a paycheck?)
--What happens if you get sick? Do you have a backup photographer that can step in?
--Will you go to my wedding site before the actual day for a walk-through?
--What type of editing do you do to the photos and how many images will I get?
--What's your price? (Okay, I know that money is an important issue for most people and I don't want to tell you to not ask about price, because even the highest budget weddings still have a budget! But-- make sure you are getting what you want from your wedding professional as far as service goes and not just a "good deal." You may get the price you want, but not what you need for a package. Or, you may get someone who is unqualified or doesn't care because they are offering such a "good deal." Remember, if it's too good to be true, it probably is!)

Let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of any help to you in planning your wedding!

--Delia and Luke