Well we are at the wrap up stage.
Oh boy, are we going to get emotional about being done?
No, no. Me? Never.
So what we want to leave you guys with we want to make sure that our formula is nice and clear, so we'll just leave it here as a slide one last time. Again, this is the formula for us right now. If you talk to us again in a year or two years, this might change and that's okay. You have to leave an open mind in business and in photography and let yourself adapt. Don't get stuck in your ways.
Yeah, so the idea for the formula as you know by now, this is for our slide show. This is how we piece together our slide show. Want to cover the inner circle, the most important people related to the wedding. The obvious moments of the day, transitions to take you from one place to the other. Sidelines, so you know, where a lot of personality is coming out, kids, and people at the bar, and just anything that can be adding to the main storyline. Storytelling details, same idea. Detail...
that is very specific to that wedding that can show some personality. And the opening photo, which is gonna be, you know, that hopefully kind of grand image that opens the slideshow. Might be the cover image on the album, it might also be a print on their wall, those are all the hopes that we have. Outside of the slideshow, we have covering the other guests and our responsibilities. That's formal photos of families, safe looking at the camera photos that are gonna be classic forever, detail photos, any of those photos, and throughout the entire day, we're reminding ourselves or trying to keep in mind, how does it feel to be here? How can I convey mood in my images? Showing emotion and connection between people and doing all of this with some visual variety. So our galleries and our slideshow especially aren't visually repetitive.
Those are all of the very valuable tips that our son Max has given us throughout the two days. So make sure that you get close to your subject, don't be afraid to do that. When interacting with your clients, listen, care and share. So share a bit about yourself and let your clients into your own life as well. Calm the F down, he said fudge, just again I want to be clear, so calm the fudge down. This is really about having a calm mental state, and not letting yourself panic, and anticipating your photos and being very patient with yourself and seeing all of your photos through. Don't be afraid to take control, you know, we're wedding photographers, not photo journalists and taking control is okay in a lot of instances. Don't control the moments, but do control where the situations happen. Make sure the hands are always busy, especially for posing, and even in storytelling moments, be sure that the hands are included by they express so much towards other people. And then take it all the way as Max says. So if you're working on a photo that's a little bit abstract make sure that it's abstract all the way. Don't leave any literal elements in the images.
So here's our advice, I guess, or where we hope that you can kind of go forth and conquer after this course. So connect with the client before the wedding. Get tuned in to what's important to them, who is important to them, and set the tone for your involvement in the day. For us that comes through the pre-wedding meeting. Take any form. It can take multiple forms. It can be a phone call, it can be a Skype call, whatever it may be. It could be several drinks at a bar. But yeah, take the time to get to know them and just know what they're about, who is really important to them. And remember to not make assumptions, and not to have any judgements.
Also, focus on one photo at a time, and be deliberate about what you are photographing in that moment and commit to the photos and see them all the way through.
That goes back to Max's advice to calm the F down.
And of course, apply the formula to tell the complete story of the wedding day as it applies to this specific couple. So once you've gotten to know them, and you know what they're about, who is important to them, look at the wedding day as your chance to tell a complete story through all the elements that we've discussed.
And, most important, embrace your bias. So let your own life experiences dictate how you take your photos.