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Digital Wedding Photographer's Planner

Book Description

A full-color reference to planning for and executing a successful wedding day shoot

Wedding photography has become a major industry, and the number of photographers getting into this field is rapidly increasing—making it even more competitive. Written by top wedding photographer, Kenny Kim, this full-color reference walks you through all the major (and minor) steps involved in planning and organizing a successful wedding day shoot.

You'll get unique advice on everything from your initial meeting with the engaged couple to the final presentation of the commemorative book. Packed with checklists, schedules, etiquette tips, and much more, this book is an essential wedding photography resource for every wedding photographer.

  • Provides detailed coverage of all the major and minor steps in preparing for a successful wedding day shoot

  • Explores preparation for every detail of taking unique and memorable wedding day photos

  • Spans the initial meeting with the couple all the way to presenting them with their photo album

  • Reassures you of your preparation, using checklists, schedules, etiquette tips, answers to questions, and more

From rings and vows to dancing and "wows", this resource will help you prepare to capture every moment of a couple's special day.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  3. CREDITS
  4. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  5. INTRODUCTION
  6. 1. Meeting the clients
    1. 1.1. FIRST IMPRESSION
    2. 1.2. BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP
    3. 1.3. INITIAL MEETING
    4. 1.4. BEING ON THE SAME PAGE
    5. 1.5. CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
    6. 1.6. SUMMARY
  7. 2. Engagement photos
    1. 2.1. WHY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS ARE IMPORTANT
    2. 2.2. THEME AND FEEL
    3. 2.3. LOCATION
    4. 2.4. CLOTHING
    5. 2.5. POSING
    6. 2.6. SUMMARY
  8. 3. Equipment
    1. 3.1. USE THE BEST
    2. 3.2. THE CAMERA
    3. 3.3. THE LENSES
      1. 3.3.1. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lens
      2. 3.3.2. Canon L 70-200mm IS f/2.8
      3. 3.3.3. Canon L16-35mm f/2.8
      4. 3.3.4. Canon L 35mm f/1.4
      5. 3.3.5. Canon L 50mm f/1.2
      6. 3.3.6. Canon L 85mm f/1.2
      7. 3.3.7. Canon L 300mm f/2.8
      8. 3.3.8. Canon L 135mm f/2
      9. 3.3.9. Canon 15mm fisheye f/2.8
      10. 3.3.10. Canon Macro 50mm f/2.8
    4. 3.4. THE FLASH
    5. 3.5. MEMORY CARDS
    6. 3.6. CAMERA BAG
    7. 3.7. SUMMARY
  9. 4. Preparation
    1. 4.1. LOCATION
    2. 4.2. SCOUTING AHEAD
    3. 4.3. BACKGROUNDS
    4. 4.4. TIME OF DAY
    5. 4.5. WEDDING SCHEDULE
    6. 4.6. SUMMARY
  10. 5. Rehearsal / rehearsal dinner
    1. 5.1. PHOTOGRAPHER'S PURPOSE WHEN ATTENDING
    2. 5.2. SOME REHEARSAL TIPS
    3. 5.3. SUMMARY
  11. 6. The bride
    1. 6.1. BRIDE'S DRESSING ROOM
    2. 6.2. GETTING READY
    3. 6.3. TIPS FOR SHOOTING PHOTOS OF THE BRIDE GETTING READY:
    4. 6.4. DRESS
    5. 6.5. SHOES
    6. 6.6. DETAILS
    7. 6.7. DRESSING
    8. 6.8. BRIDESMAIDS
    9. 6.9. SUMMARY
  12. 7. Don't forget about the groom
    1. 7.1. GETTING READY
    2. 7.2. THE TUXEDO/SUIT
    3. 7.3. THE DETAILS
    4. 7.4. THE GROOMSMEN
    5. 7.5. THE RINGS
    6. 7.6. TIPS FOR SHOOTING THE RINGS:
    7. 7.7. SUMMARY
  13. 8. Images before the ceremony
    1. 8.1. BRIDE AND GROOM FIRST LOOK
    2. 8.2. PHOTOGRAPHING THE BRIDE AND HER FAMILY
    3. 8.3. PHOTOGRAPHING THE GROOM AND HIS FAMILY
    4. 8.4. FAMILY PHOTO CHALLENGES
    5. 8.5. BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS
    6. 8.6. SUMMARY
  14. 9. The ceremony
    1. 9.1. CEREMONY SCHEDULE
    2. 9.2. INDOOR SHOOTING
    3. 9.3. OUTDOOR SHOOTING
    4. 9.4. PROCESSIONAL
    5. 9.5. KEY MOMENTS
    6. 9.6. SUMMARY
  15. 10. Images after the ceremony
    1. 10.1. SIGNING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
    2. 10.2. RELAXED PORTRAITS OF THE WEDDING PARTY
    3. 10.3. RELAXED PORTAITS OF THE FAMILY
    4. 10.4. RELAXED PORTRAITS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM
    5. 10.5. SUMMARY
  16. 11. Reception
    1. 11.1. CAPTURING THE CELEBRATION
    2. 11.2. RECEPTION DETAILS
    3. 11.3. INTRODUCTION OF THE COUPLE
    4. 11.4. BEFRIEND THE DISC JOCKEY
    5. 11.5. FIRST DANCE
    6. 11.6. TOASTS
    7. 11.7. GARTER AND BOUQUET TOSSES
    8. 11.8. CAKE CUTTING
    9. 11.9. DANCING
    10. 11.10. INFORMAL PORTRAITS
    11. 11.11. CANDIDS
    12. 11.12. SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION
    13. 11.13. NETWORKING
    14. 11.14. LEAVING THE PARTY
    15. 11.15. SUMMARY
  17. 12. Post production
    1. 12.1. DIGITAL WORKFLOW
    2. 12.2. SELECTING IMAGES
    3. 12.3. EDITING IMAGES
    4. 12.4. ARCHIVING
    5. 12.5. SUMMARY
  18. 13. Delivery of memories to the couple
    1. 13.1. PROOF BOOKS
    2. 13.2. TIPS FOR CHOOSING AND DESIGNING A PROOF BOOK
    3. 13.3. WEB GALLERIES
    4. 13.4. TIPS FOR SELECTING A WEB GALLERY SOLUTION
    5. 13.5. PRINTS
    6. 13.6. TIPS FOR CHOOSING A COMPANY TO SUPPLY PRINTS
    7. 13.7. WEDDING BOOKS
    8. 13.8. TIPS FOR PICKING A WEDDING BOOK SUPPLIER
    9. 13.9. CANVAS PRINTS
    10. 13.10. TIPS FOR SELECTING A CANVAS PRINTER
    11. 13.11. SUMMARY
  19. A. Advice for photographers
    1. A.1. PHILOSOPHY OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
    2. A.2. IMPORTANCE OF NETWORKING
    3. A.3. LEARNING FROM YOUR PAST
    4. A.4. INVESTING IN EQUIPMENT AND EDUCATION
  20. B. Working with an assistant / 2nd shooter
    1. B.1. DEFINING THE ROLES AND EXPECTATIONS
    2. B.2. ASSISTANTS
    3. B.3. SECOND OR THIRD SHOOTERS
    4. B.4. CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
  21. C. Marketing your business
    1. C.1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    2. C.2. CREATING A BRAND IDENTITY
    3. C.3. NETWORKING
    4. C.4. EDUCATION
  22. D. Digital darkroom
    1. D.1. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM
      1. D.1.1. Sorting
      2. D.1.2. Editing
    2. D.2. APPLE APERTURE
    3. D.3. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
      1. D.3.1. Black & White
      2. D.3.2. Touchups
  23. Wedding shot list
    1. ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
    2. LOCATIONS TO SCOUT BEFORE WEDDING
    3. REHEARSAL
    4. REHEARSAL DINNER
    5. WEDDING DAY - BEFORE THE CEREMONY
    6. WEDDING DAY - DURING THE CEREMONY
    7. WEDDING DAY - AFTER THE CEREMONY
    8. RECEPTION DETAILS
    9. RECEPTION