Posts Tagged ‘photography’

September 19, 2013 8:00 am

The Importance of Wedding Photography

Bride and groom lay in grass for artistic wedding photograph

There are many ways to spend a wedding’s budget, and many wedding planners spend lots of time debating exactly how one should be spent. Our argument? Don’t forget the importance of wedding photography. Yes, high quality photography can be expensive – but there’s really no point in spending the bulk of the budget on decor or apparel if you’re not going to get high quality pictures of the decor or apparel in action. That’s why, aside from decor, wedding photography should be one of your focuses when breaking down a wedding’s budget, and that of any event really.

A professional, experienced wedding photographer will get all the right shots, capture you and your partner at your best, and knows what they’re doing. We never advise anyone to take wedding photography into their own hands – it’s just not something that should be a DIY. If budget is an issue, there are many other ways to save. Consider toning down the reception and having a buffet-style dinner instead of plated. Consider offering a certain number of drinks included, and then switching to a cash bar. Perhaps you could save on venue or do some of the decor yourself. If you’re able to save a few hundred on your dress or the guys’ tuxes, you could re-allocate that money to photography.

Having stand-out photos will make for beautiful wedding albums, framed photos, and will give you something to look at for years to come. Sure, anyone can hold a camera – but not everyone knows how to adjust the camera’s settings to get the perfect amount of light, stay in focus, grab a shot at the perfect moment, or edit your photos without overdoing it. Not only that, but you don’t want to feel awkward or have a hundred photos in the same pose. A professional will get you talking, make you feel comfortable, get you to loosen up, and will be able to coach you on different poses, snap you during candid moments, and capture photos in high quality HD – the best option for editing and printing.

Bride taking photo at wedding

While you might want to grab some of your own shots during the day, and that’s okay, what fun would it be to spend your wedding day with a camera in hand? You can’t exactly photograph yourself saying your vows, dancing your first dance, or cutting the cake. And, what’s stopping Uncle Andy from accidentally putting his finger over the lens, blinding you with a bright camera flash, or taking an out-of-focus photograph? You only have one first dance. You only cut the cake for the first time once. You only have one chance to grab the perfect post-ceremony kiss photograph. An experienced photographer does this regularly. Uncle Andy could be so excited and emotional that he completely forgets about the camera!

If you’re not sure who to hire to be your photographer, there are plenty of options – and help – out there. Try sites such as Project Wedding, The Knot, and Wedding Wire for vendor listings in your area. Scour the classified ads and visit wedding shows – photographers are in no short supply. Whoever you choose to work with, we wish you the very best on your big day. Remember to soak it all in, spend time enjoying the fact that it’s your day, and leave the rest of the details to the professionals.

For more helpful tips on event and wedding planning, or to learn how to become a wedding planner yourself – visit QC Event School today.


May 19, 2013 9:00 am

How to Take Good Makeup Photos

how to take good makeup photosAs a makeup artist, your work truly speaks for itself. Whether or not someone chooses to work with you will depend almost solely on the quality of your past work, and they’ll most likely be judging this by looking at photographs. If your photos are bad – even though your makeup skills are phenomenal – it can have a very negative impact on your success. In this post, I’ll be running through the basics of taking good makeup photos that will show your work for what it really is – amazing.


First off, you need light. No, I don’t mean bringing your model (or yourself, if you’re your own model!) to the bathroom and taking a photo there. Indoor lighting is artificial lighting, and is going to result in an artificial effect. This could mean harsh shadows, yellow or green tint, and an overall lack of detail. Sure, you could invest in a diva ring light or other professional light kit, but there’s a much simpler and more affordable option. Take photos by a window and use the good old natural sun as your light source.

When taking makeup photos near a window, make sure the light isn’t beaming in on your subject. You’ll want to wait until the sun is no longer at its peak, but also not beaming directly into the window. Sometime around 4pm is usually ideal, but this will change depending on the time of year and how early/late the sun sets in your region. You want a well-lit room, but you don’t want harshness. Have your subject stand in front of the window and face it. You’ll want to place your camera in between the subject and window, facing your subject. If you’re able to use a timer and a tripod so as to avoid casting a shadow onto your model with your body, that would be your best option. Otherwise, position yourself on an angle so as to avoid casting your shadow on her face.


Secondly, use a quality camera. Your iPhone or other phone will be fine for Facebook and Twitter, but you should at least be using a high mega pixel point-and-shoot for professional purposes. If you have a DSLR, that’s perfect. If you don’t, see if you can borrow one from a friend or just opt for your trusted pocket cam. The lighting is really what’s most important (aside from the makeup being the best you can produce). Make sure you’re using the right setting for portrait photography, and read your camera’s manual or head to Google if you’re not sure what that is. What you see when you look at your model may not be what comes out in a photograph if it’s taken incorrectly.

Go Easy on the Actions

Thirdly, go easy on the editing. You’ll want to color correct and crop to ensure the focus is on the face and the photo is true-to-color, but you should avoid anything aside from that. Do not add a bunch of brightness or contract, and don’t increase the saturation beyond what it actually should be. Also, avoid adding special effects like blurs, tints, or anything else. Once again, your work should – and needs to – be able to speak for itself.

Big is Better

Lastly, save the file in the largest and highest quality possible. If you have an online portfolio or need to email photos, feel free to save a second copy in a smaller size – but your originals should always be saved large. This is so you have the option to print them down the road without losing detail, and so you have the option to save additional copies in different sizes if you ever need to. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for doing this.

That’s about it! Sure, I could go into more detail and start going on about ISO and white balance and all those other fancy photography terms, but if you follow these four simple steps you’ll be golden. If you have a photography tip, I’d love to hear it. If you disagree with anything I’ve said, let me know too! I look forward to reading your comments, readers!


Now you know how to take good makeup photos! But do you have models to practice your skills on? Check out this post on getting models in order to build your professional makeup portfolio!