As a documentary photographer my job, my focus, is to creatively and artistically encapsulate a story that speaks to the viewer into a single image, or a series of images.
This process is accomplished by capturing candid, unexpected moments that are unique which occur naturally in a story as it unfolds. My workflow applies to top media publications just as much as it applies to your event. In my mind, they’re the same, and each assignment determines a course of actions, a level of trust, that will give my images the punctum to make my images tell that story flawlessly, and with pronounced clarity.
This is my workflow in the field on assignment, at an event, or in my backyard photographing my dogs. But, please keep in mind that I am not a wedding photographer. I enjoy documenting weddings and events. I’m very good at it because of my history in documentary photography, but I am not a traditional wedding photographer.
My photography style is considered documentary though I dislike labels. I prefer to refer to it as being honest and true to the moment as well as the people, and places, found in my images. I’m a photo-purest and prefer to shoot in black and white film as this medium lends itself to photography with integrity to the moment and the subject but, I also shoot in color. Shooting in this way allows you to be authentic while enjoying your event without a lot of stiff posing or pretense.
I like to work smarter, not harder. I developed a single event package that applies to all domestic events. Any event outside the continental United States have a different price point and added services.
- Up to nine hours of coverage of your event.
- I don’t believe in leaving a story untold. If your event goes longer than nine hours and things are still happening that I feel will lend to telling your story; I’ll not leave until I think there is nothing more to contribute to the photo essay. To me, your story, and telling it properly, is more important than money.
- Image development, editing, and processing of all photos,
- An easy-to-use, secure, private web gallery,
- Free digital download of high-resolution files with print release, so your family and friends can download, print, and share, whatever they wish.
- Note: I do not share images on social media and recommend you doing the same. Be different. Keep your life, and your private moments, to yourself. You’re not a product for Meta to make money from. Social media is toxic to relationships, creativity, and will give you unexpected, explosive Flatulence.
A lot of people don’t know the difference between a copyright and printing rights. Let me help you understand the difference and how I operate pertaining to both.
Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. In copyright law, there are a lot of different types of works, including paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, computer programs, books, poems, blog posts, movies, architectural works, plays, and so much more! You’ll never own the copyright on the images I make for you because you didn’t create them. But, you will have all available printing rights.
Print rights means you have the right to print your images for personal use. I, the photographer, give you, my client, the rights (in writting) to print your photos for personal use, or share them on social media. I incorporate this information into the image using EXIF data so that a printer knows, can easily see, the information.
Inside my contract I detail the use of the images I make for you. I’m not interested in making money by selling you a package of prints though I will help you if you need it at my cost (wholesale). My job is to tell your story beautifully, not sell prints.
I encourage you to print every image I make for you at least once, even if it’s a small print. I can help you establish an account with a professional printer who offers a wide range of papers, techniques and options at cost. If you’d like me to assist you in the process I can order the prints and have them drop-shipped to you direct from my printer to anywhere on the globe (shipping cost may apply).
The following events example my style of shooting during events such as wedding, receptions and on the spot portraits. Look them over carefully before considering me to document your event. If you like my style of imagery then contact me, or my representation Jacque Payne, and make arrangements for us to have a meeting over a beverage where we can get to know each other and determine if I can capture your vision.
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