Monday, September 29, 2008
However, even after you have exhausted all the obvious questions about price, etc, there are still two that most people don't think to ask that can be very important:
1. Are you insured?
That's right. Your wedding photographer needs insurance. Let's suppose that old Aunt Edna with the bad eyes trips over the photographer's bag and breaks her hip. Her lawyer will tell her to sue the person with the best ability to pay and you can bet that your $500 Craig's List wedding photographer doesn't have a lot of money.
So she sues you.
Make sure your photographer has liability insurance (I carry a million dollars worth).
2. Do you bring back-ups?
There's no stopping the ceremony because your photographer's camera just died. Make sure he has a backup for every major piece of equipment (camera body, lens, flash, memory card).
The answers to these two questions will tell you if your photographer is serious about his profession or just trying to make some extra money and really, do you want the guy who is taking pictures of the most important day of your life to be doing it because he thinks it's an easy way to make some extra cash?
Booray Perry is a wedding photographer in Tampa
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sam isn't always happy to have Dad snapping away while she is trying to watch Dora....
I know it's bedtime but Daddy got new vinyl and he needs to check it and make sure it's seamless. So, everyone in the studio and I don't care that you're in your pajamas...
This picture is a great example of my philosophy with photographing children. Keep it simple, give them something to play with and wait. I love little kids with big clothes...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I was smart enough to think ahead and bring a towel with me to the shoot. It's my personal rule in life that it's always good to have a towel, no matter where you are. Little did I realize that my rule would be tested yesterday.
After shooting for about 30 minutes, we took a break and I went over to my towel which I had laid on the railing of a gazebo. I picked it up and started to wipe down my equipment when I suddenly got a sharp pain in my hand.
It was a wasp. I had draped my towel over a wasp's nest and they weren't too happy about it.
Naturally, once I realized that I was being attacked I did what any sensible-minded grown man does in that situation: I began running in circles, flailing my arms like a backup singer for MC Hammer. Let me tell you, nothing impresses the clients more than the site of their photographer screaming like a little girl.
Luckily, I managed to avoid being bitten a second time and continue the session.
I let the wasps keep the towel.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Now, anyone who knows me will tell you that the last thing you want to do is get me talking about myself. I looooove to talk. Talky, talky, talk talk talk.
So, poor Todd had to listen to me ramble on for about two hours and, despite that, managed to write a really nice story about me for the Pasco Tribune.
The story was originally supposed to run last Sunday but got pushed back (something I discovered at 5:30 in the morning when I woke up and went out in search of a paper like some ego-starved Indiana Jones). This time I managed to stay in bed until 7:30 before giving in to temptation and checking the website. Then, I calmly emailed every person I've ever known, sent Bobbi out to buy 20 copies and ran down the street yelling, "Woo hoo!! I'm in the paper!!"
Seriously, I'm so impressed with Todd. It looked like he only wrote down about three things in his notepad the whole interview (one was: "Please, someone rescue me from this guy. He never shuts up!") and yet the article is dead-on accurate. If it was me I would have misspelled my own name.
(editor's note: The difference between me and Bobbi.... While taking this picture I was concerned about lighting and exposure. Bobbi was concerned that people would notice that Sam is wearing mismatched pajama's.)
Booray Perry is a photographer in Tampa Bay who's famous for 5 minutes
Monday, September 8, 2008
Jules and Heather are sisters. Jules married her high-school sweetheart, Marcus, who then joined the army. Marcus introduced his army buddy to Heather, and soon they were married. So now you have these two beautiful sisters, both married to servicemen stationed in Iraq. Unfortunatly, as is too often the case with a story like this, tragedy struck last April when Marcus was killed.
Photographing these two remarkable women (and Heather's two children, Elyse and Kayne, who were just wonderful the whole time) was a real treat. Despite living through events that would bring most of us to our knees, these two sisters have a love for life and each other that I can only hope to one day see in my own two daughters. They were funny and silly and smart and beautiful and you could just tell that this was a family filled with love.
I will be giving Heather some digital copies from the session to send to her husband in Iraq. I'm sure he realizes how lucky he is to have this to come home to.
Booray Perry is a family photographer in Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Currently, I have four prints sitting out from last weekend. We went to the beach to scout a good location for a family portrait I'm shooting on Sunday and while we were there I snapped a few shots of The Most Photographed Children on the Planet©. At the beginning of the week, one picture stood out as my favorite but as the week went on I noticed that whenever I glanced at my desk my eyes were always drawn to a different one.
Now, I'm the father so I'm not totally objective... I can't pretend that I'm judging the pictures solely on artistic merit. If there's one thing I learned quickly when it came to children's photography it's that there's no predicting what a parent will like. One of my first sessions with a 5-year-old I had brought along some simple toys to use as props. I ended up with a precious shot of the little girl hugging an antique teddy bear. When I showed the picture to the parents at the viewing, the father said, "I don't like it."
"Why not?" I asked.
"Because it's not her bear, " he explained, "She has no attachment to it."
You just never know...
Anyway, here are the four pictures. Which one do you think is the best and why? I'll reveal my picks later...
Booray Perry is a children's photographer in Tampa Bay who takes far too many pictures of his own children...