There are so many things that I'd like to cover in today's post, and they all kind of connect. Thus, they are going to be sandwiched together like a delicious whoopie pie. A whoopie pie? Did we just take a jump back to grandma's childhood, you might ask? Hold on, folks. I'll explain...
I've posted recently about how engagement pictures were on our upcoming radar and how I didn't want our pictures to look like we were painfully stiff or awkwardly poised. We also started making that running list of places in the QCA and themes that you could use to make a really fun engagement shoot. Lots of you contributed to our list, and I definitely made use of it! We decided that we would do a picnic themed photo shoot. I also wanted to incorporate a vintage-esque vibe to it as I love all things vintage. I scoured the web to find some inspiration pictures that I could show our photographer. Here are the ones that I sent him:
photo by Adrienne Gunde
photo by Caroline Tran
photo by Sloan Photographers
Our engagement shoot was set for a Saturday afternoon, and Friday at work I realized that I didn't really have anything to wear. Seriously...nothing. I literally only had the clothes on my back. Okay, not really, but I had a vision of wearing a yellow cardigan in the shoot. I went to Target thinking surely they will have a yellow cardigan! And they did! They also had a million things that we ended up using as props for our photo shoot. After looking at my bill from running around the store like a mad woman with a cart full of anything blue or yellow and had to do with eating, I wondered if this investment was worth it. In the end, I decided yes! We received our photo proofs back last week, and they are lovely! Stephen and Elaine really loved the props that we brought and helped to arrange them and incorporated them into every picture! Here are some of my favorites:
All photos are by our amazing photographer: Giraffe Photography
So we really love our pictures! I felt like Stephen and Elaine listened to everything that I rambled on about when I was trying to describe the look that I wanted. They loved our vintage props, and apparently it was providence as Stephen is a big fan of vintage candy. As a tiny token of our thanks, we sent Stephen home with the lemon drops and Elaine got her paws on the whoopie pies!
The other key element of this blog post is that I wanted to point out that we have the copyrights to our images. THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT! When you book your photographer, you will want to make sure that you can eventually have the copyrights to your photos. In this age when we all like to post our pictures on our social networking sites and make copies for cheapy cheap, you will be stopped dead in your tracks if you don't have the copyrights to the high resolution images. On top of that, what would happen if there was a devastating fire and your wedding album was gone forever? If you have the images, you can have replacements made even if it's 20 years down the road. GET THE COPYRIGHTS! So important...
Some photographers build this service into their standard photography package while others will charge you an additional fee. Either way, the investment will literally pay for itself as ordering prints directly from your photographer can really add up if it is an a la carte service. I'm talking $25 for a 4x6. Think about how quickly this can add up when you have even just ten relatives that you'd like to send a picture.
So I hope you've enjoyed our pictures! I'd love to see other couple's pictures posted in the message board! Tell us about your photo shoot experiences!
CORRECTION: Donna Blundel, QCWeddings.com Boss Lady and Photographer Extraordinaire pointed out that....
"Actually this is a key mis-conception about Copyright. Copyright only belongs to the artist/creator. It is there to protect the artist. What is granted to the photographed is Print Rights. It gives you full control over the images for personal use. If you want to publish your images in a magazine or sell them for stock use……. You need a commercial release from the photographer. In cases where copyright is given with commercial images. Each images goes for a very high fee, and the photographer relinquishes his rights for thousands."
Thank you, Donna! With all the legal craziness in our country, it is very important to get the wording down correctly, so get the PRINT RIGHTS from your photographer if at all possible, and you will be set for making copies for yourself, your friends, and your family! :)