"Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change."  ~ Barbara Januszkiewicz 
5 Tips for killer photos

5 Tips for killer photos

Hi, Alex here. I am a wedding photographer based in Maine by day. And also by night. 
I'll be teaching a class at #inspire2018 on creating dope photos in-camera, using all sorts of random objects, and manipulating light to make really fun and different wedding portraits...because who has time for Photoshop? Not me, I don't know how to use that ish at all! To get things going, I figured I'd share some suggestions and tricks to get you excited for my class.
So, here are my top five tips to help you create kickass photos:

1. Buy a drone. Because one happens to be on sale, even though you never thought you'd be that girl (or guy) who'd fly a drone around a wedding. Then (after doing your due diligence, of course) use it at the very next wedding you have, without knowing exactly what you are hoping to capture. But just have enough confidence in yourself that if this works out, it'll be amazing. 

First time flying a drone. Not too shabby. 

First time flying a drone. Not too shabby. 

Bonus points if you take your drone out at night. Because why not. 

Bonus points if you take your drone out at night. Because why not. 


2. Buy underwater housing. Then go frolick in the Atlantic Ocean during an engagement session without having ever tried it out first. Shoot away and don't worry about making sure it is going to work, if it is technically correct and if this is the way it is 'supposed' to be done. 

Sure, the Atlantic Ocean in Maine is this blue. Yup. Totally. 

Sure, the Atlantic Ocean in Maine is this blue. Yup. Totally. 

Bonus points if you make your couple jump in a Mexican cenote. Because epicness. 

Bonus points if you make your couple jump in a Mexican cenote. Because epicness. 


3. Get dirty. Wear your nice black dress to a wedding, do your hair, get super presentable. Then proceed to lie down in wet sand, in mulch, in the bushes. Climb trees, climb tables, climb people if you must. Know that in order to get that ridiculously great shot I see in your head, you'll have to get down and dirty, and then embrace it. 

Sand in your armpits? Worth it.

Sand in your armpits? Worth it.

Bonus points if your second shooter catches you in action. Because dedication. 

Bonus points if your second shooter catches you in action. Because dedication. 


4. Get smokey. Find yourself some smoke bombs and smoke cannisters. Then turn that portrait session into the opening of an 80's rock heavy metal rock concert, because who doesn't like to look totally badass appearing through a cloud of smoke? Nobody doesn't like that. 

Smoke show! 

Smoke show! 

Bonus points for bringing light-sabers and trying this at night. Because The Force. 

Bonus points for bringing light-sabers and trying this at night. Because The Force. 


5. Be an early bird. Wake up when the sun is still asleep and hike up a mountain which is only accessible three times a year, and hope for an epic sunrise. Then realize if it doesn't pan out, you have two more chances to try this again. ;) 

 When taking chances pays off.

 When taking chances pays off.

Bonus points if you can convince more than one couple to wake up early for these shenanigans. Because that light tho. 

Bonus points if you can convince more than one couple to wake up early for these shenanigans. Because that light tho. 

Really what I am trying to tell you is that if you never try, you'll never know (Coldplay said so!). And you'll definitely fail, oh, will you fail. I have tried and created garbage more times than I'd care to admit. I've had great ideas in my head, and not a clue as to how to transport them from there to in my camera. Sometimes because I simply didn't have the technical capabilities, and sometimes because my ideas weren't so great after all. 

But it never stopped me from continuing to try

Because when it does work, when it does pay off, when it does translate...ooh, that feeling is magical. And the photos are magical. And your couple feels magical. And it is just the most wonderful experience all around. That jumping up and down, looking at the back of your camera, cannot wait to get home to see it on your desktop, this needs to be shared with all of the people feeling.  

So fly that drone, buy those smoke bombs, lay down in that wet sand, jump in that water-filled sinkhole, and wake up before anyone else. Half the fun of creating portraits is trying out things you've never done before. :) 

Happy shooting! 
cheers, Alex


 

Alexsandra (Alex, once you meet her!) Wiciel is part of our #inspire2018 speaker and instructor crew, and will be teaching a hands-on shooting class on how to create epic and unique photographs in-camera without using Photoshop. To learn all about her tips and tricks, sign up and join us!

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