How much time is needed to take professional event photos?
The simple answer is that it often takes much more time to take professional event photos then people expect.
People will often contact a photographer and say something like “We just need you for 2 hours”.
One of the hardest things to get across to the general public is that when you hire a photographer for say 2 hours, it’s taking up probably closer 6 to 8 hours of the photographer’s time. First of all the photographer needs to travel to and from the venue where the photos will be taken. Photographers never know where they’ll be working each day so often have to spend many hours travelling to and from one off locations.
Photographers don't like to be late to the start of any event so will often get to the venue an hour or so before the event is due to start. They use this time to also scope out the venue, see the lighting conditions and how best to light the venue if they plan to use flashes or lightstands.
Once the shoot is over the photographer still has to go back home or to their office and begin processing the photos. This can often take longer then the time spent taking the images. Even the most basic culling and editing takes most photographers a minimum of 2 hours. Culling is the process of deciding which images to keep and which to take on to the editing stage.
Whats elements of the room should I consider with regards to photographing my event?
The way your room is layed out can totally effect how well your photos come out. In most situations that are set indoors a photograph will have to use a flash to get the best out of the images. One of the nicest kind of flash light is when it is bounced off of a white ceiling. This is why a photographer's flash can put straight up in the air. It's designed that way to turn a white ceiling into a huge softbox that will fill the room in a nice even light. If the ceiling is some other colour besides white, then it will taken on that colour. For example if the ceiling is orange, then when you use a flash it will make the people in the photo orange. If the ceiling is black, as is often the case in many nightclubs then it will not reflect the light at all and make it much harder for the photographer to get light on to the subject of the photo.
Tips for having great portrait and headshot photos
Having your photo professionally taken can be a door opener. On sites such as LinkedIn it’s expected that you will have a photo of yourself and many people find including a photograph of themselves on a CV boosts the number of job interviews.
For women, be mindful of how much make up you use. Modern cameras can pick up every little detail and often using too much foundation makeup can ruin a photo. Also if you are shooting in a hot location the makeup can start to melt and will look even worse.
Wear colours that compliment your natural hair and skin tones. If you have long black hair for example, then wearing a black top will make it harder to see the fine details of your hair.
Bring something to pat down any shine on your face. Shiny skin doesn’t look very nice in photos, so having a small face towel or napkin can work wonders.
Fly away hair also doesn’t look good in most photos. So have a comb or hair brush handy to comb your hair and maybe some water or hair spray if needed.
We recommend you wear solid colours that compliment your skin tone. If you have light skin and wear a black top the camera will have a harder time balancing the light. The same if you have dark skin and wear white, either your skin will come out too dark or the shirt will come out too white and for formal photos suggest you don’t wear tops with Big Logos, Writing, Slogans, Drawings, Cartoons, Photos, Faces, etc