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Now that you’ve chosen your photographer What are the next steps This document contains information and instructions on what you can expect over the next few months from your photographer.

John Edgar Trusted Exposures Photography January 26, 2011


Table of Contents The Questionnaire ............................................................................................................... 3 Must get wedding shots ....................................................................................................... 5 Getting Ready............................................................................................................................ 5 Ceremony .................................................................................................................................. 5 Formals ..................................................................................................................................... 6 Reception .................................................................................................................................. 6 Exceptions to the must get list...................................................................................................7

The Engagement Shoot ........................................................................................................8 The Bridal Shoot ................................................................................................................ 10 The Wedding Day ...............................................................................................................11 Trash the Dress .................................................................................................................. 12 What I do with your images............................................................................................... 13 Signing into Pictage ........................................................................................................... 14 Creating Folders on Pictage and adding images ............................................................... 17 Creating the folder ................................................................................................................... 17 Adding Images to a folder ........................................................................................................18 Marking an image as “Private� ................................................................................................ 19

Index of Figures ................................................................................................................ 20

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The Questionnaire Once I have your wedding date in my Studio Management software, I will send you a an electronic questionnaire. This questionnaire asks pertinent questions to help us make the photography of your day go smoother and with no stress on your part. Please provide as much of this information as possible. If you do not have all the information at the time that you receive the questionnaire, please fill out what you can. When you have more information, you can add it to the document and send it to me again. The following is a sample of the questions: 1. Wedding Date 2. Pastor/Ministers Name 3. Contact Number (for the Minister) 4. Wedding Location 5. Wedding Time 6. Reception Location 7. Reception Time 8. Brides Name 9. Grooms Name 10. How many bridesmaids 11. Maid of Honors Name 12. Bridesmaid’s names 13. How many Groomsmen 14. Best Man’s name 15. Groomsmen’s names 16. Name of key person 17. Time and location photography starts (Make-up/Hair, etc) 18. Any rules at the ceremony location we need to know about? 19. Any items of interest we need to know about? 20. Please list any special photographs you would like us to concentrate on. Most of the items listed above are self-explanatory. Some we have found need a bit more explaining. 16. Name of key person. This is the person that knows both sides of the family. My assistant or second photographer will consult this person during the formal pictures to make sure we can quickly and efficiently move through you list of desired formal pictures and not miss anyone. 17. Even though we have the start time for the ceremony and reception, we still are looking for a start time that the photography will start. I have a female photographer that will start when the bride starts to get ready with her hair and make-up appointments. I will show up with the groom and groomsmen when they start to get Page 3


ready. It is recommended that all the groomsmen get ready at the same time and location as the groom. 18. Any rules at the ceremony location we need to know about. This is where there rules for the ceremony location go. Typical rules can include; No flash allowed, photographers must stay behind first pew, or photographers must stay on the balcony at the rear of the church. 20. Use this section to add any special photographs that are not already on our list of must get wedding shots. Even with this list we cannot get all the shots listed. Sometimes the circumstances just do not permit it.

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Must get wedding shots Getting Ready • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Bride's dress on the hanger or over a chair Close-up of bride's shoes Close-up of bride's bouquet Bride in curlers or having makeup applied Bridesmaids applying their makeup Bride putting on garter Mom and/or bridesmaids helping the bride arrange her dress, bustle the train, etc. Close-up of dress details Bride together with bridesmaids Bride hugging mom Flower girl(s) ready to go Mom or bridesmaids putting finishing touches on bride, adding the veil, etc. Bride spending moment alone, thinking quietly, praying or looking out the window Full-length shot of bride all dressed and ready to go Groom putting on tie Groom with groomsmen Ring bearer ready to go Groom with dad, hugging or whispering advice Bride and groom separately getting in the car, limo or cab

Ceremony • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Groom looking out the window, waiting for the bride to arrive Car arriving with bride Bride stepping out of the car Wide shot of ceremony space from the back Guests arriving (especially if they're using special transportation like a shuttle bus, boat or even escalator) Ushers helping grandparents and special guests to their seats Front and back shots of flower girl/ring bearer walking down the aisle Close up of details (guest book, pew decorations, etc.) Groom and groomsmen waiting nervously for bride to walk down aisle Guests sitting down, waiting for ceremony to start Bridesmaids walking down the aisle Wedding party standing at the altar Bride just before walking down the aisle Back shot of bride (and escort) beginning to walk down the aisle Full-frontal shot of bride (and escort) walking down the aisle Close-up of groom's face when he sees bride for the first time (this can be done earlier, if photos are done before the ceremony) Back shot of bride and groom together at the altar with officiant between them Page 5


• • • • • • • • •

Shot focusing on bridesmaids' bouquets, lined up as they hold them at the altar Close-up of each hand as the rings are exchanged Close-up of bride's face, as seen over the groom's shoulder Close-up of groom's face, as seen over the bride's shoulder Shot of both sets of parents' faces as they witness ceremony The kiss Happy couple walking back down the aisle together, as married couple Guests getting ready to shower the couple with well wishes (and bubbles, birdseed, etc.) as they leave Bride and groom walking out of ceremony space, hand-in-hand

Formals • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Full shot of bride and groom together, smiling Full shot of bride and groom hugging Full shot of bride and groom kissing Bride being lifted or carried by groom or sitting on groom's lap Close-up of couples' faces as bride is lifted, carried or sitting on groom's lap Bride with her parents Groom with his parents Bride with groom's parents Groom with bride's parents Bride with bridesmaids Groom with groomsmen Bride with groomsmen Group shot of bride, groom, family and wedding party Groom leaning up against a wall with bride in front of him, kissing Bride and groom walking toward the camera, holding hands Bride and groom walking away from camera, holding hands Bride and groom looking off in the same direction together

Reception • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Close-up of details (place settings, name cards, etc.) Close-up of centerpieces Wide shot of entire room before everyone arrives, even better if taken from above Any special moments during the receiving line process Bride and groom's first dance Groom dipping bride Bride dancing with her dad -- close-up of her face as seen over his shoulder Groom dancing with his mom Close-up of cake Bride showing her new ring to the guests Bride and groom hugging guests, close-ups of faces Best man (or other guests) making a toast to the couple Bride and groom's faces as they listen to the toast(s) Page 6


• • • • • • • • • • • • •

Guests smiling and clapping Guests dancing and cutting loose on the dance floor. (Tip: Ask for a slow shutter speed to get a blurry/focused effect) Wide shot of entire room after guests arrive, even better if taken from above Close-ups of guests' faces, laughing and having a great time -- lots of these Groups of friends sitting together at their table or dancing Bride and groom whispering to each other Parents (or even better, grandparents) dancing Kids dancing or playing around Close-up of band or DJ Bride and groom cutting the cake Bride and groom feeding each other Bride and groom in back seat of getaway car Back of car as it drives away

The list of must have wedding shots is included here for your reference. It can also be downloaded from: http://photos.trustedexposures.com/mustget.pdf

Exceptions to the must get list In reviewing these must get shots, please remember that we do our best to get as many of these as possible. Rules can prevent some pictures from being taken as can whether or not the opportunity to get the shot arises. An example of this would be trying to get a close-up of bride's face, as seen over the groom's shoulder. If there is a rule in place that the photographers cannot come beyond the first pew or that we must be in the rear of the church on the balcony, such shots would be impossible.

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The Engagement Shoot This shoot is done for several reasons. It foremost provides a fun atmosphere to have your photos done and displayed for yourself, your family and your friends. It also allows us to work together so that I can see how you are in front of the camera and for you to see how I am as a photographer. The Engagement shoot can be done in one of two manners. It can be done in studio or outside at a location of your choice. Engagement sessions are generally limited to 2 hours but no more than 3 hours. In either setting, it is encouraged to bring multiple changes of clothing and any items that you want to show off your talents and/or hobbies and interests. Once the pictures have been edited and uploaded for your viewing, I will ask you to select an image that will be used for your event cards. These event cards are generally placed in your invitations and are sent out to all your invited guests. If you do not wish to place them in your invitations, that can be placed on the tables at the reception. See figure 1 for a sample of an event card.

Figure 1: Sample Event Card

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If the wedding package you selected includes an Engagement Album, I will create a digital album design for you to view. But first you will need to create a folder on Pictage that contains the images you would like to have included in the album. Please refer to the section called “Creating Folders on Pictage and adding images�. The typical Engagement Album is 20 pages long. Please put at least 4 pictures per page into this folder. If you would like your engagement album to contain more than 20 pages, please increase the number of pictures to accommodate the increased page count. If you decide to increase the page count, please do so in increments of 10 pages (40 images). If your wedding package does not include an Engagement Album, I can still design one for you. There is no obligation to purchase the album. It is there if you choose to do so. If you would like to see a sample Digital Album design, the following link is to a Wedding Album that was designed. Even though this is a wedding album, the process of designing and displaying the digital album design is the same for the Engagement Album: http://trustedexposures.com/#/kristy---lucas-album/

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The Bridal Shoot Also known as the “Forget me not� session, is where the bride will have a private photo session (no groom present) in her wedding gown. These sessions generally last for about 3 hours and can take place at a variety of locations. Most of the time these shoots range from very serious to completely wacky and fun to anything in between. We will always ask you to bring whatever you would like to include in the pictures. Some ideas are musical instruments, cowboy boots and hat, fun shoes, etc. Always bring a bouquet and be prepared to do a lot of smiling. Here are a few examples of some bridal shots.

Figure 2: Close-up of Bouquet

Figure 3: Fun with strangers

Figure 5: Spectacular Angle

Figure 4: Looking for the groom

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The Wedding Day One of our very talented female photographers will show up at the hair salon when you do to start the photography of your wedding day. Our goal here is to help capture those moments that are generally missed by most brides. I will show up with the groom and groomsmen when they start their process of getting ready. In many cases I start the photographic process with the guys prior to them getting ready by capturing those things they like to do as a group before they start to get ready. In some cases we have been there when the guys play 9 holes of golf in the morning or when they go out on a boat to have some fun and relax. Once the bride and groom show up at the church but are in individual rooms before the start, I have a third and sometimes a fourth photographer show up at the church to take photos of the details in the church. They will capture any of the decor of the church, including any decor that is normally there for all church services and the decor that was added for the day. These detail photographers will also take pictures of your guests arriving and will capture those moments at the beginning of the ceremony that myself and the photographer with the bride cannot catch. After the ceremony I will then take the formal pictures with the female photographer taking the same pictures at a slightly different angle. The fourth photographer will act as an assistant making sure that everyone you want included in your formal pictures is there and ready to be in the pictures. My assistant will work closely with the individual that you have named as the coordinator. This is the person that knows all the people you want in your formal photographs. Some churches and wedding halls put a limit on the time allotted for formal pictures. If the number of pictures you want to take exceeds this allotted time, we can continue taking some more formal pictures at the reception site. So far out of close to a hundred weddings, this has only happened twice. If your reception is in a different location, one of the detail photographers will leave the ceremony early to take detailed photos of the reception location before any of your guests arrive. This photographer will also capture the moment the bride and groom arrive at the reception site.

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Trash the Dress It isn’t how it sounds. We don’t actually trash the dress. This is a term that has been coined on the Internet for brides that get back into their dress and go where ever they want to be photographed. Sure, there are those brides that do literally trash the dress, setting it on fire, cutting it up, etc. We will never ask you to do anything that will destroy the dress. The dress might get a little dirty depending on where you want to go. The Trash the Dress is a very artful and playful way to have a great photo session in the dress. You as the bride are still the focus of the shoot. Your husband is generally present during the shoot and does take part in it. He doesn’t have to rent a tux or wear a suit, unless he wants to. Typically the husbands are in jeans, and sneakers so as not to take away from you, the bride. Here are a few examples from one “Trash the Dress” session:

Figure 6: In an old car

Figure 7: On the sands of the Potomac

Figure 8: Daring it on the Rail Road Tracks

Figure 9: Lying in the Rappahanock River

This is a very unique way of showing off your wedding dress to your friends and family. It is something very different and is done to show off your personality.

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What I do with your images... First thing I do is to take the pictures and copy them to my hard drive. Once all the images have been copied, I will then make a backup copy of them onto a second hard drive. This is done to protect the original images in case something goes wrong with my hard drive. I then import the images into Adobe Lightroom so that I can do an initial scan of the images. Once this scan is done, I will “mark” all the images and filter the images against this mark. This will keep all images visible to me. After the marking is completed, I then go back through the images and look at them closer to evaluate all the details in the image. If I find something wrong with the image I will then remove the mark that was placed on them before. This will in effect remove the image from my view (since I’m filtered on that mark). This does not remove the image. Just removes it from my current view. I do this with all the images. As I’m viewing the detail of the images I am making course adjustments to it if it is needed. Things like tonal and exposure corrections. If more detailed editing is required, I will then tell Lightroom to open the image up in Photoshop so that I can make the more detailed adjustments to the image. This includes any lens corrections, spot removals, selected lighting or darkening of parts of the image. Once this detailed review of the images is completed, the images are then broken up into collections within Lightroom. These collections will be the final folder names on Pictage that the pictures will be grouped in. These groups are generally called: 00_Engagement 01_Bride Preparation 02_Groom Preparation 03_Pre-Ceremony 04_Ceremony 05_Formals 06_Reception 07_First Dance 08_Speeches 09_Cake Cutting 10_Bouquet - Garter 11_Miscellaneous 12_Unselected (unmarked images are placed in this category) If there is a Bridal shoot that has been done, that will be a category called “01_Bridal” and all other categories will be incremented by 1. Unless there was no engagement session, then the Bridal category will be “00_Bridal”. The Unselected category is not uploaded to Pictage. It will however be on your set of images on the DVD’s. If there were no engagement or bridal session done, then the first category will be “01_Bride Preparation”.

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Signing into Pictage The first time you log into Pictage you will need to sign the guest book. After that (and if the event has been release to you), you will sign into Pictage in the Already a Member section. See figure 2 below.

Figure 10: Pictage Sign in Screen

If this is the first time, please enter your first name, last name, and email address into the left side portion of the screen. Now create your password and re-enter that same password. In the Attended as drop down box, please select your role at the wedding. Before you click the View Event button, please check the “I agree to terms of service� check box. Now click View Event. If the photos are not yet available for viewing, the following screen will be displayed:

Figure 11: Images not available

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If the images are available for viewing and have been release to you as the event owner, you will see the following every time you login:

Figure 12: Release Event Reminder

Once you are done viewing all the images and tagging them as public (default) or private, then you will want to click on the Go to Release Event Page >> button shown above. This will release the event so your guests can see the pictures. Any images or folders that you mark as private will not be available for your guests to view. If you put an image in a folder that has been marked private, that image will still be available to your guests unless you mark that image private. Please see the Marking an image as “Private” section on how to mark you images as “Private”. If you are not ready to release the event to your guests, simply click the Close [X] link shown above. Once the above message has gone, a screen similar to this one will be displayed for you:

Figure 13: Main Event Screen

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On the right side of the event cover photo is a list of the available categories. Please see the list sample categories displayed in the section “What I do with your images… “ To view an image in any of the categories, simply click on that category and all the images will be displayed for you (up to the amount set as a default per page). If there are multiple pages, you will be able to progress through the pages of images.

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Creating Folders on Pictage and adding images Creating the folder Once you get into your event on Pictage, you will notice a section that looks like the following:

Figure 14: Event Folder Section

To create a folder, click on the New Folder link. This will display the following:

Figure 15: Create Folder Screen

In the folder name field enter the name of the folder you would like. If this folder is for your use or your family or friends use, please enter any name you would like. If you are creating this folder specifically for Trusted Exposures, please use the following table of folder names for the folders purpose. Proof Album Engagement Album Wedding Album Event Picture Bridal Album

For the 140 4x6 prints in an album For those pictures you want added to your Engagement Album For those pictures you want added to your Wedding Album For the picture you want printed on your Event Card For those pictures you want to be a part of your Bridal Album

Once you have entered the name of your album and set it to either public or private, click ok to create the folder.

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Adding Images to a folder Once you have the folder created, you will want to add images to it. Now you will have to display the category of images that you want to view. These are listed above the folder section. Just click on of the categories and the images in that category will be displayed. To add this image to a folder, click the “Add to Folder� link on the right side of the image.

Figure 16: Image options

Clicking on the fifth icon from the left (second from the right) will allow you to add this image to a folder, category or both. See Figure 5.

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Figure 17: Add image to folder

From this screen you will be able to select any folder that you created (My Favorites is a default Folder). Or you can create a new folder here by clicking on the check box next to create new folder. But the name of the folder in the text box and then click “Add to Folder”. Or click on the name of the folder listed in the box that you want to add the picture too and then click “Add to Folder”.

Marking an image as “Private” If you look at Figure 16: Image options, you will see that there are several options that you can do with each image. We have already discussed how to add this image to a folder. If you would like to mark this image as Private so that your guests cannot view this image, simply click on the “Make Private” link on the right. This will hide if from your guests.

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Index of Figures Figure 1: Sample Event Card ...............................................................................................8 Figure 2: Close-up of Bouquet ........................................................................................... 10 Figure 3: Fun with strangers ............................................................................................. 10 Figure 4: Looking for the groom ....................................................................................... 10 Figure 5: Spectacular Angle ............................................................................................... 10 Figure 6: In an old car ....................................................................................................... 12 Figure 7: On the sands of the Potomac ............................................................................. 12 Figure 8: Daring it on the Rail Road Tracks ..................................................................... 12 Figure 9: Lying in the Rappahanock River ....................................................................... 12 Figure 10: Pictage Sign in Screen ...................................................................................... 14 Figure 11: Images not available ......................................................................................... 14 Figure 12: Release Event Reminder .................................................................................. 15 Figure 13: Main Event Screen............................................................................................ 15 Figure 14: Event Folder Section ........................................................................................ 17 Figure 15: Create Folder Screen ........................................................................................ 17 Figure 16: Image options ................................................................................................... 18 Figure 17: Add image to folder .......................................................................................... 19


Now that you've chosen your photographer