Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer

The cookie cutter wedding album. We’ve all seen it. The pictures look almost exactly the same as ones we’ve seen before. The couple’s personality is nowhere to be seen. It’s just the same old same old. A lot of photography and videography companies tout some decently low prices. They can do a full day for half the price of the person that you’ve admired their work. The problem is the adage that we’ve all become used to. You get what you paid for. Today we compare Photography chains versus the Individual Photographer for your wedding.

Photography chains versus the Individual Photographer

Benefits of going with a Chain

The benefits are there. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t necessarily be in business. The biggest thing they have going for them is their price. They tend to be cheaper, because they’ve figured out how to cut costs in ways that allow them to be a low price. For the couples that are looking to check the box and ensure they get the photos and videos, they can go with these chains. They will get the job done and do it efficiently. We live in a world that values efficiency and effectiveness, so there’s nothing wrong with that.

They also have packages that go from the cheapest budget to the smallest budget. They can give you so much more for the same price as the individual. They have an army of photographers and videographers ready to work for whatever price they can get. That means you can get more if you have a little more to spend on your wedding.

Finally, they tend to make few mistakes, as they tend to vet the people. The last thing that anyone wants to do is give a refund. The chains know this upfront and try to vet their people as best they can before sending them out. This can mean that you are getting people that will follow the rules and not stray out of line. No chance of them ruining your wedding day in that case.

Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer
His speech was not about photography, but he was photogenic.

Benefits of going with the Individual

The individual photographer does not always have a large company backing them up. They don’t have quotas to meet and they do this for the love of it. They have the freedom to do things that may be risky, but have a much larger reward. Even more than that, they have the time to get to know you. They won’t send you a form to fill out or a survey to take. They will meet with you at a coffee shop or brewery and they will get to know you for who you are. They will make your story be more personable.

They don’t tend to have as many clients, or if they do, they don’t have other obligations to meet with those clients. The good individual photographer and videographer will give you the time you deserve. The time that you pay for. It’s important to find a photographer or videographer that gives you that time. There’s nothing worse than a rush job, especially not when it comes to your story.

Finally, without a big chain backing them up, the individual has to be held personal responsible for any of the mistakes made during your big day. They don’t want to mess it up, because they lose your trust and your referral. The individual is going to work as hard as they can to ensure that you are incredibly happy when they send you your photos and videos. This comes with a price, yes, but you only have one wedding day.

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Which do you choose? It’s tough.

Choosing

You need to do what is best for you as a couple. Don’t put yourselves into bankruptcy, because the photographer you want also caters to millionaires. Find ones that are in your area. Ones that understand you and ones that want to help you. They will be competitively priced to stay afloat, but most photographers and videographers will work with you and your budget.

Your story is your story. Meet with a few photographers and videographers, whether they be the chains or the individuals. One might come to be the apparent victor when you hear from them and learn what they can do. If one worked for one person, doesn’t always mean that they will work for you and your unique story. Keep that in mind and shop around a little bit. It’s your big day and you deserve the best.

2211 Photography and Videography

Now, we are the individual in this story. There are only two of us and we want to tell your story in the best way possible. We strive to fit with most stories and couples. The work we put in will make your story as memorable as it can be. We have a passion for storytelling through our lenses and we want to tell your story. From the moment that you contact us to the first time you see your photos and videos, you will know that your story is in good hands.

Here’s the individual

Ending

So, you can go with the company that will best suit your story. You can go with the chain that will do everything you want for a good price point. You can even book 2211 for your photography and videography needs. Regardless of whom you choose, just ensure you get someone that will tell your story the best. Here’s Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer.

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

Come on and Vogue. Let your body move to the music. Madonna said it and posed for it. Now we are here looking for ways to pose. Not all of us are models, in fact very few of us are. But that does not mean that posing has to be weird or awkward for us. Photography is happening all around us. For the most part, we know to smile and look at the camera, but what do you do when you’re taking your engagement and wedding photos? Do you look at the camera? Do you try to pose? Here’s The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing.

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The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

Loving Poses

Wedding and engagements are all about the love you share with your significant other. The story of your love and who you are as a couple. Therefore, there are going to be a lot of loving-style poses. Getting close to one another. Kissing is going to happen a lot. There’s going to be lots of coming together and holding each other tight. For a lot of couples, these will not be anything new, but doing them in front of someone else can be a little intimidating. PDA is not a lot of couple’s style. But the pictures are meant to show your love, so don’t be afraid to get a little closer. No one is going to judge you, and if they do, send them our way. We’ll talk to them for you.

The poses to get ready for in the loving category are as follows.

  1. Kissing – That’s just normal in these shoots and on this day.
  2. Hugging – Another typical pose, so make sure you put on your deodorant.
  3. Holding hands – A pretty typical symbol for love that most people can do easily.
  4. Dipping – We’ve all seen it but a few don’t know how to do it. Practice at home, for sure.

The big thing you need to remember is if any of these things don’t seem like your style, be sure to let your photographer know. A good photographer wants to make you comfortable, not feeling awkward.

Fun Poses

Every now and then, you get to see poses that couples do that really blow up the social media feeds. The couple s just having fun, either with their wedding party or by themselves. You see the people laughing, maybe the groomsmen are doing something funny, or the bridesmaids have put on a funny face. Whatever the makeup of your wedding party, it’s important to make sure you have fun. The day is long and can be stressful, but the party isn’t just there to stand with you at the altar. They can help you have fun, even when posing.

Smiling is the most common pose that you will see in anyone’s album. The faces of those that celebrated their day showing off their teeth in big grinning faces. These are common, but for good reason. Smiles are what we do when we feel happy. They day is supposed to be happy. So the smile just fits. Show it off in whatever way you can, whether it be while laughing, or even just talking with your party. Let the smile come through in the pictures.

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Now here’s a fun pose

Be Yourself

The most fun that we have had in photographing couple is when they come with some ideas for poses. They can do things that we have never even thought of. They really let their personality’s show in what they do. It is our job to let your personality show in the pictures, but from we can’t know everything about you, only you and possibly your therapist can do that. So don’t be afraid to let your personality show. Give the photographer some of your favorite poses that you’ve seen. Even go off script a little bit and do what you can.

We got to take some awesome engagement photos with Afton and Caleb. One of the things that we did with them was let the personality show. They came up with a few ideas of pretending to be on the cover of a rap album. They gave us some awesome photos with that. After, we came across the Viking ship in front of US Bank stadium. Naturally, we had to take photos as if they were Vikings. We had a blast and letting them just be themselves is what gave us some of the best photos. One thing we can give to you for this Wedding photographer’s guide to posing is to be yourself.

Photographer’s Responsibility

When you get a good photographer, they will come with poses ready to go. They will give you what you need to make your photos look spectacular. Not only that, but they will make you not feel awkward. They will put you at a sense of ease. The photographer needs to get good photos, they need to make you look good. If they are making you feel awkward and putting you out of your place, they are not doing it right. With that being said, sometimes a pose can feel a little weird. Not natural. But if you’ve got a good photographer, you can trust them. They know that the pose will look great, even if in the moment, it feels a little weird.

Wedding Photographer's Guide to Posing
Here’s our photographer giving some poses

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

You don’t have to be Madonna or a runway model to know how to pose. Really all that you need is a good photographer and the realization that the posing will only last for about a day. Don’t skimp on the photographers and don’t let your pictures be awkward. Instead, get someone you know you can trust. Check out our work. We’d love to tell your story and we have a lot of posing ideas for you.

Urban Engagement Session

Silhouetter urban engagement session

We had the pleasure of shooting an engagement session right in the heart of Minneapolis. The Stone Arch Bridge Area is a must-see and now we know as a must shoot for any urban engagement session that wants to feature Minneapolis. The bridge, the falls, the parks on either side and some great restaurants. Let’s talk about everything we learned on this gorgeous shoot.

Urabn engagement session on Stone Arch Bridge
Look at that dip. The first time they had done that.

The bridge area

The bridge itself is often populated with people. We were unsure how the crowds would be, but we had seen a lot of people taking pictures on the bridge before and most crowds would let people be. We were lucky enough to have a rainy day that subsided right before we started taking the pictures. The overcast skies acted like a soft box and made for some perfect lighting.

The cement and rails created some great lines that created solid horizons and visuals pointing straight to the couple. The falls allowed for variation in the background from the cement and urban environment. The walk through the bridge was nothing to sneeze at, either. We got a good workout during this session.

Mill City Museum, Guthrie, and Gold Medal Park

Silhouetter urban engagement session
Even their silhouettes showcase their love

The Mill City Museum is inside of some ruins of an old mill that burnt some time ago. The partially destroyed building creates a unique look on the Minneapolis skyline and perfect for this urban engagement session. We took some of our favorite photos outside of the building. The stone walls looked both castle-like and urban, allowing for us to create an amazing backdrop for the couple as they joked around and got more into the session.

The park beside the museum also allowed us to give some nature to this urban landscape. We took some of the artwork and made it the focal point of the pictures. The couple loved taking the photos and had some fun coming up with some new poses as we went. Backdrop of The Guthrie allowed us to take these stunning silhouette photos that are sure to set the couples pictures apart from the ones we’ve all seen on social media.

Lesson learned: Poses

Album pose urban engagement session
This couple loved to have some fun. That’s for sure.

Getting the couple to pose over and over again can sometimes feel a little repetitive and almost demanding. We had to find poses that not only showcased who they were, but showed the love they had for one another. We got this fun “album shot” that showcased their sense of humor. Not traditional, but definitely one of our favorites.

Overall: Urban Engagement Session

Having fun at the urban engagment session
This shoot was so much fun

We had a blast, learned a lot, and came up with some absolutely beautiful photos. We also were able to create a trailer for the couple. A “In a world” type trailer that will serve as an announcement of their upcoming wedding on Facebook, YouTube, and social media. Look for that in the coming weeks. Check out our options or book us.