How to choose a photographer

 

 

Price

Without knowing one’s budget,  we will go lightly in this section – However the old caveat is true – you do get what you pay for.

 

Style 

WEA Photography Portrait session

What type of session are you wanting to shoot?  Headshots, Family, Newborn, Senior, couples, boudoir, fashion, editorial, food, beauty – the list can go on.  Once you determine the concept that you want,  then you can begin your search via referral, google, social media for the photographer who specializes in that particular genre.  Just as you shouldn’t expect to eat great barbecue from a Pizza/Wing shop or prime rib at 24 hour breakfast spot,  don’t expect the best images for your new born if you select a food photographer.  Select those who specialize in what your looking for.

 

 

Visual

  Once you narrow down the style that you want to shoot & the photographers who fit it.  The next step is to review their portfolio|collection.  Do you prefer natural light outdoor shoots?  Do you prefer indoor studio lighting w/ backdrops? Or combination of both?  Do you prefer all color photographs or do you enjoy the classic black & white look? Do you like your photographs heavily edited, skin finely smoothed & extra photoshop?  Are you a fan of bright photographs or shadowy moody types? Those are some of the questions that you should ask yourself as you are reviewing a perspective photographers work.  Does their finished photographs appeal to you?  If your preference is all color heavily edited photographs shot with studio light and backdrops brightly lit, then paying for a session with a photographer who’s images do not fit that look is a waste of your time & money.

 

 

Legitimate business – website  

With the evolution of social media in particular Instagram,  the encouragement to photograph different things is high.  With an easy entry level via Best Buy  & Instagram,  one could find a photographer on every corner in Atlanta or most cities across the United States.  In my opinion, look closely at those photographers who seek to differentiate themselves from the masses.  Photographer’s who strive to increase their integrity via business structure (Corporation|LLC) or licensing,  those who can offer studio space (rent, share, lease or home) in addition to outside on location settings & a website presence.  All of those items listed require an additional financial investment for the photographer & should be considered a factor in your decision to hire.  To me, it’s one of the dividing lines between those who do photography as a hobby and those who operate with a business focus.   Having a free page on facebook, Instagram, Flickr is easy,  it requires no investment to start a page on those platforms and brand yourself a photographer – select wisely.

 

 

Service|Experience 

Besides just taking your photo & giving you some digital’s on dropbox, what other services does your photographer choice offer?  Prepping for your photo shoot can be hectic, there’s outfits to choose, hair  nails and face appointments etc it can be stressful.  To lesson your pre and post shoot burden,  seek a photographer who can offer a full array of services – I.E. “Full Service”.   WEA Photography offers pre shoot wardrobe consultation to help select your outfit choices by coming up with a “mood board” of what outfits are appealing to your goal, then we narrow it down from there.   We have offer in house hair styling/make up services via our staff so that you don’t have to run all over town trying to get these things done before the shoot.  After the shoot, we don’t just send you a gallery link and say choose! – we view your gallery together in person within the same day & you’re selections are made the same day in most cases.  Let’s get back to the digital’s & dropbox, can your photographer choice offer you anything outside of digital’s?  Can they offer you fine art prints, luxury albums, large wall art collections, edited session films, an app to quickly access your images via phone or tablet in addition to just digital’s?  If you’re seeking more than just a “shoot & burn” photography experience – seek those photographers who can offer you a high level of service and experience.

 

 

Contract/Agreement/model release

Photo shoots are fun no doubt, however there should always be some policies in place to protect both photographer and client in case of “variables” that can arise.  Copyrights, social media credits, altering or editing, cancellations, reschedules, photo usage, payment arrangements, deposits, product delivery & how many should be addressed within these agreements.    Nothing dampens the experience for a photographer than to see their edited photos altered, filtered, cropped in any form other than how they were delivered to the client & to have to inform them that it violates the contract that they both signed.  Nothing dampens the experience for a client than to not receive everything that they paid for stipulated in the agreement.  To avoid those missteps, ask your selected photographer if they have such an agreement for you to read over and you both sign.  That way everyone has a piece of mind and can fully enjoy the session experience

 

Press Release WEA Photography Atlanta Portrait Boudoir Studio

Award-winning Atlanta Portrait and Boudoir Photographer continues to dominate the headline

Popular Atlanta boudoir photography expert, W.E.A Photography, continues to garner reviews from different quarters

W.E.A Photography is a rare collaboration of a husband|wife team that has taken the photography industry by storm. The company runs a boutique full-service photography studio located in Inman Park. The Atlanta portrait expert specializes in boudoir, intimate portraits, editorial photography for individuals and businesses. Over the years, the popularity of the couple’s boudoir photography in Atlanta has grown – with WEA Photography becoming one of the most sought-after solutions providers in the field.

Photography is described as an art that is used to express different perceptions of life. Photos are often used to help people capture beautiful memories such as travel adventures, the first few steps taken by a toddler, and weddings. Over the years, different creative minds and other stakeholders in the industry have emerged to provide clients with the best possible experience. One couple that is seemingly rewriting the history books in the photography industry is William and Rhonda Allen, founders of W.E.A. Photography. The company’s fast dominance in the industry is largely attributed to the creativity and ingenuity in their works.

The company’s 1000 sf private studio is one of the distinguishing assets of the company due to its location in Inman Park – steps from the picturesque Eastside beltline, offering clients the best possible photography experience in Atlanta. With proven expertise in The Boudoir Experience, Portraits, and Editorials, the couple and their team at W.E.A. Photography have worked with tons of individual and commercial clients in Atlanta Georgia and across the United States of America.

The unique combination of affordability and quality by W.E.A. Photography has helped it to receive accolades from different quarters, featuring in top outlets such as The Fox Magazine, Shuba Mag, and Ellements.  Testimonial’s include – “Shooting with Will is an experience I’ll never forget. Will surely knows how to work the camera and make you feel so confident and comfortable. The boudoir photoshoot made me feel so beautiful and really begin to love every part of my body. He highlights and captures such intimate moments. I’m so honored and consider myself lucky to work with him.”

For more information about W.E.A. Photography and their amazing photography solutions, please visit – https://virginaperture.com/.

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About W.E.A. Photography

W.E.A. Photography is a photography company that specializes in intimate portraits, editorial, and boudoir. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company was founded by award-winning photography experts – William and Rhonda Allen.

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How to prep for your photo shoot Atlanta

Atlanta Portrait session WEA Photography

As the big date nears, here are the top 10 things that you should do to look & feel your best for your photo shoot!

 

  1. Hydration – Make sure you drink plenty of water 24 hours before the shoot,  Being hydrated will give your skin a clean healthy shine. Try to get plenty of rest the day before
  2. Unless you’re working with one of my MUA’s (Make up artist’s) for the shoot, please have your hair, makeup, and lashes done upon arrival.  
  3. Do NOT wash your hair the day of your shoot, wash it the night before. Natural oils in your hair will help your hair style ‘hold’ better. If you must wash your hair the day of, don’t show up to your session with wet or damp hair.
  4. Wear loose clothing before the shoot so you prevent marks on your skin. Avoid wearing socks, tight jeans, underwear, or a bra to the session as well because these tend to leave lines on your skin and these are difficult to remove in photos.
  5. Use clear deodorant
  6. Don’t do anything drastic to your body/skin right before the session – IF you must have a haircut, hair treatment, facial, tan, wax, or tweeze; do this several days before to avoid skin irritation.
  7. Stop tanning at least three days before your shoot. avoid looking orange for the photo session
  8. Manicure|Pedicure recommended, avoid chipped polish, jagged nails
  9. Do basic stretches daily leading up to the shoot & practice pointing your toes. 
  10. Rest! Several deep sleeps are highly recommended as it helps increase your energy and skin glow

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Atlanta Portrait Photographer 30A Adventure – Allison

@the.allison.lee

Wife and I ventured to Florida for a couple days for a little work and R/R.   That’s where we met with several clients – Including the lovely Allison Lee.

Since It’s Thanksgiving day as I post this, we felt that it would be appropriate to share this kitchen table boudoir set that we shot with this lovely lady.   Enjoy

2 published Atlanta boudoir photo shoots

Recently had two boudoir photo shoots that we did for our client’s published in November’s fashion/beauty editorial magazine Ellements

The 1st was shot on location at our old location in  West Midtown,

2nd location was in the Oakland Park Cemetery  

Our staff MUA Mackenzie Lee Kuns  was awarded with her first feature in a publication – for the work she did with our client Lexa Stahl

 

Destination – Lexa Stahl Atlanta

@lexa_stahl

http://gallery.virginaperture.com/fineartprints

Met this NPC nationally qualified physique competitor and incredible young lady when she retained my services for an off season shoot in December.  It was obvious from the start that we had the same work ethic as we knocked out a number of outfits in a short amount of time.

We teamed up again twice in May and the results were outstanding, here’s some from the 1st shoot in May.
For more phenomenal images from this shoot, “behind the scenes”  film & others – click here.
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Boudoir Session Atlanta w/ Nardia

@nardiathemodel

Had an opportunity a while back to connect with Nardia via social media.  In addition to being a lovely model, she is also a flight attendant – so we had a chance to link up for a boudoir session in Atlanta while she was laid over for the night.
We ended up shooting two outfits lingerie and nude silhouettes during sunset .  The results were fabulous – scroll down to see.   For additional phenomenal images from the shoot – click here or the fans tab on the menu above.
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For more phenomenal images from this shoot, “behind the scenes”  & others – click here or the fans tab on the menu above.
 
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Summer session w/ Devyn Atlanta

 

Devyn Hicks

@devyn.hicks

 
The goal of most all photographers is to set their camera’s  during a shoot, so that the image is close to immaculate straight out of the camera (SOOC).  Reason being is so that less time spent during the editing process.
This was one of those shoots were everything came together, muse, lighting, colors and vibe.    Enjoy.       For additional images from this shoot & more,  visit our fans page.