I have been asked a few times lately, “do you shoot weddings?” The answer is yes! I am not a full time wedding photographer nor do I want to be. Too much of any one thing gets boring after a bit. I like variety, so I shoot a few weddings a year. The best deal is any referral that books with John Whitehead Images, gets either $50 in cash or $75 in credit towards a shoot or prints. Above are a few images I toned for a wedding I shot in Delaware this summer.
I shoot in a candid/photojournalist style and environmental/location portrait style. I prefer to hire a second photographer at weddings. A second shooter not to be confused with an assistant can be used to complement your style. They also allow more freedom in coverage because one person can cover the basics and the other can try different angles. The first shot above is a shot that would not be possible with one photographer. I was able to shoot the first kiss from a different perspective because the second photographer was at the traditional location.
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Taking portraits can be easy or difficult depending on the age, and variety of other factors. Most location photographers charge per hour. I decided years about to not head down that path. The reason is I really care about the quality of images I produce. Most photographers either run a low volume high quality or high volume with varied quality business model.
I also do not set time limits for shoots, nor do I schedule more than two shoots a day. That is right high school seniors, change outfits as many times as you like.
Depending on the clients goal, I usually have a few different locations or a variety of locations in one area. Location is key in environmental photography. I am looking for uncluttered, clean but interesting background. I have a variety of urban and rural locations and am always will to try new spots.
Last of all I tone and do all Photoshop work myself. That gives me the ability to crop and tone each image specifically. All retouching, custom tones, and layering is at no extra charge.
My typical work flow is I post your images to my client cart, you choose your favorites. I tone those images in a variety of ways. You pick your final images, and I post a new gallery to make sure you are satisfied with my work before printing.
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Location/Environmental senior portraits I shot of an FFA high school student. Fall is going to be gone soon but I have a few slots open. Get ready to book for winter. Winter senior portraits can actually be really nice. Location is key so if you are not sure what is a nice location give me a call and I can make some suggestions.
All images were taken at Total Equine Learning Center in Mechanicsburg.
Every year since my daughter was born we hike on Columbus day. This years trip was to Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, Maryland. My daughter hated getting her photo by herself as a child but was always willing to do it with the dogs. This was Annabelle’s first Columbus day hiking trip and portrait session. Trying to get two dogs to listen especially a 10-month-old bluetick coonhound is very difficult. Luckily, my daughter was able to dive between her legs and get this image before they moved on.
Here are a few more images from the hike.
It is that time of year to start planning holiday photographs and cards. I will start booking up fast so please call as soon as possible.
Holiday Card Templates
All templates can be altered. I can change type, color etc. Card set-up fee will be waived if you use a portrait I have taken. Otherwise, I card a small fee. Please call for prices.
A few new abstract leaf images I will have available for purchase on my website. Images are a printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag and a variety of other materials. Images can be ordered as a print or a archivally framed print. They are great Holiday gifts.
Fall is heading this way! It does not last long and I book up fast, so please contact me as quickly as possible. It is also a great time to get photographs for Holiday cards. I create custom cards so you can use me as a one stop shop. I will post some of the available designs in a blog post later this week.
Another Holiday option is creating a custom book. I can use your images throughout the year, portraits I take or a blend of both. These are extremely high quality books I create and order from AuskaBook. They have a variety of styles to choose from but one of my favorite is the Layflat Hard Cover.
Here is a relaxed senior portrait I shot along the Susquehanna River last week. I am not a fan of the traditional in studio portraits. If you are look for something different give me a call.
I took this yesterday while my neighbors daughter was playing on the trampoline with her brother. I was initially drawn because of her hair, but I notice her sitting down looking the other way. I walked over and put my camera through a hole in the screen and said I have peanuts all over my head. She turned and looked. The natural moment is made because of the combination of the strap off her shoulder, the hair and the expression on her face. I could never set something up like this and get it to work. Oh, and for the title I actually call her baby not by her name.