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Rachael’s Scottsdale Business Portrait

Rachael’s Scottsdale Business Portrait

Rachael’s Scottsdale Business Portrait

I know most people don’t really look forward to headshots, but they really don’t need to be stressful!

I had a great time on this photoshoot with Rachael.  My assistant, a.k.a. my 14 year old daughter Freya, and I met her at her home. 

Her backyard had some great greenery, and it did not take long to get set up and start shooting.  I loved that it was so simple and comfortable for Rachael, which really showed in her images. 

Though formal portraits were out of her comfort zone, she was so relaxed and easy to work with.  

Chandler Photographer Takes Outdoor Business Portraits of West USA Realtor

Rachael is a local Real Estate agent specializing in investment properties.  

She is very confident, friendly, and has had personal experience with investment properties, which makes her a great option if you are looking for a property. 

Chandler Photographer Takes Outdoor Business Portraits of West USA Realtor

She works out of West USA Realty in Scottsdale, here is a little info about her:

I started my real estate education as a child. My parents built an apartment building that we lived in and managed. Over the years I helped with every aspect, from maintenance to marketing. As an adult, I took advantage of the market downturn 8 years ago to kickstart my own investment career. I currently own 7 houses, 1 apartment complex, and have successfully completed several fix and flips.

A successful strategy in any real estate transaction is vital. No matter your unique needs, I know that I can help you achieve your real estate goals. I will help you navigate through the processes involved in your transaction and help you build a successful strategy in this Arizona real estate market.

To find out more about Rachael and her services, you can visit her site or call her.

Rachael Kielsky – West USA Realty  (602) 697-3593

 

Rachael’s Scottsdale Business Portrait

 

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Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit Down and Talk Wedding Photography

Guest Blog by John Tarr

I am a retired wedding photographer myself with over 1,300 weddings under my belt in the last 45 plus years.  

I understand this type of photography and I know what it takes to come away from this wonderful family event with images people will cherish for years to come.  

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

I have trained a number of photographers to shoot weddings over the years and I know photography talent.

Two photographers with this talent are my daughter-in-law Candace Gier and my son Jason Tarr. I may be a bit prejudice because they are family but I realized early on that these two had something special.

In the beginning, they accompanied me to weddings as an assistant and then later as a second shooter.Now they both have their own photography business but frequently team up to shoot weddings together. 

When they do, look out. The bride, groom and family are in for a real treat of stunning images. We also get to share in this treat.

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

I had a chance to sit down with these two amazing wedding photographers and ask them some questions on this business called wedding photography.

I also had a chance to shadow the two of them on a wedding and took still and video images of them at work so we could get a peek at what they do.

Their relationship with each other, spoken and unspoken as they worked through the day was unique.

The images on this blog are the result of that day’s work. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did following them.

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #1:  Why are two photographers important when photographing a wedding.

 

Candace: I feel two photographers can cover a wedding more completely than one can.  Not only can two photographers be in two different places at one time, but each one offers a unique perspective of the wedding.    

Jason: Well, my first reason is two heads is always better than one. You can feed off each other’s creativity. The second reason would be that as a photographer, you get to relax and consentrate on what is going on right in front of you, and not worry that you are missing something out of your view because you know that the other photographer is around and capturing something else that is important.

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

 Question #2: When you two photograph a wedding together, what is generally your role and why?

 

Candace: Typically, when photographing with Jason, I work with the bride prior to the ceremony, capturing her getting ready and taking all or most pre-ceremony portraits.  During the ceremony, I document the ceremony from the back of the ceremony site, while Jason is up front.  After the ceremony, I focus on all of the formal portraits, setting up the lighting and posing – from the big groups down to the bride and groom portraits.  Once the reception hits, Jason and I are both, again, documenting the evening.  We always help each other out, offer ideas, and collaborate on trying new – fun techniques.  

Jason: Usually the person who signs up the wedding is the main portrait photographer, as this is their wedding and the couple is most comfortable with them and makes the portrait a lot easier right off the bat. 

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #3: Is the photography equipment different depending on the role you are taking on and why?

 

Candace: When doing portraits, you need to have extra lighting equipment ready to go, usually a light stand with a second off camera flash and soft box. I need a lens with a good range; I prefer my 18-200.  When photographing as the second – I prefer to have 2 cameras, with a wide angle, a long lens, and a fast lens available at all times.  An on-camera flash is on one camera.

  Jason: As the photojournalist, I will shoot with two of the same type of camera bodies, but with two very different lenses attached to each. One camera will have a very fast, long 70-200mm lens that enable’s me to reach out from a long way off and touch someone. I love the compression this lens gives. I also like the shallow depth of field. Much of the background goes out of focus while the main element is nice and sharp. The second camera body has a super wide angle 20mm lens attached. The feeling it gives is much different. Everything comes out in focus without really trying unlike the BIG lens. It will show everything that is going on and the slight wide angle distortion is amazing. I live in both worlds when shooting a wedding and it helps me to make a complete story with my photography.  

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #4:  Does that role change throughout the course of the wedding and why?

 

   Candace: I will usually shoot portraits, but Jason almost always has some things he wants to set up, so I’ll let him take lead and then I’ll take over looking for different angles from another perspective.

Jason: Yes, it can, but usually during the portraits of the bride and groom, as one photographer might have an idea for a shot and need to take control of the subject, as to how they want them to pose.

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #5: At what point in photographic career did you realize what role you liked better and why?

 

Candace: I’ve always enjoyed documenting events, looking for unique perspectives, but it was probably after I had quite a bit experience creating portraits that I realized I liked wedding portraiture.  Once I was effectively able to pose and light my subjects in many different situations, I found that portraits can be fun and creative.

Jason: Right from the start I loved the more candid, photojournalistic approach. I loved capturing people as they truly are.   

Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #6: What type of communication do you have about the wedding with each other before the wedding starts and does it change after the wedding has begun?

 

Candace: All of the basics are discussed – timeline, bride and groom info, family info, any special surprises, lighting issues that may come up (direct sunset on ceremony, dark reception area etc. . )  We usually choose portrait locations, and any special ideas we have.  If problems arise during the ceremony, or unexpected events or obstacles, we just signal each other and adapt to the situation.

Jason: We talk together about a week before the wedding. Then in more detail on the way to the wedding. We try and get to the location early and get a lay of the land and discuss what we have before us. As the wedding goes on we may make some changes.

Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

One final question for you two: Do you each share an interesting shot that was taken?

 

They both answered the same on this question.

When possible and if time allows, we share our images with each other. We are big fans of each others photography.

I hope you find this blog interesting on what it takes to photograph a wedding from inside the head of two very good and seasoned wedding photographers.

Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

They both have their own website with many beautiful images to look at. 

You can find them here: Candace Gier at C G Photo and Design

Jason Tarr at Behind The Shutter Photography

I may not shoot wedding anymore but I keep my hands full by being a graphic artist and building websites for people and businesses. I designed both of their websites to show off their photography skills.

You can find John Tarr at Best Website Solutions .

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Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

This last Sunday I had the pleasure of participating in the Prescott Bridal Affaire Expo.  

It was at the beautiful Hassayampa Inn in downtown Prescott. 

This historic building was an amazing venue to meet and get to know some potential clients.

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona
Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

I took my husband and oldest daughter up to help, and I’m so thankful they were there. 

My husband was amazing, helping to get the 5 of the 8 foot tall grids up for my display, and was truly my best salesman! 

His outgoing and fun personality was great for pulling people into my booth, and talking my services up. 

My daughter, though a little shy, was taking the overflow when Erik and I were talking to other people. 

She was making sure everything was running smoothly and handing out brochures.  I love having my family part of my business.

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona
Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

My display was simple, but I feel it was very classic. 

With the grids, I was able to display my photos in a museum-like way which really made it stand out. 

I simply mounted my images onto foam boards, and glued magnets to the back. 

20 minutes to put the grids up, and 5 to add the photos! It took way more time to drag everything in and out.

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona
Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

I talked to so many great brides, grooms, mothers of brides, and even a couple grandmothers of brides!  I also met some wonderful Prescott wedding vendors. 

I am so excited to work with some of these brides, photograph at the beautiful locations, and get to know some of the friendly vendors I met who work in Prescott and the surrounding areas.

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona is a blog post by photographer Candace Gier of C G Photo and Design.

 

CG Photo and Design of Arizona photography offers the best of wedding photography and lifestyle portraits.

Candace Gier

(480) 603-7865

Candace@cgphotoanddesign.com

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

Living in the East Valley, I am familiar with many of the regular portrait venues, but it’s nice to find new places outside of my area. 

Every time I’m in downtown Phoenix, I see so many potential places for portraits, but one that just seems to have it all in one place is Heritage Square. 

I know it’s a popular place for many photographers, but since most of my clients live in the East Valley, and driving into Phoenix is a little inconvenient, I don’t really have the opportunity to take a family there! 

So, why not use my own little models? 

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

We had my little god-daughter staying with us from out of town for a week last summer. 

When you have 4 girls, one more is really not a problem. 

She was actually a pleasure to have, and so much fun. 

We filled most of our days with swimming and playing, but decided at least one big day out would be fun before she left. 

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

We got up early, drove up to the top of S. Mountain for a short walk and some sight-seeing.

Then headed to Phoenix for some ice – cream at Mac Alpines (YUM), went to the Phoenix Art Museum (amazing as usual), then – since we were down there, ended our day out with a mini-portrait session at Heritage Square.

Why not, right? 

These poor girls were run ragged for the day, sweaty and tired, but such good sports! 

 

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

They managed some sincere smiles between the goofing off and comments like, “Are we done yet?” And, “Can we just go home?”

All in all, it went well, we got some great shots in the short amount of time we were there, and I got my chance to try out a new venue!

 

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

 

CG Photo and Design of Arizona photography offers the best of wedding photography and lifestyle portraits.

Candace Gier

(480) 603-7865

Candace@cgphotoanddesign.com

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