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Each sun-dance photographer works with an assistant (a photographer in training), who also takes pictures. These assistants get direction on their timing, and the best moment to capture a shot. Afterwards, Reynolds says, they are critiqued for every photo shoot. “We’re very positive and encourage creativity.”
Regarding photo students who want to explore the possibility of doing wedding photography, Reynolds stands firm about their willingness to learn on the job: “You can’t get out of school and think you know everything—you have to learn wedding photography by doing it.”
As for the clothing they wear while shooting, “We try to be conservative and wear darker colors, depending on the wedding,” says Reynolds. The photographers and assistants dress for comfort and for the season, and they consider that some occasions are more formal than others, she adds. “We always try to dress professionally, as if we were invited to the event.” Uncomfortable clothing or shoes can distract from the job, she points out, so it’s best to avoid them.
Reynolds says that they pay their photographers well, “to stick around.” Nonetheless, sun-dance continues to critique the photographic staff. “We’re all still learning,” she maintains. Although the studio does a very high volume of work, she says, they stay at a mid-priced range compared to other studios. She says they raise prices roughly once a year (or when lab fees go up).
“When I started out, I did it for free, and then started to charge my film-processing costs to the customer when I got a little more experience,” says Reynolds. She says that learning is mainly “an individual thing, and the only way to learn is by shooting weddings.”
“I love being creative; it’s not only about the money.” Although she’s constantly busy shooting weddings and meeting with couples, Reynolds exudes enthusiasm, not stress. “I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t fun,” she says.
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