Joel Nisleit Photography, Wisconsin Wedding Photographer: Blog http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Joel Nisleit joel@joelnisleitphotography.com (Joel Nisleit Photography, Wisconsin Wedding Photographer) Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:01:00 GMT Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:01:00 GMT http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u748769491-o458860048-50.jpg Joel Nisleit Photography, Wisconsin Wedding Photographer: Blog http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog 120 118 How not to DIY your own wedding album - Milwaukee wedding photographer http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/how-not-to-diy-your-own-wedding-album-milwaukee-wedding-photographer

Kind of on the fence about getting a wedding album? The Knot’s “How to Make a Wedding Photo Album” article (link) lays out the best reasons NOT to make your own, and it doesn't even know it.

For example when The Knot talks about selecting types of albums, it suggest checking with your photographer. Wait, I thought this was DIY. :-o Involving the photographer defeats the purpose, especially if you were adamant in the beginning that you didn't think the help was worth it.

Then TK suggests maybe a magazine style coffee table book would be good. Those are softcover books with thick textbook-like pages at best, which means they're prone to bends and rips and not an ideal choice for a family heirloom that will stand up to real life.

Some press-style books use a cheap printing process that leaves you see the dots in the image if you look closely enough. You want a true photographic print album. Don’t know how to tell? Don’t worry, all my albums are true photographic albums.

According to the Knot itself, it takes an average of 6 hours just to give the proofs an initial pass and select 20-30 favorites. I thought you were busy. Now you’re ready to lay 6 hours of your life to waste?

Also, only 20-30 images? My clients get albums upward of 80-100 on average. So instead of one Saturday that you can't go out and have fun, might as well make it three or four weekends shot picking out pictures.

"Not interested in an album?" The Knot recommends paying for a bunch of services to design slideshows, collages and albums from your digital files later. Hmmm... further investment. DIYdn't you want to avoid that?

I guess The Knot's advice doesn't save you much anyway. It'll just defer the work and dollars to third-party machines and strangers who had no vested interest in your wedding to begin with and weren’t there to know your story.

"Now the fun part: putting it in order." I’m sure album layout ranks right up there with girls night out. Difficulty and time cost of album layout is the exact reason photographers don't offer albums. It has nothing to do with keeping price down. They want the extra money, but even they can't figure it out, and some of them describe themselves as professionals. How will you figure it out if the "professional" can't, and why should you have to?

The Knot suggests laying out physical proof prints. That's great, if it's 1980. But how much room and time do you need for that in addition to the 6-24 hours you spent selecting the pictures, X hours and dollars making the proof prints, X hours trying to figure out where to get an album and which kind/material?

And don't forget you have to get all the picks in one place, upload them and use a clunky Web interface with limited capabilities to translate your layout into a lab-ready design, which The Knot doesn't tell you.

TK attempts to navigate the nuances of telling your story, taking you through a dizzying array of decisions like ratios of details to people, color to B&W, etc., which is exhausting just to summarize, let alone slog through on your own without proper tools, experience or time.

And the best part of the process? You're on your own. Nobody will be there to help you because you told your photographer the help wasn't worth it.

I don’t know about other photographers, but my clients did nothing to deserve having to complete my job for me. If you had to slice your own pizza at a restaurant, you’d complain about your $7/hr waitress. Even the cheapest photographers are charging $50-$100 per hour for you to complete their work while making it seem like a deal.

Further, TK advises you to "weed out the bad pictures." That's another job you're doing for the photographer. And what if someone's blinking in every group shot? Who's going to Photoshop the eyes open or swap the heads? In fact, who's going to do all of the retouching for all of your images? 

I retouch every page of my clients' albums, including blinks, head swaps, distraction removal, skin smoothing, stray hair, temporary blemishes -- all that for sometimes 70+ images in one album at no extra charge, if you order from me.

My wife and I were like so many couples who wanted to live the dream of printing our own pictures and saving money, but in the end it became just another chore that got put off. It doesn't work, and we wished we would have gotten it done professionally right away.

For context, in 2009 we'd paid a full $1,500 for an 8-hour, digital-only package, with one pre-wedding meeting and no reveal party. Our own DIY slip-in album is still totally empty. Heather really wanted to fill it. And for months we thought about it, then years, but it just never happened.

The thought of tackling all those files and the whole process I've outlined became so daunting we didn't want to think about it. So we let it fade into the past, which is all the more reason to have your photographer do it correctly now so you never have to think about it again.

Eventually, once I became a wedding photographer and understood albums, I was able to make a quality album using a professional lab, but that was several years after the wedding, and even at wholesale prices it cost hundreds.

You don't need to make something yourself to be proud of it, nor will you lose your indie spirit by choosing to have a professional do it for you. Treat yourself. What's more independent than enjoying a vacation while a professional does the stupid stuff for you?

It takes me about 4 weeks to design your complete album as a story, with the slideshow and the galleries, and have it ready for you to see at your own private reveal party. It will take some extra time to retouch, produce and ship the album, but none of that requires work or additional cost from you.

Inevitably, someone will say "yeah, but we made our own album in a few weeks and it was great and cost a fraction of a professional one."

Okay, but ask for context: What exactly did it cost in dollars and time? Was it a cheap piece of crap from Shutterfly? Are the pages rigid and durable? Is the quality really the same (albums from China look good but quickly peel, curl and deteriorate)? Did they have help from another professional acquaintance?

And if they really, really did it fast, easy and at low cost and are happy with it, all they've accomplished is turning a family heirloom into a cheap souvenir.

Really, for the measly few hundred bucks it may -- or may not -- add to your budget on average, isn’t the one thing that will connect you to your wedding moments and family forever — and your sanity alone — worth having your photographer do for you?

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.


Joel Nisleit is a Milwaukee wedding photographer who'll protect and honor the love, romance and beauty of your wedding forever. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

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How to Verify Your Wedding Vendors' Pictures http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/how-to-verify-your-wedding-photographers-pictures Even though as a Wisconsin wedding photographer I believe in showing a good portfolio, I advocate to all couples that a simple collection of highlight images isn't enough to hire a wedding vendor. It's too easy in the 21st century to steal images, put up a fake website over night and start collecting checks from clients, and there are thousands of documented cases of these scams.

Anyone -- photographer, florist, uplighting, caterer, planner -- asking for your investment should be able to produce credible examples of her own work, whether a third-party's pictures used with permission (for non-photographers) or her own pictures.

I'm going to teach you how to identify probable sources of images so you can decide if the person you're researching is worth your investment.

Use Google Images

  1. Right-click the suspect image and copy the image's address or URL.
  2. Open a new tab and type "images.google.com" into your address bar and press "Go."
  3. Click the camera icon in the Google Images search bar and click the "Paste Image URL" tab.
  4. Press Ctrl+V to past the URL, or right-click and click "Paste."
  5. Press "Go" or "Enter" to search for the image.
  6. Review the results and note any sources of the image other than the one you got the URL from.

 

Analyzing Results

If you find an image used elsewhere, it's probably stolen, but there are some other possible explanations.

 

Stock images

The person may have legally purchased the image from a stock company, in which case he has permission to use the image, maybe even commercially. But does that represent their own work, and why don't they have real images of their actual work? If they're charging you money to provide something for your wedding, demand to see real examples of their work, not stock images anyone can download.

 

Images provided by other vendors

Vendors who don't normally take pictures, like florists or caterers, may be using images that other photographers or parties have taken of their work. This is OK as long as they have permission, but the wedding industry and especially photographers frown on the use of third-party images without permission.

 

Stolen images

Often, a vendor simply steals images without permission or credit to represent her own work. This happens not just with photographers but DJs, florists and almost any vendor category. They steal the work of a professional, put up a free website with some generic text and try to book clients. If someone has stolen images, they're likely running a scam and you should avoid them especially when there are plenty of professionals who don't need to steal to earn your business.

 

Other ways to check photographers

Thin portfolios

Some photographers use duplicates of the same images cropped differently to make it appear as if they have more images than they actually do. Before hiring a photographer, always ask to see at least two complete wedding galleries or albums so you know the precise level quality and consistency you're getting for your hard-earned money.

There are no excuses. If they don't have enough weddings to give you a juicy sample, what have they been doing as a photographer? More importantly, what have they been doing with everyone's money, and how will they treat yours?

The goal is to know what you're getting and be comfortable with it -- beginner or expert -- which is difficult to do without a portfolio that's fleshed out.

 

The website Stop Stealing Photos

Stop Stealing Photos is a blog dedicated to exposing image thieves. It compares source images to stolen images and documents the infringement. You can also report someone to Stop Stealing Photos but it's easier to do via the Facebook page Photo Stealers. Search for your vendor by name. The site rarely lists other vendor categories, however.

 

Ask challenging questions

If someone is asking a professional fee to perform services at your wedding, you have the right to ask challenging questions that test their experience, knowledge and ability to perform. Ask about how they photograph in challenging light and get examples if possible. Ask about their process, training, procedures, which are all second nature to professionals, even an obsession, but vague for the inexperienced and scammers.

Always ask to see at least two complete wedding galleries or albums, not slideshows as those are only highlights. Anyone can take a few decent shots at a wedding, but a galleries or albums will give you a good idea of a photographer's consistency and quality throughout the entire day across multiple weddings.

Ask to see your photographer's Wisconsin tax registration certificate. Photography is a taxable service in Wisconsin and photographers are required by law to charge and collect sales tax. If your photographer doesn't have a certificate, she's not a business.

Again, the goal is to know what and whom you're getting and be comfortable with it, and avoid scammers and cheaters. If you know you're getting an inexperienced hobbyist who may not meet expectations, there's nothing wrong with that. But if you just assume all photographers are qualified and get the cheapest one, you, like thousands of brides each year in Wisconsin alone, may not get what you intended.

 

Wisconsin Circuit Court Access

It's amazing how much trust couples place in random people that about 80 percent of the time they found online. Check Wisconsin Circuit Court Access for all the names of the people involved in your wedding vendor's business. With larger companies with a physical retail presence, this may not be as much of a concern, but it never hurts to check. It's rare that anyone scams couples only once. WCCA will tell you if a person has a history of judgements against them. Also check the BBB.

 

What to do if you verify someone's photos are stolen

Report the stolen images to the original photographer if possible and use your best judgement in hiring a vendor. Any vendor who's asking you to pay professional prices for services should be able to provide many examples of their own work, not images they've stolen, purchased or used without permission or credit.

Any dishonest use of images, dismissive behavior (not answering calls or emails/not responding to requests), or anything that feels unprofessional should be taken as a full indication of what you can expect on and after your wedding day.

Remember, there are no regulations on who can be a florist, videographer, DJ, caterer, photographer or planner, and your only recourse is with the vendor or small claims court. It's your job to vet your vendors thoroughly.

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How to care for your wedding photography album - Milwaukee wedding photographer http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/milwaukee-wedding-photographer-how-to-care-for-your-wedding-photography-album D700 So you've decided to protect your wedding photography by getting an album. Wise choice! Here's how you can give your album the longest life.

  • Storage: Your album is made of the finest materials and techniques (if you got it from Joel Nisleit Photography) and meant to be enjoyed and displayed. Feel free to keep it on a book shelf, coffee table or other prominent place. However, don't keep it where the sun will bake it. UV light damages fabrics and colors over time.

    The best environment for a photo album is an air conditioned place at typical room temperature. Avoid placing it near vents, humid environments or where the temperature will change drastically.


    The best way to store your album is in a custom designer case from Joel Nisleit Photography, which is made to support the pages and spine. Your book will come in a natural box and tissue paper, but the custom case is recommended because it's more stylish, slim and presentable for display.

    If you don't have a custom case from Joel Nisleit Photography, it's best to store the album flat in a protective box, or straight upright on a shelf, not leaned.
  • Fingerprints: Never, ever put any liquid on the album or its pages. Fingerprints are best cleaned immediately with a dry microfiber cloth and feather-light pressure. Rub in a circular motion. Don't press hard or rub too long, or you could rub off the finish of the photo.
  • Spills: No album page is completely waterproof. It's up to you to avoid spills, so avoid placing the album near where you're eating or setting a drink. If you spill on a page, dab it with a microfiber until dry, but avoid spreading the spill.
  • Use good sense (there's no such thing as common sense). Avoid handling the album with greasy hands or in dirty environments, taking it out in the elements, etc. Always treat it like a priceless family heirloom because it is.
  • Repair: If any pages become damaged, Joel Nisleit Photography will repair your album for a fee, but only a maximum of three pages can be replaced in a book. The lab determines that restriction. If you would like, you may also order mini companion albums for backup or parent gifts.
  • Show it off! It deserves to be shown as much as it's cared for, so let all your friends and family see it, and every now and then relive your own romantic fairy tale.

With proper care, albums from Joel Nisleit Photography are made to last a few hundred years if not more! They're really good stuff. :)

Check out a real client album from Joel Nisleit Photography!



Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin wedding photographer who'll create images that do justice to all the life, love and romance of your wedding day and protect it in print forever. Contact Joel today.

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Milwaukee Brides, Are You a Prisoner of Your Own Wedding? http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/milwaukee-wedding-photographer-prisoner-DIY I love it when brides who've been there come out and trash their own pre-wedding thinking, especially when it comes to all the stuff they thought would save them time and money but didn't.

It's great to DIY some stuff, but what's easy and cheap on paper can quickly become a trap for all your time and money leading to a wedding that's more frustrating than freeing.

Keep your DIY goals short, real and important. Leave the rest to the pros.

How To Create A Perfect (For You) Wedding Budget

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Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin wedding photographer who helps brides stay connected to the love, romance and beauty of day their marriage began. Contact me today.

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What is your wedding photographer really preserving? http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/milwaukee-wisconsin-wedding-photographer-preserving

joelnisleitphotography.com I used to believe that as a wedding photographer I was preserving history. Now when I hear photographers talk about "preserving" and "capturing," I'm reminded of pickles in a jar or specimens in a lab.

Who wants to invest in pickles and lab specimens for their wedding? (For those of you raising your hands, knock it off. I'm making a point here!)

Preservation is for mason jars. Capturing is for traps.

So, does that mean I don't believe in preserving history? No. It means I'm doing something more.

I'm a wedding photographer, and my job is to protect -- not preserve, and not capture.

Let's start with what happens when you hire me; I place you under my protection. That means I not only have a plan for great photography but I've got a system for making it happen.

I protect you with information -- meeting with you, showing you complete albums so that whatever decision you make is with confidence.

For example, brides have a lot of questions about whether their venues or locations are good for photography and what challenges there might be, what kind of timeline they need, and of course I can answer that.

I protect you by being honest about what will give you the results you want and what won't. For example, I can't do 2 hours worth of pictures in 1 hour, but what I do in that hour will be my best.

I also shield you, like on the wedding day. Bad light? You'll never know in the pictures. Cluttered room, distractions everywhere? Not in my albums.

I also protect that which is vital, that which is worth hanging onto.

What about the sudden urge to smile or remember out loud, perhaps a reminder of your heritage, what's worth hanging onto? Those are things photography helps bring to life.

A photo can spark a feeling of electricity or warmth in your chest, a daydream, a conversation, a story, the holding of your spouse's hand.

Those aren't preserves in a jar or album. Those are pursuits of life.

And all of this means I protect your investment because that's what this is -- something meant to grow and reward you.

There's more to finding a photographer than lining up a grocery list of stuff.

I'm not perfect, and I'm not even saying you need wedding photography to live because you don't. But look at my work and decide if I've protected anything worth hanging onto.

And then please let me know if you'd like me to do it for you.

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

 

 

 

Joel Nisleit is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin wedding photographer protecting that which would otherwise be gone after your wedding day. Contact Joel today.

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West Bend Wedding Ceremony at Riveredge Nature Center, Chris + Ashley http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/west-bend-wedding-ceremony-at-riveredge-nature-center-chris-ashley Chris and Ashley's wedding ceremony at Riveredge Nature Center in West Bend, Wisconsin took barely 10 minutes, but it sure was beautiful and even more intimate for the brevity.

 

west bend outdoor ceremony venue location photographer Joel NisleitWest Bend Wedding CeremonyChris and Ashley's West Bend wedding ceremony is outdoors at Riveredge Nature Center. joelnisleitphotography.com After eyeing up two main locations for the ceremony, they chose a third, and it was perfect -- a beautiful backdrop of nature and a beautiful lawn under a tree for guests. Riveredge Nature Center offers a few spots for your ceremony, however.

 

west bend outdoor natural wedding ceremony location venue photographer Joel NisleitWest Bend Outdoor CeremonyChrish and Ashley's natural outdoor wedding ceremony location in West Bend at Riveredge Nature Center. joelnisleitphotography.com They're really enjoying this walk against such a fairy tale backdrop for Ashley's natural theme.

 

west bend outdoor natural wedding ceremony location venue photographer Joel NisleitWest Bend Outdoor CeremonyChrish and Ashley's natural outdoor wedding ceremony location in West Bend at Riveredge Nature Center. joelnisleitphotography.com Ashley's proud mother walks her down the aisle with such excitement.

 

west bend outdoor natural wedding ceremony location venue photographer Joel NisleitWest Bend Outdoor CeremonyChrish and Ashley's natural outdoor wedding ceremony location in West Bend at Riveredge Nature Center. joelnisleitphotography.com Chris' father performing the ceremony gave it just the right personal touch. No need for anything elaborate. Just close family and friends. It's about a commitment to love after all. :)

It was literally 10 minutes from the time Chris walked down the aisle to the time he walked out with Ashley, meaning the ceremony itself was only a few minutes. Wow!

The speedy ritual meant I was frantically moving around like a bumble bee from flower to flower trying to capture different moments and different angles. This is one of the times I have to be a photojournalist.

 

west bend outdoor natural wedding ceremony location venue photographer Joel NisleitWest Bend Outdoor CeremonyChrish and Ashley's natural outdoor wedding ceremony location in West Bend at Riveredge Nature Center. joelnisleitphotography.com Look at those beaming smiles! Ashley and Chris were giddy as two school kids, so happy to take their first steps as husband and wife. I'm honored to have been a part of it.

For only a few minutes to tell the story, I think I did well and they'll be able to cherish the big moments.

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit helps people from all walks of life who would like their wedding photographed as a fairy tale instead of a documentary. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.


 
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Giving Back in a Small Way as a Milwaukee Wedding Photographer http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/giving-back-in-a-small-way-as-a-wisconsin-wedding-photographer A portion of each custom flash drive I order automatically goes to benefit the Soul Society, which helps poor and orphaned children in third world countries. The people who provide the flash drives make the donation with the proceeds from purchases.

This is only one of many reasons I exclusively use these flash drives out of the hundreds of varieties available. The flash drives are high end and if we can help someone along the way, that's a good opportunity.

I also like that the drives use artificial animal skin -- faux gator and snake -- for a luxurious look and feel without the needless harvesting of animals.

To learn more about the Soul Society, please visit their website.

Milwaukee Madison wedding photographer Joel NisleitCrystal Flash DrivesMilwaukee wedding photographer offers flash drives that benefit poor and orphaned children in third world countries.

Milwaukee Madison wedding photographer Joel NisleitCrystal Flash DrivesMilwaukee wedding photographer offers flash drives that benefit poor and orphaned children in third world countries.

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit photographs people from all walks of life who would like their wedding photographed as a fairy tale instead of a documentary. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

 
 
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West Bend Wedding Bride's Preparations at Riveredge Nature Center - Ashley http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/ashleys-bridal-prep-at-riveredge-nature-center-west-bend-wedding-photographer Ashley's bridal preparation portraits at Riveredge Nature Center in West Bend, Wisconsin are a perfect example of my mission to make great portraits regardless of location or conditions -- something that's worth every penny.

Bridal portraits took place in a small shed called the chicken coop. It's not a place for brides, just a place where the center stores stuff and apparently has some children's activities. With creative photography, it became a beautiful setting for intimate and fun wedding portraits.

west bend wisconsin wedding photographer bridal portraitsAshley's Bridal PreparationsBride gets buttoned up at Riveredge Nature Center wedding in West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com Above I simply cover the maid of honor buttoning up the bride bringing in some light from the left. You can already see some of the detail of the dress.

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographer bridal portraitsAshley's Bridal PreparationsBride gets buttoned up at Riveredge Nature Center wedding in West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com As soon as I saw the standing floor mirror Ashley brought from home, my heart swelled with joy. I knew I had an element for some cool portraits. My assistant Jasmine held an Ice Light from the side.

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographer earringsBride Looking Into Old MirrorAt Riveredge Nature Center in West Bend, Wisconsin, Ashley makes sure her earrings are on just right as she looks into an old mirror she brought to the chicken coop. joelnisleitphotography.com

Isn't Ashley glamorous? So beautiful and happy, what a precious moment now etched in her personal family history.

If I have time, I do like to photograph details off-figure, if the bride wants it. But you've seen those a hundred times, so instead below are some details with a heartbeat.

clutch purse west bend wedding photographerBride's Feathered ClutchAt Riveredge Nature Center in West Bend, Wisconsin, Ashley cradles a feathered clutch she brought as an accessory for her wedding ensemble. joelnisleitphotography.com So you can guess what's more interesting: a shot of the purse by itself on a chair, or a shot of it in the bride's hands. I'm not putting together a catalog. I'm making personal history into a photographic story.

bridal comb west bend wisconsin wedding photographerBridal CombDetail of Ashley wearing her bridal comb at Riveredge Nature Center, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

Above is an even more cool and artistic, high-key portrait of Ashley featuring her bridal comb. Of course, I have off-figure shots of the comb on a wooden chair, but I still think this is more likely to end up in the album than a catalog shot of an accessory.

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographer wedding dress detailWedding Dress DetailAshley shows off that wedding dress detail at Riveredge Nature Center, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

What you don't see: My assistant and I moved some tables and chairs out of the way so we had some clean backgrounds for portraits. I'm not afraid of anything that takes time.

And rest assured many documentarians wouldn't touch a scene for fear of "contaminating the purity of the photojournalism" (bleck).

The time taken making sure I have clean backgrounds and good light pays off in spades especially when the location to begin with offers next to nothing for portrait opportunities.

Photojournalism, schmotojournalism. I'd rather fix the image before it goes into the camera, not after.

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit photographs people from all walks of life who would like their wedding photographed as a fairy tale instead of a documentary. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.


 
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Hampton Inn & Suites West Bend Wedding Groom's Coverage Continued | Photographer Joel Nisleit http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/grooms-coverage-hampton-inn-suites-continued-west-bend-wedding-photographer Picking up my groom coverage of Chris at Hampton Inn & Suites in West Bend, Wisconsin, here are a few more shots of him dressing and thoughts behind the shots.

west bend wisconsin wedding photographerGroom Coverage in West BendChris putting on wedding suit at Hampton Inn & Suites, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

What I'm doing with these "detail" shots is incorporating the person in a natural way so it's not just a shot of the suit hanging against a wall, or a dress in front of a window.

By putting Chris in the picture and letting him pick up and brush the suit, it's so much more interesting than "Here's the suit draped over a chair, again."

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographerGroom Coverage in West BendChris putting on wedding suit at Hampton Inn & Suites, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

When I photograph, I'm conscious that every portrait I make is someone important looking at his future self.

It's not just Chris. It's Chris looking at Chris 30 years from now. It's looking at Ashley 30 years from now, so when they look back at these portraits, they connect with that moment of youth, love and beauty that may have been forgotten or put aside.

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographerGroom Coverage in West BendChris putting on wedding suit at Hampton Inn & Suites, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

Now as to whether these are candid or directed, well, Chris is going to put on the jacket at some point, right? The answer is I just make sure it looks as cool as I can make it in the time and conditions I have, in whatever way works best for the shot.

One of the things most pretentious with wedding photographers is this notion that if a shot is staged, coached, directed or posed, it automatically becomes undesirable and that spontaneous moments are the only desirable portraits.

This isn't the New York Times or World War I documentation. It's wedding photography. Play a little and have fun with it.

In some ways I think being bound to pure photojournalism is more restrictive than being open to lighting and direction.

My approach to photography is start the needle at zero and move it whatever way is best for the picture: sometimes direction, and sometimes letting the action flow naturally, rather than being bound to one end of the spectrum or the other.

I'm a wedding photographer and all approaches are fair in my mission of representing a romantic ideal. I'd already photographed enough reality as a newspaper photojournalist.

And for the record, none of the images on this page have seen pixel manipulation other than cropping. They've only been color corrected, which is a process similar to developing a roll of film.

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographerGroom Coverage in West BendChris putting on wedding suit at Hampton Inn & Suites, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit photographs people from all walks of life who would like their wedding photographed as a fairy tale instead of a documentary. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.


 
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I Photograph Moments. Wait, Doesn't Everyone? - Milwaukee Wedding Photographer http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/milwaukee-wedding-photographer-about-candid-moments Take a surf around the vast ocean of wedding photography -- national or local -- and you'll see a recurring theme: "We photograph moments. Like, no, really, we're the only ones."

It's like an NBA star saying, "Look, I made a basket!"

Is there a professional photographer at a wedding who's like, "Ah, yes, I've kept my camera down all day and finally nothing's happening, so I can start shooting."

Like, who's the competition, a stalker of nothing who waits for all the action to pass before pointing the camera at the floor and ripping 12 frames a second?

My point is, wedding photographers are supposed to capture moments. Particularly with the advent of 35mm and digital, it's easier than ever to simply document.

Anyone with a smartphone can snap a moment. Is that it?

It's not about moments vs. no moments, or spontaneity vs. design. Both are valid.

Let me ask a bigger question: Whom do you trust with your look? To solve problems? To help?

Consider the total value of a professional, from creating shots in boring or challenging conditions, creating looks others don't or can't see, to making the experience as easy as possible.

And professionals aren't perfect. The only photographers who don't miss moments are liars. We miss from time to time. But professionals get back up and keep fighting.

I love a good moment and think it's something families will fondly look back on, but the challenge is what else can I do, or how can I do it differently? And I love answering that question.

I'd love to hear your biggest photography questions and preferences. Leave a comment below or contact me.

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit photographs people from all walks of life who would like their wedding photographed as a fairy tale instead of a documentary. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

 

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Hampton Inn, West Bend Wedding Wedding - Groom Suits Up - Photographer Joel Nisleit http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/bruce-wayne-suits-up-at-hampton-inn-west-bend---milwaukee-wedding-photographer

Chris & Ashley's day begins with Bruce Wayne suiting up at Hampton Inn and Suites in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Adjusting cuffs, collars and buttons is masculine stuff, so I normally treat it with dramatic light.

west bend milwaukee wedding photographerGroom getting readyChris puts on shirt and dons Batman socks at Hampton Inn and Suites, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com I take care to eliminate as much distraction and clutter as possible, regardless of location. This hotel room at Hampton Inn and Suites happened to be spacious with some clean walls and beautiful window light.

We moved a lamp, or it would've been in the background. I'm a stickler for stuff like that. So I'm always open about using direction when necessary.

One of my favorite quotes is from Cliff Mautner: "I used to be a photojournalist. Now I'm a wedding photographer."

It's a nod to the power of pure photojournalism with an understanding that we're not really at a wedding to document something new and breaking.

I'm hired to make my clients look stunning in random conditions with short amounts of time and create a story that reflects a romantic ideal. If you want hard and gritty, this isn't the place.

I usually begin by photographing any personal details, the only one of which this time was Chris' Batman socks.

west bend milwaukee wedding photographerGroom getting readyChris puts on shirt and dons Batman socks at Hampton Inn and Suites, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

After the socks and white shirt, it's on to the jacket and hero shots, followed by family portraits.

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit photographs people from all walks of life who would like their wedding photographed as a fairy tale instead of a documentary. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

 
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Why Does a Bride Have Bridesmaids? For Better Photos ;-) Milwaukee Wedding Photographer http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/why-does-a-bride-have-bridesmaids-for-better-photos---milwaukee-wedding-photographer When I see a bride all prettied up with a veil or long dress, I think Cinderella. And I don't know why I think Cinderella because she didn't have maids. She was a maid, whose step sisters treated her like crap.

But Cinderella did have helpful fairy godmothers and birds who magically whipped together a stunning gown and made sure Cinderella was perfect, and I guess that's where my idea of people fussing over the bride comes from. Plus, it's something bridesmaids actually do.

Bridesmaids veil dresses wedding milwaukee photographerLet That Veil FlyBridesmaids have fun with the bride's veil at Richfield Historical Park, captured by Milwaukee wedding photographer Joel Nisleit. joelnisleitphotography.com

So the backlighting is on purpose for a couple of reasons. One, it's easier than trying to light a group of people any other way. Direct sun causes dark, squinty eyes, and big lights take time to set up.

Second -- and this is the best one -- backlight emphasizes texture in translucent objects (like veils), plus it provides a dramatic pop against a dark background. That doesn't mean I always shoot a veil backlit. In fact, I try to incorporate the veil many different ways.

Bridesmaids veil dresses wedding milwaukee photographerFluffing That Dress OutBridesmaids have fun with the bride's veil at Richfield Historical Park, captured by Milwaukee wedding photographer Joel Nisleit. joelnisleitphotography.com Many photographers use backlight to get flare in their images, either out of ignorance or on purpose in an attempt at something artistic of fashionable, but most of the flare I see is just classically bad photography that people will regret 20 years from now, so I avoid it when possible.

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit photographs people from all walks of life who would like their wedding photographed as a fairy tale instead of a documentary. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

 

 
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Devastatingly Romantic - at Villa Filomena, Milwaukee | Wedding Photographer Joel Nisleit http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/devastatingly-romantic---at-villa-filomena-milwaukee-wedding-photographer-joel-nisleit Villa Filomena in Milwaukee offers boundless opportunities for great wedding portraits, and you have time for precious few, so one of my jobs is deciding how to maximize impact with what I have.

Wedding Portraits of Derek & SaraWedding Portraits of Derek & SaraPortraits of Derek and Sara, family and wedding party at Cathedral of St. John, Lake Park, Villa Filomena. www.JoelNisleitPhotography.com

We made a few portraits on our way into the building, and just before they fluttered off to cocktail hour, I knew I had to make something with the etched glass window on the inside entrance doors.

It started with just the bride with light on her face, but then I realized I needed to make a silhouette of the couple.

Yes, mom, I know they're out of focus. Thank you! 

I photographed the couple both in and out of focus, but it was this out of focus shot, one of maybe two, that conveyed more of the mood and romance I wanted, like you're looking in on the moment but aren't allowed to fully experience what the couple is.

It's one of those times where I look back and say "I'm glad I changed it up a bit." I don't always have that foresight or luxury. I'm not perfect.

Lighting was simple, probably an Ice Light to the right of the couple, if anything. This is also one of the few times I do any sort of conversion in post processing, as I thought color distracted from the mood.

Crafted with a Nikon D4, Nikkor 85 1.8 lens, exposure ISO 200, 1/125 @ f/4.

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit is a classic, romantic Wisconsin wedding photographer with a flair for glam. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

 
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Villa Filomena Milwaukee Wedding of Derek + Sara | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/villa-filomena-milwaukee-wedding-of-derek-sara-milwaukee-wedding-photographer "Classic," "big," "moments" are three words that describe Derek and Sara's Milwaukee, Wisconsin wedding at Villa Filomena July 2, captured.

A multi-talented artist herself, Sara did a lot for her own wedding, from fresh flower bouquets to two vocal performances at the reception.

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There were a lot of highlights, including some gorgeous locations like the Knickerbocker on the Lake, Villa Filomena and Lake Park, but one of my favorite moments was when Sara, also a singer, closed the dance party with "The Last Dance." Tooooo many moments to possibly include here!

 

It was easy to see how much Derek and Sara love each other, and they'll have  beautiful portraits of that to cherish.

 

Erin and Tina at Villa Filomena worked hard despite the heat to make sure everything ran well, and it did, from dinner to the live music provided by Noyz Boyz and Girlz, a peppy live band from Milwaukee. Chef Jack Catering provided the delicious meal.

I had so much fun at Derek & Sara’s wedding. Thanks so much for having me!

Vendors and professionals:

Venue: Villa Filomena
Entertainment: Noyz Boyz and Gyrlz

Catering/Food: Chef Jack's Catering


 

 
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Joel Nisleit is a classic, romantic Wisconsin wedding photographer with a flair for glam. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

 
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Client Flash Drive Unboxing Milwaukee Wedding Photographer http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/client-flash-drive-unboxing-milwaukee-wedding-photographer See what a custom flash drive from Joel Nisleit Photography looks like and what makes it unique. Hint: It's more than the pictures and customization; it's where a portion of every purchase goes. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/JoelNisleitPhotography/videos/1009082319211385/



 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit is a classic, romantic Wisconsin wedding photographer with a flair for glam. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

 
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Milwaukee Wisconsin Wedding Photographer: Shannon + Evan's Classic Hilton Wedding http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/hilton-milwaukee-wisconsin-wedding-photographer-shannon-and-evan What was the perfect "solution" for Evan and Shannon's wedding at the Hilton Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 30? Green of course!

Instead of a sand ceremony, the couple of scientists poured colored liquids into a jar, creating a new color symbolizing both of their contributions to a successful marriage.

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Anyone who looked at Shannon immediately knew she'd found "the dress." During one portrait at the Hilton, one of the bridesmaids commented that Shannon looked "like 20's glam." The lace details, the sequins, the beautiful train and the classic veil and earrings -- Shannon rocked it all the way!

Wisconsin wedding photographerHilton Milwaukee bridal portraitsBride getting ready at Hilton Milwaukee, details of wedding dress, veil and flowers

 

Bridal preparations in the Juneau room were idyllic with lots of space, nearly-full-length windows, velvety tasseled curtains, sconces and a large mirror offering more chances for gorgeous wedding preparation photos than could possibly be made in one day.

Wisconsin wedding photographerBridal preparationsBride getting ready in Hilton Milwaukee city center Juneau room, with flowers, wedding dress, veil, and bridesmaids dresses

 

Any groom would love getting ready in the Oak room, with its rich wood paneling, dramatic chandeliers, spaciousness and large windows. If you want dramatic wedding photography in Milwaukee, the Hilton is a dream.

Wisconsin wedding photographerGroom getting readyGroom getting ready at Hilton Milwaukee wedding venue, Wisconsin. Featuring black suits, bow ties, best man, groomsmen, chandelier

 

With a stop for wedding portraits at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the women showed off their deep blue, knee-length dresses covered in lace. The bouquets featured a fresh spring assortment of whites, pinks and purples.

Wisconsin wedding photographerMilwaukee art museum wedding picturesBridal party having fun at Hilton hotel and Milwaukee art museum, featuring bridesmaids, wedding party, groomsmen, flowers and dresses

 

Shannon, Evan and I knew early on we were a good fit because we all love The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Star Trek. From the TV show theme songs during their processional and first dance to the Periodic Table of Seating, it was a blast to be part of every minute and an experience I'll cherish.

To make them kiss at the reception, Shannon and Evan asked that you be able to name a famous scientist. The easiest choices were Tesla and Newton, the names of their dogs (who were the flower girl and ring bearer). Find a way to make "the kiss" a game for your guests.

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I go all out for my clients, including the special effects shots. Shannon and Evan wanted the wedding party to be running from AT-ATs from Star Wars. We also made some light saber duel shots at night.

Milwaukee Wisconsin wedding photographerStar Wars Attacks!Cool Star Wars wedding party picture, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in front of Milwaukee Public Library.

 

The glamorous wedding aside, it was when I was getting my lights together and Shannon and Evan started playing with their light sabers like a couple of middle school kids and talking about how they would crush each other as Jedi or snipers that I got a glimpse of how great they are for each other.

Wisconsin wedding photographerWisconsin wedding dances and wow portraitsBride and groom enjoy their wedding dances, bouquet toss and have fun creating some unique portraits featuring Star Wars light sabers and the opulent vintage interior of the Hilton Milwaukee.

Evan & Shannon's Wedding PortraitsVintage glam wedding photographyBridal portrait at Hilton Milwaukee

The Hilton in Milwaukee is truly one of the best Wisconsin wedding venues for your ceremony and reception, with friendly and helpful staff. If you're looking for the best Milwaukee wedding DJ, videographer, officiant or baker, check out the vendors below.

I had so much fun at Shannon and Evan's wedding. Congratulations to this fantastic couple who are just perfect for each other. Thanks so much for having me as your wedding photographer!

Special thanks to the following vendors:

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Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit is a classic, romantic Wisconsin wedding photographer making history through stories you'll love to pick up and experience long after the wedding. Chat with me today.

 
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Beaver Dam Country Club, located on the northern end of Beaver Dam in Dodge County, Wisconsin, has been a magical place for romantic wedding couples to host their receptions.

Beaver Dam golf course wedding reception venues locationsEntrance - Beaver Dam Country ClubImage by Joel Nisleit Photography

Maybe it's the beautiful golf course that becomes a playground for the dreamiest portraits. Maybe it's the spacious dining room and helpful service.

My favorite things about Beaver Dam Country Club start with the gorgeous views and photo opportunities the golf course affords, right in the back yard of your reception.

The staff is always friendly and helpful, providing golf carts for the wedding party to find the best spots for pictures.

Don't worry about time of day because the right photographer can find opportunities in any light with the diversity of the grounds.

Beaver Dam golf course wedding reception venues locationsRustic Fence - Beaver Dam Country ClubImage by Joel Nisleit Photography

Inside you have a spacious dining area with optional divider for large or small parties. It features a large bar adjacent to a hardwood dance floor under a vaulted ceiling complete with a stage for your entertainment.

A decorative brick wall separate the foyer from the main dining/dance/bar area and provides an optional space for your cake and signing tables. There's no divider between the bar and dining area.

Beaver Dam golf course wedding reception venues locationsDance Floor - Beaver Dam Country ClubImage by Joel Nisleit Photography

To see how Beaver Dam Country Club will fit your reception needs, contact Brenda at 920-885-6614 or brenda@beaverdamcc.com.


 


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If You Don't Do This at a Bridal Show, You've Wasted Your Ticket http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/if-you-dont-do-this-at-a-bridal-show-you-ve-wasted-your-ticket I don't blame you for filling that bridal show bag with every freebie you can get your hands on, even if you throw it all out the next day.

But what's the quality of the relationship you're getting from that bag? Where will your brochures and price sheets be when it's 2 minutes until you walk down the aisle?

Start relationships now.

My challenge to you is don't even take a bag.

What's the point of going? The same it's always been:

Set up meetings with the creative people who will make the biggest difference at your wedding.

Your wedding will be successful or not because of people, not because of discounts or brochures.

The best way to get to know the people who will make a difference is to set up a meeting with them, away from the hustle of the show.

Don't think of it as a sales consult; the best vendors won't.

Think of it as a chance to get away from the stress of thinking about everything in a vacuum, to get expert help, pick an expert's brain and form a decisive plan for your wedding.

Don't worry about missing offers. Whether you take a brochure or not, anyone offering a special will extend it to you if you meet with them.

Shows are also a golden opportunity to get answers right from the source. Use the time to ask hard questions and leave the no-brainer stuff like price and packages to the followup, which you will get.

Speaking of followup, if you set up meetings at the show, you'll easily know which followup contacts you'll want to respond to later and which to ignore.

The best way to see if you're a good fit and assemble your dream team is to meet face to face in a relaxed environment away from the show.

An outstanding vendor listens to what you want and then wants to see if you're a good fit as a team. His goal is to leave you in better shape than the last time you contacted him, whether you hire him or not.

So next time you go to a bridal show, forget the bag and bring a calendar. You'll make it much easier on yourself to find the right vendors if you focus on relationships, not brochures.

What have you liked or disliked about bridal shows? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Please share this with a friend. :)

 

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit is a Wisconsin wedding photographer looking to tell a romantic story you'll want to showcase. Want more help? Contact me today and I'll be happy to help in your quest for dream wedding photography.

 

 
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Lakeside Park Fond du Lac Fall Engagement Pictures of Brian + Melissa http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/lakeside-park-fond-du-lac-fall-engagement-pictures-of-brian-melissa Fairy tales don't get any better than Brian and Melissa's fall engagement portraits at Lakeside Park Fond du Lac!

This day was a dream for anyone looking for fall engagement or wedding photography in Wisconsin, so all I had to do was take advantage of the wonderful spots the park had to offer.

There are so many ways to use the trees, bridge and river at Lakeside Park, I love doing something different every time I visit this park, and it's a popular spot for outdoor weddings, wedding portraits and engagements -- one of my favorites.

Brian and Melissa were such a joy to work with. They craved direction but were still so relaxed and easy going, a dream to photograph. They laughed and played along with everything I did, which usually led to even more laughter.

Melissa has referred to herself as someone who doesn't like to have pictures taken, but you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at them. We totally had a blast, as you can see, and they cherished their portraits so much, they had to get an album and a slideshow.

The wedding is June 11, 2016. Congratulations Brian and Melissa and thanks so much for having me be a part of these special moments in your life, and for making a commitment to having them captured beautifully and romantically.

Check Out Their Engagement Album!

 

 

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit makes romantic Wisconsin wedding photography a luxury experience you'll want to share. Want more? Contact me today and I'll be happy to help in your quest for dream wedding photography.

 
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7 Dirty Secrets Every Bride Should Know About Digital Copies http://joelnisleit.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/7-secrets-digital-files-milwaukee-wisconsin-wedding-photographer If you need digital copies from your wedding photographer, these 7 secrets can help you avoid a lot of confusion and hassle.

Milwaukee wedding photographer Joel NisleitWhat every bride should know about digital files.

1. You don't "own" the files

Unless the photographer signed copyright ownership to you and registered the images in your name at the U.S. Copyright Office, you don't own the files and you have no natural rights to them.

Instead, you possess copies of the work, usually with a license to use them for personal purposes, like you do with a Blu-ray movie or iTunes song. Each photographer has different terms, so check with yours.

 

2. "Edited," "retouched" and "color corrected," oh my!

"Edited" and "retouched" are terms thrown around pretty loosely, so let's look at what they should mean. Standards vary per photographer.

Most photographers deliver wedding images in the form of digital (or print) proofs. A proof has been developed like film for proper exposure, color, contrast, cropping, sharpness and noise reduction -- but sometimes not developed at all.

By comparison, a retouched photo should be "wall ready" and goes beyond basic editing to skin retouching, distraction removal as well as artistic enhancements.

Find out what your photographer means by "edited" or "retouched" to be sure what you're getting.

 

3. If you want to lose your pictures, keep them digital

Have you ever seen a birth certificate? The reason they don't write those in sand or email you a copy is because it's important and people generally want to keep them for a while.

So why would your birth certificate be in print but your entire wedding and family history not?

I don't care if your parents own Shutterfly or you think you can save money. All of my collections include printed art and it's a requirement for hiring me because I care.

 

4. What's your license?

You need to show some sort of release from the photographer to make prints at stores, and even some online labs. They will ask. Some photographers' licenses block you from making prints at certain locations, or any location.

 

5. You don't want ownership

Realistically, the only wedding clients who obtain copyright ownership of the files are celebrities or high-profile clients who don't want anyone else to see or have the images and can afford to pay the photographer for ownership.

Getting copyright ownership means you become fully responsible for those pictures, including storage, backup, retouching and printing, as if you had shot the wedding yourself. The photographer literally can't possess a copy without a license from you.

If you're willing to put up with all of that, most photographers would be happy to sign the rights over to you as long as they get a big paycheck. Otherwise, be happy with a license to use the files personally and respect the photographer's need to support his family or household.

 

6. You don't get all the images

Do you really want the one where you half-blinked, or where you're taking a big, sloppy bite of salad?

Forget it. Nobody could stand looking at all those, not even you. Professional photographers cull out images that don't make the cut in their judgement, so you won't get every image taken.

 

7. It's not OK to screen-rip

Nope, not even a little, even if you paid a lot for the photographer. Unless you have a license from your photographer, you can't just rip online previews from your screen and post them on Facebook or make prints. Enforcement varies per photographer.

 

Hey, I said they were dirty secrets!

What's your #1 question about digital files? I'll give you my best answer!

 

 

 

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit is a Wisconsin wedding photographer looking to tell a romantic story you'll want to showcase. Want more help? Contact me today and I'll be happy to help in your quest for dream wedding photography.

 
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