Three Things to Ask Before Hiring a Professional Photographer

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Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

When it comes to hiring a professional photographer in Ballantyne, Charlotte, or Matthews, you want to ensure that it’s a perfect match.

Many times, corporations and individuals hire a photographer without actually understanding the different niches and styles of photography. Some photographers only shoot portraits; some only shoot landscapes. Sometimes, who you think is a professional photographer, actually isn’t one at all.

Here are three questions to ask before hiring a photographer for your next family session or event:

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1.What kind of photography do you shoot?

This may seem like a simple question, but it’s often overlooked. No photographer shoots the same style, edits the same way, or shoots the same realm of photography.

Example 1: “Do you want your photos to be light & airy or dark & moody?”

 These are two drastically different photography methods. A professional photographer will always ask what your overall goal is for the photos and be able to adjust editing based on your needs.

Example 2: Are you usually a landscape or portrait photographer?

Photography may seem easily interchangeable, but just because someone is a fantastic landscape photographer doesn’t mean they are adept at portrait photography as well. Portrait photography requires a vastly different lens variety and camera requirements than most landscape photography and vice versa. Some photographers are strong at capturing candid moments, while others work directly with clients to help them pose perfectly for the shot.

Overall, it’s important to understand your photographer’s strengths, and how that will play into your photography needs.

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2. Do you have a portfolio?

Every professional photographer has a portfolio (usually on their website). A portfolio is a great way to understand the photographer’s style and what they typically shoot. Some photographers only shoot weddings. While others, like Chuck Eaton photography, shoot everything from corporate photography to family portraits.

3. How far in advance should I book your services?

Again, time frames for photographers vary based on the type of photography session you are looking for. For example, wedding photographers in Ballantyne recommend securing your date at least eight months in advance. However, portrait or corporate photographers can be booked on much shorter time frames, usually a couple of weeks to a month in advance, depending on the time of year. 

Wardrobe Tips for Fun Family Photos

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1. Match your interior design
When many families get professional photography done, they have the intention to hang their new photos around the house. Before you start coordinating outfits for your upcoming session, take note of where you’ll hang the pictures and what colors you can use to compliment the interior of your home.

2. Use colors that compliment each other
Contrary to popular belief, families should avoid wearing the exact same colors to sessions with a family photographer. Instead, coordinate colors that work well together. Whether it be shades of pastel or colors that match the season.

3. Avoid patterns and graphic tees
Designs and graphic tees can be fun, but avoid them during a portrait photography session. This is because busy patterns or shirts can be distracting in a family photo. Think about it this way: when others are looking at your family photo, do you want them to see your family or your favorite Chewbacca shirt?

4. Don’t overdo the makeup
Families usually spend a lot of time getting ready for a family photoshoot, which is great! However, it’s important to dress and apply makeup like you usually would. This helps your family photos to look natural and not overly-posed.

5. Show off your personalities
Every family is unique, and the best family photos are the ones that showcase each member’s personality. This also helps everyone feel comfortable in what they are wearing. A photographer’s goal is to ensure your photos capture the essence of who you are, while making sure everyone feels confident in front of the lens.

If you’re looking for a trusted photographer in Matthews or Charlotte, contact Chuck Eaton at me@chuckeaton.net to schedule your family portrait session.

Uplevel Your Business in 2020 With Corporate Photography

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Arch Communications (Charlotte Corporate Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

From plumbers to realtors, competition among businesses is higher than ever. To stand up against competitors, it’s essential for your business to have a defined brand and imagery that matches it.

By investing in corporate photography in 2020, you are strengthening your brand in a few vital ways:   

Improved Branding 

Corporate photography allows you to brand your business in a way stock photos can’t. Long gone are the days of stock photos for businesses. If your company is still showcasing unbranded images, you’re losing ground in the fight to stay relevant online.

Humanizing Your Brand 

In 2020, storytelling and humanizing your company is essential to gain the attention of new consumers. With increased competition, potential customers are looking to connect with a brand they feel they know. If your website and brand do not showcase critical elements such as employees, offices, etc. with professional corporate photography, you will lose the ability to retain consumers.

Employee Appreciation 

Corporate photography is not only beneficial for external reasons. Employees who are provided updates headshots and are showcased by the company feel more valued and connected. This increases overall employee satisfaction, which also supports employee retention. They will often use their new headshots for their social media profiles, such as LinkedIn. This can also help shed a positive light on your business.

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If you have yet to invest in corporate photography, now is a perfect time. Call me over at Chuck Eaton Photography to schedule a photo shoot for your business and employees.

Yes, A Professional Photographer is Better Than a SmartPhone

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In a world of ever-growing technology, more and more people are attempting to use amateur equipment to shoot professional photos. Whether this is for business or professional use, a phone photo will always pale in comparison to a professional photographer’s work.

A Professional Photographer has Professional Equipment 

Photographers have a wide range of equipment that can be used during a shoot to ensure the best possible photo outcome. Some of these factors include lenses, lighting equipment, and professional backdrops. This allows the photographer to control external factors such as lighting, shadows, and colors that amateur equipment cannot.

Control of Depth of Field 

If you’re asking yourself what depth-of-field is, this is the first sign you need a professional photographer. Depth-of-field controls the distance between the nearest and furthest objects focused in an image. A shallow depth of field means an extremely sharp focal paint, which is excellent for portrait photography and professional headshots.

High-Quality Editing 

Taking a professional photo is the first step. After the initial picture is taken, professional photographers often spend hours in front of the computer editing and ensuring the photo is perfect and ready for the intended client.

Sharper Images 

Although smartphone cameras have come a long way, they still lack far behind image quality compared to professional photography equipment. The iPhone 11 camera has a dual 12-megapixel camera. Professional cameras can have upwards of 45-megapixels, making them almost four times sharper than phone images.

Need a family photographer or business headshot? Contact Chuck Eaton Photography to schedule a time.

Becky and Marcus at Chestnut Ridge

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

 

Sometimes, Cupid strikes at a party.

Sometimes, Cupid strikes between friends.
For Marcus and Becky, Cupid struck at the Glenway Pub in Belmont.
The couple met on OK Cupid. For Becky and Marcus online was fun. They enjoyed the warmth and wit of their chat sessions, and hoped their chemistry would click once they met in person. To see if it did, they planned to meet for lunch that Saturday at the Glenway Pub in Belmont.
Although it rained that Saturday morning in January, the sun broke through the clouds ten minutes before their date began. Becky hoped this was a good sign.
It was. They hit it off immediately. After lunch, Marcus suggested they get ice cream at the nearby general store.  Neither of them were ready for their date to end. They walked together through downtown Belmont, talking about their lives.
“After other first dates that left me unsure, I was starting to doubt that I knew what I was looking for,” Becky said. “But after meeting Marcus, I distinctly remember thinking to myself, ‘THIS is what I’m looking for, THIS is how a first date should go,’ without any uncertainty whatsoever.”
Marcus found Becky delightful.
“Becky was exactly what I was looking for,” he said. “She was and is beautiful and smart, and she has a great sense of humor. Our personalities just clicked immediately as we delved into topics much deeper than the usual first date pleasantries.”
As their friendship blossomed into romance, Marcus decided that Becky was ‘The One.’
On Friday, June 23, 2017, he called Becky and suggested they meet for dinner after work at the Glenway Pub. Becky was surprised, since she was the one who usually planned fun things to do together.
“We ate at the same table where we had our first date,” Becky said. “We each drove our own cars back home. I remember the squeal of his tires as he was pulling out of the parking lot!” She was surprised; that was unlike Marcus, a skilled and responsible driver.
She had no idea what had gotten into him. On that night she will always remember, she soon found out.
When she got home, she stopped to take in the first thing she saw as she walked in the door:  champagne, flowers, chocolates, romantic lighting, and a beautiful card set up on the kitchen table.
“He just popped around from the corner, got down on one knee, and proposed!” Becky said. Tears of joy welled in her eyes. There was no doubt, no worry, no question. She knew Marcus was the man she would love for life.
I was fortunate enough to photograph Marcus’s sister and brothers wedding so I was overjoyed that their family once again gave me the honor of being part of their special day.
So on July 7, 2018 family and friends gathered at Chestnut Ridge in Canton NC,  to celebrate the wedding of Becky and Marcus.
Among the flood of happy memories from that day, one stands out for Becky.
“The best thing about our wedding was holding each others’ hands during the ceremony,” she said. “It felt so personal and joyous and comfortable. We forgot that a room of nearly 200 people were all there for us and watching us, which is especially surprising since neither of us particularly like being the center of attention. After the ceremony, all of the stress had just melted away, and left nothing but excitement and joy.”
After their wedding, They spent 10 fabulous days in Tahiti before settling in to the rest for their lives together in Belmont.

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

Becky and Marcus (Charlotte Wedding Photographer} 704-844-2993. www.ChuckEaton.com {Real People Real Places} Photojournalism (C) Chuck Eaton

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