Jason Scott Photography: August 2010
Jason Scott Photography
Sarasota Wedding Photographer - Siesta Key Beach Portraits

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sarasota Wedding Photography - What to Expect from us as your Sarasota Wedding Photographer

Because we provide full day wedding coverage for all Sarasota Wedding Photography packages, a lot happens in the course of the day. Here's a rundown of what you can expect from us as your wedding photography team on your big day (and in the days leading up to and after the wedding!)

First, the booking...

Most people contact us via email from our website, and we like it this way! At the moment we both work full time jobs during the week so email is the best way to get in touch with us quickly. We usually respond within a few hours! It also makes it easy for us to direct you to important information about selecting a wedding package and to answer your questions about our wedding photography services. Once you've decided on Jason as your photographerwe complete a contract and require a $500 non-refundable retainer from you to secure the date. You don't have to pick a package right away - you can always upgrade later!

Once you've booked with us, we may go visit your wedding site (if we've never been there before) to scope out good locations for photos. If email contact isn't enough for you, this is a great time for us to get together to chat and look at some sample wedding albums and discuss your package options (if you haven't decided yet) and photo locations/poses you really want.

As your wedding date gets closer, you might want to book an engagement session with us as well. Siesta Key Beach Portraits make great engagement photos, and booking an engagement session is also a great way for us to get to know you better and get an idea of how things will go as far as posing photos, etc on your wedding day.

As your wedding day gets closer, we'll need your full payment two weeks in advance. This makes it so we don't have to bother you for the payment on your big day. 

Then, the big day arrives. We provide full day coverage, so we're happy to start at whatever time you want us! We usually start where the bride is getting ready. We take photos of the dress, the details, and the rings. Then we focus on the girls getting their hair and makeup done and putting on dresses. There are lots of great opportunities for detail shots during this time. If there is time (and if they are nearby), we'll go visit the guys too and take some shots of them getting ready as well.

After everyone is dressed and ready, it's really great if you allow for some time for formal photos before the ceremony. We can get the bridesmaid and groomsmen photos done separately and not have to worry about it later. We can also get some family shots done, such as the bride with her parents and the groom with his parents. The more we can do BEFORE the ceremony, the better!

Next is the ceremonyWe both take photos during the ceremony. Jason walks around near the front of the church (or other ceremony location) and Allyson stands at the back. You'll get lots of great angles and viewpoints this way for your photos. Some churches have rules about flash and/or taking photos in general. It's always good to check this out in advance so you're not surprised!

After the ceremony, we take formal photos. This includes family photos, bridal party photos, and of course, photos of the bride and groom on their own. This usually takes close to an hour - it works out great if you plan a cocktail hour after your ceremony so that your guests are occupied while we take photos. If you can allow for more time, that's great! The more time you give us, the more variety of photos we can take!

At your reception, we usually sneak in the room ahead of time to take photos of details such as place settings and your wedding cake. Once everyone arrives, we take candids all night of your guests dancing, special dances, the cake cutting, garter toss, etc. We're there until the very end, so if something happens, we will be there to document it! And when you finally say "Good Night" to your guests at the end of the night, we'll get that photo too.

After your big day, we know you'll be anxiously awaiting for your photos. We try to have a really fast turnaround time so you don't have to wait long. We go through the photos within a few days, weed out any "duds," do some minor photo editing, and post 500 or more of the best photos in an online gallery so you and your friends and family can view them right away. You can order prints at reasonable prices and share your photos on Facebook or other social networking sites or via email. If you place an order, we do more extensive Photoshop work so that the photo looks perfect before it is printed. We're constantly working behind the scenes to make sure your photos are just right.

If you selected a bigger package, your wedding DVD will arrive within 2 weeks and the timeline for albums and enlargements is dependent on your selection of photos.

We hope this has helped you understand how a typical wedding runs for us. If you are interested in booking us as your Sarasota Wedding Photographer or in finding out more about our packages, please contact us today!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Siesta Key Beach Portraits - What to Expect at your Beach Portrait Session

The trick to a successful beach portrait session is to squeeze a whole lot of photos into a very short period of time. Because most people want their beach portraits taken at sunset (And why not? It's beautiful!), we have limited time and rapidly changing light to work with.

Here's how we make it work:

We start our beach portrait sessions about 45 minutes before sunset. Since the sun is still a bit too high and bright at that time, we take families down to the beach for a "stroll." Although it probably feels pretty cheesy at the time, these photos look great and feel like "candids" even though they are set up more like posed photos. We think they make great casual family portraits.

As the sun dips slightly lower in the sky, we turn to the dune grass. Usually these photos do not have the sun in the background because it's still not low enough. We take a variety of posed family portraits sitting and/or standing in front of the sea oats. Sea oats make a great backdrop and look great with the outfits we typically recommend for beach portraits.

Ross Family on Longboat Key, August 2010            Order Enlargements  16x20 $100.00   16x20 w/frame $200.00   20x30 $200.00   20x30 w/frame $350.00   24x36 $300.00   24x36 w/frame $500.00

As the sun approaches the horizon, we bring the family back to the shoreline. Usually these photos are taken in a standing position, with the sunset in the background. 

We hope this helps clarify the timeline of events for a typical beach portrait session. If you have other questions about Siesta Key Beach Portraits, please read our Beach Portrait FAQ or contact us with your specific questions!

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Longboat Key Family Beach Portraits - The Ross Family

We met the Ross family at the Sea Grape Inn on Longboat Key last night. It was a beautiful night and we had a great time photographing the whole family enjoying their vacation. Here are a few of our favorites:

Family Beach Portraits on Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Englewood Beach, or Venice Beach by Jason Scott Photography


Family Beach Portraits on Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Englewood Beach, or Venice Beach by Jason Scott Photography 


Family Beach Portraits on Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Englewood Beach, or Venice Beach by Jason Scott Photography 

It's always hard to get a large group of people coordinated for a photo. If you are vacationing in the area, we are happy to do your family beach portraits at any local beach or directly at the condo or beach house where you are staying. Just ask! 

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