First Look – Pros and Cons

First Look – Pros and Cons

Planning your wedding day is filled with everything from the really important decisions like which venue to have your reception at down to the smaller decisions like should Aunt Jenny really be at a table that close to the open bar. I get it, it’s really hard to figure it all out and sometimes it can even be a tad confusing.

One of the decisions I see my couples going back and forth with the most often is whether or not to have a first look on their wedding day. There are a number of reasons for and against this wedding day trend, so let’s jump right into helping you decide what works best for you.

 

Pros of Having a First Look

 

A Moment Just for Two

With all of the controlled chaos of a wedding day, sometimes it can really be hard for the couple to get a few moments alone. Everyone means well and they just want to congratulate you and wish you well. Unfortunately, after an entire day of that, you can walk away exhausted and feeling like there wasn’t enough time for the both of you to just be together on what was supposed to be your day.

A first look can give you those precious moments together – just the two of you to be yourselves (OK, the two of you and your photographer but that’s just nitpicking now isn’t it? Ok, and maybe the video company… but you get the point. Let’s move on.).

I always try to suggest to my couples that they schedule some time in the day just for them. Whether it’s during the first look, their portrait session, or even a little time before their entrance into the reception, it’s great to be able to regroup and enjoy each other’s company away from everyone else if only for a moment.

 

Getting Your Portraits Out of the Way

You’ve waiting all this time for your wedding day, the ceremony is over and now you want to get to your reception and have fun with the rest of your guests.

But wait, we still need to take those pesky family group shots and your portraits as well. It’s not uncommon to see the bride and groom start to get a little anxious to get to the reception and just want to be done with the portraits because they are just tired from all the anticipation of the wedding itself.

The problem is that your portraits together can be some of the most important to you down the road and if you aren’t enjoying yourself then you’ll see it in your expressions and the moments won’t be as honest. You don’t want to rush through photos that important.

A first look can work to your advantage because it’s taking place much earlier in your day where you are fresher and still looking your best right out of hair and makeup.

 

A More Controlled Situation

There’s a strong chance you have seen one of the humorous/horrifying images on social media of a wedding ceremony where the scene is ruined because one of the guests at the ceremony had decided that the best way to remember the very touching moment taking place right before them is by holding up their iPad at eye level to take photos or video instead of simply being there.

In doing this they end up obstructing the view of other guests as well as the photographer more often than not which can be very problematic. There is always that chance that as the couple sees each other for the first time the photographer’s view could be obstructed in that precious moment leaving it lost forever.

With a first look we can eliminate the potential of that because your photographer and their team are the only ones there and will know how to stay out of each other’s way to capture each and every moment.

 

Cons of Having a First Look

 

You Wasted the Good Surprise

One of my personal favorite moments of the wedding day is that moment when the couple see each other from opposite ends of the aisle. This is also a favorite for many family members as well as your guests so by having a first look you deny them that often-emotional exchange.

Sure, you may still get a little choked up when you see each other if you’ve had a first look earlier in the day, but my experiences have been that it’s much more subdued than when there hasn’t been a first look.

 

Don’t Get Your Dress Dirty

Many times, I get requests for first looks to take place in open fields or at parks because of their scenic quality. Visually tht can be stunning however you then run the risk of getting the train of a dress and your shoes dirty prior to walking down the aisle. You’ve spent quite a bit of money on your wedding attire so it’s a shame to take them outside and get them filthy before the ceremony.

Sure, we can also do the first look inside but often that isn’t as romantic to the couple and not as appealing visually.

As a side note, being a wedding photographer here in North Carolina, besides getting your clothing dirty, you risk starting to sweat possibly staining your clothing or worse causing your hair and makeup to start to come undone before the ceremony. You also risk your bouquet starting to wilt if you decide to incorporate it as well.

 

Is the Moment Even Real

Many couples decide to have a first look because they’ve heard about them from friends or have seen photographs online and in bridal magazines.

Because they fall in love with the idea of the first look, that can sometimes create certain expectations they feel they need to reach in how they react. You are aware you are being photographed and know exactly what’s about to happen which can cause a less than genuine reaction when it actually takes place.

Instead of the moment just taking place you can find yourself caught up in thinking about your expression and how it will photograph instead of having an honest emotional moment. You’ve now not only created a fake moment but have stolen some of the impact from the actual first look during the ceremony as I explained previously.

 

So Which is It?

 

So, What’s the Verdict?


So now that I’ve gone through a few of the reasons for having a first look as well as some of the potential pitfalls of having one, should you have one or not? What’s the correct answer?

That’s just it, there isn’t one.

In the end, it’s your day there is no right answer that is going to apply to every couple and their particular nuptials. I am always happy to capture a wedding day however the couple’s heart desires so it will come down to their personal preference. As I’ve already shown by example, there simply isn’t a right or wrong answer when it comes to the first look.

While they have started to fall off slightly in popularity in recent years, I still get requests to capture them all the time, so it comes down to what works best for you as a couple. In the end, that’s really all that matters anyway right?

If you are looking for a wedding photographer and you’d like to have me capture your wedding day, please contact me for more information. I would love the opportunity to be there for those amazing memories being made!

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Wedding Tips

First Look – Pros and Cons

One of the decisions I see my couples going back and forth with the most often is whether or not to have a first look on their wedding day. There are a number of reasons for and against this wedding day trend, so let’s jump right into helping you decide what works best for you.

Wedding Tips

Top 10 Songs for Father and Daughter Dance

As a father of three daughters myself, I’m fairly certain I will ugly cry when this moment arrives. I won’t be able to help it and I don’t know that I would if I could. It’s really a special moment because it’s at this moment when dad knows that he is no longer the most important man in his daughter’s world.

bouquet toss
Wedding Tips

Tips for Finding Your Wedding Photographer

I love bridal shows. Heck, I still go once in awhile just to get the free cupcakes (sorry bakers). It did make me think about how could I help couples navigate all their options and these tips even apply to searching online and gives you a good foothold on what to ask during in-person or over the phone meetings!

Headshot Tips

Business Headshot Tips for Everyone

When you have professional head shots taken, you must keep in mind that these are photos that you may have to look at for a very long time.

Your corporate headshot might be on your business card, posted on your company’s website and might be used on marketing literature and brochures that might be in use for several years. So how do you make sure you look your best?

Top 10 Songs for Father and Daughter Dance

Top 10 Songs for Father and Daughter Dance

One of my favorite moments as a wedding photographer is getting to witness the first dances. None are usually as emotional as the father and daughter dance and because of that, so much thought goes into picking the perfect song for that once in a lifetime moment.

As a father of three daughters myself, I’m fairly certain I will ugly cry when this moment arrives. I won’t be able to help it and I don’t know that I would if I could. It’s really a special moment because it’s at this moment when dad knows that he is no longer the most important man in his daughter’s world and it’s a hard title to give up.

Besides the outpouring of emotion, it’s also very common for the daughter and the father to be a bit sillier during their dance. Maybe it’s a way to deal with the tension and to keep everyone from crying or maybe that’s just how they were when she was growing up. It can be anything from funny musical choices to over the top dance moves, but it’s never a boring time!

Top 10 List of Songs

I’ve researched a number of publications and their poll data to find out what songs are most often requested as songs for the bride and her father. While we see a number of repeats, there are also a number of more unique song ideas to keep in mind when choosing your song. I’ve also chosen lists from a couple of different recent years so we don’t forget about some previously awesome songs. I’ve also tried to link each song back to iTunes if it were availble so you can listen to the song and even purchase it if you decide to use it.

Brides

  1. Sweet Pea,” by Amos Lee
  2. How Sweet It Is,” by James Taylor
  3. Come Fly With Me,” by Frank Sinatra
  4. Times of Your Life,” by Paul Anka
  5. Unforgettable,” by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
  6. The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra
  7. Butterfly Kisses,” by Bob Carlisle
  8. Father and Daughter,” by Paul Simon
  9. Forever Young,” by Rod Stewart
  10. What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong

The Spruce

  1. Butterfly Kisses,” by Bob Carlisle
  2. “When Angles Fly,” by Tony Ransom & Heavenly Light Orchestra
  3. I Loved Her First,” by Heartland
  4. Through the Years,” by Kenny Rodgers
  5. Always Be Your Baby,” by Natalie Grant
  6. How Sweet It Is,” by James Taylor
  7. The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra
  8. Unforgettable,” by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
  9. Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel),” by Billy Joel
  10. My Father’s Eyes,” by Eric Clapton

The Knot

  1. A Song for My Daughter” by Ray Allaire
  2. Always Be Your Baby” by Natalie Grant
  3. Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
  4. Daddy” by Beyoncé
  5. Daddy Dance With Me” by Krystal Keith
  6. Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn
  7. “Daddy’s Little Girl” Michael Bublé
  8. Daughters” by John Mayer
  9. Dream” by Priscilla Ahn
  10. Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon

Bridal Musings

  1. When You Need Me,” by Bruce Springsteen
  2. “Wallflowers,” by Tom Petty
  3. Gracie,” by Ben Folds
  4. My Darling,” by Wilco
  5. Kind and Generous,” by Natalie Merchant
  6. Daughter,” by Loudon Wainwright
  7. Father and Daughter,” by Paul Simon
  8. My Girl,” by The Temptations
  9. Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder
  10. Ain’t the Love,” by Ray Charles

Wedding Forward

  1. I Loved Her First,” by Heartland
  2. Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” by Elton John
  3. You Are So Beautiful,” by Joe Cocker
  4. Wind Beneath My Wings,” by Bette Midler
  5. You Look So Good In Love,” by George Strait
  6. Cinderella,” by Steven Curtis Chapman
  7. You Raise Me Up,” by Josh Groban
  8. A Whole New World,” by Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
  9. When You Say Noting At All,” by Alison Krauss
  10. Make You Feel My Love,” by Adele

I hope these couple of lists help you to decide which song to use for the father and daughter dance. Keep in mind though, it is your wedding day and you certainly can use any song you like.

Don’t forget your tissue.

Tips for Finding Your Wedding Photographer

Tips for Finding Your Wedding Photographer

I love bridal shows. Heck, I still go once in awhile just to get the free cupcakes (sorry bakers). It did make me think about how could I help couples navigate all their options and these tips even apply to searching online and gives you a good foothold on what to ask during in-person or over the phone meetings!

 

NICE PHOTOS! BUT WERE THEY AN ACTUAL CLIENT?

 

Over the past few years, there has been a huge surge in photographers being less than honest by passing off staged model shoots as client photos on websites and especially at bridal shows. I see it almost everyday on social media and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Even some of your less then ethical educators in our field encourage this.

While it may not seem like a very big deal, it’s important that your photographer is showing you only client photos. They need to be images that they can confidently produce during the hectic environment of a real wedding day and not just a controlled situation when they have all the time in the world to get that single photo.

Don’t get me wrong, this won’t apply to every gorgeous image you see and every photographer you meet. There are some very talented photographers out there who really know how to get want they want quickly on a wedding day. Sadly, there are also a handful of photographers that have no problem showing you a single image that took them six hours or more to capture and a ton of editing afterwards to make it look like something within their “wedding gallery”.

So what should you do? You shouldn’t shy away from asking if the images shown to you are from actual paying clients or from stylized shoots. You can also request to see other images from throughout that day to prove that the images are real. If they can’t show you a gallery of images from that day then chances are it’s a fake client they are trying to pass off.

While this might seem like a big deal, you have to ask yourself… if you are dealing with an experienced professional photographer trying you earn your business, shouldn’t they have more than enough awesome client images in their portfolio to show you that they wouldn’t have to resort to creating a lot of fake ones? If they don’t, then that speaks volumes of the types of images you’ll actually get on your wedding day. They are either not very experienced or their normal wedding images just aren’t awesome as they let on.

 

BUT CAN I SEE A FULL GALLERY?

 

All photographers are going to show their best work or at least their favorite images on their website and on display at bridal shows. It’s only natural and let’s be honest they can’t all be gems. But there is also so much more to the day than these hero shots and amazing candid photos we all love and show.

Your wedding can be a long day and there are tons of different parts that make up your particular story. From the couple getting ready, all those little details and decorations at your reception, those candid moments that tug at your heart, and those crazy photos during the reception that the groomsmen are really hoping I deleted (I don’t by the way… ever).

All of these make up your wedding story and go towards what you’ll later use for designing you wedding album and wall art. All of your images need to be awesome and not just the one they posted on Facebook for likes!

If your potential photographer refuses to show you full wedding galleries then take that as a huge red flag!

 

HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE YOU CAPTURED AS THE MAIN PHOTOGRAPHER?

 

Don’t underestimate this question. It’s not all about how nice of a photo the photographer can take but how many adverse conditions they’ve had to deal with over their career as a professional photographer. Being a wedding photographer can sometimes be a never-ending cycle of problem solving. From bizarre lighting conditions to dealing with the occasional equipment failure, and it’s important when the going get’s tough, you’ll never even know about it and your photographer will be able to still deliver for you as planned!

This can also lead into whether or not they have photographed your particular type of wedding ceremony. If the photographer has experience in capturing a Catholic, or Jewish, or Indian wedding can mean quite a bit if they are not use to it and they won’t have any idea what they should expect on your big day. There are little elements of each one that can trip up somone less experienced.

Additionally, it could also have a huge bearing on how many additional photographers may be required to capture your wedding the way you want.

 

I’D LOVE TO CHAT MORE WITH YOU!

 

If you are looking for a wedding photographer and you’d like to chat about what’s most important to you on your wedding day, please contact me for more information. I would love to see if I can help make it a reality for you!

 

Jeff is truly one of the most talented photographers in the business. We have had the pleasure of working with him twice this past wedding season, and he seamlessly captures the emotion of the day. A wonderful creative to have on your team!

Meagan

Owner, Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events

Business Headshot Tips for Everyone

Business Headshot Tips for Everyone

Wardrobe Tips for Corporate Headshots

When you have professional head shots taken, you must keep in mind that these are photos that you may have to look at for a very long time.

Your corporate headshot might be on your business card, posted on your company’s website and might be used on marketing literature and brochures that might be in use for several years. So how do you make sure you look your best?

What to Wear for Corporate Headshots – Men

For men, it’s often a no-brainer. A business suit is a good choice for a corporate headshot. If you want a more casual look, you can forgo the blazer and wear a white shirt with a tie. For blazers, grey or navies in solid colors are often a good choice for timeless portraits.

You don’t want clothing or hairstyles to look too trendy as it can date the photograph and many companies will expect the corporate headshot to last a long time for the investment they are about to make.If you are wearing a tie, try not to overdo it with the patterns. You can choose a simple pattern and a bright color if you like but avoid anything too over the top.

If you prefer not to wear a shirt and tie, your photo can still look nice and professional even in a nice collared golf shirt.

What to Wear for Business Headshots – Women

Wardrobe choices for business headshots can feel more complicated for women but choosing a classic business suit or simple blouse and skirt or pants is a great idea. Again, don’t wear anything too trendy and choose something that’s for fall or winter instead of summery for your headshot photography session.

Clothing Choices for Your Business Headshot Photography

When choosing your clothing for you business headshots avoid complex patterns like stripes or checks and opt for solid colors wherever possible. This will not only give the headshot a more classic look but will be more tolerable to look at in several years when styles and trends have changed.

Horizontal lines can be difficult to look at. Varying patterns on different articles of clothing can make for a disaster of a headshot. Vertical lines in clothes should be minimal but the presence of them can have a slimming effect.

The most important wardrobe tip for professional business headshots is to wear something you like, that makes you feel good! Feeling like you look good with nice clothes, a polished look and a warm smile will result not only in your enjoying the outcome of your headshot but also effectiveness in meeting your goals for it as well.

It’s supposed to make you look confident and professional so take the time to choose something professional and classic to help you achieve desired results in your photograph.

If you cannot decide for sure what to wear or even if you think you have made the right choice but want to be safe rather than sorry, bring two different changes of clothing to the photo shoot and ask the corporate photographer for advice.

Getting Ready for Business Headshots


Hair for Headshots

I don’t know how I can drive home the importance of your hair, Bad hair can ruin your whole shoot! Play it safe and go to the hairdresser right before the shoot. The headshot will last for at least a year, don’t be stuck with daggy hair. But… don’t style your hair in an unusual way, look like you normally do, maybe a bit neater for your headshot photo shoot.

Nails for Headshots

Please do not forget the importance of your hands in your portraits. Whether you choose to do your nails yourself or have them manicured, keep them clean and use coordinating colors. Photographs often show your feet as well.

Glasses for Headshots

If you wear glasses most of the time, you will want to wear them in your headshot photo. We can take photos with and without the glasses to give you more options.

Suntans for Headshots

Do not overdo the sun for a headshot photo. It looks great, but in moderation. Sunburn can be an expensive problem. It causes facial shine, red noses and cheeks, strap marks, hat lines and peeling, which are fixable but at an additional cost.

Some Other Do’s and Don’ts

 

DO:

1. Take two or three changes of clothing so you can experiment with contrasting colors before we begin. You only need the top half of the outfit for “head and shoulder” type headshots.

2. Ask me what color background we are using and what prime color would compliment it.

3. Tell me (before you arrive) the image you are trying to convey. What type business are you in? What is your corporate or business culture? Look at other photos of those in your company for samples to compare. If you are “not” a corporate type, let me know what type of look you want to portray. Maybe send me samples of stuff you like.

4. Dark clothes attract less attention and put the attention on your face and eyes.

5. Guys: if you have a heavy beard, shave right before arrival.

6. Guys: Bring something additional if you are adding a “casual” look (vs. just taking off a suit jacket and tie and trying to make your white shirt look casual.) Take along a button down, golf shirt, or something similar on a hanger so it is indeed “casual” but still fresh.

7. Be yourself! Well? Maybe tone it down a notch. LOL.

8. Brush your teeth before the shoot!


DON’T:

1. Don’t get a new haircut just before the shoot. Give it a week.

2. Don’t wear something that might “clash” with background (know background color in advance.)

3. Don’t wear white unless you wear it underneath something.

4. Don’t wear jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated.

5. Don’t overdress. Don’t wear “big” jewelry, big scarves, big hair.

6. Don’t wear loud stripes or checks. Avoid herringbone. No short sleeve shirts please.

7. Don’t wear a turtleneck (unless it is a very good look for you.) In general a v-neck style will be more attractive.

8. Don’t wear a jacket you cannot button, or you have to stretch to be able to button. It will not look good and you will not feel good about it. Bring something that fits properly.

9. Don’t over-do your makeup. And I don’t mean the “style” of your makeup, I mean in the thickness and amount of application on your skin.

10. Don’t be afraid to ASK me / CALL me about any of these BEFORE you arrive.

Why I Switched To Sony

Why I Switched To Sony

First… a little background.

When I first began shooting professionally, Canon was my equipment of choice. I began to slowly amass cameras and lenses while trying to figure out what best suit my still evolving style often by renting equipment to see which lenses I liked before I bought them. After a couple of years and numerous weddings and events it occurred to me that why I was satisfied with the images that were being produced, I never really made a conscious decision between Canon and Nikon.

Not being one to simply buy a piece of equipment because someone else uses it, I began to take inventory of the photographers whose work I really liked, and whose images really spoke to me and the one constant thread through all of them were that they had been Nikon shooters. Maybe there was a difference?

So I decided that I would rent an entire Nikon system for a few days to learn the controls and during the next weekend I would shoot both my current Canon equipment and the rented Nikon equipment side by side to compare results – make an educated decision as it were.

That weekend rolled around and from the first few images I knew I had stumbled across something big. The Nikon images were significantly more appealing to my eye and I had found a much richer dynamic range and color tone. I switched two days later.

Fast forward quite a few years, still quite happy with my Nikon equipment having collected a nice complement of lenses and the top camera bodies made by Nikon, I began hearing rumblings about a new tech that was much more advanced than anything Canon or Nikon was offering.

To be honest, the new cameras seemed to be more associated with your hipster photographers and I casually wrote them off as just some new gimmick or fad and didn’t pay them much mind. My Nikon cameras were producing great images so why bother looking?

I then began to see more and more reports about them and larger and larger gatherings at their booths at trade shows. They were no longer only the camera of the tragically hip but began to infiltrate mainstream photographers. Could the hype actually be real? Could they really be that different?

In the Spring/Summer of 2018 I had been hired again by a choral concert production company out of Manhattan, NY to capture a couple of their shows on the east coast. This time I found myself at the Kennedy Center and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for three shows where I would be the sole photographer documenting the event. With my trusty Nikons in hand I headed off to D.C. not knowing what I would soon learn.

I had photographed the Kennedy Center before and I knew that I would be stationed in one of the areas by the sound man where I would have to shoot the entire concert. Shooting at 400mm this wouldn’t pose a problem and things went great. The issue came up when the date for event at the National Cathedral came around.

I’ve you’ve never had the pleasure to visit the National Cathedral you haven’t had the opportunity to fully appreciate the acoustics inside this beautiful structure. The perfect location for a choral concert. So I unpacked my trusty Nikon D5 and fired off a test shot.

I might as well have thrown a brick against the wall when that shutter went off. I was mortified. There was no way I was going to be able to photograph the event there using this camera which was the top of Nikon’s food chain priced at well over $6,000. I had to reluctantly pack it back up and grab a much older Nikon D810 body, which while not quite was substantially less obtrusive during the event.

During my drive back to the hotel and the following drive back to Raleigh, NC the next day, I began to remember rumors of this new camera system that was promised to be significantly more quiet. I spent the next few days watching every video I could get my hands on and talking to everyone I could that could offer experience with the system and what it could bring to the table. I had slowly found myself caught up in the Sony mirrorless camera hype.

I found myself getting my hands on what would be Sony’s flagship camera, the Sony A9, to test it out and to see if there was really any difference. Not only did I quickly discover in that instant that the hype wasn’t just hype, but I actually felt a little stupid for writing them off without actually looking into them all this time.

Here are three things right off the top that changed my mind about Sony vs Canon & Nikon that made me jump ship once again.

SILENT SHOOTING

Both the Canon and Nikon systems offer a quite mode in some of their cameras where the camera isn’t quite as loud when you press the shutter. I actually found, in the case of Nikon at least, that while the sound wasn’t as loud, the sound was actually drawn out more which was worse to me.

On the Sony A9, the camera isn’t just quiet, it’s 100% silent. Zip. Nadda. No sound at all.

This is amazing for capturing candid images during weddings and especially during wedding ceremonies. In fact, much to my embarrassment, the first time I took it to a wedding, I started the day with some bridal party photos of the groom. My heart sank as I snapped the first image and nothing happened. Did I break it already? Are they this unreliable? Nope. The photographer was an idiot.

It was working perfectly fine and it was writing the images to the memory card as it was supposed to. Just because there was no noise and all and no tactile feedback of feeling the mechanical shutter click in the camera they way I did in my Nikon D5, I thought it wasn’t working. Trust me, it’s way funnier now than it was as that moment.

I’ve since photographed other orchestra concerts with the camera and having the ability to be 100% silent is absolutely amazing.

ADVANCED FOCUSING FEATURES

All of your major camera companies offer a multitude of focus settings but I have never seen anything that compares with what the A9 can do. In fact, not even close.

The two big features that just blew my mind was the eye AF and the face detection/face recognition. The later feature, face recognition, I’m fairly certain may actually be some manner of witchcraft so please continue reading at your own risk.

Let’s start with eye AF. As with most pro-level cameras, the Sony A9 will let you select a spot to focus on. Where the Sony pulls away from the pack is that once the camera finds a face, with a simple button press (which can be assigned to a number of buttons on the camera or even the Sony lenses themselves), the camera will lock on and track the eye closest to camera on that face.

It is also extremely accurate tracking a moving object using this method even using f-stops as wide as f/1.4. If the face turns away from the camera, the moment it sees the eye again it will re-acquire it and lock back on. This opens up lots of additional ways to shoot moments without fear of missing a shot.

Now if that doesn’t sound Disney-esque magical enough, grab your soceror’s hat and let’s look at face recognition.

Cameras have been using face detection for awhile now to locate what it believes to be a face in a scene and focus there. Where Sony jumps ahead is that you can train your camera to learn individual faces so that when there is a group of people it will know exactly which face is most important to you. You can even teach it a pecking order so if one person isn’t available in the frame, it will move on to the next and so forth.

CUSTOMIZATION

As a wedding photographer, there’s only about a thousand decisions I need to make during the day of the wedding and little changes to my camera that would make certain situations better.

The Sony A9 has a stunning number of buttons and dials on the camera body that you can assign to one of dozens of different options. Want to quickly change white balance? Done. Want to quickly switch to crop mode for that extra little reach? Not a problem.

With all the advancements that camera makers put into cameras, it’s often the little things like this that are really needed so each person can customize the camera to how they work and not how Nikon or Canon think you should work.

ANYTHING ELSE?

There’s actually a lot of things that I haven’t covered here that make the Sony A9 the reason to jump ship from your current system.

Did I mention that you can shoot 20 frames a second completely silent?

Did I mention that you can shoot up to 1/32,000 of a second?

Did I mention that image stabilization is built right into the camera body?

Did I mention that a A9 costs $4,498 while the comparable Nikon runs $6,495 and Canon $5,499?