Philadelphia Wedding Photographers Allebach Photography are located in the suburbs accessible by the Lansdale/Doylestown train line.
Philadelphia Wedding Photographers Allebach Photography are located in the suburbs accessible by the Lansdale/Doylestown train line.
Most wedding magazines will give you a list of questions to ask your wedding photographer. Stuff like: “Can you describe your style? What equipment do you shoot with?”
Let’s be real: Those questions are boring. And you probably don’t actually care about the answers anyway.
So I surveyed some brides and photography-friends, and put together a list of all those questions you really want to ask, and all those things we really want you to know.
1. How do I pick a good photographer when there are hundreds listed in my area?
First, look for a forum or blog that appeals to your style. Obviously, if you’re an Offbeat Bride, you’re in the right place — I receive my best clients through the Offbeat Bride Vendor Guide. The photographers listed are both gay-friendly and accustomed to photographing offbeat weddings.
Once you’ve got a few favorite photographers, narrow it down to a handful of favorites, and set up a time to meet them. Make sure you’re meeting with the person who will be wielding the camera at your wedding, not a sales consultant or studio owner. You have to, like, trust and get along with your photographer — that way you can leave the magic of photo making in the photographer’s hands. Not only should you like their images, you should also like them! You’ll be spending many hours with them during your wedding day.
2. How many photos do I get?
The wedding photographers I surveyed typically deliver 50-100 photos for every hour of coverage they provide. Four hundred photos may seem like a lot, but your wedding photographer is preserving all those little details and the moments you missed while you were mingling.
3. I love those photos with the blurry backgrounds. How do you get that look?
You’re talking about shallow depth of field. Photographers get that look by using professional lenses that are able to focus tightly on the subject.
4. I found one photographer whose images look soft and pastel, one whose images look clean, and one whose images look like they were shot on old film. What’s the deal?
Every photographer has a different way of editing their images using computer software (the high-tech version of a darkroom). This is called “Post-Processing.” Most photographers do some basic lighting and color adjustments, but you can also use editing software to create a unique look. Three popular styles right now are:
It doesn’t matter which style you go with, as long as you love it!
5. Why is wedding photography so freakin’ expensive?
This is the question I see most from brides on the interwebs. Wedding photography seems like easy money — work for one day and rake in the cash, right? But most full-time wedding photographers I know carry over $15,000 worth of wedding gear and often work 60-hour weeks. (Remember those 800 images from question #2? It takes several full days just to edit those.)
Add insurance, taxes, software, advertising, albums, repair, shipping, and studio expenses, and many photographers end up making less than minimum wage for the first few years of their career.
6. How can I make sure I look good in my photos?
Relax. Trust your wedding photographer.
If you’re relaxed, it’ll come through in your photos.
Leave some breathing room in your schedule so you don’t feel rushed — I recommend a minimum 30 minutes for family and wedding party photos, and an hour for the couple portraits.
Oh, and get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water the night before.
Take it easy at the rehearsal dinner. Wedding-day hangovers are not fun.
7. I keep hearing about “shoot and burn” photography. Sounds painful. What is it?
Actually, yeah, it can be kind of painful. “Shoot and burn” is slang for photographing a wedding and burning it straight to DVD or USB without post-processing. It’s usually super cheap — for a reason. Bad lighting isn’t corrected, distracting elements aren’t removed (hello, Speedo-clad photobomber!), and zits remain proudly on display.
Digital files may be important to you, but find a full-service photographer who will edit the images and print reference proofs before handing over the digis.
And please, don’t let the digitals rot on your hard drive. As a photographer, I want you to proudly display your wedding photos. It makes me sad when I think of all the photos that never get printed. Don’t hide your wedding photos! I tell my clients to hang up a large print or two — when you’re having a crappy day, it’s great to look up in your living room and see a photo of an awesome day.
8. Should we do a “first look”? And, um, what the hell is a “first look”?
The first look is a chance for wedding couples to see each other privately before the ceremony. Two-thirds of my clients currently opt to do a first look. It’s a great chance to get the wedding jitters out and spend a few minutes alone together. I find that first look photos tend to be some of my favorites. It’s a real moment with real emotions.
Honestly, it’s also a great way to avoid stress on your wedding day. (Some of my couples even choose to get ready together!) And many of my couples get to enjoy their whole cocktail hour because they got all of the photos out of the way before the wedding.
9. Do I really need a second photographer?
No one needs a second photographer, but they can provide you with more images and a different perspective. Many of the top photographers only work with assistants who carry gear and help with professional lighting. The best thing is to ask your wedding photographer to see how they prefer to work. You can get good results either way.
10. How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?
Many in-demand wedding photographers book weddings at over a year out. As it gets closer to your wedding date, it will be harder to book your first-choice photographer.
If your favorite photographer is unavailable on your date, don’t panic. Ask them for recommendations — they may know someone with a similar style and a lighter schedule.
11. You can Photoshop that, right?
It depends. As a photographer, I want to get everything as perfect as possible in camera. Posing, location scouting, and camera settings can “fix” most things before I even click the shutter. If your uncle photobombs you, I’m going to retake the photo — it’s much easier to get the photo right than to fix it with Photoshop. Many photographers charge for extensive editing in Photoshop, because it can be very time-consuming.
12. Should I tip my photographer?
I get asked this a lot. There was a great article about tipping on Offbeat Bride. For photographers, “Tips are never expected but are always appreciated.”
Hopefully this clears up some burning questions about wedding photography — and makes it a little bit easier to find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.
Post written by Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography. Originally published in Offbeat Bride
Mike Allebach (aka The Tattooed Bride Photographer) is a wedding photographer who also writes tips for tattooed brides, and has an unhealthy addiction to Taco Tuesday. Book your wedding, engagement or boudoir session here.
This was my contribution to the Profoto B2 Launch. I’ve been using the Profoto B2s for over 4 months now. Cherrish graciously shared her story of cancer fight. The photoshoot takes place at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pa. See my review of the Profoto B2 here.
Thank you to Cherrish Krasulak for being the inspiration for the video, Ed Seiders for shooting, Ryan Hendricks for lighting assistant, Gene Smirnov for BTS and Steven Skidmore for UAV footage. I scored the music and played guitar in the second half of the video.
(updated with more photos 3/9/15)
In Sept of 2014 Profoto contacted me about trying a new off camera flash system. At first I thought they were going to show me a Profoto B1 battery powered with High Speed Sync (which was not out at the time I met with them) and a new light shaping tool for wedding photographers. Well, I was half right. They showed me their new Profoto 2′ OCF series Octa Softbox (which I now use at every wedding). What I wasn’t expecting was the B2 head and pack system with built in battery and transceiver for the AirTTL system. After using the system for 4 months I thought it would be great to give some first impressions.
Features of the Profoto B2 OCF System
250 Watt Seconds
Each pack support 2 flash heads
Removable Lithium Ion battery built into the B2
Battery powered with the ability for plugged in use for studio or recharging.
Approx 1.5 second recharge of full power flashes. I haven’t tested it but it seems to be about 1.5 second at full power.
High Speed Sync (HSS) with Nikon & Canon
Ability to mix seemlessly in TTL with the Profoto B1 system
LED modeling lights
Super light weight system. Pack weighs less than the Paul C Buff Vagabond. Head weighs less than my Nikon SB 800 with batteries.
Profoto B2 Real World Use with the OCF Light Shaping Tools
Over the last 4 months I’ve fallen in love with this system. All of my Alien Bee gear has been gathering dust. The Profoto B2 system is just so damn light. For engagements, I wear the B2 Pack on my hip via the Money Maker Strap system and handhold the B2 head myself. For wedding I have a Voice Activated Lightstand (my lighting assistant) use the light with the 2′ Octa Soft Box. With a lighting assistant I keep either the 2′ Octa on or the 10 degree grid on the head itself. Oh and the lighting grids just snap on so nicely and they don’t fall off.
Profoto B2 vs Nikon SB900 / SB910
Since the system is self contained (wireless remote, led light, power) you don’t have all the extra pieces that hang with my former system. Before with Off Camera Lighting, I would have a dangling trigger when the rigged system of vecro let go on my Nikon SB900. The ability to have both TTL and manual override on the remote means that I only have to instruct my Voice Activated Lightstand / Lighting Assistant where to stand and what angle to point the
Profoto B2 vs Paul C Buff Einstein
Let’s just get the obvious out of the way. The Einstein has more power. If you want more power like the Einstein stick with the Profoto B1. With the obvious out of the way, the Profoto B2 has some clear advantages over the Einstein. The system is sooooooo much lighter. I haven’t used the Einstein since I got the Profoto B2s. I haven’t run into a situation where the B2s didn’t have enough power. I just have my lighting assistant get closer. The Profoto head weighs as much as your regular flash with batteries in. Your lighting assistant and Voice Activated Lightstands will love how lightweight the B2 is.
Profoto B2 vs Profoto B1
The B1 is twice the power of the B2, that is the biggest advantage of the B1 over the B2. What I see most photographers doing is buying a D1 1000 w/s for in studio or a Profoto B1 and having a 2 head B2 pack. There are many advantages in real world use of the Profoto B2. First and foremost is the Profoto B1 is top heavy when placed on a fan, it has a battery and fan. You need a heavyweight stand (I love my Avenger boom stand) to safely hold the Profoto B1 due to the battery on the flash. Conversely I use the Manfrotto Nano stand when my lighting assistant is holding the B1. Since the removable battery is built into the pack, the weight is distributed perfectly for handholding.
Profoto B2 vs Profoto D1
If you never leave the studio and you have plenty of outlets, the Profoto D1 500 ws might be a better solution. You do get spoiled quickly by the light weightness of the B2 system, so if you need portability in the studio the B1 or B2 might be beneficial over the D1. On the road, the B2 wins hands down over the D1.
One of the best features and perhaps one of the least talked about features: The LED Modeling Light!
How amazing is it to have a super light weight system with a bright LED modeling light! The LED modeling light has made after dark sessions with wedding clients a breeze. The LED light is just as bright as the Westcott Ice Light. You’ll notice the light is warm balanced and not daylight balanced.
So who is the system made for?
I would say it’s best for on location portrait photographers and wedding photographers. It’s easy to travel with and has enough power for most situations. On location I almost always stick to a one light setup.
Is the Profoto B2 good for the studio?
Yes, I use the B2s in the studio. I’ve replaced my Alien Bees and Einstein with them. You’ll want to get 2 extension cords for the heads if you are using them in the studio. The size of the head cord is meant for lighting assistant use, so the extension cords are a must. Again a good in studio setup with be either 2 packs with 2 heads each or adding in a Profoto D1 or B1 to the mix. The bonus to using the B2 in studio is the ability to leave the unit plugged into power during the shoot.
But wait…there is more!!
Profoto released a new lightweight lighting system called the OCF Modifiers. These are special modifiers made specifically to be lightweight for the B2. The softboxes and octabox use a new lightweight speedring. Grid all the things!!! So the first thing I did when I got my hands on the system was gridded everything. My favorite new OCF Lightshaping modifiers are the OCF Grids (10, 20 & 30 degree) and the octabox. I use the 2′ octa softbox for 90% of photos with the B2 at weddings. The 2′ octa is the perfect modifier for wedding photographers. The reason why I say this is it is the perfect size to get through doorways and move around at weddings and still provide nice kisses of light.
Examples of real world Profoto B2 Usage:
Right by the Magic Gardens on South Street in Philadelphia is the famous Batman Door. Many of my clients love to get photographed by the Batman door. Schedule your Magic Gardens Philly / Batman Engagement Session here.
After Dark Engagement Preview in Philadelphia, Pa. We now host after dark engagement sessions for couples in the Philadelphia area. This photo was taken at the Pennypack Park in Philadelphia. Schedule your engagement session here.
It sounds a little crazy, but I read somewhere that thinking about what you would change about your day before it even happens is a good way to avoid mistakes.
Here’s an infographic based off of a study done by NY Magazine, showing what over 100 married brides would have changed about their wedding day planning.
We want to capture all of your hard work planning, and all of the fun that ensues, on the special day. Your wedding photography will last through the ages, make it worth while!
First wedding of the year in Philadelphia yesterday. The groom wanted a few epic pics of his groomsmen smoking cigars with him. So I took them outside the Powel House in Philadelphia for a few photos.
Join us at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention February 2015! We’ll be sharing a booth with Inked Philly this year and selling 2015 Fight Like a Girl calendars.
Here are the details:
$22 Day / $45 3-Day Pass
Tickets are only sold at the show
Children under 12 are free
Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Friday 2 PM – 12 AM
Saturday 11 AM – 12 AM
Sunday 11 AM – 8 PM
Special Guests & Tattoo Artists:
Jason Clay Dunn from Ink Master Season 5 Winner
Scott Marshall from Ink Master Season 4 Winner
Joey Hamilton from Ink Master Season 3 Winner
Shane O’Neill from Ink Master Season 1 Winner
Karly Cleary from Best Ink Season 3 Winner
Jime Litwalk from Ink Master Season 3 Runner Up
Sarah Miller from Ink Master Season 2 & Ink Shrinks
Erik Siuda from Ink Master Season 5 Finalist
Alli Baker from Best Ink Season 2
Myke Chambers as Seen in Inked Magazine
Matti Hixson from Ink Master Season 4 Finalist
James Vaughn from Ink Master Season 1 Finalist
Halo Jankowski from Ink Master Season 4
Kyle Dunbar from Ink Master Season 3 & 4
Lydia Bruno from Ink Master Season 4
Amy Nicoletto from LA Ink
Aaron Is from Ink Master Season 5
Mark Longenecker from Ink Master Season 5
Emily Elegado from Ink Master Season 5
Ty-esha Reels from Ink Master Season 5
Robbie Ripoll from Ink Master Season 5
Caroline Evans from Ink Master Season 5
Takashi Matsuba : Tebori
Romeo Lacoste from Best Ink Season 3
Joseph Matisa from Best Ink Season 3
Chris Torres from NY Ink
Clint Cummings from Ink Master & Tattoo Nightmares: Miami
Jeremy Miller from Ink Master Season 1
Cee Jay from Ink Master Season 2
Joey Tattoo from Tattoo Rescue
VH1’s Black Ink Crew
Brian O’Halloran from Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, & Vulgar
As you can see a lot of talented people will be at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention. We hope to see you there!
There are some couples you meet that completely balance each other out. One of them, Dakota and Mike, were married at The Heritage Trust in New York’s Mt. Sinai. Their ceremony didn’t last more than 10 minutes, and then they were ready to party. We brought the photo booth all the way up to Long Island for some silliness! We stuffed our faces with all vegan indian food. Afterwords we headed to Dave and Buster’s to get the wedding jitters out and to burn off that energy from the pent butter jelly cookies!
633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai, NY 11766
Check out these snaps from the Lovesick Expo at the World Cafe Live yesterday <3
The Lovesick Expo is a place for brides and grooms to have fun while checking out all the best vendors around!
If you were at Lovesick and want to find out more about our Lovesick Special, please contact us here! http://allebach.studioinquiry.com/inquiryform/
So I photographed my brother’s wedding at the beautiful Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown, Pa! It’s rustic, there’s room to run, and the wedding party was drawn by a horse and carriage! Venue details at bottom of post.
1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Look! Casey & Greg had their WEDDING at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia! What?!! I’m serious! Take a look at some of the detail shots we captured on this awesome day of marriage.
Featuring Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, Bar and Caterer across the street (they catered the wedding too)!
(Venue details at bottom of post)
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
2130 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Book us for your Historic Prison Wedding today!
As everyone gears up for the holidays, we take time to remember those we love. Mike was honored to be this year’s photographer of 12 beautiful women for Bonedaddys Tattoo’s “Calendar for a Cure”. All proceeds go to the Brave Eli Foundation (www.braveeli.com) which donates directly to finding a cure for childhood cancer.
For boudoir inquiries! http://allebach.studioinquiry.com/inquiryform/
At the calendar release party with cover girl Allyson who took photos in between chemo that week
Lovebirds. One in a beautiful Philadelphian Bhldn dress, and one with a belt buckle that says “Cocky”. They’re gigglers. Which makes them a perfect couple for the upscale but modern Front & Palmer wedding venue in Philadelphia. We stopped at the 2nd National Bank on the way for some unforgettable pictures.
Front & Palmer
Address: 1750 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Picture perfect bride and groom, locations, food, and perfect pictures! Robyn and Brent had their first look and ceremony at the lovely Philadelphia historic landmark, The Powel House. Food and fun followed with delicious food tapas at Amada Restaurant.
Check out this wedding! Oh and don’t miss all the delicious Garces Group food at the bottom.
Amada Restaurant in Philadelphia // A Jose Garces Group Restaurant
|217-219 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106(215) 625-2450 http://philadelphia.amadarestaurant.com|
Powel House Historic Landmark in Philadelphia
|244 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106(215) 925-2251 http://www.philalandmarks.org/powel.aspx|
In part 1 you saw Erica & Jay at Eastern State Penitentiary. Here is the rest of their session!
Here’s the Trash the Dress session at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia! Not so scary… more like a love story.
We have photographed more weddings, engagements & trash the dress sessions at Eastern State than any other wedding photographer. If you are looking for a photographer to take photos of you and your fiance in a prison we are your best choice. Whatever your style, we can accommodate a prison bound session starting at $600.
Eastern State Penitentiary is located at:
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Call Eastern State to find out more (215) 236-3300
Call Allebach Photography at 610.539.6920 to book today!
ATTENTION: This wedding is adorable. The personal details by our photographer-bride Paula, as well as the oldest surviving botanical garden in North America came together with the obvious love between this couple to create absolutely beautiful pictures.
Check out the engagement reference with the wrestling masks!
Batram’s Gardens was their wedding venue!
It is the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. Located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River and it covers 46 acres.
Visit Batram’s Gardens at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Check out these gorgeously and custom styled studs (suits by Enzo Custom Clothiers). On a beautiful day on the Asbury Park boardwalk, the lovebirds went strolling for some excited pictures. Next, the Parlor Gallery, a colorful art gallery for our colorful couple to be married. Lastly, on to McLoone’s Supper Club on Ocean Avenue to literally dance the night away!
Venue details at the bottom of this post!
Custom Suits by:
Asbury Park boardwalk
717 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
McLoone’s Supper Club
1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ