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We are excited to now offer Photography Registries!

We created this program as a way to help our wedding and portraiture (Senior, Engagement, Glamour) clients!  We know that most understand the true value of hiring a professional to capture their once in a lifetime memories! Having your life moments captured is something that you will treasure forever! Charles Mossey Photography understands that for some, luxuries like photography come with financial sacrifices. It can seem overwhelming, but your dreams of having those memories, doesn't have to be out of your reach! Your friends and family are eager to help you out, so why not let them give you something truly meaningful?

Once we've been in contact with you we will send you a link to get started with your registry. Once you 'Request A Listing' and sign up, I will build you a custom listing. You will be able to provide a link, for when people ask you "where you're registered?", Now you can give them another option. You will be able to monitor your gifts as people contribute. You can modify your services without risk! If you are a wedding client you would be responsible for the creative coverage only. Any client can use the gifts as they see fit.

It's completely FREE! What are you waiting for?

Wedding Packages as Simple as 1...2...3!

For people that are familiar with our website, you will notice a big change to our Wedding Packages (Collections.) We have strayed away from the traditional package model. The model that assumes that every couple wants the same packages. Spindle City Studio now offers just two “packages” that guarantees a certain level of services. Now couples can decide on the other products they want to add àla cart. 
Each couple has simply three choices:

  1. One or two photographers
  2. How many hours of coverage do you need? 
  3. Do you want any prints or albums? 

Our Signature Collections offers a photographer and assistant, while our Signature Plus Collections offer two photographers. Every couple can add extras at any time, even after the wedding, at the package prices when they purchase!
So what are the guaranteed services? USB drive containing digital negatives in which you can print up to 8 x 10 at high quality with personal and social media releases, professional retouching of images, online gallery for viewing, and an engagement photo shoot with print credit. 
Both Collections included a choice of 6, 8, 10, or 12 hours of continuous coverage on your wedding day. We highly recommend completing your package with wedding albums. To encourage this, if you purchase a wedding album and a parent’s album you will receive a second parent’s album at no additional cost. We also offer a full selections and large portrait options for your home.
 

Good Bye Popular Photography Magazine.

Sadly flipping through the last issue of Popular Photography magazine, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite photography magazines. I use the word “flipping” loosely because I receive most of my magazines digitally. The March 2017 issue was the last magazine that they published, also discontinuing all updates to PopPhoto.com and AmericanPhotoMag.com.

I have to confess that I do have a love-hate relationship with photography magazines. I love the content and the photographic techniques that they offer. Someone can subscribe to magazines that suit their photographic interests. Hate them because of the advertising, I know it is necessary, it just makes many photographers feel “product envy.” Be warned of the "I don't have the right gear" syndrome. Trust me having the right gear can help but it is no substitution for good photo technique. Today photographers have more gear that they knew they ever needed, how did we get along without that! I assess my needs then I look for products that works for me. I don’t allow the ads tell me what I need.

Here are my top photography magazines, I am not endorsed by any of them. They are not in any particular order.

  • Popular photography (discontinued)

  • Digital Photo Pro

  • Shutterbug

  • Digital Photographer

  • Good Light Magazine

You can find lists of photography magazines online, if you would like to see if any magazines work for you.

Good Light Magazine is only in digital format .  I find that the earlier issues offer great videos for beginner photographers on set up and setting your your lighting.

The end of Popular Photography should sadden many photographers. I am not here to analyze why it ended. I believe it is important to support photo magazines, so new photographers have access to quality content. For me, I find something a little different or it refreshers me to something that I had already known but stopped using. Go support our magazines!

After 80 Years.... Goodbye!

After 80 Years.... Goodbye!

Happy Spring!

Some of my favorite Spring locations to shoot portraits.

Today being the first day of Spring, I thought I would share with you some great Spring places to shoot. Some are actual locations, while others are general locations. I have to admit many places are great four season locations.

 

  1. Washington Park, Albany NY. The tulips adorn this Dutch city park. The peak time for photography is a week or two before Mother Day weekend which is aka Tulip Festival. You also have a few days after the festival for photography but the city removes the tulip bulbs the following weekend. An excellent location for environmental and portraits.

  2. Yaddo Gardens, Saratoga Springs NY. This is one of my favorite four season shooting places! Located next to the Saratoga Race Course. It was the home of the Trask family. They left the property as an artist retreat, the gardens are open to the public. To get the full effect of the gardens you need to wait for them to uncover the statues. Some would argue that one has to wait for the roses to bloom but there is plenty of areas to photograph, that does not include the roses.

  3. Congress Park Saratoga Springs NY. Right in the heart of Saratoga Springs you will find a tranquil park. Many areas for great photographs, many couples like to have their engagement and wedding photos taken in the park.

  4. RPI Troy, NY. Again another area with great features, mostly architectural, still great backdrops for portraits. The overlook or approach to RPI offers a wonderful view of downtown and a western sky. A short distance away is the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center or EMPAC building, which offers awesome fiery reflections at sunset for dramatic portraits. Especially, on cloud filled warm evenings!

  5. Apple Orchards various locations. This is a tricky locations due to the small window that one has to shoot the blooming apple trees. If done at the perfect time the portraits are spectacular! I would recommend that you have a subject waiting for a shoot and go when the time is right.

  6. Water locations various locations. Areas by the Cohoes Falls are always a treat. The Flight of Locks in Waterford, the lakes, including Saratoga and Lake George offer great backgrounds for portraits.

 

Although, the snow is still on the ground, it will only be a few weeks before the April showers bring May Flowers. Happy first day of Spring and happy shooting!

How You Can Help Charities with Philanthropic Photography Services.

We are proud to announce that we are turning our discounts into donations! How would it feel to wake up the day after your wedding knowing that you started your marriage with a donation to help children suffering from chronic illnesses? Or maybe you can get some portraits done while helping another great cause! Spindle City Photography will make a donation to a charities for every new Wedding or Portrait session upon completion. 

Charles Mossey Photography and now Spindle City Studio has supported charities for the past 15 years, 2017 will be no exception! We work with some of the best children's charities that help with chronic illnesses including: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Northeastern NY, Sugar Free Gang and Camp Dartmouth Hitchcock (Arthritis).  We have reaffirmed our commitments to these great organizations for another year.  We are looking for ways to help these great charities more!


Here are the details, we will donate 10% of all creative fees for each new Signature Wedding Collection, and portrait sessions we offer, to the charity of your choice. We hope that you will consider one of the charities we already have a relationship with but that choice is yours. Hope you agree that this is a great way to help charities.  Please join us in helping our community!

 

Part II: My Answers to Common Questions to ask Wedding Photographers

Here are some more questions that The Knot suggested you ask your photographer. I tried to answer the questions here so that you can compare the value that we offer! 

How do you ensure the color quality of my photographs?

Ensuring color quality of your photographs is a multi-step process. It starts in the camera with a custom white balance of the locations we are shooting at on your wedding day. In addition, we use Professional Canon 1d's, which offer outstanding tone, unlike the consumer DSLRs on the market used by some. Next, we use calibration software each time we are editing images. Ensuring that the screen is accurately representing the output for printing. We completed a color calibration test with our professional lab to ensure that our color calibration is correct. Finally, our lab uses Kodak Professional Endura paper. It is the most popular paper used by professional photographers because of its accurate color, realistic saturation and excellent neutral flesh reproduction.

What style do you specialize in?

We utilize a balance between posed formal portraits and candid photojournalistic images. 

What is the deposit and total fees? 

My deposit for my Signature Collections is $250 to book and hold the date. We then set up payments for the balance, usually in five equal payments. The final payment is due when we deliver your products. In Addition, the first $1250 will be used as a cancellation fee prior to the wedding date. If you require to change the wedding date, I will do my best to accommodate and no cancellation fee will be charged, as long as the new date is available and within one (1) year of the original event date. 

Do you have back up photographers who will shoot the wedding if you were sick? 

I do have working relationships with other photographers, so in most cases, it's likely we will be able to cover your wedding.  If that happens, I will still edit and deliver your images.

How do you coordinate with my videographer? How do you envision working together? 

I will call your videographer to discuss a plan on how we can both do our work for you. I have been the videographer before, I see it from both sides and is not that complicated to figure out. I envision that our planning will help us seamlessly achieve the quality results that you are expecting from us.

Will you follow a shot list? Or do you preferred to have free reign to capture the festivities how you see fit?

I will follow a shot list during the formal portrait session at your wedding. After that it is my goal to capture the wedding in a way that I see best fit. I will take request from the couple for additional images. But I do ask that you assign one person to be your spokesperson on any additional images. The reason, I really cannot have multiple people pulling me in different directions, this is a recipe for missing important parts of your wedding. 

What type of paper will you use for the prints and albums?

As I stated before we use Kodak Professional Endura premium paper. It has standard archival values of 100 years, if display properly, and 200 years in dark storage. For albums you have a choice of paper, you can use the Endura paper or Classic Felt paper. The felt paper has a luxurious feel and smooth finish. It is acid free, archival and is a Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. There may be an additional charge depending on the selection of packages.

Any guarantees on the images?

Portraits will lose their brilliance if they are exposed to excessive ultra-violet light. If properly displayed your portraits should last a lifetime. That means you should avoid displaying them opposite a large windows or too close to fluorescent lights. If your Kodak Endura Portraits are displayed properly and display color change and is returned within one year will replace it free of charge. It the same happens after the first anniversary of your wedding date, will replace it for half the current standard price for that size print.  

Do you bring your own lighting? 

Yes, I do bring my own lighting gear. Depending on your wedding needs, I may take a minimalistic approach or use several studio flashes depending on your location and restrictions. I feel that this is a very important question because some people don't have the proper equipment to get the job done. 

What will you wear? 

This mostly depends on what the couple wants for my attire. I try to be flexible and blend in, as long as it looks professional. For most weddings I dress in a black suit and a black shirt. 

Our Elegant Portraiture Sessions

Today I would like to tell you about Spindle City Studio's Elegant Portraiture Sessions. These sessions are for anyone looking to create a family heirloom.  Perfect for Bridal, Engagement, Family and Glamour styles of photography.  They make for wonderful Valentines gifts, perfect Easter and Spring Children or Family portraits. We have three sessions that fall into our Elegant Portraiture Sessions. The Packages include at least one large image for your home, medium images to share with your family and smaller images for bringing to work.

The Classic is an hour shoot at a single location.  The package includes: one (1) 11x14, two (2) 8x10, four (4) 5x7, four (4) 4x5, and one (1) Soft Cover Memory Book. Our images are printed at a pro lab that uses Kodak Professional Endura photographic paper. Endura has an Standard Archival value of 100 years, if displayed properly, and 200 years in dark storage. The Memory book contains a mix of images from your session. The Memory book is a high quality design option, with a chic appeal and is a great value.

Examples of you Memory Book options!

The Chic is an an hour and half portrait session at a single location. This package contains: one (1) 16x20, three (3) 8x10, four (4) 5x7, four (4) 4x5, and a (1) Soft Cover Memory Book. 

The Exquisite Session two hour portrait session at a single location. This package like its name suggests a beautiful option with wonderful upgrades! This package offers a (1) 16x20 mounted Fine Art Print, four (4) 8x10, four(4) 5x7, eight (8) 4x5, a (1) Hardcover Coffee Table Style Book, and an (1) USB containing (10) of your favorite High Quality Digital Negatives with personal reprinting rights.

The Fine Art Print has a similar look and feel as watercolor paper. Since these prints should be handled with care, we have the professional lab mount them on foam board for you. This heirloom will be the centerpiece of any room it is displayed in.  

Example of Fine Art Print Paper.

Example of Fine Art Print Paper.

These examples of hardcover books are a timeless way of seeing your photographs come to life on the pages of you own book.

Hopefully we will is you to start your family heirloom soon!

mosseyphotography@gmail.com

 

My Answers to 10 Common Questions asked to Wedding Photographer.

The following questions came from The Knot, a bridal website. I decided to take 10 of their questions and supply my answers for you. I may do a follow-up blog post, in the future, to answer more of their questions.

 

Question 1: Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs?

Yes, all photos I deliver to you as proofs will undergo our basic retouching process. Please do not ask us to give you images that are not retouched, in order to "save money." I believe that this practice is unprofessional and can do real damage reputations. The basic process includes: cropping, color balance, exposure adjustment and retouching. Some photos that you select for portraits and printed mediums, undergoes an advanced retouching process.

 

Question 2: What exactly is included in your package? (Updated 1/17/17)

I have put together several collections that are pretty straightforward on what you receive. All of the Collections include an engagement shoot with a complimentary portrait package (at various levels), USB drive containing High Resolution Digital Negatives with a personal print release, low resolution, web quality images with social media release, professional editing of images, online gallery,  photographer and an assistant. Each Collection has a their own unique selection of printed products.

 

Question 3: How many hours of coverage do I get? What is the charge for overtime?  

Since we have several choices, each one has a specific amount of coverage. Our Signature Collections, were built around our most popular amount of coverage. We offer wedding packages of 6, 12 and 24 hours of coverage for weddings The charge for overtime is $250 per hour for all print only packages and $350 for a high quality digital negative with personal print release only package. These rates are in line with my creative fees for those services.  

 

Question 4:  Will you be my actual photographer, or will it be one of your associates?

I will be your actual photographer unless something happens out of my control, on the day of your wedding. If that happens I will do everything, in my power, to find a replacement for you but I still will edit the images and deliver them to you.

 

Question 5: Will there be a second shooter or any assistance? Is there an additional charge for each?

Each Collection and Package has an assistant included in the price. A second shooter is available for you at an additional charge.

 

Question 6: How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?

We do are best to deliver your images within three months of your wedding. If requested we can provide you with a small taste of your images as they become available.

 

Question 7: How many weddings do you do on a weekend?

We will only shoot a maximum of two weddings during a weekend. Never more than one on the same day, if you are a package and collection clients. I may schedule several of our wedding options, we only provide one or two hours of coverage for them, so in that case we may do more than one of them per day.

 

Question 8: Have you ever shot at my venue before?

I have shot at various locations and venues. But if I have not shot at your venue, I will contact them before the wedding to do a walk-through to see what my lighting challenges are and to get some reading for camera settings. The Boy Scout's motto is "Be Prepared," I abide by it when it comes to my business.

 

Question 9: What are the restrictions for sharing photos online or for publications? Do you own the copyright to these photos?

You will receive a release to post your web quality images to your social media. You may also use an image for a wedding announcement.  You can purchase the rights to the high quality digital negatives with personal use print release for. I do retain ownership of the copyrights to all photos. You may not alter any image before publishing them in announcements, printing them for personal use or posting them on your social media. I ask that you give me credit for the image where ever they appear.

 

Question 10: How many weddings have your shot and how many do you do in a year? Also what's your favorite part of the wedding day and time of year to shoot?

Although we have spent 15 years doing photography, it has only been the last few years that we have branched into the wedding photography market. Also, our photography business went from part-time to full-time in the middle of last year. I have shot over 40 weddings, plus numerous black tie charity Gala events. These events have similar demands as weddings. We have averaged around 10 weddings over the last few years but I am looking to increase that number going forward. Also, having done extensive work withportrait photography, which has given me much needed experience to shoot high quality portraits at weddings. I have trained in lighting design so I can achieve any looks you require. Finally, I have shot images in some of the most demanding lighting situations, musical theater. 

My favorite part of weddings, if I have to pick one, would be when the couple see each other for the first time just before the ceremony begins. My favorite time of year to shoot is in the fall, the colors are just amazing for portraits on location!  If I may add my favorite time of day to shoot, it is at sunset with wonderful golden colors and brilliant fiery sky.

This concludes today's Blog post, I hope you found it enlightening. 

 





 

10 Boudoir Photography ideas , for the Modest

I know that this genre is not for everyone. I hesitate to discuss it because it may offend some people but many of you are afraid to ask. The topic: Boudoir and Bridal Boudoir Photography. Many people believe that this form of photography is to revealing. Yet it is becoming an increasingly popular gift to give a partner for wedding and anniversary gifts. So I wanted to give you some ideas that are less revealing.

Boudoir comes from a French word meaning a women's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room. Wikipedia defines boudoir photography as a photographic style featuring intimate, romantic, images of its subjects,primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the subject and their romantic partners. They go on to say, it produces images which are not intended to be seen by a wide audience, but rather to remain under the control of the subject. This article is meant to focus on boudoir images for our modest clients. I have 10 ideas for you that will still make you look attractive within your comfort level.

Country girl. Being at many country concerts in the Capital District I know that this is popular attire. A plaid shirt, jean shorts is all you need for this style. But you may also want to bring along cowboy boots and hats to complete your look!

Dress. Any dress will do, especially one that makes you feel fabulous! Some suggestions are, the dress you wore on your first date, last cocktail party or formal event.

The Pin-up. This is in fact, its own genre of photography but it still works to create memorable images. To pull this look off , we recommend a white t-shirt or tank top, shorts, a collared shirt and high heel. Red lipstick and big curls will complete this modest look.

Over-sized sweater: This look is playful, comfortable and yet very modest! One sweater can cover you nicely only exposing your legs for a little kick.

Favorite team jersey. Just does not have to be his favorite team. Maybe you have a favorite team and you feel that he needs a little persuasion on why he should support your team.  Knee high socks and boyshorts puts the exclamation point on this look. Make sure the socks match the jersey.

Tied up white t-shirt. The next several looks allow for some more risk, if one chooses. For this look one could couple it with jeans, shorts, or booty shorts. It is all about how you feel!

Button down sweater or dress shirt. You determine just the right amount of skin to show for this look. Again you can determine what you wear on the bottom!  It is both a classic glamour and casual look. It is a bonus if it is one of his shirts!

Lacy bralette and high waisted shorts. This look maybe a little more risky but nothing more than one would see at the beach.

Pleated babydoll. This romantic look is not just reserved for supermodels.

The Film Noir. Hats, a blazer, shorts and high heel boots all create a glamorous but mysterious look. Of course, it is done in the classic black and white film style.

Anyone can create a wonderful style that meets their comfort level. Most clients say that it is something that they are doing for themselves, I believe that is important.  If you are considering, my advice is to only do what makes you comfortable. It is the only way to guarantee that you will be happy with your images. Most of these ideas can be altered to fit your personality. Please contact me if you would like to collaborate on putting a different spin on any of these ideas.

What are bridal portraits?

Bridals are portrait sessions that are done prior to your wedding day. They focus on the bride, her dress, accessories and other details. Many brides use these sessions as a run through or "dress rehearsal" for their wedding day.  Let's take a look at some of the benefits of having these types of sessions, realize that the most important benefit is stress reduction. 

As I mentioned before, brides tend to use these sessions as their dress rehearsal for their wedding day. I recommend that you do your hair and makeup, the same way, it will look on your wedding day. When you couple that with other details, such as shoes and accessories, you will know exactly how you are going to look on your special day. Brides find this comforting! 

Next, the session takes about 2-3 hours. You will be moving around in your gown for the first time.. Standing, walking, and sitting, all will highlight any adjustments that could be made to make your gown better. We recommend that you have a seamstress at the session for at least part of the time, if possible. They will know if your dress needs any further alterations and can make the exact improvements to your dress.  

The final reason that you will be less stressed, is that you will have the comfort of knowing that you already have some amazingly beautiful portraits.  You have already taken formal portraits and they are out of the way . Guess what! You do not have to think about them on the morning of your wedding, a huge relief. Instead you can take a deep breathe and be ready to capture some great candid images with your bridal party. 

I believe that there are two more reasons why you might want to do a Bridal Portrait Session. During the session, we have the opportunity to shoot at locations that we might not have time for on your wedding day. It gives us more flexibility to change scenery and backgrounds. We can shoot at several locations if you wish. We can arrange for a time of day that gives us beautiful lighting to create awesome memories. The second reason is that you will have some images that you could give as gifts to your family on your wedding day. Finally, the images can be turned into some creative keepsakes to remember your wedding. 

I hope that you will consider this type of shoot, realizing how beneficial they are to the bride! We would love the opportunity to capture your memories. At Spindle City Studio, we promise to treat you like family.