Should You Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer for your Wedding Day?

Should You Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer for your Wedding Day?

Wedding photographers are massive investments for an already expensive day! It doesn’t surprise me for one second that couples question whether they really need to hire a photographer. Obviously, as a photographer, I definitely think that you should have one… but there’s no point in me saying that without telling you why. So here are 7 reasons why you should definitely hire a professional wedding photographer.

  1. A professional Wedding Photographer is going to be 100% focused to you and your wedding day.
    Sure, you could pass the camera over to your uncle or one of your friends, but the reality is that that person is going to be distracted. They’ll be chatting to your Aunt while you cut the cake, or they’ll get dragged onto the dance floor whilst you and your new husband dance for the first time. A professional photographer wouldn’t be distracted by those things, because they’re there on a job, doing what they are there to do: photograph the important moments.
  2. A professional wedding photographer is going to have the experience to know what to do.
    Have you ever noticed how dark churches are? Yeah, they’re quite dark. But that’s ok for professionals, because we know how to make a camera work with us, not against us. We can work around those conditions, and still capture beautiful images for you.
  3. A professional wedding photographer will supply the results that you want.
    This might seem obvious, but when you hire a photographer, you hire them because of the quality that they can provide you. With a professional, you’re guaranteed to have beautiful images, no matter what you do.
  4. A professional wedding photographer is more than just a fancy camera.
    People love to think that photographers take great photos because of their cameras. Sure, great gear helps, but it’s also down to techniques, composition, and creativity. There are thousands of professional photographers out there who all have vastly different styles! And that is because of their artistic freedom. You’re not just hiring a photographer here, you’re hiring an artist.
  5. A professional wedding photographer will back up (and back up again!) your images.
    I know this sounds SO boring, but it’s an important one! As a professional, it’s our job to back you files up at least twice! So that if your computer crashes and you don’t have a back up of all your images yourself, you can simply get back in touch with your photographer, and you’ve not lost a thing.
  6. A professional wedding photographer will let you forget about them, and enjoy your big day.
    Your wedding day is YOUR day. It’s your time to enjoy yourself, have fun, soak it all in. A wedding photographers job is to capture you, your husband, and your guests having the time of your lives, but forget that they’re being photographed. You’ll look back at the images and not even realise you were being captured in that moment!
  7. A professional wedding photographer will supply you with images that you’ll be able to look back on and love for years to come.
    Your wedding day is an incredible, memorable day. It’s a day you’ll want to cherish and look back on. A professional photographer has the power to freeze those beautiful moments in time, so that whenever you want to look back and relive it, you can. That, in my opinion, is probably the most important point!

So there you go! 7 reasons why I truly believe that you should hire a professional wedding photographer for your wedding day. I know, I know, I’m biased! I admit that, fully. But nothing makes me happier than delivering images to my clients, and seeing them smile the biggest smile I’ve ever seen.

Going Dark And Trying Out New Ideas

Going Dark And Trying Out New Ideas | Dark Bridal Editorial by Olivia Bossert | Cornwall Photographer

A few weeks ago, I had a craving to try out new ideas. If you hadn’t noticed, I tend to shoot very light, bright and romantic images. They’re the type of images that I always seem to love capturing and creating. However, if you look back through my older work, when I was first getting started in studio, I used to do a lot more dark, moody editorial work. These are images that I look back on and still love a lot!

I like to regularly sit down and plan ideas out for editorials and personal projects. During one of these little sessions of mine, I decided that I wanted to give this darker look another go. I’m all about experimenting, pushing myself, and trying to learn new things. So I contacted the model agency I worked with, Gingersnap, and we organised for Charlotte to come and work with Ione and me for a day.

Keeping with the bridal theme that I’m loving so much at the moment, Christine Trewinnard kindly let me borrow some of her dresses for the shoot, which I warned her would be a little bit less “bridal.” She was wonderful, and let me have total freedom to do what I wanted.

Charlotte, our model, was wonderful (as you can see), and we all had so much fun. Although these images do feel rather dark compared to what I currently spend most of my time doing, there are elements of old Olivia, but also new, and that’s what makes me excited.

If you’re a creative person, and you’re ever feeling a bit stuck, just try something different. Don’t feel scared. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter! The most important thing to do is try. Thankfully, these images definitely did work, and I love them (which is why you’re seeing them now). I hope you love them as much as I do.

Make up and Hair: Ione Alexandra www.makeupbyione.com
Model: Charlotte @ Gingersnap
Dresses: Christine Trewinnard www.christinetrewinnard.co.uk

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Why You Should Tell People That You Admire Them

Why You Should Tell People That You Admire Them | oliviablogs.com

Something dawned on me the other day: it had been a very long since I’d emailed anyone that I admired to tell them that their work inspired me. When I was starting out in photography, I spent my days browsing the internet for inspiration. I loved this process, and occasionally, someones work would really stand out to me. I’d get totally sucked in, and eventually would feel compelled to email them to tell them how much I admired them and their work.

I don’t know what happened, but somewhere along the way I stopped doing that as much. Maybe it’s because emails became a bit more of a chore to me, due to the amount I have to deal with on a daily basis. Whatever the reason, I simply didn’t reach out to people as much.

Recently, I discovered the work of a photographer called Andrew Kearns. He’s a travel photographer, who vlogs, and someone I’ve grown to admire so much. He’s incredibly hard working, creates beautiful imagery, and is extremely open about how he works. So often, people hold back on sharing their processes out of a fear of being “copied.” I don’t really agree with this, and Andrew clearly doesn’t either.

After days of watching his videos on Youtube, I felt a need to reach out to him. I simply wanted to let him know that he inspired me, thank him for creating the videos that he made, and give him encouragement.

Why did I do that? Because I know that whenever I get told that my work inspires someone, nothing makes me feel happier.

I genuinely don’t think that we take the time to tell people we admire them enough. So from now on, I’m making a point to reach out to the people I’m inspired by. I’m going to comment on images more, rather than just tapping like, because a like means nothing… telling someone with actual words what their work means to you is so much more impactful. And I encourage you to do the same! Tell the people you admire what you think, why you love what they do. It will make their day.

Blue Hills | A Fashion Editorial in Cornwall

Blue Hills | A Fashion Editorial | Olivia Bossert Photography
Hat: Holly Young Millinery, Dress: Zara from Deja Vu Clothing, Falmouth, Shawl: Tom Lane

Can you believe that the girl in these images had never modelled before? Like, not even once. This was Chloe’s first EVER photoshoot. I know, my mind is blown too. I’ve been so excited to share these images for such a long time (I say that a lot… oh the woes of being a photographer!), and today is the day! Not only that, but I also get to share the behind the scenes video that Just Noise Pictures put together from the evening. These two are an incredibly talented videography couple who got in touch with me during the summer. As soon as I saw their work on their website, I knew I wanted to work with them. This was the first time I saw them in action, and they were amazing. I’m sure you’ll agree with me on that!

“But Olivia, why on earth is this editorial titled Blue Hills?!” Well, the answer is quite simple; it’s the name of the location we shot at on the cliffs of North Cornwall. Giving editorial’s titles is one of the things that I find the most difficult, by far, so I try to take inspiration from something on the day. In this instance, the location had to have been one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been…but it was also the most difficult to get to. Cornish roads are notorious for being narrow… but the road to access this little area of beach was narrow, and steep! Was it worth it? 100% yes.

Make up and Hair: Ione Alexandra www.makeupbyione.com @makeupbyione
Model: Chloe Bromley @chloetbromley
Videographers: Just Noise www.justnoise.london @justnoise.london

Blue Hills | A Fashion Editorial | Olivia Bossert Photography
Jumpsuit: Deja Vu Clothing, Falmouth
Blue Hills | A Fashion Editorial | Olivia Bossert Photography
Sweater: Nina B Collection from Deja Vu Clothing, Falmouth, Trousers: River Island from Deja Vu Clothing, Falmouth
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Sweater: Braintree from Deja Vu Clothing, Falmouth
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Faux Fur Jacket: Papaya Weekend, Deja Vu Clothing
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Scarf: Tom Lane
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Hat: Holly Young Millinery

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How To Grow Your Instagram Following

How To Grow Your Instagram Following

Instagram has got to be one of the most popular social media platforms ever. In fact, it has more than 300 million daily users. That’s a LOT of people. I’ve been using Instagram for years and years. I think I started my personal account in 2010, but it wasn’t until about two years ago that I began to really take it seriously; not only as a fun place to connect with friends and people I admired, but also as a business tool.

Now, this post is definitely going to be geared more at people who run a business of some kind and are looking to grow a following in order to aid their business’ growth. However, if you’re interested in social media in general, I hope this is equally as interesting to you!

But, who am I to tell you how to grow a following? Well, there’s certainly people with much bigger followings out there who could give you plenty of advice, but in the 4 years of running Atlas Magazine, we’ve successfully grown an Instagram following of 32,000 + people. That’s not the biggest following ever, but it’s not bad (in my opinion!). My personal account, @oliviabossert, was left pretty dormant for two years whilst I focused solely on Atlas’ account. However, at the start of 2016, I began to put some attention back into my own account, and although growth has been slow, I’ve used exactly the same techniques that I used for Atlas, and they’re working in exactly the same way… So I can’t be doing too bad!

Enough of me blabbing on though… here are my top tips for growing your Instagram following!

Consistency

Consistency is one of the most important parts of building a successful Instagram following. Why? Because the more consistent you are, the easier it will be for people to expect your imagery. If you spend one week posting every day, and then the following week only post twice, people get confused, and they unfollow.

Quality

Consistency may be key, but quality is even more important. If you don’t have a decent photograph to share, you’re better off not sharing anything at all (especially if you’re a photographer).

Use Hashtags

Hashtags are the quickest and easiest ways for people to discover your images. Instagram lets you use up to 30 per post. People have varied opinions on how many you should use, but I say go all out, and use them all! Make yourself as discoverable as possible. I like to hide my hashtags in the first comment underneath the caption of my image. Why? Because I find hashtags a bit distracting and unsightly! PS. Please #dont #do #this #in #your #captions. It’s annoying, and a sure way to get people to unfollow you!

But Use The Right Hashtags

Think about this: Would you rather be a little fish in a big pond? Or a big fish in a little pond? Don’t fall into the trap of using the most popular hashtags on Instagram. Using #likeforlike will definitely get you a few likes, but they’ll be people who are totally uninterested in your images or business, and just want you to go and like their images. These tags also get millions upon millions of images added to them every day (even ever second) so within minutes of posting your image, you’re already down at the bottom of the page. So, get specific! If you’re a wedding photographer, research the more niche wedding related tags to get yourself into the feeds of people who are interested in weddings. If you want to reach more clients local to your area, research the hashtags relevant to your area! This works for all industries. Do your research, and use hashtags which are specific to your niche.

Engage With Others

A big mistake with Instagram is to think that you can get away with just posting images, and not doing anything more. You need to work a bit harder than that! One of the best parts about Instagram is the community that surrounds it. Get involved; comment and like other people’s photos! And you know what? Magic will follow, because the people who’s images you comment and like will head over to your page, and do the same for yours. But please, make sure you’re doing it authentically. Don’t just go around commenting “Great Photo!” because everyone knows you’re not actually engaging, you’re just fishing for more likes/comments on your images. Be genuine, read the captions and engage properly with people. People can see right through anything unauthentic.

It’s Not All About The Numbers

Are you totally fixated on getting 10,000 followers? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you’re so obsessed with growth? After all, growth isn’t the be all and end all. What you need to focus on is gaining ideal clients, and followers who actually love and engage with your images. If business growth is your aim, then I’m assuming that you’d like to gain more clients thanks to your Instagram page. That’s completely possible! Because what if you manage to attract 3000 followers, but those 3000 are all amazing, fully engaged, potential clients? I’d take that over 10,000 uninterested, unengaged followers any day.

So there you go! A few tips on how to help grow you Instagram following. I really hope that helps, and please let me know if you have further questions, as I’d be glad to answer them. And while we’re at it… why don’t you follow me on Instagram! You know you want to 😉