Dave Bentley Photography: Blog https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Dave Bentley Photography info@davebentleyphotography.com (Dave Bentley Photography) Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:21:00 GMT Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:21:00 GMT https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u800936448-o81644570-50.jpg Dave Bentley Photography: Blog https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog 109 120 Ready To Shoot Your First Wedding? Here's Some Quick Tips https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2018/8/ready-to-shoot-your-first-wedding-heres-some-quick-tips If you have a reputation as photographer, even a hobbyist among your Facebook friends, Odds are at some point someone (friends and family members) will ask you to photography their wedding. They seen the shots you post, like your work, and want you to apply your skills for their wedding.  Or, maybe you're a budding photographer looking to expand your business and take the big leap into wedding photography.

If you're new to shooting weddings, here are a few tips to help you out as you plan your first one.


1. Shot List

This is immensely important, and will help tremendously on the day of.  If you don't create a shot list, you risk forgetting specific shots from the day.  This also helps coordinate with the bride and groom on what they want, and what you can cover during the scheduled time. You don't want to start editing photos several days later and realize you forgot the flower girl in the group shots.

2. Photo Coordinator

Following up on creating a shot list, it's a good idea to have someone help you wrangle family members. You'll probably have a list of who needs to be in what group, but do you know who Uncle Ted is? Get the couple to nominate a family member (maybe even one for each side of the family) who can "herd the cats". This will help keep things moving so that you're using your time efficiently, and the happy couple and get back to what they need to do (greet guests, party, eat, etc).

3. Get To The Location Early

Make plans to show up early, even before your contracted time so that you can get familiar with the grounds. You'll want to know where the best locations are, and any variables (such as light, distractions, etc). If possible, you may even want to pay a visit to the venue prior to the wedding, to get a feel for lighting/environment issues at the same time of day.

4. Listen to the Boy Scouts...Be Prepared!

So many things can go wrong on the big day, and can ruin the entire event.  Being as prepared as possible can help eliminate many of these issues and cause you less stress. Charge your batteries, have back-ups, test your memories cards, put new batteries in your flashes, clean lenses, etc.  Make sure you take a backup of almost everything if you can. 

5. Set Goals and Expectations

It's a good idea to meet with the couple prior to the wedding to lay out realistic expectations for you. This helps alleviate any awkward situations on the wedding day, and helps you be more prepared. And, most importantly, put together some sort of agreement (whether you're charging them or not) that everyone agrees to and signs. Make sure that you and the couple are in agreement on time of service, compensation, deliverables, etc.

6. The Devil Is In the Details

One key to wedding photography is telling the story of the day. This includes all the little details, from the shoes, jewelry, centerpieces, cupcakes, and any other special pieces that make up their day.  

7. Get Inspired

If you're doing your first wedding, there's a good chance there's something you're overlooking.  Take time before to do some research, find examples, and get inspiration from other photographers.

8. Don't Be Afraid To Get the Shot

You're the photographer. Don't be afraid to move around and get in the spaces that you need to get the shots, even if this means standing in front of Uncle Ted.  But, don't be intrusive or rude.  Everyone will understand that you're the photographer and you need to be front and center for the cake cutting, but try not to disrupt the events.  When it comes to formal shots and group shots, remember, you're running the show at this point. Don't be afraid to give direction on what you want/need.

9. Backup

One of the biggest tips pro wedding photographers will tell you, is to take a backup camera. What happens if you get onsite, and you're camera dies, or someone bumps into you causing you to drop and break your camera? If you don't have an extra body, think about renting one, or even hiring a second shooter to help out.

10. Expect Things To Change...Or Go Wrong

You can almost guarantee that the unexpected will happen.  The schedule will change, a bridesmaid will be missing at portrait time, the weather will change, and may other things can happen. Do your best in creating a Plan B, but remember, things will happen that are out of your control.


and most of all....

11.  Don't Forget to Eat....and Have Fun!

Photographing a wedding is a lot of work, and can be exhausting.  Make sure you take a few moments to grab a plate (usually the couple will add you in the count, and you'll eat with staff/etc. after the guests have been fed) and regroup. This also gives you a quick moment to rest your feet, get some water, review shots, and go over your plan to make sure you don't miss anything.


There are plenty more, but I hope these help. Good luck and happy shooting!  











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What To Know: Washington DC Photography Permits https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2018/4/what-to-know-washington-dc-photography-permits If you're a photographer in the Washington DC metro area, or planning a trip there, you've more than likely asked this question several times when looking for locations.

Shooting in DC and it's neighborhoods can be tricky, due to the most of the public space being owned by the NPS.  From there you can't always find a clear answer on where a permit is need or not, what type you need, how much it costs, or how to apply.

In general, you can safely assume that most places in DC say they require a permit (along with a fee).  These fees can be quite hefty, which in turn raises your overhead and causes you to increase prices.  But, the fines/penalties for shooting without a permit (some can be upwards of $2,000) can be even worse.  Don't forget...as there is not a great system for applying for permits, this can take several weeks to get one approved, so plan accordingly and allow enough time for processing.

Here is some information I've been able to gather on some of the more popular photography session locations.

Disclaimer: Please do not take what is listed here as 100% accurate.  This is information I've found online, accurate to the best of my knowledge, and should be used for resource purposes only.  Some requirements may have changed and there may be other circumstances to consider.  Clients and photographers check with the appropriate agencies for additional information on your preferred locations in advance.

Washington, DC

So many great places to shoot! This includes the National Mall, unique neighborhoods, and many great downtown areas and buildings.  But, most land in The District is owned/managed by the National Park Service (NPS), the Federal Government, or a number of other government agencies (including law enforcement). What's left is typically  privately or corporately owned.  If you're interested in filming, you'll have to go through the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment.

George Washington Memorial Parkway - A filming and photography permit is required for all activities that involve the use of professional casts, settings, or crews by any person other than news television personnel. A permit is also required for the taking of photographs for the purpose of commercial advertising

There is a $90 nonrefundable application fee for filming and photography permits. Approved permittees must pay an additional fee that is based on the number of crew and cast members for approved permits. Applications must be received at least four business days before filming or photography begins.

Fees for Filming
$150 for 3-10 people
$250 for 11-30 people
$500 for 31-49 people
$750 for more than 50 people

Fees for Photography
$50 for 1-10 people
$150 for 11-30 people
$250 for more than 30

Permit Application (short form) 

Permit Application (long form) - The long form is only necessary for an activity involving a complex sets, a large amount of equipment, a long timeline, or a large number of people.

Contact Franice Sewell at 703-289-2513 if you have any questions.

Metro Stations

From the WMATA site: Filming is permitted at most Metrorail stations. For safety and privacy reasons, under no circumstances is filming/photography allowed on board in-service buses or railcars. It is important to remember that Metro's primary role is to move people and that our customers come first. We will work with you to determine a time when the impact on the public is minimal. To discuss your particular needs, please contact Cynthia Jachles in Metro's Office of Real Estate and Station Planning at 202-962-1586 or cjachles@wmata.comYou can also apply for your permit online.

National Mall and Parks

The National Mall is the premier destination for photographers wanting to capture the iconic monuments in the background. As noted above, all of these monuments and land are managed by the NPS and they do require a permit and fee. You may be able to get by with a few quick shots without being noticed or if there's a guard that doesn't care, but keep in mind whether or not the risk is worth it.  (Also, as is the case with the majority of monuments in DC, equipment such as tripods, light-stands, etc., cannot be placed on the marble.  You'll have to handhold...and even then there may be other restrictions).

Your best bet is to always check with the National Park Service about permits, fees, and restrictions.  Here are several key notes for The National Mall:

  • Lincoln Memorial: Photography and filming of any kind is strictly prohibited above the top marble steps and the interior chamber. You may be able to apply for a special requirements permit.
  • Jefferson Memorial: Photography and filming of any kind is prohibited within the columns and inside the memorial. For weddings, the West Lawn allows for 2 hour time limit.
  • Washington Monument: Photography and filming of any kind is prohibited within the circle of flags surrounding the base.
  • Three Servicemen Statue: The Three Servicemen Statue, is a joint copyrighted piece of VVMF and the estate of Frederick Hart, and cannot be filmed or photographed for commercial purposes without a permit.
  • Korean War Memorial: Due to copyright restrictions, filming within the Korean War Memorial must be done with handheld. Equipment set-up of any kind is prohibited. Any footage must credit the Memorial’s artist.
  • FDR Memorial: Due to copyright restrictions, commercial filming/photography is prohibited within the FDR Memorial.

National Portrait Gallery - Photography is allowed at the National Portrait Gallery unless otherwise noted. Hand-held photos with a flash can be taken in the museum’s galleries and the Great Hall. Please be mindful that the spaces are open to the public, therefore visitors should not stage any photographs that impede others’ enjoyment of the spaces. The only place where visitors may use tripods is in the Kogod Courtyard. Standing and hand-held lights are not permitted in the building. Commercial photography requests should be sent to the Department of Communications at (202) 633-8299 or npgnews@si.edu. The use of drones and other unmanned aerial devices or systems is prohibited on the property and grounds of the Gallery.

Rock Creek Park - Commercial filming of motion pictures or television involving the use of professional casts, settings or crews, other than bona fide newsreel or news television requires a permit, apply at the NCR Park Programs Office, 202-245-4715. Application and location fees apply. Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising requires a permit, apply at the NCR Park Programs Office, 202-245-4715. Application and location fees apply.

Smithsonian Museums - Filming permit information can be found here.

Union Station - Photography is welcome in the public areas of Union Station. However, the use of camera tripods and/or photography associated with the press or news media requires prior written approval from the Union Station Management Office.


Arlington County - In county parks there is no permit required for family photography.  For weddings, this permit is required for Weddings.

Couples must apply for a wedding ceremony or photographs by submitting a Field
Request and a cashier’s or bank check payable to the Town of Arlington at least 10
business days prior to the event.

  • Town of Arlington Residents $ 50.00
  • Non-Arlington Residents $100.00
  • Application fees are non-refundable.

Alexandria - County Parks do not require a permit fee for photography.

Fairfax County - All photographers conducting business on Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) property or in FCPA facilities must obtain a photography permit.  The permit is good for one year from the date of purchase. The $25 permit can be purchased online by credit card. Get your permit here.


I hope this helps.  I'll try to update with more locations and information in the future.  Again, this is for resource purposes.  Please verify updated policies at your chosen location.

Happy shooting!

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Washington DC Maternity Session https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2017/8/washington-dc-maternity-session  A quick preview of some maternity shots I took for Joey and Heather, as they await the arrival of their first child!

Shot at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C.  

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Canon's New 6D Mark II Officially Announced https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2017/6/canons-new-6d-mark-ii-officially-announced It's official!  No official ship date (should be in August), and a price tag of $2K. But, Canon finally adds a flip screen to a pro series body!  And a huge upgrade for the 6D is ISO not being capped at 4000.

Read more about it on Canon's website

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Sigma Announces new ART Lenses! https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2017/2/sigma-announces-new-art-lenses Exciting news today as Sigma announces 3 new ART series lenses!  Check out PetaPixel for more information:

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Headshot Tips for Realtors https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/headshot-tips-for-realtors Professional headshots for realtors are very important, as they can make or break a sale before a client even calls you. Look too serious? They may think you'll be a pain to work with?  Look too casual/relaxed? They may not think you'll take their search seriously. It's the first impression they may get of you, so it's important to make it a good one.

As they say, the devil is in the details.  There are some little tips/tricks that you can do to help ensure you get the right headshot.  Here are a few that I've put together to help as you plan for your session.


5 Tips to Consider for your Session


1. Get a Fresh Trim or Styling

Getting a fresh trim/styling will help you come across looking your best. If possible, try to plan a trip to the barber or salon a few days prior to your photoshoot.  Don't try new styles, colors, etc. Stick with what you know, and how people would recognize you. 

2. Your Outfit Is Key

It's important to know your clientele. If you work in fast-paced, corporate environments, you'll want to dress more formally than you would if you worked in a smaller, hometown atmosphere where you could get away potentially with a polo shirt and khakis. 

Try to also avoid busy patterns and excessive jewelry. These types of pieces can also distract attention away from your face. The sole purpose of your head shot is that you  potential clients  to come away with the impression of how trustworthy, competent, and confident you look. If you decide to stick with designs/patterns, make sure they're not bold, and try to stick with darker patterns.

Another key issue is to make sure your wear proper fitting clothing. Resist the urge to wear something that may be more comfortable, but looks boxy/baggy on your, or the suit that was in style decades ago. There are quite a few resources online for proper fitting guides.

3. Choose an Appropriate Background

One of the most important things to consider is the background of your photo. Take sure it doesn’t come off as a distraction from the subject of the photo (you).  Plain white backgrounds are one of the most popular, as it offers no distractions, and is easier for people to focus on you, especially when used for online profiles such as Linkedin, Zillow, Google+, etc. Plus, if you use it for marketing materials, it saves a lot of time and effort to put it on a different background.

Using a scene for your background is fine as well, but consider your market. If you work in a more rural area, you may want to consider a countryside, farm, trees, etc (blurred in the background to not distract the viewer). And if you work in a more urban setting, you may want to consider brick walls or cityscapes.

4. Don't Be Afraid to Wear (Some) Makeup 

Studies have shown that even the slightest bit of makeup can help a woman seem more likable and trustworthy. Avoid the "glam shot" and don't overdo your makeup.  Similar studies have shown that this has a negative impact on the viewer.

5. Don't Forget to Smile

Studies have found that people who were perceived as happy in their photograph were viewed as more trustworthy. On the flip side, those who looked unhappy were viewed as less trustworthy. Similar results have been recorded in similar tests done from other institutes, so the data should be viewed as reliable.


I hope this helps give you some ideas when planning your shoot.  Feel free to email me with any additional questions!

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National Harbor Engagement Shoot https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/6/crystalandamir Yesterday I did an engagement shoot at the National Harbor just outside of DC for Crystal and Amir.  The weather was threatening us with storms, but we got the shoot in!

Here's a quick teaser from this happy and fun couple.


Crystal and AmirNational Harbor Engagement Shoot

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Fitness with Jessie https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/Fitness-with-Jessie Shot some promo fitness shot for Jessie. 

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Allison Rose https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/Allison-Rose View more at www.jdavidphotography.com.  Plus, you can book your own session today!


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Yoga with Taylor https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/Yoga-with-Taylor Taylor Yoga 021

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Cherry Blossoms in DC https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/Cherry-Blossoms-in-DC Here are a few shots from this year’s cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.


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Portrait Session https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/Portrait-Session-1 This past weekend I did a portrait session for a good friend/coworker. She has some really exciting projects in the works, and needed some new photos. Here’s a few samples from the shoot.


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Few Recent Shots https://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/Few-Recent-Shots Here are a couple recent shots that I’ve done. I still have a quite a few to go, so check back for more.

Comments and sharing are always welcome!

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