Discussing Photo Versus Cinema Coverage  | Part 1 | Transcription

Honestly, I don’t really mean it in that way. I don’t mean that it’s one or the other. It’s really discussing photo and cinema coverage, but I thought this looks cooler on a slide.

This is going to be a really short video. What I like to do is, I use this as a talking point. One, because guess what? Lin and Jirsa Photography also has a full cinema team, and we have that service in studio, so discussing it can actually allow me to up sell to a photo and cinema package. Also, I’d like the clients to start thinking about what the differences are in the coverage, and what is going to guide the day.

Here’s what I mean. Let’s go to the next slide. I want you all when you’re discussing this topic of which team leads to first basically, well, check the ego at the door. This is not about ego, this is not about anything. This is about understanding what’s most important to the clients. We have a lot of south Asian clients, who will come to the studio and photo is actually secondary to video. It’s really interesting, because for most of our clients, it’s photo, and video is secondary to photo. There are plenty of clients where it’s the other way around. What this is going to do is we want to know which team is going to basically lead the day.

Is cinema going to lead the shoots and the posing or so forth and have still shoot off of cinema, or does still lead the shoots and have cinema shoot off. We want the clients to know that either is totally acceptable, but if you are planning on hiring an outside team, just let us know if you’d like us to shoot with them, or of you’d like them to shoot with us. We get along fabulously well with anybody outside of the studio, but we have some amazing cinema work that you can check out. That’s kind of how it goes. I do that thing too. 

Reach out to the cinema team. If it’s an outside studio, reach out to them just prior to the shoot. I want you all to check your ego at the door. We don’t work with cinema teams that are … I should say that we don’t have problems working with cinema teams. For the most part, we have a great time, and there’s so many outside cinema companies that we love working with, so if our clients select them, great. We will work with them, we are going to be the easiest going people. We’re going to help them set up shots. We’re going to work together to help achieve the client’s vision, and we’re going to help each other out along the way.

Still, when it comes to the couples session, particularly. When it comes to the posing and the guidance and all those other pieces, we need to know who’s leading, because that’s going to directly impact the kind of product we can deliver. If they want still to lead, sorry, if they want cinema to lead, that’s where I would address a potential concern of mine. I would say something like, “You know what, that’s totally fine. We can totally shoot off of cinema’s lead. There’s one thing though. On your mood board you have all these beautiful dramatic shots. These shots do require us to use off camera flash and to be able to put you in these positions, which will basically slow down and interfere with cinema. What would you like to do? We can either remove those out of what we’re going to be shooting, and shoot just natural with the cinema coverage, or we can go with something in between.” Give them the options but help to clarify how this is going to impact the images that you’re going to be delivering. That’s the entire point. To address potential concerns before they actually arise.

Once these concerns have arised, it’s too late and guess what? If a concern arises between you and a cinematographer, resolve the issue directly. We’ve never had a time where we couldn’t resolve the issue directly and get along, and have a great time. We don’t want to involve the clients unless absolutely necessary. We don’t need to make additional stress and pressure for them to deal with, especially on their wedding day. If one of our people can’t resolve those issues with the cinema team beforehand or on the day of the wedding then that’s when we’d approach maybe the coordinator or someone else. A go to person that the bride has set for us to discuss things with. The last person that I would want to involve in that would be the bride and groom.

These are just things that we want to discuss when it comes to photo and cinema coverage.


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