Hiya! Thanks for wanting to know even more about Tina Bass Photography. Here I’m gonna answer some commonly asked questions and things that I think you should, or would like to know. Also, this is just a starting point. Always feel free to shoot me an email and I can answer any inquires you may have
How did you get into photography?
Well, the answer to this is quite long-winded. My love for photography is really just a natural progression of my obsession with sketching and painting. For years I took every art class that was offered through school and entered different competitions just for fun. I could sit for hours just sketching random things and creating stuff. I used to take my film camera to the beach and mess around with taking pictures there and then take “artistic” pictures of my pets. Haha, what a nerd. Right around the time of getting married, I was obsessed with beautiful images I saw everywhere and the seeds of starting my own business got planted in my head. So, off I went practicing my craft and was blessed enough to be trusted to do my friend’s wedding and the rest, as they say, is history. Here is an image from my very first wedding that I get the most compliments on to this day. Always boggles my mind!
What makes Tina Bass photography unique?
I think one of the things that makes me and my work unique is that I am really focused on who my clients are and how I want to narrate their story. I’m not saying there are no other photographers who do this (There are so many and a ton in the Tampa are I admire), but my uniqueness comes from being honest about my photos. That Image above? That’s what the couple felt. I placed them in the spot I wanted them and all of the sudden I see this. I feel like I’m the narrator of each couples amazing love story and it’s my job to really show what my couples are all about.
Another thing that adds to my photos is my editing style. It’s a got a certain pop of color to it, but also has almost a filmy, soft tone to it. It’s not over the top, but adds a nice touch to the feelings I want the images to convey.
How do you shoot? What’s your style?
I am a mix of posed, editorial shots and photojournalism. The posed and editorial shots are primarily for the bride and groom shots and the engagement session. They aren’t posed as in “look at the camera”, but lightly directed to utilize lighting, location, and make you look awesome. The wedding besides group shots and B&G shots are strictly photojournalistic. I am also a part of the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalism.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
About 6 weeks after the wedding event.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Proofs are offered in an online proofing gallery in low res JPEG format after the wedding. CD with high res photos in JPEG format will be provided with the wedding album or after the proofs go up if you receive just a CD of images and no album.
How long are the proofs up? Can I print off of the CD?
Online proofing gallery will be available for about 6 months. You have a print release to reproduce the files, create prints, post the photos online for personal use. The CD of images also has a print release pdf attached, that way you always have the rights to print readily available. The images cannot be used for commercial use.
How many photos are delivered?
The amount of images varies for each wedding. For an 8 hours wedding, about 750-950 photos may be delivered. For a 1.5 hour engagement shoot there can be between 60-100 photos.
How can I book you?
A 40% deposit along with a signed contract is required to commission me for your wedding day. Also, it is first come, first served. Since I receive several inquires every week, I can’t keep track of which exact dates have be requested. So, if you have decided to go with me, please book as soon as possible, since the date can’t be promised.
Do you take family group shots at the wedding? When do you take them?
Yes! Yes! This is probably my most asked question. I definitely take these shots, I just don’t put them on my site or blog, since they are pretty standard wedding shots. The family group shots are taken after the ceremony and I try to get through them as fast as I can, since I want to devote as much time to my couple as I can. To better insure the speediness and efficiency of these shots, I ask that family members know ahead of time that they are needed and to stay at the church or ceremony site for these images.
Do you mind other people taking pictures? Will you get nasty if someone gets in your way?
I absolutely do not mind guests taking pictures just for themselves. Everyone wants to document this wonderful event in your life! The only times I would ask for guests to withhold their camera is during family formals and B&G formals. The reasons behind this:
*Camera flashes and red lights emitted from point and shot cameras can ruin my shots. This, in turn eats up time, b/c I have to take extra images and work around the guests.
* Sometimes I allow guests to take shots right after I take them, but this, again, eats up valuable portrait time.
I am never, ever nasty to any guests or family members at weddings. Honestly, I have been blessed to shoot at weddings where the guests are so sweet and helpful. Also, what kind of person gets nasty? I would not want that type of person at my wedding.I may ask for people to hold their shots until I get mine and then give them the thumbs-up to get their shot
I also ask to be the only professional photographer at the wedding.
What are you like at the reception? Do you stop things like the cake cutting and tosses and get a shot before the action start?
I am a stealthy photo-ninja at weddings. I move around and take shots of people having fun. I may bust a dance move and get in with the crowd to take some shots. regarding stopping the action just so I get “safe” shots-NO, NO,NO! Once the reception starts, we’re shooting strictly Photojournalistic style. I will never ask you to fake cut a cake or to pretend you are throwing the bouquet. But, You can totally ask me to get a shot of you with friends or family members at a wedding. I’m there to get shots for you, so if you want a quick picture of you and your college roomie looking at the camera and cheesing it, that’s totally fine with me.
If you have any questions I may have not answered, or you need further elaboration, please e-mail me