Q. Why do photographers count - "1, 2, 3," before taking a picture?

A. Mainly, we do it to alert you to keep your eyes open as the shutter is pressed.

Q. Why do you charge additional for outdoor event video?

A. Outdoor video is extremely challenging because of lighting, wind, sound and weather conditions.

Q. When you photograph an event, who do the negatives (digital images) belong to.

A. Great question! This matter is in a slightly grey area but generally speaking, the photographer —the creator of the image—owns the images but the client has some rights about the use of the images.

Q. I'm planning a special event in California in 2011. What things should I look for when selecting a REAL professional photographer?

A. Consider the following: Look for professional photographers but also consider their years of experience and reputation. Most competent professionals will have a studio and place of business which you should visit and look at samples. If they don't have a studio, more than likely they have not yet achieved success in this trade and doing photography part time to earn extra income. This is important especially if you place a deposit for an event that is months away. Will they still be around when your event occurs? Beware of hiring a person to perform a very important task for your special event in a public facility if they do not charge tax or have a city license. If they don't, it is pretty certain they are operating illegally. Almost 70% of my competitors operate outside of the law. Watch out if your photographer cannot accept credit cards. Banking and ability to accept credit and debit cards are MOST IMPORTANT INDICATORS of business legitimacy. Also IMPORTANT: Ask what type equipment they are using and if they have camera backups as well. Check around and ask their former clients about work performed for them.

Q. Does one type of makeup photograph better? What should I tell my makeup artist or should they know?

A. I'm not an expert on makeup but I can tell you that a shiny oil-based looking makeup doesn't photograph well on black, brown or white skin. In my studio, I can control glare fairly well but at a wedding event with a single light source, shiny makeup comes out just like that – shiny. I suggest a flat or matte makeup.

Q. From your vast experience in photographing thousands of weddings, what tips can you past along to me regarding wedding events in general.

A. The answer would probably make up a lengthy book but here are a few things to consider:

Hire experienced consultants and vendors for what will probably be the most important social event of your lifetime; friends may help but sometimes they give wrong and costly mistakes. Your wedding directress should know about timing and how important it is in everything at your ceremony on thru your reception. 1. For example, during a ceremony when your wedding party is entering the church prior to your appearance, have them make a prompt entrance rather than take five minutes for each of them to march in towards the altar. A "display do" left and a "dipsy do" right became obsolete in the 60s. March in, take your place and let the bride become the star. 2. The wedding directress should advise ALL wedding party participants including parents to exit the room and allow guests to depart. Photographers are often delayed with the set-up pictures because someone in the wedding party is missing. More to come...


Hire a REAL WORLD CLASS PHOTOGRAPHER to do your next event! Anyone can "take" a picture but your Sixth Sense reminds you to hire a professional to do an important event like a wedding or anniversary. CECIL WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY will capture your special moments in their trademark journalistic style with just the right blend of professionalism and artistry.