#92 – Trevor Dayley – Wedding Photography

Trevor Dayley – Wedding Photography


Trevor Dayley is a wedding photography, writer for Fstoppers and a father of 5.  Were does he find time for it all?

Trevor Dayley

(partially taken from Trevor’s website – go here for her write-up)

18357_1267179034157_6398349_nTrevor is a wedding photographer living in Arizona with his wife and 5 children (two of which popped in and chatted with Tim and I before the show started when Trevor stepped away for a minute).

Trevor loves to tech and share his knowledge about photography and help build the photo community.  He is a writer for Fstoppers, where he tries and write 2 articles a week.  Check it out, he has tons of articles there.  He also holds his own workshops and holds them all over the globe (watch for one in your area).

He is a music junkie, loves Monster Absolutely Zero and will jump in the pool at a wedding if you don’t keep an eye on him.  But nothing I write here is going to describe him better than his own video, so here it is:


Trevor Dayley Photography {promo} from Kale Fitch on Vimeo.


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  • Live in Arizona and we have a great community of photographers that get together and share ideas…this is very important.  Was a holdout several years ago believing there wasn’t enough business and after reading a book which talked about “Scarcity Complex” and I realized that I needed to change my view.  This resulted in better relationships with other photographers which enabled more contacts and additional business,

  • How did you get into wedding photography? 

    • My Mom loved photography and this led to me getting into photography.  Ended up with an aware in the 8th grade.  After going to college I went into finance for 8 years and realized I missed photography.  After shooting a wedding in October 2009 I realized what I really wanted to do.

  • How many weddings per year…last year 40 weddings booked and this year 31.  The projected number of weddings is 30 per year

  • Were you nervous at the first wedding?

    • At the beginning but I realized the butterflies in the stomach was God saying that I was doing something important.  Ensure you have everything that you can control…such as a backup camera.

  • Have you ever NOT been on your game?

    • Have been pretty lucky and never been sick.  I have felt that I’m not in my game but that is more of a mental state.  I believe it is more that I am very critical of my work.

  • Listener Question: Did you started as a backup shooter?

    • No, started out in control of the shooting, however, I do recommend learning as a second shooter because you can learn a quite a bit.

  • Listener Question: What are the biggest challenges while shooting a wedding?

    • If the bride isn’t ready for the shot it is difficult getting them to work with me and I don’t want to change the brides day.

  • Listener Question: Any issues with family members shooting behind you?

    • To me this is a great opportunity to market for future business.  Look at this as a possibility referral business.

  • Listener Question: Do you have “go to” posses?

    • I look for the more natural look with just some prompts…such as getting a couple to interact.  I usually will bring a speaker “JBL Charge” to break up the silence.

  • Listener Question: Does your business come from word of mouth?

    • I don’t pay any Marketing dollars…all business comes as word of mouth referral. 

  • Listener Question: Ferris Wheel Shot

    • Shot in the dark…saw the Ferris Wheel and asked the couple if we could attempt to get a shot.  Had the couple take a speed light with them and needed to add a little light on the couple in post processing. 

  • Listener Question: Lighting at a wedding

    • Speedlite 600 and utilize three flashes that work in concert together as my off-shoe system.  I like to put the flash into a softbox and since it is triggered by Radio Frequency the flashes do not need to see each other.

  • Listener Question: Editing process?

    • three programs

      • Photo Mechanic; ingest all pictures into the computer…I can bring in three cards in at a time.

      • Adobe Lightroom, magic for fixing and organizing.  90% of workflow is through Lightroom. 

      • Adobe Photoshop, Batch process for an Action to add a little tone / color shift and applies a touch of skin smoothing through Portraiture

  • Listener Question: Turn around time for a wedding shoot

    • Two – three days but not shown until around 10 days out.  They are held because of a perception…some people will believe that you didn’t spend enough time on the images and they are looking for errors

  • Listener Question: Cleaning equipment

    • Pretty good at taking care of gear but do use a Rocket to clean the sensor.  As a member of Canon Professional Services I get several cleanings per year and only pay for shipping. 

  • Listener Question: My wife went to your Workshop…when are some available

    • There are a couple of Workshops coming up, however, these are with other photographers.  Planning on one in November in Arizona and one in New York in December.

  • Work/life balance with 5 kids and a spouse.

    • Girls 12 – 9 – 7 and two boys 5 and 2

  • Balancing life as a photographer:

    • Give yourself goals and set a schedule. 

    • Don’t be afraid to take weekdays off.

    • Don’t usually work on Sunday’s as this is set for the family

  • Fstoppers

    • Photographers shooting other photographers.  Ability to see how others work to learn. 

Goal of two articles a week..current article Lightroom 5.2 available

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geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at www.homeservershow.com). He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast (www.theaverageguytv.com) and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

One Response to “#92 – Trevor Dayley – Wedding Photography”

  1. What a top bloke. Great show Mike.

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