Can I assist you on a wedding day?

Yes! I am always willing to work with other photographers who are interested in assisting on a wedding day. If you see that I am traveling to your area for a wedding and you want to help out, feel free to send me an email to robert@robertjhill.com.

Do you have any books you’d recommend?

I have never in my life been fond of reading but a few years ago I heard someone say “Who you will be in five years is determined by two things; the books you read and the people you meet.” Because of this I started reading… a lot. Here’s just a few of the books I’d recommend other creatives reading.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
Purple Cow by Seth Godin

What camera and gear do you use?

I shoot exclusively with Canon gear and have two Canon 5D Mark III bodies along with a backup 5D Mark II. I only use prime lenses and own the 35mm f/1.4L, 50mm f/1.2L, 85mm f/1.2L and the 100mm f/2.8L Macro. You can find my entire gear list on www.Shotkit.com!

How can I learn from you?

I have a huge desire to give back to the photography community in helping teach other photographers. When I had first started shooting there were very limited options to learn from the people I admired and I love that education in the industry is so accessible these days. I offer a few options for learning; mentor sessions, online classes and one on one workshops. You can find more on each of these and how they work in the “Education” tab at the top of the page. I’m working on more opportunities for the coming year as well, so stay tuned!

Do you ever second shoot?

I try to second shoot one or two weddings a year because I find it refreshing to take a step back from the lead photographer role and have the freedom to see things from a different perspective that I usually don’t have. If you have a wedding coming up that you’d like me to shoot with you, feel free to send me an email and we can start the conversation. robert@robertjhill.com

Do you use any wedding blog sites for marketing?

I currently do not pay to be a part of any wedding blog site. I do however plan and shoot every wedding/session in hopes for it to be published. You can see a list of the places I’ve been published on my About Page!

Best two lenses to use on a wedding day?

That’s a tough one but if I had to pick two, I’d go with the 85 f/1.2L and the 35 f/1.4L. Incredible lenses.

How do I break into the traveling or destination wedding market?

Frankly, start traveling yourself if you are not already. I traveled a lot and picked up work on almost every trip prior to being paid to do so. Do your best to reach out to photographers, wedding vendors, models, etc. in the locations you are traveling to and get work. If traveling is your passion, you can make it happen and you will find the work.

Do you use off camera flash?

I use flashes at receptions once the sun goes down. I usually have one that is bouncing and one that is directly pointed at my subjects. Other than that, if there is daylight I am 100% natural light unless I’m shooting something for fun and want to incorporate OCF.

What has been the biggest catalyst in growing your business?

Building relationships, genuinely caring for people and taking care of them as much as you can.

Do you use presets with your editing?

I currently use VSCO Presets. I have bought almost every pack but have found one that I really liked and have tweaked it so much over the years it’s pretty much not even slightly the same as what it started out as.

How do you get your work to look so consistent?

Figure out what style of lighting you like to shoot in, what kind of lenses you enjoy working with and the editing style that fits your brand. Always go for that. If you use presets, find one and always use that, at least at first. Once you mold into your style you can slowly start to branch out and still find ways to make it look consistent.

How do most of your clients find you?

I book almost all of my weddings off of either Instagram or word of mouth.

Who built your website?

I built my website myself with a TON of help from the developers at FloThemes. If you are looking to build a new site, contact them. They are incredible folks to work with.