You’ve made it.
A lot of couples go into their search for a photographer not really knowing what they want. There are tonnes of options out there which makes me so grateful that you’ve made it here.
Almost every couple tells me that they’re super awkward in photos but by the end of our shoot, everyone tells me how fun and easy it was! Why? Because they had a good freaking time! Having worked with over 100 couples, this is probably the thing that matters most! By the end of the wedding (maybe even engagement shoot!), I want to feel more like a friend rather than a hired vendor because we had such a great time together.
But hold on. Let's take a step back. Before we get this thing started, there's one thing that you’ll need to commit to. This one thing is key and that is for you to be your true selves around me because that’s what I want to capture. You are not gonna be put you into a stiff awkward pose that the last 5 couples were put in because we're not shooting for a catalogue.
WE’RE GONNA DO THIS TOGETHER
My goal is to capture the love between people; to create photos that show the personality of each couple. I focus on moments that are natural so don’t worry too much if your hand is in just the right place or if your foot can rotate another 7mm because it really doesn’t matter!
Besides, I usually give people more direction than put them poses. Poses are often rigid while direction is freer. I’ll be there to give you as much direction as you need when you’re being photographed so you aren’t just standing there feeling awkward.
Building comfort starts from our first interaction. After a couple books with me, I send along a questionnaire to get to know them better. It’s kinda like creating a third wheel dating profile but in reverse.
For our first time working together, we’re definitely gonna to ease into things, regardless of whether this is an engagement shoot or a wedding. During the engagement shoot we might actually spend more time talking than shooting! That is all so that we can build a better connection with each other and it makes a huge difference in the photos.
If we work together for the first time on your wedding day you can expect me to show up a little early just to chat with you and everyone else in the room to see how things are going and how everyone is feeling. Your comfort is super important to me and if I walk in and just start shooting it might kill the mood that was going on.
THESE PHOTOS ARE ABOUT YOU
My photos are mostly bright and airy but I’m not afraid to go darker if the mood calls for it. I’m after what’s real. I want to create images that are true to the moments that they were captured in. Images that bring you back to those feelings. I won’t hesitate to make some images darker than others even if it means that they might be “off brand” from most of my other work. Your wedding is so much more than just a brand.
Its always great to see nice details and having a great venue to shoot at is amazing, but the thing that gets me most excited is a couple that can’t get enough of each other and guests who are all about a good time. Its the images of the moments and feelings that you have shared together that remain when all is said at done. Some things will be returned while others are binned but your wedding photos will increase in value as time goes on.
In the middle of thinking of all the usual things that you gotta do at your wedding, don’t lose sight of what's uniquely you, unique to your relationship and the relationship that you share with everyone who will be there. Cakes, veils, even diamond rings, are all traditions that someone made up along the way. Yes, traditions are important, but don’t hesitate to break away from tradition and do something for yourself!
Not only am I gonna be there to photograph your wedding, but you can count on me to talk about your plans and ideas, craft a timeline that fits your day like a perfect pair of shoes, run 15mins to your car to grab your vows because the ceremony took place in the middle of the woods, climb a tree to take a group photo, or offer a bandaid to a guest to help them with their uncomfy shoes. Yes, those last three things have all happened!
This is probably your first time doing this so you might be flying by the seat of your pants while asking the occasional friend or family member who’s married for advice. Since I’ve been to nearly 100 weddings, I’ve got a pretty good idea on how this whole wedding thing works. Recommending vendors that are awesome to work with, how to time certain parts of your day, what are the best locations for what you’re after. Whatever tips, thoughts or advice you could use, know that I’ve got your back! This extends far beyond just photos. Seriously, anything wedding related, don’t hesitate to hit me up!
If you’ve read up to this point I’m seriously impressed and we are probably on the same with a lot of things. Let's do this!