I am now booking 2017 weddings! I can’t wait for another year of awesome couples and genuine joy-filled weddings. A recent conversation with a bride got me thinking. She shared with me that she had been told by many recently married friends how important it was to have a photographer with a similar vision. I wanted to jump out of my chair and yell “YES! YES! YES!” I think it is so important to have the same vision as your photographer for your wedding photos!
Along those lines, I wanted to talk to you about what speaks to me in weddings and how I go about photographing a wedding day.
First of all, I feel like it is super important that you trust your photographer. -that you’ve looked at their photos and feel something, and you can truly see yourself in them. There is nothing more magical to my ears as when my couples say to me, “We trust you, do your thing, we know we will love the results” When I know my couples truly trust me and my vision, I feel free to create work that speaks to me.
I love adventures, big or small. Adventurous couples who think outside the box and are up for anything make me want to jump for joy. I’ve had couples who take boat rides, who ride in helicopters, who hike up bluffs, who go INTO water, and much more. I ADORE it. I am up for ANY adventure you throw at me. Travel and elopements included!
Seriously, emotion is one of my favorite things to photograph. I absolutely love the emotion-the joy and happiness- of a wedding day. Photographing days full of happy people is one of my true delights! It completely inspires me and fills me with energy!
I want to connect with a couple. To feel like old friends by the time the wedding is over. I love to photograph the connections on a wedding day -the little interactions between the couple and their nearest and dearest. Celebrations that are all about community and connection are genuinely my favorite.
TRUE TO SELF
I have to admit, that while I do appreciate weddings with a lovely artistic aesthetic, the details of a wedding are not as important to me as many other aspects. That being said I do completely adore when couples are true to themselves in planning. That the details of the day- the dress, the flowers, the ceremony, the location- truly speak of the couple. When couples don’t follow certain trends “just because” it fills me with glee. I always say there is no set formula when it comes to a wedding. Anything goes! If a couple isn’t afraid to let their true style shine through in their wedding I am over the moon. (Although, I won’t lie. Gorgeous flowing wedding dresses with romantic details make me swoon.)
Maybe I should have put light closer to the top of my list. No exaggeration, natural light is one of my biggest inspirations. Anyone who has been photographed by me in gorgeous dreamy light knows it. I’ve been known to say ridiculous things about how I want to hug the light, or something equally silly, but honestly, nothing adds that little extra “zing” to an image like dreamy light. That is the reason I hardly ever use flash, why I constantly encourage couples to take their photos in the last bits of light before sunset, and why I will ask them to go stand in that gorgeous patch of light. Because of my obsession with gorgeous light, I tend to photograph outdoor weddings, or in venues with amazing natural light.
I thrive at laid back events. I am inspired by couples who are able to relax and really enjoy their day and the people that are there to celebrate with them. Wedding days that are a celebration of love and a close knit community are top notch in my book.
I want to capture Moments. People. Natural images that are true to you. You won’t find me trying to make high fashion magazine-esque shots……that just isn’t me. Because I want to create a collection of images that are naturally “you” and true to your unique day, I don’t like to work from a Pinterest board of “must have shots” . I love taking candid, in-the-moment, photos where people say later “I didn’t even realize you were taking that picture!”
I don’t want to JUST take pretty pictures of your wedding. I want to create real images that speak to you, that help you remember your day as it was. In 50 years when you and your loved ones look through your wedding album, my hope that you are brought right back to those moments and you are able to relive them once again. I strive to tell a story through images, YOUR story. I really do love what I do and it is an honor to be invited to share in such special moments.
So! If you are getting married in 2017 and my style, philosophy and photos speak to you, don’t hesitate to contact me now! (via the contact form above or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org)