At my own wedding, I remember one moment where I stepped back and took it all in. It was wild to see all my favorite people from every aspect of my life come together for my special occasion. Chances are those people will never all be together again. And that’s how it is at every wedding and what makes yours unique. It’s the authenticity of the moments and memories on that day that you want to keep with you. It takes someone who’s paying attention to capture the time spent with loved ones and the ambiance, not just shoot pretty posed pictures of the bride and groom.
For years, I’ve contemplated booking weddings and only recently decided to give it a go as a paid photographer. I went to Mikey and Amelie’s wedding and took casual photos throughout the night. I didn’t get in the way of the paid photographer nor went out of my way to take posed photos of thewedding party. I just watched people and captured candids that were true to the moment. My photos are far from perfect, but they are genuine reflections of the gathering and the people who made the trip. Later that month, they told me that my photos were the only photos they shared with friends and family to celebrate the occasion and were even contacted to model for a wedding photographer workshop based on my photos. That was my sign that perhaps I was on to something with weddings after all these years.
My advice to you is that before hiring a wedding photographer or any vendor is ask your friends who are already married. Ask them about what was truly mattered when it was over. It’s easy to get swept up in the little details that seem so important at time. At the end of it all, the photos are really the only thing you have left, make sure they capture what actually happened and tell the story of you.
How I Shoot:
I like to shoot with a very small and unobtrusive camera. Often times, people don’t even realize that photos are being taken. The photos themselves are shot with a simple lens and perspective that is authentic to the moment.
My editing style is not flashy or extensive. I tend to use a dusky red tone in the shadows with bright highlights. It gives an earthy vibe that feels like film without looking like an Instagram filter.
What I Charge:
I charge a flat fee of $2400 for an evening of photography. Plus any travel fees if your wedding is out of town.
What You Will Get When You Hire Me:
I will shoot for 6 uninterrupted hours of your choosing. I will take photos of the prep of the event, the bridal parties getting ready, the ceremony, reception, wedding traditions and dancing. I will take posed group photos of the bridal party and close family immediately after the ceremony if that’s what you want but weddings are fun, let’s not waste cocktail hour taking photos ad nauseum of every grouping possible of the wedding party.
How and When You Will Receive Your Photos:
Within seven days, I’ll sort through the photos, choose the best ones, edit them and deliver them via Google Drive. They will all be high quality jpeg files suitable for large prints to frame if you wish. The link will exist for one year and I recommend that you download them in their entirety as soon as possible.
A typical wedding will yield about 200-250 keepers. Of course I take more photos than that and you are welcome to have them all, but the extras will be delivered as unedited jpeg files.
For now, I’m only booking friends of friends. So if you know someone who knows me, reach out and we can work something out. Until then…