Wedding Photography holds a special place in my heart.
I am a professional engagement and wedding photographer with 15 years experience.
It may be the hopeless romantic in me, but photographing weddings holds a special place in my heart. What is more inspiring that two people committing their lives together? Love is the most sacred bond we can experience. That is why finding the perfect wedding photographer is one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. I absolutely love to photograph weddings and consider it an honor as well as a great responsibility. The photographs taken will provide you and your family the opportunity to reflect and remember the special moments and the people whom you shared this very special day with. The responsibility of capturing a couple's wedding day cannot be overstated.
With that said, if you are considering a photographer, ask that you be able to see ALL the photos given to the couple from at least two or three ENTIRE weddings (not just the highlights). Weddings are high-paced with lighting and conditions changing constantly. Being able to adapt to changing conditions, think on your feet and perform under pressure is one aspect that separates amateur or good photographers from excellent ones. It is easy to take 2,000 photographs and pick a few to put in their portfolio but doesn't give you an honest and objective idea of the kind of photos or the quality of photos you can expect. I like to give the couple practically ALL the photos from their wedding day so that they have a wider array of photos to choose their favorites (as opposed to some photographers who only give what they consider the 'best' photos). I distinguish my favorite photos by also turning them into black and white but can also turn any photo you wish into a black and white one as well.
By viewing all the photos given to the couple, you are able to see more of the style and what photos your photographer may or may not take. For instance, I have assisted other photographers who don't take many photos of the guests. Some don't photograph the details of the wedding like the tables, center pieces, etc.. Believe it or not, some are not very good at getting formal pictures of the wedding party and may just post a few that happened to turn out good. Some don't guide the couple, some are too particular which stifles the couple's authenticity. Some photographers use too much flash during the reception, some don't use any and some take few to no photos. It is of utmost importance in my opinion that the couple see all the photos from a few weddings to determine if you are a good match.
It's not just capturing but also creating! You want to feel confident in your photographer's ability to capture this once in a lifetime event in a way that makes you also feel comfortable and authentic. I have been photographing weddings for over 15 years. My style and approach to wedding photography is photo-journalistic - I like to capture the day as it unfolds rather than try to orchestrate every moment since it ends up feeling fake or staged. With that said, when it comes to the formals (pictures of the couple, wedding party, family) I will help pose and choose locations to create those iconic images. Again, the best way to understand a photographer and their style is to meet in person and view several weddings.
My work has been published both nationally and internationally and some clients I have worked with include The President of the United States, Miss New York Shelbie Handville, Labatt's, Burger King, Syracuse University, MacKenzie-Childs, Burger King, Bauer Hockey, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Aspen Dental and New York Times Best Selling Author Tamora Pierce among many others.