I call my photographic style documentary with some Fine Art inspiration.
After learning from photographing many weddings and getting married myself I have learned a few things that work great for me and my clients that I would like to share with you. My goal as your wedding photographer is to document all the special moments of your special day. I do not interfere with what is happening on the wedding day. I prefer to step back and observe what is happening through my lens.
For example, the moment of putting on that dress for the first time with your mother or best friend is such a special moment and one that you will cherish for a long time to come. Sometimes it’s your dad who comes running with scissors to save the day! If I was to start moving you to where the absolute perfect lighting is and making you turn this way or that the sweet moment has passed and gets missed. I’m happy to give advice or help out, but my goal is to not interfere and to observe. That being said I have helped sew dresses in the past though and won’t mind doing it again.
This is basically my approach to most of the day. When it is time for family photos it’s best to have a list so we can get them all done and not miss any of them. As much as we love those candid moments the family portraits are the ones grandma wants to hang on her wall; and why not family portraits are special in their own way.
Also, If there are any special relatives or guests (like a nana that came from far) or something special happening like a surprise ice cream cake for the groom (yes that really happened) please let me know beforehand. This will give me the heads up to pay attention and document those special moments that could so easily be missed.
When it comes to the Portrait Session with my couples I try to keep it short and sweet, unless a couple specifically wants to spend more time on portraits or take the time to drive to a special location. I feel it is so very important that you get to spend time with your guests and enjoy your big day! I can take Portraits of in love couples forever, but find that 30 min - 1 hour is the best time to spend on Portraits.
During Portraits Sessions I usually find spots that I feel would work great and simply place the couple there to do their thing. Trust me, you just got married you are so in love you won’t need me to tell you what to do! Sometimes some direction is needed and I am happy to help if needed but I like to see what happens naturally first. I love the unique shots I have gotten from doing this as well as seeing a couple's personalities come through in your pictures. No cookie cutters needed here.
I really like getting to know a couple before a wedding if it’s possible as this helps me to bring your personalities through my pictures even more. I love getting a drink after work or a Sunday morning coffee with my couples. I do understand how busy life can get and can settle for a quick Skype or Facetime.
Engagement or couple shoots are also a great way for us to get to know each other. It will make the portrait session on your wedding day so much easier! I really encourage couples to do it if possible. Most of my packages include a free engagement shoot for this reason.
I also prefer to use natural light as far as possible even with outside receptions. I do have a flash for when it really is too dark, but that would be my last resort. I prefer to shoot with what light I have even if it’s only candles or fairy lights. Luckily with today's camera, this is possible with only minor noise and grain.
If you have any questions or would just like to find out a bit more feel free to get in touch.