What is your style?
Simply put I shoot real-life situations in an interpretive, artistic way which is why I consider myself a romantic lifestyle wedding photographer. To me this means that the I will make memories of your gown with all its embellishments, the seconds in-between moments, the atmosphere of your venues, the feeling of the season, all the colors that says you, and the warmth of family. I take shots that are less singular (think headshot) and instead create depth by using several elements in each picture. This way your images are more personalized, showcasing all that you put together, all that you planned as the backdrop to the experience of your union.
The way I shoot would fall under the heading of both candid and photojournalistic. I believe that you should be yourself on your day and have a good time! It is important for us as photographers to be there but also to, “not be there”. However, when it comes to rounding up your wedding party and family for staged pictures, me and my second will orchestrate and arrange everyone for you. Of course and more so, this includes the two of you: the day’s highlight! I become a director at those times so that you can get all the pictures you need of your loved ones both fast and friendly. You do want great pictures but this is not a photoshoot, this is your day!
How did you get into wedding photography?
On several weekends, when my brother and I were little, my mother would take out her wedding album and tell us the tale of how she met my dad. She was and still is a great raconteur. It was easy to create such vivid images from her words that I believe the pictures I saw in my head were the actual version of what happened! Add the fact that her pictures were real matted photographs all shot in black and white film and you have all the makings of a true romantic. Hearing and seeing all this at a young age and all through my life has definitely turned me into a visual narrator. Fun fact: my brother got the gift of gab from mom.
After I received my bachelors of fine art in painting, I took some advertising photography classes and then started assisting local commercial photographers in the Atlanta area. Commercial photographers shoot with larger format cameras. The standard was usually 4x5 cameras (large format) and medium formats like a Hasselblad. They did not use SLRs. Back then they also shot in E6 or slide film right before the slow transition to digital. I had both formats of cameras but wanted something that could give me a traditional film look and also something fast. So, I added my first 35mm camera to the mix. I also worked in several film labs where I got to really understand how color and BW film behaved. Eventually, I assisted a few big name wedding photographers who mainly shot in 35mm. That was a departure from the commercial photographers who only used the larger format cameras. Assisting those wedding photographers showed me first hand that there were other possibilities on how to render images in a more liberating way. But I really wanted to make wedding photography different and my own by combining what I learned about still-life, fashion, editorial, and even architecture photography with the documentary styles of those wedding photographers I assisted.
I shot film at weddings for several years juggling 3 cameras. You had to load them with different films like black and white, low ISO color for portraits, as well as high-speed color. The transition to digital took some getting used to but it wasn’t hard because digital responds like slide film, less like negative film which I had plenty of experience with as well. Bottom line is, digital is so much easier and allows for so many more possibilities.
You would think that I would still shoot in film. When I think about all the water that is polluted and the material needed to make and process film it’s really hard for me to go back to that. But you can be certain that I am still the romantic little boy all grown up!
Who owns the pictures?
All picture rights are given to the couple for personal use only.
How many photographers are included?
Two photographers are included in every Collection. My second shooter and I work together yet independently to give you full coverage, variety, and different points of view. When appropriate we work at two different locations such as when covering bridal and groom preparatory pictures at two different venues. The 2nd photographer is a matriculated photographer who has either interned with me or worked with me as an assistant before taking on the role of 2nd photographer.
Do you shoot in RAW?
Yes, but more importantly I shoot with full frame cameras and use fast prime lenses.
How do you process your pictures?
The way I shoot is more important. Somethings are shoot in a specific way knowing that I will process them in a certain manner later. Overall I aim for accurately capturing your colors and skin tone (the commercial side of me!) but there is plenty room to push boundaries with the intention of romanticizing your pictures.
On a similar note, I do touch-ups. I do want you to look your best by making sure that your images are all polished up! These pictures are forever so I make sure they are clean before leaving my door to you.
Also, all editing and processing is done in house: All-American and not sent out to a third party.
Have you shot my kind of wedding?
Most likely but I am always open to experience something new! I have shot weddings barefoot on the beach, weddings in the show, weddings in a castle, weddings abroad, small backyard weddings, opulent weddings, farmhouse weddings, country-chic weddings, a costume wedding on Halloween, traditional weddings, same sex unions, weddings at night, weddings in the morning, marriages in every season, Nigerian weddings, South Asian weddings, Vietnamese Tea ceremonies, Pakistani weddings, Filipino weddings, Jewish weddings, Ethiopian weddings, Latino weddings, shot Al Gore doing a toast at a wedding, and I have traveled to shoot weddings in 21 of our 50 states! What I have learned is that you have to know what each type of wedding party is expecting and more importantly to understand the people you are working for. Each person is similar yet unique and the process of assimilation is important in order to make great pictures!
Our reception will be at night (or our venue is dimly lit), how do you handle low light?
Most all of how we capture your imagery is done by the manipulation of available light. Still, we add light when appropriate for specific shots at any time of the day, but more so once the sun has set. It all depends on the situation and the look we are going for.
On the wedding day, how much time should we set aside for pictures?
Because each wedding is different, I am happy to make suggestions for what works best on your day. For example, some weddings have various locations to consider, and others may include a first look (also called "the reveal") that can minimize picture taking after the ceremony. Whatever the case, I believe in working with your timeline and not going over the time allotted for pictures. While I work efficiently, I do make sure that everyone is looking their best while directing your pictures as needed. In general, it takes between 15 - 25 minutes for the family and wedding party pictures, and 15 - 25 minutes for the two of you. However, some couples do spend more time taking pictures at different time of times of the day such pictures during a first look and later after the ceremony at sunset.
How many pictures will I receive?
On average we deliver between 75 - 100 pictures per hour. All my galleries seen here show only highlights of weddings and engagement sessions, not the full session nor the entire wedding gallery.
Will there be logos or watermarks on my pictures?
The pictures you receive on your USB will be free from logos or watermarks.
Can I get albums now or later?
I do offer albums. However, there is no obligation to get an album from me as some couples enjoy a DIY approach to albums. Photography-only Collections are available but if you decide on albums at a later time after your wedding, we can certainly get you what you are looking for. It is not listed on my rate sheet but I do have economic solutions such as hard back books instead of an album. I will say this though, I have not had a bride purchase an album post-wedding unless she has already included the album in her Collection. After the dust settles couples may move into a new home, start a family, and budgets may get tight. If are considering an album, or even something for the parents like the hard back books, I would include it now rather than later.
How far in advance would I need to book with you?
Throughout the wedding season, there are days that become the most sought after wedding dates. Those dates book up at least one year in advance. Additionally, consistently popular wedding dates fall within the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, and also the month of October.