At every wedding, seriously, every single one, there at least one person with a cell phone or camera trying to get the same image that I am. It’s inevitable, and I’ve learned to live with it. Actually, I take that back… I haven’t learned to “live” with it. I’ve learned to use it to challenge myself at every wedding and to grow as a photographer, which is one of the things that I think sets my work apart from other wedding photographers. Now, before I continue, let me clarify. When I say “apart” I don’t mean “better”, I simply mean “different”. As photographers, we all have our own style, and in order to stand out, we’ve got to do something a little different, right? As couples, you have many wonderful, qualified photographers with differing styles to choose from, which means you’re guaranteed to find the photographer that will capture your day exactly the way you envisioned, or honestly, better than you could have imagined.
So my philosophy, my goal, on a wedding day, is to capture your moments in ways that the grandma, aunt, cousin, or mom with the camera could have never gotten. I’m not just talking about the quality of the image and the lighting or editing done afterward. That should be a given, quite frankly. For any professional photographer, all of that better be heads and shoulders above your Aunt Barb’s point-and-shoot. I’m talking about capturing the “moments between the moments”. I’m talking about creating a picture that makes you feel like you were there, feeling their same emotions.
I want to deliver images that you never even knew I was taking of a special moment you may have not known was even happening. I want to photograph the good, the bad, and the not-so-ugly *because, well, it’s a wedding day… is there really anything ugly??* I want to preserve the smiles, the laughs, and the tears. I want to get kids being kids and your grandpa bustin’ a move. Quite honestly, these might not be the images that your grandma hangs on her mantle (though don’t worry, I capture those too). Many images probably make the older generations say… “why are their heads cut off?” or “why is there something blurry in the corner?” or “why is Jeffery making a silly face in that picture?” and honestly, that’s ok with me. I’m perfectly fine with being “not your grandma’s wedding photographer” if it means delivering images to my clients that instantly bring them back to an exact moment and memory.
So, enjoy some of my favorite images below that are perfect examples of real, genuine moments. Leave a comment below, let me know what you think (be honest, I can take it) and tell me which image is your favorite!