Stories. They’re my favorite. And weddings are full of them. That necklace the bride is wearing? It belonged to her grandmother.
That moment between the bride and her father, when he puts his arm around her and kisses her just before they walk down the aisle? Beautiful.
And the groomsmen playing hacky-sack in their tuxes before the ceremony? Classic.
These are the moments that make the day unforgettable, and these are the moments I make it a priority to capture when someone invites me to be a part of their wedding day.
My goal is to capture those moments as unobtrusively as possible, using primarily natural light, so you can focus on enjoying the story of your wedding day as it unfolds. My style is primarily photojournalistic, with the exception of some relaxed posing and group shots.
One thing couples often ask about is my approach is to formal, posed pictures. Family is an important part of the story, and I’m happy to arrange a few relaxed groups shots to help record those moments. However, I tend to shy away from the overly formal approach, and prefer to keep this time to a minimum to allow as much time as possible for everyone to enjoy the day and not get too worn out. Here’s what I recommend to maximize enjoyment and minimize stress for this part of the day:
Allot 30-60 minutes for the following:
Close family: Start with a group photo including parents, grandparents, siblings, their family, followed by a photo with just the parents for each side.
Then move on to the Bridal party: ushers, best man and bridesmaids, flower girls, and ring-beareres in a group shot. Followed by a group shot with just the adults in the bridal party.
Finally, I like to spend a little time with the bride and groom capturing a few special moments between them, in addition to unposed moments throughout the day.
My favorite way to capture photos with other important friendships is in the more natural photojournalistic style throughout the day. However, I’m happy to make exceptions if you have special requests and would love to arrange a time to talk with you before the wedding to learn about what’s important to you.
If this more relaxed, photojournalistic approach to wedding photography sounds like it would be a good fit for you, I would love to talk with you! I know details are an important part of the decision process, so here’s a few more details about the available packages for you to consider.
Abridged: (Maximum 8 hours.) For this package, I arrive at a designated time to capture the high-points of the story that are most important to you. There are a couple of options here. Arriving a little earlier to capture more of the preparation time, and leaving a little earlier from the reception. Or, arriving later and staying a little longer at the reception. A lot of couples choose the early option, because often the photos captured during those moments of getting ready and anticipating the wedding are the most memorable. Typically the light at this time of day makes for some better photos as well, especially when working primarily with natural light.
Unabridged: (Maximum 10 hours.) From curlers and the first cup of coffee to the cake cutting and dancing, I’ll be in the background recording those memories. After all the cake has been eaten and you ride off into the sunset, I will sort and edit the photographs, and in the end deliver them to you on a disc to print and share to your heart’s content. You will have rights to these photographs, so you won’t have to pay extra to have them printed.
Epic: (Maximum 10 hours + 1 hour engagement session.) This includes all the elements of the Unabridged package, with the bonus of an engagement session to give us a little time to get acquainted before the wedding.