September 14, 2016
One of the most common questions during my potential client meetings has to be “What is Your Style?”. Honestly is a wonderful question to ask your photographer and I don’t want to discourage you from asking it. It’s important that we connect not only personally but also creatively, to give you images you’ll love of your wedding day.
Over the years, my style has definitely evolved, and will always be evolving. I never want to become stagnant, and truly believe that continuing education in any profession is a must. Sometimes in these meetings I tend to pause when this question is asked, how can I define a thing that I have been fine tuning for over 10 years? I’ve even teared up (embarrassingly) during a video chat before because I became a little too impassioned in defining my style.
If I had to define my style in 2016, it would be a fine art documentarian. A mix of candid shots and more editorial portraiture. However, the most important thing I want to capture in your wedding gallery is the essence of your relationship and no matter my approach to the day, that will never change. I want your great grandchildren to come across your wedding photos in 80 years and say…”wow, I can really see how they loved each other.” This is your season of joy and love ( and let’s face it – probably stress) coming up to the day where you get to marry your person. This is a time to be celebrated and those in between moments are my absolute favorite and deserve to be preserved. It’s why it’s so hard for me to narrow down favorites (hello giant blog posts!), because those candid photographs are so important to me.
Of course, this isn’t to say I won’t pose you at all. In fact, I will pose quite a bit. I make sure we have the best light possible and a killer location (which doesn’t have to be fancy). Because I want you to look and feel your best. I am the most awkward person in front of the camera probably ever, and I don’t want you to feel that way. I want you to feel elation and maybe some silliness laughing with your ladies, and I want you to feel like the two of you are the only people in the world when I ask you to practice your first dance.
This time in your life is over so quickly, I believe the small and big moments each have equal weight. I will ask you to hug your grandma during the normally posed and formal family portraits, because I love the reaction immediately after. We will be a little serious during portraits, but it doesn’t mean they can’t also show joy. I love details not because they are pretty, but because they are a reflection of you in this time of your life, no matter how small.
My mind has been wondering quite a bit lately to this topic, and it’s take me the good part of a month to get this blog post typed and ready to go. It’s such an amazing job to have and I still can’t believe I took the leap nearly six years ago to pursue what was in my heart. It’s such a simple question, so excuse your photographer if they **maybe** tear up during your first meeting.