Twenty years photographing weddings, and I’m still absolutely thrilled and amazed by them!
And to be a photographer at a wedding, to gaze so intensely through the viewfinder, scanning the scene for those telling details of joy and humor and emotion — the potent, iconic moments — well, it’s like being God’s spy, or like a recording angel sent here to capture the human race at its very best, celebrating love and praying that it endure.
As you can tell by looking at the photos on my site, my approach is to shoot weddings in a photojournalistic way, focusing chiefly on candids. But I also cover all the bases by shooting the more formal “group shots,” stylized “fashion shots” of the bride in her dress, and detail shots of things like the cake, floral arrangements, place settings and the venue itself.
I also work with the bride and groom to carve out 15-20 minutes, usually in the early evening when the light is best, to go for a little garden walk to create some warm, intimate shots of the newlyweds in the first few hours of their marriage.
Feel free to look around at the photos on my site. It’s a good place to get ideas about your wedding day. I also have a blog with a lot of invaluable tips that can help you plan your day, along with posted photos of individual weddings.
But for now, allow me give you my best piece of advice as you begin the daunting, happy task of planning and preparing for the most important day of your life: Go lightly…..Enjoy the process……Remember to breathe!
And congratulations on your engagement!