REAL ADVICE FROM A REAL INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL
Can you tell us a little bit about your personal philosophy when it comes to telling a story with your photos?
We think that value of memories can’t be measured. We want our couples to be able to look back on their wedding day years from now and experience the same laughter and tears they felt on the day itself. That's why we take photography so seriously. When we photograph a wedding, we're focused on the key moments. These moments are distinct for each couple, which is why we really take the time to build a relationship with them. By the time the wedding day arrives we are already aware of the little details they’re excited about and what moments are most important to them. We don’t do a lot of posing during portraits. Instead, we set up the scene, then allow the couple to be themselves while we capture their laughter, excitement, and joy.
Michael and I photograph each wedding together because two perspectives tell a more complete story. We also have no time limits for our coverage, because we don’t want our couples to be stressed about time or try to cram everything into a specific number of hours.
What do you suggest to couples who aren't sure where to begin when it comes to making their list of key shots for their wedding day? Is there a general rule of thumb when it comes to the number and type of shots added to this list? Is a list definitely necessary?
We do an engagement session with all of our couples. During that time we can talk about the types of pictures they really like and the locations they are thinking about for their wedding photos. We also take time to walk through the wedding day schedule and find out how much of their time they want to spend on photos. Since communication between us and our couples is very open, there generally isn’t a need for a shot list. The only list we do ask for is a list of family photos they would like to get. We ask for a list before the wedding day so we can get through the family photos quickly and everyone can get back to celebrating.
This past weekend we worked at a wedding that had a last-minute scramble to secure rainy-weather photo locations. Is there anything else along these lines that couples might want to consider when preparing the photo gameplan for their wedding?
Something to consider when thinking about wedding pictures, is making sure the room the bride and bridesmaids are getting ready is tidy. Whether you are getting ready at home or at a hotel suite, the prep shots of everyone getting ready will be taken in that room. To make the images nicer if would be great if the background was cleaned up so it doesn't look messy with everyone's suitcases, shoes, and clothes on the floor in the background.
I once had a photographer tell me that giving your toast next to the couple makes for much better speech photos than giving it next to the DJ table. Do you have any other suggestions similar to this, regarding placement of certain activities?
I agree that having the person giving the toast to stand near the couple is more visually pleasing when it comes the photos since you are able to get the couple’s reaction and the speech being given in the same shot.
One thing I do love is when the couple’s family and friends are around the dance floor as the first dance is happening. While it usually doesn’t happen that way, it is really nice to have everyone in the background admiring the lovely couple as they share this special moment. (See Karina's stunning photo below).