My photographic style
I photograph weddings in a photojournalistic style, documenting the large and small moments, the key events and the subtle details – to tell the story of the day. I prefer to stay in the background and be an observer as much as possible, not a participant in the wedding.
Truth be told, though, I wear a variety of hats when shooting a wedding. I’m a documentary photographer when photographing things like the bridal prep, ceremony, and reception; a commercial photographer when photographing wedding details (rings, cake, etc.); a portrait photographer when doing the bridal and family portraits. To get a better idea of my style, check out my portfolio and the photos on my blog.
Because I cut my photographic teeth on landscape and nature photos, the only light source I ever used was the sun. And I have to say, I got pretty good at reading the quality of light and how to use it to create a nice image.
Old habits die hard, and I try to use natural light whenever possible. It’s faster (no setting up light stands and tweaking flash power) and I personally think it often looks nicer. It’s just a matter of style. Sometimes, however, there simply isn’t enough natural light (say, after the sun goes down), and I’ll use flash as needed.
While I edit/retouch every photo as needed, I don’t do a lot of post-processing beyond the occasional black-and-white conversion. No sepia toning, no selective coloring, no super-saturation. Why? It’s just not my style.
Besides, I’m also leery of fads. Back in the ’70s, it was classic to get a close-up shot of the hands and rings with a soft gauzy blurry glow, or double-exposures. Most people would look at that kind of photo today and think “Sheesh, that looks kind of outdated.”
I don’t ever want you to think that about your photos — not in two weeks or two decades. I want you to look at your photos and see you and your sweetheart on one of the most important and memorable days of your life. I want you to feel the emotion, to see the happiness of friends and family, to remember that fluttery giddiness in your stomach. I don’t want you to see my Photoshop experiments.
Now there are loads of excellent photographers out there who do spend a lot of time on post-processing, and whose work is outstanding. If you like that look, then great – I can even give you some recommendations. It’s just not how I shoot.