Looking back, I was surprised that I had not yet posted a blog about Wedding Photography. My approach to photographing a wedding is simply that I am telling a story through pictures. My job is to capture every meaningful moment, as well as little moments in between, from start to finish on the wedding day.
As with all of my work, I want to be as unobtrusive as possible. I want to allow my clients to be in the moment and to enjoy what is the biggest day of their lives thus far.
I always arrive earlier than expected. The extra time allows me to capture details of any items pertaining to the wedding. The dress, jewelry, flowers, shoes, socks, cufflinks, gifts, etc. It's important to find an area that is complimentary and uncluttered so as not to detract from the items.
I let the day unfold naturally, and give minimal direction.
During the ceremony, whether in a church or a barn, I try to be invisible so as to not take any attention away from the bride and groom. I wear dark colors (usually black) and use only ambient light whenever possible.
I look for moments that may not be seen by others, or simply a different view that no one else can capture on camera. Everything that happens on a wedding day is important and I want every shot to count.
I do not try to control any part of the reception, unless I am asked to. I follow the action and allow the couple to enjoy the party with virtually no direction or interference. I leave the timing of the events to the venue coordinator.
I am very aware of the important role I play as a wedding photographer. My clients are placing all their trust in me and do not want to disappoint. In fact, I aim to exceed their expectations. My personal goal is to not only tell the story of their wedding day, but to capture their personalities and the emotion of the day.