Wedding photography to us is telling the story of your wedding through images. Every individual photo we take should be beautiful in itself and should say something meaningful about its subjects, but each photo also belongs to your whole wedding story, which is greater than the sum of its parts.
As if we were shooting an event , we do not interfere in your wedding day, but rather act as observers, focusing on candid, documentary images. Of course, you can count on us to document all the important, scheduled events of your wedding—all the events of the ceremony, your ring ceremony, bachelors party, and so on—but in between these “high points”, we are always on the lookout for those unscheduled moments, sometimes tender, sometimes humorous, that make your wedding special.
Candid photography means to anticipate those special moments at weddings before they happen. Often some of the best photos at a wedding are the unplanned ones, that only happen for a split second and are gone. At weddings, the ability to take beautifully composed and technically perfect photos is essential. However perhaps even more essential is the ability to access a situation, and capture a perfect photo with a seconds warning.
Although our main focus is on candid images, we know that it is important for you to have beautiful portraits of yourselves, your families, and your bridal party. We draw upon our fine art background to make these photos creative and distinctive. Focusing on small groups helps the time go quickly and smoothly, and allows us to concentrate on quality, not quantity. It’s important to us to make the posing process relaxed and comfortable for you, and to make sure you get out of it what you want. We encourage you to share any ideas you may have, and we’ll never boss you around or ask you to do anything goofy or uncomfortable.
At most weddings we recommend setting aside an hour to an hour and a half for posed photos. We’ve found that this is usually enough time to include the bride and groom, their immediate families, and the bridal party comfortably, with enough “wiggle room” to allow for people being late or wandering off, as often happens. Budgeting a fairly generous amount of time for portraits keeps you from feeling rushed, allowing you to be more at ease, so that your true personalities can emerge in the pictures. Of course, we are always willing to make this time shorter or longer, depending on your needs.
We place a special emphasis on being caring, easygoing, and pleasant to work with. We will never tell you what to do, other than giving you some gentle direction during the time set aside for portraits. Overall, our manner is unobtrusive and unfailingly professional. Of course, we’ll talk thoroughly about your needs before the big day, and at the wedding itself we’re always accessible if you have any questions or requests, but mostly we hope to fade into the background and just let you have fun.
A single photographer can do a great job if your budget won’t accommodate two, but having two shooters at your wedding can expand the scope of coverage, allow us to coordinate the posed photos with more efficiency and convenience, and create more nuance and variety in the final product. You can be confident that nothing will be missed. Two photographers can in fact be in two places at once! One of us can spend time with the bride while she is getting ready and the other photographer can catch a spontaneous toast while the couple is waiting for the ceremony to begin while the other is documenting the guests arriving. During the ceremony one can take photos from the front, while the other takes advantage of side angles, sweeping panoramic, or overviews from a balcony to give the moment extra interest and vitality. These are only a few examples of how two shooters can work together to tell a rich, full story.
We’ve tried to put together packages that will suit most people, but we are always happy to customize them to your needs. Just ask, and we’ll come up with a package especially for you.
A certain amount of Photoshop work is necessary to make digital images look their best. Doing this work ourselves is the equivalent of doing our own darkroom work if we were shooting film, and allows us full quality control. We take the time to fine-tune each photo individually, making some black and white, color-correcting others, and adjusting exposure or doing occasional minor cropping as necessary. But that is where we stop: we do not add any effects or manipulation that would interfere with the truth of the moment captured.
Our “Wedding Story” packages include all your photos as high-resolution (300 dpi) images on DVD; you have the right to make as many prints as you like from these files.