Our photo shoot should be a fun experience.
If I can get you to forget about the camera, take away that nervous, self-conscious feeling, you will show a bit of yourself through the camera and we will tell a great story together. My style is more journalistic and I really enjoy capturing special moments that often get overlooked.
The act of capturing and preserving those memories should not feel like a chore nor should it overshadow your day. It should simply be happening in the background, with you feeling comfortable the key moments are being captured.
We’ll start off by getting to know each other and getting a feel for your vision for the special event. We’ll meet on the phone or Skype, in person, and again close to the date to go over everything and we’ve talked about so there are no questions left on your wedding day, engagement or family session. By the time we get to your photo shoot, I should be like an old friend and you feel complete trust and confidence that I have your back.
For engagement and family portrait sessions, I always suggest a location or venue that has meaning to you. When you look back at photos in 10 years, you want to feel a connection, that there is a bigger story. Still having a hard time deciding where to do it? Answer this: picture your session as a day in the life. Where would you go if you spontaneously had Wednesday off?
The photographer/client relationship is vital to a beautiful set of images that capture not only the day, but the mood and the atmosphere.
I may or may not have worked with your venue before. I fly to destinations all the time and shoot at venues for the first time. I love shooting new places because I come in with fresh perspective. The fun part for me is creating something out of a venue you picked because you love it and it means something to you. You can get the guy that shoots there every Saturday but you won’t get anything new. You’ll get what he knows and what is easiest.
We’ll have met a few times prior to the session and I’ll have toured the venue. By the time we get to work, you will know I can go into a space and see the possibility.
A Team of One
I don’t work with an assistant, it’s just me, working fast and efficiently to get what we are looking for. An assistant simply doesn’t have the skills I require and I can certainly get a second photographer if the job requires it, for a price. Through our discussions and meetings, I am going to have a clear idea of what you want. I will be focused and in my zone getting exactly that for you on the day we begin photographing.
“I was a little nervous when he explained that he does not work with an assistant, but those fears were completely gone when I saw him in action. He's so efficient! And fast! He was everywhere we needed him to be...he caught EVERYTHING. Even when I unexpectedly ran into my parents prior to the ceremony, and my mom and I immediately started to tear up...BOOM, he was there to catch the moment.”
– Beth Graeff, Client