8 Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Photographer

8 Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Photographer

Since we have been professional wedding photographers for 11 years now, we have learned a ton about what to look for when choosing a wedding photographer. We wanted to pass along our wisdom gained from our wedding adventures.  Some of this also comes from when my wife and I got married.   LOVE Your Photographer’s Work: It is a tendency of many people to go with a photographer who is a good price but settle with the quality of work.  After the wedding, and for the rest of your life all you will have is the photography. You may even ask them if they can do this or that style and they say, “Sure we can do that.” But… if you are asking that question then you are already looking at the wrong photographer. The style that you are looking for should already be apparent in their work. (Please don’t mistake style for individual images. Sometimes our clients want specific images, which we are happy to capture for them. Style is more of the overall look and feel of the photography.) Make Sure You Get Along With Them: You want a photographer that you get along with because this person is going to be following you around for your entire wedding.  If your potential photographer seems incompatible with you than there is a good chance that this will come out during your wedding.  Do not take that risk, it’s not worth it.  Make sure you are happy with them personally and who they are as people.  Also think about who is going to be working with them.  [Our wedding...
11 Year Anniversary

11 Year Anniversary

11 years ago today I committed my life to the sweetest person I know… and I have never regretted it. Thank you dear for loving me no matter what, being committed to me for life, for being an amazing mom to our beautiful boys, for supporting all my crazy endeavours, for being my business partner, and mostly for loving me unconditionally.  I cannot imagine my life without you and I thank God for you. Now lets go have another crazy and fun 11...

Welcome Brian to the Team

We are so excited to welcome Brian to our full time wedding photography team.  He has been working for us part-time for about 8 months and we knew we couldn’t function without him… so we said come on over buddy!  He is our in-house editor, third shooter, child wrangler, and all around gear toter.    We couldn’t ask for anyone better and we hope you all make him feel...

Emotion from Photography

I have always loved how something as simple as a picture of an open road (while driving) can make me feel so much.  I am sure that everyone will feel something different when they see this image… but for me I feel something deep and almost unexplainable.  It is like a combination of hope and adventure wrapped in a sense of being. What do you feel when you look at this image?  Have you ever stopped to look internally with something so...
Our Photography is Our Art

Our Photography is Our Art

For sometime now we (Kristi & I) have realized that photography is our art.  Now I know this may seem simple. Of course our photography is art, but I think that we are in such a media rich society that in our minds we have put photography as less of an art form.  Gone are the days where it was hard to take a photograph and develop it.  Now, with the push of a button and the wave of a mouse, you can have insta-art… and for the most part that is what people feel about it… including ourselves sometimes. BUT… we have to keep pushing ourselves to make art.  We have to create a body of work that inspires and moves someone.  We strive to make something more that a pretty picture… something that will last for generations to come.  This takes careful planning, knowing where the perfect light is, visualizing the work, working hard to get the shot, and having fun while we do it.  This is what we do…. and that is why it is our...

Let Your Photography Mean Something

These days it is very easy to take a great picture.  In fact, our modern cameras and computers have made it possible for almost anyone to pick up a camera, with little experience, and start shooting away.  And if they mess up, they just fix it in Photoshop or pick another image out of the 4000. Everyone focuses on the faces and the poses… which I am not knocking.  I love shooting portraits and posing and anything else involved with it.  I think portrait photography has it’s purpose and place.  But this is not what I am talking about.  What I am talking about is when you have the camera in your hand at events, weddings,  or just the backyard. We can easily fall into being in a default portrait mode all the time… snapping away at capturing smiling heads or great food… and leaving out everything else that makes the story. A great story photograph brings you into the moment and captures your emotions.  It makes you feel something.  It is timeless and will last for as long as it can be reproduced.  This type of photography is what I wrestle with on a daily basis, what I strive to perfect. So how do you take a photograph that means something?  Well, you can argue that they all mean something to the person taking them, but I wasn’t satisfied with that.  For me it was really simple once I figured it out…. are you ready? Backup up and take a third person point of view to what you are seeing. Think about what you are looking at and...