Will you be able to relive the defining moments of your special day through the images created by your wedding photographer? Or will you simply have a stack of photos?
In the early 80's when I first started shooting weddings, brides were looking for photographers who could produce a series of staged portraits. The norm was to spend a great deal of time during the wedding day posing for photos. At the end of the day, most couples had a bunch of group shots, but few lasting memories.
My style has evolved over the years from one that was pretty much cookie-cutter to a style that incorporates the skills that I have honed in photojournalism, PR, corporate, editorial, and entertainment photography.
Thankfully, most brides today are looking for something a little different. Possibly it's from Hollywood depictions of weddings where you visually get to experience all the emotions... tears... laughter... joy!
Armed with copies of Martha Stewart Magazine and images from "All My Children," brides today are looking for photographic wedding coverage unlike anything found in mom's wedding album.
A good wedding photographer must tell the wedding story that the bride imagined, but never saw. The hugs, the kisses; the favors that were fussed about for months; the friends at the back table, mom crying, the venue, the flowers; in short, her dreams.
There is sameness to all weddings. But a good wedding photographer must understand that each story is different. Anyone can capture the surface detail. The challenge is to find the soul, spirit and unique DNA of each wedding.