Wedding photography can be done in many different ways, often times putting business first and picture quality somewhere at the end. To me wedding photography is all about picture quality first and personal service. I document about 25-30 weddings a year which means that every couple gets a very personal attention and I make sure all details and concerns are addressed.
Most couple either like and or don't like a picture based mostly on style. Almost no couple questions the picture quality and its fundamental flaws since even many photographers can not see those. I personally feel obligated to provide photography which meets high technical standards. I place photography ahead of business and this is my difference.
It all starts months before wedding day, when I discuss wedding day timeline with every couple. The discussion covers everything we do from start of the day to the last song of the night and includes details about locations, important people, personal moments and anything bride and groom see important.
I will work with every schedule a couple agreed on, but if you want to receive spectacular images from your wedding day, I recommend:
* about minimum 45 min for bride and groom picture session (if you are at amazing location 90 min would be more appropriate)
* about 30 min for 10-15 member bridal party picture session
* about 15-45 min for family session, about 10 min for every 10 picture combinations
* best picture times are late afternoon (1-2 hours before sunset) and early morning (we can take pictures at any time if there is no other choice)
* backgrounds play very important role, indoor and outdoor, please remember that photography is based on lighting and not every location has a good one. I am very happy to explain how to take the best advantage of the lighting for your day.
When I document weddings I pay attention to all moments, details, people but I can skip something and pay more attention to other things based on your preferences. For example not every couple wants pictures on cocktail hour setups.
When taking portraits I only step in to help when I see my guidance is needed, otherwise if you are doing great, there is no need for me to give you ideas. In reality most couples need some help during portrait sessions.
The day of your wedding I am there to capture moments as they happen, staying away from the spotlight. Sometimes weddings have delays for many reasons. During those times I often step in to put the event back on the time track. All couples I work with find it beneficial as this helps to make sure the pictures we planned on happen. I also plan advance what to do to avoid possible delays on your wedding day.
After the wedding
After your wedding the picture editing begins. I use Adobe Lightroom for basic image editing. Photoshop is NOT a computer tool I ever use. I am proud to go the extra miles to utilize years of photography study/practice and 3 cases of lighting gadgets to create extraordinary images in ordinary places where good lighting is not present. It is like picture editing done at the location with photo equipment. It may appear to viewers as photoshop work, since it is not popular or understood by even many photographers. Photographers prefer to use natural light only as it is an easy technique and a selling one in eyes of the clients. My shooting style also is based on using available light, but when the lighting is poor quality or bad, there are many photo gadgets to help us make it look more interesting, unique. To me it is a higher standard of photography. Using available/natural light only to document weddings is like using 2-3 instruments to play Beethoven's 5th Symphony or 2 colors to paint foliage canvas. My clients can customize editing to their preference for example choosing ratio of B/W images vs. color. 3-5 days after a wedding, you will see a gallery with your wedding pictures (50-70) and 3-4 weeks later, all pictures are finished.
If you decided to have an album, we can start at any time when you are ready. You have endless choices to show your wedding story the way you would like.
Please remember that your wedding pictures will ONLY look as good as the person's behind the camera technical knowledge and artistic ideas. Wedding day does not always happen in perfect weather/lighting conditions. Is your photographer ready for it. Please visit my galleries to see if I am.
I would love to tell your story.
What does it mean to be a good wedding photographer?
Wedding photography is a technical art, a combination of both. The artistic part comes in large percentage as natural for a person to see things, it can also be thought. The art part of wedding photography can also be described as style. Technical aspect must be learned and understood. Many photographers do learn, but they actually do not understand how different areas work all together.
A good professional photographer:
- has an above average understanding of photo technicalities and can easily and efficiently apply them in different lighting scenarios
- can work well with natural/available light, flash, video
- should apply the correct use of photo equipment in any given situation
- should walk into an indoor or outdoor area I know right away good and bad spots based on lighting to take the best advantage of it
- should help to create a photo timeline of a wedding day and quickly adjust it when situation requires it
- should stay away from the spotlight during the day
Many couples decide to choose a photographer based on business referral, social media visibility, marketing and feeling sold during a meeting or a presentation. All of those aspects have little or nothing to do with the quality of pictures you will receive.
Your pictures will only be as good as the person who took them, nothing else.