Natural, un-posed wedding photography
Katie and I work differently
So often new clients come to me and say that they aren’t comfortable being posed in front of a camera.
And that’s just the thing: being more heavily posed doesn’t solve the problem. Photographers young in their career will focus on how to pose better. There is a place for that, but taking more time to tell a client how to hold themselves takes away from any moment that might have been there. It lacks the emotions that make it timeless.
Katie and I work differently. We want a good balance of portraits and candid moments. But there’s a way to work through a wedding day that brings out the best in both. It’s about knowing our job so well after years in the business that we can prepare for moments before they even happen.
It starts in a consultation. We don’t book with anyone without talking to both the bride and groom together. Our personalities have to match from day one.
It continues with a planning session with every couple after you book with us. In that session, we look at sample timelines and talk about who is important to you in your lives. With that information, we begin planning your photography in a way that lets intimate moments happen without distraction, and seeing that they happen against the most beautiful backdrops of the property.
It might mean giving your mom a few minutes alone with you when your dress first goes on so that she has emotional space, no distractions, a beautiful backdrop and tears at the ready. We might suggest giving your dad a first look before your future husband sees you, and choosing a spot where the lighting is stellar and no one will interrupt. If you want a first look, we’ll help stage it so that its comfortable and stunning and we’ll photograph it from a distance so that everyone is comfortable.
And so on. These intimate moments only take 5 or 10 minutes. But when accumulated throughout your day, they result in a series of emotional moments that a longer portrait session can’t re-create. The best part is that they aren’t posed; you and your fiance(e) are so engaged in the moment that there is no need. They’re real.
If you are looking at our work, it is because you have seen something special in what we do, and we’d love to talk with you about your wedding.
From intimate elopements, to three day weddings where photographs of your family are paramount, we cover a wide range of weddings each year.
Katie and I update our collections every quarter as we adjust to what our clients are asking for. We both photograph as primary photographers, bringing in our second photographers depending on the size and needs of your wedding.
Our pricing comes in the form of custom estimates that vary based on coverage hours, distance, second photographers, additional coverage, wall mosaics, albums, engagement sessions, day after sessions, rehearsal coverage and print packages.
What we’d love to do, is to find out what matters to you, what your wedding will be like, and to get a custom estimate just for you.
Here are a few things to think about before deciding on a photographer:
Do I need a second photographer?
The process of booking a wedding photographer
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So the best way to get a firm price is to start a conversation. Here are some questions to help start that conversation:
Where will your wedding be? What images have you seen here, or with other photographers, that best represent what you are looking for in your images? What parts of your wedding weekend do you want captured in these memories?
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[Peter] was amazing to work with throughout the entire planning process – so well prepared for every meeting we had, and thoughtful in his suggestions around the timeline and flow of the day…On the day of, he was a really wonderful presence to have with us. Peter struck a perfect balance between letting some of the more emotional moments unfold and capturing them…If we had to do it all again, we would hire Peter in a heartbeat.
The Cost of Missing Out
We’re seeing more less expensive photographers lately. There are some real concerns that have come up in online discussions that should be considered when finding your photographer.
One thing that we notice is that they don’t usually do the work full time. This means that they don’t always have the systems in place to process the work in a timely fashion. Katie and I run a full time studio. So after your wedding, our full energies are focused on taking the raw images and making a beautiful and complete set of memories for our couples. We are not editing with the TV on after a long day’s work at another job. We’re here, in our studio, focusing on doing a professional job with photographs that matter. The end result is that most of our sessions are delivered in only a few weeks, not months.
Another thing that we’re finding with too many new photographers on the market, is that they don’t have professional gear in use. Katie and I only shoot on cameras that are full frame for professional resolution. Our primary lenses are all L class professional lenses for less distortion and sharp focus. Our primary cameras also have dual card slots so that if a card is damaged, we have another one to keep your images safe. Before heading to bed after a wedding, a third set of images is made off site. And before we begin processing them, another copy is made on our server so that we are never in a position to tell a client that we lost their images because we didn’t have the money for professional equipment.
On the day of the session, less experienced photographers capture less, and can’t get the same timeless moments that photographers with decades of experience can get. Katie began photographing weddings over 10 years ago, and I began in landscape photography over 20 years ago, switching to portrait photography 6 years ago. Our combined experience doesn’t cost much more, but it is something that you can see at your session, and for years after. A series of blog posts isn’t enough; those are highlights. In a full consult, we’ll show you an entire set from multiple weddings so that you know we will capture timeless images throughout your day.
And you’ll see that our work is focused on getting relaxed, un-posed, and timeless photographs that become keepsakes for you and your loved ones. I trust that you find that valuable, and so the question that I have for you is whether you value that enough to bring us on to be your photographer.
What does it cost to hire a less experienced photographer?
Peter was punctual, professional, well-prepared, and approachable. Many of the members of our families had not met, but Peter’s approach made it easy for strangers to feel comfortable. Looking through the pictures it is incredible how he was able to almost be in two places at once. We are so happy with how the pictures came out and would recommend him to anyone deciding who to pick to capture their special day! – Emily S.