Formal photos, what’s that? I don’t do them often, I’ll be honest. It’s not my style and I’m not really into stiff awkward photos anyways. Photographers that do, props. I’m an artist first and I think that plays a lot into the way I see and shoot things. I’m not technical at all. Yes I know how to use my computer to edit my stuff and I know my camera, but come at me with technical photo terms for things and I will google that so fast it’s not even funny. I don’t know everything about photography, but one thing I pride myself on is knowing how to people. Aka embracing each individual I photograph and in some ways creating a bond with them, even though that sounds SUPER cliché. Photos are personal and sometimes intimate and that’s one of the many reasons I love what I do.
I know what I like in my images and I’ve somehow been fortunate enough to work with incredible people who trust me. I like emotions and feelings and occasional tears, mixed in with laughter. That’s why weddings are so great. That and the fact everyone looks amazing during weddings, but that’s besides the point.
The thing is I’m not sorry for shooting the way I do. The photos I take of your family or of you and your fiancé will be exactly how you and your loved ones are. I’ll document your personalities and bring out the love you guys have for one another that you may not even have known existed. Because in the end that’s what matters to me. I shoot this way because I want to tell your story and I want people to feel the story from just one glance. I shoot this way because the realness matters to me. You matter to me.
So in the end, what I’m trying to say is keep things real. Own who you are, embrace what you love and be unapologetic for doing just that.