My photographing style is unobtrusive and photo journalistic. I want to capture your wedding as unfolds and have your own uniqueness shine through the photos. I’ll never ever ask you to pause during your first dance so I can get a shot or get all up in your face at the ceremony! I always of course take all the formal family portraits but they are more casual and comfortable. Lookwise, my photos are crisp and have beautiful bright warm colors. On this page, I describe some aspects of how I photograph and the look my photos generally have.
I want you to look natural and comfortable in your photos! For this reason, I don’t like to heavily pose and tell your every body part what to do and where to be. I will give you direction of course! but I will vary the degree of direction depending on what you’re comfortable with. Most couples are good with moderate direction like “Snuggle” or “Look at each other lovingly” and can fall into a pose in their own way. I’ll also throw fun things in there like “Try to make each other laugh! Bonus points for the winner!” and they love it! Sometimes I can say “Go hang out together” and I’ll run around capturing photos from different angles while you’re just being yourselves (this works really well for those of you who are super duper uncomfortable in front of the camera so you can pretend I’m not there ). I’ve also often had couples who are not as comfortable with less direction and so I’d pose them a bit more. Everyone is different and even if you have to be posed more or less, your photos will be beautiful all the same! The photos above represent different degrees of posing. (From left to right) 1. I told them to “Just hang out and drink some beer.” :) 2. I had them look at each other and told the bride to put her hand on the groom’s face. 3. I positioned the bride in a specific way and had her move her face until she was at best angle for the shot.
Family photos can be the least fun part of the day but you have to do them! I like to get these done as quickly as possible (I have some tricks up my sleeve for this ) but still try to make them fun and enjoyable! For bridal party photos, I’ll throw in (if everyone is game) some jumping, cheering, and random silly shots (sometimes the most randomist of random things) along with the typical posed shots. This usually gets people more excited and happy and makes picture taking more fun and less mundane! I try to make these not “just another thing you have to do on your wedding day”. Also, happy people make happy photos! (From left to right) 1. This photo was the result of me repeatedly telling the family to smile with their teeth (in an attempt to get those non-smilers to crack a small one). This made them laugh and they had more fun. The brides mom turned to her and said “Look! I’m smiling with my TEETH!” 2. For this amazing bridal party photo, I told them to cheer! 3. These guys wanted some silly family photos so I told them to make the first silly face that came to mind…. I love this pic.
I absolutely love candids and I love moments. I will never pose you while things are happening. Ever. (unless you have specific requests like posing in front of the cake before you cut it). My favorite thing is to sneak around and capture people at their best. Just doing their thing. All of the photos above were candid and amazing moments.
I also love details. A lot. I go out of my way to capture every last one. After all, you put a lot of thought into your wedding details and you’re going to want to remember them in all of their glory.
Lighting at venues can vary so reception shots, while all properly lit and awesome looking, can come out very different depending on the situation. Kind of along the same lines as my photo style, I tend to favor bright and evenly lit shots (like the photo on the far left). However, in darker venues with dark walls or if your reception is outside, my lighting setup will be different, resulting in a look more like the second photo (taken at the super duper dark Monterey Bay Aquarium). I also want to make sure I capture the mood of the reception so I’ll often purposely mix darker photos in here and there (like in the third photo, where I wanted to capture the amazing light display). Lastly, I love to get individual people dancing in addition to wider shots. This can sometimes be a bit difficult as everyone is constantly moving around but when someone is dancing like there’s no tomorrow, these shots are amazing.
So this isn’t really a “style” thing but I’m just throwing it in there because we get a lot of questions and concerns about it. We’ve photographed in all sorts of lighting conditions from the really easy to the really difficult. We’ve shot ceremonies in dark churches with no flash policies and under the dark unevenly lit redwoods. We’ve photographed portraits in conditions from the bright sunlight to the dark of night. We’ve even photographed an entire wedding in the super dark and reflective (the tanks) Monterey Bay Aquarium! You don’t have to worry about lighting with us. Bring it, we’re good! Just sayin’
So (as you might have guessed by this point), I love fun, happy, more carefree photos. Often times we’ll have you laughing; we want you to be comfortable and have a good time! On the other hand, we’ve had couples who aren’t too silly but are more dramatic, or artistic, or serious, or romantic, or snuggly, or.…not snuggly. I usually like to mix in a little of everything, and most couples like that, however that can change depending on who you are. I’m good at quickly feeling out what you’re digging and what you’re not and I’m always open to specific requests/absolute no-no’s! I love bright vibrant warm colors, which can be seen in the majority of my photos but the setting also has an effect on how the photos will look (if it’s the dark of night, you’re not going to get that bright and colorful sunshiny feel). The photos above (from left to right) represent soft and snuggly, dramatic, and fun and silly.
Something Geo and I have been told by a lot from couples after a photoshoot or wedding is that they really really really don’t like having their photos taken and thought they would have a bad experience because of that. They are always pleasantly surprised afterwards as to how much of a great time they had! When we photograph you we truly want you to be comfortable and have a great experience. We also love meeting new people and love taking photos. We’re not just some robotic vendor who shows up in all black, takes your photos, and leaves. If you will have us, we will ask you about your life, joke with you, talk about the best eats and dorky stuff (I’m a huge video game nerd and Geo loves to read, for instance). Because in the end we’re all just a couple of people hanging out…and taking some amazing photos.