In my short time doing photography, I have been lucky enough to have clients who recognize my work for what it is. With my background in public relations and math (over 12+ years teaching), I know both what clients look for in photos and how to nail a perfectly exposed photo. My goal is to be one of the top-10 event and wedding photographers on the East Coast within the next 2-3 years, and every week, I learn and experiment with new techniques. I will never become complacent as I am always hungry to learn. I will always be honest with you in regards to what I (and other photographers) can and cannot do. I have been trusted to cover events and weddings where my technical ability to shoot in any condition is sought-for. I have been hired (as a house photographer) to cover various events with Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, professional athletes and team owners (NBA, MLB, NFL), Olympic Gold Medalists, internationally known artists, models, actors and actresses, Nobel Peace Prize winners in attendance.
Heck, you can even see me in the bottom left in one of those events I've been hired to cover! (Next to a few billionaires at bottom left.)
With me, it's a worry-free experience. High ceilings, no ceilings, mirrored ceilings, horrible lighting? No worry. Most photographers can't say that. That's why their websites contain mostly posed outdoor photos! I give you candid, raw emotions captured, in any setting, with a touch of creative.
My style is modern & classic, and your photos will be heirloom.
Why invest in photography?
What will still be around years after your wedding? Not the flowers, the cake, the drink, the band (the more the merrier!), but the photos (and if you would like, videos)! If you're shopping for the best price, then I might not be necessarily be the best option for you. But if you're looking for the best quality at fair pricing, then I'm definitely among the best options out there. And why not invest with someone who actually invests* in you? Do research and compare:
Ask yourself if the "photojournalistic" photographers really capture people in their element (laughing, crying, having a good time, being silly), or if they all only have similar posed outdoor stuff.
How many of the photographers you look at know how to LIGHT in the dark? Note how some reception + party photos just POP from extra lighting? Do they have photos that show that?
VENUE! If your venue has a glass ceiling, mirrored ceiling, or wooden walls, look for someone who does bring those extra lights! Because they won't be able to bounce it! (unless you're fine with that and OK with them delivering mostly black-and-whites for that part!) Make sure you see photos in such situations before you select your photographer!
How sharp are the photos? And how sharp are they in DARK/challenging conditions (where those with excellent technical skill and top equipment will definitely ensure that those important moments are captured!)?
ASK QUALITY. If the photographer has shot hundreds of weddings, then they should have captured some amazing photos with emotions + variety in their portfolio. Do they? Why is their website mostly posed stuff outdoors? Where are the moments? The candids?
- Does your photographer invest back in you? Do they have a drive to be better the next month or by next year? Do they invest in equipment (backup drives, dual-slotted cameras, cameras with stellar autofocus, high quality flashes with fast recycle times so they don't miss shots, etc.)? Most don't! Why does it matter? A flagship camera can capture action shots with 80-100% accuracy. A $3,000-$3,500 camera (what the majority use) might only capture an action shot with 30-50% accuracy. I don't miss moments with my camera.
- Make sure your photographer (and any other vendor) has liability insurance! Many venues require it or won't allow the photographer to shoot on premises.
A good photographer will let their work speak for itself, and they will not need to pressure you or offer you fluff (extras such as albums, canvases, etc.). Fluff isn't QUALITY.
*INVESTING in you: not every photographer will really go all out to ensure that they have the best ability and opportunity to capture your important moments. I invest yearly in new equipment that enables me to capture moments at a higher percentage than photographers who don't (lights such as multiple Profoto A1s that recycle faster, cameras with faster and better autofocus, better buffer, etc.)
If you have any, you can send a message via the form on the left and it will go to straight to my e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org