About & Why Peter?
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. I will never become complacent as I am always learning and experimenting every week. 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 lighting situation 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)! 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 posed photos (and mostly outdoors).
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 from your photographer before you book them!
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!)? No one wants blurry out-of-focus images of their wedding!
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? Does their website have plenty of these moments? Candids? Excellent creatives?
Make sure your photographer (and any other vendor) has liability insurance if required! Many venues require it or won't allow the photographer to shoot on premises (I have it).
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.
Side note // 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 constantly in new equipment enabling me to capture moments others will miss. I use multiple Profoto A1s (the best speedlight to date, with the fastest recycle times), the fastest memory cards (400MB/s XQDs that enable me to capture important moments without waiting for the buffer to clear), leading sensors and autofocus (yearly Nikon body upgrades), the best lenses (latest and fastest focusing versions of top lenses). With me, I invest fully in the very best for you, because you should get nothing but the best.
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. Consultations are free and no-pressure.