The question I like to ask of brides is, "how do you want your story told?"
I believe that photography is absolutely one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. Everything else goes away, but the photography is the lasting documentation of what your day was like. I believe that this documentation is a serious responsibility, and that the end result, whether it be a wedding book or a portfolio of prints, is a visual heirloom to be cherished and passed down for generations to come.
I approach my wedding photography in the timeless traditions of classic documentary and fine art photography, along with the type of creative portraiture that I have been producing for national publications for over 20 years, combining the instincts of a photojournalist and the eye of an artist.
I don’t do trendy photography. I don’t use Photoshop to try to improve boring pictures. I don’t do photography accentuated by preset photography software programs, such as “vintage” looks. I shoot digital much the same way as if I am shooting film, and I only use Photoshop to adjust color and contrast, to convert images to black and white, and to do minor cosmetic retouching when needed.
I won’t spend the majority of your wedding day directing you and shooting posed pictures of you. I photograph your preparation, ceremony, and reception as if I am shooting a story for a magazine or newspaper. I will do a set of posed photographs of the people most important to you - your family, your wedding party, your close friends, usually just after the ceremony, sometimes before. This does not take long, we get it done quickly and let you get on with your day. I strongly believe that the best, most poignant, most memorable photographs from a wedding day are captured in documentary fashion, unposed and unscripted. There are some exceptions - I always like to do a set of beautiful, artfully done portraits of the bride, and of the bride and groom together, both posed and semi-posed, sometimes before the ceremony, sometimes after, sometimes both.
A lot of wedding photographers proclaim themselves as “photojournalists”. You might ask them to see their photojournalism portfolios, or their client list of magazines and newspapers that they have worked for. You are most certainly welcome to ask me those same questions.
I will not try to be the coolest person at your party, in fact, I would prefer that no one even notice me. When no one notices me, the moments that I can photograph are more natural and genuine. When someone does notice me, I will be professional, courteous, and discreet, as will any photographers who might be working along with me. You will be spending a lot of time with your photographer on one of the most important days of your life, and it is important that you are comfortable and that your personalities work well together.
I live in a small town, but I am not a small town photographer. I have spent the bulk of my career working all over the country, and occasionally out of the country, for clients based in cities such as New York and Los Angeles. I was based in Atlanta for 20 years, and recently moved back to my small hometown, just outside of Atlanta, for the quality of life for my family.
I believe in extraordinary customer service. I will be available, responsive, and helpful to you before, during, and after your wedding day. In fact, I will be happy to help with any questions you might have even if you have not hired me to photograph your wedding.
I consider the final products of my photography to be pieces of fine art - family heirlooms. I individually custom produce and sign all of my prints, albums, and portfolios.
I have been a fulltime working photographer for the last 25 years, and I have long been accustomed to producing exceptional results for some of the most demanding clients in the world. Photography is not a part time pursuit for me, it has been my career for most of my adult life, and I feel fortunate to do for a living something that I love.
Our fees are typically based on packages that are custom tailored for individual clients. As a starting point, we charge $3295.00 for up to 10 hours of coverage in Atlanta and surrounding areas, with a set of approximately 500 4x6 prints, an online gallery, and a disk of your images. The fees will be lower for less time, and higher when including custom albums and portfolios. We have a network of very talented photographers that we are able to bring in as second photographers if needed. We also offer engagement portraits, bridal portraits, rehearsal dinner coverage, and a variety of other services. We pride ourselves on being flexible and adaptable, and we work hard to structure packages and products to fit various budgets. Please feel free to contact us and chat about your wedding photography; we are always willing to offer feedback, insight, and advice.