What made you decide to become a wedding photographer?
I was trying my luck as a fashion photographer right out of high school… but honestly got sick of working with those crazy models. I had shot a few weddings (mostly for people getting remarried) and to be honest, I didn’t really like taking all the typical, boring, posed wedding photos. Then I was introduced to the idea of shooting most of the wedding day as a photojournalist, documenting the moments as they unfolded, balanced with a few of my signature relaxed portraits and I’ve never looked back.
What do you love most about your job?
I love showing up when people are dressed up, looking good, and happy! My clients invite me into their lives, trust me to do what I do, and I take pride in taking the best possible photos that I can.
What challenges come with being a wedding photographer?
Well, after doing it as long as I have, the challenge is to find a way to keep it fresh, I try not to take the same images over and over, weekend after weekend. I am always trying to mix it up, trying to grow as an artist and do something new and different.
Tell us a little bit about your process from booking to image delivery.
Oh man, there’s so much that goes into “the entire process”. Some folks say wedding photographers are paid “so much” for just a few hours of work on a Saturday. They don’t realize that for EVERY hour we are at the wedding, we spend about 8-10 hours usually in the office processing photos, building albums, editing, Photoshopping, etc…
But throughout my entire process, I just try to keep it relaxed and comfortable (same as on the wedding day). These days, most of my clients book me over the phone or after a Skype consultation. I like to do an engagement session if at all possible because I want to get to know the couple and I want them to get used to my pace and style of shooting. The more comfortable they get with me, the smoother things seem to go on the wedding day.
After the wedding, we blog a few of our favorites a couple days later, then a couple weeks later, we put the proofs online. As a part of our signature service, we offer to design the album for our clients, but we also allow them to choose the images if they prefer.
I know as a photographer, I am biased, but I think the photos are so important to a wedding. After all, when it’s all said and done, the flowers are dead, the food has been eaten and the band has played. All you are left with are images… and I put my heart and soul into making sure you’ll cherish them for a lifetime.
Do you have a favorite memory while shooting a wedding?
Well, I’ve been to close to 600 weddings now and I still love what I do. I think my favorite moments are usually when shooting the bride, then showing her mom & the bridesmaids a preview on the back of my camera. Everyone gets so excited and then the bride smiles even more and I keep shooting!
What advice can you give to couples who are currently looking for their wedding photographer?
Like I mentioned early, you are stuck looking at your wedding photos for the rest of your life… photography is not the area to skimp. I recommend doing your research on the internet (check out a site like http://www.PhotogRefers.com)… be sure to check out dozens and dozens of photographers, then contact maybe 10 or so whose work you really love, then meet with a handful and hire the one you feel most comfortable with.
Of course you should start by checking out http://blog.thebecker.com 😉