You're gettin' hitched! (YaY!) But perhaps you’re not super into the idea of the overly-manicured weddings of old. Perfect. Because this is not your grandma’s wedding photography.
I tend to think of myself as an anti-wedding-photographer wedding photographer. Confusing, I know. This means when I pick up my camera, I don't see "a wedding." I see humor and irony and color. I see people who are geeking out, goofy, unabashedly happy and imperfect and going through a gushy mess of emotions. That doesn’t mean that I don’t also love a good posed pic (portraits are my favorite, shhh). It just means I approach them differently, whether it’s arty and epic or subtly candid or self-aware and silly. But it also means I don’t shy away from shooting the awkward dance moves and runny mascara. Because I believe that stuff is human and real and awesome.
So who am I? I’m a documentary photographer who floats between the journalism and art worlds, wandering country and globe chasing my craft. I sometimes team up with my long-time pal, Danny, who essentially does the same thing while also working as a life coach in New York. I love equally telling stories and listening to the stories of others. I’m the type of person who makes up nonsensical musicals for my own amusement. I nurse a soft spot for sci-fi and space, music and dance, strong coffee and vegetable gardens. One of the few things I may love even more than photography is being outside. And food. Always food.
There’s a mile-long list of why I love to shoot weddings, and many reasons why I continue to straddle the two worlds of editorial photojournalism and wedding photography. But above all else, I love witnessing weddings because they are some of the last remaining spaces that are truly free of cynicism and fear. They offer a safe space for all the emotions we hold dear, everything we want the world to be. They are a brave statement. And that’s worth a lot.
So give a holler and tell us about all the ways in which you rock. Undoubtedly there are many.
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