Here is what I think.... You should have a great time at your wedding. Don't worry about that smile, or looking too stiff or whatever else. Just relax and enjoy the day. Spend time talking with old school friends. Party like the old days. Enjoy conversation with the old folks. Cry a bit, laugh a lot, and maybe drink too much. It's all good. It's your day so celebrate it your way!
I'm there to capture it all in it's natural state. I don't come to your wedding with any preconceived notions. You, those that surround you, the environment, and the art that all those create inspire me. When I’m at your wedding, I’m building a story of images organically, documenting your wedding honestly and unobtrusively. I won’t ask you to freeze for a moment, or ask you to do that again. I focus on the real moments, not just the hip portraits. While these images are important, they can be dictated and controlled quite easily. No matter how relaxed, natural, or comfortable they seem, they're staged, and you more than anyone will know just how "organic" they are. While these kinds of Images can be amazing, when it's all said and done, you want to be left with something that is, and always was, real.
The term Wedding Photographer is a restrictive and negative one associated with tack and forced smiles. I'm not one of those wedding photographers. I'm a Photographer that strives to make the best image not the best “wedding” image. I apply this thought process to your wedding to give you way more than just pretty pictures.
I stopped looking at wedding blogs for inspiration a long time ago, nothing wrong with it and plenty do it, it's just not my style and here is why - I don't want to be influenced or feel pressured to produce the same generic images that everyone else is producing (no matter how hip and pretty they are). Doing so would mean attending your wedding with these images marked in my head. I would spend time thinking about ways to reproduce them and, in the end, your wedding would look like everybody else's. I don't attend industry meetings to discuss new trends and hip techniques. I think that leads to a saturated industry of uninspiring work.
If you're interested and intrigued after reading this and after seeing my work, then it would be great to hear from you.