Knox Farm was a beautiful setting for a relaxed country wedding. It was a little hot (97 degrees) but everyone handled it great. Paige was absolutely stunning. What a perfect day! Location: Knox Farm Caterer: Olivers Wedding planner: Jennifer Mogensen … Continue reading →
Rick and Ann planned a beautiful intimate wedding at the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo. The day was perfect as the guest arrived via yellow school bus, then sipped champagne as the waited for the ceremony to begin. The bride and … Continue reading →
Saturdays weather held out just long enough for us to get some great outdoor shots of Casie and Nick and their whole wedding party. Arrowhead golf course is a great backdrop for Timberlodge in Akron. We all jumped in golf carts and made the most of the 50 degree weather. Casie and Nick were so amazing. They’re so in love it made our job very easy. Trying to contain the bridal party was a whole different story, but their enthusiam was contagious and made for tons of great shots. Here are just a few of my favorites.
I have been so bad about writing in my blog. I was going through some of my weddings and e-sessions from last year and I realized that I hadnt put so many of them up on my site. Here are … Continue reading →
Elizabeth and Fordy had an amazing day for their wedding. The weather was absolutely perfect. As always, Westminster was a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony, then we were off to Forest Lawn for some formal pictures. We headed back to … Continue reading →
Ken and Shirley had a brisk but beautiful Buffalo wedding day. The ceremony was at Ephesus Ministries and the reception was held at the Red Cross Mansion on Delaware. Orlando from Blooms on Main St., did an absolutely fantastic job … Continue reading →
This was one of the funniest bouquet tosses that I have seen in a while. More than that though, it was a beautiful wedding. Dee and Joe were so cute together and their son Joey was just priceless. The Tonawanda Castle did a spectacular job, as usual. Just a great day all around.
Most wedding photographers will give you a brief description of there style somewhere on their website. It’s important to know which styles that you prefer when searching for your photographer. Don’t ever hire a photographer based only on his/her images. Ask lots of questions while interviewing them about their approach to shooting weddings. Do they let the day unfold in front of them or are they constantly directing you. It’s important to know ahead of time, because this could wreck your day. An example would be if your photographer is pulls you away from the reception to get more images, when all you really want is candid images of you and your friends having a good time at the party.
Over the past few years there has been a shift toward a more photojournalistic approach, using available light and lenses with short depth of field. I think these types of images can be beautiful and really do set a romantic tone for the images. Having a great location for the ceremony and the reception really helps to get the best of these types of shots. Churches and reception locations that are flooded with natural light are ideal if these are the kinds of images that you are looking for.
I also find some of the more traditional formal pictures to be just as beautiful and romantic. The key is finding a fantastic location. That can be in the church or a separate location, or maybe a little bit of both. A great spot to do the formal family pictures is right where the ceremony took place. The altar of the church or the spot where the vows were said work well. If you get married in a church, the altar is usually a little bit elevated, which is helpful when trying to arrange a large group so that the image looks balanced and everyone can be seen.
When looking for an outdoor location for formals, I look for someplace that is simple and elegant. You want the location to compliment the wedding party, not consume it.
Having 2 photographers is another great way of blending both candid images and traditional posed images. While one photographer is getting the more posed shots, the second shooter can be getting all the fun behind the scenes pictures. The kinds of pictures where you didn’t even know you were being photographed.
The most important thing to remember when hiring a photographer is to know what styles you like best, and then making sure your photographer is on the same page. Preparing a list of must have shots and giving that to your photographer ahead of time is another great way to ensure you get what you want.