+ where do i stand as a wedding photographer and as a human being

 

Let me guess: you’re here because you are going to marry someone, someday. Most likely soon.

You’re absolutely 100% in love with someone. Someone who elevates you to the moon and back. Someone gives you good goose bumps every time he or she touches you. You are ready to spend the rest of your life with that someone.

And you’re going to marry that someone. And that’s fucking exciting!

You also are here because wedding photography is important to you!

We most likely have never met before. Maybe we exchanged some emails, maybe we talked over the phone. And now you are wondering: who the hell is this guy with mild (-ish) Northern European accent. Why is he in his underwear (picture below) hugging bride and groom in the middle of the desert? Can I trust him to document my wedding day?

So here we go: a little introduction about me as a wedding photographer (and why I do it) and me as a human being.

wedding photographer with a wedding couple posing after wedding in Black Rock Dessert, Nevada

Sandi and Andy and I after the wedding I photographed in Black Rock Desert in 2015 during the Burning Man festival.

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“I wouldn’t be doing it if I wouldn’t love it”

// my wedding photography philosophy //

First of all the quick statement: I wouldn’t be a wedding photographer it I wouldn’t love it. Simple as that. You’re are reading all this, because I’m passionate about what I do, because I care, and because I believe. If wedding photography wouldn’t have something that I enjoy, I simply wouldn’t be here.

And honestly, this philosophy of being involved with things I care about applies to most of what I do in my life.

Wedding photography style I advocate is called wedding photojournalism (or documentary wedding photography). I take it very seriously. And while its helluva work for my brains (concentration, observations and anticipation), I would take it any given day above any other wedding photography type.

I see my photography coverage as a 100% organic and honest reflection of happenings on couple’s wedding day. Wedding coverage without interruptions, artificial fluff and sugarcoated meows. Coverage, where I don’t build scenes and don’t set up fake moments.

In other words, I don’t create my own wedding photographer’s reality.

So when I’m at your side, don’t expect to be bossed around or be told what to do.

I believe that you having an amazing wedding day experience is directly correlated with and you being comfortable. And keeping you comfortable throughout the day is my main task.

Best and easiest way to do so is by simply letting you be who you are.

What do you think will matter more 15 years from your wedding day: pretty, yet meaningless posed photo with 345 Facebook likes or true and unstaged image that really shows who you was at that time?

candid portrait of wedding photographer with camera at wedding reception in Madison, WI

At work as a Madison WI wedding photographer at Madison Downtown wedding. Photo by Lauren Justice

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“care about others, love big, be yourself, be honest, live in the moment, take risks, work hard and party even harder”

// who am I //

I was born and grew up in Lithuania, went to school there and got myself a degree in civil engineering. Life went on, one thing led to another and I ended up coming to Madison Wisconsin in year 2001.

In my life I’ve worked in quite a few different fields: advertisement, construction business, restaurant industry, real estate, etc. and ended up becoming as a full-time portrait and wedding photographer in Madison,Wisconsin area since 2012.

As a result, I am down-to-earth kind of guy who have seen it all and nowadays spends most of his time with wife, two kids and Australian cattle dog. When not working, I cook, get around town on my Japanese vintage bikes, workout at Ford’s Gym, and read books.

I also travel the world whenever I get a chance.

Finally, few of my day-to-day values: care about others, love big, be yourself, be honest, live in the moment, take risks, work hard and party even harder.

wedding photographer with photo gear in his hands during wedding photography workshop

With my colleagues during wedding photography workshop in Outer Banks, NC. Photo by Danny Klimetz

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“Diversifying what I do helps me to keep photography work fresh and exciting”

// about other types of photography i do  //

You might be wondering am I a full time wedding photographer. Well, the answer is no. I’m not. While I am a full time photographer, weddings is just a small part of what I photograph. Besides wedding photography (which roughly is 1/3 of photography I do) I also specialize in commercial and portrait photography. I also shoot for local and national publications as a freelance editorial photographer.

Once in a while you find me doing freelance fashion photography at Shopbop.

When traveling in a big cities, I’m not stranger to street photography.

As a result, my photography work is relatively diverse. And diversity, is what helps me to keep photography work fresh and exciting. It also forces me overcome challenges that usually come with each new assignment, new location, etc. Therefor it helps me constantly evolve as a photographer.

Most of what I learn when doing street photography, photographing portraits, or doing editorial assignments, I’m able to successfully utilize in wedding photography work. And vice versa.

A portrait of African American man photographed for Madison Magazine story about Muslims in Madison

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Looking for quality wedding photography with highly customized packages at affordable rates? Or maybe just need an expert opinion to make sure your wedding day timeline looks good? Wondering how much my wedding photography cervices cost and would like get a free wedding photography estimate?

Drop me a line. I might be able to help you! Because when not traveling, I’m in my Madison Wisconsin studio most of the weekdays and normally available to set-up a meeting or a consultation on a short notice.