What I am about to discuss below is a little reality check before we rush into initial wedding consultation. A handful of good reasons why you shouldn’t hire me as your wedding photographer.
Please do not feel offended if you fall into categories listed below. It’s just a set of personal opinions that I accumulated over the years while photographing weddings and observing wedding couples behavior.
I believe it is very important for both sides, couple and photographer, to have reasonable expectations for a wedding day.
Quickly hearing few of my thoughts below before contacting me, will prevent us from wasting limited time we all have.
1. You expect your wedding day to be out of this world perfect fairy tale.
Your wedding day will be amazing. And one-of -a-kind. And magic.
But it won’t be fairy tale perfect. I can promise you that.
Maybe it will rain. Or your wedding cake will fall apart. Your dress will get dirty. Your spouse’s sibling might have a bit too much to drink and not make it to the reception. Your pet cat will go blind couple days before your wedding.
I witnessed all above. And more.
Having realistic expectations will help you to enjoy your day at its fullest.
If you can’t, I might not be the best choice for you.
2. You’re looking for a wedding photographer just because your maid of honor told you to get one.
I am photographing weddings because I genuinely enjoy people, as well as all emotions, energy and drama of the wedding day. In other words, I love what I do.
But if you’re don’t appreciate photography and not excited about me being part of your wedding day, why have me there?
3. You will be handing me an extensive wedding photo checklist.
I get it. You just spent a lot of money on all the wedding details and décor and expect me to take lots of pictures of it all. But that would distract me from you most likely hiring me for- documentary wedding photography where I capture people in real moments.
And while sometimes I do snap some images of details/ venue, if I spot an interesting human interaction, I will abandon all my detail photography efforts without hesitation.
4. Picture of your wedding dress hanging in a willow tree near hotel’s parking lot is a must for you.
Sorry, but I am not your guy.
Same applies to you rings on a cactus plant. And your wedding shoes on a chimney in the hotel’s lobby. I might snap a casual picture of your wedding attire, but don’t expect anything more.
I specialize in capturing candid moments and interactions between people and all the loved ones that surround them that day. Not things.
When you’ll lose someone dear to you, what you want to remember: all the small beautiful moments with her/him or how beautiful your sparkly wedding shoes were?
5. You expect me to not to miss anything.
While I really would love to say I won’t miss a beat, I can only assure you that there will be moments that I will miss. I can’t be everywhere at the same time. And neither can two or three photographers (in case we decide you need more than one). And even if I am in a right spot at the right moment, I still can fuck up and miss it.
Same applies to capturing every wedding attendee. Please understand, that if I would set out to photograph every wedding guest, it would very quickly turn into a business headshot session.
Obviously, nobody wants that.
If the reasons why you shouldn’t hire me as your wedding photographer mentioned above doesn’t apply to you- hooray! , double hooray if you’re looking for a documentary wedding photographer for your upcoming wedding!
I would love to be part of your wild adventure!
Madison, Wisconsin based, but available to travel if needed.