I am an Orlando wedding photographer. Sure, there are a lot of wedding photographers here in Orlando, but all of us have our own unique style. I consider myself to be a documentary wedding photographer. I was a newspaper staff photographer for many years for The Miami Herald, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. As a photojournalist, I photographed world leaders such as Pope John Paul and President Reagan, covered local news, shot on the sidelines of The Miami Dolphins and The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and photographed countless celebrities.
So what does being a former newspaper photographer have to do with wedding photography? You see, I am trained to be able to anticipate things before they happen. I can prepare to be technically ready with my camera fitted with the right lens and then will position myself to be in the right place at the right time to get “the shot” – the real and authentic moment that tells the story. My news editors expected it or I was out of a job. Plus, if you really must know, I didn’t have the luxury of color correcting or fixing wrongly exposed images in Photoshop because I was shooting film and transparencies. What that means for you as you decide on which wedding photographer to choose from, is that I use my 20 + years of photojournalism experience to be able to capture true emotions and spontaneous events as they occur during your wedding. I know how to get beautiful results in any lighting situation, at any venue, every time.
Now there are a lot of Orlando wedding photographers that offer candid wedding photography, so you might wonder, what’s the difference between “candid wedding photography” and “documentary wedding photography”?
Taking candid photographs usually means that people are not posed and the photographer just gets them off guard and is able to capture a spontaneous moment involving either laughter or perhaps tears of sadness.
Documentary photography means so much more! It means telling a story visually through photographs with a distinct beginning and an end. Your wedding day is one of the momentous events of your life and deserves to be told as a story with as many details and highlights so those images will be etched in your memory forever. This is my passion. I love to treat weddings as if it is going to be published in publications all over the world because I believe every wedding should be told in this way. I use my skill and techniques to capture real, tender, and honest depictions from every part of a wedding, not just the posed couple portraits and pretty table settings. Here is an example –
As the bride was about to get dressed in her gown with her bridesmaids, her fiance sent over a gift box that included a taped video message just for her! He also included some special items that meant something to the two of them, one of them was this framed art that said “You’ve Got This.” As she was opening the box, her grandmother was standing overlooking with such tenderness. It was pretty tight quarters in this bridal suite so I had very little room to step back to frame my shot. The room also had vey little light, except thankfully for some natural daylight coming through the open door. I knew I was witnessing something very special and took several frames. I made sure to use the wall mirror behind the bride to catch her grandmother’s expression. It is pictures like this that will spark the memory of that special gift, long after maybe the framed art and the taped video (I’m not even sure what he used, a phone?) are misplaced. You may lose track of things, but pictures truly last a lifetime.
Here’s another example –
Everyone loves to let loose at the reception, right? In this situation, it was a sister of the bride that was getting people off their feet and onto the dance floor. I saw that she was beginning to create a crowd around her and wedged myself inside the circle to capture this fun moment from the reception. The guys in the background clapping add something special too because of their expressions. I’m always on the lookout for how guests are interacting at the wedding reception because there’s always a story there.
This doesn’t mean that I won’t take posed portraits at you wedding. I will, but they will be be used as one part of telling your story. They will be blended in with lots more images of not just the two of you, but with your family and dearest friends. Everyone at your wedding will be part of the “news event,” making the entire collection of images a complete reporting of this amazing day!
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I AM the right photographer for you if:
- You hate fake smiles.
- You do not want a photographer shouting out directions to your family and friends.
- You prefer to be relaxed and free to be yourself.
- You love authentic pictures more than posed ones.
- You’re ok with being photographed showing real emotion.
- You appreciate and value black and white photography.
- You’re not big on following trends but prefer a classic style.
- All you really want is to enjoy your wedding and end up with great pictures of the day.
I am NOT the right photographer for you if:
- You want to always be captured with a smile.
- You want a photographer to dictate your every move, where and how you should stand, etc.
- Your main priority is looking flawless and expect a photographer to do maximum re-touching.
- You do not want to be photographed caught off guard.
- Black and white pictures are ok, but not a high priority.
- You have several Pinterest “wedding trends “boards and are following all of the trending Instagram wedding style posts.
- You want your photographer to copy all of your favorite saved poses on social media.
- In the end, you want pictures from your wedding that will look like your friends’ wedding pictures and famous celebrities.