What kind of photographer are you?
I am a photographic artist, and commercial photographer. I was classically trained as a photographer at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. I use my camera to connect with people. I like to have fun with my wedding parties and get to know them in a way that will allow me to best represent their personality and recreate it in a way so that others who view the image will feel them through it. I do my best to allow myself to feel the glorious blend of emotion that is created on the big day. My images tell the story, represent the beauty and excitement and emotion of the day.
Will your photos help me to look my best?
Absolutely, I look for beauty in everything I shoot. My highest desire is to create beautiful images that capture the natural and enduring beauty of a bride on her big day. While I do do some photo-enhancement after the wedding, it is important that it is just that; enhancement and not distortion. The way you look is the way you look, it is what makes you special and in my eyes that is what makes you beautiful.
What kinds of photographs will you take of us on the beach?
Portraits on the beach are a wonderful time. Typically it’s one of the only times the bride and groom have together alone together on the big day. Often times a groomsmen or a bridesmaid or two will tag along to help, but overall the feeling is very intimate. I encourage the bride and groom to truly be themselves, be silly, be romantic... whatever it is that makes you feel happy, because the best images are the ones with the most genuine emotion.
Will you tell us what to do?
I am an interactive photographer, I will make suggestions as to how you may wish to stand or ask you to turn your head a certain direction to take full advantage of the natural light and beauty of the surroundings. This is about the two of you, how you choose to show your love and excitement for each other on your wedding is for you to express.
How do you take photographs during a ceremony?
I do my best to be as unobtrusive as possible, taking my cues from the bride and groom as well as the officiator. I tend to move around a lot during the ceremony, shooting from afar when I feel it better not to be so close to the action at a certain moment and then jumping right in front to capture a stunning image of a groom slipping a golden wedding band onto his new brides finger.
I don’t like traditional posed portraits, but my family wants some for the mantle...?
I hear about this all the time, and I make time usually right after the ceremony to do a series of posed family portraits. I carefully craft these images using my years of experience shooting formal wedding portraits and shoot these images so as not to disturb the overall flow of the day. During the ceremony and after I also try and take candid images not only of the bride and groom, but of friends and family members as well. This way you will receive a variety of images of your friends and loved ones.
What should I do to prepare myself before the photographs are taken?
I usually tell the bride to just give herself a little dusting of makeup before I arrive, nothing fancy, I know you have already spent days thinking about your lipstick color, how you want your eyebrows shaped and of course you already know how you look in the dress, I’m sure you tried it on more than once. Do yourself up the way you have planned and then just relax.
My maid of honor doesn’t have a very good complexion, can you fix it?
Yes, absolutely. I can most certainly fix problems with complexion and other undesirable visual elements in a photograph. I use my knowledge of how to pose people and utilize the most flattering natural light available to make my subjects look their best. In a addition to that I will also be more than happy to adjust images during the post production of the images.
How soon will I see my photographs?
We typically deliver your photographs on disk and on-line. It does take some time to make sure that each photograph you receive is one that is memorable and tells a story. Usually the photographs are available within 7 to ten days after the wedding.