Why a camera free wedding?
The most interesting thing about this question is, rarely is it the bride and groom who are asking. I do very few wedding (because of the incredible amount of time involved) but when I do the first thing i tell them is i only shoot camera free wedding. They reply is usually, "thats why we called you", or "perfect we would rather it be that way". The questions usually come from the family and friends and guest who would like to be taking "their own photos". I'm writing this because once i have explained everyone says, "oh,ok that makes since".
So, here goes.
First, its important we don't forget in this tequnilogical world we are living in how important actually viewing and being present during a loved ones event. It's really not the same taking photos and video as actually watching and remembering the event. When you have watched and been present and involved in the ceremony, then you see beautiful wonderfully created photos you get that flood of emotion you felt during the ceremony. See what happens when you were behind a device is you didn't sell out to the emotion of he day. Then when you see the wonderful professional fine art photography you don't have the correct emotional investment. I believe in this process so much that when i attend a family or friends event I don't photography or video, I stay present and emotionally invested.
When the bride and groom look back at their photos of their guest on that special day, I don't want this to be the what they see and its not what they wanted. A lot of money goes into making this a very special day we have got to put away our phones and our personal cameras and SHOW UP!
Now from a photographers stand point.
I have personally spent thousands of dollars and hours learning this skill. My use of equipment, lighting and from which angle I want to get my shots. I will have also spent countless hours talking and texting and emailing the bride and groom so that i get exactly what they want. They way i personaly photography is i use manual mode and i adjust using a light meter. What this means is when unexpected light enters my photo it ruins that shot. I enjoy working quickly and strive to get all my shots so i don't stop and check my view finder a lot. This means if someone is using a cell phone or a camera set on a help mode when that person fires their shutter it sends out a laser that will show on my photos also these modes will automatically fire a flash.
In case you're wondering this is not an edible situation and get quality work. A photography is light, its the one thing that makes or breaks a photo.
Here are a few more examples of what we just don't want in our wedding albums.
Now for the GOOD NEWS!!!!
Maybe i should have started with this LOL!!!
I totally understand the need to have some photos to post on my Facebook and say AHHHHHHH look at my sisters awesome wedding………..
That means that with in the first moments of being home i will post sneak peaks that are yours to share and post and comment on and do whatever you'd like. I'll be posting sneak peaks the entire time i am working on the gallery. (usually several a day) This is so much more respectful to the bride and groom, because this ensures only the best poses and most flattering photos will be posted for the public to see.
The coolest thing about my wedding packages is that the entire gallery can be viewed by family and friends, and the photos can be downloaded and prints can be purchased so you will have your very own professional photos of the event. I never put my signature on the front of photos, my clients pay for the full copyright on their photos. So, I make sure no one misses out on anything, especially the bride and groom, its their day and their memories. Its my honor and my pleasure to be the one who gets to record that beautiful day for them and all their friends and family.