Before I covered any weddings professionally, I was privileged to take photos for friends and family at a handful of weddings. In some cases there was a paid photographer there and I was just enjoying being a bystander who knew how to use a camera. After having my photos received better than those from the hired photographer on more than one occasion, I came up with the courage to photograph weddings professionally. Admittedly the first few brought me a lot of anxiety but now I really enjoy meeting the challenges wedding photography brings and continuing to learn the latest techniques and skills.
In my wedding coverage, I work hard to tell the real life story of your wedding day in a realistic and accurate way. Although posed portraits are part of every wedding, they are certainly not the only important photos of the day. My main interest is to record how the people at your wedding interacted and how things looked. When couples tell me about their favorite wedding photo, their description often includes something about a spontaneous expression or action that I captured. There is a saying in photography: "The expression trumps everything" and it is so true. I have several full galleries with thousands of photos that you are welcome to view so you can get a good idea of what I deliver. Just visit my contact page and leave me a request to gain access.
I generally avoid trendy styles of editing that may look dated in a few years like big hair from the 80's does now. I want your photos to look as classic when you're old and grey as they do when you first see them. Some special photos may deserve a little push of creative editing. When that's true, I deliver both a more stylized version and a traditional version as well. I aim for accurate representation of the colors you chose for your wedding. And you'll notice the great detail shown on the wedding dresses in my work. That requires good equipment and extra care both when the photos are taken and when they are edited.
Keep an eye out for these things as you review my work and are considering if my work meets your expectations.
Most wedding receptions require additional lighting for the best photographs. This is the area where I differ the most from my local peers. Pay special attention to the lighting in my examples of receptions and how it compares to what you usually see. The reception is usually ripe with opportunities for memorable photographs so make sure you use a photographer who is competent in capturing the fun and emotion in an attractive way even when there is no useful light in the room.
After selecting the best photographs from your wedding, each one is carefully edited so the colors and tones look realistic. This is much more than simply applying a preset or filter that gives the images a trendy stylized look. In my example work, notice the high level of detail visible from the brightest whites to the darker areas of the images. The details of the white fabric of wedding gowns is very easy to lose in photographs and it requires great care to preserve.
The final step in preparing your photos is to export a set that is optimized for online use like social media or email and then another set optimized for making prints. They are copied onto two USB drives so you'll have one to work from and another for safekeeping, preferably off site. You'll receive permission to make unlimited copies and prints for non-commercial use. My official estimate for delivery time is three weeks but I usually have them in the mail within 10 days. I purposely do not book more than three weekends in a row or one per weekend so I can maintain this service and continue to enjoy my work.
If you are considering booking me for your wedding photography, it's a great idea to meet in person. We don't have to, but it can really make you comfortable with your decision. We can also Facetime or make a Zoom call. You will know what your cost will be before we meet, so I won't be there to sell you prints, albums, or a more expensive package that you didn't request. I will be there to listen and learn about the ideas you have for your wedding photography. I want to be sure that what you want is something I can deliver for you and I want you to be comfortable with your decision.
Technically, my photography experience began as one of two photographers for my high school yearbook. I met my wife as the other photographer in that class and we both went Morehead State University. On the way to earning a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, I took photography classes as electives and those courses still influence my work today. I currently live on 13 acres in Mercer County with my wife Denise, her chickens and a rescued dog. With my parents, I helped manage Lee's Inc. which was my family's very successful Suzuki, Yamaha, and Kawasaki dealership in Harrodsburg for almost 40 years. We ranked in the highest of customer satisfaction scores in the nation until we sold the business in 2015. Beginning when I was 13 years old, those four decades of helping customers and countless customer satisfaction seminars taught me how to deliver a great experience from start to finish. Prompt and reliable communication and delivering more than expected are key parts of that process.
You may wonder why or how someone can go from owning a successful powersports dealership to taking wedding photos. Since we sold our dealership and I'm not working 60 hour weeks, I have the freedom to dedicate more time to my lifelong interest in photography. It's the second career that I looked forward to and I'm really enjoying the combination of making clients happy and meeting the technical and creative challenges it provides. In addition to the 10-12 weddings I've been bookin each year, I have served as the second photographer for other photographers in our area, provide photography services for Mahan Multimedia, the Danville Country Club and shoot various family sessions, senior photo sessions, and headshots for corporate clients. Being semi-retired, I have found a good balance between working often enough to keep my skills sharp and being able to enjoy this time in life with my family without getting burned out on photography.
Call or text at 859-613-3076 at any reasonable hour and let's get started. If you prefer email, my contact form is here. You can expect a prompt reply from either method. Unless it's in the middle of the night or I'm at a function where I can't reply, you will usually hear from me in less than an hour.
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