Why do I subject myself to the pressure and responsibility that a wedding photographer works under? Before photography was my profession, 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. At one of those weddings, I actually said "I never want to be the one responsible for the photos of a wedding". Things change. After my work was received better than that the hired photographer delivered, I came up with the courage to photograph weddings professionally. The first few were nerve wracking but now I really enjoy it. People getting involved in wedding days are just fun to be around. Photography has been an long term interest for several reasons. The first one I was aware of was the technical challenge of making the camera do what I wanted and bringing that to a print back when I developed my own black and white film. I eventually realized I was also interested in capturing the moment or viewpoint that people often overlook. Eventually the operation of the camera became just another tool to use and not the end goal. I'm also just a bit competitive so I'm always learning how to produce work like that of other photographers I admire. There is always challenge left to meet in wedding photography.
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 not the only important photos of a the day. My main interest is to record what is going on with the people involved. When you review my wedding photography, notice how many of the images show a connection between the people. When couples tell me about their favorite photo that I took at their wedding, 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 generally avoid trendy styles of editing that may look current today but dated in a few years like big hair from the 80's. 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.
Most wedding receptions require additional lighting for the best photographs. This is the area where I am probably the strongest relative to my peers. Pay special attention to the lighting in in my reception examples and how it compares to what you often 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 requires great care to prevent that.
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 have one to work from and another for safekeeping, preferably off site. You 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 back to back weddings on Saturday and Sunday 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. In this time of the pandemic, 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 I will be a good fit 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. We currently live on 13 acres in Mercer County with my wife Denise, her chickens and a couple of dogs. We have two married daughters and one granddaughter. With my parents, I helped managed 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. 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 dealership to taking wedding photos.
We sold our family dealership in 2015. Now I have the freedom to dedicate more time to my lifelong interest in photography. It's the second career that I looked forward to for a long time and I'm really enjoying the combination making clients happy and meeting the technical and creative challenges it provides.
Call or text me at 859-613-3076 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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