At most events, I work alone. I believe your wedding is a private and intimate moment that you want to share with the most important people in your lives. Photographers and videographers have the privilege of documenting your celebration but you don’t want your day overrun with cameras and people like a film set!
In most cases, one photographer is better because:
On the other hand, there are events that need a second or third photographer. This could be due to locations or logistics or very large numbers of guests. In this case, I have trained associates that are ready to accompany me.
My job is to create an artistic record that tells the story of your wedding. I prefer to photograph complete events from start to finish. I will accept shorter jobs but I prefer to photograph the entire event because as a storyteller I like to tell the whole story and not just a part of it. Also, I would never undertake more than one job a day so it doesn’t really make a difference if it requires 8 or 12 hours.
I shoot digital. I like film and acknowledge that it has some interesting and valid characteristics but its limitations don’t match my style of photography. Film photography works well in bright situations with lots of lights. Poorly lit rooms, dark churches, candlelit receptions and nighttime parties are not good for film photography.
I post-process my images and also retouch. If you shoot film you can’t do this. Well, you can, but it wouldn’t make much sense as you need to shoot film, send it away to be scanned so that you then have a digital file to retouch. So you may as well have just shot digital in the first place.
I retouch my images in a sympathetic and understanding way. I want to enhance the inherent qualities of the images but keep them looking natural. I think retouching is important for many reasons, but one of the most obvious ones for a wedding photographer is that a bride or groom can spend months preparing for their wedding to then find that the stress gets to them and they break out in a spot or two or they get bitten by a mosquito! If you shoot on film then those special gifts you received on your wedding day will be there to stay. However, with digital, I can take care of those issues quite easily.
To give life to your photos you need to print them. I create fine art wedding albums, each one is carefully made by hand in Italy. The materials are gorgeous including prestigious leathers, suedes, fabrics and woods. A wedding album should be a family heirloom that gets passed down the generations and as such it has to be stunning and of very high quality. Enlargements such as canvases and wraps are also available and will look incredible on the walls of your home.
“Extraordinary exists all around us. Photography should not make it mundane.”