Well, it depends. Some days I photograph a journalistic style, somedays I shoot professional sports or commercial photography, and others a creative and lifestyle approach. When comes to weddings, that can also change. I try to be be flexible and adaptive to my wedding couples needs. Some people love a very creative look and colors while others love a classic look that resemble the film days. My wedding style is a blend. If I had to put a defined wedding style to how I generally photograph a wedding it would probably be:
5% classic or traditional
20% fine art -creative
75% journalistic and or candid
It can change with the style and personality of the couples I photograph. This is why refer my style of wedding photography in my own terms and like to use Lifestyle Wedding Photography. My style adapts to you but still remains my style in that it is my creativity the makes the picture and style. My photography style is rooted in my own creativity in that I am not trying to emulate anyone else work. There is no cookie-cutter process. As with creativity that is always in a constant state of change, my style also changes with the personalities and circumstances.
Part of my style is shaped by my camera gear. I know many photographers/friends would differ on this point but the truth is my gear allows me to photograph certain styles. My camera equipment yields different looks with different light. Different lenses give me different perspectives and without getting to technical, different gear creates different looks. There are things a $6000 lens can do that others cannot. This does influence the look and style of my pictures. For me, photography gear is a direct extension of my style.
Part of my wedding style is using 3-4 cameras interchangeably and pretty much at the same time. My style is to capture different perspectives of the same scene that are often non-repeatable. How I carry and create with my gear has been a result of years of trial and error. I use a significant amount of photography equipment during weddings. I average on full day wedding coverage the use of 4 cameras and 7-10 different lenses. This is individual to me. Choosing the lens, the camera, the settings, type of lighting and how I use that lighting is all part of my individual style.
I think to really understand my style is to look at the evidence. That is, look at my pictures and the different styles on my website. The number one thing that affects my style is CREATIVITY. Creativity is hard it explain. It ebbs and flows. It is alway sin a state of change, state action. Creativity by definition cannot sit still or do the same over and over. It motivates and challenges me. It is something intrinsic that drives me to work hard and create something special for my clients. At the very core… it is creativity that is my style.
My philosophy is keep it simple. I put a lot of info only site about styles and process but the reality is my wedding photography process is not complex by any means. I have had the privilege to photograph other photographers weddings and have many brides who are spring photographers hire me for as their wedding photographer. I am often humbled by the fact that other people see my work and call it inspiring.
I decided to put a different take on my wedding photography site and talk in depth about some philosophy and style as I find many people are interested in and read every word. I have all included a lot of pictures on my website which is contrary to the average site as I wanted to show the diversity in styles that I create. In the end I have a lot of people who hire me and say just do what you do as we trust you.
In short, I keep things simple and simple or can talk your ear of about ideas and styles.
Are you looking for your wedding venue in Wilmington or Eastern NC? I often get asked from brides planning their destination weddings about wedding venues in our area. So I started putting together a list of some popular wedding venues and great places for wedding and engagement photography. This is also a great way to see some of my photography of real weddings in some of Wilmington’s popular wedding venues. These are just a few and this list will grow over time so feel free to check back often or even share the page as wedding ideas on your facebook or Pinterest page.
River Landing Weddings is one of the most amazing clubhouse facilities I have been in. Visit our River Landing Wedding Photographer images to see this incredible wedding venue.
St. Thomas Preservation Hall may be the perfect place for your wedding and reception in the Downtown Wilmington area. Check out our St. Thomas Preservation Hall Photographers images to see the wedding venue.
Fort Fisher is about as unique a backdrop there is for coastal North Carolina. Perfect for both wedding and engagement photography. See our Fort Fisher Wedding & Engagement photographers images to get an idea of this beautiful area of Eastern North Carolina.
The Southport Community Center puts you in the heart of Southport if you are looking for a venue in the area. With scenic backdrops of the Inter coastal waterway the Southport Community Building has rich history and host to some popular movies.
Brooklyn Arts Center is a premier Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding Photographers images and see why this is one of the more popular wedding venues.
Bellamy Mansion is a “Southern Classic” wedding and reception venue. Located in the Downtown Wilmington area this Mansion can do it all. View our Bellamy Mansion Wedding Photographers images and see why this Mansion might be the perfect place for your wedding.
128 South is another popular wedding and reception venue Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our 128 South Wedding Photographers images to see this staple Wilmington venue.
The City Club is another Downtown Wilmington Wedding and Reception venue that can offer several accommodations from a bridal party getting ready lounge to smaller weddings and receptions. View our City Club Wedding Photographers images to see this one of a kind venue.
Poplar Grove Plantation is becoming a classic outdoor wedding and reception venue. View our Poplar Grove Plantation Wedding Photographers images and see why this wedding venue is no longer a secret.
The Country Club of Landfall is another great clubhouse wedding and reception venue. Located in the gated community of Landfall, this wedding venue can host both your wedding and reception. View our Country Club of Landfall Wedding Photographers images to see this exquisite country club.
Wrightsville Beach offers a wide range of wedding options from the beach to hotel accommodations. Wrightsville Beach is also located close to Wilmington for easy travel to any other reception venue including Downtown Wilmington.
Topsail Island has a personality all its own. From hotel accommodations to private beach house weddings, Topsail Island is a laid back beach island sure to entertain any beach wedding.
For something really unique, check out the Battleship NC might be that special place to have either for both your wedding and reception. With incredible views of the Cape Fear River and Historic Downtown Wilmington as part of your wedding day back drop.
The Shell Island Resort is a popular destination wedding location in Wrightsville Beach. Capable of accommodating both wedding and receptions and makes for a great all inclusive beach wedding venue.
The Wilmington Hilton Riverside is perfectly located in Downtown Wilmington on the River Front. A very popular place for both wedding and reception. It has all the the facilities to be an all inclusive wedding venue and host to any of your out of town wedding guests.
Brunswick Town - Fort Anderson in Winnabow NC, is a great outdoor wedding and reception option. The historic burned down church on the grounds makes for a unique open air wedding ceremony. The landscape with the oak trees and view of the Cape Fear River make this possibly a perfect option for you wedding.
The Shoals Club on Bald Head Island is a classic east coast beach club. With elevated view of the Atlantic Ocean and a fort class club this makes for a incredible destination wedding venue.