Weddings are a raw, transformative experience. They’re significant. They’re meaningful. They matter. To you and to me. I get it. I know what it’s like because I’ve been there. My own wedding changed me.
This is the beginning of your journey together as husband and wife. It’s the biggest of celebrations with all of the people that mean the most to you. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will be the cornerstone of your legacy. That’s a big deal.
I believe the images from the most important day of your life should be more than a simple visual account of the day. They should move you.
WHY I STILL SHOOT FILM
Just like a vinyl record, film has soul. There is something ethereal about the subtly soft yet rich tones of color negative film that is truly special, and the grain and tonality of true black-and-white film has a romance to it that you can feel.
The look of film certainly hooked me very early on, but the more I shot film the more I realized it’s about much more than the “look” (I don’t discriminate against digital, I also bring a full array of professional digital equipment to every wedding along with my film cameras for low-light and backup purposes). Shooting film is about the feeling. When I pick up my Leica or Hasselblad–cameras both older than me–they strip away the focus on megapixels and camera tech, distilling photography into its purest form.
The stringent technical know-how required to shoot film has instilled in me a more focused and thoughtful approach to photography–an approach less concerned with pixel-level perfection and more concerned with intent, purpose and authenticity. In that way, not only does shooting film inform the way I work, it also mirrors my ideals of what wedding photography should be.
Your wedding is not my photoshoot. Rather than taking thousands of photos and spending more time reviewing them on a tiny LCD screen than I do paying attention to what’s happening with you and your loved ones on the other side of my camera, I’ll be there with you–in the moment–focused on capturing emotionally honest, impactful images that convey the story and the feeling of the beginning of your marriage.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers the little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind