Although I’m sure I’m not the first to invent the hashtag #ilovemyclients I do suspect that I use it far more than others. I (of course) have no way of verifying that information and I’m sure there are arguably other wedding photographers out there that really like their clients as well… But I am just blessed to be able to work with some of the neatest couples.
Meet Emma and Niko. They really like each other. They are one of those couples that you just kinda grin when they’re near by because they’re truly that cute. They consider each other first, they’re kind to each other, and they laugh. They laugh so much. It’s really a joy to be around. They are one of those couples that just seem like they’re meant to be together. Be still my heart.
We started our photography session off at Juno Beach Pier, which is in Jupiter just about 20 minutes north of West Palm Beach. Being that I’m still a newbe to this whole south Florida thing and getting to explore areas is something I really enjoy. This area is really a fun one, for a number of reasons. It’s choc full of beautiful wedding venues, wide open spaces and a lot of different looks. You literally can be a the beach on one side of the road and the forest directly across the street. That’s like a photographers dream land. 😉
One of the things that’s important to me when photographing couples is allowing their genuine love for eachother and relationship show in the final images. I am definitely an editorial photographer or have more of a photojournalistic style, but I think those terms don’t mean as much to non photographers. Even phrases like “lifestyle photographer” are just now started to catch on but it’s really much older than it’s new found popularity or hashtag.
An editorial or photojournalistic photography style is I think, in it’s simplest terms a love for seeing things as they are. I want to see what’s happening in front of me and create an image in that moment vs making a photograph from a posed idea. Now this doesn’t mean that I’m not going to pose couples. On the contrary I’m going to do a ton of posing (I’m pretty bossy with a camera in my hand… 😉 ) but generally once I pose you I’m going to do or say something fairly ridiculous in order to get a genuine emotional reaction from you and with each other, which is where the image is going to come from. That’s one of the reasons I love wedding days so much. I am a storyteller, I adore watching the emotion of that day unfold and being there to paint that story in images. On a wedding day all of that emotion is right there, ready to be captured.
Emma and Niko, thank you for being a part of this adventure with me. You guys are a treasure. Everyone else, hope you enjoy these images as much as we did making them.