Choosing your photographer

With wedding season now on a break (the month of July) I decided to go ahead and do a post that is a little bit different than what I usually do.

I have now been shooting weddings for almost two years now. I have probably been to around 50 weddings and I have been able to work with a lot of great photographers. During that time you learn about what these photographers like to do and what they don’t like to do. We all love our jobs, but there are certain times during the day where we feel most comfortable. I know a lot of great photographers who are amazing at details and the portraits of the bride and groom (most of these photographers are girls). Then I know photographers who are great at following the day and documenting it to tell a story. Don’t get me wrong, you can find both, but at the end of the day, we all like doing something better than other things.

This is where the topic of this blog post comes in. When choosing your photographer, what do you want them to be good at? What do you want in your wedding?

With a background in sports photography, I have something inside of me that wants to tell a story. I am going to get somewhere right before its time for me to shoot and I am basically going to just go for the gold. I rarely like to go and scope out locations because I know that when I start doing that, I start thinking too much. If you know me at all, you know that I HATE to think, and I am not good at it. When I start to think I plan too much and ultimately forget that my sole job is to tell a story. That does not mean that I wing it, it means that I like to feel inspired in the moment, and it gives me joy to challenge myself to think on my feet.

I have ADD. The real term for this is Attention Deficit Disorder. This means that I can’t focus on one thing at time. I have to be doing different things all at once, and I can’t sit still. Usually this disorder may hinder someone, but in my photography it helps me. My eyes are constantly scanning during my shoots, and I am always thinking about different photos that I can make. I think that this allows me to capture “moments.” It allows me make sure that when grandma is crying in the corner during the daddy-daughter dance, I am almost certain I will catch it. I shot a wedding this year for a good friend and great photographer, Jake Hamm. Jake went to one of the best photography schools in the nation and he has countless friends that know how to shoot a wedding. I asked Jake why he chose me to help with his wedding and he said, “Kyle, you are one of the best photographers that I know and its all because you capture moments that others don’t.” This was one of the best compliments that I have ever received, because it is exactly what I want to be with my business and with my photography. Does this mean, that I am bad at the portrait part of the day? Not at all, It just means that it isn’t my favorite thing to shoot during the wedding. I want to capture moments that other people aren’t going to catch.

So when you are looking for a photographer I want you to think, what do I want in my photography? What is my wedding going to be like? Will it be a party where people are going to sing dance and go wild? Do I want to see my grandma crying in the corner? Or maybe you don’t, maybe you want outstanding portraits where you can look back on them in 20 years and say man… “I looked good.” All of these are questions that I would ask yourself before choosing your wedding photographer.

Below are some of my favorite “moments” that I have grabbed during weddings.

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