Amy & Stuart Ferguson

I try not to write to much on these blog posts because I am not a big fan of writing. I like to take pictures. This post needs a story behind it though.

Amy and Stuart were amazing. There story is so incredibly cool.

Amy and Stuart were dating in college. They were the average couple that dated to ultimately get married one day. Amy was extremely involved with William and Mary’s ROTC. ROTC preps high school and college students for the military.

Stuart knew that Amy would go into the military and then be deported to Korea for a while. So Stuart did what any boy in love would do. He proposed. He didn’t want to wait though. So they got married… in VEGAS! They traveled to Vegas together, just the two of them and they got married. Amy was soon sent off to serve our country. They spent their first year and half of marriage apart. I have so much respect for these two. This must have been the toughest time for them, but in the end it turned out great. Amy contacted me from Korea, and we planned halfway around the world. She came in a week before their SECOND wedding and then boom; they got married. I was truly honored to be a part of this special day. Everything was perfect and we had an amazing day! Thank you.

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My new friend Tucker

Words do not really describe how excited I am to announce what may be my favorite project of all time.
Some of you may know my friends Tommy, and Ellie Sibiga. They have a son named Tucker that was born extremely early. He has been in the premature baby part of the hospital for quite some time now. He was born with an arm that does not have a bone, and quite honestly I get confused with all that this family has gone through. They are fighters, all of them. Their story can not go untold.
My job from now until Tucker comes home is to follow their story. Tommy and Ellie have allowed me to invade in their privacy and allowed me to come and be a part of something special. I will go into the hospital every week and just hang out with Tucker and the Sibigas, all while documenting this incredible story. Nobody knows when Tucker will be coming home, but I am in it for the long hall.

 

I will sometimes post some photos on here and sometimes on my Facebook page, but I will unleash everything at the end, when Tucker is home and safe.

 

So here it is… I have started today.

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Maymont Engagement with Dani & Brian

Dani & Brian,

Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing day! So much laughter and so many smiles. Good luck with all of your planning!

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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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Annie & Gordon MacMillan

I have been to a lot of weddings since I started photographing weddings two years ago. Each wedding is special in its own way and that is why I love what I do as a job, but this wedding was one of a kind.

Annie and Gordon were amazing. Besides the fact that they both looked great, they were so receptive and awesome to work with. I can not thank them enough for allowing me to be a part of their day. Please enjoy these photos!

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Bird and Jason

This may have been one of the best weddings I have ever been a part of. What made this wedding so awesome, was how excited I was to shoot it. Jason and Bird were extremely calm and let me do my thing with the creative process.  Thank you Bird and Jason for allowing me to photograph your wedding.

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Jake and Kerri Hamm!

I met Jake a while back during a Philip Morris product shoot with Casey Templeton. Jake was our lighting tech. Now this analogy may sound weird, but to me, Jake is a light scientist. This man likes everything perfect and he knows how to make any product look amazing. You can view some of his work HERE.

For this wedding, I was second shooting behind Rebecca Watkins. Rebecca and I had our work cut out for us. I say this because most of the guests at the wedding were photographers from Jake’s school. This was fun, but also made a little nervous until Jake said, “Kyle, shut up. I hired you because you are great at what you do. I wanted you, not anyone else.” It was probably the greatest compliment I have ever received and I took it to heart and documented this beautiful wedding. Thank you Jake and Kerri!

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