How did you get into weddings?
I started photographing weddings in 2009 with Blink of an Eye Photography. In 2010 I saw a need for a style of wedding video that was cinematic while at the same time being "Unobtrusive" and started the Studio 213 Films (http://studio213films.com). In 2012 I had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland to photograph and create a video an Elopement which made me again fall in love with photography. We have filmed approximately 150 weddings and use this experience to photograph a handful of special weddings each year.
What is your style?
My style is mostly described as “documentary” and “unobtrusive”. I photograph your day as it unfolds without forcing direction and capture the life of your wedding as authentically as possible. I capture some creative pictures of the two of you and group photos, an integral part of the day. You won’t find me running around telling people what to do, hauling flashes and umbrellas from room to room or setting up shots I’m good at. I try and walk in with a sense of naivety. I try and capture the events as they happen.
I know the story is there, all the beauty and drama, all the characters and the details. I’ve started to trust the day. It will be beautiful, people will be relaxed with me around, I don’t have to tell them what to do, where to look. I watch the story unveil and try to capture every bit of it.
I’ve realized I’m good at telling stories – long and short – mine and others – and there’s nothing I love more. You won’t see me creating moments, telling the groomsmen to “fight” with the groom or hear me tell dad to hug his daughter before walking her down the aisle. He probably will anyway and if he does, I will capture that moment, because that is the moment that matters.
What camera gear do you use?
I keep things simple. Top of the line tools of use are the Leica M6 Film Camera, Hasselblad 501CM Film Camera and a Sony A7S's for discreet and unobtrusive work.
So do you shoot film or digital?
Yes! Both. I shoot a combination of the Leica and Hasselblad for details and portraits and the Sony for the ceremony and reception. Why? I love not being able to see the photo when I take it. This makes me more aware and in tune with your day. Film has a wider dynamic range. I love the grain - there is something so perfect in the little imperfections of film. Film grain is so beautiful and gives a depth and quality to an image that you can not get with digital. Then why not all film? Digital definitely has it's place. It's superior in fast pace moments and in low light situations. The combination of both I feel make for the perfect balance.
Should I give you a shot list?
No. There is no need to provide a shot list. The only list that I might need is a list of the family group shots.
What do I need to book you for our wedding?
A $1200 retainer toward your final balance and a signed contract will secure your date. All bookings are on a first come, first served basis. I book up to two years in advance.
How far will you travel to shoot a wedding?
This year (2016) we have weddings in Jamaica, Cancun, Paris, Provence, Switzerland, Venice and of course Ohio. We work just as hard for our clients in our back yard as we do across the world. Our suitcase and passport are always ready to travel.
How many images do you shoot?
It varies with every wedding that I shoot so there is no set answer. I’m not a ‘machine gunner’ hoping to get lucky shots. I think, anticipate and react to moments ensuring great images every time. ‘Less is more’. Quality over quantity.
Do you employ second shooters on the day?
I personally shoot all of my weddings myself with a assistant to help keep us organized!
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you carry back up equipment?
Yes of course! Lots of it! :)