Denver Wedding Photographer Mark Hayes
Sometimes a photograph captures reality.
Sometimes a photograph captures the imagination.
Ultimately, a photograph simply captures a moment in time.
And then, it lives forever…………..
I coined this phrase a quite a few years ago because this really is what photographer is all about to me. I guess it has since rung true with other photographers consider how often I find it on other web site, well I guess I’ll just go with the “imitation being a form of flattery” aspect and leave it at that.
The photographers I’ve been inspired from covers a selection of artists whose work I admired first in the commercial side and then those I’ve discovered after becomming a wedding photographer.
This mixed background has led to an unusual mixture of influences into who I am as a wedding photographer. Typically about 80% of the day I’m in wedding photojournalist mode. Maybe another 10% traditional for the family formals. Then for the last 10%, if we have time of course, some fashion inspired romantic shots with the couple.
But when I got into weddings and was looking for something to inspire me and find a different direction to take my wedding photography in, well that’s when I stumbled up the likes of Joe Buissink and Jeff Ascough, both of whom took my breath away with inspiration and just the realization that there was an amazing way to shoot a wedding and tell an amazing story.
It’s with these amazing photographers and their influence and inspiration that my own style and philosophy took shape and grew to what it is today.
Denver Wedding Photojournalism: My Style and Philosophy
My style described as mainly hands-off wedding photojournalism, anticipating and capturing the moments instead of directing them. With an quiet and unobtrusive approach, I provide direction only when needed; allowing you to enjoy the spontaneous moments of your wedding day. For me, a wedding is a glorious event in the lives of two people and their families that should be photographed unobtrusively, and without dictating what happens in front of the camera. In my opinion the wedding should be about the bride and groom, their friends and family, not about the photographer. Your wedding story should be uniquely your own and your wedding photos should tell that story for generations to come.
Now that doesn’t mean as a Denver wedding photojournalist I don’t do the family and wedding party formals and beautiful couples romantic photos, those are part of the day as well. I do try and do these quickly however since most of my clients would rather spend their day in celebration than standing in endless posed photos.
When shooting weddings I don’t think of the bride and groom as my only clients, but I’m shooting for their children and grandchildren. To me my ultimate goal is that some day you’ll be sitting with your grandchild going through an old wedding album and sharing the day grandma and grandpa got married with them.
For editing the majority of images are processed in a solid clean style. The goal being to provide timeless images that won’t look “dated and trendy” just a few years down the road.