My business philosophy is to do everything I can to make sure my clients have a wonderful experience. Lets face it there are a lot of wonderful photographers out there so it’s always an honor when a couple selects me to tell the story of their wedding day.
My approach has shifted to a very service related business. In years past photography was a very commodity based business, it was all about the prints and albums. Times are changing though, prints and books can largely be had by a variety of places, many of which the client can access directly as well.
So what I offer to my clients is my talent and my vision to tell their story.
So what does that mean?
First off if your vision of wedding photography is to give me a list of 120 canned shots you got off “The Knot” and this is really what you want, or you’ve set aside 4 hours for posed family photos, and again this was your idea and not your grandmothers, I’m not the photographer for you. Seriously. Nope, I will assist you in finding a better suited photographer for certain, but it won’t be me.
A few years back I had the pleasure of hearing one of my favorite wedding photographers speak, Mr. Joe Buissink. Always inspired by his work I listened to each and every word as if he where preaching the gospel. I thing he said that Ive always remembered and try to run my own business by is, I shoot for me.
My interpretation on that has always been along the lines of I’m not merely a trained professional photographer using my skills to capture the photographs of a wedding with as much passion and art as when I shoot commercial still life objects in the studio, but rather as a artist who is commissioned by my clients, telling their story as it was seen through my eyes.
Of course this is still fine tuned to the specific client. If the client is more edgy and playful we’ll do a lot more fashion inspired type couple poses if given time, if they hate posing in any way we’ll do the entire wedding photojournalistic styled. But it’s always going to tell a story.