So, What does a travel photographer have to do with shooting weddings?
Glad you asked. "Travel photographer" is a misleading title. I am a photographer, who travels. This requires a number of skills:
ability to adapt to a new culture, place, and its people
ability to notice details, scenes, and moments that speak to the heart of a place, its people, its history, and its future
ability to work quietly without interfering with authentic interactions, and be able to put people at ease, relax, be geunine and authentic when working camera-aware (aka looking at the camera).
ability to work for hours and hours on end
ability to jump between genres, from wide scenes to tight portraits, from outdoor to inside, from posed to candid, and be ready to switch gears on a dime
ability to react in a split second when moments present themselves unexpectedly
creative intuition to translate colors, textures, details, relationships, moments, and scenes into something that speaks to the place and time. So much more than just a postcard - "this is what it looked like" becomes "this is what it felt like."
You tell me: do these sound like totally awesome skills a wedding photographer should have? Good! Cause they are, and I have them.
Relationships (and weddings) to me are an adventure and a journey. They themselves become like a new place, where I navigate, learn the history, come to understand their unique language and customs, notice the tiniest details that make this place unlike any other.
Do you hear me? Your relationship is unlike any other. Your marriage is a yet undiscovered land, ripe for adventure, exploration, and discovery. Your wedding is the beginning of that adventure.
If this language gets you excited, if you love both my travel photos and my portrait work, and if you want to have a huge adventure together, I could be the right fit for your job. Read on to learn more!