There are so many wonderful things about being a wedding photographer. Dado and I really like to chat about all of these things in our car rides…consultations are fun because our inner excited goof comes out…we are just as excited about the wedding-to-be as the couples we’re meeting with are. I sometimes find hard to restrain myself and talk quickly and clap. People have clapped back though, so I think it ends up being a good thing. Then there are the engagement shoots. Engagement shoots bring out gut wrenching love from us. I’ll speak from my point of view here, I get to work one-on-one creating beautiful images that I look at over and over. I look at what’s in the background, the light, the color, and of course the emotion. Seeing those blissful photographs of couples feeling a little shy, but so in love on camera, laughing, looking their best…I LOVE IT. Next we love editing. Editing is fun (although I admit, sometimes can be overwhelming…sorting through 3500 photos from a wedding…) because we get to see the growth of our couples on camera….they warm up to the idea of the photo shoot, the groom-to-be grabs a little bit tighter, holds a little longer, and kisses a little more romantically…as a result, she looks deeper into his eyes, she scrunches her shoulder as the kiss on her neck, and she loves him a little harder on camera. Seeing this when we unroll our digital “film” is incredibly rewarding. It makes us smile that we helped capture a moment that the couple maybe never sees on their own…and that they’ll have that image forever on a photograph. This is what we call lifestyle photography and what makes engagement shoots – a couple in their element – so amazing. Of course, about 9 months later, we see it again at their wedding. Bliss!
The list of what we love about photography goes on and on…so this year we want to try something new. We want to offer lifestyle shoots of all kinds…for engaged couples, but also for families, anniversaries, babies…our hearts swell at the thought of capturing everyone’s happiness on camera. So be in touch. In the meantime, here is a reel of our year, from our point of view…from behind the scenes. If you’d like to see a little more, stop by our space at the Your Wedding Iowa – BRIDAL FORUM on January 12, 2014 at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel.
Wishing you a very very happy New Year!!
Steph & Dado.