We present a unique mix of artistic photojournalism and cinematic moments. But that’s what a real wedding day is like, right? All of these quiet, intimate moments that mean the world to us, punctuated by these big, over-the-top explosions of laughter and beauty and fun. Both are equally important, so we present both.
What type of experience can couples expect from you when they hire you to photograph their wedding?
Personal. We are whatever our couples need us to be, and it definitely changes. Some couples have everything planned out, they know exactly what they want, and everything runs smoothly on their day. So we step back and capture things as they happen. We step up and direct here and there, but for the most part, we’re just there to preserve moments as they happen.
Other couples need more help, and we are there for whatever they need. We suggest other vendors, help with timelines, plan decorations, and reassure them that everything is alright even when things aren’t going exactly according to plan. We bustle dresses, teach people how to cut their wedding cake, and help get guests up on the dancefloor when they are reluctant. We have sewn a bridesmaid into her dress when her zipper broke. We have calmed down more than one bride when they felt overwhelmed. And we have even helped DJ a wedding when the person hired to do it didn’t show up.
But personal starts with a relationship. We genuinely love getting to know our couples on their engagement shoots and in their planning sessions. All of the time we spend with them before their wedding helps us know how to approach their day, and it gives our couples the trust and confidence in us to allow us to act in those moments.
What sets you apart from other photographers?
This is a hard one. I know exactly why, but it is a difficult story to tell. When Beth and I were planning our wedding, we wanted to go to the Outer Banks and be married by a lighthouse. We had all of these plans laid out, but due to difficulties with family and circumstance, we wound up just planning something no-frills in Greensboro last minute. That's how we ended up with such a cool anniversary date! But the one thing we didn't plan for was a photographer. My mother-in-law provided the pictures with a simple point-and-shoot camera. We've only been married 17 years, but the day is already hazy for me. I remember it in flashes, not clearly like I would like to. But the moments that are clearest are the ones that happened around the hand-full of photos we're lucky enough to have.
One particular moment stands out. My mother, who had been one of the obstacles to our destination idea, came to our wedding and cried. I have this beautiful little 5x7 of her crying real tears of joy as she watched us say our vows. It's not beautiful because of how awesome the shot is. It was taken by a simple point-and-shoot, lit by the terrible little flash and overhead fluorescent lights. But it's one of the last photos I have of my mother before she had her stroke. My mother has died since that day. I'll never get that moment back. But I still have that photo of her at my wedding and the memory that goes along with it. I can still see her in my mind. Still hear her. I know what I said to her in that moment. And that little 5x7 helps me hold on to those things.
And I imagine what it would be like if I had a moment like that from my wedding artistically captured and preserved as a beautiful canvas on my wall. How much would that mean to me? How much more impactful would that be? Don't get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful that I have what I have, but I am acutely aware of what I missed out on by not having a professional photographer.
Weddings aren’t simply an important day to us. They aren’t just the telling of a love story. There is an entire universe of memories that are made on those days. I know how important those moments are. I especially know what they mean later on in life. And I want the people we work with to be able to hold on to those memories, to be able to relive those moments through our photography.
What do you like to do when you’re not working and behind the camera?
We are huge fans of baseball and all things Boston, so we’ve really been enjoying the way the Red Sox have been killing it so far this year! We also really like playing board games together and have quite a collection (seriously, ask us about our collection). There’s not much better than a summer afternoon filled with Nerf wars, a good game of catch, or just reading a book while the kids run through the sprinkler in the backyard. We are always up for Mexican food and Presidente margaritas, because what’s not better with margaritas? And we love to travel. We try to hit the road whenever we can, usually with the kids, but every once in a while just the two of us.