When I first started working as a cub-photojournalist, I admit it, I thought being a wedding photographer was the sign that someone who wasn’t really serious about professional storytelling. I was young and and naive and didn’t realize that the newspaper profession, too, has its own trappings and career pitfalls. Once it became clear that I would need to create my own growth opportunity, I started to re-evaluate my perspective.
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Weddings have a natural story arc. They are the perfect assignment for story hunters like myself. Photojournalists are passionate about access and discovery. Weddings are a challenging assignment but provide the perfect opportunity for unfettered access to wedding couples and their families. Moment-driven wedding photography requires expert-level organization and superior time management skills to achieve success. I truly enjoy working with the couples who sign on with Salty Broad Studios and by the end of the wedding night I feel like part of the family.

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I pour my heart and soul into wedding day coverage. I’ll put it to you this way, in my free time, I enjoy training for long distance cycling events. I usually train for 1 or 2 centuries (riding 100 miles in one day) and I am more sore and body-wrecked after shooting a wedding than after a 100-mile road ride. I’m passionate about getting impactful photos that show emotion. It’s not just a job for me, being a photojournalist is a way of life.

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I’m a documentary photographer and a collector of stories. I enjoy observing family traditions and then composing them in my camera frame. It’s also fun to have dinner with friends and talk about the most recent wedding I photographed and what sort of amusing anecdotes have surfaced. So, if you are considered wedding photographers right now, ask yourself if they are truly passionate about they do? Are they passionate about creating pictures? Does their creative practice integrate well into your wedding day vision?

And one final addendum, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that another big part of my “why” is celebrating and supporting marriage equality. I’m marrying my bride in only a few short weeks and I am ecstatic. To be able to share that joy with other couples, gay or straight, means everything to me. It’s a great honor to be certified as a LGBTQ-owned business by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce but there’s no bigger sense of pride in my heart than when I see a same-sex couple walk down that aisle for the first time as a legally married couple. It’s my great privilege to be among the first to congratulate them. In fact, I’d go ahead and say it’s my favorite part.

Interested in learning more about the difference a photojournalist will make in your wedding day photography? Read my first blog post: “7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Photojournalist to Shoot Your Wedding”