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I am the kind of photographer who will…

lay in the grass, crawl on my knees through a field, or stand under a tree, branches in my hair to get the shot I am going for. I consider it a victory if I come home from a shoot with grass stains on my knees and mud on my shoes.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

try the shots you saw on pinterest and honor your ideas, but who will also remind you that no amazing photo taken on pinterest is as special as your own wedding pictures, and that the uniqueness you bring to your wedding day is more important and worth capturing much more to me, than any idea you found on pinterest.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

squeal if you tell me you’re into canning, preserving, or are planning to supply your wedding reception with food from local farms or wine from local wineries. Eating local and incorporating local businesses into weddings is a huge plus in my book and I’m not ashamed to be excited about it. Extra bonus points if you made your own jam as your wedding favors. I’ll most definitely¬†take one home with me.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

show up to your wedding day dressed as a guest. I don’t wear a black uniform, or jeans or anything too casual. My hope is that if you didn’t see the camera in my hand, you’d assume I was just there to celebrate and party (because I am there for those reasons too).

I am the kind of photographer who will…

blend in, be behind the scenes, and try to make myself invisible. I have been known to chat up guests from time to time but I mostly just want to observe, become part of the background and watch as your wedding day unfolds and I get to capture the magic with my camera. I am not the kind of photographer who is flashy, showy, or in your face.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

show up with one bag. That’s just me. I’m minimalist, and I try to remain true to myself, which means I don’t require a lot of gear, fancy flashes or crazy tech stuff. I carry a back up, and have a few spare things in my car, but all my important stuff fits in one bag and I like to keep it that way.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

talk baby talk to your one year old and make funny noises to try and get them to smile. I talk a lot behind the camera so you’ll know when I love something. If hearing someone say “that looks beautiful!” or “oh my gosh do that again!” or “stunning….seriously, stunning you guys. I love it.” would be weird to you, then I’m probably not the right photographer for you. I like being vocal and encouraging to my clients as I’m working, I find it helps them relax and know they are doing the right things to make their photographs great.

secondshooter001-2-2I am the kind of photographer who will…

be upfront about things and be as transparent as possible. I’m not afraid to say that I’m slipping behind in my editing and need a few more weeks to return your images. I’m human, and am running my own business, and I expect your respect and patience, understanding that I’m doing the best I can, and that I believe your images are worth the wait.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

admit that I am human. I’m not the kind of photographer who likes to talk about herself, her accomplishments or talk like she knows it all….because I don’t. I am confident in my work, and I know my strengths and play off them, but I am also not perfect and I strive to grow and develop.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

find inspiration in my surroundings. I love the natural world and lots of my portraits and photography work incorporates bright, bold backgrounds with blue skies, flowers, and whimsical and natural touches. I’m the first to admit that though I will shoot anywhere and consider myself adaptable, I prefer an open field or mossy glen to a concrete skyline or industrial park. I’m more inspired in nature and my photographs reflect that.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

cry at your wedding. I never used to cry easily but since having my son, tears come quickly when I see a sweet moment or watch you give your Dad one last hug before walking down the aisle. And don’t even get me started on those mother, son dances…

I am the kind of photographer who will…

get excited about the more you incorporate into your wedding day that is about YOU. Yes, fancy table decorations are nice, and I like sparky things, but I am not a labels girl. I won’t share if your wedding dress if from J.Crew or Anne Taylor or whoever, because I don’t really care. I care about what makes you happy, what inspires you, what reflects your relationship, your family, your friends. I care about your story. And yes, I love photographing you in that beautiful dress but it’s not about the brand or label for me, it’s about the way it brings out your beauty and makes you shine.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

want you to be the star of the show, the center of her work, the highlight reel in her newsfeed. I don’t want my business to be about me. What I love about my job is the attention and care I get to take in showing you how beautiful you are, how awesome of a couple you guys are and how stunning you look together. You are the stars. I just showcase it.

I am the kind of photographer who will…

hope to stay friends with you after we work together, and who will look forward to seeing your relationship and marriage grow and blossom. secondshooter648-2-2photo credits:
top photo by Peter Mangels Photography
second and third photo by Emily Sanford

  • Maria - You forgot to add that you are the type of photographer that will stand out in 10 degree weather for hours to document the wedding of some snowboard bums :) ReplyCancel

  • Chantel - I love this Kaylan! When I was a wedding photographer I always wore pants (still dressy though) because it was very common for me to climb a tree and straddle a few limbs to get “the shot”.ReplyCancel

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