Ansel Adams observed, "Photography is an investigation of the outer and the inner worlds. The terms “shoot” and “take” are not accidental. They represent an attitude of conquest and appropriation. Only when the photographer grows in perception and creative impulse does the term “make" define a condition of empathy and understanding."
Many couples are currently looking for their wedding photographers. Selecting the best-fit photographer for your wedding can be overwhelming. Not only will they be by your side in an extremely personal and collaborative way, but their photographs will be shared with your loved ones for a lifetime. Hoping to help couples with this important decision, I wrote this article for Inside Weddings.
Now that spring is here, many of our couples are interested in scheduling their engagement shoots. During the planning process, these five questions always come up.
Why are engagement photos suggested? Getting to know our couples before the wedding makes such a difference. Trust and a high comfort level are key ingredients to photography. You want the peace of mind that your photographer is on the same page with you stylistically and can creatively capture the chemistry between the two of you. The couples time time together helps us hone in on what is important and how best to photograph them.
Selecting the best-fit photographer for your wedding can be an overwhelming process. Hoping to help couples make the decision easier, I wrote the below article for Inside Weddings. Ideally, you will find a photographer who is the complete package: talented; built for your event; shares similar style sensibilities; and is easy to be around.
The most important thing you can do to help create meaningful photographs on your wedding day is to let go of the details and be present in the moment. Don’t get distracted by a needy relative or a detail you expected to be different. None of that matters. The couple dictates the tone of the day; if you are joyful and carefree, your guests will follow your lead and it will be a very magical experience.
We feel fortunate to live and work in the beautiful, Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, among many talented artists and entrepreneurs. We believe in the beauty of blending historic with modern. Built in 1916, our European style live-work building, is land-marked by the city of Chicago, full of character and modern style. It is a dream come true to have a charming studio, surrounded by beautiful boulevards, as the foundation of our creative endeavors.
"It is a pleasure to get to know our couples, become part of their inner circle, understand their connections, and hone in on what matters most. Every celebration has its own personality, vibe and feeling. To interpret and translate the feeling, love and joy, we look for the split-second glances, tender touches, belly laughs and genuine smiles. Emotionally connected, we sense magical moments; one must first feel, and then see to be able to interpret. This is the foundation of our creative process."
"Inspired by all art forms: paintings, architecture, fashion, cinema, music and food, we incorporate our sensibilities into everything we do. Blending emotional imagery with a modern and elegant viewpoint is how we tell very personal stories in a nuanced way. We do this so that you may savor your celebration, long after it ends, and remember those feelings forever. It would be our privilege to interpret your unique story."Heather KingenSmith ×