When Michelle contacted me, she knew exactly what she was looking for. Brides who are looking for a photojournalistic approach to their wedding photography fall on a wide-ranging spectrum. Some want a focus on candids, but also want time for detail shots, dress shots, and room shots squeezed in, too. Others want less details and even more candids. Michelle is almost as purely photojournalistic in her style as can be, (with the one exception of the sunset hour photographs.)
“No details, no dress shots,” she told me, “if you see something particularly compelling shoot it, but otherwise focus on the people.” And she understands the concept of opportunity cost, because she gets why people like the detail shots, but then she goes on to wonder what moments are being missed while hanging the dress in a tree. It’s a smart approach which insures that decades from now, her photographs will hold memories of the single most important thing – family.
She’s also quite the photographer herself. Check out the shot below where she borrowed my camera to photograph Grace and I at sunset. That’s no small feat because the controls on our cameras are so highly customized that she’s the first non-pro to ever get a good shot with them.
Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without Kyle, who brings endless drive and a very particular style to everything he touches. And grooms who get emotional during the ceremony are my favorite. Check out his reaction as Michelle comes up the aisle, then later during the vows. Priceless.
Michelle & Kyle held their wedding at a private vacation property on Moon Mountain Road in Sonoma, CA, just adjacent to the Moon Mountain Vineyard. San Francisco Mission District fans will appreciate Rosamunde as the caterer.
Michelle grabbed one of my cameras for a quick shot…
…and got this fantastic photo of Grace and I on the job.
By: Gavin Farrington