Hometown: Santa Ynez, CA
Favorite Musical Artist: Cold Play
Why did you become a Photographer?
I’ve been amazed by photography and the ability to capture a moment in time in a single image ever since high school. Every chance I got, I’d take pictures of anything and everything trying to always take something or someone and show another side no one had ever seen before. Over the years, my love and appreciation for photography grew from a hobby to a vision, and I couldn’t wait for the day to come when I’d have time to make it yet another aspect of my everyday life. I’m now married, and proud father of 2 beautiful little girls and settled in my profession. No matter what I shoot my philosophy is very simple, “My desire is to capture the unseen moments and expressions of the people and places we love.” Bottom line, is I just love people.
What’s your favorite part about working for Kramer Events?
The thing I love most about working with Kramer Events is that in everything we do and every service we provide, we strive to truly bring our best to the table. We value our relationships with our couples and clients and everyone here not only loves what they do, but more importantly, they are some of the best in the industry.
What’s your favorite moment to capture at a wedding and why?
My favorite part of the wedding that I absolutely love to shoot has always been the first look. That magical moment where my couple locks eyes for the very first time, and that feeling of overwhelming love, and joy, and peace explodes from their heart into their smile, their eyes and their faces. It’s then, that you always see the true, genuine love the couple has for one another.
What should every bride know before meeting with their photographer?
As a bride, your wedding is a once in a lifetime event. There is no do over. When all of the hustle and bustle of the wedding happens and you’re sitting together thinking about your wedding years from now, all you’ll have left are your photos. A family friend or relative with a good camera is not a professional photographer. Photographing a wedding even for an experienced photographer is, under the very best of circumstances, difficult and technically challenging. Uncle Larry, or your best friend’s sister will feel bad if your pictures don’t “turn out” but you unfortunately will have to live with that decision the rest of your life with no recourse. Every single bride I know can blow dry and style their own hair, but when it matters, every single one of them have a professional come and make it look amazing on their wedding day. The same is true for your photography. There is a massive difference between an amateur and a professional. We have had the privilege of shooting over 200 weddings and have seen so much since we first began. We’ve spent years learning and perfecting our craft as well as are confident in working with our couples and their guests present at the wedding. Our gear is top of the line and we constantly strive to continue to learn and grow more creative in perfecting what it is we do. Your wedding day matters!
What general advice would you give a couple preparing for their wedding?
Don’t settle! Really think through the priorities of your wedding and invite the people that truly matter the most. Make it special and a day you truly will enjoy and remember for the rest of your life. Lastly, breathe! Take it all in and enjoy the process. Your wedding day goes by so very fast, so enjoy the process. Love, laugh, and know that it will all work out.