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Indian springs wedding in Michigan

 

ALL-INCLUSIVE WEDDING DAY STORYTELLING

 

I am a documentary wedding photographer that focuses on storytelling and creating amazing, intimate, meaningful photographs that capture the connection and energy between two people in love. Your wedding day is so much more than just a ceremony or a gathering of family and friends. It’s the beginning of a great story! It is about coming together to celebrate with your closest family and friends. It’s about your love and your commitment to one another. It’s about you.

As the day unfolds, my photography focuses on the moments that naturally occur. It can be creative, artistic, sometimes intense, sometimes incredible, but always is authentic. I want to capture photographs that carry meaning, and that evoke deep feelings.

 

TRUST

I’m fascinated by the human connection- especially between two people in love. That energy is so strong, so raw, and so beautiful. I want to tell the story of that connection for you. In order for me to capture these images, we need to open up to each other. Think of me as your best friend, or better yet- your partner in crime. As we get to know each other, the more trust builds between us, which really translates to more personal, special, and powerful photos.

I’m not going to just show up on your wedding day and start taking photos. I want us to get to know each other first. The more you let me in, the more personal and meaningful your photos will be. Just think of the possibilities of what we can create together! We can get together for coffee or a beer, talk as much as you want on the phone or video call. I also recommend doing a Connection Session (perfect for engagement photos!)- that way we can “practice” and you can get comfortable with me at work before your big day arrives. Plus, you’ll have some beautiful images to keep!

 

Isle of Skye elopement

AUTHENTICITY

I’m going to spend 99% of your wedding day capturing the moments, events, and little things that tell the story of your day in the most natural way. You’ll be totally free to be yourselves. Celebrate. Relax. Party. Love every moment! Although I will definitely be taking some more traditional portraits of family and important people at your wedding (I do believe these are very important, too), I don’t spend a lot of energy or time on these types of shots. No overly staged photos. No dresses hanging from tree branches when they’ll look better on you anyway. No photos of rings when you’re going to be wearing them every day and looking at them all the time.

I want to tell the story of your wedding in the most natural, authentic and personal way, as a guest would view the day. I want to document the relationships, moments, laughter, the tears you so that you’ll have these photographs to look back on forever.

Choosing me as your wedding photographer means I’ll be preserves these memories for you, as part of your legacy. I want you to value your photography. You’re investing in memories for a lifetime and beyond.

 

Your wedding is going to be incredibly special.

Here’s a breakdown of how a typical wedding day goes for me. Of course, this is only one example. Your wedding might be completely different- and that’s ok. I’ve photographed elopements where there were no family or guests, intimate weddings that just had a ceremony and dinner, and lots of other scenarios. The important thing is that I’ll be there to capture it, and create some amazing photographs that are beautiful and meaningful.

 

THE DAY OF

I like to start the story before you get dressed, and end after the dance floor opens. That way your story has a beginning, middle, and end. Before the ceremony starts, I like to hang out and blend in as a friend. I might ask you to move into better light, but that’s about as hands-on as I get. This is a great time for me to “set the scene” of your day, capturing details of the location like what the weather’s like, what time of year it is, details of the location, and the energy of the people surrounding you. I love the energy of this time of the day- everyone is full of anticipation!

 

groom getting his boutonniere fastened

bride getting her dress off the hanger

All throughout the day, I’ll be capturing little details and environmental shots that help to tell the story of your day. I don’t usually move things around or do elaborate setups- I like to capture things as they are, where they are.

 

rustic barn wedding details

CONNECTION

All weddings that I photograph include a Connection Session on the day-of. Traditional wedding photographers call this time of day the “Couple’s Portraits” but I do things differently. If you’ve already done a Connection Session with me (perhaps for your engagement photos) then you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect. This session will focus mainly on the connection between the two of you, on the day that you pledged your lives to each other. I’ll guide you through these photos and you’ll love how effortless and memorable they’ll be. I can’t think of a more powerful time that your energies will be aligned!

This is absolutely my favorite part of the day, the time I’m most inspired, and what I look forward to most! The more time we have for these photos, the better they’ll be, and the more variety there will be. 

I like to take the two of you somewhere alone, so you can enjoy each other and just have a moment to breathe and relax. This might be the only time that you’ll have to be alone with each other for the whole day. It’ll truly be a time to cherish, and you’ll have some incredible images to remember it forever!

 

Bride and groom in a canoe

Royal Oak Michigan wedding

Colorado wedding

THE CEREMONY

During your ceremony, I’m documenting all of the moments, the emotions, and the reactions. The more freedom I have to move about, the better variety of photos I can get.

 

Bride walking down aisle with parents

Groom reacting to seeing bride

Outdoor Michigan wedding

Detroit wedding at the Charles Wright Museum

Right after the ceremony, after you’ve signed your marriage certificate and gotten a few hugs, we’ll start the family portraits. I’ll be sending you an online Wedding Worksheet about a month before your wedding, and one of the sections is to help you plan out your must-have family shots. We’ll use that as a guide on your wedding day to get your family portraits done as fast and easy as possible. No one likes standing around in front of a camera forever when there’s a party going on! I usually take about 20 minutes for family portraits. Additional groupings we can always grab during the reception. :)

For the wedding party I usually take a couple shots of the whole group, and each side of the group (i.e. bridesmaids, groomsmen, bridesmen, groomsmaids, etc.).

 

 

THE RECEPTION

For the reception, I like to float around and get a variety of images, documenting all the big events like speeches, cake cutting, and your first dance. During dinner, I’d love to be seated with your guests because it also helps me blend in and be a part of the day, instead of a stranger with a camera. I’ll eat when you eat, that way I can sit and recharge, as well as be ready for any speeches or impromptu moments that might happen.

Frutig Farms wedding in Ann Arbor

Wedding couple feeding each  other cake

Packard Proving Grounds wedding speech

 After dinner, speeches, first dance, and other traditions are done, that’s when the party really begins. The dance floor opens and everyone can let loose and celebrate! I love to get out there with everyone and capture fun images of people having the best time.

 

Wedding party doing shots

bride and groom on dancefloor at wedding

Bluewater Kings Band

Sweaty guy getting down on the dance floor at a weding

 

MY IDEAL CLIENTS

Are intentional about their wedding and their wedding photography. If you’re hiring a photographer just because you’re “supposed to”, then I’m probably not the right one for you. I want my clients to be excited to work with me, love my work, and trust my vision.

Go with the flow. I know from experience that weddings are unpredictable, and anything can happen. I really get along well with people who can let go and just enjoy themselves and celebrate with their loved ones.

Don’t care so much about having a lot of staged photos or Pinterest shots. i.e. your rings carefully balanced between your high heels, the dress hanging from a tree branch, etc. I’ve found that while I’m setting up these photos, I could be missing lots of really important moments- and besides, I think your dress looks way better in photos when it’s on you, not hanging on a hanger. That being said, I do love capturing little details and things that make your wedding you, I just typically don’t take a lot of extra time to move items, set up lighting, etc- and I’d much rather take photos of the details with some story context.

Want their photos to be authentic. I love capturing moments as they happen. The joy when you start walking down the aisle, and the reaction from your partner. The way your parents look at you while you say your vows. Because I’m more focused on these events as they happen, I don’t set up elaborate posed shots or create false scenarios. During editing, I don’t do extensive retouching or make people look different than they really are. I want your memories to be preserved as they are- beautiful, real moments.

SO NOW WHAT?

If you think this sounds like a perfect match for you, then hit me up! Let’s start a conversation about you and your wedding plans. If you decide to book me as your photographer, I would be honored.

If you don’t think my style is right for you, feel free to email me at andrea@lumephotography.com and let me know more about what you’re looking for. I’d be happy to refer you to some other international wedding photographers in my network that would be what you’re looking for.

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