Meet Parris! He is an amazing photographer that I was privileged to work with a few years ago. He has become a very successful NYC based photographer with an impressive photo gallery. He captivates his audience by telling a story with his pictures. In weddings, the story is one of love, trust, and respect. Parris is able to do this so well because he spends time getting to know his couples. He learns about them before their event so that he can recognize the important moments during the wedding day. He is a "relationship photographer"....I know, I love that too!
Relationship photography is a unique approach to documenting your wedding day. It isn't posed or directed. The photographer becomes a quiet observer. He will capture special moments by looking at the scene and shooting them from a different perspective. Locking into a moment by snapping shots from different angels.
It is truly an uncommon approach with amazing results.
Couples are asked to act naturally....so that their love can shine through.
I am very particular when it comes to wedding photography. Because of this I try to direct my brides when they begin their photographer search. I don't want my brides to sit and meet the "salesman" at the photo studio. I want them to meet the photographer. I want them to talk to him.....ask him questions about his style and see his work (not the collection of work from the many photographers that have been hired by said company.) I want them to see the art of photography, not camera tricks. I want them to get a true sense of what they are contracting.
What I love about Parris' work is that when I see his pictures, I feel like I am being told a story. And not just any story but the individual story of this couple.
I hope you enjoy the Q&A we had earlier this week as much as I did and that you learn a bit more about wedding photography, relationship style!
1) Parris, in reading your website, I feel like couples can really get to know you and your artful approach to wedding photography. Why do you think this is so important and makes for better wedding pictures?
The definition of "better wedding pictures" is entirely personal and different for every couple. For example, some brides prefer posed photos that are traditional or a bit fashion forward and edgy. Some brides prefer photos that look like editorial shoots or magazine spreads! I believe remarkable love stories change the world. The couples I serve want a photographer who will capture reflect real moments and tell a story about their love, the wedding experience and who they are. As a relationship photographer, I capture these stories and present them as custom designed photography collections.
2) What has been your most rewarding experience while shooting a particular wedding?
Creating lasting friendships with many of my clients is the most rewarding part. As a friend, I get to watch their wedding day unfold into a marriage and blossom into a shared future. Although the wedding day is valuable and important, its the story of relationship that unfolds beforehand and afterward that I focus on understanding. Hopefully, my photographs reflect this spirit of fun, elegance and timelessness.
3) What do you want couples to know about choosing a photographer that is easily overlooked?
Years ago, I asked this question to a very popular wedding blogger. Her reply transformed the way I work: as a photographer, will spend more time with the couple than any other professional on their wedding day. For this reason, its important for them (and for you) to get the know each other and decide if you actually have a good fit. In the end, this comfort (or discomfort) will affect how you look and feel in your photographs.
4) Price is almost always a factor when choosing vendors for a wedding. What makes the service you provide worth the price tag? What do you bring to the table that others don't.
My approach is not the right fit for everyone. For couples looking to have their story captured like no other, that's what I offer.
5) I see a big difference between big photography studios vs individual photography artists. Please tell me, what do you think couples should consider when selection a photographer?
I believe couples should choose what feels right for them. If you want a photographer with a big studio brand and you're comfortable working with a company that shoots hundreds of weddings per year (via associate photographers, sales teams etc.) choose them. If you prefer a smaller boutique with a single photographer that works with handful of couples each year, choose them. I've seen great work produced in both spaces and tons of terrible work as well. The bottom line is, you're making a long-term decision and its best that you feel good about that choice. Everyone else's thoughts on the matter are FAR less important in the long run.
The easiest way to send this message to your family/friends is to pay for the photographer yourself. Many couples I serve choose this option to avoid unneeded stress between themselves and parents/in-laws who may be helping to finance the wedding. Those receiving support often include parents in the meeting process so they can see/feel the differences in each photographers approach. In an ideal world, everyone will love the photographer you choose but in reality, you're the one spending 80%-90% of your wedding day with them. Keep that in mind and you'll do just fine in making the right choice.
I am so thankful that I was able to work with Parris. And I hope to work with him again! I wish him so much luck and success. To meet Parris in person, please visit him here.
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