Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What made you interested in pursuing wedding photography?
I first started taking photos in design school where I had to take a mandatory photography class. After finishing my degree, I ended up in the music industry doing graphic design and advertising work. The company I worked for did all of their product and artist photography in-house, and I did some assisting and shooting while working there. When the company lost their head photographer, I took over that department. When I moved to Canada in 2010, (I am German, born and raised) I somehow slipped into wedding photography. The rest is history.
How would you describe your style? What differentiates your wedding photography style from others?
I try to keep things as consistent and timeless as possible. I still partly shoot film, so it only makes sense for me to match my digital work with my film work. I don’t think that your presets are what should define your style. The last thing I want for my couples, is to look back at their images in 20 years and think about how 2017 they look. I want them to feel the same way that they feel looking at a painting. Their wedding is a piece of art and that is what I want their photos to be as well
I am also not a big fan of hauling around a ton gear in the mountains. So 99% of my images are taken with a 50mm lens and edited with Mastin’s Fuji 400h film preset, which I think comes incredibly close to looking like real film.
What inspires your photography?
God and the mountains. Since I am fortunate enough to call the Canadian Rockies my backyard, this question always brings up a quote by Donald Miller:
“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth's shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man's weak praise should be given God's attention.”
What are your top 3 tips for wedding photographers?
Your photos have an almost ethereal and fairy-tale like quality to them. What’s your process like when you view a scene before you and snap that shot?
I rarely take my couples to a location that I haven’t been before. I normally get to know those places very well, to know when the light is at its best. If possible I like to work with my couple on matching their outfits to specific locations. I believe it’s all the details that make or break a photograph.
You shoot at some amazing places. What are the challenges that come along with shooting at a “non-traditional” location and how do you overcome them?
Even though I love to travel, I don’t actually get to travel that much for work. Most of my clients tend to travel to me, which makes a lot of sense, given the incredible landscape that I am surrounded by. I probably love Waterton National Parks and Jasper the most. The diversity of landscape is unreal!
There are definitely a few challenges that sometimes come with shooting in remote mountain locations. Especially in the winter time, it’s hard to predict the weather, which is a big deal when you are three hours away from cell reception. The most important thing is to be really well prepared and to respect nature. No incredible photograph is worth the risk of getting seriously hurt.
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