Truthfully, I started this company because I was inspired by the feeling I would get while looking through old photo albums with my family. That raw emotion of looking at those once in a lifetime, impossible to recreate moments, was something I felt the wedding industry lacked. Everyone is used to photos of the bride and groom, the wedding party lined up, and having family photos taken, but what I felt was missing were those moments in between. And not just of the bride and groom or the staple shots you often see, but of the memories taken with your guests. The guests you couldn’t imagine not inviting to your most special day because they mean the absolute world to you. To put it into perspective, how often are they all in the same place at the same time, dressed up, and looking so happy? A lot of the time, your wedding is the only day where that’s the case. Why not document that?
Coming up with a way of keeping this idea classy and beautiful, while still completely authentic was the tough part. I tried it as a Photo Booth, but hated the “dollar store cheese” associated with that idea. I wanted to do something different. At the end of the day, it came down to realizing how I want people to feel when their wedding day is over. I want everyone to experience the sense of joy that I feel when looking back on memories with the people I love most. I want my brides and grooms in five years to pull open their album, look back on it, and whether laughing or crying, remember those people near and dear to them. More than anything, I want them to come away with something tangible to hold onto and cherish for the rest of their lives. This is why I do it.
Whether I’m shooting weddings for Hilmer & Himson, lucky enough to work on campaigns for NHL teams, or blessed to document families in Haiti while learning what it really means to love – to me the most important part of the image are the people in it.
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A romantic set up meant to capture your guests authentically, candidly, and in a classy way.
Hilmer & Himson 2014.