Michelle & Kyle held their wedding at a private vacation property on Moon Mountain Road in Sonoma, California, adjacent to the Moon Mountain Vineyard.
When Michelle contacted me, she knew exactly what she was looking for. Brides who are looking for a photojournalistic approach to their wedding photography fall on a wide-ranging spectrum. Some want a focus on candids, but also want time for detail shots, dress shots, and room shots squeezed in, too. Others want less details and even more candids. Michelle is almost as purely photojournalistic in her style as can be, with the one exception of the couple’s sunset hour photographs.
“No details, no dress shots,” she told me. “If you see something particularly compelling shoot it, but otherwise focus on the people.” I loved talking with her about her wedding photography because she gets why people like the detail shots, but was more concerned about what moments would be missed while setting them up. It’s an approach that ensures that her photographs will hold memories of the single most important thing – family – for decades to come.
She’s also quite the accomplished photographer herself, which she proved when she borrowed my camera to photograph Grace and me at sunset. The controls on our cameras are so highly customized that she’s the first non-pro to ever get a good shot with them.
Her husband Kyle brought endless drive and unique style to the wedding. His touching reaction as Michelle came up the aisle, then later during the vows, were priceless. Those are the moments I treasure as a photojournalistic wedding photographer.
Michelle grabbed one of my cameras for a quick shot…
…and got this fantastic photo of Grace and I on the job.
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