An unplugged wedding is where you ask your guests to turn off their phones, cameras, tablets, and other mobile devices during your ceremony.
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to having an unplugged wedding.
When guests use their own cameras, there are many ways that this affects the photography that you’re actually paying for. Guests oftentimes are taking photos at the same time we are, and their flashes can interfere with our cameras, leaving you blown out completely (and unsalvageable) or having weird shadows or lighting throughout the photos.
Guest cameras can leave a red or green dot from their focusing mechanisms. These will show up in our images.
If guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos. This can be very distracting to you and your guests.
Speaking of distracting – let’s talk about iPads and other tablets used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very distracting. If we are taking a wide photo of your ceremony, your eyes go straight to the tablet and completely ignore the beautiful couple exchanging vows.
Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of the professional photographers, blocking our view. Sometimes, it’s too late for us to be able to get them to move, and we certainly don’t want to upset your guests by making them move.
During family formals, guests will often crowd photographers to get photographs of their own. In addition to the flash problem mentioned above, it causes the group to constantly be looking around, leaving wandering eyes. This creates a challenge for the photographer to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera. Additionally, it slows the process down.
Most importantly, if your guests are taking photos, they are not fully able to enjoy the moment. They are absent and distracted by their picture taking and posting.
I highly recommend having your wedding unplugged, but respect your wishes if you choose not to. If you have any questions concerning this or how to unplug your wedding, feel free to contact me and we can chat.
The most important choice in wedding planning is your spouse. Only slightly less important, is your wedding photographer. But should you have additional wedding photographers too?
All of my wedding packages include the option for additional photographers – a main photographer, and a “second shooter”. A second shooter is an additional photographer who is there to cover the wedding as well. You may want additional wedding photographers for many reasons.
The laws of physics say it is impossible to everywhere at one time. If you want photos of the bride and groom both getting ready, I simply can’t be in both locations at once. By having an additional photographer, we can cover more events at one time. If you like candid photographs, you absolutely want additional photographers. They will be able to get all of the little moments that happen behind the scenes. If you only have one photographer and I am with the bride while the groom gets ready, then we have to have the groom mock up and fake these moments to look candid. “Forced candids” are never quite the same.
During the wedding, the main photographer focuses on getting all the traditional photographs that sometimes we miss the candid moments during your ceremony. A second photographer watches out for these moments. By having a second photographer, it ensures that you get more candid photographs.
You will also get more creative photographs for the same reason. Additional photographers know the main photographer is working through the traditional details and photographs. This frees them to be able to be more creative. They can catch different angles and give you a fresh perspective.
With additional photographers being there, we always have a backup on scene in the event the main photographer gets sick or injured. The additional photographer will be able to take over for them without skipping a beat.
It is also good to have multiple cameras at the event. In case of emergency – for example, a camera gets broken or a card gets corrupted – you will still have photos and they won’t all be lost or damaged. You must ask your photographer about this. I personally always bring at least two cameras, and each of my cameras writes simultaneously to multiple cards. Redundancy is my friend.
If time becomes limited, having an additional photographer ensures nothing gets forgotten or missed. For example, one photographs the reception details while the other is in cocktail hour photographing all of those candid moments and details.
One word of caution: talk with your primary photographer about having additional photographers present. Many photographers – myself included – write terms into their contracts specifying they are the only photographer allowed at the event. This ensures that any additional photographers present would be on my team and working cooperatively. It is also a quality control: I know anyone I bring meets my standards.Ready to book your photography package? Let’s talk today and make your dream come true!
Weddings are expensive. Wedding Photography can be expensive. But Wedding Photography is a worthwhile investment.
In the world of weddings, it can be easy to get caught up in trends and details. For some couples, that might mean no frills or DIY everything. As a result, other couples feel pressure to keep costs down by forgoing a third photographer and opting for a raw space as their venue. We take all these decisions very seriously, but there’s one wedding question that we don’t often see addressed:
Why is wedding photography so important?
Especially in an age when photo sharing is so convenient and commonplace, why pay thousands of dollars to document this once-in-a-lifetime party when you can just share photos on Instagram?
The Importance of Weddings
First and foremost, weddings are about love. Couples are not only celebrating each other, but all of the love from their guests, families, and friends too. Weddings are about the love that flows through the day that gets captured by the wedding photographer. It’s about the love you feel, the love that inspires you, and the love you want to share with those still with you today. It’s about celebrating love in all its forms with an artistic medium.
Why is wedding photography important?
The instant-gratification culture we live in can sometimes lead to assumptions about wedding photography. People may feel like their wedding photographs don’t need to be high quality or artistic. But the most important thing to remember about wedding photography is that a wedding is a moment in time that you can never get back. The photographs you choose to document your wedding can be the only physical reminder left of the people, places, and emotions that came together on that day. They are the most concrete and permanent thing that triggers emotions of love, laughter, and nostalgia in decades to come. When you hire a professional wedding photographer, you’re not only hiring a camera and a person behind it, but an artist capturing memories that are truly unique to you.
A Wedding Is a Moment in Time.
Weddings are about so many things, but the most important is the exchange of vows. You’re committing yourself to one person for the rest of your life. You’re promising to love and cherish them as much as you can. Wedding photography documents that moment in time. Wedding photographs not only tell your guests what happened, but also sharing with them how it felt. Good wedding photography shows the love and emotion that was inside you at that moment.
A wedding is also a time to celebrate your past, present, and future. It’s a time to show gratitude to those who have been part of your journey so far and to acknowledge those who join you in the future. A wedding is a time to show your guests who you are, what you’re about, and why you’re committing yourselves to each other. Wedding photography captures all of these things and more.
Wedding Photography is an Investment in Quality and Craftsmanship.
If you’re like many, you might wonder why wedding photography is so important when so often we share photographs instantly. A great wedding photographer is an artist and a craftsman. They capture moments for you to cherish and admire for years to come. They creates art to display on your walls, printed in books, or shared digitally for generations to see.A great wedding photographer is someone who understands light, composition, and how to balance the emotions of a day. They’ll be able to guide you through poses and give you guidance on what you should look for in your photos. They know when to step in and when to step out, and they have an artistic vision that can help your day be as beautiful as possible.
Wedding Photography is an Investment in the Future
If you love photography, you understand how much it can mean to hold a photograph in your hands. You can see the colours, feel the textures, and remember the moment as if you were there. You can hold a picture of yourself, your parents, or your friends in your hands and suddenly feel transported back in time. Wedding photography preserves those moments in images for generations to come. Wedding photographers document your day in a beautiful and artistic way so that people who are interested will appreciate it too.
With the rise of social media, it’s easy to forget that people who aren’t as present at your wedding are also interested in your photos. Your Instagram feed might be full of your friends and family, but what about your grandparents or coworkers? What about that friend you met at a networking event who would love to see your special day too? A wedding photographer will preserve your memories in photographs that you will easily share with others.
Wedding Photography is an Investment in Your Memories
Above all, wedding photography is so important because it’s such a significant investment in your memories. It’s not just that you hire someone to take pictures, but what you’re hiring them to do. You are investing in someone to document your day in a way that you’ll be able to look back on for years to come and feel like you are there. They will take you back to that space and time. They will take you back to those emotions.
Wedding Photography is an Investment in Art
There are many elements that go into creating incredible wedding photography. Your wedding photographer understands how to balance the light and how to create the perfect poses for you. Your wedding photographer understands how to communicate with your other vendors and how to collaborate creatively with your artistic team. Your wedding photographer has a plan to make sure your day is exactly as you’ve wanted it since you were five.
At the end of the day, an investment in wedding photography is more than just money for photographs. Wedding photography is an investment in capturing real emotion. Wedding photography is an investment in celebrating your love. Wedding Photography is an investment that honors your journey while connecting with those who came before you and those who come after you.
Ready to know more? Let’s chat right now and start your planning today.
As wedding photographers, we use a lot of terminology that you may not understand. This article is to help you get to know some of our terms in regard to your wedding photography.
Traditional – Traditional wedding photography is the standard portraits, poses, and events taken at weddings. These are the images that we get at every wedding, no matter what. For example, bride and groom standing side by side looking at the camera, or the exchanging of rings and kiss during the ceremony.
Candid – Candid images are photographs that are not planned, but are taken as they happen. They are very much in the moment and are different for every single wedding.
Pinterest – This is when a photo is inspired by something the client found on Pinterest. We often have clients show us Pinterest boards they’ve created of different images they like.
Romantic– These are images that are based on the couple and shows them interacting with one another and being lovey toward each other. They are sweet and more natural poses.
Fun – Fun photos are spontaneous, in the moment photos where the couple or bridal party acts silly and loosens up as opposed to the sometimes stiff feeling of formal photos.
Details – Detail shots are just that: pictures of details, like the flowers, your rings, place settings, shoes, jewelry, etc.
Bridal Portraits – These are photographs done of just the bride. They are often very intentional and artisticr.
Formals – Formal photographs are typically done after the ceremony (sometimes before) where the family and bridal party gets together with the bride and groom and takes photos where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling. There are a variety of photo groups here depending on the family bridal party sizes and with whom you want photos. This is often what people think of as the tedious wedding photography (and the part that I’ve worked hardest to make efficient and fun).
RAW– RAW data is straight out of the camera in the computer language the camera uses. Technically, they are not even photos and require specific software to view them. Couples sometimes ask for these, RAW data is useless to a client.
JPEG – A JPEG is a common file type for photographs. JPEG’s is RAW data, written into a usable form. Almost every device and software can use JPEG’s.
Editing – This is where we adjust your photos. If we need to make them brighter or darker or enhance the colors. This is our editing process. We can also take the color out and make the image a black and white photo.
Proof – Your proofs will be an album of the best images from your wedding, but not necessarily the final version.
Retouching – During our editing process, retouching is where we can remove blemishes and smooth out skin, and make other minor adjustments.
Cull – This is the process where we eliminate ‘bad’ or duplicate images before you get your proofs. A bad image would be one that is way too dark, bright, blurry, someone blinked, etc. We also take out similar images so you don’t have to look through a million of the same photo over and over again, leaving you only with the best photographs.
Digital Images – We are digital photographers, meaning that we use memory cards instead of film. The digital image is akin to the negatives of ancient history. They are an unfinished product of limited value.
High Res – This term is short for High Resolution and means that the image is good for printing.
Low Res/Web Res – This is short for Low Resolution and is not good for printing. Low Res images are ideal for online purposes and sharing on social media.
Bridal Party – This includes your maid (or matron) of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer, flower girl, and ushers.
Photojournalistic (PJ) – This is a style of wedding photography that is based on candid images. There is no real posing to it, but rather capturing events as they happen.
First Look – A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony in a private meeting. This allows more time for photography, as we can work with the whole party and family before the ceremony. It also gives the couple a special, private moment to share.
A La Carte Images – This is when you purchase images individually and not as part of a package.
Same Plane – When we are taking photos and we tell you to ‘Get on the same plane’ that means that we want all of your faces/bodies to be on the same level so that everyone can remain in focus.
St. Louis Weddings are always a treat. From natural beauty to sophisticated culture, a St. Louis wedding day is certain to be beautiful. The city has much to offer prospective visitors and residents, which makes it the perfect place for a wedding. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony or need space for 400 guests, St. Louis has everything you need to have a stress-free wedding day. Here are the top 5 reasons why St. Louis is the ideal wedding destination:
St. Louis is an ideal destination for outdoorsy couples. The Gateway to the West has a variety of natural landscapes perfect for photos, including the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, and more. You can also take your guests on a scenic riverboat ride through the city or a tour of the St. Louis arch. Some of the best times of the year to take photos in St. Louis are during the spring and fall months.
Culture and History
St. Louis has a long and rich history that has shaped the city’s culture today. You can go on a tour of the city to see the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, and more. There are also many annual events in St. Louis, including the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, the St. Louis Blues Festival, Taste of St. Louis, and many more.If you’re interested in history, you can also visit Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the St. Louis Civil War Museum to learn about the city’s past. You can also visit the International Photography Museum, or the Magic House for a more family-friendly experience.
St. Louis is known for its incredible food selection, and it’s an essential part of any trip. The city is home to a variety of restaurants that are perfect for any taste and budget, including St. Louis-style barbecue, Italian cuisine, Mexican food, German food, and more. You can also visit diners, cafes, and ice cream shops in St. Louis if you’re looking for a more casual experience.If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you can visit the St. Louis Union Station for some of the best food in the city. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more casual food experience, you can visit Forest Park for some of the best ice cream in St. Louis. You can also visit the City Museum for food and drinks that are out of this world.
St. Louis has a mix of warm and humid summers and mild winters. The summers are perfect for an outdoor wedding, and the humidity doesn’t get too overwhelming. The winters are cold, but most of the festivities take place indoors. In general, the weather in St. Louis is ideal for a wedding.You can visit the Botanical Gardens or the Missouri History Museum in the spring or summer, and you can visit the St. Louis Zoo in the fall or winter. The winter months, however, can sometimes be too cold for outdoor ceremonies or receptions, so you may need to adjust your plans accordingly.
St. Louis has a wide selection of different types of venues. You can find small and intimate spaces for 20 guests or large and extravagant spaces for hundreds of guests. You can also find a variety of different style of venues at a wide variety of price points, so you can have a wedding that fits your needs and budget. If you’re still not sure which venue is best for you, ask me! I’m happy to help you find the perfect location.
St. Louis is a wonderful city with much to offer couples. The city has a lot of natural beauty and culture, a diverse food scene, and mild weather year-round. There are also many different types of wedding venues, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for an ideal wedding destination, St. Louis should be on your list.
Without getting into all of my ancient history, it is sufficient to say that theology and faith are very important to me. Something that held me back for many years was an idea of theological call. I could not find God in being a photographer. As I meditated on it, I discerned that God is very much a part of photography. And so I present: a Theology of Photography.
Photographers are prone to existential crises about the point of making images. Does a photograph capture some essential truth about the world, or is it just another way to manipulate reality? Is photography a neutral documenter of the real world, or an expressive and deliberate medium? The recent emergence of the “Instagram generation” hinders, rather than helps. Many photographers today seem to only take pictures for their personal aesthetic value and neglect—or simply don’t care—about what they actually say about the world.
Why do photos matter?
Before we think about the theological significance of photography, we first have to answer the question: why do photographs matter in the first place? If a photograph is just another kind of image, then what is so special about it?
The answer lies in the medium of photography. For all the visual arts, photography alone is unique in being a mechanical process of image-making. Unlike painting or sculpture, which are manual artistic processes that create new images, the camera is a device that mechanically replicates the real world. This is what makes photography such a powerful medium. Unlike any other visual art, photography has the potential to capture and preserve real events in time and space. This documentary potential is what makes photos so special and valuable. A photograph replicates an event or scene in such a way that anyone with access to the image itself re-experiences that moment or scene.
Theology of the Image: What does it mean to be made in the image of God?
When we talk about the importance of the image of God, we talk about the significance of human beings. We remember that we as humans are created in His likeness. (Gen 1:27)
After all, the image of God is not a physical image like a “selfie”, but rather a spiritual reflection of God’s nature. The image of God is not, then, a physical selfie, but a spiritual reflection of God’s nature. This means that the significance of human beings is not tied to our physical being, but to our spiritual significance.
So how, then, do we understand the theological significance of images? What, if anything, do images say about God? The Bible offers us a number of clues.
Firstly, we notice that the scriptures make a clear distinction between idols, which are images of false gods, and images of the true God. This distinction, however, does not lie in the medium of the image per se, but to the intentions and context of the image. Images of false gods are idols because they are used in the wrong context. Images that are used to glorify God are not idols, but images. This tells us that imagery can have a theological significance, but this significance derives from their use and context. When used as a vehicle for worship, images reveal something about the nature of God himself. When used for idolatry, however, images become vehicles for false and destructive theology.
Discovering our purpose through making images
The theological significance of images, of course, is not limited to their use in worship and art. Photography, in particular, is an excellent medium for exploring theology, because it has the potential to record real events as images. This means that each image becomes a reflection of reality, as well as a vehicle for theological reflection. This is why photographers should be concerned with what their images “say”, beyond their aesthetic value. This is not to say that aesthetics are unimportant, but rather that aesthetics are not the end goal of photography. Photography is not just a craft or an aesthetic pursuit, but a medium for theological exploration. This means that every time a photographer takes a picture, they participate in a theological exploration. Every image a photographer takes is an opportunity for theological reflection, a chance for the photographer to discover something new about the meaning of reality.
Theological Reasoning and Artistic Creation
Even though images have the potential for theological significance, this does not mean that photographs are always “true” or “real”. After all, photography is a mechanical process of replicating reality, not a magical process of creating reality out of nothing. This means that photographers must be careful not to confuse how they create images (which is mechanically) with the images themselves (which are representations of the real world).
The fact that photography is a mechanical process of image-making raises some interesting questions in light of the image of God. Most obviously, if God created us in His image, then does this mean that we, too, can mechanically replicate reality? If so, does this make photography a divine activity? And what about other mechanical processes like filmmaking and animation? If these activities are also divine in nature, how do we distinguish between their divine and human origins?
These are all fascinating questions, but they also reveal the difficult position that photography finds itself in. Photography’s mechanical nature suggests that it cannot be divine, but it also is not reduced to a human activity. Photography is a divine-human activity, an image-making that reveals the divine creative nature of reality and the human creative capacity to image this reality.
Our discussion here reveals that photography has the potential to be a powerful medium for theological exploration. This means that photographers have a significant responsibility to use their craft as a means of theological discovery. This does not mean that all photographers have to be “artsy” or “intellectual”, but that they have to be deliberate and intentional about the images we make. Additionally, photographers have to be mindful of the context and intention of their images and mindful of the theological significance of their craft.
You can read another attempt I’ve made at this topic by reading My Manifesto.
How to Choose a St. Louis Wedding Photographer: 3 Tips to Help You Choose
There’s no doubt about it, hiring a photographer for your wedding is an important decision. So many details need to photograph, and the photographs are what you look back on for years to come. We all know that choosing the right photographer can set the tone of your big day in a major way. After all, these images are the only records you have left after the big day is done. But with so many different photographers out there, how do you choose? With so many options available, it may seem like an overwhelming task to find the perfect St. Louis wedding photographer for your special day. However, with careful research and consideration of a few key points, you can hire the perfect one for your wedding without much difficulty at all!
Check Out The Wedding Photographer’s Work Ethics
This is one of the most important factors that you should look out for when hiring a photographer. This can determine whether a photographer will be professional and skillful enough to handle your special day. It can also help you determine if a photographer is right for your special day in other ways as well.
One quick way to determine a photographer’s work ethics is to see if they have any reviews or testimonials from past clients. An established photographer will likely have reviews from past clients. Make sure you check out the reviews and take them into account when making your decision.
A photographer’s communication style also illustrates their work ethic. Make sure to check out how responsive the photographer is after you are in touch with them. If they take a long time to respond to your emails or phone calls this may illustrate their organization, or lack thereof. An organized photographer will respond to you in a prompt manner. Side tip: get all your questions answered and make sure you are on track for the big day.
Check the Wedding Photography Package Included Services
This is an important factor to look out for as well, especially if you have a specific theme or style in mind. You need to make sure that all the included services your photographer offers will suit your wedding needs. A good photographer will provide a list of included services that you can look over when deciding which photographer to hire. This list will help you figure out which services the photographers offer, so you can compare them to your needs and expectations. A good photographer will know what services are needed for your special day and list them accordingly. This will make it super easy for you to determine if a photographer is right for you. Once you have narrowed down your options based on the package included services, you can then select the photographer whose services fit your needs and expectations the most.
Ask for References
Another thing you should do when narrowing down your options is ask for references. A photographer that has references available to give you is likely trustworthy, so this can be another sign of professionalism and skill. A photographer should be able to provide you with references and contact information for previous clients that you can reach out to. You should definitely take the time to reach out to references to see if the photographer provided them with excellent service in the past.
3 More Tips to Help Find the Right St. Louis Wedding Photographer!
All in all, hiring a photographer for your special day is an important decision. Make sure to consider these factors when narrowing down your options and selecting the perfect photographer for your wedding.
Now that you know what to look out for when hiring a photographer, you can be sure to select the right one for your special day! Finding the right photographer for your wedding is definitely doable. With careful consideration of these factors, you can find a photographer that will provide you with the perfect service for your wedding day. Now all that’s left is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the planning process!
I found out today that Fearless Photographers accepted me as one of their own.
The process for this was an application and portfolio review. I am excited that I can confidently present a portfolio these days and not sweat too much if it is acceptable. This is a world-wide list, and I am the only name I recognize in the St. Louis area, and certainly the only one in the St. Louis Metro-East.
About Fearless Photographers
Fearless Photographers is a registry of amazing wedding photographers for couples who truly love photography. I consider it an honor to be amongst this crowd of exceptional photographers. They work hard to showcase and celebrate the distinctive wedding photography of their worldwide members.
As part of their company’s philosophy, Fearless Photographers encourages all members to make positive social change in their communities, to embody inclusive and equitable client service and to practice environmental responsibility in caring for our planet.
Fearless Photographers encourages environmental responsibility. They strives to be anti-racist, and for social justice throughout their business. They work to provide equitable access and opportunity and celebrate diversity and inclusivity.
People love wedding photos, but not sure how long they should take. Many people consider wedding photos to be a necessary evil of a wedding day. Brides recognize that they are necessary, but are not sure how long to build into the schedule for them.
As an aside, let me point out here that much depends on your wedding photographer. An organized and charismatic photographer makes all the difference. An organized photographer helps wedding photos go smoothly and efficiently. I put hours of planning into doing them and try to make the process as fun as possible. I have been able to photograph two large families and a bridal party in as little as 30 minutes. This was a challenge: planning for more time is always better.
For family formals I recommend 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size.
You should plan a half hour for bride and groom portraits. Additionally, you should plan an 30-45 minutes for bridal party photos. This, of course, varies by how large and cooperative your bridal party is.
If we travel to additional locations for wedding photos, you will have to gather everything – and everyone – together for transport. It is a good idea to designate a friend who is not in wedding photos to do this for you. Many times we will do the family photos at the ceremony location. The bridal party often travels via party bus to other locations.
St. Louis Wedding Photographer Matthew Kauffmann takes time to introduce himself.
I love to read blogs, but I am horrible about writing them.
But, I recognize that it would be good for me if I did, so here it goes…generally, speaking, this will be examples of my St. Louis Wedding Photography or St. Louis Portrait Photography, and some information that will help you plan or be ready for your wedding or photography session.
As I get started, I thought it might be fun for you to get to know me as a wedding photographer…so I interviewed me, and it was fascinating!
Why did you decide to become a St. Louis wedding photographer?
I think it started because I got to play with some cool toys…but it grew because I can’t tolerate to be mediocre at anything. Later I’ve come to realize it is something I’m called to do (but I’ll spare you the theology behind it).
What is your favorite memory of a St. Louis wedding you’ve photographed?
My favorite memory is the one I’ll make at your wedding. Every wedding has moments that touch my heart, or more importantly the heart of the clients. I will never say ‘I’ve seen it all’ but at this stage it would take a lot to shock me.
What is your favorite thing about being a St. Louis wedding photographer?
My favorite thing about being a St. Louis wedding photographer is knowing that I am creating timeless art that my clients are going to treasure for generations…and I’ve gotten to the point I can do that while having a great deal of fun and lifting the spirits of those around me.
What makes you different from every other St. Louis wedding photographer?
Two things really make me stand out as a wedding photographer, and both are rooted in experience. The first is organization. I spend a lot of energy making sure I understand a client’s vision for their wedding day and then I can make that happen while taking stress off the client. The second is my artistic style. I don’t fall for the latest gimmicks or trends. My art has a timeless appeal that will be as beautiful in a decade as it is today.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
I have two daughters so for me the favorite part of a wedding is always a father/daughter moment. I go crazy for a first-look with dad and the father-daughter dances. A close second would be any moment that is highly sentimental, but when dad is there it’s all over for me.
What is something most people don’t know about you?