A few months ago, I saw a viral TikTok of a wedding photographer that did acrobatics and acted crazy to get reactions from his subjects. Seeing it made me laugh and I thought, “Man, I wish I had that much energy.” But the truth is, I already bring that much energy, just refrain from the potential hospital stay from a broken ankle. I bring it in a way that is my own – awkwardly hilarious, a contagious and sometimes annoying laugh, and dance moves that are uncomfortable to watch. Basically, I’m my best self behind a camera.
So the question is, would you rather have a wedding photographer that makes you laugh so hard you blow champagne out your nose or one that gets that amazing couple’s shot with your veil in the wind? Ooorr get you one that can do both?
Remember looking at your parents’ wedding pictures? The ones I’ve seen are very posed, rigid, and awkward. I can just imagine a photographer standing there silently after telling them he’s going to take a photograph of them before they cut the cake. Like, how awkward is that? But I feel like that was the norm back then. Just say “pose,” point, and shoot and go on about your business.
These days, it’s a lot more fun. We literally make insane Cockatoo sounds to get children to look at us and smile. We tell ridiculous jokes from a third-grader joke telling book to get you to laugh at how ridiculous we are. We tell you to fake laugh until you real laugh and to look at each other and cross your eyes. It gets real goofy out here. But the result is magical. Genuine laughter and joy is the result. And the crazy thing is that we’re adjusting our settings and making sure no one’s hair is falling, we’re framing our photos and focusing our lens on your eyes, all while encouraging true laughter.
Is it possible to get an amazing experience with a photographer and stellar photos? Yes. Is it easy or cheap? No. We end an eight-hour wedding day with blisters on our feet, a raspy voice, and a very full bladder, and every single moment was completely worth it. We’ve spent years training to be a comedian through trial and error, years learning our equipment settings (there are so, so many) and editing, years honing our skills to best meet your needs.
Is it possible to get an amazing experience with a photographer and mediocre photos? Yep. Some people are naturally hilarious and vibrant (I envy them) and are just starting out with photography. But at least you’ll still have genuine emotion present in your photos because he’ll make you laugh. What about amazing photos but a dull experience? Probably not, but maybe, if you’re a great actor and have posed in front of a camera before.
Moral of the story: get you a wedding photographer that you connect with, someone who can make you laugh, and can create beautiful images with technical skill and experience. Maybe you and I aren’t a great match, and that is totally ok. I want you to find the photographer that is a great match for you, both in personality and photographic skill.
- Whitney + Michael, 7.8.22
"Choosing Kensey to be our photographer for our wedding and engagement photos, was the best wedding decision we made! When planning for our wedding, we made a decision that photos were going to be our top priority since they last a lifetime and beyond.My family was blown away by how good Kensey was and kept asking me how I found her. It was definitely a blessing that I will be thankful for for a lifetime!"
"Kensey’s passion and dedication for making your wedding vision come to life is absolutely incredible."
- Kailey + Jared, 7.23.22
"Kensey was amazing from day one! I hired her to be the photographer for my daughter's engagement photos. We were so impressed that we booked her immediately for the wedding. She went above and beyond to make us happy and that is saying a lot considering we have such a big family! She went with the flow and anything we threw her direction she did with a smile on her face. She helped make my daughter's day the most perfect day and now we have the memories to prove it. Don't hesitate to book Kensey! Book her now!!"
"She went above and beyond to make us happy..."
- Kirsty + Collin, 12.3.21
My husband and I were so happy with Kensey. She is very professional, yet personable and fun! She’s invested in her couples and does everything she can to meet every need. She even had a sewing kit when my husbands button popped off of his jacket and held onto my shawl just in case I needed it during the wedding since it was a little chilly out! She is so easy to communicate with and captured so many amazing moments. We’re so happy with our photos and will cherish them for a lifetime.
"She’s invested in her couples and does everything she can to meet every need."