The Photographic Journey
by, George Kuchler
Michelle had one beautiful bridal session I cannot wait to share today! Whenever I go to the venue, Race and Religious, I always know my content will be creative and unique. I always like it when I go to a venue that I've been in there hundreds of times before and yet the client in front of me gives me imagery that I have never captured before. When you go to places you've been to so many times you truly have to train your eye to see like a tourist. What I mean by this is if you are new to an area you may recognize things in different areas that the locals may be overlooking. It's so easy to get comfortable and photograph the same way in the same place with the same poses that is absolutely not who I am as a photo graphic artist. My clients have the biggest smiles when they see how excited I get over imagery I'm super proud of creating with them. You need to go I knew would race and religious would offer me I was excited to see the results that Michelle and I conquered.
Now I say conquered because we both had an idea of what we wanted but how the session actually evolved could not have been planned.
For me, a bridal session is not just a handful of pictures of the bride and her dress. I am always seen this session to be a trial run of the wedding day. Can she sit in her dress? Can she bend in her dress? Does everything fit correctly or does anything need to be hemmed or let out? You would be surprised how many brides change their mind on their trial run of make up, hair style, and even the dress will be altered in someway due to what happened during our portrait session. The one thing I always tell my brides Is how stress free it is on your wedding day when these things that are brought to your attention about your dress or handled prior to your wedding day. Can you imagine getting a new dress for the first time, your make up, and your hair styled and you aren't 100% thrilled?? I cannot stand stress and I have learned over my career that most stress is self inflicted. You've always heard about how to be prepared but do we actually do it?
So for every bride who is thinking about whether or not they want to do a bridal session please keep the above in mind. The wedding day is in constant motion and stopping to adjust or fix something renders it self into the negative experience which I do not want you to haveSo for every bride who is thinking about whether or not they want to do a bridal session please keep the above in mind. The wedding day is in constant motion and stopping to adjust or fix something renders it self into the negative experience which I do not want you to have!
Michele and Christopher got married last weekend and I cannot wait to show off images from their wedding soon. Michele's bridal session has been sitting in this post and waiting to be published and I am so excited to hit the button. To see more of her bridal session click here!
So many images to share with this beautiful wedding! I'll let the images do the speaking instead of me boring you with my words. Moments happen and we take the picture...being able to SEE the moments happening has become a true gift for me as a photographer.
Both moms were fluffing the gown....click!
First look emotions are always gems to capture.
I have photographed this area for over 23 years and THIS IMAGE WAS A FIRST! I always tell other photographers to Shoot Like A Tourist and appreciate ALL of your surroundings!
SERIOUSLY......this light though?!
The Boogie Men really know how to keep a party dancing!!!
I'm so proud of all the guest who lined up and actually did as I asked when throwing the confetti, because this image is priceless!
This is why I love my weddings. I love being able to use all of my creative knowledge and attack the scenes in front of me, so I can give my brides and grooms the ending results they deserve. I work very hard at my job and I cannot tell you the satisfaction I get when my clients are thrilled with their images. One day I'll be gone and my work left behind will always represent who I am as an artist.
The best way for me to explain Shelby and Jonathan to you is to just show you the images! :)
I love it when a guy is cool enough to have his Iphone in his pocket playing music they can dance to. The movement these two gave me was inspiring. When I don't have to pose every single frame I get the chance to allow moments to happen. I like to nudge the couple to have fun and be the "Couple" they are for their engagement session. I know many people aren't comfortable in front of the camera because their expectations of themselves are so high but not sure if they can deliver. I always take the approach of spying on you as if you were on a date or just taking a stroll.
Shelby and Jonathan have that fun delightful spark you like seeing in a happy couple. I think we laughed together more than we tried posing certain ways. A woman smiles and grins a certain way when her man is whispering in her ear, holding her waist or simply looking into her eyes. These are the aspects I like to showcase in my wedding photography, not a pose or a lighting feature...I want my clients to show me the love. The following images are just a few of my favs. I'm working on a video to better showcase how I do...what I do for my You tube channel.
As a pro photographer it's my job to pose the client in the best light possible. I used to always use a flash with a softbox but honestly I like good old fashion sunlight the best. Nothing looks more organic to me than God's light. I love finding a location that has swooping sunlight at the right time of the day. I'll arrive at the location we discussed days before to check out where the light falls across certain areas before I have my client in front of me. Every aspect of your actions will determine the outcome of your session and your professionalism. Nothing feels better then taking your bride's hand and leading her to a spot you found hours or days before and creating something beautiful because you "Found The Light!"
The following image is impressive how the sun is perfectly painting the scene from left to right. Directing my bride to fall into the sunlight gives the viewer's eye a painterly scene to appreciate.
If you are a budding photographer or a seasoned pro, I hope I encouraged you to stop and find the light. Finding your control with your photography will help your inner artist shine! -GK
Kelsey and Matthew called me for their wedding and we discussed going somewhere unique for their engagement session. I am ALWAYS up for somewhere new!!! We decided to go to Kelcey's family farm since she has so much history there. The good Lord was good to us providing crazy good weather and a sunset you always pray for! These images were captured in both digital and film media. The following was posted on Kelsey's Facebook page...
Thank you GK Photography for capturing our engagements at such a special place to us. Also, a huge thank you to my wonderful fiance' & my in-laws is due for working so hard to get the farm looking fantastic for our pictures. Matthew planted the sunflowers by hand for me, and he timed it perfectly so they would be just right for the photos. I am one lucky lady to be marrying a man who would do anything to make me smile.
Now check out these epic images!
Matthew actually planted these flowers by hand in time for them to bloom for our session! Now that's a first for me! That's gonna be hard to beat. :)
Lauren and I utilized the beautiful day we had at City Park to it's fullest. I love to find little nooks that nobody else uses for my photography. The quality off light was just beautiful as it sculpted Lauren and her gown.
These 2 images were the most voted on through my Facebook Live Voting broadcast.
When a photograph speaks volumes it is truly inspiring to look at. Usually the first 10 images taken in a session can be thrown away because the nerves are still on edge. In order to get the realness of a couple I need them relaxed and having fun. While I scan the room for the best quality of light, backgrounds that compliment and which angle will work the best...my main goal is to capture my couples as who they are together. Sure I can pose them everywhere but it's just not who I am as an artist!
This image was within the first 10 shots and I just LOVE how obviously adorable they are together. They way I can assist my couples with relaxing, letting go of the nerves and how to just have fun is something I just cannot bottle up for social media. Who I am reflects in the images as well.
For many years I have been blessed with clients that truly compliment who I am as a person. I had such a hard time deciding on the one image to post for Instagram, so I created a Facebook live showing my audience 6 of my favs for them to vote on. This image was the winner and funny enough the one I wanted to post. :)
As promised here are the other 5 I just had to show off! -Cheers
Check out this video Caleb was lucky to have recorded. He didn't have plans on this happening but they ran into his aunt and he told her the scoop. Now you can SEE how Caleb proposed to Alyssa!
This is Ashley and Danny. The amount of laughs we had on their wedding day was enormous. Danny's family owns this amazing orange grove which you see in the image posted. I had so much fun capturing their Mr. and Mrs. session with film and digital media. The beautiful open space gave me much room for creativity. I couldn't believe how much variety I created in only one area. Why move to a building for a background when you have this wonderful site in front of you?
The Film Images
The next image truly sums up their relationship! I love watching them make each other laugh. Laughter to me is the key to any happy marriage. Elizabeth and I laugh about the silliest things it seems and I always enjoy seeing her big beautiful smile. :)
Now for my favorite image of the day.
It was the last frame in the camera and I didn't know if it really got exposed. All of the film images were created with a Yashica twin reflex and Tmax BW. Stay Focused!
I have always loved the many different ways you can train your eyes to look at things. I always back off from my subject just enough to look like I'm catching you in the moment. The top image was exactly that! The bottom image was after I ran inside and showed them were I would like to see them standing just talking to each other. The most direction I gave was talk to each other then "Show Me The Love" between you two. :)
Perspective is one of the hardest things to learn as a photographer. Tell yourself to shoot all around your subject. This will force you to see the angles that are not presented to you at the moment. Doing this action is how I "Find" the shot. Even if you are photographing your kids at home. Get out of their faces and back up to get the scene. You'll be surprised how different your photography will look once you "Find the Shot!"
"Photography is my life!"
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