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Stories about Wedding Photographer from Louisville KY Adam Brennan

Photography: All In A Day’s Work

“You can learn the technique, but passion is cultivated through dedication, love, pride and respect in your work.” ~Pierro Bambi

Ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes in photography? The photography industry can be glamorized as beautiful clients, never-ending streams of coffee, and continuous photo opportunities around the world and into the depths of unexplored areas of one’s hometown. The reality of photography though lies in the shadows of these preconceived notions. While those are all very real aspects of photography, there is also a lot of sweat carrying around, setting up and tearing down the gear. There is continuous marketing and learning outside of the photo shoots. In all the glamor a professional photographer is continuously working behind the scenes.

It begins with learning photography and all the different types of photography on one’s own time. Wedding photography is different than commercial photography or documentary photography. First learning to fully control the camera and understanding what each setting needs to be for the type of shoot can take time and practice. Then adding in elements of light and knowing how to manipulate the light to fall softly across the clients face without casting harsh and unflattering shadows. It is understanding that each location has a different light that could change from gorgeous light to severely unflattering within a couple of inches.

Then comes the marketing aspect. It is more than putting up a beautiful website and clients just happen upon it. Google has mostly replaced the Yellow Pages and it has evolved tremendously since its creation. A photographer needs the skillset to optimize their photography website for Google to be able to rank it higher to make it easier for potential clients to find without going into the scary depths that is page 10 on Google.

The best marketing tends to be word of mouth and referrals. It’s constant talking to strangers everywhere you go. It’s more than just selling them on a photography portfolio but genuinely caring about them as a person. Many times, especially in weddings, a photographer may take on a task that doesn’t technically fall within their job description but they do it anyways to keep the day running smoothly for the bride, groom and their family. Marketing photography isn’t just selling a skillset, it’s creating relationships and expanding the community. Most clients tend to become friends or good acquaintances after a while.

A photographer doesn’t typically work the traditional 9 to 5, a lot of the work is done in between shoots. Unpacking gear, processing + developing many photos, keeping up with a website, maintaining communication with clients and preparing for the next shoot are a typical day’s work. There isn’t a whole lot of room for sick days or personal vacations unless it happens to fall in between shoots and even then there is always more work left to be done. A photographer’s work is their lifestyle. It doesn’t turn on when they clock in or turn off when they get home. It is every day observing the beauty of the world and the people’s lives filling it.

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Louisville Lexington Wedding Sendoff

It wasn’t until I came across Louisville Lexington Kentucky wedding photographer, Adam Brennan’s work.

There are a whole lot of things I remember about my wedding day 12 years ago. I remember that we only had 2 months to plan it before our move to Texas. I remember that the groom and I were both awkward and not particularly anxious to be the center of attention for a whole day. I remember vendors miraculously being available 2 months before a June wedding in the Seattle area. I even remember the vendors. Most of all, I remember the feelings of that day. But of the things I most remember, those feelings, I don’t have real record of, and fear losing the most.

When you plan a wedding in 2 months, when the top recommended vendors just happen to be available, you don’t question, you don’t hesitate, you just throw up a quick prayer of gratitude, book ’em and keep rollin’. And we did. 12 years ago everyone didn’t have websites to check out and digital photography meant books of tiny photo thumbnails to pour over. Referrals required actually calling a past bride and groom and talking to them.

Truth be told, I had no idea what I was doing anyways. Even when I called the referral number for the photographer, I was basically making a general inquiry to make sure the photog hadn’t started any bar fights or thrown a camera at the mother of the groom. I hadn’t been the girl planning my wedding day since I was 6, artistic is not a word often associated with me and if a wedding planner tells me “goodness yes, this guy” I will believe her. And after the fact as I did, indeed, pour over what seemed like millions of microscopic thumbnails, I just remember feeling “blah.” My husband was handsome, there were a couple of me that looked like me in a wedding dress, there were some sweet ones of kids on the dance floor, all the people we wanted were in there, but I just couldn’t connect and beat myself up a little, thinking I was being too critical.

It wasn’t until I came across Louisville Lexington wedding photographer Adam

‘s work, years later, that I finally began to understand the disconnect for me. I mentioned earlier that the groom and I are awkward and that’s being kind. We are Chandler Bing in front of a camera and couldn’t bring ourselves to dramatically stare into each other’s eyes in front of a well placed potted plant. It simply wasn’t us. And as I scrolled through Adam’s work, I was wowed that the Louisville Lexington wedding photographer Adam found all the emotions and all the feelings and all the things I wanted to remember, in brief heart-achingly simple moments. There were no manufactured moments or feelings. Weddings, by nature, bring plenty of the real thing.

The moments I remember are the glimpses of loved ones simply being a part of the day that changed my life so much. I remember the moment my dad first looked at me in my dress and I could have sworn he teared up. The kiss my sister blew me after singing at my wedding. All of the personal moments that are special on their own, without any need to create it. The real stuff. And there, picture after picture in Adam’s gallery, was the real stuff, caught by someone who trusted it was more than enough because it was perfect.

Which brings me to the whole point of this. What would I have done differently? What questions would I have asked? Could I have had a different experience?

If I could do it all over again, the only thing I would have done differently is really take the time to be honest and examine my priorities. I would appreciate a time in technology that allows access to some many people and their work and their vision and I would talk to them. What do they “see” at weddings? What do they “see” as their role in my wedding? Are they making perfect pictures and photo ops, or are they capturing memories and moments?

I think before anyone chooses a wedding photographer, you need to know what’s important to you. Do you have the pictures in your head that you have always wanted or have seen somewhere and the “glossiness” of the photos are a deciding factor? That’s a real thing. And it’s a fine thing. I have friends who could have drawn their wedding albums before the event ever happened and to get what you want is going to be the most important thing you can do, so be honest with yourself. Be really honest.

For most, I believe, you desire, Louisville Lexington wedding photographer, Adam’s unique gift of finding the balance between traditional “wedding pictures”, and finding raw moments. And each one is infused with the sweetness and the emotion that magically captures people and not faces. That haven’t been photoshopped to the point where you just see a picture. I have photos Adam took at a friend’s wedding that I actually laughed out loud at, along with the moment in the photo because it was so real. It was exactly her, as I always think of her, in the middle of her beautiful laugh and then I cried. It was perfect.

So get out there. Visit sites, visit people, talk to them about your priorities and get honest. Get really really honest with yourself. If you have a photo list a mile deep of pictures you definitely want included, tell them. If you want a good party and the photographic evidence to go with it, tell them. But before anything else, I would say visit Louisville Lexington wedding photographer Adam Brennan’s site and really look at the pictures. You can have all the beauty and more with someone who has the talent and the confidence to let your special day determine the special moments and a wedding photographer who is patiently looking for them.

– Lindsay Cruser, Lexington, KY.

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Photography Beyond the Wedding

As a Louisville Lexington wedding photographer, I find my relationship with the couples to go beyond the wedding day. I love the fact that I have the opportunity to continue to document their lives. When I am asked to be part of new miles stones in their lives, It’s a privilege and a responsibility I don’t take lightly. One of my couples who who had a Lexington, KY wedding I photographed almost 2 years ago asked me to photograph their new born. On my way home I received a text from her and she reminded me I have been present at her  two major milestones in her life. Her wedding and her newborn. As I drove home late that night, it put a smile on my face. It makes all the long hours of being a Louisville Lexington wedding photographer worth it. If you would like to view some of wedding photography work, click on this link to visit my website at http://www.picturesbyab.com.

Lexington Wedding Couple Hire Wedding Photographer Adam Brennan to photograph newborn.

Lexington Wedding Couple Hire Wedding Photographer Adam Brennan to photograph newborn.

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