Friday, September 24, 2010

The Photographer Hunt

My brother is an unbelievable photographer. He’s been shooting since he was in his teens and I’ve always been amazed at how he can take something very simple and create a magical perspective on it.  If I had my way, he would shoot my wedding. However, there are two reasons why this won’t happen. One, I don’t want to put my brother to work on the most special day of my life. Two, I still haven’t seen the photos from my college graduation, which was over ten years ago. It’s like that saying about living with a plumber, yours is the last toilet to get fixed. Same with this.

I have been trying find someone who can create those magical moments in an artistic and creative way. Through this process of reviewing wedding photographers, I’m finding an underlying theme; they are all the same.  I am not trying to be uniquely different, not at all, I just want to find someone who can capture this day in a way that reflects my personality. I mean, I am going to have these forever! The website OnceWed has really caught my eye; the wedding stories told  through images are so beautiful and ethereal.

The wedding of Kyla Piercey and Kevin Curley.

Joyelle West is a photographer I came across recently as someone who will get in there with you and create a story behind the camera. What I don’t want to do is tell the photographer what angles to shoot and where we should stand, I think I will be pretty busy that day and the last thing I want to do is organize a photo shoot. Joyelle is one of those creative women that will create the scene for you.  She takes the time to get to know who you are so she can be on your team.

I love this photo, it struck me immediately.  I don’t know what it is;  the clarity, the simplicity, the joy. It’s all of those things together that create a beautiful shot. Her website is full of portraits, editorial, and her travel shots are incredible!  Joyelle is based out of Boston but travels all around. Her website is

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