About I Best Wedding & Portrait Photographers in Prague
I am not keen on talking about myself. It is not that I have nothing interesting to say, it's just that I would rather find out who you are, how you two met, those funny stories that brought you together, and especially - why here and now?
I know it is fashionable to say how much I love everything associated with weddings - truth is: I prefer to let me images speak for me... I do love this and I am a nervous wreck the night before thinking of the timeline, the couples wishes and locations and the what ifs?
My photojournalism instructor used to say: 'don't show me what it looks like, show me what it feels like.' Truth is, that is quite challenging and something I strive to do every time I pick up the camera. For me there is no greater reward than capturing a beautiful, intimate moment shared between two people on one of the most important days of their lives. Knowing that these images I capture can bring so much joy and will be looked upon fondly for many years is one of the biggest reasons why I left photojournalism.
I also enjoy creating very specialized portrait sessions (and especially those pre wedding photo shoots) as such - I accept only a limited number of wedding commissions each year. But I can assure you with this limitation comes great benefit. I will not only be your photographer but will also be your confidant in assisting you in choosing the best locations for the best and truly unforgettable experiences if your day allows it. I will also share with you those professionals who share in my belief of providing exceptional service and quality. These professionals are well known for their talent, style and personality in creating a truly bespoke experience. This also includes those special ladies who create truly bespoke wedding experiences for couples who seek something extraordinary.
As one who has worked with many of the wedding planning agencies in Prague I can also provide you with an honest take on who you should really consider for your dream wedding as you truly only get one shot. Please note that I am not officially represented by any Prague wedding agency - as such my opinions are based on my personal experiences.
If you wish to arrange a time to chat to discuss your needs I would be quite happy to arrange a time. After all for many couples this is a once in a lifetime investment and having someone who is on your side (even if you go elsewhere) is valuable in it's own right.
And if you really need to know - what I treasure: my family, my children, English Bulldogs, wonderful friends, books (reading and collecting) and live music... And yes, as an American I am incredibly lucky to call Prague my adopted home.
1st Picture - the usual crazy scene when I am capturing a big portrait session on the Charles Bridge and our friends from around the world join in (without asking of course). Plus the always smiling videographer Cary taking it all in standing behind me. (photo from our crazy Aussie lighting professional Stefan Raycanovski)
2nd Picture - 1st row bottom left to right Zu, our wonderful lighting pro who is at the best cinematography school in Poland (we miss you Zu!), Alpha & Rose who traveled over from Hong Kong to have their whirl wind 12 - hour pre wedding (their first of 3 in Europe). Second row, Peter (video & lighting), Kurt (stills and clearly out of shape due to those crazy hours) and Cary (with the biggest grin - video).
How does one characterize my work? How about creative, moment driven, editorial magazine style with flare - literally and figuratively (no fake sunbursts or photoshopping): where capturing real moments are key to each images success. Some will call it reportage and I am quite ok with that. I can also pose too for those very important portraits where you wish to look your absolute best.
What is my background?
Professionally I have worked as a photojournalist with The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Mother Jones, Spectrum Pictures and many magazines worldwide. I have covered assignments in: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, Belarus, Russia and many countries in Europe...
Additionally I spent 3-years photographing celebrities in Berlin for Getty Images and Wire Images after tiring of the reportage workload and yes, of the travel... Some of the 'celebrities' were interesting and those Berlin parties were fantastic (the ones I remember). But to be honest, photographing celebrities is quite boring, tedious work, with very little creativity as celebrity imagery are so controlled & contrived...
Before moving to Europe, I was a very young, Director of Photography at The University of Louisville Athletic Dept.
In addition, I was also the event & personal photographer for Muhammad Ali and his foundation and I feel honored to have spent so much time with Muhammad and meeting many of the greats of boxing. Being from Louisville definitely has its perks (a big shout out to Tom Cruise - we had a great laugh about his time growing up in Louisville).
I majored in Photojournalism/Fine Art at WKU one of America's top photojournalism programs well renowned for producing the very best photojournalists in the world.
The truth is, I have won some of the biggest prizes in international photojournalism including: 2 - 1st Place Awards in the Best of Photojournalism as well as a hand full of Czech Press Photo Awards and a coveted Sports Photographer of the Year award. Yet, the best award: being told that American couples traveled to the Ukraine and adopted children after they viewed my documentary project on Ukraine's street children and their plight.
Knowing that my reportages gave children a new chance at life is priceless. It is the highlight of my very short and wonderful photojournalism career and I am still quite humbled by this experience. Honestly, there is no award that can ever top. The only other experience that topped that feeling - holding my newborn daughter in my hands for that very first time. Now that was truly awesome.
But enough about me, I want to hear about you, where you two are coming from, how you met and why here and now?