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Capturing Your Wedding Day | 6 Things I WON’T Do as Your Wedding Photographer

Your wedding day is a momentous occasion, a celebration of love, commitment, and the start of your journey together. As a wedding photographer, my mission is to preserve every single precious moment – each stolen glance and every heartfelt emotion that fills your special day. It’s about ensuring that your wedding photos become a cherished keepsake, a visual story that you’ll revisit with joy for generations to come. Your wedding day is about you, your love, and your unique vision, which is why there are 6 Things I Won’t Do as Your Wedding Photographer. Your trust and comfort are paramount and your wedding day should unfold just the way you envision it. As your wedding photographer, I’m here to support your journey every step of the way. Here is what to expect when you choose me to capture your wedding day.

6 Things I Won’t Do as Your Wedding Photographer 

1. Edit in the Latest Trends

Oftentimes, photographers edit and alter images to fit the latest trending style. While I love a good trend and like to keep things modern and fresh, my photography style is a commitment to timelessness. I will continue to photograph and edit with a clean and classic framework – ensuring the colors of the day are true to life. My signature light, clean, and classic style also ensures the photos stand the test of time. I want my couples to love their images today and still love them 50 years later. Trends are fun, but I will never let them overshadow capturing the timeless essence of your day.

light and romantic wedding images by Chicago wedding photographer Alex Ferreri

2. Focus ONLY on images of the couple, the pretty details, and decor

Who doesn’t love beautiful details and magazine-worthy wedding portraits? I know I do! However, this isn’t my only focus as your wedding photographer! Yes, I will still capture those stunning wedding photos that will hang on the walls of your home for years to come, but I will also intentionally focus on capturing images that reflect your wedding day and the feeling and emotions connected to it.

When you look back at your images, I want them to evoke a feeling and bring you back to that very moment allowing you to relive it. I want my couples to relive not just the beauty of their day, but also the authentic, heartfelt memories, emotions, and connections.

While you are my main focus, I won’t only focus on you! I will also take plenty of images of the people who matter most to you – your family and friends. Weddings are one of the few occasions ALL your loved ones are gathered together in one place, and I want each couple to have images of the people they love – images that tell a story.

3. Approach YOUR Wedding the Same as Every Other Wedding

I will never treat your wedding day the same as every other wedding, capturing the same details, poses, and images from wedding to wedding. While, I know that many wedding day events are the same, but the people, their vision, and their priorities are all different. I will take each of these things into consideration as I photograph your wedding; your story, your priorities, and your unique personalities guide my approach. I aim to create a personalized experience for each couple, and that means tailoring my photography to reflect who you are as a couple.

Your priorities for photos are my priorities – always. I will ask you questions like, what details are most important to you? What’s different and fun about your day? Who’s most important? Then I will go capture those things … and more! When you receive your final wedding gallery, the images shouldn’t look like all your friends’ wedding photos; they should be unique to you. You should see yourself in the images and others who view the images should feel like they were there.

4. Make You Feel Like Just Another Client

Quality over quantity! This is a special day. It’s one of the most monumental moments of your life. When it’s all over, the images are all you have left.  You should love the images fully and equally, AND love the experience of having them taken. Every couple deserves a photographer who gets excited for them AND with them. I’m with my couples and the wedding party all day and I am not just there to take pictures; I am there to connect with you, share in your joy, and make the experience of capturing your memories and portraits enjoyable.  I believe and value connection and trust with my clients.  

Since I value providing an individual photography experience that is built on connection, trust, and quality, I only take only a limited number of weddings each year. This helps ensure we’re the perfect fit and allows me to deliver a personalized experience to every couple.

5. Force Moments and Poses or Awkwardly Direct You

I value authenticity and I want my clients to not only feel comfortable interacting naturally but also feel like their images are a true reflection of who they truly are. I’ll let your dynamic personalities guide me — as I guide you. If you’re bubbly and silly, I’ll bring out that side. If you’re soft and quiet, I’ll bring that side out. In either case, your images will be true to you and show off your individual personality and your connection to each other.

However, I will never force or create a moment, push you into unnatural poses or create an awkward moment to get a photo. Instead, I will capture the real you, allowing your personalities to shine, because your images should always reflect you, your personality, and your story, authentically. My goal: when your kids or grandkids look at your wedding pictures, I want them to think, “Wow, look at that—they still hug each other just like that!” 

6. Make You Question What’s Next or Feel Unsettled

Your wedding day can be exhilarating and, at times, overwhelming. As your photographer, I want to be your source of calm and fun, as well as your professional who’s got your best interests at heart. You can rely on me to guide you and your loved ones through the photography journey with professionalism —sprinkled with a little wit and charm.

Much like you, I’m laid back, easy-going, and can get along with just about anyone, and while I take my job and your wedding very seriously, I don’t take myself that way. I’ll make your groom and his buddies laugh, charm your dad, and take care of your mom. I will also pleasantly, but efficiently, command the room when it’s time for family portraits and keep things moving so we stay on track. I am here to ensure that your wedding day flows seamlessly, so you can relax and enjoy your day.

Your wedding day is and should be all about you – what matters most to you. And while I will never do the 6 things mentioned above, I WILL always put you first and ensure your images perfectly represent your unique and special wedding day. As your wedding photographer, you won’t just get pretty images, you’ll get an experience that’s as enjoyable as it is memorable.


View more timeless wedding day moments and romantic engagements on the blog: 

Elegant Theater On The Lake Wedding

Chic Garden Inspired Wedding at Revel Motor Row 

Classic and Romantic wedding at River Forest Country Club

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