12 March 2010

FOTO FRIDAY - JUSTIN EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY





This Friday's featured photographer is Justin Evans of Justin Evans Photography.
My philosophy...
As a wedding photographer, I am privileged to capture the images that will serve as my clients' memories for the rest of their lives.  I strive to create classic, timeless imagery that captures the atmosphere and presence of your wedding day.  My goal is to put my clients at ease so they forget a camera is even in their presence.  This allows me to capture candid, photojournalistic style images that will dramatically tell your story. 

Justin was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his business and a few fun questions. Be sure to visit his website here for more beautiful photos.

What inspired you to become a photographer?

I have always loved art and drawing, but when I discovered wedding photojournalism a few years ago, I was captivated by the raw storytelling aspect of it.  I used to enjoy taking pictures of objects and landscapes, but once I started photographing people, I never looked back! 


What services do you offer a bridal couple? 

My standard package includes unlimited wedding day coverage, digital negatives, and an online proof store.  I also offer Coffee Table Albums & Parent Albums, Proof Prints, and Engagement & Bridal Photo Sessions. 


How do you prepare the day of a wedding? Any special things you do?

In the days leading up to the wedding, I make sure all of my batteries have a fresh charge, touch base with my clients, pack up my camera gear, and organize my paperwork (itineraries, shot lists, contact information, etc.).  Many times I’ll even look through portfolios of other photographers to inspire and motivate me to take my craft to the next level.   


Who influences your work? Which photographers do you follow?

Zack Arias has been a huge inspiration and teacher for my lighting technique.  He always has good practical advice for both photographic technique and business.  

Paul Van Hoy II is my biggest photojournalistic inspiration.  He has an incredible eye for composition and capturing a moment.  


What is the best part of your job? 

I love that no two weddings are the same.  I’m always working in different environments and different people.  This makes the creative possibilities infinite!


What is your photography style? 

Most of the day, I shoot photojournalistic images.  When it comes to taking dramatic portraits, I use an editorial approach. 


What is the most unusual wedding photo request you  have had? 

During a wedding reception earlier this year, the DJ tricked everyone on the dance floor into having me take a series of shots that spelled Y.M.C.A. with their arms.  Of course, he played the song immediately following the pictures! 


What are your favorite shots to take?

I enjoy taking editorial style portraits of the bride and groom alone immediately following the ceremony.  It gives me a chance to be creative with lighting and different environments.  More importantly, it’s the happiest point of the day for the couple, so they are always beaming in the pictures.


Advice for a bridal couple?

On your wedding day, just have fun!  You’ve prepared months for this and when it comes, just let go and enjoy the ride.


Now some fun stuff:


You win a dream vacation……which do you prefer? Vegas or the Bahamas? 

Definitely Vegas!  I’ve been several times to see Elton John’s the Red Piano show and always have had a blast.  The restaurants and hotels are out of this world, and there is always something exciting happening.  


Favorite wedding cake flavor?

I may be a little boring, but you can’t go wrong with vanilla and buttercream icing!


Hobbies?

I love to play the piano and keyboards!  In fact, I play in a band and also at my local church.  I also enjoy hiking, biking, and just being outdoors!


Justin ~ Thanks so much for stopping by and answering questions about wedding photography. 


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