How long have you been photographing weddings?
I photographed my first wedding when I was still in college- about 13 years ago now. Wow, I feel old!
What is your photography background?
My interest in photography began at a really young age with the influence of my dad, who enjoyed photographing landscapes. After he introduced me to the camera when I was about eight, I took summer enrichment courses to learn my way around the darkroom and in fourth or fifth grade began developing my own film and prints.
I'm very fortunate to have a photography degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a prestigious university in upstate New York known for having one of the two best photo schools in the country. Although it seems like a long time ago now, my education gave me an excellent foundation from which to build and really helped to shape my creative eye.
Prior to going full-time in this new business, I worked as the in-house staff photographer at the iconic TIVOL Jewelers in Kansas City and had images published in various magazines and printed on billboards across KC.
What kind of equipment do you use?
My primary camera is a Canon 5D Mark III, a top of the line professional DSLR. I have a few different professional lenses that I use as well as two Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite flashes, for modifying light on- and off-camera.
How much can I expect to spend?
I offer three packages starting at $1,750 and can also put together a custom package for you based on what you're looking for specifically. See "pricing" for complete information.
What is your approach to shooting weddings?
I love beautiful portraiture and I love photojournalism. When shooting a wedding, of course I like to set aside a bit of time for lovely, well-lit portraits, but I also like to spend much of the day just observing and capturing real life moments. This is your wedding day- the day you have thought about and dreamed about probably your whole life. I want you to be able to enjoy it- enjoy your family, enjoy your new spouse- not worry about stopping to pose for a picture every two minutes. For me personally, I think that a wedding should be a day where you can take in all of the magic and truly have fun- it should not turn into one big photo shoot. I want you to be able to look back at your photos and see real moments and real emotions- that's where the magic is.
How many weddings do you shoot per year?
To give each couple my full attention, I only shoot a maximum of one wedding per weekend and in total, photograph up to 30 weddings per year.
If we decide to hire you for our wedding, what happens next?
I'm a big believer in having a true partnership with my clients. I like to have an open dialogue leading up to your big day so that I can be sure all of your questions are answered and I know exactly what you'll be looking for from me. My clients are my first priority and the more comfortable I can make you in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding, the more it will show in your final photos!
Are you insured?
Yes. I carry full liability insurance under Black Walnut Photography, LLC.
Do you do destination weddings?
Yes, destination weddings are the best! This photo of Helen was taken at her beautiful wedding in Jamaica. I've had the pleasure of shooting a couple of times there as well as all across this fine country. My own destination wedding next summer will be in Wisconsin, so it doesn't even need to be somewhere tropical. :) Contact me for more info.
What organizations are you associated with?
I am a proud member of WPPI- Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, I have a prominent listing on The Knot website as well as a print ad in The Knot KC/MO Magazine, and I also have a featured listing on WeddingWire.com.