My name is Michael Meeks, and I love photographing weddings and senior portraits! Storytelling has evolved through time. Today, it is more important than ever, to tell these stories in a modern way, while never losing sight of the future. One day, I hope that thousands of grandchildren can be emersed in the moment of "I DO!" through the images that I create.
I've found that the people that are drawn to my work, are the ones that care about relationships and not just ceremony. I invest a lot of myself into these relationships, because I want to care about their story, with the same amount of passion, as their closest friends and family.
I would be honored, to tell your story.
Brides and Bokeh is a podcast for wedding couples featuring practical advice from two professional wedding photographers, Michael Meeks and Cara Boyer. It is our hope that with our knowledge and experience we can help you make clutch decisions, avoid common mistakes and ultimately, end up with the wedding of your dreams. We also feature wedding planners, DJ’s, florists and other vendors as occasional guests.
My style is photojournalistic, with touches of lifestyle and fine art.
A very small portion of the day, I do help pose a little, but it's more about putting people in the right place and then letting them act natural. I tend to shoot with wider angle lenses than a lot of contemporary wedding photographers. Although, I do have longer lenses in my bag, I don't believe that I use them as much as most. I'm very intentional about telling the story. I think that one of the best ways to do that, is to include the landscape, the details and everything that is going on during the wedding.
In my early days, I would stand back with a long lens and shoot the dance floor during the reception. While that is non-intrusive, and possibly what couples think that they want, I have learned that it's better to get in the action with a wide lens and capture the magic up close. This doesn't mean that I'm standing next to the couple during their first dance, but you better believe, I'm going to be in your drunk uncle's face, if he decides to start break dancing! It's a tight line to walk, between disappearing during intimate moments and being in the center of everything when everyone is in full party mode.
With both Senior Portraits and wedding portraits, I approach them with the same story-telling attitude. Environment is important, emotion is better. I want my photography to genuinely tell the viewer your story.
Generally, my days are anywhere from eight to twelve hours. I'm pretty much ready for anything and I'm never watching the clock. In special cases, I will work the entire morning and early afternoon, take a break, and then meet somewhere else for an evening festivity. This is your day and I will work around you and your schedule.
It varies by the length of the day, but you can usually expect around 500 delivered images from a wedding and 40 from a Senior Session or Engagement.
The best thing to do is to contact me as soon as you have a venue secured. I REALLY only do twenty five weddings a year and it's first come, first serve. Obviously, Saturdays book up the fastest. If you have a date in mind but are unable to book the venue right away because of a restriction, please drop me a line anyway, and we can at least get the ball rolling.
Yes. I want everything to be perfect for you and that is why everything is all inclusive. Although, I believe that the best way to tell your story is with an Heirloom Box and Album, I also believe that there might be something amazing that you can do with the files, twenty five years from now, as technology progresses.
Yes. All of the photographs are edited for exposure, contrast and color.
Sure. Please just ask and I can direct you to places around the web.
It's a really simple process. Once we have discussed everything, I will send you a Booking Proposal. It has all of the information, including a contract, for us both to sign. You can pay the retainer, which is $1500, right there. This allows me to book travel arrangements as far in advance as necessary. After this, we will stay in touch through out the planning process. The balance is due on the 1st of the month of your wedding day.
I do. While these photos are important to the couple and their relatives, it can also be one of the more stressful parts of the day. I take great care in making these happen as efficiently as possible. We will discuss these in detail before your wedding day.
Absolutely! I can work with you or your wedding planner to make sure that the timeline is perfect. You may or may not be a photographer, so it's up to me to suggest the best times, locations etc for the best lighting. I can also help with the family formal list so that everything runs as smooth as possible.
For the most part, yes. Most of your day will be captured using "natural light." I am also highly skilled at using various lighting equipment, if needed, in dark reception venues, for creative portraiture, or if we decide to do anything at night. I refer to some of this as magic tricks, and I will most likely, pull them out of my bag at one point or another on your day. I am always challenging myself as a photographer and I occasionally teach workshops on this as well.
If you're a photographer, I'll be happy to talk gear with you at any time. Currently I shoot with Canon, Fuji and DJI equipment.
Yes. Please let me know if a venue needs proof.
You will receive your high resolution photographs, via digital download, within 45 days. Your storybook box will take longer, and is actually very dependent on you. I will provide you with proofs and discuss materials such as wood preference, album choice etc. within 60 days but everything that I deliver is 100% handmade and takes a bit of time to be crafted. If you respond to everything in a timely manner, you are likely to receive everything within 120 days.
I ask for one list of photographs and that is the family formals. It's important that we make this process as fast as possible for all parties involved, be it elderly grandparents, or young children. I ask for this list ahead of time, so that I can help you make this process painless for everyone! Although, I have no objection if there is a certain photograph that you want taken, I don't work from a list that you might find on wedding websites, such as The Knot. I believe that every wedding is different and I can't make the bride's father cry on cue, the first time that he sees her. I understand that we live in a Pinterest age, but for me to tell your story in the most unique and special way that I can, I ask that you trust me, to do my job. That being said, at any time during the day, if you, your mother, your third cousin or roommate from college wants a specific photograph, I'm happy to oblige.
Well, I'm glad that you asked :) I call it Chapter One. Chapter One is not for the faint of heart :) It's not for the couple that wants to spend 45 minutes walking around in a field of wild flowers and calling it a day. I want my camera to get to know you and then tell your story to the rest of the world! Check out more here: CHAPTER ONE