How you approach taking photos is just as important as taking good photos. I believe photos should be captured, not created.
With a background in news coverage and editorial work, I have covered both national and local news in the greater DC and Baltimore areas since 2004. I’ve worked in freelancer and staff positions for news organizations such as ZUMA Press, The Baltimore Examiner, Getty Images, and SIPA Press. My images are regularly provided for publications around the world. Feel free to take a look at www.jamesberglie.com to see more of my work.
I carry my experience in news and editorial coverage of events to my wedding work. I approach every wedding the same way I would any editorial event I am sent to cover. Often on news assignments I am put in situations with restricted access or an inability to move around freely because of the threat of interfering with the event itself. This is the reason why there are often press-pits at events, otherwise every political figure would always have a ton of photographers in his or her face, interrupting the flow of the event, or even worse, interfering at an event where the sanctity and seriousness of the event is compromised.
While this seems like a pretty simple and common sense approach, my experience in the wedding industry has shown me that much of my competition does not understand this concept. I have seen photographers who completely take over the entire wedding day, bringing people reluctantly to each posed photo they want to set up, interrupting conversations and interrupting people eating so they can have a “table shot.” I’ve also seen cameramen who set up fake scenes in which they have scripts they want acted out. Sadly, others have been so close to the bride and groom during the ceremony that they are literally walking on the bride’s dress.
Situations like these simply appall me. As a photographer, I believe that how you approach your work is equally important as your work itself. In my opinion, I am here to cover the events of your day, not to be a part of the day. My goal is to cover your wedding while being as discreet as possible. I do not re-create scenes and ask you to act them out; I do not run around and do “table shots,” and I never take photos of anyone while they are eating. I try my best to be as invisible as possible throughout the day, only having a strong presence when it is my time to produce the posed photos which typically follow the ceremony.
If you are looking for a very traditional feel to your wedding photos, then I am not the right photographer for you. Please take your time when viewing my gallery. If you appreciate the more photojournalistic style you see in the sample images, then you can count on receiving the same type of style and approach on your wedding day. I aim to be as discreet as possible, allowing my clients to focus on what’s most important – each other. Even if you do not choose Be Photography as your vendor, make sure you find the right photographer to match your style. Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event, and the decision you make about who captures those memories is an important one.