Over the past couple of months, I’ve come across a handful of really great wedding vendors in the Fort Collins area. You may recall my earlier blog post on Pink Diamond Events. And today, I’d like to share with you my interview with Mark Creery, of Mark Creery Photography. Mark has been in the business a long time – 13 years! And over those years, he has built up an impressive resume and a long list of happy clients.
[Ryan] How would you describe your particular approach to wedding photography? What makes you different?
[Mark] I take a more laid-back, photo-journalistic approach to weddings by anticipating and capturing candid moments and mixing these with artistic portraits that express real emotions. I excel at bringing out the true personalities of my couples while still showing off the amazing scenery that they chose their venue for. My style showcases vibrant, true-to-life colors with clean backgrounds that the couples pop off of, which I think sets me apart from a lot of photographers.
What kinds of things can a groom do to look his best in his wedding photos? Any common mistakes that grooms are making in your experience?
The best thing he can do to look great is to get a custom suit or tux. I’ve seen plenty of baggy rental suits that made the groom look much heavier than he actually is.
Often the groom and groomsmen struggle with putting the boutonnieres on and I end up jumping in to help. If the florist isn’t there to put them on then it’s nice if someone can get a demonstration before they leave. Common mistakes are having the pins showing or the boutonnieres tilting off of the lapel too much. Learning how to fold your pocket squares before the wedding is a good idea too.
With the strong Colorado sun it’s easy to get sunglass tan lines before the wedding, which can show in photos. So wear sunscreen leading up to the big day if you can.
When searching for a wedding photographer, what are the important qualities that a couple should be looking for?
The most important thing is to feel like you connect well with him/her and their style. The photographer will be spending a large part of their day hanging out with you, more than any other vendor, so it’s important to like each other. Finding someone who comes across professional and organized should reflect on the care they take in their business to deliver the highest quality product.