Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Thor of THOR*tography, based in Saginaw, Michigan! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
My name is Thor and I am working on raising three young kids with my wife in Saginaw, MI. Photography has interested me since I was young but I didn’t really have the gumption to explore photography until I was an adult. Since getting my hands on a camera, I’ve been amazed by the kind of access a camera can provide into other people’s lives and what an incredible tool it is for building friendships. THOR*tography did not start with an especially clear vision, but the more families invited me to photograph their special occasions, the more I honed my approach to provide an artsy documentary style while maintaining a classic perspective with the goal of telling stories about the people in the frame. Wedding photography became a natural extension of this story telling.
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How did you get into wedding photography?
Wedding photography, in my view, is the height of family photography. Rarely will so many friends and family be united in the same place at the same time. Recognizing this made me want to pursue helping couples hold onto the uniqueness and celebration of the wedding day and the people they celebrated with. It is a very special honor to help create images that are going to be viewed for not only during the lifetime of the bride and groom, but in many cases, generations beyond.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
The variation of wedding days fascinates me. It is difficult to say which part is my favorite, but I can say there are certain moments that have a palpable level of emotion. Sometimes this happens when the bride is putting on her dress with the bridesmaids for the first time. Other times it happens during the ceremony when the vows are exchanged. Occasionally, there will be an especially poignant moment during a speech given at the reception. These are the times when I stay glued to my viewfinder poised to translate that emotion into a photograph.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Sometimes things get a little crazy as a reception goes late into the evening…I’ll leave it at that.
What is your favorite venue and why?
My favorite venues are the ones that match the couple getting married there. For example if I am shooting a couple who is an outdoorsy type and they get married in a barn venue, it is just right. A township hall in the middle of the country might not sound like an ideal or “pretty” venue, but when a couple fills it to the brim with guests it is transformed into a palace.
Nikon or Canon?
Fuji AND Nikon. I love cameras. They are fantastic little machines and each serves as a different tool. Usually I’ll use the Fuji X-T1 during preparation because it is small and unintrusive. I feel like it takes down barriers and helps me get close to people without being in the way. The Nikon D800 is a powerhouse of a camera, but comes with more mass and is a little more obvious.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Michigan’s upper peninsula. I grew up in Michigan and have a renewed sense of awe looking at the beauty of the natural landscape of the state. The winters might be a little rough, but the other seasons are full amazing sights.
Prince William and Kate Middleton. I’m still pulling for photographing little Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte someday. Hey, you never know.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
It is easy to look at what others are doing and lose track of what YOU want to be doing. Sometimes gaining a vision takes time and is full of false starts and stops. Diligence is the most challenging part of being a wedding photographer. You might have a full skill set but still run into unexpected obstacles that can make it tempting to give up. Don’t give up. Do what you do because you believe it.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Perhaps the most important part of choosing a wedding photographer is making sure you trust your photographer. Your photographer is going to be in your space for much of your wedding day and how photographs are captured can often times influence how you view the photographs in the years to come. Trust that your photographer is looking out for your best interest when he or she is giving suggestions or making recommendations.
Thanks Thor! For more information about THOR*tography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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