All about us, how we work, and what to expect from your personal photographer/giant-for-a-day.
Dennis graduated from Brown University in 2004 with degrees in Psychology, Economics, and Having A Really Good Time and has been working full-time as a professional photographer for over 11 years.
He comes from a photographic background of shooting headshots for actors, models, and celebrities, hence his distinct ability to create a comfortable environment to capture very specific moments and emotions within an extremely small time frame - key for weddings, where every second counts!
You can view Dennis's other work at www.denniskwanheadshots.com
He is 6'7". Does not play basketball. Is terrified of spiders. Enjoys traveling and attending fancy parties. And has a serious addiction to meatballs.
A Note From DK
To start, I detest the word "vendor"...
It's a boring word for a boring job, and my job is anything but boring.
Your wedding photographer should be MUCH more than just a "vendor". After all, this is your wedding, one of the most important days of your life, and you're going to be spending more time with me than any other person (except maybe your bride or groom...MAYBE).
I'm going to be responsible for capturing moments and memories that will last you a lifetime. That's a lot more than what the popcorn salespeople at your local movie theater do for you (which is what comes to mind when I hear the word "vendor").
If you're hiring me, I'm going to be your best friend (if only for 10 hours), I'm going to make sure you look gorgeous, and I'm going to be a part of your day from start to finish. Which is why I prefer to think of myself as a guest with a camera.
Furthermore, I am a giant (6'7"). Which means I attract a lot of curiousity and attention, making friends as I go. But which also allows me to stay out of the way, taking great paparazzi-like pictures without having to be in-your-face, as nobody gets in my way.
As your day progresses, I'll become a favorite of your mom, your dad, your bridesmaids, your drunkyface aunt, and I'll become part of the party - chasing down your hors d'oeuvre people, grabbing beers with your friends and family, jumping around on the dancefloor - allowing me to capture intimate moments of your loved ones having the time of their lives.
As you may have read from my bio, I love a fancy party. And a wedding is the epitome of a fancy party. And I LOVE a wedding.
Are you ready for the greatest day of your life? I am!
(Please make sure they feed me. Giants are always hungry.)
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Your wedding day will probably be the happiest day of your life. You’ll look your absolute best. Ever. And it will probably be the first and last time your family and friends are all in one place, celebrating YOU.
Finding a great wedding photographer (even if it’s not me) should be your top priority. Guests go home, flowers die, your dress will be packed away never to be worn (or fit-into) again. Wedding photos are an investment.
People often balk at the price of wedding photography. They say, "that's so much money for just one day!" But look at it this way: You might spend thousands of dollars on a wedding dress or flowers or a venue or on catering which you are going to have for only one day, but your photographs will be the only thing you have to remember that one day for the rest of your lives.
A lot of couples under-budget and under-prioritize when it comes to photography, and it upsets me greatly when I see friends or acquiantances post horrifically sub-par “professional” wedding photos online. When you look for a photographer...make sure you're not "settling" or compromising quality in order to save a few dollars. If you're going low-budget (under 2K)...you may be better off not hiring anyone at all and using that money toward something else, because quite honestly any wedding photographer who charges that little couldn't possibly take photos as their full-time job, is probably inexperienced, and it is very likely that you will end up disappointed and kicking yourself in the long run. Don't get me wrong, it’s entirely possible that you can find a great, undervalued photographer - everyone starts somewhere... But be very very careful when looking at cheaper photographers and MAKE SURE to ask to see photos from an ENTIRE wedding when you look at someone's portfolio. Anyone with mediocre photo-skills can spend a full day at a wedding and wind up with at least 10 great pictures, so photography portfolios can often be deceiving.
In closing, one of the most common things I hear from random acquaintances and wedding guests is that they wish they’d had me (or someone good in general) at their weddings and that they deeply regret cutting corners on photography. But don't take my word for it. Go and google "top wedding regrets" and see for yourself. Photography is important. It’s the only thing that you'll have to remember the day...