I've been photographing weddings for five years and it took me that long to fully understand who I am and why I'm doing this.
For me photographing a wedding is a chance to ascertain myself that love excists. I can assure you that it does even before I go on. I've learned that through my camera I can see things that can't be seen otherwise. This is not something I could rationally explain, but somehow the camera is not only connected to my eye but also to my heart. When I concentrate to examine things so closely, in such detail and during so many hours as when I'm photographing a wedding, the hidden emotions and underlying stories start to come out. Despite the fact that people are expected to smile and look happy at weddings – don't get me wrong, I like that as well – there is always something sincere and unexpected to be found. So if I decided to stop, I wouldn't be seeing those miracles any more and it would be so much harder to believe in love. End of story.
Evidently I work for me but the story is about you. I've worked with narratives before. I used to be a journalist, a writer, before I fell in love with photography. I had to write long stories about peoples' lives based on only two-hour interviews and some reading. I was good at it, but finding the right words for things left untold when facing a deadline was painful. A camera performs great with these nuances.
I'm not really into staging breathtaking landscapes with tiny people every time I shoot a wedding couple. Though it may happen if this is why you have chosen the location for your wedding. I start with being completely open to possibilities, curious about what's going on, feeling the place and the people, reading the signs that life itself is giving. For a portrait session I take you for a walk making sure you feel as comfortable as possible. I try to find or create intimacy without telling people how exactly they should behave. I'm a sucker for subtleties and moments in between. I think feeling a bit awkward is a good starting point and from there on it can only get better.
I've met wonderful couples who have put more trust and faith in me than I thought I deserved at times. They've encouraged me to do things my way. It means I'm only taking a limited number of weddings a year and I'm giving them my full attention in every detail.
Today most of my work is in Estonia, which is a lovely wedding destination by the way, but I'm happy to work abroad as well.
Wedding packages starting at 500€.