Who shoots the wedding photographer’s wedding?

More specifically, what happens when one of the top wedding photographers in Chicago gets married in Istanbul and needs a photographer?


She hires one of the Benj Haisch from Seattle, Washington.

Benj is regarded as one of the best known photogs in the world. He not only shoots weddings but also the Seattle Seahawks. He has almost 10,000 likes on facebook and has been represented on all relevant photography magazines. His style is definitely more photojournalistic but in this case since it was a very small elopement, the pictures seem to just follow the couple around Istanbul. That pictures are just amazing. It seemed to be a beautiful day there and Benj just follows them on their journey throughout the city. What I love most about how he works is that he just lets the location, the couple, and the light do all the talking.

The result is STUNNING.

Just take a look their pictures and look how beautiful they are. It makes me want to go to Turkey so bad! That’s definitely next on my travel list.

Now, going back to the original question. Choosing a photographer is not an easy task and the kind of work they post on their site is usually the best in their portfolio. It’s how they want to be presented. It doesn’t mean, you’ll be getting the same pictures though. I think it’s important to contact the photographer and do a sort of interview either face to face or skype or facetime etc etc. Because then you can use your human spidey senses so to speak to really gauge who they are as a person and photographer. Remember, it’s not only about the photographer but how you AND the photographer will work TOGETHER. You can never really know unless you get to know them a little bit better.

Getting someone to shoot for you is not cheap so it’s best to do your due diligence as you’re going to be spending hours with them on your most important day.



Let’s face it: DSLRs are heavy.

Not in the way of, ‘pick it up at a store’ heavy but the deadweight around my neck when I’m out for the day taking a hike or working with clients. It just wears on and on about you. So, what’s the solution? Maybe something more like Fuji’s new X-T1. It’s a new mirrorless camera that’s much smaller than the DSLR’s but if I’m not shooting professionally, but still want gorgeous pictures. I’m taking this baby with me instead.

From the outside, the design is definitely more industrial looking than some of the others in the X line. The hardware is magnesium alloy which makes it all weather proof from the natural elements. The LCD is tiltable while the buttons seem large and ergonomical. The real new sexy feature is the hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder with an OLED screen with hardly any lag. It’s a class above the competition and makes a huge difference in its usability. The image processor and sensor is the one from the X-E2.

It’s retail price is around $1200 from what I’ve seen. That’s quite a steep purchase for me, perhaps I’ll look to some of the older fuji’s on sale because the ‘new kid on the block’ is out.

Final Conclusion: I WANT IT.


Throughout the country, various states have begun to recognize marriage and civil unions between couples of the same sex to the point where it’s much less controversial. Same sex marriage is now legal in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Nation wide, the citizens have begun to favor same sex marriages as does President Barack Obama. He’s the first person to do so publicly as a sitting President.

With the recognition of same sex marriage, more LGBT couples are having weddings to celebrate than ever. How the civil union or commitment ceremony is done is of course, is decided by the couple and the need for photography specifically catered to them. There are many same sex and LGBT wedding photographers in Chicago and elsewhere that specialize in this area of expertise. The main thing to look for when hiring one is enthusiasm for for your ceremony. They shouldn’t try to fit you into a preconceived mold. The photographer shouldn’t want to shoot you just to ‘take a gig’ so to speak but they should be really excited to get you awesome shots! One way to find the best wedding photographer for you is by word of mouth. Maybe you have some friends in Chicago that just got married. Recommendations and references go a really long way! Interview and talk to a couple and pick the one that you and your partner are most comfortable with and fit your budget.

There ‘flow’ and schedule of the day is however you like, but the schedules are generally pretty familiar. There’s the getting ready shots, first look, ceremony, traditional shots with the wedding party, and of course the reception afterwards! The quality of the photos are going to be as unique as you are.

Your wedding is truly going to be a special event for you, your partner, and your friends and family. Be sure to be open and communicate your special ideas to your wedding photographer and wedding planner. If you want shots that are more traditional than say so, but if you want something different than that’s ok too! The imagery of two men in tuxedos or two women together in wedding dresses is truly unique.

The world is changing and the photos will be there to capture it all.

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