On Your Wedding Day
Our goal is to document your day as unobtrusively as possible. We are not there to direct your day or dictate your every move. We're a fly on the wall whenever possible, yet we’re known to help in any way you need. And when the time comes, we'll use the same posing and lighting techniques we use with professional models to create the works of art we are known for.
photo by Shawna Herring
More About Me
I grew up around the darkroom. Well, that’s what it was called anyway.
See, my father and brothers were photography buffs and we had an actual darkroom in our house. I’m the youngest of nine kids (yes, 9, and yes, same mom) and by the time I was out of diapers, the “darkroom” was long gone and it was just a storage room. But everybody still called it “the darkroom” and it wasn’t until my teenage years that I figured out why.
Fast-forward 20 years or so and I had: graduated high school; moved to Los Angeles for two years to play music; moved back to Atlanta after deciding I didn’t like being a starving musician the rest of my life; painted office buildings with my brother; and finally realized people would pay me to fix and manage their computer systems.
Then on a Tuesday evening in the Spring of 1998, I met Maria.
By the third ask (maybe fourth) she agreed to go out with me... and we went to the grocery store.
photo by Manuel Llaneras
We were engaged in December of that same year and we married the following June. It wasn’t until we were married that I owned my first camera — a little Minolta film point & shoot — and it still has a partially used roll of film inside with pictures of who knows what.
But it wasn't until our first son was born that I borrowed my sisters Nikon 995 digital camera and fell in love with photography. My addiction was growing as fast as my kids but in 2005, a precipitous event occurred:
My friend David asked me to shoot his wedding.
I really had no interest in weddings at the time and repeatedly told him that for at least 6 months. But eventually he prevailed and we made a deal. Looking back on his wedding day, two things surprised me: first, I was surprised at how emotionally and physically taxing it was; and second, I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed shooting my first wedding!
I was drawn in by the joy. I was drawn to the powerful emotion a single image could convey in the viewer. And I was drawn to the event itself. I’m still blown away by the uniqueness of each and every wedding and I still get butterflies every time I pack my gear before your wedding.
I can't wait to see you at your wedding!
We are booking into 2016 and still accepting a limited number of weddings for 2015. Contact us as soon as possible to secure your date.
All images © 2015 Ben Vigil Photographers