If you ask us why we decided to create our brand Elk & Elm, the answer will always come down to our need to tell stories that evoke emotion and send you back in time. This fascination with storytelling is the common thread that manifested our passion for photography over the last 5 years and became the foundation for photographing weddings at Elk & Elm.
Our storytelling process begins long before the wedding ceremony. We meet and get to know you, your personality as a couple, and the love story that everybody is waiting to see unfold. How can someone expect to tell a story with no knowledge of what it’s about? This is by far the most significant aspect of our approach to documenting a wedding, which explains why we meet with couple’s several times before the big day. Aside from getting acquainted , these meetings also serve as creative brainstorming sessions to help craft the best rendition of your vision and really make your story come to life.. Using mood boards, we will be able to discover what your likes, styles, and ideas are to best reflect the look and feel of your beautiful story.
By the time your wedding rolls around, that rapport we have built will prove to be invaluable when it’s time to take photos. There is this feeling of familiarity and comfort that makes our interactions more natural and organic. You can enjoy your time with friends and essentially “let the good times roll” knowing we will be able to capture the precious moments of the day. We understand your preferences and can create a curated narrative that you get to look back upon in the form of a fine-art album or wall art.
Storytelling through curated photojournalism
We’ve found there’s a delicate balance between the aesthetic and the organic of photojournalism. Amongst your research for a wedding photographer, it’s likely you’ll read about the countless styles and approaches that exist. Photojournalism, modern, traditional, editorial, etcetera. We won’t go into specifics, but Martha Stewart already has a great article you can check out here. The foundation to our approach is storytelling with an emphasis on artistic and aesthetic expression. We haven’t niched our way into any one of these common wedding photography styles because we believe that style should be driven by the story. Your personalities and preferences, the location, the times of day and types of moments all help us to decide which approach to take throughout a wedding.
Beats are just as important as big moments
In the context of storytelling, rhythm and pace are just as important as the story itself. The big moments are obvious, but it’s the smaller beats that really command the pace. We find the most flattering light, position you guys in such a way that is comfortable and aesthetic, but then we’re hands off. We don’t like to micromanage posing or get in the way of you just being yourselves. It’s precisely those tiny moments of authenticity where the magic happens. The moments when a fiance sheds a tear as they tell you why they want to spend the rest of their life with you… Roaring laughter from a silly anecdote during the best man speech… pure smiles and crinkled noses as you lean into each other. These beats are important details within the grander story and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Composing a Complete Narrative
Every story follows a structure, which is most obviously seen in movies, but the same rules apply to a photographic story. After all, a movie is just hundreds of still frames played back to convey motion.. We could just deliver your photos and call it a day. You can go through them and we’re sure you would be happy, but that wouldn’t be the full experience; you wouldn’t be getting a story. This is why albums are so important in our studio. They’re an opportunity to tell your story in a beautiful medium that can have a special place in your home. In addition to albums, our curated slideshows give you a chance to view your wedding day presented as a cohesive story. Our mission on your wedding day is to capture the events of the day from a perspective and aesthetic that shows off how beautiful your story is.
This photo narrative of your wedding day is what you can show to your kids and maybe their kids, it’s how you can relive the events with each other and your loved ones that were there, it’s how you can share the story with those who couldn’t, unfortunately, make it. The story is the closest thing to time travel we have and it’s why we do what we do. At the end of the day, seeing your expressions as you relive that story really speaks to us. Seeing you over the moon knowing we can make you feel that happy, THAT is the reason we could never stop telling these stories.
So, this is our approach to narrative-based wedding photography. If it speaks to you. Let’s chat more. Reach out to us below