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title_ornament About Wedding Photographer - Raphael Carpenter

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My name is Raphael and I have over 10 years experience as a Professional Photographer. My adventure with photography started when I was 7 years old and has been ongoing ever since. I am primarily self-taught and am always trying to find my own way to achieve the same results as other professionals in the industry. I met a lot of people, couples and singles, and have been to wonderful weddings, unforgettable places... The knowledge I gained from those experiences is immeasurable. I have done many types of photography over the years including nature or macro, though, I can say with certainty my passion for this work comes from peoples personalities, moods and feelings. Those powerful and intangible things that elicit emotion and reaction from the viewer. The things that separate snapshots from photographs; things that appeal to more than our sense of sight and encapsulate a feeling to open later and re-experience to share with loved ones.

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My photography philosophy

I believe that in hiring a professional wedding photographer, clients deserve a professional that is able to use his or her technological expertise and creative vision to create a product that clients and amateur photographers could not on their own. With digital SLR cameras becoming more and more affordable, there are many amateur photographers out there posing as professionals. My goal is to educate our clients on the differences, and provide artistic imagery that far surpasses other first-rate wedding photography studios. Being able to quickly adjust camera settings, anticipate lenses needed for each scene, use on and off-camera lighting techniques, etc are crucial to being able to consistantly create a professional product. Therefore, my wedding photography philosophy has three primary parts as follows:

Raphael Wedding Photographer StarWedding photographers are artists and therefore must have a deep understanding of artistic theory including composition, lighting, color etc.
Raphael Wedding Photographer StarWedding photographers should be using professional grade camera, lenses and lighting equipment
Raphael Wedding Photographer StarWedding photographers are constantly in unusual lighting situations with significant time constraints.

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Documentary Style

Wedding reportage takes awareness of surroundings, knowledge of human tenancies, and patience. Each image I take serves a purpose and has a point. Each image captures an emotion, tells a story, or portrays a mood or feeling. That's why you won't see me taking random images, for example, you stuffing your face with food or staring off into space. I am always paying close attention to environment, listening in on conversations and anticipating that smile, laugh, tear, or hug. I have my own crop in mind, my lighting set up perfectly, and I am waiting for that expression. I am always trying to capture the details of your wedding with the same attention and with many of the same techniques as was described above. Your day moves quickly and while you may not have the time to sit back and fully appreciate your cake, I will be sure to have gorgeous pictures of it.

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Contemporary Artistic Style

Always in search of reflections, silhouettes, foregrounds, perfect symmetry, and extrapositions, my style is deeply rooted in creativity. You will see me sneaking behind objects, shooting off mirrors, and running around to achieve different perspectives. The idea is to turn ordinary into extraordinary through finding the interest of the composition in a scene that the average eye may not notice. You've spent thousands of pounds on the details of your wedding like the rings, floral arrangements, centerpieces, venues, etc. I am not going to let it slip past us! ...and don't forget, I am going to take some pretty cool ring shots...

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I will always believe, that there is so much more to wedding photography than just professional equipment. However, that is not to say your wedding photographer shouldn't have professional equipment. Starting with camera bodies, curently I am using two of the most latest and high-performing wedding photography camera body: the Canon 5D Mark III. Each master photographer is equipped with this body. I'm using also prime - Fixed Focal High-Speed lenses only as they providing best results. I'm not using any Zoom-type lenses due to worse image quality. Here is detailed list of my professional equipment.