I know you have a choice when it comes to choosing a photographer and that price is a primary consideration. Many of today’s young couples are saddled with student loan debt as they start out in life, and the last thing they want is to work with high-pressure wedding professionals hoping to help them double it! I also understand that you have many options available at various levels of quality from young wanna-be photographers and from online vendors. Many families are content with digital files only for presentation via social media. Therefore, when dealing with individual clients and wedding couples, I do not practice pressure sales techniques. Feel free to discuss customizing a package that will meet your needs.
I've been a photographer as long as my young couples have been alive, shooting twin cities and Stillwater weddings almost exclusively for the past 18 years. Every photographer you visit will tell you "this is my passion." It is for me, too - I love what I do and it shows. But one difference is that I'm in a unique position of being able to devote myself to it 100% full-time. I don't have the usual distractions in my life. So my "passion" for this business extends beyond my image-making. It means I answer the phone and respond right away to emails. You'll like that.
After some early successes shooting some of the biggest names in rock music, I took the advice of my friends and carried that rock vibe over into the wedding industry. I've photographed people, places, and things everywhere from coast to coast (and in Japan.) I've shot everything from a rock guitarist who married a hip-hop B-Girl, to an airborne balloon wedding, to a urological surgeon who married a former professional model, to a petite traveling speech therapist hooking up with an Austrian Alpine skier (they went photographing sharks from a diving cage on their honeymoon to South Africa.) Another of my couples did their formals on some downtown Minneapolis skyscraper rooftops. My approach is what you might call "offbeat light" - generally fashion forward with a contemporary edge.
I hire other local pros to assist at my weddings, when desired by the client. The widely varied backgrounds of my photographers and our rather eclectic tastes tend to make us offbeat birds of a feather with our couples. Like most artists, we are at our creative best when we are challenged each weekend by new couples in new circumstances, people whose stories we've taken the time to get to know. And I suppose it's only natural that I find myself doing my best work when I'm with great personalities at great locations... it's that potential for great chemistry that draws couples to MetroStyle Studios.
Since 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' you'll find very few words and lots of my pictures here - there are easy-to-navigate static photo galleries galore, as well as links to a few youtube videos. Though MetroStyle is a full-service studio, there's no pressure to get you to buy albums or other add-ons that you can find elsewhere! We know that our clients are young, hip, and internet-savvy. Within one week after the wedding, you'll have your fully photofinished images on disk (and a copyright release).
All sessions include free in-studio pre-wedding-day consultation & planning as necessary. These may be done via email or phone, but I do recommend meeting in person in my comfortable home studio, so as to get the most from your session.
If I may offer a final word: PLEASE practice due diligence in choosing your photographer! 98% of the photographers on the front page at the knot are a safe bet. But a Canon Rebel Camera with a Plastic Kit Lense wielded by every young newbie on your block with zero skill and nothing to lose DOES NOT EQUAL A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!! Too many young couples these days are gambling away a lifetime of precious memories for a couple hundred bucks in savings. DON'T TAKE THAT RISK!!