by Meg Keene, APW Executive Editor
It’s no secret that I got into this particular gig partially because of my love of photography, and wedding photography in particular. I mean, when else do we have a chance to hire amazing documentary photographers, and have them follow us around? NOT OFTEN ENOUGH (if you ask me). So, because of that, I researched our photography choice into the ground. We prioritized photography, but we still didn’t have tons of money to spend, which meant finding an artist who’s work stopped me in my tracks was tricky. But we did it. We knocked it out of the park so hard that I almost never say, “If I had a do-over, I’d hire such and such a photographer,” because when you nail something, why bother thinking about it ever again?
I’d hire Corey Torpie Photography in Brooklyn. In a heartbeat.
(And we could have afforded her too.)
This is one of those posts where I don’t want to get you all tangled up in the words, because the photos make it so obvious. But, here are some details:
- Corey was just an APW bride. Remember that pizza party wedding on a rooftop in Brooklyn where I said, “I never say this, but I wish this had been our wedding?” Yeah, that was Corey’s. (Sensing a theme?)
- Her pricing is $3,000 for one photographer, eight hours, and a USB drive of your images, or $3,500 for two photographers and full day coverage.
- She’s offering APW readers $500 off through October, so that means her rates are really $2,500 and $3,000. IN NEW YORK CITY.
- Travel within two hours of NYC is free, and beyond that is at cost. And she’s looking to travel.
- Her background is photojournalism and her work is out of this world.
- If you don’t want to hire her just from looking at these pictures, we are in a fight.
- Let’s look at these pictures:
Right? RIGHT? Just, enough said, you guys. Corey Torpie’s work is an art gallery level of amazing, without sacrificing the practicalities of wedding photography, like being able to get a good group shot that you’re proud to see on your Grandmothers wall.
I’m going to let Corey tell you a little more about why she does what she does (and why she loves you):
I’ve been lucky enough to work with a handful of couples that’ve found me through APW. And frankly, it’s been awesome. It’s clear that we think about weddings in similar ways, with a real focus on the day as a celebration of love, family, and friends. I’m really drawn to the human element of weddings. For me, it’s the moments happening in between the big ones that give a collection of photos real feeling. Those are the moments you don’t necessarily plan for, that slip away the easiest, and you may not even be aware they’re happening. I want my couples to be able to look back at their images and really feel their wedding day. I love getting to know my couples, their families, and their friends. It’s a real special feeling to be invited into such a meaningful event in people’s lives. And there’s nothing like capturing the unique little moments in all the messy chaos that can come with a wedding day. Plus, hors d’oeuvres!
My background is in photojournalism, which is the basis for how I approach weddings. I try my best to be a fly on the wall, and capture the day how it naturally unfolds. While I’m no stranger to giving direction during portraits or arranging large groups, my favorite images are always the candid shots. And, as cheesy as this is, one thing that both my couples and their guests have (embarrassingly) pointed out to me, is that I smile a lot while I’m working. I really love my job.
Every year I run something called “One Free Wedding.” (Cut me some slack… sometimes it’s hard to name things!) I offer free wedding coverage to a couple where one or both partner(s) work in a job that gives back to their community, and would otherwise be unable to afford professional photography. I’ve offered this since I started doing weddings in 2008 and I’ve met some truly amazing people. I’ve already picked my couple for 2014 (an APW couple actually!!) and I couldn’t be more excited to work with them!
New York (and really, everywhere else), I’m so happy for you. Really. Wedding-planning Meg of 2008 is near crying from excitement and frantically emailing David. For those of you doing the same today, I’m blowing kisses.