*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
If you’re getting married in New England, you know that New England weather can be… unpredictable. It’s why outdoor weddings have tents and why you probably have a sweater that goes with your dress, even if you’re getting married in July. It also means that to be a wedding photographer in New England, you’ve got to have chops. You need to know how to shoot in blizzards, heat waves, hurricanes, you name it. And there’s no California sun to fall back on when you need inspiration. In short, New England wedding photographers are like all other New Englanders: just a little bit hardcore. And APW’s newest sponsor, Kristen Schueler is no exception. The Boston-based photographer goes the extra mile to make sure that no matter what conditions your wedding happens under, you’re going to get awesome photos every time.
She Works Hard For the Money
So what, exactly, does Kristen do to make sure you get really great photos from your wedding? Kind of a lot, actually. Kristen explains:
Weddings are filled with amazing moments that create awesome photos, but if the lighting sucks, the photo will not reach it’s full potential. I’ve worked hard to learn to see light and create it when it is needed. I feel confident that I can walk into any venue and light it to create dynamic light that enhances emotion in the shots.
I also take a good deal of time to learn about you as a couple, and what specifically has meaning at your wedding. I often see other photographers sending out questionnaires a few weeks before the wedding, but I always set up a meeting. I feel like it is very important to pick your brain in person so I don’t overlook anything at the wedding.
Finally, I love the peek I get into other people’s lives. It’s sort of a subconscious game I play with myself—figure out the dynamic between relationships and turn it into a photo. As someone who majored in psychology, I have always been interested in interpersonal relationships. It is a challenge to try and capture the bond between two people. (Which is why the parent-child dances are one of my favorite parts of the day. So much emotion comes out at that point.)
If I could list three things that separate a decent photographer from a really good one, those three things above would be it. (Especially the part about being able to create light when there is none. It’s one of the hardest skills a photographer can learn, but you’ll be so grateful for it when you get your photos back. If only because of the totally kick-ass dance party shots.)
Photographers, They’re Just Like You
Kristen Schueler has a knack for balancing tradition with keeping things fresh and modern (sort of like… APWers?). She says, “I love weddings because they give couples a chance to express their personalities with traditions and themes that are meaningful to them. When couples do this, as opposed to just choosing the latest wedding trend, it really elevates the meaning of the day, and thusly, the photos.” And Kristen does the same when shooting your wedding. Yes, she’s going to get the fun, unscripted photos that you want. But she’s also going to make sure your mom gets all the classic framers she wants too.
That said, Kristen made it very clear to me that she’s never going to do any of the gross, WIC stuff you hate:
I will never refer to your wedding as your “special day.” It activates my gag reflex.
Kristen also gets how awkward it can be in front of the camera, and she uses this to her advantage, explaining, “I am a bit shy and introverted. Instead of seeing this as a weakness, I’ve grown to know it as a strength. Because I know what it is like to feel awkward, I can connect with people behind the camera (as they often feel awkward). I also spend a great deal of time people watching, which helps me hone in on things when there are 150 or more people wandering around. No one at a wedding is paying much attention to the photographer, so I feel very comfortable moving about and getting genuine images without being intrusive.”
Good News, New England
Sometimes I feel like mid-priced New England wedding photographers are pure fantasy, that it’s all super high-end old school photographers or Craigslist newbies, and nothing in between. But lucky for you, wedding coverage with Kristen Schueler Photography starts at just $2,400, and includes two shooters, an engagement session, plus a thumb drive of your images. For albums, which start at $1,540, Kristen is offering 10% off to any APWers who book her through this post.
New England doesn’t get a lot of love from the wedding industry (I blame the snow). And sometimes we’re really old school (it’s a nice way to say stubborn). Which can make it really hard to find vendors who get what you’re about. Kristen Schueler Photography in Boston is a breath of fresh air. She gets what matters to you, and she works tirelessly to make sure she delivers nothing short of awesome. In short, her purpose is simple:
Much like everybody else, I want to create something that outlives me. Something for an old couple to look back on and be able to share with their grandkids—images that take them right back to that day. I strive to create imagery that is timeless, and with each wedding, I feel like I am leaving bits and pieces of myself that will live on. It sounds cheesy, but I feel honored every time a couple chooses me.
APWErs: get 10% off an album when you book Kristen Schueler Photography for your New England Wedding!