Kelly Prizel Photography
Why do you want to work with APW couples?
I know when an APW reader contacts me, we’re going to be a good fit because we share the same ideas about what a wedding is for. They have their values right: they know there is more to a wedding than vintage bikes, trendy clothes, balloons, and fake mustaches (though, who doesn’t love a fake mustache?).
The reason I started in this industry was because I had something to say. Namely, “Where are the f*cking gay people? Where are the people of color? Where are the rip-your-heart-out emotionally gorgeous weddings minus the trendy hipster-gear? Where are the over-size-two people?” I love working with APW clients because they’re asking the same questions.
What is your artistic approach to weddings?
I went to art school. I also paid my way through by working at an emergency animal hospital. The first taught me the importance of composition. While I have no filter in my brain (which caused me to suck royally at high school), I’m really good at taking in visual data and composing something beautiful in my mind, and then, my camera. I had four years to practice the kind of looking that good photography requires, using film only.
The second taught me the second ingredient of good wedding photography, and that is experiencing and transforming energy. Wedding days are kind of like veterinary emergencies except with less poop (hopefully). At both, emotions and adrenaline are off the chart. My brother races cars, I shoot weddings and save puppies. Adrenaline-junkiedom is in my blood. What I thrive at is taking all that adrenaline, all that moving energy and emotion and translating into a still image that I’ve composed mentally before I ever press a shutter button.
I’m not going to make you walk down a path and fake laugh. I’m here to capture real energy, real emotions, and real people…looking fierce.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
Dumpster diving, petting adorable rabbits (they’re mine…don’t worry), museum-hopping, reading faster than my wife (who is getting a PhD in English), and bookbinding.
What's your favorite book?
Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
What's your favorite movie?
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Best in Show, and The Hebrew Hammer.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Could have? I do have…everyday in my pj’s. Any kind of bad techno, preferably from the 90s.