See the Difference

It’s not uncommon for Cami & I to hear of someone that’s decided to let their friend, uncle, or cousin photograph their wedding.  This might be due to budgetary concerns or that the friend or relative wants to break into the photography business and needs portfolio material.  While we totally understand these reasons, we encourage couples to consider all possible outcomes and be truly certain that this is what they want before making the final call. 

There are definitely some wonderfully talented friends and relatives out there.  Plus advancements in camera technology make it easier for part-timers to get descent shots on occasion.   Just know that there IS a difference in hiring a full-time professional to cover a once-in-a-lifetime event!  While both can certainly point and push a button.  Only a professionally trained full-time photographer is going to create a high percentage of visually stunning images every single time.   Put the most advanced camera in front of an untrained eye and you get cave drawings.  Put a point-n-shoot into a master’s hands and you end up with a Rembrandt!

We are long-time members of the Professional Photographers of America.  Check out this PPofA video featuring Jeff & Julia Woods.  Cami & I frequently attend lectures, do workshops, and train with high-end professionals from around the country like Jeff & Julia in order to hone our craft.   Simply having professional photography degrees isn’t enough.  We are constantly striving for perfection and pushing to fill our pool of knowledge to overflowing.

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Professional Photographer Magazine

Cami & I are members of the Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and always attend their annual Imaging USA Conference & Trade Show.  Last year I had one of my images featured at the show and on the cover of their Action News Magazine.  (Check it out here:  This year, it turns out their using a shot of us from last year’s show at Nashville in an add promoting the 2011 show in Santa Fe!  That’s me in the green shirt in the central photo, getting a kiss from my friend and fellow photographer, Kate McKinley on the left, and Cami, my lovely bride and boss, on the right.  J  Pretty funny!!!  Thanks to Robbin Knight and Jebb Graff for pointing out my ugly mug is plastered on a national magazine…HA!