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Capturing Your Day

    My approach to photographing a wedding is fairly simple. This is supposed to be the best day of your life. The most joyous, fun day you'll ever have. My job is to unobtrusively document you and your spouse as the day unfolds so that you can recreate all the energy, joy and spontaneity of your amazingly unique day for years to come. I start with you getting ready and am with you for the next 8 hours, which usually lets me stay until the dancing is well under way.
    I shoot what's happening to you, around you and the behind-the-scenes things you didn't even know about. I don't want to interrupt and interfere with your day... it's YOUR day, not the wedding photographer's. The only time I'll make myself known is if you need help and during the half hour it takes to get group photos done in a timely and efficient manner.
     Then I fade back into the background like an extra member of the wedding party. As a photojournalist, I'm trained to anticipate moments and capture them as they happen, not to try to recreate them afterwards, or create "candid" moments for you as many photographers are doing these days. I usually work solo which explains a lot of my mad ninja skills. I fade into the background very quickly and that gets hard to do with more than one wedding photographer. That doesn't mean I'm not everywhere. I am. All the freaking time. You just won't know it.

How I Would Approach Your Wedding Day

Spontaneity, Energy, Peak Moments, Fitting In

You've spent months preparing for your big day, a lifetime picking out your person and today is finally here. Will it all go the way you imagined it? Your wedding photographer arrives as you're starting to get ready. She introduces herself and asks you to go back to what you're doing. You've got lots to do and the excitement is building and so you do just that... you simply go back to what you're doing. Everything is set in motion, everyone knows their parts, but oops, we forgot scissors. What? You have scissors? Great! Got any bobby pins? Thanks.
    The church lady is starting to give instructions, the ball is rolling. You might notice as you start to line up for your big entrance that your wedding photographer doesn't seem to be there. Oh, there she is, waiting off from the main aisle. You breeze through the ceremony, relieved that everything went so smoothly.
     Oh my God, you're thinking… I'm MARRIED! Your mind is spinning, you're so happy, so excited, so relieved! The ceremony was over so quickly, it's all blurring together. You greet people and before you know it, the place is emptying out. Aren't I supposed to make sure grandma doesn't leave before the pictures? As that thought crosses your mind, you look back into the church and notice that the photographer's got her lights up and family members are finding seats at the back of the room. Oh, there's grandma. The wedding photojournalist says she'll be ready for you in a few minutes if you need to freshen up. You do and when you get back, you start a half hour of group photos. They aren't your favorite thing, but you know how important they are to your family, so you put up with them. The photos, not your family. Although Aunt Shirley's really testing your last nerve as always.
     What? We're done already? Okay, great... on to the party. As you head off to the reception, a feeling of euphoria sets in... you really are married and the pressure is really off! Oh look! The groomsmen's car broke down! And the photographer's taking their picture! Oh good, Dad's stopping to help. I can't believe I tripped getting out of the limo. I wonder if she saw me do that... oh, yup, she did.
     Everybody's having such an awesome time and really letting loose. Aunt Shirley's doing the limbo in the corner! I wish Marci could... oh, there she is. Yes, she is good, isn't she? I found her on the web. She's a wedding photojournalist, that why she's catching everything. And now she's told you she's done and is packing up. So what's she doing on the dance floor? Oh, the flower girl wanted that goofy Disney song and apparently Marci's decided to join her.
     So I'm heading off for my honeymoon and I'm not nervous about the photos because everyone told me they loved the photos they saw at the reception from the photographer's day of slideshow. But I sure wish I had access to them earlier than the two weeks she promised I'd have them. Just a few would be great. What? She's posted a "Sneak Peek" on Facebook already? What a tease! Wish I could see all of them. And there they are. All of them. Ready to see, print and share with all my friends and family as we land from our honeymoon.

     Fine Print Disclaimer: While I am a wedding photo ninja, I do not actually have access to my client's deepest, most personal stream of consciousness. I will not and do not invade your privacy (except if you are in a giant wedding dress and cannot fit into a tiny bathroom stall in which case all bets are off). Side effects from hiring Marci Curtis include giddiness, side stitches from laughter, a lifelong client relationship, a healthy dose of goofiness and possible long term repercussions on your bank account as your family expands and you hire me again and again and again and again.

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Thanks so much for your interest in finding out more about me. I've been a professional photojournalist for over 20 years. That means I've earned 100% of my income from shooting. I still freelance for major national newspapers, but I reserve my weekends for weddings and my summers for shooting and writing children's books. I'm continually amazed how well my photojournalism background and style works to shoot weddings. I'm a laid back, helpful person who's there to make your day go smoothly try to fit in as an extra wedding party member (or an overly attentive family member), not as an overbearing presence. You'll quickly forget I'm there. When you get your photos back, I want you to be totally blown away by at all the things I saw, and all the things you experienced, separately and together. My couples often tell me how well I captured their day for them and that's exactly what my goal is. I want you to be able to reassemble that day perfectly for years and years to come because my photos provided the road map to recapture the whole day. As a Michigan wedding photojournalist, I'm trained to shot peak moments and my photojournalism background is key in anticipating moments.

If you'd like to find out more about my pricing as a wedding photojournalist in MI, here goes: My "package" is pretty straight forward. My shooting fee is $2200. That buys you my time for up to eight hours. It lets me be there while you're getting ready through most of the reception. I like doing this because I feel it's my job to document the whole day for you, telling the unique story of what your day was like. You will probably be spending a lot of time apart from your fiancee/new spouse on that day. I feel it's my job to fill you in on what's been going on all around you - to be the eyes in the back of your head. While the bulk of my work will be unintrusive and spontaneous, I do, of course, pose group shots and bridal portraits. I try to get them done efficiently and painlessly to get you back to your party as quickly as possible. I send your all your ready to print images on a DVD that holds all your images and several CD's so that you can easily take them out for printing. That's pretty much the "package". You guys (or a sister or mother) get to put an album together yourselves. Many couples use the 4x6 prints they originally get processed for the majority of their album as well as enlarging 10 or 15 of their favorites. The images are ready to print and take about 20-30 hours to prepare. All are in color and if you want them in B&W simply either convert them yourself or have the lab print them in B&W. Most couples tell me they invest around $100 for all their printing costs. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write me back. Thanks again for your interest in my work and I look forward to hearing from you. Marci Curtis

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