Keith & Melissa Photographers
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Thoughts

We are husband and wife wedding photographers based in Phoenix, Arizona. We offer a documentary approach to wedding photography incorporating the use of film and digital cameras. Our loves are rangefinders + black and white film. However, we use everything from a Leica to a Pentax medium format, Sony, Fuji and Canon digital. Whatever camera works best for the situation is what we use. What we cherish are candid, real moments on a wedding day. What we don't do is take lots of posed photos. And what we love to hear from our couples is that they are looking for the relationships and moments to be captured as they happen. We love what we do more and more with each wedding.

Each couple, each wedding is so unique. There are obvious similarities on a wedding day - two people are getting married - but everything else that goes into a wedding day is so special to each couple. I'm not talking about all the fabulous details that are elaborately planned out - the gorgeous flowers, the linen, the cake, etc. - we are there to photograph these special details to tell the whole story. But what makes us honored beyond belief to photograph a wedding is what is going on with the couple. What their hearts are saying to one another.

We are observing the relationships that are happening all around us on a wedding day. We are looking for the interactions, the love, the genuine moments - all the emotionally important things that are taking place between the couple and their beloved family and friends. This is what inspires us. The couple, the people they feel strongly enough to have invited to their wedding, the love they share, the quiet moments they have with one another, the joy, the sadness, the celebration.

We feel that so much of the wedding industry has lost focus on why a wedding - this union between two people  - means so much from an emotional perspective. Looking at many of the wedding blogs, I am easily overcome by a sense of every wedding looking the same - you could drop a couple into the setting and it repeats itself over and over. 

Where is the laughter. The tears. The candid, real moments? What photo will make this couple tear up 30 years from now when they look back on their wedding photos? We are so fortunate to attract wedding clients that love the planning and all the amazing details that make a wedding so special but they also crave photographs that document feelings, moments, interactions that illicit a sense of emotion. That is why we love what we do!

All of this is what makes every wedding new to us. This is what fills our heart.