A strong photojournalism background shapes the way I approach wedding photography: My unobtrusive, down-to-earth approach allows your wedding to unfold as it should, with the focus remaining on you at all times. I don’t want to be noticed. I want to blend in and not distract from the story. The story (your wedding day) is told more accurately and truthfully if we shoot it as it happens, without interference. Working in this manner allows me to capture the real moments, the real emotions, that make your day so special and unique. But it isn’t only the moments. It isn’t just candid photography. I am looking for amazing light. I am looking for powerful composition. I am looking for art. The photos you can’t plan for are often the ones that are the most memorable, the most iconic. I have also developed exceptional people skills. Making people comfortable when shooting portraits is critical. Portraits should look natural, without being overly staged. Almost every couple has requests for “formals” that include groups of family members, the bridal party, the bride and groom alone, and perhaps more. I will help you with that list and provide as much direction as you need. It’s important for me to make sure we schedule enough time to get all of the group shots that are desired, but also, not to keep you away from your other guests longer than you would like. Portraits should be fun and unique, but they shouldn’t dominate your wedding day. While covering a wedding I also pay special attention to details such as flowers, jewelry, decorations, table settings, food, and so much more. I would encourage you to also let me know of any details that are especially important to you, so that I could give those items an even closer look. Experience and background: Mike's images have appeared in publications all across the United States and the world. He obtained his mass communications degree, with a concentration in photojournalism, from Towson State University. His work has taken him from Cuba to Siberia, from Morocco to Alaska, to more than 40 countries in all, to shoot destination weddings and work on independent projects. He’s an award-winning photojournalist who has been recognized by numerous media outlets for his wedding coverage.