Who are you?
I'm Minnow. I've been a photographer since 2009, focusing on weddings and portraiture work. My work's been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Well Wed, Style Me Pretty, and KoreAm. I've won a few awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association and Fearless Photographers. But really, that's just icing on the cake.
What I'm most proud of and grateful for is that I’ve been able to tell stories for the past seven years. Stories of people like you who invited me into your be a part of your lives. I've made some great friends and witnessed beautiful moments all because I know how to take photos. That's pretty awesome.
How did you become a photographer?
I picked up a camera on a whim because I thought it was cool but immediately, fell totally in love with it. I got introduced to the work of James Nachtwey, Annie Leibovitz, and Henri Cartier-Bresson and realized photography can be more than just pretty images. In 2009 during the financial crisis I got laid off from my advertising job. I did all the things I thought I was supposed to do in order to have a stable career, but it wasn't enough. I realized then that working hard and trying to do something I love is worth more than the ruse of stability to me. I decided soon after to pursue photography full time and I've never looked back.
Because a wedding is this beautiful union of two people, and there is a beautiful story that has woven you two together. And on that day I'm trusted to tell the story of a couple’s love for each other and their union. It's one of the most important days of your life and I get to be take such an intimate part in it. That connection takes us beyond a client and photographer relationship, it goes much deeper and it's there that I thrive. It’s where I’m able to do my best work to tell your amazing story.
And a few weeks later, as you look through those moments, the photos become more than just images. They become anchors of where you settled and started a life together. And for years to come as you live with those photos and share them with those around you, you are able to say, "Here is love. Here is what really matters in life."
How long have you been photographing weddings?
I've been photographing weddings for 7 years and have been a part of well over 200 weddings.
What is your approach to wedding photography?
My goal on the wedding day is to tell your love story as beautifully and faithfully as I can through photography whatever that may be. That means not fitting you into the what I or the industry thinks are good wedding photos, but allowing the photos to reflect who you both are. Throughout the day I am most concerned with how to hep you be comfortable and be yourselves. Sometimes that means giving specific direction and taking lead, other times it's being in the background and letting things happen.
How many weddings do you photograph per year?
I've photographed as much as 40 weddings in a year. But I've recently I've decided to take on no more than 20 commissions a year so that I can be sure to give the time, care, and energy with each couple that invite me into their lives.