I never thought I’d want to be a wedding photographer. I wanted to be a photojournalist. Before I got the guts to shoot my first wedding, it just seemed boring to me.
Well, little did I know that first wedding I nervously agreed to shoot would open the doors to the most exciting and meaningful form of photography I’ve ever experienced. Since that time, I’ve never looked back and have shot several weddings all over the place, each one an absolute blast. I’ve had the pleasure to work with some pretty amazing couples who really appreciate how I see things through my viewfinder. To be granted the trust and freedom to be a part of such an important day and photograph it with my own unique vision is pretty awesome.
Being a journalist at heart has me given me an inherent desire to meet new people from all walks of life. It’s no different than the days I was a reporter and editor of my college newspaper. I love always meeting new faces and I take something meaningful away every time that happens. I especially love meeting two people madly in love and being able to document their love in pictures.
I would describe my approach to wedding photography as documentary, in a fresh and artistic manner. I cover a wedding the same way I would cover an editorial assignment. You won’t hear me say “hey, can you do that again,” or “wait a second I’m not ready yet.” Photojournalism is all about adapting to the situation, not altering it. The only directing I do is a limited amount during your portrait sessions. The last thing I want to do is photograph phony moments, unnatural expressions or tense, awkward poses. (I may not be your photographer if you’re into that sort of stuff, but I’d venture to guess you’re not). I want you to be you and I want that to be reflected in my photos. My experience with photojournalism has taught me to always be on my toes, constantly ready to catch those quick, fleeting moments that only happen once, often for just a second.
The connection and trust I establish with each couple has allowed me to be a part of the truly special moments that I’ve been able to freeze in time with my cameras. I feel incredibly honored every wedding by the level of trust the bride and groom have in me which allows me the access to get the pictures I do. I’ve shared some extraordinary times with brides and grooms.
This special link between the bride, groom and myself is the reason why the first step in my booking process is an initial meeting or phone conversation to get to know you, allow you to get to know me, and establish that connection that allows me the access to do what I do!
I won’t give you a headache by laying out a whole slew of packages, albums and other add-ons. Weddings are stressful enough as it is. If you’re looking for coverage of the most key events during a wedding plus a few portraits, I offer four hours of photography for $1000. On the other end of the spectrum is full day (unlimited) coverage where I’m there to document everything from the preparations for your big day through the late-night celebrations and the send-off at the end of the night. A link to the breakdown of my wedding photography pricing is below. Once we talk over your wedding I can give you a definite quote based on your specific needs. Although I’m based out of the Pacific Northwest, I’m available to travel anywhere for your big day and do so at cost because I love to travel.
So please, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or a phone call to get to know each other. Let’s sit down over a cup of joe and talk about your wedding and hopefully end up crossing one more thing off of your wedding to-do list!
*McCall Media is not currently booking weddings beyond May 31, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.
View my current pricing here: 2015 Wedding Photography Pricing
Mike McCall – owner/photographer
Coeur d’Alene, ID