Take a brief tour inside my mind to find out what I’m all about.
My name is Corey Narsted. Look up the words “traditional” and “conventional” in the dictionary and you can be guaranteed that you won’t find my name next to either of them. When shooting, I always try to find the most interesting, visually appealing angles to work from. I come up with the ideas that nobody has tried before. Each time I step into a new environment, I set a challenge for myself: figure out all the possibilities that the lighting presents and find the best shots.
So what does all this mean for you, the client? Personalization. After years of shooting sports, weddings and architectural photography in all kinds of lighting, I have developed an ability to adapt to different situations very well. When providing photography for all kinds of events, that ability allows me to tailor the way I work to suit my clients’ personalities. I am not a fan of repeating the same shots day after day. That’s just boring photography. When covering your day, I will approach it as a completely unique event. I won’t insist on the usual formulaic poses. I prefer listening to you to capture shots that you want, to the best of my ability. My goal is for you to enjoy the experience and for that to show in the photos.
My photographic style is perhaps best described as candid/documentary. I capture events as they would have unfolded even if I weren’t there, in order to provide a visual retelling of the day. In this sense I am like a journalist, who remains an impartial observer. When a photographer begins to take control of the moment and exert his influence over the scene, he ceases to be an impartial observer of events and becomes a part of them. This is something I avoid at all costs as I want my work to feel as authentic as possible.
I also specialize in architectural photography. While the subject matter may change, the approach is the same: realism. My goal is to provide the client with a set of images that faithfully captures the look and feel of the space I’m shooting. It’s almost like shooting a portrait of a house.
It is very important to make the right choice when choosing a professional photographer to document your wedding. A good photographer is like any other artist: each one is unique in style and approach. Really, when you hire a photographer you’re commissioning an artist. This is why it’s important to choose the right one. If you don’t like the photographer’s way of working, then it doesn’t matter what the price is. If you aren’t happy, the money was not well-spent.
Some people try to save a little money by hiring an amateur photographer or getting a friend or family member to do the photography. Most of the time, this doesn’t work out in the couple’s favour. Weddings are stressful events, as any couple can attest. But the stress isn’t limited to the bride and groom. Their parents are just as stressed, and the wedding party feels it too. So does the photographer. Look at it from our point of view: we are hired to document the most important day in someone’s life. We only get one shot at it, and if anything gets messed up we won’t be able to redo it. That’s a lot of stress to place on one person’s shoulders. Would you want to place that burden on a close friend or family member?
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The biggest reason for hiring a professional photographer to shoot photos of your property is quite simple: quality. Nobody will deny that a bright, sharp, well-exposed photo of a room will make that room feel more inviting than a photo that’s dark, blurry, grainy, distorted and/or uneven. The equipment and the photographer both have a role to play in assuring that the photos have all of the good qualities listed above and none of the bad ones.
A professional has the understanding of light and of the limits of the camera to be able to work around this simple but significant problem using one of several photographic techniques. Traditionally, a photographer in this situation would use lighting equipment strategically placed to light up the room to the level of the windows so everything looks even. Today, many photographers opt to use a technique that blends many natural-light exposures into a single image to accomplish the same task. Whichever technique the photographer uses, there is a great degree of skill required to make the shots look natural.
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