OUR APPROACH TO WEDDING DAY

Beautiful images: lots of people can make them. What sets AGPcollective apart is our focus on client relationships and our approach to wedding day.

What can you expect when you work with us? 

 
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It's your day, not ours.

On the ground, we hear a lot of horror stories about nightmare photographers from our clients, about their siblings' weddings or other weddings they've been involved in. We hear about super bossy, pushy, formulaic photography teams who treat the day like one of many in their assembly line, or as if it's not a wedding at all, but rather a photo shoot being run by the egos of the visual team.

Whatever that approach is, it's the opposite of ours. Whether you work with Sarah, Eliza, or Jessica, your day will remain YOUR day. We hang back and wait for the magic moments to occur naturally and we make sure we never stop paying attention so we don't miss them when they do. We will curate moments when necessary, or when our clients need a hand in getting comfortable in front of the camera. And of course, we always make sure we satisfy the need for classic, timeless formal portraiture when the appropriate time comes. Otherwise, we let you live your day. The day you've been waiting for all of your life. The day that is yours. 

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A Natural processing style that honors your vibe

In the photography industry, there is a lot of pressure to develop a strong signature 'preset' (much like the filters you see on Instagram or Snapchat). The prevailing idea is to make all of your clients' events look as similar as possible, for "brand consistency".

We ain't about that life. While AGP has a definite look, and in general operates under a preset processing technique, we approach each client's event as a unique one. We look at the elements you have provided us: florals, venue space, available natural elements and settings, your hair and make-up choice, colors, shoes...we get a flavor from all these elements and develop a look for your wedding that honors the design you so meticulously worked to perfect. We aim to translate the mood of your day into our images, so that the viewer can immediately feel exactly what it felt like to be there with you. Each completed gallery will have a strong consistency within it, but it won't look exactly like everyone else's. We'd hate to distract from our subjects with a strong, heavy-handed (and trendy) filter.

So. Maybe our "brand consistency" is a little off, but you know what's not? Our 5-star client satisfaction rating. That's the only kind of consistency we care about.

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we get life.

Life is sweet, life is hard, life is different for each of us. Families are amazing, families are complicated, families are all that we've got. Our team has lived some pretty intense life between the bunch of us. We understand that the people you've chosen to surround yourself with on your wedding day are the people you love and cherish the very most, no matter how complicated things may be today. We also understand that some day, these cherished friends and family members will go on to live in our memories alone. 

We make it a priority to capture meaningful moments whenever we spot them happening (and believe me, I have an eye like a hawk for this). It's one thing to create a formal portrait of you and your mom or best friend or grandparent standing stiffly next to one another. It's something else entirely to catch a little slice of the two of you, just being your very you-iest, and to freeze that moment in time for forever. 

If you don't get the importance of that just yet, believe me: some day you will. We've got your back til then.
 

 

What Sarah’s portfolio cannot reveal is how hard-working and caring she is. She went above and beyond the entire day of my wedding, capturing every important moment beautifully. Yet unlike some pushy photographers I’ve witnessed, her presence never interrupted the fun atmosphere.

I know weddings are expensive, and you might be tempted to scrimp on a photographer. Trust me, you will regret this. My wedding was three months ago and I find myself scrolling through my wedding photos multiple times a week, reliving the happy day. It was absolutely money well spent, and I could not be more pleased!
— Nine Hart, Ithaca Farmers Market wedding