Matt Emrich Photography
Eugene Portrait and Wedding Photographer
I've been shooting weddings since 2004. Starting out as a 2nd shooter for an established pro really helped my technique and helped get my own business off the ground. Photography has taken me to over 30 countries around the world but most weddings I shoot take place right here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Oregon is a wonderful place to live and a great place to get married!
Over the years I've been lucky enough to shoot all kinds of weddings, from formal Asian weddings with 600 guests to rural Oregon weddings with fewer than 50 guests. Nothing prepares you like experience and, having shot over 150 weddings, my experience is invaluable in helping me anticipate how a wedding day will flow. I've also worked with most vendors in Lane County, from caterers to wedding cake makers.
Most people aren't used to someone pointing a camera at them for 8+ hours in a day. By working with my clients beforehand, especially during Engagement Sessions, they get much more comfortable around me and it's much easier for them to look their best on the wedding day itself.
I bring a plethora of camera and lighting gear to every event I shoot and only use professional Canon bodies and lenses. I am also part of a 9-member Eugene Wedding Photography group so, if I'm already booked on your wedding date, chances are I can find another great pro who might be available.
Shooting weddings is a lot of work, to be sure, but it's also a lot of fun. Great people, great food, amazing venues and the opportunity to capture a once-in-a-lifetime event!
Most brides begin their wedding day at the salon so that's where I begin mine as well. As I mentioned above, working with my clients beforehand, during Engagement Sessions and such, really helps get everyone used to me photographing them for extended periods of time. Meeting the bridal party at the salon continues that philosophy and it also yields some excellent images (perfect for the beginning of an album, to get the 'flavor' of the day). My day normally ends when the bride and groom have their official sendoff (ie, limousine or carriage). Barring any official sendoff, I continue shooting through all the key parts of the reception (First Dance, Cake Cutting, Garter and Bouquet Tosses).
My shooting style has evolved over the years. Initially I shot in the photojournalist style, strictly documenting the day as it unfolded. I still shoot that way during the ceremony and the reception but I've also become addicted at creating great portraits. This requires a bit more of a hands-on approach, which I'm comfortable with.
Depending on the size of the wedding party, and of the venue, these portraits can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Have a look at my portfolio to get a sense of my shooting style. From whimsical to formal, wedding party portraits are a blast. The real portraiture, of course, happens with the bride and groom. These are the images everyone wants to frame so it's important they look as good as possible. That's where having top-notch lighting gear, and knowing how to use it, comes in.
Since most of the weddings I shoot take place outdoors, in the middle of the day, the lighting conditions can be challenging to say the least. It's critical to make sure everyone's faces , as well as the beautiful background the couple has chosen as their venue, are properly exposed and this can only be done with the addition of off-camera lights. These same lights can also be used to dramatic effect once the evening comes on.
I only shoot in RAW format which means I'm utilizing the full potential of all those wonderful pixels. Not only does shooting in RAW make it much easier for me to process your wedding images, it also means your images will be large enough to handle very large prints.