A warm welcome to Dave DiLauro, a Houston, Texas wedding photographer whose 11 years of experience have provided him with the ability to deliver truly personal and professional wedding photos. Wedding photography is all that Dave DiLauro has ever really wanted to do, and now that he’s a pro, he can’t imagine doing anything else. He also believes that every wedding is unique, and thus, his wedding style differs from wedding to wedding. He doesn’t like to label his style of photography; rather, he just goes with what he is feeling from the bride and groom and what he is feeling from the locations. The light, the colors, the textures…all play a part in how he shoots.
“I get pumped up for every shoot/wedding that I have and can’t wait to get started. These last 11 years, since I started my own photography business, have been the best years of my life. I get to do what I was meant to do and I have been very successful at it. Isn’t that what it’s all about? I have close to 400 weddings under my belt now. This is who I am, it’s not just what I do.”
Dave has had several professional inspirations throughout his life, including Ansel Adams, Art Wolfe, and Peter Lik (all respected nature photographers). As far as wedding photography, Dave’s first influence was Bambi Cantrell. Her work was the first time he had the opportunity to witness artistic wedding photography and it changes his entire outlook. Dave also respects Jerry Ghionis’s work, inspired by his creativity with low-light photography.
Dave has some great advice for brides seeking a wedding photographer. First and foremost, he wants to note that wedding photography has come a long way over the last 15 years with the introduction of digital cameras and Photoshop. It has also hurt the industry in another way, he believes, as it has gotten saturated with amateur photographers who are willing to shoot weddings for dirt cheap. Anyone can “take pictures”, Dave explains, but creating beautiful photos is another story.
“Weddings are absolutely the hardest thing to shoot and to shoot well. You have to be able to adjust on the fly because things are changing and moving so fast and you don’t get a second shot at it. From room to room light changes, backgrounds change, color temperatures change. You have to be prepared and have the skills to shoot under any situation at any time. And you have to be cool and controlled though it all. You have to give direction without being rude or obtrusive. It’s a balancing act to get the shot you want and make it seem natural.“
Here are four questions that Dave believes will help brides determine whether they are going to get professional wedding photos or amateur snapshots.
1. Do you have a business license?
“Seems obvious, right?”
2. What ISO do you use?
“If they give you an answer like ‘ISO 400’ then beware. If they don’t know the answer, then run screaming as fast as you can for the nearest exit. The correct answer is wWhatever ISO it takes for the photos that I am shooting at the time.'”
3. Are your lenses fixed aperture or variable aperture?
“Pro level lenses are fixed aperture lenses. If they don’t know, run for the exit. Variable aperture lenses are not a deal breaker in itself but fixed, pro lenses have better image quality and no self respecting pro would shoot with anything less. Lenses are more important than the camera.”
4. Do you have a back up camera?
“This one should be a brainer. Without hesitation… ‘Yes.'”
Dave understands that everyone has to start somewhere and work their way up, but if a bride is looking for a true professional, he believes you should get one. Or at least know who is going to be shooting one of the most important events of their lives. He encourages brides to not just look at a website, but also Google the photographer. He explains that if they are a true “pro” there will be pages of search results for them.
To see more professional wedding photos, visit Dave DiLauro.