A warm SnapKnot welcome to Chris of Chris Withers Photography, one of our most recent Springfield wedding photographers. Dedicated and in pursuit of the ultimate Image, Chris continues to look through education, imagination, and passion to be the best he can be in the art of photography. Here is a little look into Chris’s inspiring world:
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Christopher Withers. I am 33 years old and engaged to my 2nd shooter. I have been a photographer for 6 years now. I fell in love with the art of photography by having friends that were living a great life on the road as photographers. I used to design motion graphics for commercial. My life was not easy. I used to be very overweight. At my heaviest I was 407 pounds. I was overweight most of my life. It caused me to have low self esteem and a quite and humble tone.
When you are 407 pounds without much hope and you set on a journey to lose weight something happens. You begin to lose the weight and slowly start to find hope, friends, support, passion and the ability to smile. I have grown so much on my journey. I have found GOD, the love of my life, passion for cooking and fitness and a career in something I LOVE doing (photography).
I am currently 228 and sill going. I hope to reach 205 by winter.
I decided to appreciate my life and everything I include in it. I am very determined and passionate to live out the rest of my life filled with passion and people that love me for who I am. I have taken many dark roads and made many mistakes, but I’m back with a vengeance.
Thank you to everyone in my life that has been kind, genuine and there for me through good and BAD. You especially Jessica. I love you very much. You have been there for me through EVERYTHING.
I live life with health, love goals and a deep passion for photography. I love constantly educating myself in the art of photography and all the wonderful technology involved. This is my life!
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
Friends in a similar field inspired me.
How long have you been a photographer?
How would you classify your style of photography?
Expanding. I never stop learning techniques that allow me to bring the most out of a moment.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
Scott Kelby, Joel Grimes, Joe McNally
Do you have any good wedding stories?
I recenlty set up a shot of a groom and his best man drag racing and the bride was between the vehicles waving the white flag. I also caught a shot of a tornado during a wedding.
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
Ask to see a full portfolio of a single wedding shot by the photographer. Also remember that you only get one shot at this perfect wedding. Hire experience and passion.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
Used to weight 407 pounds and literally saved my life by deciding to get healthy. Through my new energy for life I fell in love with photography. I also used to be a pro-am bowler. I shot thirteen 300 games and an 864 3 game series.
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, photography, brides, grooms, etc?
For photographers: Never stop growing no matter how good, popular or expensive your gear is and life will continue to surprise you.
For brides and grooms: The more you open up to your photographers, the better they will do. Stay connected to them and tell them stories about your past, present and future relationship with your other half. This will all be very useful information that your photographer can use to make your wedding photography more memorable and unique.