When hiring a wedding photographer, you want to look for someone who will pay attention to all the details you’ve worked so hard to put together while also telling the story of your wedding day through photographs so you can relive it for years to come.
Local Chicago wedding photographer Travis, of Wasabi Photography, loves documenting a couple’s day with unique, storytelling images. Plus he has tried over 1,860 beers so of course he was the perfect fit to be our photography sponsor at this year’s Wedtoberfest on October 10th!
Learn a little bit more about Wasabi Photography below and then get tickets to share a beer and meet Travis in person!
What has been your favorite event from this past year?
I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing couples and photograph some great weddings. It’s always tough to pick a favorite, but I recently posted Jessica & Jared’s Sculpture Garden wedding at Bridgeport Art Center. I’ve worked at Bridgeport Art Center more than any other venue in the city. I’m a sucker for exposed brick and love shooting loft weddings. Jessica and Jared were a blast to work with and I think our photos really told the story of their day.
Please tell us about a recent piece of work that you are really proud of!
I recently put together a helpful guide with wedding planning tips to help couples get their best photos. As a photographer I’ve seen about 200 weddings so I’ve seen a lot, and learned even more. The guide includes articles about more than a dozen topics including: how to handle the family group portraits, how to plan a timeline around the light and what to do (and where to go) if it rains on your wedding day.
If you had to come up with a name of a beer for your company, what would it be?
“Brown M&Ms.” I love chocolatey stouts and it’s a nod to my favorite story about attention-to-detail. In the 1980s when Van Halen was touring, they famously asked for a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones removed. Most thought they were being rockstar divas, but it was really just a test to see how closely the venue operators paid attention to their requests. If they showed up to a room with a bowl of M&Ms that included brown, they knew they’d have to double check everything to see what else was missed. I take a lot of pride in our attention-to-detail on a wedding day and we “sweat the small stuff” to get the best possible photos for our couples.
What would you want an engaged couple looking to hire you to know about your services?
I spent the first six years of my career working for daily newspapers as a staff photojournalist. So when I call myself a wedding photojournalist, it’s not an empty term to describe my ‘style.’ It’s part of my DNA. I wrote an article about why I think photojournalists are so well-suited to document weddings.
We are looking forward to having Wasabi Photography featured at Chicago Wedtoberfest, Thursday October 10th, at Artifact Events. Get your tickets HERE to meet Wasabi Photography and other great vendors PLUS taste tons of tasty beer and food!