We are thrilled to welcome one of our newest Featured members, Massachusetts wedding photographer Daniel of Nystedt Photography! Daniel has photographed hundreds of weddings in a variety of countries and has studied under some of the worlds top photographers. His style is a mix of candids (photojournalistic) and creative portraiture.
Daniel shared with us a little background about himself and how he got started, his advice for photographers just starting out, and what he loves most about wedding photography:
How did you get started?
I began shooting weddings for close friends and family to help pay for college expenses back in 2003. Pretty soon the word spread, one thing lead to another, and by graduation, I was doing it full time! Up until that point, I was largely self-taught, so I returned to grad school in 2007 where I received my masters of photography in 2008.
What’s your photography style?
I definitely prefer a good mix of candids (photojournalistic) and creative portraiture. There’s an energy to candid photos you simply cannot create in a portrait photo, but this does not mean that formal portraits should be avoided. In recent years, “formal” has become somewhat of a dirty word in the wedding photography world, however I embrace the formal photos: they can express an entirely different side of the couple.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I am not sure I’ve ever experienced at “typical” day at work! Every wedding is unique and reflects the character of the couple getting married. Flexibility is key.
Can you recommend a workshop you’ve attended or book that you’ve read to photographers just starting out?
There is an endless library of resources out there, but one of the best books for getting started is, “Basic 35mm Photo Guide for Beginner Photographers” by Craig Alesse. It’s been out for decades now (since before digital photography) but the principals are still the same. Having a good understanding of how the camera and light work together immediately separates you from the crowd. If you’re not a reader, there are plenty of great free tutorials on youtube!
I recently attended a four part workshop on the advanced uses for Aperture, a software program that manages large photo libraries and streamlines high volume image refinement.
What piece of equipment would you say is most important to you?
My brain… seriously! The equipment in your bag amounts to nothing if you don’t know how to use it properly, and you must be ready to compensate if your flash bulb breaks or your lens suddenly won’t focus properly. A little creativity and ingenuity can save a shoot and elevate your photos from adequate to AMAZING!
What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
Taxes. I dread them every April, but then, so do most Americans!
What do you love most about your job?Two things: I love that I get to be creative for my job and I love that each photo assignment is different. Shooting weddings and events has taken me around the world and allowed me to meet some truly amazing people.
Is there anything unique or special about your service?Photography is a complicated mix between the creative and the technical, and one can easily overpower the other if the photographer is not careful. Everyone has seen wedding photos that check off all the boxes… the bride coming down the aisle, the first kiss, the cake cutting, etc but they’re boring, no sparks, no emotion. Conversely, many photographers get carried away with the artsy side of things, taking photos that are so abstract, it’s hard to tell what’s happening. I strive to capture weddings in an artistic manner that enhances the narrative being told rather than distracting from it.
What new and upcoming technologies in photography (camera equipment, editing software, etc) excite you?Improvements in digital photography happens on a fairly predictable slope, cameras always come out with more megapixels and better noise reduction, but what I look forward to most is seeing what the people at Adobe do to improve the Photoshop tool kit. Some of the newest things are just amazing!
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