We found Nate like anybody else might, by perusing websites and photo blogs until we found the right fit. After an intensive search we both decided we really liked the personal element of Nate’s pictures. We were specifically looking for originality, personality and genuine feeling in each picture.
We found that we both agreed on Nate’s photos having a uniquely personal touch. Nate’s ability to capture the essence of someone’s emotions set his pictures apart from the average wedding photographer. His ability to pick up unique surroundings while still keeping the primary focus on the subjects in the picture is excellent.
So we reached out to Nate and made contact via email and he responded quickly to his questionnaire we completed. From the beginning, it was a natural fit since we were planning on the Puerto Vallarta location.
Nate requested a Skype session and we did a friendly meet and greet. He’s got a good sense of humor and seemed genuinely interested in providing exactly what we wanted. Nate’s interest in designing something that really suited our needs and was tailored around our event, and not just some pre-packaged concept, set his style apart from your standard show up and shoot photogs.
We corresponded a few more times in-between and Nate additionally accommodated our request for an extra day of shooting – a day prior – for a bachelor party on a fishing boat. He worked seamlessly with the group of guys, taking pictures and also participating as a part of the adventure – which helped make everyone more comfortable. After day one it was like having a professional friend taking care of the most important event of your life.
When the date of the wedding came Nate was all business. Literally working his ass off in the Mexican heat, we dubbed him Spider-Nate, because he was crawling all over the house looking for the best angles. He was polite, professional, and efficient when he needed to be. He did a good job controlling the environment when it was important to get a specific look.
There were fun photos, intimate photos, crazy party photos and more. It was important to us not to have cliché wedding pictures where we jumped in the air, made a human pyramid, etc… and Nate’s style fit our wants perfectly. Looking back at some of our favorite pictures, it’s like there wasn’t a photographer present and he just captured us in our element and in our happiest state. It didn’t feel staged and it shows through very clearly in the final product.
On a personal level, we have a large family. Between Bride and Groom there were at least 19 immediately family members represented. Nate took the time before-hand to learn every single family member’s name; literally 19 people he knew all by name the day he showed up. It represents the level of personal care Nate puts into his work. I’ve been in plenty of weddings with far less people where the photographer addresses everyone as ‘hey’. Nate would have none of that as he is a classier gentleman with more style and personality.
When we finally got the album it was very clear that there was a lot of work that went into its construction. Much like his pictures the album is a work of art. It’s more than your standard white binder with frilly doilies and laminated picture sheets. It’s quality work, quality materials that will no-doubt last a long, long time AND the leather bound cover smells fantastic; like a new car full of your favorite pictures and memories from the best day of your life.
After our wedding Nate is someone I would be proud to call a friend and more than happy to hire again. I’d recommend his work to anyone looking and even more-so to anyone planning an event in Puerto Vallarta. He was more than worth the price for good memories that will last us a lifetime.
Lauren and Greg