Colin Coleman Photography – Wedding Photographer Highlight
Who is Colin, the artist behind the camera?
I’m a Dad to a gorgeous, funny girl named Kenzie. She’s loud and full of life from the moment she gets out of bed until her head hits the pillow at night. I’m a boyfriend, future fiancé, & future husband to my girlfriend Molly. (Yes, I get asked who our wedding photographer will be all the time. I still don’t know.) I like craft beer and fried chicken, which is why you’ll find me at Warhorse Barbell Club in Northern Liberties every day. I play video games, almost as well as I play the ukulele. I like to go out and have fun, but I think I like staying in and watching a good movie even more.
When did you first realize your passion for photography and how has this journey cultivated you into the photographer you are now?
Photography began as a product of high school senioritis. I didn’t expect to take it seriously. Then I started skipping lunch to be in the dark room. We’re talking choosing photography over tacos. Who skips tacos?? I got my first photography job in 2011, and after that, I got really lucky because I met great friends who were willing to teach me the trade. I’ve even swapped ukulele lessons for photography lessons when I first started.
How would you describe your photography style?
Honest and real. I believe weddings are much more than cakes and flowers. My style starts with getting to know the people who are going to be in front of my lens. I want to spend quality time on that part, so when they get there I can capture them in the most genuine way possible. I want a couples’ photos to reflect what matters to them and who they are in this time of their life. I also love capturing laughter and silliness, and the unspoken things that weddings bring to the table. I think a person in love and a person laughing uncontrollably show vulnerability in different ways. Vulnerability makes for awesome, goosebump-making photographs.
What is the process like for couples who want to book you for their wedding?
An in-person consultation is an important first step. This goes hand in hand with my last answer. The goal is that by the time the wedding rolls around, my couples don’t see me as a vendor anymore, but a friendly face that you can rely on and feel comfortable around.
What do you love most about photographing weddings/couples?
It’s like an all-day scavenger hunt! I get to be on my toes (and knees/hands/back/belly), searching and hustling to capture the moments and perspectives that are unique to that couple, venue, and celebration. When I know I nailed something, it’s like catching the biggest, fattest fish ever.
Besides weddings, what other moments do you like to capture?
When I’m not shooting weddings, I also shoot commercial work and portraits. I really like the different speed that these genres of photography provide me compared to weddings.
Personally, I am always taking photographs of my daughter Kenzie and building my memories of her that way. Our most recent little shoot of her was in the cherry blossoms down on Columbus Boulevard. We had to wake up at 6 am and get down there before it rained or other photographers started using the space for their shoots, but I shot one of my most favorite shots of her that morning.
What other locations do you cover in addition to Philadelphia?
You’ll find me pretty regularly in the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, Delaware and New York, but I have traveled and am willing to travel cross-country or around the world!