Wedding Photographer Highlight: Laura Caporizzo Photography
Who is Laura, the artist behind the camera?
I am a dog-lover and a family heritage enthusiast. I wish the best to everyone and try to spread goodwill, especially through my photography.
When did you first realize your passion for photography, and how has this journey cultivated you into the photographer you are now?
In high school, I first realized my passion for photography. I’d always have my camera with me – an entry-level DSLR camera that I saved up to afford. Prior to that I was borrowing my dad’s film camera. I pursued a degree in Photography at Tyler School of Art and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography and certification in Art Education. While at Tyler, I began assisting weddings for a local studio and then advanced to a Second Shooter. After graduation, that studio asked me to join them full-time as an editor.
Soon after I was the lead editor and a main photographer. Eventually I became Studio Manager and finally Head of Staff. Between shooting for that studio and a few other local studios and independent photographers, I gained a broad understanding of the entire process involved with wedding photography and yearned for full artistic control over the final images, in addition to wanting to build more of a relationship with my couples. So with over 300 weddings under my belt, I began my own business for a personalized wedding experience and the journey deeper into light and shadow continues.
What is the process like for couples who want to book you for their wedding?
The process is simple and stress-free. Most couples find out about me via a friend who used me or from seeing my work online. After reaching out via email or a phone call and confirming my availability, we schedule a meeting at a local coffee shop or café. I love to support other small businesses, and this helps keep my pricing very competitive by not having a physical studio space. I bring a few full wedding albums and we can chat more about the details of your wedding day and vision. If we are a good fit personality and style-wise, then we can move ahead with a contract. The contract and deposit can both be done online and then your date is reserved! After that, we would meet again for your engagement session or our final meeting where we prepare the full timeline and shot list, about 1-3 months before the wedding. I love to have that meeting at the reception venue.
What do you love most about photographing weddings/couples?
I love witnessing moments of raw emotion from close friends and family members of the couple. Photographing heartfelt interactions like when the couple sees each other for the first time or when a mother tears up while helping her daughter with a veil or special accessory are snapshots in time that can be cherished for generations. During these parts of the day, I am very reactive in my shooting and other parts of the day like during family portraits, I switch to being proactive for refined and polished posed images. Photo-Great, Roberto Valenzuela, writes about it perfectly when he discusses being a photo-taker vs. a photo-maker. Those two terms say it all. In that way, I believe that photography is the medium that transcends all others. The transition and fluidity between being “a fly on the wall” to purely document (like a photojournalist) and adding more intentional artistic decisions to create an image are so unique to weddings. Getting to shift organically throughout the entire celebration keeps shooting exciting, not to mention how every wedding is unique!
Besides weddings, what other moments do you like to capture?
Besides weddings, I photograph corporate events, parties, mitzvahs, communions and other milestone celebrations. In addition to events, I shoot real estate, portraits, cars, and pets during the week.
What other locations do you cover in addition to Philadelphia?
In addition to Philadelphia, I cover the general Tri-State area – pretty much from Lancaster to the Jersey Shore and from NY to DE. Most of my weddings are in Philly or the suburbs.