Perhaps the greatest compliment wedding photographer Robert Burns II gets is when couples ask if he’ll take their baby photos one day, even though he doesn’t do that. It’s the relationships that matter most to him, and it’s a tip he gives to those deciding on a photographer. “Establishing a rapport and having strong communication with your wedding photographer is important,” he says. “That connection shows up in the pictures.”
It’s something he knows first-hand. When he was 8, his parents got married. When the pictures came back, he wasn’t smiling in any of them. Other guests looked awkward too. The experience shaped his approach to wedding photography. “Being friendly and relatable is a big part of it,” Burns says. “It helps people relax in front of the camera. My personality is the main reason people choose me, even though they love my imagery.”
They also appreciate the full range of services and sessions Robert Burns Photography & Videography offers, from the time of engagement to after the wedding. He offers a choice of complimentary sessions, including engagement, bridal portrait and bridal boudoir with premium packages. His experience – he has shot over 150 weddings – allows him to plan ahead and prepare for what couples may need.
One of the biggest mistakes couples can make, Burns says, is underestimating the importance of video. Couples tend to think of older, traditional wedding videos they’ve seen from years’ past, rather than today’s short-form videos that tell a couple’s unique story. “Videography today, with favorite songs, multiple camera angles and audio of the vows mixed in, brings weddings to life in ways that photos alone cannot,” he says.
Burns strives for realism, versatility and authenticity in every wedding he shoots. On the day of the wedding, his small team includes trusted associates that together, have 20 years of photography experience. Burns himself touches every piece of the final product, editing all photos and videos.
He recommends couples do extensive research to learn what they like in wedding photography. “Not every bride wants the same thing,” he adds. “Having a wedding is an investment,” he says. “I’m here to make your day perfect.”