I'm Cory Weber and I own Weber Photography, our associate photographer wedding photography brand. I have a team of very skilled associates that photograph weddings under the umbrella of Weber Photography. My other brand is Cory Weber Photography which is my Fine Art Film Photography brand. We have offices in downtown Petoskey and the Traverse City area.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I began my career in wedding photography after seeing firsthand that the wedding industry in northern Michigan was headed for a boom. Having already developed a huge appreciation for the natural beauty of Northern Michigan, I felt there could be nothing better than to combine that appreciation with the business of wedding photography.
How would you describe your style?
I have a fine art approach to photography which is to say that I am constantly looking at a scene for what it can be rather than what it is. I don't just take a photograph, I make photographs that convey the emotions and aesthetics that my clients have envisioned for their day.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
The whole day. Not many people get to be a part of the entire wedding day and it's a special privilege. The day is one long and drawn-out crescendo starting with a mood of quiet anticipation while getting ready, followed by the joyful wedding ceremony, then the ruckus wedding party photographs, and finally culminating at the reception with EVERYONE on the dance floor partying like there's no tomorrow.
What are some of your favorite trends from this wedding season?
I love anything unique, so I guess that is to say that I don't really like “trends.” If it's new and meaningful and perhaps influenced by something outside of the what has been done at weddings before, then I am all for it! I would love to see more color at weddings though. Color can add a very fun element to the day that I feel has been missing the past few years in the wedding industry. Be careful though, color can completely overwhelm the eye, balance is key.
What advice do you have for couples about choosing a photographer?
You have to cover the basics: make sure they are professional, timely, fun to be around, not negative at all, blend in as a part of the wedding, deliver what they say they will, and have a great aesthetic vision. What may be a bit hard to swallow is that you have to pay more for a photographer that has all of these qualities and is additionally skilled at making images of your wedding as Fine Art. Getting the right photographer is a valuable investment from day one of wedding planning but also builds in value over time. Photography is the one thing you don't want to economize on because after the wedding is over it's all you have left (other than a spouse).
How far in advance should a couple look into booking your services?
At least a year in advance. Inevitably there are exceptions to that rule: sometimes we book out 2 years in advance, sometimes a date is available just a few months prior to the event (I wouldn't bet on that though).
What advice do you have for couples about the planning process?
I have two major pieces of advice:
- Hire a wedding planner! They can help on so many levels but the main reasons are: making educated decisions about vendors, prioritizing budgets, and day-of direction.
- Forget about tradition or what convention says a wedding "has to be." Make it truly special to you and what you appreciate and don't be afraid to solve problems in a way that's never been done before.
What do you love about living and working in Northern Michigan?
I love that I get to spend every day in a vacation destination. There's nothing like being able to spend a portion of each day either at the beach or sailing in the summertime. Aside from that, it's pretty great having so many options for beautiful locations to create my art!