Patrick McNamara Photography
strives to create timeless images that couples will love for generations. Trends will come and go, but Patrick's photos are classic.
How did you get started in photography?
I bought my first Nikon camera when I was in college and started shooting abstracts in nature, still life’s, the obligatory sunset shots and candids of family and friends. I didn’t know where it would take me but the journey of discovery was intoxicating. I was a photo junkie!
What do you love about wedding photography?
It’s very liberating creatively. There is no art director telling you how it must be captured. It’s totally up to you to be as creative as possible and to push yourself to try new things.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Time! There are so many ideas floating through my head on the wedding day and you have a limited window to work with to capture all the possibilities. It’s the couples’ day, not mine, and as tempting as it is, I can’t turn it into my own personal photo shoot.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
My approach is to create timeless images that never go out of style. I look for the emotional component first. Tears, laughter, smiles… those images will have you looking through the albums over and over. If you are looking for Photoshop chicanery to carry the image, I’m not the right photographer for you. There are no T-Rex images in my portfolio.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I love skiing with my two boys Griffin and Cavin at least once a week in the off-season and date nights with my beautiful wife Kelly. My personal guilty pleasure that is completely for me alone…I go surfing.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
The best advice I can give a couple is to surround themselves with a strong team of vendors. If you do, you can leave the heavy lifting to all of us and you can RELAX on your wedding day. I have my favorite team of vendors that I work with frequently and we all have each others’ backs and make sure the day goes seamlessly. I know it’s tempting to have a friend of a friend of a cousin of an aunt do your hair/flowers/cake/photos, etc. Nine times out of ten, the wedding day fiasco resides somewhere amongst that decision.
How has your photography style changed over time?
I have no desire to change my style, I want it to be timeless! Sure, I do new things like off camera lighting more than in the past, but it’s still all about the emotional component more than calling my look “vintage” or “edgy.” Trends come and go. I would cringe if someone looked at my work five years from now and said “Oh, that’s soooo 2015!” Timeless is, well, timeless.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
The work of old school film photographers, like Irving Penn and William Eggleston. These old masters had to visualize the final image in their minds before they clicked the shutter. There was no back of the camera to look at for immediate results or Photoshop to fix mistakes. I constantly have to remind myself to slow down and LOOK at what I’m shooting first. Those types of things influence my style of shooting more than the latest Photoshop Actions.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I’ll be right here making sure that couples that come to my neck of the woods get connected with the seacoast finest vendors and have the best day of their lives!