Hallmarks of a Nerd-Friendly Wedding Photographer (Part 1)




If you’re engaged and inclined to research, like most intellectuals I know, then you’ve probably spent time searching for advice to help you plan your wedding. In your quest for knowledge, you have most likely run across an article or two about choosing a wedding photographer. Those articles, written for a broad audience, are designed to be consumed by the typical couple.

But what if you’re not the typical couple? What if you are more nerd than routine-stirred, more geek than fashion freak, more brain-themed than mainstream, or more egghead than tradition-fed? Then you may want to boldly go where no Wedding-Wire suggestion writer has gone before. And instead, seek a new and nerdier vision in your wedding photographer.

Photograph of child at Muslim Wedding in Atlanta

Photograph of child at Muslim Wedding in Atlanta

#1 Open-minded Like any good scientist, the nerd-friendly photographer is able to appreciate and celebrate difference. According to board-game aficionado, Erica Vacare, “the most important characteristic a nerd should look for in a wedding photographer is open-mindedness.” A good indication of open-mindedness in a wedding photographer is a portfolio that includes weddings of different traditions as well as non-traditional weddings.

Atlanta Wedding Photojournalist

Atlanta Wedding Photojournalist

#2 Flexible Like any good scientist, the nerd-friendly photographer is willing to bend, stretch and adjust to the situation at hand. Research nurse, Elizabeth Ferry and real estate appraiser, Bruce Parsons, insist that flexibility is an important quality for less traditional couples. “We looked for a photographer who would work with us on the day of the wedding,” said Bruce. “Someone who would not try to ‘take over’ and make the wedding about getting all the “required” pictures.”

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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.