Michael Doerman is a creative and unique wedding photographer living in Nashville. He likes to capture every moment of a wedding from start to finish with an emphasis on quality and style.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I run Doerman Photography, a wedding studio in Nashville, TN. We specialize solely in wedding photography. Our style is clean, minimalistic, modern, but we hold a strong belief that our style should be one that is timeless.
Why did you start taking photos?
I cannot remember when I first started photography. I think it was around the age of 5. However, I became serious prior to college and ended up getting a bachelor’s degree in photography. During school, I began photographing weddings and have been doing it since.
What is your secret when photographing weddings?
As much as it’s a cliché, keep calm and carry on. So much can happen on a wedding day. Staying focused with your eye on what’s important is the way to make it through the day. Also, be prepared. I always try to explore my location before actually photographing there.
How do you capture the love and feeling of a wedding?
We let couples be as natural as possible. Our guidance for poses and stance is very limited. We’ve found that if the couples are relaxed and into each other, the photos will turn out well. The one thing we do try to strongly communicate to the couples is that they should always been touching and connected in some sort of way; that feeling of two is now one is strong in our work.
Being the center for country music and railroads – how is Nashville reflected in your wedding photography.
Country music is typically not a major theme in weddings in Nashville, but it absolutely has a subtle influence. Many popular wedding venues/receptions are hosted at music-related locations – these range from the Country Music Hall of Fame to indie music venues. I would say that, overall, southern ambiance has more weight in themes and ideas for weddings here. Plantations, historic houses, barns, etc. are extremely popular. The current trend of country and vintage fits perfectly with Nashville.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
Nashville is absolutely exploding right now. I’m working on a real-estate-with-a-twist project that documents the city’s growth. The focus is on how Nashville is transitioning from a laidback country city into an increasingly up-scale metropolitan.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I photograph with a Nikon D4 and a handful of lenses that I don’t use often. My go-to lens is a 50mm 1.4. This is on my camera 90% of the day and has really influenced how I interact with my environment. I selected my camera because it is an excellent performer in low-light situations, which are often the case during a wedding day.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a photography business?
Definitely be yourself. The field is far too competitive and over-saturated to play follow the leader. Make real connections with your clients; even to the point of becoming friends. Much of your day will revolve around immersing yourself with photography.
Thanks Michael for giving our readers a glimpse of the Nashville photography scene!
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