Georgia Wedding Photographer COTTRELL PHOTOGRAPHY is an acclaimed fine art photographer living in the foothills of the Appalachians. From weddings and portraits to events, Michael is a versatile, seasoned photographer that shoots both film and digital all through the lens of fine art. We're thrilled to have COTTRELL PHOTOGRAPHY be a part of the MAGNOLIA ROUGE VENDOR GUIDE and today we're getting to know a little more about Michael and his story.
"My style isn't photo journalistic and I don't follow fads," he says. "It's a fine art style. I try to tell a story." And that story is you.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER? The challenge is what draws me to being a wedding photographer. Being part of a couples wedding day is an honour to me. To capture real moments that will be looked at for future generations is what makes me love what I do.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR PATH TO GET THERE: I worked on our family farm and fell in love with nature photography. During that time I attended North Georgia College and State University. Whilst I didn't major in photography, I took darkroom classes that led me to the point I'm at today shooting mostly film. I try to incorporate as much nature and light into my wedding work as possible. I guess it stems from those hard working days on the farm watching the light change.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Natural, I want the pictures to look just like I saw them. I look for texture and light when shooting a wedding. Also, I like to tell a story in my work.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WEDDINGS? The people I meet. Photographing weddings you meet all different personalities.
SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE IMAGE WITH US AND TELL US WHY: This is a really hard one as I have so many favourites. This moment to me is pure joy. When I look at images like this, it validates why I photograph weddings.
CAN YOU RECALL YOUR FAVOURITE WEDDING EXPERIENCE? I would say chauffeuring the bride or groom from where they are getting ready to the wedding ceremony. This has happen several times and for some reason I feel their emotions coming out full force. I like to be part of the excitement on the most memorable day of their lives.
ASIDE FROM FAMILY & FRIENDS, THREE THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT? A Contax 645 camera, sweet tea, and my iPhone.
WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SUNDAY MORNING? Either at Church or on a trail somewhere in the mountains of North Georgia.
HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF? Being with my wife and little boy, they are very important to me!
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