“My wedding photography tends to be cinematic,” Ken Karlow says of his photographs of peak moments of motion and emotion. Indeed, he often uses the three-shot technique of motion pictures: an establishing shot to set the scene, a medium shot to depict interaction and a close-up to reveal details.
It’s Ken’s ability to capture candid, telling moments – he calls it “catching the magic as it’s happening” – that sets his work apart. That, plus his skill at getting close to the action while never interfering with it.
“I’ve been working with Phil for years photographing weddings and other events,” says Ken, whose photographic background includes a parallel career as a Director of Photography for independent cinema. “One of the reasons I wanted to do them was because whenever I used to go to weddings as a guest I would see so many great moments that the photographers seemed to miss.
“I know how important wedding photographs are to families, and it’s incredibly satisfying for me to be a part of such an important day,” Ken says. “The photographs I make become a part of the lives of the bride and groom, a part of their family history. And I also enjoy being there – a wedding is basically an incredibly fun party.”