Parris Whittingham Photography
Where do I begin?? I can't say enough about Parris as he is hands down one of the best wedding photographers I've ever had the pleasure to meet and work with. He's not just someone who shows up and takes photos of your wedding. He's someone who truly cares about capturing the essence of your Special Day and the spirit of who you are as a couple. Parris takes his work very seriously, and it shows in his pictures. He went way above and beyond the call of duty and took the time to get to know me and my (then fiance, now husband) Eric: who we are as a couple, our work, what was important to us about our wedding and our family. By the time he showed up to my bridal suite the day of the wedding, he was way more than just a photographer, he was a friend tasked with documenting our Wedding Story through photographs.
Besides the amazing photos, Parris interviewed us before our wedding and managed to turn the interview into an amazing 5 minute piece about the history of our relationship that we showed during the wedding. This meant so much to the both of us, as Parris managed to encapsulate the importance of our families, the spirit of loved ones who were not with us that day, and our commitment and love to one another.
Beyond his talent, he's also incredibly professional and the nuts and bolts of business with him is so easy because of how he's set up technologically.
Are you marrying the love of your life and you want photographs to show your children and your children's children that will remind you of this very special moment and bring tears to your eyes EVERY TIME you see them?? Pick up the phone now and Call Parris. Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200. You will not regret it!!
One of the clichéd warnings married people issue to the newly engaged is that weddings go quickly, very quickly, for those actually tying the knot. Having recently married, I can now echo those sentiments, and do so honestly. I promise you, the party will arrive and conclude in an instant, even if you’re not quite ready to let it go.
Perhaps for most, but certainly my wife and me, the arrival of the wedding day is simply the culmination of months, even years, of planning. With so much effort poured into every detail, we all try to pause and appreciate every second of what will turn out to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. But that’s impossible. If you slow down too much, you’ll miss the point, which is to have fun with those closest to you…. all 100 of them. Being pulled in every direction isn’t necessarily a bad thing; just the opposite, it’s maybe the closest you’ll come to celebrity in your life and it’s part of what makes your wedding such a great time.
The downside is that you can’t spend enough time with everyone. And, you certainly can’t witness every moment. There’s just too much going on. In the end, you’ll be left with whatever memories Jack Daniels leaves you along with whatever’s captured by your photographer. So, here’s my point: your photographer just might be the most important consideration you have while planning your wedding. Despite whatever other factors enter into your wedding equation, two are paramount: surrounding yourself with people who care about you and preserving the memory of your celebration.
Photography shouldn’t simply document the items of your wedding, the staged portraits of attendees and the sterile landscapes/skylines that serve as their backdrop. The difference between a good wedding photo and a bad one is a matter of context. The bad ones don’t have any, aside from what they themselves reveal. They are pictures among a hundred others, loosely tethered by a common setting. They can be beautiful and even convey some emotion and excitement, but they don’t tell a story. In contrast, good wedding photos are parts of a larger picture. Like the pages of a book, they reveal the story of your wedding, bit by bit.
Parris’s photos have that storyline quality. And, for my wife and me, this is why we’re so thankful that Paris agreed to photograph our wedding. I could write about what a great guy he is or how accommodating and professional he was when working with us, but it wouldn’t highlight what is truly special about his work. Nor would it serve any good to gush over how beautiful his pictures are – the proof is there on his website, http://pswhittingham.com. What really separates Parris from his contemporaries is his genuine interest in telling and preserving a wedding’s story.
In looking through the prints for the first time, I was amazed at all the things I’d missed. Despite having been absent in some instances, I knew exactly what was going on. I knew that someone had just cracked a joke or that so-and-so was anxious or too embarrassed to dance. I felt as though I’d been in ten places at once.
Fifty years from now, when my wife and I are looking through our wedding photos, we won’t care so much about how beautiful the flowers were or what the view was like thirty floors above Union Square. What we will want to remember are the people we celebrated with and how much fun we had. Fortunately, we won’t have too much trouble with that. Thanks, Parris.
Parris was the first photographer whose work grabbed my eye straight off. At first I assumed he was way beyond my price range, but he worked hard to help us out. His product thus far has been incredible, and I am superbly happy with the collection he has put together for us. Certainly he is an artist to keep an eye on, and I for one am proud to be able to see that I knew him when!
Parris is professional, easy going, flexible, friendly, unobtrusive, artistic and passionate about his work. If you are looking for someone to capture your event utilizing the art of photojournalism, then you will not be disappointed with Parris Whittingham Photography. He makes a genuine effort to not only be responsive to your needs as a client, but to get to know you as a person to aide in his preparation to adequately capture your event reflecting your personality and style. He is a refreshing change from the cookie-cutter, old fashioned wedding photographers who try to tell their clients what shots "should" be taken, rather than simply capturing the emotions and moments as they occur naturally. Parris simply tells the story of your day, whether it be a wedding or other special event in your family's life. He captures natural emotions and touching moments, all without you even realizing that he is there, recording it all.
My name is Parris Whittingham. I am a New York wedding photographer and storytelling is my passion. My purpose is to serve the remarkable couples who make modern love stories possible. My studio is located in Tribeca and we are available by appointment. You can learn more about my work at fromparriswithlove.com