With his main focus on his couples, Corey Johnson of Corey Johnson Studios makes his couples’ wedding day as special and stress-free as possible. His light and airy style feels like timeless romance brought to life.
Bustld: What do you think makes the company different than the competition?
Corey: Honestly, I have a heart to serve my couples above and beyond just photography. I’ve helped with timelines, set up last minute tablescapes, anything. My couples are my top priorities. Some photographers are about awards and epic shots, which is great, but I want my couples to feel like they are loved and cared for and that’s on the top of my list. I strive to make their day as special as it can be and as stress-free as possible. Taking a lot of that stress off is my main desire. That separates me from other great photographers in the area, that my couples are my main focus.
Bustld: How would you describe your company’s style?
Corey: My photography style is what I call fine art film inspired photography. It emulates film even though its digital. It’s light, airy and ethereal with timeless romance.
Bustld: Tell us about the company’s ideal client.
Corey: It’s someone that is probably in their 20 to 30s and they already know their career choice. For some reason, I work with a lot of couples in the medical field. They know what they want. A lot of my couples are paying for the wedding themselves, so they work for their money and they know what they want to spend it on. Couples who value quality photography and family/friends. I love serving joyful, down to earth couples. Most of my couples are just as fine wearing sweats as they are wearing an evening gown and going out.
Bustld: Why do you think couples choose the company?
Corey: Actually, I’ve asked couple this and the overwhelming response was they could tell I cared about them. They love my images but are drawn to my caring personality and desire to make their day the best it can be. Other than the images, me bringing personalized gifts or taking extra time to help grandma out of her seat are the parts that showed them the caring-ness for the couple and their loved ones.
Bustld: What is the best part of being a photographer?
Corey: So many things. I would probably have to say the honor and humility of being chosen to document one of their most special days is what I love the most. For most couples it’s the only time this is going to happen, and they will have these images to pass down. Having that trust and responsibility placed on me is overwhelming, but also very touching that a couple would want that from me. That’s the best part, knowing that what I’m doing is going to make a difference and impact on generations to come.
Bustld: What's your favorite moment on wedding day?
Corey: I have to say that first looks are one of my favorite times. When it’s just the couples and me (sometimes some other family) and those times of just raw emotion with no one else around. When the groom can let his guard down and take in the beauty of the day and his soon to be partner. Couples spend months finding the right everything and that moment when they first see each other is my favorite moment of the whole day.
Bustld: Tell us about the company’s backstory. How long have you been in business?
Corey: I started not intending to get into photography. I got a camera seven to eight years ago. I was mainly doing film, then I bought a DSLR. A family in church asked me to take fall family photos. I was immediately hooked. I would take photos of literally anything and everything. Plants, animals, families, newborns. When I did my first wedding, I got addicted. It was exhilarating. About three to four years ago I transitioned into more weddings and now I do weddings full-time, for the most part.
Bustld: Tell us about your background and how you came to be in the wedding industry.
Corey: Growing up, I wanted to be a roller coaster engineer. Loved the math behind it all even though I hate math, I was interested in the whole gravity and effect side. But then, my dad did graphic design and some photography, so that was familiar to me. I started dabbling with him and loved it. Through high school I did graphics for churches and small businesses. I went to college for the arts. Graphics and videography went hand in hand, so I naturally gravitated toward that. Then that opened up into photography. Roller coaster engineering flew out of the window at that point. Although, weddings can be a roller coaster. Something to note and what shocks a lot of people is that I am legally blind, I can still see but my camera is another set of eyes and allows me to see the world in totally different ways. My camera has more than opened up my business but also, a whole new outlook for me.
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