When choosing a wedding photographer, you want someone who can instantly make you feel comfortable. That ease will translate into natural photos you will love for years to come. And that’s exactly what the well-rounded and talented Tyler Gallardo of Dewland Photography does. Read on to learn more in this week’s Know Your Pro…
Bustld: What do you think makes you different in your field?
Tyler: The main thing is that I am pretty well rounded. I actually run three different businesses in the photography industry with three different websites that cover three different fields. Dewland Photography is my wedding and portrait work. I also have DewVisuals which covers real estate and Dew Productions which is my commercial work like sports and concerts. I feel like a lot of people prefer to be in one field but I’m the opposite. I really like to learn from all these different fields to apply it to each job I take, specially weddings because there is a little bit of everything in a wedding: a little bit of a concert, a little bit of a product shoot and, of course, portrait work.
Bustld: How would you describe your style?
Tyler: My style is more natural. I’m definitely not your bright and airy photographer. I try to keep true to color tones. Obviously if it’s the middle of the day and it’s bright out, it’s going to look bright and airy because that’s the only way you can shoot outside. But I try to be more journalistic, getting natural expressions. Even my poses, I try to make more candid. And I’m definitely not afraid to be a little bit moody if that’s what the scene is for photos. I really try to adapt.
Bustld: How would you describe your ideal couple?
Tyler: I like energy. I feed off of my client. Give me the bubbly couple that loves taking photos that wants to have fun and is not afraid to look a little goofy. The couple that’s not afraid to be themselves in front of the camera. I really feed off of that with my own energy.
Bustld: Why do your clients hire you?
Tyler: I’d say honestly, it’s really about connection, specifically with weddings. Of course, you want a photographer that has a style you like and that you trust in terms of getting all the big shots. But when it comes down to the nitty gritty, it’s really important to work with somebody you actually connect with. I try make my clients my friends. Obviously, I’m going to know everybody’s names. I’m also going to try and know some weird facts about you too. I want to laugh with you guys. Making you feel comfortable is the end game. If you’re not happy and throwing on a fake smile, that’s going to show in a photo. If uncomfortable, that’s going to show in the photo. It’s really important to work with somebody you are actually comfortable around.
Bustld: What is the best part of being a wedding photographer?
Tyler: The diversity of it. Every couple is different. Every venue is different. I might shoot the same venue twice but each time it looks completely different. I like that. It keeps me on my toes a little bit. I was never someone able to do a 9 to 5 desk job type thing… although I find myself sitting at my computer doing a desk job. I really do like changing things up. I’m not afraid to do something that’s a little bit different.
Bustld: What's your favorite moment on wedding day?
Tyler: Probably the first look. Typically, it’s just the bride and groom. It’s that first moment the groom is going to see the bride. And obviously the bride is overjoyed. And then probably the ring shots. I really like doing creative ring shots.
Bustld: Tell us about your backstory. Why weddings?
Tyler: I went to the University of Colorado in 2012. I actually got my camera that year for Christmas on a whim. I’d never been into photography before that. My mom who was with me on my college trip happened to see I was taking cell phone pics of all the mountains and bought me a camera. I literally fell in love instantly. It was one of those things that clicked. One of the first photos I ever took was a silhouette shot of a mountain climber. It still is one of my best shots and I now have it tattooed on my arm. From there, I knew photography was what I wanted to do as a career. I branched out to different things. Weddings was one of the things I started doing last. I’ve done weddings for three years but been in the photography industry since 2014. I’ve done everything from sports to concerts; I’ve worked with Shaq, music festival and hotels to name a few. Doing all those different jobs I realized applied to a wedding which is what brought me in to the industry.
Bustld: Anything else we should know about you?
Tyler: I definitely take pride in the fact that it’s really just me. I’ve noticed a shift in the industry where editing is getting exported out. I don’t do anything like that. It’s my work, my edits. I take pride in every shot I give my clients.
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