Meet Bill! He is the face behind Photosynthesis Photography, of Lehigh Valley, Pa. His rich colors and creative outlook make the most beautiful wedding images!
Photography: Alison Conklin
How did you get started in this business?
I’ve been a visual artist my entire life. I grew up drawing and painting and studied illustration in college. We learned film photography as a means of creating reference for our work. After I picked up the camera, I really fell in love with it. I’ve been shooting ever since! I started taking portraits of people I knew, which eventually caught the attention of one of my friends that was getting married. She asked me to shoot her wedding. I happily obliged, and the rest is history!
What are some of your favorite aspects of your business?
Being welcomed into someone’s wedding day is an absolute privilege and honor. There is really no other part of my business that is so very special to me.
What song/music is in heavy rotation for you right now?
I listen to a lot of post rock music (which is instrumental music with no vocals). I know, I know, no vocals??? It was weird when I first started listening to it because I kept waiting for someone start singing, ha ha! But, after I started listening to it I found it to be really interesting music and something that I can get immersed into while I’m working on my photo editing. Moonlit Sailor, Sunlight Ascending, and Explosions In The Sky are some of the bands that I like.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
The vows, I tear up, and I’m not afraid to admit it! With that being said, there are so many incredible parts of the wedding day. From the quiet moments when the bride is getting ready and getting her final details together, to the wild dance party rocking out to Bon Jovi later in the night! Weddings are such unique days because of the variety of emotions and moments that play out.
What is one of your hobbies?
Ahh…I like to take pictures! …. What else do I do? I have been known to pick up the guitar once in a while, but I also like getting outside. My wife, Megan, and I like to garden and go hiking. Nature is pretty amazing.
What does the perfect day look like to you?
Going on a hike with Megan, getting caught in the rain, and ending the day in front of the fireplace together.
What is your best advice for a couple planning their wedding?
Hiring a wedding planner is incredibly valuable. I often times tell my couples after we first meet, that planning a wedding will become its own full-time job. It’s something that most people don’t have experience planning and it can certainly be unfamiliar territory. If you are planning your wedding on your own, give yourself a lot of time. There’s usually no rush to when your wedding date has to be so allow yourself the time to plan, find your perfect vendors, and you’ll have a really amazing experience on your wedding. All of my couples tell me that their wedding planning always takes longer than they think it will.
Also, meet your vendors in person before you book through a complimentary consultation. This is especially important with a vendor like a photographer because you’ll be working with them throughout so much of your day. It’s really important that your personalities match and that you feel comfortable with them. Pay attention to red flags from your vendors too, i.e., how quickly do they respond to email? Do they show up on-time to your consultation? Do they have a lot of bad reviews? You don’t have to plan everything by yourself. A lot of my couples tell me how their friends and family are happy to pitch in and are happy to be delegated to.
What brought you to the Lehigh Valley?
I was born and raised in Lehigh Valley! I went to college in Philadelphia and lived there for seven years, but eventually made my way back. That city is amazing, but it’s not where I want to live. Day trips to Philly are pretty great though!
What is your favorite restaurant to eat at in the Lehigh Valley? Your favorite dish to order?
My favorite restaurant by far is Bolete! There’s not a single dish that’s my favorite and the menu is always changing per the season. The pork chops do pop into my mind though ☺ Definitely check them out and it’s an amazing experience!
What is your fondest wedding memory-either from your wedding, if you are married, or from a wedding you attended?
My fondest memory from my wedding day is how much our cheeks hurt! I don’t know the last time I smiled so much in one day. There was a point when Megan and I had to massage each other’s cheeks because of how sore they were. The cheeks on our faces, BTW ☺
What is your favorite movie and/or book genre?
There is no better movie that was ever made on this planet then The Goonies! It’s a story about a group of kids that go on a treasure hunt to save their parents’ homes from being taken over by a country club that is being built. Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt???
What is your favorite season and why?
By far, I love the fall! The brisk air, the color in the trees, and some hot chai tea just tastes a lot better at the end of October.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Spending time with Megan, gardening, cooking, and playing a mean game of Scrabble!
What do you wish couples knew about your part of the wedding industry?
Wedding photography is very unique because it involves many different photography genres. It’s photojournalism, portraiture, still life/product photography (the details), and the photographer is working in many different environmental conditions. We are inside, outside, in the sun, in the clouds, in the rain, really everywhere! It’s important for couples to realize that a photographer needs to be well-versed to photograph a wedding and needs to be prepared for all of the different circumstances we could be in. When looking at a photographer’s portfolio, keep these things in mind and make sure they can handle all the different environments they would be in for your wedding day. Also, asking them to see an entire wedding collection will give you an idea of their approach, style and level of experience.
What is a common mistake you see couples make while planning a wedding?
Planning it all by themselves, not budgeting enough time, and not doing enough research on their vendors. Again, make sure to meet your vendors in person to get a feel for what they’re like and keep an eye on red flags.
Do you have an embarrassing wedding moment? That happened to you/or that you observed?
Well, sometimes the most embarrassing moments are the best moments. This often times comes when a sudden gust of wind blows a veil in one of many different directions. Embrace it folks!
What is the best way for a couple to prepare to meet with you?
Let me know what your favorite coffee spot is or where you might indulge in an “adult beverage”. I’ll meet you there! Also, take some time before we meet to write down questions that you have. I love questions and they are important for you to ask any vendor you’re thinking of working with. Write down what is the most important part of your wedding day from a photography standpoint so that I can cater to your individual needs.
Is there anything else you would like our couples to know about you/your business?
Again, it is such a privilege and honor to be welcomed into someone’s wedding day. It’s so very important to me that I get to know you what makes you different from everyone else. I personalize your imagery to tell your story. I make a point of making you comfortable in front of the camera and you’ll eventually forget that the camera is even there. You will have fun being next to the one you love and I will capture those moments for you to relive for the rest of your lives together. Yes, I’m a romantic ☺
Photosynthesis Photography really tells your story through a creative and realistic outlook. Bill, will do everything he can to make sure you are thrilled with your wedding images! Check out his Adore profile to learn more and set up a consult.