Along with love, a wedding celebrates a couple's unique set of personalities and quirks, which makes their story and union one of a kind. And for wedding photographer Noel Salazar of Quirky Creatives, his primary task is to bring out his clients' distinct traits through his craft.
With a fun and artistic shooting style, Noel makes engagement shoots and wedding portrait sessions light and exciting for his clients. With his friendly and cheery character, Noel is able to make his brides and grooms pose comfortably in front of the camera. His distinct approach makes Quirky Creatives a refreshing wedding photography option for marrying couples.
"The concept behind my photography is basically knowing that there's always something special about each individual, each couple. [Whether they prefer] to wear basketball shoes over leather shoes, getting multi-colored nails for the wedding, or seeing each other before the actual wedding ceremony, whatever it is, I want to be able to see [those quirks], and capture [them] in photos," explains Noel. Noel finds that it is those special details that set a wedding apart from others. Noel adds, "Part of my style also is shooting what normally isn't shot. I believe that weddings are also about those nice unguarded moments."
Noel began doing photography in 2006, doing mostly product shoots for magazines and advertisements. In 2008, he joined Imagine Nation Photography (INP) and was introduced to the field of wedding photography. During his stint with INP, Noel was blessed with the opportunity to cover hundreds of weddings and meet all sorts of people. The friends he gained and stories he discovered inspired his craft, and pushed him to put up his own wedding photography team in 2012. Noel shares, "I think being in the industry made me realize there was such a lot of love in the world, and their unique stories really hooked me. It's also inspiring knowing about the different love stories about other people, and it's just an amazing privilege being a part of their big day."
Seeing how important his role is as a wedding photographer, Noel makes an effort to get to know his couples personally. Prior to every shoot he covers, Noel collaborates with the couple to find out their ideas for their engagement shoot, and the feel or ambiance they are most comfortable with on their wedding day. Noel also does his research and looks for pegs for poses, angles, and lighting, and sees how he can incorporate his signature style. Moreover, Noel keeps his style and skills updated by doing other shoots, such as fashion editorials.