That look he gives her. You know, the one look he gives only to her. A look full of wonder, respect, and love.
Those smiles, the understanding kind that happen between two people so connected, laughing over a silently shared joke.
Years of practice and a natural ability to pinpoint and draw out such moments has allowed Mae Kurihara Photography to offer couples in love photographs capturing those moments between them on their special day.
Mae Kurihara, founder/photographer of Mae Kurihara Photography shot her first wedding in 2010, but began years earlier in her high school years. “I got a camera before I got a cell phone,” she laughs, “My friends called it my cell phone because I had it out all the time taking photos of everything.”
Since then she has turned a much loved hobby into a growing business. Having had the privilege of photographing families, babies, and high school seniors, the love between couples has remained her favorite to photograph.
“There’s something different about love between people translating into photographs,” she muses, “You can take photographs of mountains, trees, and sunsets but for some reason only a fraction of that magnificence transfers into photographs. Love is different, the minute you see a photograph of a couple you can instantly sense the magnificence.”
Asked if there was any advice to extend towards couples considering booking a session/wedding she explains, “It’s very, very important to trust the photographer. Hands down. 95% of my clients call and give me the same warning, ‘I’m not photogenic,’ and I smile every time, because everyone thinks that. My main job is to make people look good, but a major part of my job is to make them comfortable, to help them focus more on each other rather than on the camera and it makes a huge difference when they trust me.“
She also mentions the importance of consulting with your photographer in regards to the details of your wedding day such as good lighting and the itinerary of the day.
The wedding day is a very hectic, crazy day and it helps to keep the photographer in the loop so they can keep up with the events and photograph every important moment.