Vendor Spotlight with Joe Mikos Photography

DME: We've had the pleasure of working with you on events in the past, and youʼre photography always look amazing! Can you give us a little history of you business? When/how did you decide to become a photographer?
Joe Mikos: Thank you! To be honest, itʼs definitely easier to take great photos when your working with other great vendors. Iʼm lucky in that each week I get to work with the best the wedding industry has to offer. It certainly makes for better photos and a much smoother event from start to finish!
Being a photographer is all I've ever really wanted to do. I have always known I wanted to be a photographer even long before I knew you could actually be a “photographer”. When I was young (6 or 7 years old) I remember bugging my parents to buy me more film :-).
I started my career in NYC working for some of the best commercial and fashion photographers of our time. Having those experiences has only helped to shape me into the photographer I am today. To me, a wedding day has elements of all different kinds of photography from fashion to photojournalism which is what keeps it fresh and fun week after week.
DME: When working with a bride and groom on their photography what is the experience usually like? Who usually takes charge? Is there a lot of compromise on the style, timing, themed sessions, etc?
Joe Mikos: With me, the photography is treated more like a fashion shoot. I take inspiration from the style of the wedding and the personalities of my clients and allow that information to dictate the kinds of images I make. Since most of us, my clients included, are not that comfortable in front of a camera, my style of working is fast and very spontaneous. I have found that my clients enjoy the fast paced, yet relaxed, atmosphere that allows them to really enjoy the moment. If theyʼre having fun, it shows in the photos!

DME: What is the most unique, or amazing, or your favorite photograph/session/ event you've ever worked on?

Joe Mikos: Tough question! By far the most visually amazing was a Castle in Ireland. If my client would have let me, iʼd still be there shooting! It was an amazing location with truly incredible clients... I really do get the best jobs! Long before I was a wedding photographer I did mostly commercial work in NYC. There I had the opportunity to work with just about every major fashion magazine and celebrity, so the list of fun shoots is very long but iʼll gladly take a wedding over a commercial shoot any day! Being the father of three small girls, the “father daughter dance” gets me every time! :-)

DME: Are there any new trends coming up for the 2011 wedding season in Photography? 

Joe Mikos: Iʼll be honest, I'm not a trend follower. I donʼt look to other weddings or wedding photographers for inspiration. I look back at the work iʼve done and constantly push myself my do better each week. If Iʼm looking for some visual stimulation I can usually be found in the magazine section at a Barneʼs and Nobles flipping through fashion and art magazines.

DME: How can new fans and prospective clients get in touch with you and learn more?
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