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!
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?
Joe Mikos: http://www.mikosphotographers.com