HEY THERE. THANKS FOR EXPLORING MY WORLD.
I know, you're looking for a photographer, or a designer, or a learning community,
but still, you're taking time to discover me, and your time is valuable. So, thanks.
This "ABOUT ME" page isn't here to sell me. It's actually the opposite:
I'm going to share my heart and my head with you, and then you can decide whether we're a good fit.
So really, it's more like our first date. And here we go..
I'm Nathan Maddigan. I like words and pictures. Ideas. Exploring. Art. Beauty. Moments. Laughing. Whimsy. Design. Coffee. The colour yellow. And blue. I like the sparks that exist between people. I like story and I like love, in all its myriad forms. And, I like you. Not even kidding. You're an incredible and beautiful thing, and whatever you've become over this lifetime so far, you're unique, and I'd love to meet you.
I don't care about your dress
I really don't. Or your flowers, or your shoes, or your venue. Or even the country your venue is in. I'm not a fashion photographer who wants a mannequin to model some perfect garment on some perfect staircase. Your day isn't a product for my portfolio.
What I care about, is you.
How you feel in the dress.
Why you picked such exceptional flowers.
What you think of your shoes.
The story behind your venue selection.
I need your story, or the rest of it makes no sense.
So, we need to meet in person. We need to be friends. I want to care about what you care about. I want to hear how you met, and see what love looks like through your eyes.
I'm not a faceless news reporter, any more than you are perfect mannequins. We are journeymen, treading a once-in-a-lifetime path together.
And I care about those I travel with.
art over science
How should a wedding photograph be taken?
Perfect and structured, like an architectural commission?
Emotively, like a great romance writer?
Relationally, like a friend?
Secretly, like a journalist?
In-your-face, like the paparazzi?
All of the above?
Do you already have expectations of how I should be?
A wedding photographer has a great responsibility to capture all the moments.
But we also have a higher calling, to make meaningful images. To tell stories worth telling. To be artists.
If I pose you too much, then we'll lose the meaning.
If you demand perfect, traditional, structured images all day, then we'll lose the meaning.
So, I'll give you the freedom to be yourselves. And if you give me the freedom (permission) to roam free for parts of the day, and to play with light, movement, grain, emotion, then I’ll give you moments worth as much as the mountains. Backyards more memorable than ballrooms. Playing over posing.
I'm not saying we won't create technically perfect award-winning epic images. Of course we will. But we don't need a day full of constructed images.
What I'll be seeking, just so you know, are moments that make you laugh, and cry, and feel the most like you.
Art, over science.
All the feels.