He has won the Wedisson Award for best wedding photography and was granted Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice Award in 2016 – Michael Escobar Photography tells stories, captures moments, and creates art to help you remember your day.
What is your philosophy for your business?
There are a lot of things I’m trying to accomplish, but at the core of what I try to do as a wedding photographer is I hold to creating beautiful imagery that resonates with my clients, both the brides and the grooms, and raise the bar every time I shoot.
How did you get started?
The reality that is I owe all of my beginnings in the business to two people, Matt McGraw and Lisa Brown. I cannot say enough about either of them. If not for them, I have no idea what I would be doing right now. Before I met them, I was just like all these other kids I see with some interest in photography and they figure, “hey maybe I can start a business because I have a good camera.” They took me in, slapped me in the face with reality and groomed me to become an adult in the working world with a desire for excellence and discipline to continue working hard regardless of what’s going on around me.
Why did you choose to be a part of the wedding industry?
Is it ok to say the wedding industry chose me? Ha-ha. It’s a lot of things that work together that ultimately led to my choice to do this. Again I owe this to Matt and Lisa. But what keeps me here is seeing clients respond to my work. I love people and making beautiful things. That’s the bottom line.
What areas do you serve, are you willing to travel?
Most commonly I shoot within 50ish miles of Wilmington, because it’s where I live, but I’ve also shot in Charlotte, Raleigh Durham, Winston-Salem. I’m leaving for Peru in a couple weeks to photograph a couple and enjoy a vacation as well. I will go anywhere. I’ve traveled to Mexico a lot growing up to see family, so traveling is kind of a part of me. But right now I have my heart set on New Zealand. I just need to find someone getting married there 🙂
How many weddings per week does your business typically accommodate?
We’ve take up to 2 or 3 in one weekend. I love shooting weddings back to back because it’s like I get deeper in the zone with each passing day. But I’ll also shoot weekday weddings when they happen.
What do you feel sets you apart from your competitors?
You’ll see similarities in my work when you compare it to my obvious influences, but at this point I’ve come to a style all my own. That can’t really be helped. I am a unique human being so I see the world differently than anyone else. That’s why I love photographers, because we all see the world differently. It makes it great for brides because they have a ton of choices. Well that could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it, as if brides need more things to overwhelm them in their wedding planning. As far as things I do intentionally to set myself apart. I fight to provide great customer service, and not just capture moments of people’s big days, but also create art in the midst of them. I see myself as an image maker first and then a photojournalist of sorts.
Is there a particular wedding that has moved or inspired you?
All of them. I cry at a few. I cry when human devotion is most evident and the wedding day becomes a climax of a history long spent fostering it and you can read the pages of that history in the couple’s nuanced interactions with each other and their friends and family. That’s the stuff right there.
Do you have any advice for couples in the midst of planning?
Your photographer (aside from your spouse) is the person you will be spending the most time with on your wedding day, and photos (including video) is the only thing you’re left with that you’ve paid for at the end of the day. Make sure you find a photographer who you resonate with not just their work, but with them as well.
What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever received (not just necessarily in regards to marriage or weddings) and why has it stuck with you?
“Why?” always ask the why? Not why is something happening, but why do you do what you’re doing, why are you making that decision, why are you spending your time doing that. All of your decisions are made long before you are faced with them, because we make decisions according to our core values. When we are faced with a difficult decision, and we take time before going one way or the other it’s because we’re spending time measuring the decision against our own values. If you know yourself, and know what you’ve chosen to value and why, your decisions in life regardless of the size of them will become not easier, but more transparent.