Simi Rabinowitz Photography
We first met Simi in 2012 when he photographed Chris and Ange’s gorgeous wedding at Glen Magna Farms. He captured their big day perfectly, taking advantage of all the beautiful mansion has to offer. We look forward to working with him again in the future! Read on to learn a bit more about Simi and how he got started!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Lexington, Mass so I’m a local boy.
How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
I’ve been shooting weddings for 7 years now. I fell in love with photography back in high school and for a long time only shot nature images. I took some photo courses in college and then after college went to Montana for a summer to study nature photography and then Maine back in the summer of 2006 to study photography as well. While in Maine I met a woman from Boston who shot weddings and when I came back to Somerville in the fall of that year I assisted her on some gigs. It was a lot of fun and after a year I decided to jump into the business as well and the rest is history.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Well I have to say I really love constantly shooting in different venues and interesting places. I’m big into traveling, but now that my wife and I have two kids we don’t get to do that too much anymore. But I’m constantly discovering new, awesome spot through this job. There are so many cool mansions, inns, and hotels in the area – and people really have weddings in all kinds of spaces. I’ve shot on the beach and in backyards, in small restaurants and even in a bar once. I get to go to the Cape and Vermont and Western Mass – its pretty cool and shooting in different spots all over is great for keeping my creativity growing.
How would you describe your style?
My goal is to tell the whole story of the wedding day in the most real way I can with an unobtrusive approach focusing on candid moments. I find that staying out of the way and allowing everything to happen naturally is the best way to capture the raw emotion and joy I always witness on a wedding day. And I love photographing the small details of the day and the quiet, sometimes overlooked moments – those make for some of my favorite pictures.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Probably slurpees and really any frozen soda drink from 7-11 or some other gas station/truck stop type of place. As I get older they seem a little more disgusting but I still make the occasional “slurpee run”. Definitely that started in college and got worse after when I went on a bunch of road trips across the country and gas stations were often the only choice for food and drink.
What’s your favorite quote?
Anything from Seinfeld.
What makes you unique in your field?
I really love creating what I think of as environmental portraits where the couple is of course a part of the image but the landscape around them is showcased in the most beautiful way possible and I believe my background in nature photography allows me to do this very well. Its something I try to do in all of my weddings and engagement sessions. I also believe I have very strong anticipation skills which helps me capture the emotion of the day. Reactions to toasts or jokes or stories, quick glances between a bride and groom – many things on a wedding day happen in a split second but I’ll be there to get the image.
What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?
The best thing I can say is that you have to relax and enjoy every moment because it goes by fast. Don’t take up any of the time worrying. I remember before my own wedding my wife getting pretty nervous about how would they know when we’re ready to eat, how will they know what music to play, etc. – but then everything ran so smoothly and on the day we realized everyone there that we hired had done this so many times before, they had it down. Just enjoy your day, celebrating with friends and family, eating, drinking and dancing – and from my perspective that’s what makes for the best pictures.
See more of Simi’s work here.
The Swank Team