Thursday 8 August 2013

Wedding photographer Mike Allebach : about tattooed brides and cameras

Name : Mike Allebach
Location : Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Who : "The original tattooed bride photographer" (Rock n Roll Bride), Author of Philadelphia's Tattoos Stories, Photographer at Allebach Photography, Foremost Expert on Tattooed Weddings
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Lisa Jenson : Please tell us about how you become photographer? (Did you go to school to study photography?)
Mike Allebach : I was a graphic artist first.  Photography was something of a hobby and I enjoyed it but never thought of it as a profession.  While in a punk band, I would photograph other bands at local shows for fun.  People just started asking if I would like to photograph their wedding.  That's how it got started.  Wedding photography choose me.

L.J. : Do you think there's some pressure on people with tattoos for getting a "good" job?
Mike Allebach : There is the myth that says you can't get a good job if you have tattoos.  That just is not true.  Plenty of doctors, professors and military have tattoos.  In the art world it is almost a given to have tattoos.  Mostly that is a line that parents use to scare children.  I'm not saying it would be easy to get some jobs with facial tattoos but our society has begun to accept tattoo culture.

L.J. : What's the main differences between professional photographer and just a dude with camera?
Mike Allebach : The professional is seperated by non-photography skills. Business, marketing and people skills are essential to make it in the photography world.   If you don't love people and working with them, you have no chance as a wedding photographer.  Wedding photography is a people business.  Anyone can take photos with their phone now.  The professional has to juggle personalities, making people feel comfortable, marketing their business, booking new clients and making a profit.

 L.J. : Could you please give some advice on wedding preparation. Maybe "do" and "don't"s in makeup for brides (to look good on photos)?
Mike Allebach : One of the coolest trends in tattooed bride weddings is lace dresses and lace half sleeves.  I can think of nothing cooler than a bride with a full sleeve tattoo in a half sleeve lace wedding dress.  As for makeup, test out any tattoo concealer if you are using one (I prefer brides show off all their tattoos).  There is a drastic difference between the kits and skin matching can be tough.   Also be careful with mineral makeup, sometimes if your photographer is using flash it will react with the metal in mineral makeup and appear slightly lighter. 

L.J. : What camera you use?
Mike Allebach : I use all nikon gear, Nikon D600, Nikon D700 and Nikon D3. My favorite lens is my Nikon 85mm 1.4g. 

L.J. : How many weddings have you shoot last year?
Mike Allebach : In 2013 I have 32 weddings. 

Thanx for the interview!


  1. Wow! Its great to see wedding with tattoos. Its a unique idea. I would like to implement this on my wedding also.
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  2. Wedding is the day when each and every thing dress or flower or photograph ...
    every thing is important...
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  3. Nice post,wedding with tattoos is really unique and innovative idea.All the pics are looking Awesome in this post.
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