Hello and welcome! Yes this is a new website, with the same great photography you've always been able to count on from me, professional photographer Don Orkoskey, owner of WDO Photography. I've used WordPress for a very long time and the wedding website has been on WordPress since at least 2008. At some point in Sept of 2021 we had a plugin that auto updated which caused a critical error. It was so bad that I couldn't get into the site to disable the plugin in question. I couldn't even roll back the update. I had a choice to make, spend a lot of time trying to get it back up and running or pull the plug and start from scratch.
There is one thing the last few years of this global pandemic have taught me. To know what is important and focus on those things. That made the decision to restart the site from scratch a lot easier. I still have all the photos I've added to the website over the years, I still know what I want to say to you my clients and prospective clients. It made a lot more sense to make a fresh start rather than mess around for days or even weeks trying to recover the old site.
So here we are. Here is the new website, offering the same great photography I've always done. There's something else here too. I've learned a few other things over the last few years. I've learned to value what is important and prioritize it as I said, I've also learned to simplify things and to concentrate on telling valuable stories. Some of those are my stories, some are yours that I'll help you tell.
My wedding photography, like all the photography I do is centered in two things.
- Understanding - We both need to have an understanding of what you want your photographs to say. Weddings have a lot of common themes but we each have a story, when we get together, when we combine those stories, figuring out what we want to say can be hard but I am here to help you to tell your story. It may just be the beginning of that story together but together we will work out how to tell it in a way that is honest, caring, and will remind you for years to come what your wedding meant to you.
Part of creating this understanding will involve some back and forth between us. We'll talk about how you see yourselves, how you see each other, what you mean to each other, what this day means, and more. I will share some of my knowledge about photography with you and together we will create a plan for your wedding photos that will tell the story you want told.
- Storytelling - Once we understand what you want to say how we say it becomes the question. I understand lighting, posing, lenses, and more. Knowing how to use those to tell your story is my job. Ensuring I tell that story as you wish it to be told is critical to what I do. This is your wedding, not mine, this is your story, not mine. I will do everything I can to make sure that I am handling the telling of your story in the exact way that we've decided you want it told. Your voice, your vision, your story will shine through - that is my promise.
We're all stories in the end. - Doctor Who
So here is the new website. It's a bit barebones at the moment but in the near future I'll build it out with a lot of great information that can help you figure out how to choose a great wedding photographer (even if that's not me), how to choose great locations for formal portraits, engagement photos, and more. Tips to help you before and during your wedding, and a lot more. Of course I'll also begin to add back some of the old posts that I lost when I decided to start the website over from scratch.
Same Great Photography
As always you can expect the same great photography from me, Don Orkoskey, of WDO Photography. From wedding photography to portraits, to nature photography, and photography teaching I promise to always be transparent about the process, to work with you in good faith and with a positive attitude, and to help you tell your stories because that is what I am here for. It's what I am passionate about. Contact me today and let's talk about your wedding. I can't wait to hear from you!