SIDNEY BAKER-GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY
I have an editorial and romantic approach to photography. My lens gravitates toward the delicate allure of sentimental moments. From the sun-kissed beaches of Maui to the exotic landscapes of the Bahamas and the breathtaking vistas of Oregon, my travels have been both my inspiration and backdrop. These enchanting destinations have allowed me to capture the essence of love in its purest form. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Botticelli, my photography reflects the influence of these old masters. I favor clean, compositions and the embrace of natural light, echoing the timeless elegance that pervades their masterpieces. With over a decade of experience and a love for film, my creative process remains innovative, diligent, and meticulous. Every image I capture is a pursuit of excellence and beauty, a tribute to the enduring art of visual storytelling. My work has earned recognition from leading camera manufacturers like Nikon and has graced the pages of numerous esteemed publications. In addition to my photographic journey, I have the privilege of serving as an educator, with a platform reaching over 30,000 photographers and cinematographers. I call Grand Rapids home, but I serve couples across the globe.
When I was three years old, I knew that I wanted to be a pilot. I spoke with such conviction, that I was constantly reminded that "things change." However, that would prove to be false when I obtained my pilot license before my drivers license. Aviation was my first love. I grew up as a kid who focused only on the endgame. I never had any other passions... until I discovered my love for diving in 2007. I was always afraid of deep water, but one day during swimming lessons in 5th grade, I saw a diver fly though the air. It was at that moment I discovered my second love. Six years later, in 2013, I discovered my 3rd love, which consequently has brought us here today: photography. I stumbled upon a wedding photography website looking for a senior photographer, and I knew at that moment I wanted to be a photographer. So, I became one. They say a jack of all trades is a master of none, but I believe if you truly love your disciplines, then one day you will master them.
CHASING YOUR PASSIONS
Over the years, I have found that my efforts to cultivate love have lead to compassion and empathy becoming my dominant traits. If there's one thing that causes me pain, it's seeing others suffer and having no ability to fix it. I truly find that being able to put myself in other shoes, and doing my best to understand their emotions and everything that has lead to the complexities of who they, is what drives my photography & film-making... It's the driving force behind my wedding experience. Especially with photography, I find my self not only shooting for you, but also your grandparents who couldn't make it, and the future children and grandchildren that will one day sit on the floor and go through you wedding album.
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up with pride. Love does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." Those are the words I do my best to live by. And, it's the one thing I stress to all of the SBG Bride & Grooms, because to me, even if we live in a world where the divorce rate is higher than the marriage rate, marriage is a life long bond. And if we can keep those words close to our hearts, we can fulfill any vows.
"Have your path and goals, but allow the way you get there to change as needed." - Marissa Haynes ( My Flight Instructor)
My story isn't one of picking up a camera and falling in love with photography. I mean, don't get me wrong, I do love photography; however, my first love always has been and always will be aviation. Photography is my fight song.
In 2009, I set out to pursue my dream of becoming a pilot by attending an aviation-themed high school. It was not until 2012 that one of my close friends introduced me to photography.
I started out with my cellphone, and looking back, I miss the days when I would take photos of anything. One night, I stumbled upon a wedding photography blog and decided that I wanted to have a side hustle as a wedding photographer. So I got a summer job, saved up for my first camera, and then quit: office life isn't for me.
In 2014, I graduated with honors and was accepted into the "Harvard of Aviation," Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I flew five times a week and shot weddings when I could, but photography took a back seat.
In 2016, my dreams were realized: I became a pilot at 18 years old, before I could even drive a car. Later that year, I became homeless and had to drop out of college. Everything I had envisioned in life no longer mattered. I looked at my camera and decided to use it to forge a new path. My mother wasn't thrilled; I was a second-generation college student.
But a year later, I was featured on The Huffington Post. Slowly, I built the brand of my dreams, and today I travel the world running a business that has become my fight song. Yes, I still fly planes. Oh, and hey, Mom... it's okay, I made it <3
From the majestic landscapes of Yosemite to the tranquil beaches of Maui, I explore the world, capturing breathtaking moments and crafting unforgettable events that have graced the pages of numerous magazines and online publications across the globe.
I've discovered myself journeying to San Francisco, savoring the beaches of Cancun, creating unforgettable moments in Los Angeles, and exploring the vibrant scenes of Miami, all while photographing and designing events. Whether it's alongside the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the sun-kissed shores of the Mexican Caribbean, the Hollywood Hills, or the art-deco streets of South Florida, I've been there, capturing unique experiences around the world.
My philosophy is all about creating images that will transport you back to that moment, years down the road. I want you to remember the emotions, the happiness, and the love that you shared on your special day. I accept a limited number of weddings / elopements each year to ensure a luxury experience for each of my couples. While I may call Grand Rapids, Michigan home, I am honored to serve couples around the globe.
Sit back, unwind, and savor the excitement of your engagement while I take care of every detail, from event design to flawless execution, all expertly captured in beautiful photographs. I'll handle it all with your inspiration as guidance along the way.
I aim to craft your wedding day through an artistic lens, creating images inspired by the old masters with a painterly touch. Seeking out even the tiniest detail. This unique approach will gift you the ability to revisit those cherished moments whenever you please.
Whether it's engagement and pre-wedding sessions, anniversary celebrations, or anything in between, I embark on journeys to diverse destinations, ensuring that we preserve your cherished memories in every corner of the world.
Engagement is a unique and enchanting season in life. It's a time of boundless excitement, anticipation, and transition. While it might be a subjective opinion, many of us cherish our engagement phase deeply. The journey from 'Yes' to 'I do' is a remarkable one, filled with dreams and hopes.
Weddings are undoubtedly a big deal, but, the engagement itself is worth celebrating in a special way. Imagine marking this pivotal moment in an incredible location, where you and your partner can embark on a brand new adventure together. It's a time when you're still on the path to your big day, and it's the perfect opportunity for an exclusive getaway as a couple.
I am committed to sharing my insights on outfit selection, suggesting reliable vendors, assisting with necessary permits, and meticulously planning your session's location and timing.
I'm passionate about traveling to beautiful destinations worldwide to capture the magic of your wedding day. From the serene shores of Hawaii to the vibrant streets of Cancun, the charming landscapes of Canada to the stunning Cabo coastline, I've had the privilege of witnessing and celebrating love stories in these breathtaking places. No destination is too distant; in fact, I thrive on exploring new locations!
I've ventured to beautiful destinations like Hawaii, Cancun, Canada, and Cabo to capture the essence of love. I'm always ready to embark on new journeys. What's more, I handle all my travel arrangements and include them within my collection pricing. You won't have to worry about the nitty-gritty details; I've got you covered.
I believe in the uniqueness of each love story. That's why I offer collections that are tailored to your needs. I understand that no two events are alike, and I'm here to customize my offerings to perfectly match your vision. I also provide the flexibility of additional event coverage for your pre or post-celebrations.
I take immense joy in creating intimate and opulent wedding experiences for couples like you. My passion lies in crafting stress-free events, allowing you to fully immerse yourselves in your special day. Beyond photography, I'll personally manage every aspect of your wedding planning, including vendor communications, gathering invoices, and all the intricacies involved in bringing your vision to life.
From planning and design to capturing the moments through my lens, I am dedicated to curating a harmonious aesthetic that reflects your unique love story. You can trust me to handle all the logistical details, so you can relax and cherish every precious moment. No matter where in the world you dream of saying 'I do,' I'm here to make it a reality.
We begin with a consultation to talk about your ideas for your wedding day, either in person or remotely. This is an opportunity for us to get to know one another, and for me to learn more about you, your style, and your vision for your wedding. We'll talk about your favorite elements and how you picture your wedding images. I want to make sure that we mesh well together and that your dreams will be captured by my style.
When you decide to book with me, I'll send you a customized proposal based around your needs, and a contract that requires a deposit at the time of signing to secure your wedding date. This ensures that I will be available to capture every moment of your special day. I want you to feel confident that you've made the right choice and that I'll be there to capture every moment of your special day.
My engagement photo sessions are like a dream come true. I work with you to create a romantic and glamorous setting that reflects your style and personality. I'll help you choose the perfect wardrobe and location, and I'll work with you to capture the perfect poses. My goal is to make you feel confident and beautiful, and I'll go above and beyond to make that happen.
I understand that planning a wedding can be overwhelming, which is why I offer a concierge service. I'll work with you to find the perfect vendors, from florists to makeup artists. I want your wedding day to be stress-free and memorable, and I'll be there every step of the way to ensure that happens.
Once you have a general outline of your wedding day plans, I'll work with you to create a timeline for your wedding day, ensuring that every detail is captured to perfection. We'll discuss your wedding day schedule, from the getting-ready process to the reception. My goal is to ensure that every moment is captured beautifully.
On your wedding day, I'll arrive early to capture every moment of the preparation process. I'll work with you and your wedding planner to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and I'll be there to capture every detail. My main goal during the day of your wedding is to ensure that your stress levels remain low. I'll come what I need to become to ensure that happens.
After your wedding day, I'll deliver your online gallery, and star the process of curating collection items you've chosen. During this time period, I'll remain in communication on the status of editing process so that you're not waiting with radio silence. I take pride in the quality of my work, and I want you to cherish your wedding photos forever.
Dive into my exclusive guide, where you'll find expert advice, top-notch destinations, and personalized tips for planning your perfect day. I've gathered all the insights you need to create a stress-free, memorable experience. Use my years of experience to start your journey towards an unforgettable destination wedding.
Where do I even start! If there were an unlimited amount of stars I would give them! He well deserves this review. My Wedding were AH-MAZING! He captured every moment in its raw form! My hubby loves them and so do I! When you get married things happen so fast and having the wedding slide show helped me take it all in. Seeing the slideshow gave me the same goose bumps as when I walked down the aisle! Thank you so much Sidney!
Debbie & James
Sidney was absolutely phenomenal during our Wedding! While he took photos, he had us laughing, complemented us constantly, and did everything he could to get us to feel comfortable in front of the camera. He really brought out our personalities, and documented the real us! We can't stop looking at our photos!
Deana & Alex
Sidney did an excellent job! He was very professional and easy to work with. Our photos came out beautiful. He listened to what we wanted and managed to wonderfully mesh that with his own creative style. Definitely would recommend to friends and family
Britney & Alex
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