We have had the huge pleasure to work along side Don Mamone Photography recently. Don and his wife, Emily are a husband and wife wedding photography team in Dallas. Don photographed the images we featured on our post about The Ryan Manor here. Working with Don has been an absolute pleasure and he and his wife are those type of people you really want to get to know as soon as you meet them.
We asked Don a few questions so you, GSS readers, could get to know these crazy awesome wedding photographers as well:
Q :: how long have you been shooting weddings?
I have been photographing as a hobby, more of a passion really, since 1995. In 2002,
I began apprenticing with an exceptionally talented wedding photographer to ensure I understood the specific challenges and opportunities associated with wedding photography and have been photographing weddings ever since.
Q :: what is your favorite part of the wedding?
Without hesitation, I have always known that my favorite moment during a wedding day is the moment when the groom sees his bride for the very first time. It was getting married myself though that taught me why. As Emily rounded the corner, looking radiant in her wedding dress, knowing she was going to be my wife was an indescribably awesome feeling!
Q :: what is a typical wedding day like for you (from packing your gear to the grand exit)?
When it comes to photographing a wedding, I have a very specific routine designed to guarantee that all the details are accounted for. I begin by gathering and printing all the details for the wedding. I then format all our digital cards, clean and pack the camera bodies, lenses and accessories. From that moment on, the remainder of the day is all about the bride and groom. Each day is as unique as the couple being photographed so we draw on our experience as we approach each part of the day to ensure we capture all the special moments that will tell the story of their wedding day for years to come.
Q :: what is your most memorable wedding photography experience?
That is a really tough question because every wedding is remarkable and possesses so many special moments. One memorable moment that does stand out was photographing the reception of a couple that met at Texas A&M. It was so fun to see the ENTIRE wedding take the dance floor for the Aggie War Hymn. They sang and danced with Aggie Pride. WOOP!
Q :: have you always been in Dallas?
I relocated to Dallas from Southern California just over three years ago. Although I miss some things about California, I feel very welcome here and could not be happier with my life here in Dallas
Q :: what are some of the ways you give back to your community?
Emily and I donate our time and photography to the American Fallen Soldiers Project. Local artist Phil Taylor paints portraits of America’s Fallen Soldiers and presents them to the families left behind. We photographically document the presentations of the portraits for the project and for the families. This is one way that we can give back to those that have given so much for us.
Thank you Don and Emily for sharing with us today! Please enjoy these gorgeous images they sent us