Hi, I’m Todd Laffler, sole photographer, and the owner of Laffler Photography.
My journey in photography began when I was 17 years of age. My mother showed me how to shoot, develop, and print black and white photographs in her makeshift darkroom set up in our basement. I was completely blown away by the whole process, and instantly became infatuated. I started photographing what I knew best, which at the time was skateboarding. I even made my own skateboard magazine using my photography.
After high school I went on to earn my BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, one of the nation’s top ranked Art Schools. College laid down the foundation for my path in photography, a path I continue to explore and expand upon to this day.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not one to boast, but I will make an exception just for you and toot my own horn. *deep breath* Here goes…
I have won more Fearless Awards than any other photographer on the planet! You read that correctly, the entire planet. They don’t hand these awards out willy nilly either, they all had to be earned. In 2012 I was incredibly honored to be named one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine. This was a big ‘ole feather in my cap, and something I am immensely proud of.
How did I achieve all of this? I believe it was through my tireless passion, extremely hard work ethic, and also my ability to anticipate moments well before they happen. Combine all that with my unique talent for telling a genuine story and what do you get? You get me! Toot toot!
My style is best described as modern, fresh, fun, and sometimes a little quirky. I prefer to let the events of the day unfold naturally, being prepared to capture them as they happen. It’s very important to me that the photographs I create during a wedding are unique and authentic and when seen collectively tell the entire story of the day. While I do give direction from time to time, I try to inject fun into my photography, creating unexpected and compelling images. However, for the majority of the wedding day I stay in the background as a quiet observer, paying close attention for genuine and candid interactions.
Many of my clients tend to either have a strong affinity for photography, or are in a creative field as well, or simply appreciate my creative and sometimes slightly offbeat perspective. It’s often important to them that their wedding photographs are not merely staged moments and forced poses, but rather spontaneous and poignant shots of real moments and relationships as they happen organically.