A strong photojournalism background shapes the way I approach wedding photography:
My unobtrusive, down-to-earth approach allows your wedding to unfold as it should, with the focus remaining on you at all times. I don’t want to be noticed. I want to blend in and not distract from the story. The story (your wedding day) is told more accurately and truthfully if we shoot it as it happens, without interference. Working in this manner allows me to capture the real moments, the real emotions, that make your day so special and unique. But it isn’t only the moments. It isn’t just candid photography. I am looking for amazing light. I am looking for powerful composition. I am looking for art. The photos you can’t plan for are often the ones that are the most memorable, the most iconic.
I have also developed exceptional people skills. Making people comfortable when shooting portraits is critical. Portraits should look natural, without being overly staged. Almost every couple has requests for “formals” that include groups of family members, the bridal party, the bride and groom alone, and perhaps more. I will help you with that list and provide as much direction as you need. It’s important for me to make sure we schedule enough time to get all of the group shots that are desired, but also, not to keep you away from your other guests longer than you would like. Portraits should be fun and unique, but they shouldn’t dominate your wedding day.
While covering a wedding I also pay special attention to details such as flowers, jewelry, decorations, table settings, food, and so much more. I would encourage you to also let me know of any details that are especially important to you, so that I could give those items an even closer look.
Experience and background:
Mike's images have appeared in publications all across the United States and the world. He obtained his mass communications degree, with a concentration in photojournalism, from Towson State University. His work has taken him from Cuba to Siberia, from Morocco to Alaska, to more than 40 countries in all, to shoot destination weddings and work on independent projects. He’s an award-winning photojournalist who has been recognized by numerous media outlets for his wedding coverage.
Mike splits his time between Maryland and Florida, shooting most of his weddings in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia region as well as the greater Tampa Bay area, including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Sarasota.
82 Reviews for Mike Buscher Photography
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Liana C. · Married on 10/10/2020
Alaska Adventure & Wedding
I'm so happy that Mike was our photographer and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone! He was very responsive in emails/text from the beginning till the end and the ONLY photographer that would talk to me on the phone when first acquiring. His personality and his enthusiasm for photography lead me to choose him as the perfect photographer for my days. Mike had been very flexible with our decisions changing from a wedding to an elopement/adventure in Alaska. Mike was very opened about the idea that we even brought Mike out to photograph our Alaska elopement/adventure. Mike had so many great ideas that we even hiked to the top of the mountain for the most beautiful and unforgettable photos and the GLACIERS! We even ended up still having our covid-wedding/celebration that Mike photographed as well back home in MD. Photos did not take a long time to get back. I still cannot get over how all the photos turn out!Sent on 06/17/2021
Caitlin G. · Married on 03/14/2020
Professional, Remarkable, Fast Turnaround and all around EXCEPTIONAL! Great quality photos!
Using Mike Buscher Photography was hands down the best decision I feel we could have made for our wedding day. Mike and his team are very professional and respectful in every aspect. They have a very transparent, honest, trustworthy business, they dress very clean for more formal events, and they are extremely punctual with great attention to detail. I got married in a local church that had cross shaped windows on the door, and Mike, with his artistic eye, during the rehearsal, envisioned taking a photo through those windows of my soon-to-be husband and I up on the platform saying our vows, and the next day during our ceremony he took the most incredible photo we have ever seen (photo attached to this review, of course)! My husband and I had our wedding on March 14, 2020, and we received ALL our photos back on March 24, 2020. We received a few photos before the entire gallery was available, which was very exciting; the turnaround time was exceptionally quick for the quality and quantity, whereas I've seen other couples wait months up to a year for subpar photos. We received 734 photos in total (that's with two photographers), and it was hard to pick any to leave out of our wedding album when we were having one made, I can only imagine Mike was even more selective when choosing which ones to share with us - the number was probably originally in the thousands! Communicating with Mike and his team was a very easy, straightforward process. Before the wedding he had us provide him with things that were important for us to be in the pictures, even attaching a few photos in a Word document, and were very pleased with the results. I was surprised after our wedding to find out so many other brides and grooms had such negative experiences with their wedding photographers over things such as pictures turning out blurry, missing photo opportunities with their family they had completely forgotten about due to all the craziness that surrounds the wedding day, to things like having to pay more money on top of the photographer fee simply to own rights to their own photos or having watermarks! With Mike Buscher Photography, you can rest at ease knowing you won't have any of those problems. All of those 734 photos we received were very crisp; he suggested ahead of time several popular wedding poses with family members and those in the wedding party so we wouldn't regret it later; he prints out the complete agreed upon list and checks them off throughout the day to ensure you get all those photos (even the ones you would never think you would forget about but you do!), and he gives you full rights to YOUR wedding photos, without any watermarks or anything to take away from the beautiful, priceless moments. Originally we were only going to pay for Mike to be the photographer, but ultimately decided to add one more photographer from his team because there were some photos I wanted from the bridal party getting ready and some I wanted exclusively from the groom getting ready. In the end, I couldn't be happier about this decision. Two wedding photographers allow you to get both angles, the bride and the groom's view, while you are saying your vows without the photographer having to run back and forth. It allows the photographer more time to focus on the quality and lighting, and more photos to look back on in awe of the day that slipped away in the blink of an eye, especially at the reception when there's so much to see (my husband and I were looking back LAUGHING at some of the things our friends and family did which we would have never known otherwise, and that they probably wouldn't have remembered)! Mike works extremely well with his team and remained focused the entire night. At the reception they were always accessible for photo ops that presented themselves as spur of the moment opportunities. I know I have written a lot so far, but if you get nothing else from the review I hope you get this: If you want wedding photos you will cherish for more than a lifetime, photos you can hand down to your children and their grandchildren, that have exceptional quality, breathtaking poses, and fond memories, go with Mike Buscher Photography. There was nothing we could have changed nor nothing more we could have asked for. It was stress-free, worry free, and magnificent. Even after getting married I find myself following him on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram to see all the beautiful moments he continues to capture. For those who are still planning their wedding and have a higher budget to work with, check out his photo shoot of the wedding a couple had in Alaska with Alaska Helicopter Tours, they're magical and are so beautiful you will get goosebumps! :)Sent on 10/14/2020
Morgan C. · Married on 12/10/2019
Our wedding photographer was AWESOME!!
Mike was such a pleasure and so easy to work with!! He was very accommodating and took time with my parents and I to make sure he knew exactly what we wanted. He was very reliable and our pictures are AMAZING!! I would highly recommend him to anyone!!Sent on 11/17/2019
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Owner & Lead Photographer
I have been photographing weddings since 2005. I love getting to know the couples I work with, and we often remain friends well after they get married. I even get to photograph some of their kids, eventually. When I shoot a wedding and that couple later wants me to photograph their newborn…that’s pretty cool. Then to see that child grow up as I continue to photograph him or her, year after year, is very rewarding.
This is a very personal business for me. From the initial inquiry, through the planning process, the site walk-thru, to the actual wedding, the editing of images, and the designing of the album pages…I personally handle everything from start to finish. My name is on the company and I take that very seriously.
My wife, Tori, and I have three kids. The newest addition to our family is Mackensey Jayne. She was born in 2017. My other daughter, Dylan, is 13 and my son, Jaxon, is 14. My children are my favorite photo subjects, though I am sure sometimes they wish this wasn’t the case We also have a mini golden doodle named Charlie. Besides my family, I love travel adventures, photography, craft beer, and running. I have even set my sites on running a marathon in each of the 50 states. Only 26 more to go!
I grew up wanting to be a newspaper photographer. After graduating from Towson University I worked on staff for several publications including the Daily Record in New Jersey. I have freelanced for countless other outlets including: USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, the Daily News (New York City), The Budapest Sun (Hungary), Reuters (Germany), and the Associated Press (Baltimore). I have done independent photo projects in places such as Cuba, Morocco, Siberia, and Cambodia, to name just a few.
Mike is fantastic! He is super personable and great to work with. His images are superb. Book a meeting with him!