Photographer Robert Underwood from No Filter Photography enjoys snapping photographs of special moments that can only be caught once, such as a wedding or of a child’s first day of school. These milestones are priceless and impossible to recreate after the moment has passed–which is why candid photography is crucial during these occasions.

Underwood, currently a senior at Mississippi State University, loves shooting both concerts and weddings, an unusual mix. While he’s still considering what route to take after graduation, he has been a paid working photographer for about a year now. Residing in Fort Worth, Texas and going on trips with his family, he is constantly taking it upon himself to photograph everything that picks his interest. His company name, No Filter, describes his personalized shooting style–and not in the way that would be expected. “[This is] not the filter you are thinking of. As I can shoot what I want, how I want, when I want, there are no rules, no limitations, no extents to how far I can take the art I see through my two eyes. I just happen to have a camera to show others what I see daily.”

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© Robert Underwood, No Filter Photography

Candid-Wedding-Photography Robert-Underwood, No-Filter-Photography, pro, wedding, photography

© Robert Underwood, No Filter Photography

Through his experiences photographing weddings he’s learned to not be hesitant when it comes to shooting in a “non-traditional” fashion. The first wedding Underwood ever captured was a Medieval-themed one. Everyone who attended the ceremony and reception, including the wedding party, wore medieval garb–an unconventional set up that suited Underwood just fine. One tip he would give to brides and grooms is to be clear about exactly what you want when choosing your wedding photographer. Another good idea is to seek a photographer with the proficiency of getting the job finished. Before anyone can raise an eyebrow at this, he’s quick to say to not assume that photographers who have only been working weddings for a year are any less capable or talented than those who have been working for years. “Check out their portfolio, including all other work besides strictly weddings. Ask questions, and tell me what exactly you are wanting. I was a design student for four years. I have plenty of ideas and thoughts they may not have even linked together. The possibilities are truly endless!”

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© Robert Underwood, No Filter Photography

In his line of work Underwood is known for being a photographer newlyweds feel comfortable working with, while allowing him to document their special day in candid photographs. Through his various travels and his experience attending military school, he has adapted to a life of leadership, discipline and has become accustomed to working well with others. “Since it’s easy for me to meet new people, I will be more of a ‘friend’ (of course professional) than a dud who doesn’t know how to interact with your family, children and your loved ones. I think as soon as everyone is at least comfortable with you, the ‘true’ photos become to unravel and the best candid photos come alive.”

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© Robert Underwood, No Filter Photography

“I think anyone can pick up a camera and call themselves a photographer, but truly gifted photographers are those who can create beauty from natural settings and through candid times. I want to capture moments that I can share with those in the image and those who love photography.”

Our Spring issue has a special Focus about wedding photography and the new trends in this part of the photography world. Looks for a copy at a nearby studio or Barnes or Noble or get it here.