What makes us different?
You may find many photographers & videographers available to help you with your wedding, so what do you need to look for to find the right one for you? The key factors that will distinguish a quality photographer is one who has the experience and skill to do the job efficiently, along with the personality and creative drive to do so in a pleasing way. It also takes someone who is willing to work hard to get your wedding captured fully, yet do so while not interfering with the events of the day and your enjoyment of them.
At Welch Photography & Video, we meet all these criteria, with over 20 years combined of experience as wedding professionals, Robert & Lisa can make you feel confident that you will be completely happy with your wedding day experience and the images that tell the story of your day. We have the creative skills and interest to make your wedding photos more than just ‘smile at the camera’ snapshots that many photographers call wedding photography. We are also skilled at getting the important posed portraits done in an efficient, yet pleasing manner, so that your traditional family and bridal party photos don’t look hurried and disjointed. We are sensitive to your desires and what you want your day to be like, and seek to reflect your personality in the memories you will treasure the rest of your life.
Lisa and Robert Welch – Telling Your Story
Robert Welch had an early interest in photography, working as a high school yearbook photographer where he found he enjoyed taking photos of other students, learning to capture who they were in interesting ways and show the activities of daily life in school from the perspective of interested observer. He was artistically influenced by the pure beauty and emotional nature images of Ansel Adams, as well as the ‘Decisive Moment’ photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who’s photo art captured ordinary life moments in such a way as to give the viewer the sense that life is composed of seemingly unrelated events that happen together as if connected in an orchestrated dance. Robert was able to bring these interests together in the late 1990’s, when he discovered wedding photography offered him an opportunity to use the skills he’d learned and explore the vision of his photography influences while providing others with memorable images they would
treasure as family memories.
In 2004, he was joined by his wife, Lisa Welch, who has a journalism background, as well as having owned an A/V service company in New Orleans covering conventions. Having grown up in a large family she got her first camera, a Kodak Brownie, at a garage sale when she was a youngster, a fortunate event that allowed her to discover her interest in observing and capturing images of life around her. She has a special knack for seeing details and a sensitivity for the dynamics between people, understanding the relationships between family members and friends. Her strong family background gives her the ability to focus on important moments between people, and enables her to reveal them in video and photographs that have emotional impact with a good sense of composition and a pleasing artistic expression. She also has decorator and botany background that gives her an eye for documenting the set and decor of the wedding location and accessory details.
Lisa’s daughter Jackie joined the team full time in 2012, and then took over duties as the primary videographer in 2015 and has continued since while she attends college. She picked up the basics quickly and naturally helping as second videographer for a few years until she now brings her own vision and skills to creating sensitive and expert video coverage for our brides and grooms. She is now joined by her brother Patrick as the main 2nd videographer, who is following in the footsteps of the rest of his family.
Together, the Welch family use their talents as wedding specialists to provide brides and grooms a one-stop, full service option to tell the story of their special day, having enjoyed helping hundreds of satisfied couples with their special day!
Directions to the studio (by appointment only)
Welch Photography & Video – Flash Foto, LLC is located in Southeastern Louisiana, on the
Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville.
About 45 minutes from New Orleans, take the Causeway bridge North, take the first exit to the right and turn right on Monroe St., proceed straight about 2 miles to Girod St., turn left on Girod and proceed about 1/2 mile to the corner of Girod St./Highway 59 and Caroline St.
From Slidell, 30 minutes, head West on Interstate 12 and take the Hwy 1088 exit (#68), and head South toward Mandeville on Hwy 1088 about 3 miles, at the end of Hwy 1088 turn left onto Hwy 59 (Girod St.) and proceed 5 blocks south to the corner of Caroline St.
From Hammond/Baton Rouge, head East on Interstate 12 and take the Hwy 59 exit (#65), and head South toward Mandeville about 3 miles, go past Hwy 1088 to the corner of Hwy 59 (Girod St.) and Caroline St.