Waffles, Mad Max, and laughs: Why this LA wedding photographer should be your "professional friend" on your wedding day #Sponsors: Photographers#california#los angeles#wedding photographer August 1 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. I feel like this could be the world's most perfect wedding photo! Van Gorder Photo is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide! Mike Van Gorder is an awesome LA wedding photographer who tells every couple he meets the same thing: "We're going to be a team and this whole thing is supposed to be fun." Which is pretty much what your entire wedding experience should be, right? In short: Van Gorder Photo gets it. In long: Our sponsor Mike Van Gorder is a super-fun guy with a super-good eye and a unique perspective on wedding photos, and will bring all of these benefits to your wedding… Awesome personality Your photographer is by your side for the whole day, so make sure it's someone you actually enjoy spending time with. Here's Mike's take on that: When you are a wedding photographer, you are a "Professional Friend." Finding the right vibe is important — both because the person you hire to spend the most important day of your life with you should be cool, and also because humor is a photographer's best tool to get actual human laughter, and therefore excellent pictures. (Also, look how cute he and his wife are!) Offbeat AF Besides being a fun guy, he also has shot a lot of fun weddings (and, he shares my love of waffles and cosplay, which just elevated him to "best photographer of all time" status IMHO)… I've shot a carnival wedding, a Lord of the Rings wedding, a video game wedding (with a waffle bar) and a bunch of Halloweddings. Still not sure if the Waffle Bar will ever get topped, although I did dress up as Mad Max for one of the Halloweddings at the bride's insistence. Willing to work with your budget Rather than strict wedding packages, Mike likes to make custom packages to fit your budget… Tell me your budget and I'll build a package around it. If we vibe well, that's the most important thing — I get the best shots, the best referrals, the best reviews and have the best time with couples that I genuinely like, so what does it matter if your budget is $650 or $3300? I've done weddings for both of those budgets, and they were both great experiences. Let's figure out what you need and we'll make it happen. All that plus free engagement photos! If you tell Mike that you saw him on Offbeat Bride, you'll get a complimentary engagement shoot included as part of your wedding package! That's even more time you get to spend with your new wedding photographer/"professional friend." So hurry and set up your first hang with your new bestie! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz Megan Finley is the LA-based Offbeat Empire editor. When she's not writing, editing, and sleeping, she's eating, drinking, and geeking. You can snoop into her personal life over on her website Funk in Deep Freeze! @meggyfin @meggyfin PREVIOUS Geeks giving back: a beautiful and ethical wedding in Pittsburgh NEXT Here's how I'm planning a Southern, intersectional, interracial, and accessible wedding Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.