What made you decide to become a wedding photographer?
I decided to become a wedding photographer because I love all the natural moments and emotions of a wedding day. There are few days like a wedding day and I love documenting the day as it unfolds. Also, when my husband and I were looking for a photographer for our gay wedding, we had a hard time finding one that we were comfortable with who was also talented. I hope to be that talent and comfort for my couples on their wedding day.
How would you describe your style?
Oh man, that is a tough one! I guess I like to take a documentary style approach to wedding photography and find those natural moments and emotions that happen throughout the day. But I also come with a fine-art twist! I want my brides and grooms to feel calm and have fun while we capture images on the big day… and I want them to be happy with their images when they receive them soon after the wedding!
What do you love most about your job?
I love that I get to do what I love for a living. For a long time, I chose a career for all of the wrong reasons. Today, I get to do what I love – and I couldn’t be any happier.
What challenges come with being a wedding photographer?
Most people don’t realize how much time goes in to a wedding… not just on a wedding day itself, but the time it takes to edit and deliver those images. So my only challenge as a photographer is balancing the time between life and late night editing. I get so excited about the images I’ve captured from a wedding day I often choose editing over sleep!
Tell us a little bit about your process from booking to image delivery.
After receiving an inquiry, I put together an invoice and contract for the couple. Once received back, I officially become their wedding photographer. Because I keep quite busy, a lot of my couples and I have been meeting via FaceTime before the big day, which has been extremely helpful. It has been a chance for us to meet without disturbing each others schedules too much. I remember when I was planning my wedding and how much time I spent with vendors and wedding plans… it’s quite time consuming. So I take that into consideration and try to not be a bother. Up until the wedding day I try to be a resource for my couples as they consider all their plans and tend to spend a lot of time talking about the schedule (or timeline) for the big day. I get excited hearing about all the plans and it’s great to learn more and more about my couples as they wedding day approaches. The wedding day itself is always a blast… it’s my favorite part of the process… getting to witness all those moments and emotions between my couples and their friends and family. It’s a blast! After the wedding I get started on editing right away and after I deliver the images I typically start working on their wedding album. I keep in touch with most of my couples after the wedding because most of them become friends! I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible people. I swear, I get the best couples in the whole world!
Do you have a favorite memory while shooting a wedding?
Oh geez, to think of just one favorite?? There are so many! I guess I would have to say my favorite “memory” is often the same for each wedding. It’s when the couple has exchanged their vows and get together for their portraits together with me. Just seeing how they look at each other and how much love they share for each other is absolutely my favorite thing not just to witness, but to photograph. I love documenting the love they have for each other, it’s incredible.
What advice can you give to couples who are currently looking for their wedding photographer?
The best advice I can give is for couples to choose a photographer that they are very comfortable with. The photographer is going to be around the ENTIRE day… pick someone you don’t mind being around and that you can have fun with. The more fun and relaxed you are on the big day the better the photos will be!