Weddings have always been about a day of celebration. A day where two people and their loved ones come together to join a union. It is an event that is very memorable, yet it is also something that needs to be well captured. That being said, here at How to Photograph, we had the opportunity to chat with some of the experts in the field of wedding photography. We asked some of our favorite wedding photographers about their businesses in an effort to help our readers.
Read more to hear a Q&A about the advice, stories, and techniques these experts have to share! We asked many questions and will give you the answers in the coming weeks!
Thus far, what has been vital thing you have learned from owning your business?
@susanshekphotography - Never stop creating and learning. There are no breaks, and you have to make sacrifices.
@belathee - There is no one set of rules or recipes for running a business…learn as you go and try to stay true to yourself and your initial vision as much as possible.
Reaching out to others when needing help and being generous with advice in return has been the best practice for us so far.
@johndolanphotog- In weddings, we are in the trust business. People hire you to witness and record an intimate day in their lives. After 25 years of shooting weddings, I take this role seriously and I am careful not to diminish that trust.
@withlovebygeorgie- Having trustworthy colleagues in the same industry is so important! I've been so fortunate to have few that give me advice from their experience and confidence to continue on working hard when I question myself.
What has been your most memorable shoot? Why?
@susanshekphotography - Museum of Natural History - Being surrounded by history and a giant whale model over your head is kind of amazing and breathtaking at the same time.
@belathee - Photographing a wedding in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina, the couple were artists/scientists and celebrated on long tables set up in the street with southern BBQ and a local band playing. Truly individual and memorable. The local community was very involved so it felt good to "give back".
@johndolanphotog- In 2014, I shot a three-day wedding in Rome. The bride had a PhD in Roman Studies and knew the city intimately. Each event was in a unique and ancient venue. After the ceremony, the bride and groom strolled through the streets with their bridal party, passing through crowds and cafe's and piazzas. A waiter kissed the bride, a priest gave a blessing, tourists took photos. The city became part of the wedding party, all the while I shot while walking backwards, changing film on the fly.
@withlovebygeorgie- I've been to amazing weddings in Cancun & Bali, but it's actually a wedding I did in a small town in Texas outside of Houston. The reception was done amazingly by Wedding Designer Coordinator who created a beautiful garden chandelier table setting and at that moment, I remembered when I first started wedding photography how much I wanted to have a wedding with such a beautiful setting and I realize that I was doing it!
Article by Brandon Young. Brandon is an LA Based creative working in photography and film.