Kelsey Bigelow Photography already had my heart during the first question of this interview: she loves Mumford & Sons, Sonic Limeades and doggies. Talking about a trifecta of goodness! And of course, her work is pretty amazing too! Thanks so much Kelsey.

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I’m Kelsey Bigelow. I’m based in Denver, Colorado. I love hiking in the mountains, music (especially Mumford & Sons,) my two doggies and Sonic Limeades. I focus on capturing real life, whether I’m photographing a wedding or a family session. I’m fascinated by telling the stories of the people I get to meet.

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Sunny Studios was kind enough to give us an interview this morning. Amanda photographs in the Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky area and her work is absolutely amazing!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I am a dreamer and photography allows me to dream in reality.  I love shooting weddings because they make me happy.  My couples make me happy.  It’s that simple.  I feel special to have been invited to share such a wonderful moment in their lives.  I want to work with people who become my friends. I want to share their happiness with the world!

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Love brought Hardy Klahold to the United States from Germany. Now, he devotes himself to photographing weddings. I think it’s safe to say that he has a thing for love, and it truly shows in his work and his words. Thank you Hardy!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I started as photojournalist in Germany and I worked for a news agency in Munich/Germany. It was there that I met my wife, who is is from Denver. It started out as a very long distance relationship until I moved to Denver 2003.

I love my life and I love taking photos of it. Wedding photography became a big part of my life. Wedding photography is the work of a storyteller: It’s photo journalism… telling the important story of 2 families joining together, a story of romance and a lot of emotions.

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Mike from Stella Weddings gave us some of his time this morning. Maybe it’s all the coffee I’ve consumed, but I found myself giggling at so many of his answers. I just love a good sense of humor, thanks Mike for ending my week with some good laughs!

 

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I’m a photographer based in Sacramento with a background in sports, portraiture and documentary work. I felt that my style of shooting would appeal to couples who would like to have their weddings documented in such a way that would highlight candid, sincere and memorable moments. So I started Stella Weddings with ‘stella’ being a play on the first part of my last name, Starghill.

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Michel from King Street Photo Weddings shared a lot with us today! Thank you so much, Michel, for your very in-depth answers. You are definitely an inspiration, I’m sure our readers will agree. And boy are you lucky to work out of Charleston, I’m a bit jealous. ;)

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am first a very proud father of two amazing daughters, Courtney & Chloe. My life is very simple. I am so, so blessed to be able to photograph weddings on weekends where I can spend quality time playing the most important role in my life: being Mr. Mom. I love life, people, the gift that God has given to me, and at 49 believe myself to be one of the healthiest people around. I spend an average of 1.5 hours, 5 days a week in the gym and believe that it is 50% of being healthy, while the other 50% is to eat very healthy. I believe that for every wedding I photograph, I am a historian that catches people laughing, crying, happy, and full of joy. Nothing beats a hug from mom or dad of either side of the couple that says “Thank You for your hard work and what you have done for them today.” That is why I do this from my heart. My quote to all of my clients is: “I photograph from my heart because I believe in myself.”

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Tammy Sue Allen Photography takes the stage today! Tammy has been shooting for a long time, I’m jealous that she actually had a darkroom in her house. How awesome is that? I won’t tell you anymore…I don’t want to spoil the rest of the interview. Thanks, Tammy!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My name is Tammy, and I am the owner of Tammy Sue Allen Photography. I am a wife, mother to an 11 year old son, and step mother of two teenage daughters. My husband Terry is also into photography and actually works with me as a second shooter and assistant for some weddings.

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Jacalyn is the owner of JMM Photography and she gave us a WONDERFUL interview today. You’re going to want to read this one start to finish, because the end is filled with some really great advice for photographers!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I am Jacalyn Mains- sole owner of JMM Photography. Meaning, I am not a wedding photography conglomerate that spits out a mass production of images every single weekend of the year. I offer a modern and fashionista approach to wedding photography. No stiff posing stuff over here- PUH-LEASE! I specialize in wedding and boudoir photography. What I am not is a photographer that will jump at the chance to photograph absolutely anything. I’d rather excel in one area than mediocre at many. I find that I am inspired by the energy surrounding a wedding as well as the essence of a woman celebrating her beauty and thrive on woman power- so I’ve chosen to hone my skills and focus on those two types of photography, wedding and boudoir, because they stimulate my creative juices and keep my job fun!

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2. How did you get into wedding photography?

Like many female photographers, the birth of my son inspired me to pick up the camera for the first time. When I decided to turn it into a career instead of a side gig, I said one thing to myself that remains true today. If I am going to be away from my family and the ones I love most by working, then it will only be at a “job” that I love, plain and simple. So, for me, that is photography.

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3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

I know this may sound really silly, but I LOVE the start of the day- the “getting ready” portion of the day. For me it is an excellent way to begin photographing a wedding for a few reasons and I’ll explain. Typically this part of the day is a very relaxed atmosphere- the girls are futzing around fixing themselves up or having their hair and make-up done, sipping champagne, chatting, laughing, and enjoying each other. I love entering into such a very calm and serene place. Then everything changes when the bride gets into her dress- the anticipation and excitement in the room escalates to almost bursting! Tears trickling down faces, friends gasping at their gorgeous bff, and smiles from ear to ear- It is so fun!  Such an extreme scale of emotions in such a short period of time- I love it!

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4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

I actually had a groom who decided to hit downtown Louisville the night before getting married and he was miserably hung over the entire wedding day. He actually had to leave the alter two times during the ceremony to get sick! I don’t think nerves of the day helped! It was awful and awkward for everyone!

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5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

FILET!!! I am a huge fan of a super awesomely prepared filet steak and that with a shrimp cocktail starter at a wedding in May at the Millennium in downtown Cincinnati a couple years ago was fabulous and unforgettable!

6. What is your favorite venue and why?

Gosh that is a hard one! I am a super huge fan of any venue that is unique, artistic, and has fabulous light! One of the most unique I’ve had the experience of photographing at is called The Inn at Oneonta in Melbourne, KY. It is a gorgeous property with lots of fun quirks and is a hidden gem!

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7. Nikon or Canon?

Canon all the way baby!

8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

Hands down, without a doubt, ITALY! I am Italian and my grandparents came to America from Bari and Salerno. So, if it was in one of those cities- then it would be literally dream come true.

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9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

My grandparent’s wedding. I know they aren’t celebrities, but I look up to them far more than any celebrity couple. I would rather have had a glimpse at a traditional Catholic Italian wedding that lasted longer than 50 years than a celebrity wedding that rarely surpasses 5 years.

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10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Despite what you may think, a lot of the photographers in this industry (especially the woman) are friends! So, get to know your fellow photographers! Think of them as a resource more so than as competition. I meet with 3 other female photographers once a month for breakfast or lunch and we talk shop (and about our personal lives too). We might be in direct competition with each other, but that totally doesn’t matter. All four of us realize that there are enough brides to go around and that not every bride is for me! I love knowing other ladies in the industry well enough on a personal and professional level to be able to confidently refer them to brides that have contacted me and their date is already booked. Getting to know other photographers is an EXCELLENT way to get bookings! When they are booked, guess who they refer…other photographers they know and trust. Not only that, but the brides that they refer are typically more motivated to book because they have already reached out to their first choice and they were already taken, so that puts a sense of urgency in their mind.

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BG Photography and Videography is made up of the duo Cathie and Al. Together they provide photo and video, which is a pretty great package for their brides. Thanks for the interview guys!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Al and I are down-to-earth, energetic wedding professionals! We will work hard to make sure that your day is everything you planned it to be. We want to help it go smoothly and help you smile! It’s important to hire a team that you are comfortable with- you want to be able to laugh and have fun– this helps you feel more at ease and helps your pictures come out better. You also want to trust your most important day to actual professionals to ensure quality.

Our mission is to provide you with quality service at an affordable price. We don’t believe your wedding needs to cost more than your house! lol- and we don’t think you need to compromise on quality and professionalism either. We believe that your wedding should be everything you want it to be. and BG Productions strives to help make all your dreams possible- we go above and beyond to help achieve this goal.

Our approach is a photojournalist style. But that being said- don’t worry, we still make sure we get all the posed formal pictures. However we love to capture all the funky shots. Iam usually on the floor at some point and on a chair if allowed by the venue! Al can be seen with his video camera high over head on the dance floor and often using his glide cam for all those really smooth shots!

We also believe in being green and socially conscious. We will take a stand for what we believe in and live our lives working towards helping the environment and trying to make this world a better place. We strive to make BG Productions as green a company as possible.

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2. How did you get into wedding photography?

I have been doing photography for years- and still do a lot of personal photos using film. Al has a degree in digital filming and when we got married it was only natural to combine our love for our arts. Having just gone through the process of getting married ourselves we realized that we had an eye for all the details important to capturing someones big day. We also wanted to take a different approach than many others we had met and actually build our business based on building relationships and friendships with our clients.

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3. What is the best moment you have captured on video?

I would have to say in general the joy and passion in a moment when
the bride and groom see each other for the first time and emotions
that people have for one another.

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4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

We haven’t had too many- thankfully!! I do get uncomfortable when it is clear that the Mother-of-the Bride is taking total control and making the day more about her than her daughter.

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5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

Feeding vendors! Oh you have touched on a touchy subject there! lol!! I don’t eat meat or chicken and get really excited when their is a seafood option (and the couple actually feeds us the same meal!).  I do really love it when there is a mashed potato bar!

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6. You must get some great footage, have you ever created a spoof reel?

I have created outtake reels when people are at their best. A lot of
times people say and do the funniest things and it’s always great to
catch those moments on video, because the replay value is awesome!

7. Why should a bride consider videography?

Many brides that don’t have a video regret not having certain moments
captured in full. Like photography video gives another perspective of
the day.

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8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

I would love to do a destination wedding!

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9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

I don’t really have anyone. I like low maintenance, down to earth people. So I’m not sure I am fit for a “celebrity wedding”- lol!!!

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10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Always keep learning! And don’t just think because you have a digital SLR and a love for weddings that you are ready to shoot someone’s biggest day! Take your time, be an apprentice and really learn the business! Customer service is EVERYTHING! We truly love our clients and if we don’t feel we are a good match, we will politely turn them down. It is very important to hire vendors that you are comfortable with- and this goes for us business owners as well. We have become such great friends with several past clients. And every year we host a client appreciation party at our house.

 

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Matt Haas Photography is made up of the soon-to-be husband and wife team Matt and Sarah. Thank you both for sitting down with us—and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Matt Haas Photography is a couple photography team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We also frequently work in Chicago, and travel for destination weddings nationally & internationally. We’re young, we honestly love what we’re doing, and I think our easy-going personalities along with our unique style is what couples love about us.  Although we specialize in weddings, it’s not all we do. We are full time photographers, Matt works for a magazine, and we’re always producing artwork.  This brings a unique style and approach to every wedding we photograph.

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2. How did you get into wedding photography?

Matt always had a passion for photography, but decided to go to school for Marketing instead. My plan was to pursue a career in dance, but after moving around for about 2 years trying to figure out what I wanted to do, I was career-confused. I never imagined that I would end up being a photographer, but it ended up being a shared passion. When we were first dating, I lived in an artist community building, and encouraged Matt to enter some of his photographs to be displayed during an art show. That was when we both began talking about the possibility of photography as a future career path. Although photography was not a part of my life until we met, we both had entrepreneurial personalities, and took the first step by putting an ad on Craigslist. Matt switched his major to Photography, and we dove into the wedding industry. I took over the business side of the company and also became the second photographer. We are both super motivated people and although it took awhile to book a wedding with no wedding portfolio, it eventually happened, and fueled us to keep going with the business. We were charging next to nothing, and a lot of our couples had to trust that we would produce amazing images, without having a huge portfolio. We were also very young when we started the business, and understandably, some people were skeptical about us. We are so thankful to every couple that entrusted us with the job of documenting their wedding, because once we had a few weddings in our portfolio, things really took off!

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3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

When couples have somewhat extensive getting ready photos taken where they’re just hanging out with friends and family, you can really capture some great candid moments, because they’re somewhat relaxed and not yet rushing, but nervous and excited. First looks are also amazing moments for candid photos, and when we get a chance to go out and take some photos with just the couple, they can just be themselves with us and we love that!  Every single second of a wedding day can be an amazing photographic opportunity!

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4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

Quite frequently, one of us will take the first photograph with the lens cap still on.

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5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

One thing that we don’t do is make our clients pay for a meal. We are both vegetarians and don’t like our to force our couples to make special arrangements for us. That being said, we’ve had some really amazing grilled veggies and tons of varieties of potatoes! Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee also has amazing veggie crepes!

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6. What is your favorite venue and why?

We’ve been lucky to get a chance to photograph in some amazing venues, but one that tops the list is Salvage One in Chicago. It’s a huge warehouse filled with vintage items and refurbished antiques, it’s really a photographers dream to shoot there.  There’s also a rooftop that couples are able to take a freight elevator up to for photos, and a garden. It was one of our first weddings as a full time business, and is where we will be getting married in 2013!

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7. Nikon or Canon?

Canon.

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8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

On a road trip to Miami, we saw a ferris wheel, in the middle of mountains, by itself. I think an outdoor wedding amongst vintage carnival rides would be amazing. There are tons of amazing venues out there that we haven’t yet been to, we can’t wait to find out about more that we may not even know exist. Warehouse settings, barns with string-lighting, there are so many different types of venues that we love.

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9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

We would’ve loved to photograph any of Marilyn Monroe’s weddings simply because they occurred during a time period that had a unique style and would’ve been amazing to photograph.

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10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Something you have to be able to do as a wedding photographer is to be able to adapt to any situation and last minute changes. Most importantly, you can’t try to mimic other photographers styles, you have to figure out your own and go with it.  It took us a couple of years to really understand what our style is and what we can offer our clients that is different from so many other photographers.

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We’re so excited to bring you today’s interview from Aurora Meneghello Productions. We met Aurora back in January at a meetup with her group, Locally Grown Weddings. She loves what she does, and it shows in her work. Thank you Aurora for answering all of our questions. Can’t wait to see you again!

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(Photo courtesy of Christopher MacKessy)

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am originally from Italy and moved to Los Angeles over 13 years ago to study filmmaking. I always wanted to tell stories through pictures and soon made a switch from filmmaking to still photography. I studied 4 languages in high school (plus Italian) and photography was to me another language I wanted to master. I spent years studying it carefully, first in Los Angeles and then in San Francisco where I graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute. Once in San Francisco, I fell in love with the city and never left. Now I work here in my own businesses, Aurora Meneghello Productions and Locally Grown Weddings. I am also on the board of governance of BAIA (Business Association Italy America). I love San Francisco’s commitment to community and social and environmental change.

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2. How did you get into wedding photography?

I started assisting a great wedding photographer while still in college. I wanted a photo related job working weekends because of my school schedule. In the past I had assisted a famous fashion photographer in LA and a product photographer in SF and neither field had appealed to me. But I was so impressed by all the work and know-how required by wedding photographers! Wedding photography is a highly specialized art and carries a lot of responsibilities.  There’s never a chance for a re shoot, so you have to be really really good. And you have to be fast and eclectic: you need to know about natural light, artificial lighting, day, night, action, details, everything. Even though I had already been studying photography for years, I waited 5 years before launching my business, learning more and more. I wanted to make sure I could handle any situation at a wedding and could be trusted with the most amazing event.

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3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

I love photographing the wedding couple! I end up knowing them well by their wedding day and it’s like working with friends. And I am a romantic, so I love working with people in love!

4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

I still smile thinking of some speeches by friends and family members. I would recommend to any couple to choose carefully who gets the microphone…

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5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

Chef Stephanie’s vegan wedding feast last summer blew me away! It was not only incredibly delicious and filling, but great for a long day full of activities. I am proud of working with her in Locally Grown Weddings.

6. What is your favorite venue and why?

I have a weakness for private residences. They make for truly unique and personal weddings and often the place itself is meaningful to a couple and part of their history together.

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7. Nikon or Canon?

Since my dad bought me my first camera when I was 7, it’s always been Nikon. I love the quality of Nikon lenses too much to ever change. Go Nikon!

8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

I would love to travel to Italy and to shoot a wedding there. That would be like a dream come true.

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9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

John Lennon and Yoko Ono: two of my all-time heroes.  That would have been really cool. I hope one day to meet Yoko Ono, she is an amazing woman and a great artist.

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10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

The two biggest mistakes I see new photographers make are jumping into the business too soon (remember this is the most important day of somebody’s life!) and not studying business. Most small businesses fail the first year they open, and half of those that survive fail the following year. Take your time, study your craft, work hard, learn about business and build a company that will last for decades.

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Thank you Aurora! Check her out on WeddingPhotoLove or on her personal site as well.