Today’s interview comes from WeddingPhotoLove’s very own, Ella Photography. An International photographer based out of Montreal, Canada. Isabella, thank you so much for spending some time to answer all of our questions. Most of all, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
>Ella Photography was founded in 2010 [ yup only 1.5 years ago]. Prior to working as a lifestyle photographer, I worked in fashion. I soon came to realize that fashion wasn’t a field that I enjoyed. The way that the media preserves beauty hurts me deeply, especially with 3 nieces that tell me that they want to be beautiful like those models. To have millions of people believe that what they see in magazine is real is a world I didn’t want to live in. That’s when I decided to work as a lifestyle photographer. I made it my mission to show my clients that their life is beautiful just the way is it. No need for photoshop or illusions.
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I started working as a wedding photographer especially because to share such a day with my clients is just wonderful. Bride and grooms are so in love and to capture such emotion is indescribable.
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
The morning of – having the bride getting ready and be nervous. It’s the moment of the day where you really see how everyone really feels: the father seeing his daughter for the first time and the mom helping out with the dress, the girls getting all giggy because she’s getting married–it’s all really fun. I looooooooove taking detail shots too.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
All my weddings have been pretty normal. I am lucky, I guess! However, I’m not sure if I would call it awkward but I was helping out a friend at a wedding once, and the uncle of the bride was a wedding singer in his day so he dedicated a song to the bride and groom. When he started singing, we realized he was lip singing! Plus, he didn’t even know the words! We weren’t sure what to do really.
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Oh my gosh. Food. The perk of being a wedding photographer. Great meals every weekend. However …the one thing that stands out is one wedding day last year where they gave sugar cookies as a favour. I know I know. You asked me the best thing I ate and I mention sugar cookies rather than the actual meal? Yes, they were AMAZING. I almost took my tables favours while they were dancing.
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
My favourite venue to date is the W in Montreal. The ceremony area was a large white room with Chandeliers all down the aisle. The bride and groom were at the top at steps for everyone to see. Then, when the ceremony was over, the venue opens all the doors on the right and left and it opens to the reception hall. Gorgeous.
7. Nikon or Canon?
Nikon. Nikon. Nikon. And I’ll never change. Most of my photos are SOOC because the colour that Nikon delivers is amazing.
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
In BC at the bottom of a mountain at sunset. Precise no? But the views there are amazing. Also, destination weddings are awesome too. Beaches, white sand and sunset (love those sunsets)–I would travel there every week if I could.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I wish I was the one shooting Kate Moss’ wedding. All those flower girls and the venue was awesome.
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
There’s time. When you first start , everyone is always telling you that you have to be perfect all the time and make sure you catch all the moments in a flash. It’s not true. Don’t just shoot to shoot. The kiss lasts 5 good seconds, the first dance is an entire song, the first time to groom sees his bride is a good 45 seconds (as she’s walking down the aisles) there’s time. It’s not about quantity but about quality. Take the time to relax, readjust and breathe in order to get the right shot.
Also, back up your files! There’s nothing more scary then losing the wedding photos of a bride and groom. When it happens, it’s the WORST but you’ll move on. Until then, be safe! Always bring an assistant in case something fails and back up those files!