Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Laura of Laura Segall Photography! She’s previously been on the blog with her post, Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Engagement Photo Session, make sure to check it out too.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Photography has always played a big role in my life. Some of my earliest memories of my grandmother, Honey Bunny, are hanging out at the portrait studio where she worked in Milwaukee. I feel that her role as family historian influenced my own passion for capturing memories. I studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, where I earned a BFA and met my husband who is also a photographer. I started my career in photography working for newspapers which taught me to be quick on my feet and how to capture those fleeting moments while remaining unobtrusive. I consider myself a storyteller who creates unique, artistic and candid photographs that will last a lifetime.
How did you get into wedding photography?
My experience as a photojournalist and passion for documenting life’s journey lead me to start my wedding business. When documenting a wedding my goal is to give each couple a complete story told through pictures. I want the photographs to evoke a memory and sense of place. It is important to me that the personality and unique beauty of the bride and groom shine through in the photographs.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I adore photographing the bride getting ready. Those moments of primping and nerves and anticipation before the ceremony tend to be some of my favorite images from each wedding. I also love to see the parents of the bride and groom get emotional as they watch their child take their vows.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Anytime I have to tell someone their zipper is down or they have something in their teeth.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I have a serious sweet tooth so when there is extra wedding cake I am a happy camper.
What is your favorite venue and why?
There are so many beautiful and totally unique wedding locations in Arizona that it is impossible to choose one. I always enjoy shooting at venues that embrace the desert and the gorgeous natural scenery that we are lucky to have here in Arizona.
Nikon or Canon?
I learned photography on a manual Nikon FE film camera although I shot Canon throughout my newspaper career. When I started my wedding and freelance business I went back to my roots and now shoot with all Nikon gear.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I was lucky enough to photograph a wedding in Italy this year which was definitely a dream location for me. I would absolutely love to shoot weddings in Hawaii, France or Thailand. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures so when I can combine doing what I love and seeing someplace new that is the best. There are also a handful of locations here in Arizona that are still on my list where I would like to photograph a wedding such as Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I would have to go with William and Kate’s Royal wedding last year. When a wedding is celebrated by an entire nation and a good chunk of the world’s population watches it on TV that is pretty special.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t get caught up in trends. In my opinion a Photoshop filter that everyone is using today will looked dated in a year. When you are true to your own unique vision then you will attract the type of bride who will trust you to document such an important day in her life.
Thanks Laura! For more about Laura Segall Photography, check out her WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to her website.