Melania Marta Photography gave us an interview for today’s post. Wasn’t that nice of her? We think so too! Thank you Melania, you were a lot of fun to chat with and of course – we love your photos. :)
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I was born in Brooklyn, NY to immigrant Italian parents (first generation – baby). As a young kid I was introduced into photography; I used to steal my mom’s 110 camera with disposable flash. I was always interested in cameras and capturing moments. Growing up my mom was the kind of mom who was always there, in your face, with a camera in hand. I’m so grateful for that now. Life happened and we moved from the city when I was seven. I now live in a small town in Pennsylvania with my husband, two daughters, step-son and two boxers. I couldn’t be happier. I started Melania Marta Photography in February 2010. I absolutely love what I do.
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I became OBSESSED with wedding photography after I saw a friend of mine’s e-session on facebook. From there I started blog stalking others and kept saying, “I wanna do that. I can do that.” Then one Christmas I got a camera for Christmas from my husband. I knew NOTHING. I started a fan page so that I didn’t bombard my “friends” with photos on their news feed. Shortly after I started posting on my fan page, I was asked to shoot an e-session which was my second shoot ever. After that, I was asked to do their wedding. This couple completely took a chance on a newbie. I owe them EVERYTHING. They were my motivation to work my hardest to learn everything I could before their wedding day. I think I did a good job. (I spent hours researching, reading, practicing, and doing everything I could to educate myself in a super short amount of time.)
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I can’t pick one.. I really like the getting ready portion for both the parties. The guys are all kinds of nervous and so are the girls, and my second and I are the only people who know what they all look like getting ready. It’s kind of fun. Honestly – I love it all.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Sometimes those “speeches on a whim” aren’t a good idea. I had a wedding where the Father of the Groom gave a speech about his son – and it was going downhill quickly. Talking about how the groom made some less than good decisions in college. The room was silent. I thought for a moment it was going to get really bad – but luckily, he stopped. Could’ve been because of the dirty looks he was receiving.
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Champagne Chicken with fresh veggies. It was amazing.
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
That’s a toss up. I really like the Eden Resort in Lancaster. The Courtyard is absolutely gorgeous. Then again, I had the chance to second shoot at The Inn at Leola Village and I love it there too. I go married there, so it’s a sentimental thing, for sure.
7. Nikon or Canon?
Nikon – not because of Ashton Kutcher. Okay, I DO enjoy the commercial, a little.
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I have a wedding photography bucket list. Those locations include Costa Rica, London, Paris, and Rome.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
That’s tough. I admire so many, but my favorite actress is Rachel McAdams, so I’d like to shoot hers.
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t give up on yourself. We ALL have moments when we think our work is garbage. It’s those moments that we need to suck it up, grab the camera and shoot your next shot. You have to. Plain and simple. Ask questions and know that there are photographers out there who are willing to help you learn. Find them and learn from them. They were YOU at one time.