Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Michael Chansley, based in Tucson, AZ! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I went to photojournalism school at Brooks Institute of Photography and graduated in 2007. After graduating, I went into photography full-time by shooting weddings and events. I have traveled all over the United States covering weddings as well as Mexico. I currently live in Tucson, AZ with my wife and two dogs.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I got into weddings by assisting some other wedding photographers when I first graduated from college and learned the techniques for getting the best moments. I had some friends who were getting married at the time and wanted me as their photographer. I covered their weddings and built a portfolio from that. Over time, I got better and better and was able to take on larger weddings by myself.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love capturing the first dance. It is always so emotional and I always get amazing pictures from this moment. It is a moment when the Bride and Groom finally get to relax a bit and start to enjoy their day together.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Thankfully, haven’t had any crazy awkward moments. Being a guy, I capture bridesmaids getting ready and hear some pretty funny things like they thought I wasn’t even in the room, but most of the time they don’t even care.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I normally get stuck with vendor meals, but usually steak is pretty good. I’m actually a pretty picky eater and when some high-end weddings have fancy food, I get turned away from it and look for simple stuff like chicken and a dinner roll.
What is your favorite venue and why?
My favorite venue is Saguaro Buttes in Tucson, AZ. I love it because there are so many great areas for photos and I don’t have to walk miles to get to all of them. It overlooks Saguaro National Park and is really beautiful. The staff there is amazing as well!
Nikon or Canon?
Canon. I’ve always shot with it and seems to always serve me well. I’ve tried Nikon and it just isn’t the same.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
My dream location for a wedding would be Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. I am a big sports fan and was actually contacted to shoot a wedding there once, but it fell through and I’ve always wanted to go back. I’ve shot at a few sports venues before, but think this would be pretty epic!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Jason Terry and his wife. Jason has a great personality and I knew from photos that his wedding was pretty awesome.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Networking is very helpful in this business.
Thanks Michael! For more about Michael Chansley Photography, check out his WeddingPhotoLove profile or head straight to his website.
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