Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Kristopher from Photos by Kristopher, based in North Carolina! I love his attitude and style — such great photos. Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I’m a kid at heart, I love to play, tell story’s & laugh. Running, jumping, falling down, acting silly, & even hoping like a frog is part of my work day. I shoot 100 days a year between wedding & family portraits. I believe there is no reason not to have a good time & entertain my clients as we shoot. I incorporate games & adventure into every job I accept.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I took a semester off from school to move to the coast & play in a rock band with some friends.We had released an successful EP, did a little bit of touring & begun recording our first full length album. We were approached by a photography company that was interested in doing the art work for the album. It was at that time I was offered a job working weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s, & family portraits 7 years later I’m still shooting weddings & having great time doing it.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Some people get really up tight during ceremony’s, they feel that they need to be on their best behavior. Once the reception rolls around all of the pre-wedding jitters are gone & people begin to ooze personality. Where else can you see an 80 year old grandmother doing the Harlem Shake?
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Being mistaken for the Paparazzi by John Travolta.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
My first trip to Mexico was for a wedding on Isla Mujeres. Everything we ate at that week was amazing! We enjoyed the authentic Mexican food, fresh fish caught from the Gulf & coconut margaritas that were prepared by a happy man with a machete. If you ever get invited to a wedding in Mexico be sure to RSVP, they are the best.
What is your favorite venue and why?
Wild Basin Lodge in Estes Park Colorado.
I was there last Fall for my best friend’s wedding. Colorado is wild, & wonderful, it fills your heat with love & your spirit with adventure. The same can be said about Jay & Megan, they have a way of making everyone feel like family. For me connecting with with the people that I work with is more important than the venue it’s self, but every so often I get the best of both worlds.
Nikon or Canon?
Nikon, but Canon is cool too.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Right now it’s the Biltmore House, there are so many great locations to shoot.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter they are rumored to be married soon. Wish me luck!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Just be yourself. Shoot what you enjoy & don’t worry about what’s hot in the industry right now. Also don’t be afraid to show your clients who you are as a person. Looking & acting professional is important, but connecting with them on a human level is the most important thing you can do.
Thanks Kristopher! For more about Photos by Kristopher, check out his WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to his website. You can follow him on Twitter or Facebook as well!
What’s your favorite photograph? I love the ones with the multiple exposures. Let us know in the comments!