Today’s photographer interview is with Anastasia of Borisyuk Photography, based in Andover, MA! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I’ve been a photographer for what seems like forever, starting with being an amateur as a teenager and slowly growing into a professional. I still have a hard time calling myself that simply because I feel photography is a life-long learning process – no two photo sessions or weddings are the same, it’s always new, fresh, and solidifies what you have learned over the years. We started Borisyuk Photography in 2012 when our son was born, our second child. It was the culmination of many years of learning and thinking about being a business owner and taking on photography professionally, not just as a hobby. My children were really the ones who inspired me to take the leap and pursue this passion without looking back and my amazing husband supported me all the way. He is my marketing and IT expert and a great second shooter! We love shooting in New England, it’s a beautiful place to be, but we do have tentative plans to expand our market and service to North Carolina as well in the near future. Photography is really much more than a business to me, it really is my life and I love sharing the way I see the world with others.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
After first spending much time in the dark room through high school and college, I continued with digital photography and focused mostly on newborn, maternity, and family sessions. Then our extended family had a busy wedding season part of which I photographed and I realized weddings were my thing! Not to mention everyone loved the photos. I love the emotion of a wedding, naturally unraveling intimate moments shared by close family and friends – there is nothing else quite like it! I also work well under pressure, that’s a must!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
As my husband and second shooter will tell you, I’m a sucker for those emotional moments – like the first look or walking down the aisle. I make sure to have tissues! A close second are the bride and groom portraits, we make them fun and not just all posed – focusing more on the couple enjoying some ‘alone’ time as husband and wife before joining their guests again in celebration.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
During one wedding I was wearing mascara that wasn’t waterproof, at the end of a really emotional mother and son dance during the reception I shed a tear or two and the mascara got into my eyes, it stung so bad! Thankfully my husband and second shooter was right there to keep shooting and I had to run to the bathroom to wash my eyes out! I don’t think anyone noticed it, but it sure felt horrible!
What is your favorite venue and why?
Can a favorite be one that we are looking forward to shooting this spring and not necessarily one from the past?! We are photographing a wedding at the Steven’s Estate in North Andover, Massachusetts next month and it’s really exciting because the staff is fabulous, it’s ten minutes from our house, and it’s a perfect location for outdoor ceremonies and receptions! From the past, I really love the Phoenix Room in Newburyport because of the quaint small seaside town feel and location.
Nikon or Canon?
I’ve been with Nikon from the start and it has never let me down, I love the quality. But I have absolutely nothing against Canon shooters! It really comes down to knowing your camera and using it to create art, a talented artist who can manipulate light well can do that with virtually any camera.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would love to shoot a wedding with my husband in tropical Hawaii or at some European castle! We are in Massachusetts, so I’m sure I don’t need to explain the desire for something tropical! As for Europe, that’s where we immigrated from and I absolutely love the rich history and amazing architecture, would love to shoot an outdoor wedding there with a castle as a backdrop.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple? It’s a tough question because I don’t really follow any celebrities!
But I would have to say Angelina and Brad because I feel we would connect well on the level of parenthood. I have a heart for adoption and for orphans as I have invested some of my time in working with such children in the past. As a mom of two I also understand the life-work juggle, it would be interesting to connect through that!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
For wedding photographers just starting out, I would recommend more second shooting – it’s priceless experience with wedding day flow and you get to build relationships with other professionals in your area. Don’t look at them as ‘competition’! It will not help your business. I look at other photographers as my community, like my family. Focus on building others up and it will come back to you. I am currently mentoring a photographer who is starting out, it’s an incredible feeling to share what I’ve learned. It’s about building friendships and relationships with others, including your clients. When you focus on people and honing your craft, everything else will eventually come.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Read reviews by other couples and ask to see a full wedding photographed by that photographer. I think the most important thing though is that you connect well with your photographer and that they are easy to reach and communicate with. So much about your wedding is about communication with all your vendors so that everyone is on the same page! Many wedding day pitfalls can be avoided through better communication. A person that’s tough to communicate with will not bring out the best in the two of you through photos. This is why we love the complimentary engagement sessions we do with all our couples, it’s great for getting to know each other and makes the wedding day that much better!
Thanks Anastasia! For more information about Borisyuk Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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