Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Shannah and Marisu, the talented team that make up ZoomWorks! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Shannah Cahoe Montgomery and Marisu Wehrenberg established ZoomWorks in 2000. In addition to photography, we are experienced in graphic design and styling (hair and makeup). We are happiest when we’re shooting, regardless of the subject matter. From lifestyle to weddings, architecture to product, we are hired for how we see the world. Art is where we live.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
Our first venture into weddings together was in early 2000 when a more documentary style of wedding coverage was just hitting the scene in our area. Shannah was working freelance with another photographer and I was on my own as a photographer of portraits and fashion. We approached weddings in the same way we approached magazine coverage and fashion spreads, and clients loved it. At that time, we were shooting all film. We do still offer film as an option to wedding clients in addition to our digital coverage.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
It’s a toss up…..we love the editorial of the bride as well as the private moments of the couple. Gives us a chance to really capture the emotion between them and the beauty of the bride up close and without an audience. But seeing a couple ‘meet’ for the first time during their first look is amazing. Just the sheer joy and release of love gets us every time. Yes, we get teary. You really can’t help it.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
The Minister fainting face down between the couple during the ceremony. He was fine in the end, but it really scared everyone.
What is your favorite venue and why?
Wolf Mountain Vineyards in North Georgia. One, the owners and staff are first rate. They handle every detail and keep the ‘show’ running smoothly. The physical venue is gorgeous. We’ve been shooting there for many years and they continue to provide us with new and beautiful areas to work with. From their dining room you can see across the Blue Ridge Mountains and you can imagine the sunsets from there. It’s also fairly intimate which allows for great moments with everyone. Their venue lighting is thoughtful and the food is spectacular. Events there are always smooth and fun.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon girls forever.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
We’ve shot many times in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic, but honestly, we’d love to shoot a wedding anywhere in Italy. Both of us have traveled there (I – Marisu- got married there and Shannah was there for college). We absolutely love the people, the light and of course the food.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Grace Kelly’s wedding to Prince Monaco
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Be prompt in your correspondence, organized, flexible and follow through on all your promises. There are lots of folks that can take pretty pictures. It’s not as easy to consistently give A+ service, and that’s just as important in the long term.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Communicate openly with each other about style. Make sure you’re both on the same page with that, and then do your research online for the right ‘look’. And then try to get a feel for the photographer both from their bio as well as a face-to-face meeting. Price is certainly not unimportant, but knowing that you and your photographer are a good fit both visually and in temperament is really key. If you can’t relax with your photographer, trust them, like them, it will show in pictures. Most passionate photographers will be happy to try to provide options for packages that fit your budget if you express your desire to have them be the ones to capture your day just the way you imagine it. Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity. Believe us when we say you’ll regret it.
Thank you ladies! For more information about ZoomWorks, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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