Today’s photographer interview is with Amber of Southern Jewel Photography! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Southern Jewel Photography was born in the Fall of 2011 after I moved to Greer, SC and joined up with my fiancée Charlie. I handle the photography and he does the wedding videography and handles the photo booth operation too. We are getting married this fall ourselves so we understand the stresses of wedding planning just like our brides.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
In July of 2007, one of my good friends was getting married and wanted to have a bridal portrait taken so I volunteered to take the photos. She had them printed and displayed at her wedding where her wedding day photographer saw them and offered me a job as a second shooter for weddings.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
The bride and groom portraits. I love capturing the first images of the couple as husband and wife during one of the most exciting moments of the day.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Family formal portraits always get awkward because the wedding party wants to get to the reception but the bride and groom want their photos. So I have to keep everyone happy while still getting the job done.
What is your favorite venue and why?
My favorite venue of the ones I have shot at would have to be Chattooga Belle Farm and Lindsey Plantation. The views of the mountains and the trees with the natural surroundings fit my style perfectly.
Nikon or Canon?
Nikon. It’s what I started with and never made the switch :).
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Somewhere in the Caribbean. Doesn’t really matter where as long as my toes are in the sand.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Probably Carrie Underwood. I feel like she would be my bride from a personality standpoint and I feel like we would get along very well.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t just jump in. Make sure that you get as much experience as possible with second and/or third shooting weddings before you make the leap to lead photographer.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Always ask to see a full wedding. Don’t hire based solely on price. Ensure that your photographer is not only a match for you style wise but personality wise as well. You spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than any other vendor.
Do you have any questions or comments for Amber? Add them to the comments below!