Today’s interview is with wedding photographers Doug Madden & Regina Gloor of Duetimage Photography, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Duetimage Photography is a Hudson Valley wedding and portrait photography studio based in New Paltz, New York. We are a husband and wife team with many years of photography experience under our belts. We specialize in producing fine art albums and prints. Everything we make is meant to be treasured by our clients’ families for a very long time. Our most popular packages also include digital files giving our clients the freedom to print their own images whenever and wherever they want. Depending on the venue, we are willing to travel throughout the U.S. and abroad. As far as our style goes, we excel at fashion-inspired bride and groom portraits; off-camera flash techniques for dramatic ceremony/reception imagery; and artistic post-production.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
Doug: My grandfather was a portrait photographer who shot publicity stills of Hollywood celebrities and other famous people like Thomas Edison. He also shot a lot of wedding portraits back in the days when all work was done in studio with big, boxy view cameras. As a kid exposed to this, I was always encouraged to go out and shoot. My arsenal ranged from a miniature spy camera to a plastic Kodak 110 to a really nice Yashica Electro 35 which I still use. Since then I’ve shot everything from retail catalogue images to industrial architecture. Wedding photography is my favorite genre because I get to combine skills learned in other fields. This allows me to bring a lot to the table for my clients, especially when it comes to working on a tight schedule and in less than ideal conditions where you must have a knowledge of artificial lighting.
Regina: In Switzerland, where I am originally from, I studied communications and film/TV production. After graduating from the university, I worked quite a long time in TV advertising and European sitcoms. When my husband and I returned to the United States to live a few years ago, we made the joint decision to partner as a wedding photography team because, thanks to our training, we felt well positioned to do this job professionally. Also, I felt passionate about wedding photography because of our own wedding photography experience. When we were married over ten years ago, we opted for a laid back barn wedding and our photographer was really old school. Our portraits from that day look like Napolean and Jospehine. We laughed a lot about it at the time because our lives were so filled with photography, it didn’t seem such a big deal. But now with our own children, we wish we had some stylish portraits from that day. So that’s what we aim to offer, images that are stylish and elegant, for our clients and their families to enjoy for a very long time.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Every phase of a wedding day presents it own set of creative challenges, and we look forward to all of them. But if we had to pick one, it would be a toss up between the couple’s creative portraits and dancing at the reception. When we shoot couple portraits, we are always going for a look that is fashion inspired. We are usually shooting in a way that allows us to make creative photo art afterward. So that part of the day is the one that keeps on giving creatively, and we enjoy it over and over. After the dance floor opens is also a very fun time. We like to experiment with dramatic lighting and exposure techniques that enhance the beauty of the action. The styles of music and the personalities present are always different at every celebration, so it’s always interesting in post-production to see the imagery that results from the various combinations of sound and energy.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Noticing during a big moment, like the couple’s first dance, that there are some guests in attendance who are more interested in their smartphones. At first you think they’re taking a photo, but then you notice they are scrolling and texting, oblivious to what’s happening. You want to go over there and say, “Please, could you devote a little bit of your time to the bride and groom who invited you here.” But you can’t. It’s especially awkward because you know these diehard text junkies are going to show up in the coverage and, at our studio, we prefer to see guests focused on our couples during the big moments. Please people, think about the bride and groom and put that device away for a little while. Photographers will thank you for your sacrifice too.
What is your favorite venue and why?
In general, barns and industrial-chic spaces. Both of these (usually) bare-bones venues require a lot of creative effort on the part of couples and their planners, so you’re always shooting something new. Barns we love are Shadow Lawn and the Roxbury Barn. The Basilica and The Senate Garage are a couple of our favorite industrial chic spaces.
Nikon or Canon?
Nikon. It has always been this way since film days. We love Nikkor glass, especially the older lenses that were built like tanks.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Aspen or the Swiss Alps in the wintertime. With holiday lights strung everywhere, roaring fireplaces, ice slicked trees glistening in the moonlight. There would have to be a horse drawn sleigh for our bride and groom to go dashing through the snow, and a big thermos of glühwein to keep us photographers warm.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Regina: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. What a beautiful couple! And not only looks. They used their stardom to do a lot of good things for people around the world, especially children. Of all the famous Hollywood couples, they seemed loyal to each other and very much in love until the end. It would have been a true honor to capture the wedding day chapter of this love story.
Doug: Elizabeth Taylor and all of her spouses because there’s nothing like repeat business or those beautiful violet eyes.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t get tripped up trying to emulate other wedding photographers’ work. See things your own way and be bold. For inspiration, do anything else but look at photography. Knit a sweater. Build a chicken coop. Read a good book and imagine what that book would be like if it were photographed. You’ll find yourself more fired up and more creative the next time you go out. One of the nicest things a client ever said to us was: “You don’t fall into the same traps as other wedding photographers.” That’s a comment to strive for.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
If there’s a photographer’s work that you just can’t get out of your mind, that’s probably the person you should be talking to. Check their price and if it works for you, don’t hesitate to book them. Bargain hunting and possibly loosing that photographer you have your heart set on is something you might regret after the last guest has departed your venue and all that great wedding food is gone. Remember, after your wedding day you will be left with two things: your ring and your photos.
If your photographer suggests an ideal timeline for your wedding photography, trust him or her. Especially when it comes to taking your bridal portraits. These are usually those stunning, romantic photos you’ve seen in your photographer’s portfolio — the ones that made you hire your pro in the first place. Balance out candids and formals to capture these photos of you and your spouse. After all, it is your day.
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