Today’s wedding photographer is with Tammy of L’amour Foto, based in Durham, North Carolina! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I worked in various corners of the photography industry in New York and Boston for about eight years before moving to Durham, North Carolina last year. When I landed in the south, it felt like the perfect time to start something new and I decided to create my company L’amour Foto. In hindsight, it’s easy to see that this was always where I was headed. I love documenting life’s most intimate moments – it feels like the most important work that I’ve ever done.
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How did you get into wedding photography?
While attending college in Boston, MA, I befriended a lot of musicians at Berklee College of Music. I was always photographing them and I guess some sort of spiderweb effect happened because after awhile people that I didn’t know started asking me to take their portraits, too. Before I knew it, I was getting emails from musicians and artists in New York asking me to do the same for them.
A few years later, many of these friends started getting married and called on me to document their weddings. After I did a few, I realized how much I enjoyed it and for the first time, I began to seek out clients rather than just letting the word spread. It was a very natural transition for me that felt so very right.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
It’s really hard to pick just one, but I love photographing brides and grooms while they are getting ready. It’s always such a delicate and beautiful time that is full to the brim with emotion. The energy and anticipation that can be felt in those moments is just so special and it makes for some incredible captures.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I can’t believe that I’m saying this, but nothing is coming to mind! When I’m photographing a wedding I am so focused on observing what is going on around me and absorbing it all that I barely have time to think about myself. If I got too caught up worrying about an awkward moment, I might just miss the beautiful one that happens right after.
What is your favorite venue and why?
A venue that holds meaning to a couple is always going to be my favorite place to shoot. If I can feel that you’re in a place that is special to you, then I see so much more beauty in it. (Also, venues with great natural lighting get A+’s in my book.)
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I’d be super into photographing a remote desert wedding out west. The color palette of the landscapes in Utah or California at sunset is one of my favorite things ever.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Paul + Linda McCartney
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
My biggest advice to photographers just starting out would be to keep creative. Once you start photographing weddings every weekend, it’s really easy to fall into habits and to develop a formula for what works. That knowledge definitely comes in handy in a pinch, but if you rely on it too much, it’s really easy for your imagery to become generic and for you to lose your passion. Keep yourself open to actually seeing. There are opportunities to make new and beautiful imagery at each wedding if you allow yourself to notice them.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Definitely get to know your photographer and hire someone with whom you hit it off. If you can spend some time with your photographer leading up to the wedding, your comfort together will really help make your images look that much more natural.
Thanks Tammy! For more information about L’amour Foto please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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