Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Kathleen of Parenthesis Photography, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I create wedding photography for couples who don’t want the typical light and bright images, but instead something a little more raw, adventurous, and cinematic. I studied film, art and art history in college and my photography is very influenced by those things. My main goals are to capture my couples’ weddings in the most unobtrusive way possible, and to be there for them throughout the process to make things less stressful. I love educating people about photography, why lighting is important and how we can easily incorporate things into the day that will help me create the best images possible for them. In my free time I shoot a lot of portraits and landscapes.
Read the full interview after the cut!
I was interested in photography from a young age because my mom loved it, and I was always creating little shoots and projects as a kid with a film or video camera. I loved studying documentary filmmaking in college and started shooting a lot of travel and street photography after graduating. It was only really when my first niece was born a few years ago though that I realized how much I loved photographing people. Weddings were kind of a natural fit after that. I still think of myself as an art or documentary photographer who shoots weddings, and I think that makes a difference in how I capture the day.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Reception dancing! It’s an amazing opportunity to really capture personalities and relationships. People can sometimes feel camera-shy at the start of the wedding but by the time they’ve been dancing for a bit they start to let their guard down.
Probably when I fell into a 4-foot deep hole in the sidewalk while shooting in Brooklyn. I still wonder what it must have looked like to the couple as I took a step back and disappeared.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I love older venues because they usually have a lot of character. My favorite so far is probably Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Brooklyn. It just has a really fun vibe and is a bit dark and shadowy, which I always love. Outdoor weddings are beautiful though too.
Nikon for digital, but I also use Canon and Olympus for film.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I saw the Southwestern part of the USA for the first time this summer, and the landscape blew my mind. I would love to go back and shoot in the deserts of Utah. Japan would be amazing as well.
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Or Homer and Marge Simpson.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
To stay true to your style and what makes you excited. It’s great to get inspiration from others but make sure to incorporate it, not completely digest it, or you might lose yourself. Also, take care of yourself in the busy times! Running a business is exhausting and you have to make sure to put aside time to eat well and do the little things that keep you happy.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Make sure that you love your photographer’s style as-is, and that you can envision your wedding being captured by them. It’s also important that you are comfortable with their level of responsiveness and their overall approach to photography.
Thanks Kathleen! For more information about Parenthesis Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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