Today we’re delighted to bring you this interview with Paige of Apaige Photography! Don’t miss her photos, they’re simply stunning.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I have always been a social justice type of person. In all honesty, it’s the reason I became a photographer in the first place. There has always been a huge part of me that desires to do good, or to make a difference in the lives of others, even if it means just making a simple task easier to achieve for someone. Apaige Photography is a business, yes, but also is connected to many non-profits, and social justice movements. I do all I can to connect to local businesses, raise funds for non-profits, and show the world that all people including different sizes, races, and genders are beautiful.
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How did you get into wedding photography?
I started to learn photography when I was 16. Like most people, I just bought a nice point and shoot to play around with to take on trips to document my family and our travels. One specific moment I photographed one of my friends for fun (still with a point and shoot). She told me how much she adored the images and that she was wondering if I would consider taking her senior portraits. I became addicted to this feeling of providing confidence and making people feel beautiful. After interning with a studio photographer, and taking college courses, I began my journey with Apaige Photography. From there honestly I did some weddings for free just for some small profit (I rarely charged when I began because I was not at all confident or experienced). I ended up liking how routine it was for me, and how happy I could make couples on their wedding day.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love a lot of the day so this is a tough question for me. I love the simplicity of doing detail shots – taking a moment to examine the small things chosen for a wedding and learning their story behind them. Interaction wise, last year I would have said golden hour portraits, however, lately it has become my favorite thing to watch the parents throughout the day, but mostly during speeches. I love how their faces light up when they hear stories of their children, some they knew, some they did not.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
True and honestly, some elderly guest came up to me and was telling me how to photograph the reception details, and then told me that I should include him in the shots, and THEN out of nowhere told me he had been sleeping with his second cousin for years and recently stopped, and then he just walked away. I just stood there in utter confusion of what just happened.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I love the working staff and the accessibility to Sundance Studios. I also love that I have photographed there so much, that every wedding is almost a fun challenge to myself to see how differently I can portray the wedding from the wedding that I shot there prior. I recently just shot at Studio D2D and I love their helpfulness of their staff as well, along with the amount of fun areas to photograph around there as well.
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Recently I just shot in Cancun and that was pretty rad. I would have to say in the mountains for an elopement, or in Yosemite park among the redwoods.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
As wedding photographers we get so wrapped up in trends and who is doing what in the art world instead of remembering why we are there, and it’s to document the day. Not every image has to be perfect, but every image has to represent the story you are telling. Don’t sweat about posing and if your image will go “viral.” Worry about your interaction with the couple, leave a positive mark, and document the day, that is why we are there.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Find someone who represents your style, not your budget. Do not hire someone because they are cheaper and you think they can mold to your style. Or oppositely, don’t hire someone expensive thinking that because they are expensive that your photos will be great. Look at people’s portfolios, images and blogs, and then when you do find someone who you think represents you well, trust them, never micro-manage artists. We got into this business to create, not to be bossed around.
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