Today’s lovely interview is with Kelagn, owner and photographer at Innerlight Photo Co.!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I met Graham when he lead me to believe he was an avid photographer. We went on a date (I was under the impression we were going to be shooting a cool warehouse location). However, upon arrival, I realized he’d never picked up a DSLR in his life. Flash forward four years and he’s the creative brain behind our operation, far exceeding any photography skills I could ever have imagined he’d gain.
Innerlight is all about the people. We love people and their struggles, successes and the small victories in between. The greatest compliment we can receive is that we capture the “essence of one’s soul.”
See the rest of the interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
Photography runs in Our blood. My great-grandfather (Eston O. Sterns) was in charge of the creative department at the original Kodak store in Denver, Co. As a child, I was gifted my grandfather’s cameras, and later on, my own film camera. My uncle (Bret Hawhee) was also the lead angiogram photographer, in the country. I’ve been documenting life for as long as I can remember. Graham’s father (Doug Manor) is also a master photographer and runs his own creative firm. Our love of beautiful images, dark rooms and brand new rolls of film is most definitely inherited.
Innerlight started as a hobby. We were always taking photos of friends and family, and the business grew organically as we received more and more referrals.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I personally love shooting bridal portraits. The wedding day is sacred and holy. I believe the spirit of the woman is at one of it’s strongest points on their wedding day. I love to capture the strength and power of the eyes in the individual portraits. Plus, it’s a time to get creative and playful. Graham loves to shoot dancing. He has a unique ability to join in on the fun and get the coolest shots. I always see him out there, busting a move with his camera in hand.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
It’s really difficult for us, when families are mean to each other on their wedding day. It typically spills over and ruins the moment for everyone else. We know there’s a lot of stress leading up to the ceremony, but all of that fades away once the couple is married. We would say, just remember that the moment is temporary, and try to not sweat the small stuff.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon. The user interface is unbeatable.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Pacific Northwest or Japan.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Guard your equipment, pack snacks and communicate quickly and responsively. Also, be ready to be flexible and go with flow. Weddings are almost never on schedule.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
We recommend doing an engagement shoot with the photographer you’re interested in using for your wedding day. It helps to see if you even get along with the person who would potentially be photographing one of the most important days of your life. It also helps us, because it breaks the ice and we don’t have to start from scratch on such an intimate day.
Thank you Kelagn! For more about Innerlight Photo Co., check out their website here.
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