Today’s photographer interview is with Julia of Julia Seiler Photography based in Ontario, Canada! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I am a natural light, candid wedding photographer. I’m a creative, sentimental and all-around happy person. I love the outdoors, being surrounded by my loved ones, and my biggest passion in life is photographing weddings. I really center my business around a motto I created: “Let me inspire you, so you can inspire me” and what that means is I strive to be more than just your average wedding photographer.
I am so passionate about weddings and helping couples achieve the best photos possible that I created a section on my blog where I make weekly videos/blog posts that help inspire engaged couples with wedding inspiration, and tips from me as a wedding photographer that will help them to achieve the best photos they can on their wedding day. The more I can inspire a couple and get excited about their wedding and wedding photography, the more inspired I am to create an amazing wedding photography experience for them. So that’s what my business is all about — creating beautiful imagery while inspiring my clients to achieve the best wedding photography and wedding possible.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
My interest in photography started in high school, so that’s why I went to college for photography. I spent those couple of years really trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to photograph. It was only a few months before school was ending that it clicked that wedding photography was my calling. I literally am in love with love, I love being around happy, positive people, and everything about weddings just makes me smile, so that’s what I decided to pursue. When school ended, I assisted another photographer at my first wedding, and from that moment on I knew for sure that weddings would be my business. I literally just fell in love with it!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Oh it’s SO tough to pick a favourite! For me it’s really a toss-up between the bride and group portraits, and capturing the details. Being with the bride and groom at the portrait part of their day is always a special time. I love witnessing their happiness and capturing their raw, true emotion in my images. At the same time, I also love capturing every little detail throughout the wedding day! When the bride and groom pick décor elements that help illustrate their love story and also look amazing, that just makes me so happy and excited to capture those elements.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Well, it’s only happened to me a couple times, but the most awkward thing is when guests at a wedding try to pick me up. I’m there for work, and when I’m working I’m putting all my focus into what I’m doing and frankly am unaware of how I look half of the time — so to know that I’m getting checked out when I’m hot and sweaty, or my hair is all messed up, is just really funny to me. I also have a long-time boyfriend, so I’m not looking for a guy, anyways! After the fact I laugh it off, but at the time it can be a little awkward!
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I’m a huge fan of salmon, so when a venue cooks it correctly to perfection — delicious! I’m also a huge sweets fan, so I’m always excited for dessert. Give me chocolate, give me cheesecake — I’m a happy photographer!
What is your favorite venue and why?
I live in Ontario, Canada in a rural area on the outskirts of Toronto. Since I am a nature lover and a big fan of rustic weddings, I love venues that are surrounded by nature and have a ton of great locations for photography. One of my favourite venues is called Country Heritage Park in Milton, Ontario. It has big open fields, old chapels, and barns! I want to get married there myself I love it that much!
Nikon or Canon?
I’m a Nikon girl! I’ve used both Nikon and Canon, and have nothing negative to say about Canon, but I started with Nikon equipment, so I just found it easier to stick with.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would want to go somewhere in the UK during the season when lavender is bloom. Lavender fields just look so breath-taking, and I would love to take a bride and groom to one and just photograph them in those fields for hours!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I would say Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s rustic, elopement wedding. She looked stunning, had a beautiful dress, a lovely bouquet and an amazing location. They kept it really low-key and intimate and I loved that.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
This industry takes a ton of work and multiple different skill sets. Taking great images isn’t enough, and it took me a little while to learn that. You have to be a business person, marketing expert, be willing to put yourself out there AND be great at taking photos. It’s really hard work, but if wedding photography is something you really want to do and your extremely passionate about it, you have to be willing to invest the time and hard work into making it happen. More often than not, at the beginning times are really hard, and it can get you down, but keep your chin up, persevere and you’ll be just fine!
Thanks Julia! For more about Julia Seiler Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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