Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Kerri Photography

Today’s photographer interview is with Kerri Hays of Kerri Photography based in Des Moines, IA! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I take great pride in being a photographer and small business owner. Being a one-man band, there is so much heart, sweat, and passion that goes into each and every day. I truly value my clients, as I know my business is only successful with the support of a loyal client base. Beyond the obvious of providing people with exceptional photos, they will also get incomparable service.

Read the full interview after the cut!


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How did you get into wedding photography?

One of my very first weddings that I photographed was for a family who had experienced a tragic loss. Being behind the lens, I knew just how important family and time was to them. But it wasn’t until after the wedding day that I realized the true value of the images I was providing to them. The bride wrote me the most heart felt thank you card after the wedding, telling me just how priceless those moments captured meant to them. I have been hooked ever since. What an honor it is to play that role in someone’s life.

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What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

The first look. It’s always such an intimate moment with raw emotion. And since my motto is “I shoot what I feel”, this part of the day is stellar!

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What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

I photographed a wedding where one of the groomsmen kept dropping his pants to show off his superman underwear. Multiple times. I mean MULTIPLE times.

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What is your favorite venue and why?

The Salisbury House and Gardens. Des Moines, Iowa. Such a majestic and regal space, inside and out. Century old stained glass windows. Beautiful stone architecture. And an outdoor garden that will take your breath away.

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Nikon or Canon?

Nikon. Started with them. Will stick with them.

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What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

Crested Butte, Colorado. I have heard it is a must visit for everyone’s bucket list.

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If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

For a bride, Rachel Brathen [Yoga Girl]. I don’t even know if she is married or not, but I have followed her for some time. She has such a beautiful perspective on life and the balance of it all. I can only imagine how detailed and beautifully significant her wedding would be. Plus, she does most of her work along the ocean. Beaches are known for fabulous lighting if you time it right.

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Don’t let your bride bombard you with a list of Pinterest ideas to re-create. Reassure them that you have a style of your own. And remind them that if they trust you to do what you do best, they will be more than happy with their images. And images that are unique to them.

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What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?

Do your research. Don’t book a photographer before talking with them on the phone AND meeting them in person first. And make sure to ask questions about the business and process side of things. There is much more that goes into the planning other than the picture taking itself. Lastly, don’t skimp on photos when it comes to budgeting. After all is said and done, your flowers will die, your food will be gone, your linens will be returned, but your PHOTOS will be for you to enjoy forever.

Thanks Kerri! For more information about Kerri Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.

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