Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Kerri from Kerri Photography, based in Des Moines, IA! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company?
Well, Kerri Photography certainly has defined itself over the years. I still maintain true to my candid style of shooting. You won’t find me hauling around a truckload of props or stands upon stands of fancy lighting equipment. But you WILL find me always on the hunt for that forgotten, forbidden outdoor location and glorious natural light, keeping my work always simple and clean. Toss out the list of “safe shots” and let me get the true, beautiful you.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t a planner. I live by (and must have for peace of mind), DETAILS! So naturally, I am attracted towards the logistics of a wedding day. Plus, there is nothing that drives me more bonkers than watching a beautiful moment at a wedding unfold WITHOUT it being photographed.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
The first look. Hands down (and this can be between the bride and groom OR a new trend is coordinating a first look between the bride and her father). There is nothing that compares. It’s always such an intimate moment. I believe it is THE most anticipated moment of the entire day for the bride. Such raw and true emotion.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I photographed a wedding where the groom had a bloody nose DURING the vows. It lasted almost 10 minutes and the officiant ended up turning the groom away from the crowd (because his nose wouldn’t stop bleeding). Someone yelled out in the crowd “I hope someone is documenting this”. Duh! I was on it.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Almond cake by the one and only Glorious Desserts in Des Moines, Iowa. MELT. IN. YOUR. MOUTH.
What is your favorite venue and why?
The Salisbury House and Gardens. Des Moines, Iowa. Such a naturally 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.
Nikon or Canon?
Nikon. And I don’t care to argue.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Crested Butte, Colorado. And a SUPER DUPER bonus would be if it took place during their Wildflower Festival.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
For a bride, it would have to be singer & songwriter Jewel. The girl has beautiful imperfections that have become a part of her signature look. And I love that. Plus, the girl can yodel! AND how romantic does this look?!?!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t get so focused on your list of “safe shots” that you miss those priceless unplanned MOMENTS! Emotion will ALWAYS trump details.
Thank you Kerri! For more information about Kerri Photography, please visit her WeddingPhotoLove Profile or head straight to her website.
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