Today’s photographer interview is with Lizzi of Lizzi Barrett Photography, based in Washington, DC! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I have been shooting professionally for 25 years with a bit of time off to pursue an MFA in Fine Art Photography. I would consider myself an artist first, working in photography as my medium of choice. I offer black and white film and digital capture. The black and white prints can be hand colored. I believe I am unique in offering a hand colored, fine art print, wedding collection.
My business model includes a finished product of very high quality. Handmade boxed albums, by Cypress Fine Art Albums, showcase my fine art and digital prints in an exquisite presentation. Sharing on social media is great, however I have always believed that a bride also wants her images in a beautiful album that becomes a cherished family heirloom.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
After shooting portraits for three years, I wanted to bring my artistic aesthetic as a unique alternative to the usual photographic approach to weddings. Before I did my first wedding shoot, I shadowed another wedding photographer and decided “I can do that!”
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
The hour before the wedding. I always shoot the more formal bridal portrait then. Anticipation is high and the bride is at her most beautiful moment.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Trying to get the arrival shot to the reception, I was standing on a retaining wall and stepped back thinking I was on firm ground only to sink to my knees in mud…but still got the shot!
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Home made pound cake that also served as the wedding cake, baked by the mother of the bride. They were individually stacked to create the wedding cake tower. I got to take one home!
What is your favorite venue and why?
Any historic house such as the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria VA or the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD. The architecture is always interesting and usually there is great window light for my available light only approach to photography.
Nikon or Canon?
Both. Nikon for film, Canon for digital
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
A standing contract to shoot all the Bachelor and Bachelorette weddings. Unfortunately I would not be very busy.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
When I first started my business, I wanted to spend most of my time being creative and didn’t really break down what it all costs. Consequently, my profit margins were pretty small. I learned to be meticulous about expenses. Be aware of what it actually costs to shoot and produce your final product and what your business expense are so that you can set a fee that allows you to make a profit.
Beautiful work, thanks for sharing Lizzi! For more about Lizzi Barrett Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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