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Today’s photographer interview is with Madelinne of Madelinne Grey Photography based in Austin, TX! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

My name is Madelinne Grey and I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer located in Austin, Texas. I specialize in non-traditional, alternative and offbeat weddings. I love what I do.  I started as a professional photographer in 2008, but  I’ve been in love with photography for long before that. My style ranges from creative semi-posed shots to photojournalistic candids.

I especially love weddings. Weddings are a huge deal, but the details and moments that make them up are what makes each one special. The bouquet that you spent five hours making. The prayer your father quietly says before the ceremony. The laughter. The tears. Everything. That’s why you hire me. I capture all of those memories and feelings for you, from start to finish so you can relive them every time you open your album.

Read the full interview after the cut!


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How did you get into wedding photography?

My first wedding was for a friend of the family when I was in high school. After my first one, I was hooked! I loved being able to help capture one of the most important and happiest days of someone’s life. My passion for wedding photography has just continued to grow over the last seven years.

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

I love it when couples decide to do a “first look” before the wedding ceremony. For those that don’t know, a first look bucks the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony and instead creates a special moment between the couple where they see each other for the first time. I love capturing the shared intimacy, the surprise, and the way both people exchange emotion as they get ready to get married.

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

I was doing bridal party portraits in a field, and had the groom and groomsmen stand off to the side while I took portraits of the bride and her bridesmaids. In the middle of the shot, the bride starts cracking up. I turned to see what she was looking at, and saw all of the groomsmen with their pants down, peeing in the field, each with a beer in hand! It was memorable for sure!

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What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

I have eaten a lot of good food over the years – one of my favorite perks of being a wedding photographer! – but the best wedding cake I had was a dark chocolate fudge cake with mixed berries generously ladled on top. The cake was gorgeous and made by a friend of the couple as a wedding gift, which made it extra special.

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What is your favorite venue and why?

I love venues that are unusual and show some aspect of the couple’s personalities. I just recently shot a Doctor Who themed wedding in the San Antonio public library for a couple that was really into academia. Another wedding was held in children’s museum for a couple that works with and loves children. Art museums, sculpture gardens, bars – anywhere that a couple loves to be is my favorite venue.

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Nikon or Canon?

Canon! Both are great, but I do love my Canon camera.

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What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

The red rock of the Australian Outback or in Iceland with the Northern lights or in the Salt Flats in Utah – outdoors, in big open spaces.

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

I know they just announced their split, but I would have loved to shoot a wedding for Tim Burton and Helena Bonham-Carter. It would be just the right amount of weird.

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

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to say no to prospective clients that aren’t a good fit. I love candid, emotional images with a bit of weird thrown in the mix – if a prospective couple wants a lot of formal portraits, I may not be the best choice. Get to know other photographers that specialize in things you don’t so you can refer those clients to someone that’s a better fit.

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

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