Today we’re excited to bring you this interview with Cindy B. Thymius Photography of Memphis, TN! Take it away Cindy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company:
I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains and attended what is now known as University of the Cumberlands, a small private Christian college. I earned a BS in English, with a minor in Communications. In 2003, I opened up my photography business in West Palm Beach, FL. My family and I moved to Memphis, TN in 2007, and we have found our forever home. I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I believe portraits should look genuine, real, relaxed, and timeless. I’m very proud that my images have a very natural look to them. If you compare a photo I took 15 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, even yesterday, my style has always remained constant and classic. Photography fads come and go. I don’t think your wedding photos should be a test for photography fads.
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How did you get into wedding photography?
I have always had a creative side to my brain. Growing up, my creative outlet was writing poetry. I have books and books of poetry I have written from when I was younger. Once I was married, my free time evaporated. There has always been a piece of me that yearned to be creative. As it turned out, my sister-in-law is a talented photographer and needed a second shooter for an upcoming wedding. I had begun experimenting with photography as a creative outlet with her encouragement. I flew to West Virginia to second shoot for her. Once I went down that path, there was no going back. I was hooked. There are so many elements and emotions to portray and capture on a wedding day.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
This is a tough question to answer. I think my favorite part of the wedding day is just the emotion and joy itself. It’s such an honor and privilege to be a part of someone’s once in a lifetime moment. It’s as if I am allowed in on a special secret. But, this secret is only open to a select few in which I can document it in a way that the whole world can see through MY EYES. It’s a huge responsibility and an amazing privilege. I don’t take it lightly but enjoy every moment.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I honestly love any outdoor wedding venue. No wedding couple or day is ever the same. Light is magic, and it is also tricky. Natural light is a beast all on its own. I love figuring out location and making it happen from there. For example, one of my best supporters, Maple Grove Farm has a picturesque country setting with white picket fences, gorgeous water fountain, country barn, beautiful horses, and winding path. The light hits it differently in the fall than in does in the summer.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon-all the way! I feel like Canon is geared more toward people and Nikon is geared more toward landscape with the way each of them grab colors. Honestly, I started out with Canon and invested in Canon. Once you invest in your equipment, it is really difficult (and expensive) to change.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
My dream location to shoot a wedding would be Spain or France! Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Spain for my son’s soccer team. While there, I shot an engagement session, and I completely fell in love with the location and the couple I photographed. It was a great lesson in adapting and adjusting to the culture and seeing things in a new way.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I really mean no offense to celebrities, but I wouldn’t pick a celebrity. I treat all my couples like they are IT because they are to me. Each couple, no matter their social celebrity status, deserves to have their photographer be devoted to them on the wedding day. Their lack of notoriety doesn’t lessen that. In some way, I think <some> celebrities probably wish they could be a regular joe schmoe out and about anyway. Fame comes at a price. If I ever was hired to photograph a celebrity, I would treat that person as a regular client (and I have had a few, too).
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
The biggest lesson I would pass on to other wedding photographers is to stay humble and be kind. We all started where you were, and our success didn’t happen overnight. If you have a question, ask! Remember that we didn’t get all of our weddings by snapping our fingers. We put in our time, and we worked hard, networked hard, and put in a lot of hours. Also, be wise on your spending. Every dollar counts, and you don’t need everything you want.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
My best advice is to meet with your wedding photographer and make sure your personalities are compatible. You will be spending a lot of time with your photographer. A wedding day rarely goes “as planned”, so your photographer should know how to handle your “ups and downs”.
Thank you Cindy! For more about Cindy B. Thymius Photography, check out her WeddingLovely profile or head straight to her website.
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