Today’s interview comes from WeddingPhotoLove’s very own, Aaron Riddle Photography. It’s no joke, that he does beautiful work (I’m also sure he’s heard that one before). We were able to catch up with Aaron and have him tell us more about himself and his business behind the camera.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am a professional photographer residing in Winchester, Virginia. I specialize in wedding photography, portrait photography and special event photography needs. My style as a wedding photographer is unobtrusive, friendly photojournalism. I capture the moments of your day as they naturally unfold.
How did you get into wedding photography?
With a background in art, drawing and design, I fell in love with photographing weddings, events and people while serving as photographer for one of the largest community colleges in Virginia. One day a co-worker requested that I take photos at his wedding. I had never thought about myself as a wedding photographer, but decided to give it a try…and absolutely fell in love with it. Things took off from there and I started my business, Aaron Riddle Photography, shortly after.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
This is a hard question because I love every aspect of the wedding day…from the excitement of the bride getting ready to the dancing and partying going down during the reception. But if I had to pick only one, it would be the moment after the bride and groom kiss for the first time and the ceremony is over. It is usually during that instant that all the nervousness of the day washes away and the bride and groom are elated, happy and so excited about finally being married to one another.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Haha…very good question. I’ve seen quite a few awkward and humorous moments happen to others during my many weddings, but if it had to be narrowed down to a moment I experienced, it would be the one time I was photographing a wedding this fall. I was taking some photographs of the pumpkin decorations on the tables, and a guest asked “What are you taking a picture of?” I said “Oh, just that camel……PUMPKIN!” To this day I do not know why I said camel, but every time I tell that story it gets a laugh :)
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I’ve eaten at weddings catered by many great chefs and food services, including Wolfgang Puck, but one time I photographed a wedding for a couple who held there ceremony and reception on a local farm. They had it catered by a local southern BBQ company…”Mr. B’s BBQ”. It was the most mouth-watering BBQ I ever had, so that is the top of my list.
What is your favorite venue and why?
Since I live in the Shenandoah Valley, nearly all of the venues have gorgeous settings full of mountains, forests and trees so many breath-taking views. The one venue that pops into my head is CrossKeys Vineyards near Harrisonburg, Virginia. I have only photographed one wedding there, but everything about that day was perfect. The venue had so many views of the surrounding mountain ranges and vineyards, that I could have spend all day taking photographs there. Photos of this wedding can be seen here.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon….the only reason being that I started photographing with Canon cameras, have loved the results, so I have stuck with the brand.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would say Myrtle Beach, SC. I have been going there once a year for a beach vacation with my family since I was a little boy (I now take my wife and kids there annually), so it would be a lot of fun to photograph a wedding there :)
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
My choice would be one of the British Royal Family weddings. They are world-wide events that are part of history, so it would be nice to be a part of it.