Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Caroline of Asteria Photography, based in Ohio! I love her romantic, soft images. Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Hello! I’m Caroline and I’m the owner of Asteria Photography. I absolutely love what I do. I love my clients and… well… I LOVE love. People always tell me that the thing that they love the most about my work is that when they’re looking through my portfolio they feel like they’re actually there. I’ve had so many people tell me that they feel a connection to the photographs– that even though they don’t know the people in the pictures they still feel an emotional reaction, like they’re actually there with them. That made me so happy because that’s what I try to do. I try to capture the genuine emotions that people feel throughout the day. I want the bride and groom to feel the whirlwind of emotions that they felt on their wedding day every single time they look at their pictures.
How did you get into wedding photography?
It was actually a funny coincidence. I was working as a studio manager when my boss frantically informed me that she couldn’t find an assistant for a wedding. I had taken a photography class so I told her I could fill in if she couldn’t find anyone. The very first moment I held my first REAL camera l felt like something inside of me clicked. It felt so right. She hired me on as an associate photographer and a couple years later I started my own studio!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite! I really can’t so I’ll list a few. I really really look forward to the bride getting ready. I love capturing all of the details… The shoes, the jewelry, the dress… But the best part is the look on the bride’s face the first time she sees herself in her dress. That moment she’s been dreaming about since she was little! The first dance is always so wonderful too! I always make sure to capture the parent’s expressions as they watch the first dance. I love when the mom gets teary eyed! It’s always so sweet.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Ahhhhhh… That’s hard to say! I’m the least judgemental person and I’m also kind of awkward myself so nothing ever stands out.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I photographed a reception at Lindy’s in German Village and had a fillet which was fantastic!
What is your favorite venue and why?
I’ve really enjoyed working at The Darby House. It’s absolutely beautiful and the lighting is great. It just has this really peaceful quality to it and so many breathtaking spots to take pictures.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon! Even though I used a Nikon when I was in New York City for fashion week this spring and was very impressed with the overall quality of the images.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
New York City– the energy there is incredible. OR I would also really love the opportunity to do a country wedding. Big barns, rolling green hills, blue skies.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Rihanna and Chris Brown. That wedding is going to be INSANE.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Make sure you always do your best. Every client should be the most important client you have ever had. Every wedding you shoot, in your mind, should be the best wedding you have ever been to. If you operate with that mentality it’ll help tremendously because that’s the way a wedding photographer SHOULD think. Also, you’re not just a wedding photographer but you’re a guide to your couple. You’re there to not only take pictures, but to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Educate yourself to the point where you know as much about weddings as a planner would, because not every couple hires a planner and at some point they’re going to ask you for help or what to do next. I also try to remind my couples that the day is about them and to enjoy it. Sometimes they get so rapped up in pleasing everyone around them that they forget to take a step back, take a deep breath and really take in the fact that their big day is finally here.
Thanks Caroline! For more about Asteria Photography, check out her WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to her website.
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