Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Becky from Black Forest Photography, based in Colorado Springs, CO! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company:
When I am asked to talk about myself I always like to quote Lewis Hine who was a famous photographer during the early 1900’s. The quote is: “If I could say it in words, then I wouldn’t need to photograph.”
See the rest of the interview and examples of Becky’s work after the cut!
My grandmother bought me my first camera when I was thirteen and I have not put one down since. I started Black Forest Photography in 1999 because I truly love embracing special moment’s people share.
How did you get into wedding photography?
The first wedding I photographed was for a friend and they loved the photos and the experience was enjoyable. I especially like capturing candid moments. From there we built a website with just those photos and put an ad on a local website for weddings. Work started coming in from there and it spread and evolved to what it is today.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love working with the couple for their special photos, those are always my favorite. As for the day unfolding, the first look is always amazing when they see each other for the very first time that day. The other favorite for capturing emotion is the first dances. The couple and when they dance with their parents. Parents usually get emotional and it is very touching.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I try to avoid all awkward moments by extensively going over “special circumstances” with the bride and groom before the wedding. Such things like family members who don’t get along and won’t be in photos together.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
That is really hard! We have several venues around here that have incredible food. There is a chocolate mousse that I love!
What is your favorite venue and why?
Oh, that one is tough. The Garden of the Gods Club has a view like no other in Colorado Springs. Totally unobstructed view of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. The staff there are also incredible. The Cliffhouse is also wonderful. The building is charming and the food is amazing. The Briarhurst has amazing grounds to take photographs and the staff are wonderful and then Hillside Gardens is so quirky and unique that I could take photos there forever. Sorry, I can’t pick one! There are other wonderful ones as well!
Nikon or Canon?
I’m all Canon and more important than the camera are the lenses. To be fair also, Canon or Nikon doesn’t matter, it is the photographer. They are both great camera companies.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would say Hawaii because I want to go there and the flowers and beaches are gorgeous but, to get more unique photos I would want historic architecture so I think New Orleans in the French Quarter would be incredible.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Celebrities are just people like you and me. I would treat their wedding the same as any of my clients now. But, if I could go back in time, just to have the experience I would like to photograph Elvis and Priscilla Presley. The time period would be incredible.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
It is not just about taking photos. Photography is a business like any other. If you don’t know anything about business then take a business course. You might be the greatest photographer in the world but, if you have no business sense then you will fail. Be a businessperson who is a photographer, not a photographer who owns a business.
Thank you Becky! For more about Black Forest Photography, visit her WeddingPhotoLove Profile or head straight to her website.
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