Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Jared of Dream On Pictures, based in Los Angeles! Take a look at the pictures below—as I was adding them to the post, I kept murmuring, “wow.” Really beautiful photography! Enjoy the interview:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I actually studied cinematography in Australia and have worked in film and television since 2000. I’ve had a great career and it has taken me all over the world, including parts of asia, australia and the Middle East. Stills photography had always been a passion that was growing to a point where I decided to turn professional and share my workload between moving images and photography.
How did you get into wedding photography?
Getting involved with photographing weddings never really crossed my mind until a friend of mine asked me to shoot their wedding several years ago. I was hesitant as my stills work to this point had been commercial, corporate, advertising and fine art. After my friends wedding, I realized I enjoyed the pressure and being around a happy, positive crowd… And the results were well received! So I began to cut back on some TV work to focus on getting more weddings to shoot… and here we are today!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
My favorite part of a wedding to capture would be the formal photograph sessions following the ceremony. The couple are normally relaxed and happy to take some direction. If there’s time I love to use my cinematography skills and style to light shots in a more dramatic, cinematic fashion that I like to think differentiates my work from other photographers styles.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
The most awkward moment at a wedding that I’ve personally experienced would’ve been when I was ready to photograph the happy couple and their parents following the ceremony. I kept asking for “Mom” to come and join us… People looked puzzled… “Mom” was actually the brides sister and wasn’t too pleased to being compared to her mother! I learnt that lesson quickly. Never assume and wait to be introduced!
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I traveled to do a wedding on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. The pork belly that was served at this reception was the best meal I have ever eaten at a wedding. By far. A long way to travel but whatever they did to it, it was superb!
What is your favorite venue and why?
My favorite wedding venue is one that I haven’t had a chance to shoot at yet. Los Angeles Union Station. Amazingly some of the station’s sites are exclusively used for weddings, events and film shoots. There’s definitely an atmosphere in this building. It’s romantic, historical and very photogenic… So if anyone reading this is having a wedding there, I will shoot it at a special rate!
Nikon or Canon?
Canon cameras are just what I started with years ago and have been using them ever since. Although I actually shoot with both Canon and Nikon lenses using adapters, all my camera bodies are Canon.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I have spent a lot of time shooting in Death Valley, California over the past few years. It’s a place of extremes and I have been lucky enough to shoot some of my favorite fine art landscape photographs here. To shoot a wedding here would be spectacular. It’s definitely my dream location to shoot a wedding in the deserts of Death Valley.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
If I had to choose a celebrity wedding to photograph it would have been that of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan. Insirational people. His determination and dedication to help other people suffering from Parkinson’s disease has been awe inspiring. To witness this along with his wife’s unwavering loyalty is a true example of the way marriages are supposed to be.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
My advice for any new wedding photographers would be that they need to be personable. Likability is half the battle when meeting potential clients. A lot of photographers out there are talented and are maybe more talented than you are, so set yourself apart, do something a bit different and if you have good work AND a good personality, why wouldn’t they choose you!
Thanks Jared! For more about Dream On Photography, check out his WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to his website.
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