Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Megan from Family Creative Photography, based in Vancouver, BC! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I started Family Creative in 2009 with big dreams of becoming one of Vancouver’s top tier wedding photographers. My crew and I have shot an average to 15 weddings a summer since 2009, and have experienced SO many different cultures and traditions in doing so. We’ve captured Catholic, Italian, Filipino, Sikh, Ismaili, Muslim, and Hindu, Vietnamese and Chinese tea ceremonies, just to name a few, and being in a city that is very multicultural, many weddings we shoot have a mix of different cultures as two families of different religions combine.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I was fresh out of film school, and thought I was going to get into the movie industry. I had been a photographer for as long as I could remember, but only did it for a hobby. I was talking to my dad about how hard it was to get work in the movie industry, and that I needed to find something else to do. Out of the blue, he said, “Why don’t you photograph weddings?!?” And that was what started it all.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
My very favourite part to capture is the moment when the bride and groom finally have a little time away from everyone, and everything, and all the craziness… I pretend to be busy doing something. The couple relaxes for a few moments, and they morph back into themselves; just two people in love. That’s when I click the shutter!
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Most awkward moment I’ve experienced was last summer. We were in the middle of no-where farm land, by this big old barn, with no bathroom in sight until we reached the reception, and I had to ‘go’ SO bad! I told the bride and groom, “Sorry I just forgot something in the car.” and ran into the closest bushes.
Little did I know they were thorny bushes, and I came out COVERED in scratches! They of course all saw, and there was no excuse that could have explained that one away.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I LOVE indian weddings, and there was one in particular that had THE best Butter Chicken I have ever had!
What is your favorite venue and why?
I’m not going to lie… my favourite venue is the outdoors; weddings in nature, on the beach, in a backyard, with a picturesque view of the ocean! Those are the best venues!
Nikon or Canon?
Canon. I’ve been shooting on Canon since I found my dad’s old AT-1 in our attic when I was 12 years old.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Fiji! Or anywhere hot and tropical for that matter.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Zooey Deschanel, who currently isn’t with anyone, but I know that whoever she ends up with would be equally as awesome! And their wedding would be quirky, and fun, and they would have great outfits!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t let social media’s ‘Likes’, retweets, ‘+1’s or your google analytics dictate who you are, how good you are, or if people like you! And don’t make your business your identity. Your business is a reflection of your identity.
Thanks Megan! For more about Family Creative Photography, check out her WeddingPhotoLove profile or head straight to her website.
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