Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Corey of Hendrickson Photography Weddings! His wedding photos are so amazingly clean and beautiful, and we’re so pleased to have him here today!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I am an editorial style wedding photographer living and working in Vermont. I also shoot destination weddings, and in the past couple of years have photographed weddings in France, California, Colorado, Maryland… and all over New England.
See more of the interview and Corey’s beautiful photos after the cut…
How did you get into wedding photography?
My first gig was in Sweden about 10 years ago, and it was my sisters wedding! It was a blast. This is back in the film days, and I shot an unbelievable amount of photos. Prior to her wedding I had been photographing adventure sports, as I was living in Jackson Hole at the time. I was a bit nervous, mainly because I wanted to do a good job. That was also the longest day of wedding work I’ve ever had… saw the sunrise the next day! It was a fantastic party. I was hooked… so fun to capture people at their best and full of love.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I enjoy the preparation photos because there is so much anticipation… but then again I also really love photographing the couple right after the ceremony. They always seem to be walking on air and their energy is contagious at that point. It’s impossible not to smile and enjoy that feeling (while clicking away). Maybe its adrenaline, but there is typically a lot of movement then too… hugging, laughing, walking, toasting, etc. I like the flow of it all, people on the move look more relaxed and less camera aware.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Uh oh… I have witnessed some highly inappropriate dancing. It was sort of funny, but mostly awkward and I think everyone was relieved once it stopped.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
The Inn at the Round Barn, Waitsfield VT and the West Mountain Inn, Arlington VT take the best care of me. I am a vegetarian and both places feed me so well, usually with a lot of locally grown produce and delicious healthy cooking. I have a lot to say regarding the feeding of vendors at weddings, but don’t want to hijack this interview. In short, a happy and creative photographer is a well fed photographer.
What is your favorite venue and why?
It’s a four way tie for me – The Inn at the Round Barn, The West Mountain Inn, The Grafton Inn and the Inn at Mountain View farm. Each offers a unique version of the classic Vermont wedding. One thing in common is also that each location contains great ceremony sites and reception sites, no driving needed. I like this a lot, and when I’ve been a guest its great too… just park the car and enjoy the day.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon… although I am saving up for the Leica M10. I shot Leica’s in the past and they are a perfect fit for my style, quite and unobtrusive. I love my Canon gear for it’s durability and versatility.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Last year I shot a wedding in Brittany France and it was a blast. I spent a week with the family and photographed everything. The final product was very travel and editorial, it was the story of the place and the people. I love working that way, capturing everything. My dream location right now is ITALY! Dear brides to be… please, please, please bring me to Italy!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Hmmm… good question. I would say Malia or Natasha Obama.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
I have learned how to take direction, and still produce work that I love. Sometimes that overlap is large, sometimes it is a fringe. No matter what though you are there to document the day for your client and so I feel it is critical to have a great dialog about what they are expecting. Brides put so much thought into their day, ask them about the details and take good notes. For new wedding photographers I would say focus on your craft and develop your vision. Once that is solidified then you can play with the Lightroom filters and plug-ins… but do so with a light touch.
Thanks Corey! For more about Hendrickson Photography Weddings, see his WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to his website.