Wow! I have never seen wedding photographs like these! They are so unique and vivacious. Major Props to the powerhouse couple, Anne and Bill, from Holland Photo Arts that have taken these photos. They look amazing, and what a great interview too!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
We are a full-time husband-and-wife team who documents our clients’ weddings together. Of course we work with each couple to create some fun and natural portraits of them, but the main focus of our wedding-day coverage is the artful and unobtrusive capture of real moments. While we love spending most of our time in Charlottesville and Austin, we get the pleasure of traveling for many of our clients weddings, and have been shooting now for over ten years, and launched our business about a year after we were married in our adopted home town of New Orleans.
Learn more about Holland Photo Arts after the jump…
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
It was predominantly Anne’s idea, but one that, after we both would “fight” for the camera at friends’ weddings early in our courtship, found that it was something we were both interested in and passionate about. Moreover, our friends and our friends’ friends would often tell us they liked our photos better than those of their hired pros. What an honor! Both our Dad’s got us into photography at a very early age so we both grew up shooting, but weddings are of course, a different beast. Attending a wedding and working a wedding are two very different things so we apprenticed under a mentor for over a year, attended untold workshops and classes and read dozens of books to prepare. We were lucky enough to be selected to document 37 couples’ celebrations our first year in business and the rest, as they say, is history.
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
This really varies because you never really know when the great moments are going to occur. For example, last Spring we were documenting a couple’s getting-ready before the ceremony. The groom’s family had surprised him with an emotional song his late father had composed shortly before his death a year prior. His sisters contacted a nationally-known band who volunteered to perform and record the song, and they played the recording for him the morning of his wedding. That one moment in time, with him surrounded in love by his sisters and mom was one we’ll not soon forget. And the best part is, moments like this have the potential to happen with everyone and are what makes each client’s wedding special to us.
Photographed by: Chrisman Studios
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
We’ll occasionally hear (portions of) a best man’s toast that, in retrospect, probably shouldn’t have been said out loud. But that’s pretty uncommon.
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
We’re usually scarfing down our food in a few short minutes so we can be up and ready when the couple is, but there was this chicken sandwich we ate at Clifton Inn here in Charlottesville a few years ago that was so delicious Anne exclaimed, “This is slap your mama good!” It was that tasty. A lot of “vendor” meals are a sandwich, apple, and cookie, which is perfectly fine. Occasionally we’ll get crabcakes or similar, which is always delicious too.
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
We don’t really have a favorite venue, truly. Early on in our career, we’d be excited by an inquiry whose wedding was being held at a particularly beautiful or compelling venue. But we found that with experience, the feeling we had about a wedding had nothing at all to
do with the venue and everything to do with the couple.
7. Nikon or Canon?
We were Nikon until 2005, and then switched to Canon. Both systems are very solid, however. There’s no one right answer here.
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
The one that elicits the most emotion from our client.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Gosh, hard question. While fame hardly equates to simply being one’s self, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth seem like a really nice couple whose simple, rustic wedding would have been fun to document.
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Be true to yourself, and true to your work. It can be useful to copy others while you’re learning your craft, but then find your own path. You and your clients will be happier.