Today’s interview is with Kate Crabtree Photography. Although Kate is relatively new to wedding photography, she has beautiful photos and some great advice to share. Thank you so much for your time, Kate!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Kate Crabtree Photography was founded in early 2011 when I felt like I had no other option but to be a photographer. I had a master’s degree in English and figured that I would spend my life working in higher education. However, that changed when a good friend of mine took my bridal pics, and pushed me not only to reunite with my camera (I’ve been in love with nature and macro work since high school), but to explore portraiture. After doing a test shoot with a teen I knew that I was absolutely, completely hooked. I loved interacting with my subjects and figuring out how to represent them. And when I discovered how amazing it is to shoot a wedding… well, the rest is history.
See Kate’s work and get some great advice after the jump…
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
Sammy, the friend who took my bridal photos, offered me an opportunity to second shoot with her at a wedding. I loved the experience, and kept thinking, “wow, I don’t even feel like I’m working! This is the PERFECT job!” That feeling has yet to fade.
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love photographing the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids, the detail shots, and the bride and groom formals! But let’s be honest– I love it all, especially the candid moments that really help to tell the story of the bride’s and groom’s day.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
At one wedding, I decided to take some of the bride’s details outside to photograph. For some crazy reason I decided to go barefoot and managed to step in dog poop! However, I managed to clean off my feet without anyone ever noticing my disgusting snafu. That’s the the mark of a true wedding photographer– being unnoticed, especially in embarrassing moments!
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
This is easy. I once shot a wedding at the Winterport Winery, and the food was to die for. I can’t remember the exact menu (I’ll see if the amazing cook will leave a comment detailing the meal!) but it included the most amazing savory soups, beer-flavored ice cream (yes, it was delicious), and other delectable items. And I haven’t even mentioned their wine, which I’ve always loved. I still think about that meal…
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
I’m still getting to know a lot of the venues in the state, but when I know that a couple is looking for an intimate venue I always suggest the Winterport Winery because of their warm staff and DELICIOUS food and wine.
7. Nikon or Canon?
I’m a Canon girl. I have absolutely nothing against Nikon, however– both companies produce fantastic cameras. I just happen to love my 5D Mark II.
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Greece! Crossing my fingers that an awesome bride and groom will take me there.. :)
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Ellen and Portia! Not only do they have great personality, but they’re adorable. Win win!
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
I believe everyone should second shoot a few weddings before they ever shoot a wedding on their own. I did two before my first wedding, and wish I had done more. Anything and everything can happen on a wedding day, so it’s important to be prepared and ready for any situation that may occur.