Kelsey Bigelow Photography already had my heart during the first question of this interview: she loves Mumford & Sons, Sonic Limeades and doggies. Talking about a trifecta of goodness! And of course, her work is pretty amazing too! Thanks so much Kelsey.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I’m Kelsey Bigelow. I’m based in Denver, Colorado. I love hiking in the mountains, music (especially Mumford & Sons,) my two doggies and Sonic Limeades. I focus on capturing real life, whether I’m photographing a wedding or a family session. I’m fascinated by telling the stories of the people I get to meet.
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2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I majored in photography in college and I promised my parents I would never, ever, ever photograph a wedding. And then I started working for a wedding photographer. I fell in love with photographing weddings. I’d never even been to a wedding before I photographed one! It was so different from anything I’d ever done but I was so awed with the unique story that happens at every wedding and the way each couple tells that story.
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
People are always happy at a wedding which makes it so much fun for me. Everybody’s there to have fun and celebrate! I love meeting all the guests and seeing how much love surrounds the bride & groom. My absolute favorite moment of the day is the moment right before the ceremony starts. There’s so much anticipation and excitement. I love being a part of that.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Probably the craziest and most awkward thing that happened was when I was second shooting for a friend on a golf course outside in the middle of summer. Even though the ceremony was in the shade, it was still hot, hot, hot. The ceremony was nearly over and the guests were all standing to applaud for the new married couple. The other photographer and I were standing in the back waiting for the big kiss and the happy couple to walk towards us. Just as the officiate said “I now pronounce you husband and wife” an older man in the back fainted! We weren’t quite sure what to do since he was knocking people into the aisle. We managed to capture the big kiss and keep the man from falling into the aisle but it’s a story that makes me shake my head!
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I totally have a sweet tooth so I am alllll about the cake and cupcakes. I once had a cake that was filled with chocolate mousse which is my favorite desert and covered in chocolate icing. It was amazing! Unfortunately, the caterer took away my plate before I was finished but that’s probably for the best!
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
Colorado has the best outdoor venues. I love outdoor summer weddings, especially when they involve the mountains. I think one of my favorite venues is on top of Vail Mountain. The view is spectacular. It is for sure an awe inspiring moment when you get to the top of the mountain and look all around.
7. Nikon or Canon?
Canon. No particular reason why but it’s quite the debate amongst photographers. I’ve used most kinds of cameras and I guess I just landed at Canon.
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I’ve always been really drawn to places near the ocean. It’s the one thing we’re missing in Colorado. One of my favorite road trips we did as a family when I was a child was driving along Highway 1 and the California coast. I would love to shoot a wedding along the coast, near the water. The redwoods and the cliffs are amazing there. That is beauty unrivaled.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I love weddings with lots of personalization. Things that aren’t too over the top but that say a lot about the couple are important to me and inspire me as a photographer. I don’t listen to their music but I heard Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert had a wedding that was totally them.
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to not go at it alone. Being a photographer is isolating – we work for ourselves and much of our time is spent behind a computer screen. I was fortunate enough to meet some really great photographers early on who encouraged community and actually being friends with other photographers. It’s nice to have people who know what you’re going through and can help you if you need it. If you’re a new photographer, befriending other photographers is incredibly helpful.