Today we introduce you to Angie from New Traditions Photography. Not only did she share her amazing photos with us, but she gave us a wonderfully in-depth interview. Angie and I apparently share an obsession for cake…and weddings, of course!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am just an ordinary gal with a camera seemingly glued to my arm! Photography is my outlet and I love it! I have always been the artistic type but don’t have the natural ability to draw a straight line if my life depended on it. Luckily, photography just comes naturally to me. I started with a photography class my sophomore year in high school and was hooked. I loved the entire process! I loved rolling bulk black & white film, shooting, developing, and finally, making the finished prints, matting and wrapping them. I can honestly say that I spent most of my high school career in the dark room!
Learn more about New Traditions Photography after the jump…
It would take a while to give my entire resume but I always knew I would own my own business. I setup a very small studio in the building of a pet grooming shop and got anything I could afford to start shooting. It was bare bones! I took photos of the pets that came into the shop as well as any gigs I could get outside of that. After a few years, I decided to change paths to graphic design. I held several design jobs ranging from small local print shops to national corporate businesses. I also worked in several photography studios along the way and gained tons of knowledge on the practices of selling and managing a business. I soaked up all the information I could at these places to one day use in my own business.
My full time business, New Traditions Photography, has been going strong for about 7 years now. I have been shooting professionally for about 15 years .. really, don’t do the math on that! While I still do design work with albums, announcements and custom pieces, I have defiantly found my passion with wedding photography! I strive to capture the joy and love of the wedding day!
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I LOVE everything about a wedding! My first wedding was for a fellow artist at a gallery I was involved in at the time. Her daughter was getting married and she asked me if I would be interested in shooting it. It was super scary and amazingly exciting at the same time! The wedding was beautiful and to this day, those are some of my favorite images! It led to my love of all things wedding and a complete change of direction for my business.
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love the time spent with just the Bride and Groom, whether it be during the First Look or after the ceremony. I make sure I have at least 15 minutes with just the two of them, away from all the family and guests. It’s a time for them to just breathe and enjoy the most amazing day of their lives! The giggles and smiles from that time are so natural and honest. I love standing away from them a bit to capture those moments for them. This time creates the perfect setting for some of my favorite images! This is the time my couples will remember after all the hustle and bustle of the wedding is over. It is truly magical.
I really do love all parts of the wedding day! I want to be there when they experience the excitement and preparation for that one special moment when they say “I do.” I want to capture all the fun and laughter that the girls share while getting their hair and makeup done. I want to watch as the guys enjoy a calm morning watching the game or just hanging out. I want to share in the joy and tears when the bride puts on her wedding gown for the first time. I want to be there when the mother of the groom helps adjust his tie so he is looking his best for this special moment. I want to capture the emotion and joy as the groom sees his bride walking down the aisle and tries to hold back that little tear. I want to be there for the anticipation of the cake in the face and heartfelt toasts at the reception. I want to watch as the groom holds his bride close for their first dance as husband and wife and as the parents have a look of pride while watching their children grow into a life together. I want to capture these moments for their family to remember for a lifetime!
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Oh my! Not one of my finest moments but here it goes … I was shooting an engagement session and we were walking around finding awesome spots to stop for photos. One of the shots I just had to get required me to stand on this huge rock and look down on them lying on the grass. Well, I’m about 5’1″ on a good day, so getting up on said rock was no easy feat! I reached my leg up to climb up on the rock and all I heard was the ripping of the butt on my jeans!!! How embarrassing!!! Luckily, I carry my Shootsac camera bag with me and was able to hide my rear for the rest of the session. We all got a huge laugh out of it and I now avoid climbing on big rocks!
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
CAKE!! I love cake! I make sure I eat a piece at every wedding! Not only is it a great way to taste the bakery’s product and have amazing vendors to refer my clients to, but also, by the middle of the reception, I am needing a little pick me up. Other than cake, the most amazing food I have eaten at a wedding was at a Persian wedding last year. They had the most amazing hummus and mozza balls! Delish!!
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
There are so many amazing venues with such different looks! If I had to choose just one locally, I think it would be our local botanical gardens in late Spring. The flowers smell amazing and I am a sucker for gorgeous outdoor images! I love how colorful it is and the ponds add a nice scene for variety!
7. Nikon or Canon?
Canon. I have always been a Canon girl. I have nothing against Nikon. Both companies are coming out with amazing products and I can not wait to get my hands on more!! I may be a bit of a gear junkie!
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Paris! It oozes romance! I love all the history and architecture. Besides, everyone feels like a supermodel in Paris! It would be completely amazing!
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
That’s tough! It would have to be a super iconic couple that is known for romance! Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy come to mind. Though they never married, they were super sweet on each other! Who wouldn’t love to be swept off your feet just like the old movies! I’m sure there would be plenty of opportunities for amazing heartfelt images!
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Do your homework! Get hands on education. Have the proper equipment and knowledge to shoot a wedding. Being a guest at a wedding and being a hired professional are completely different; there are no do-overs in weddings. Charge accordingly and do not diminish the value of the industry. Most of all, have fun and love what you do!