Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Kaity of OMG Photography! I first heard about Kaity when she photographed my friend’s wedding (check out part 1 and part 2!), and I am so pleased she’s interviewing with us today — love her attitude and photography so much!
Photo by A Love Worth Telling
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I started OMG Photography in 2009 when I graduated from the University of Notre Dame. When all of my friends were trying to find jobs or getting accepted to graduate school, I was writing my business plan and trying to get clients to hire me! My first year out I had two weddings (one was my cousin’s) and everything grew from there! I can honestly say that I have the coolest job that has afforded me a ton of great opportunities and introduced me to some truly amazing people. When I’m not behind the camera I’m usually playing with my labradoodle, watching movies with friends, laughing at my own jokes, reading a good book, or feeding my magazine habit!
See the rest of the interview and her beautiful photography after the cut…
How did you get into wedding photography?
I took my first photography class my sophomore year at ND. I really enjoyed it and my professor encouraged me to continue taking classes; so I did… I took every photo class available! I also really wanted to learn more about the photo industry, so I got an internship with a local photographer. She really took me under her wing and taught me everything she knew about the industry. I learned a workflow, how to talk to clients, the importance of contracts, what kind of shoes to wear at a wedding… I learned everything from her! Three years later I started my own studio and she was been completely supportive. It’s been another three years and I’ve shot over 30 weddings from Alaska to Aruba and Malibu to DC! I love it!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love weddings… I wouldn’t be doing this otherwise! However, my favorite part of a wedding is the part that reflects something personal about the couple. I love that every wedding has something unique to offer and I’ll see something that I haven’t before. It always keeps me on my toes!
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I accidentally ripped a bride’s dress at the reception! I was showing the bride and groom how to cut the cake and then started walking over to snap some photos when my shoe got caught on her dress. Luckily it was one of the bottom layers of tulle and you really couldn’t see it. The bride was completely cool about it too — Thank goodness!!
Last year I had a wedding where the bride and groom had wedding pies in lieu of a cake and they were delicious. The pies were from an Amish bakery… and those guys make some really, really good pies.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I love shooting at unique venues that mean something to the bride and groom. Usually that means they are outside, but it doesn’t have to be. I like new experiences and being able to shoot at a variety of locations. Although, shooting a wedding in Seward, Alaska was pretty awesome!
Nikon or Canon?
Canon. It was what my first boss had and in order to use her equipment, I had to get the same brand. Luckily, I love my Canon and don’t think I’ll be changing any time soon!
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Dream location? I love traveling and love shooting anywhere that requires me to get on a plane! Paris? Italy? Belize? Hawaii? Australia? Anywhere! Everywhere!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer’s wedding was simply beautiful… She’s the epitome of classic beauty and style. It would have been one amazing wedding to photograph! Will Arnett and Amy Pohler’s wedding would be up there too… can you imagine how fun that wedding must have been?!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t slack on the business end! Knowing how to run your business is just as important as being a technically proficient photographer and visionary artist.
Thanks Kaity! For more about OMG Photography, check out her WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to her website.
Any questions for Kaity? Leave them in the comments below!