The natural beauty of the couples and background scenery mixed with the magic work of Paige Winn Photo is what makes these photos a winner. Great interview, thanks Paige!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I’m a soon to be mom of a baby girl, wife to the best husband ever, and lover of dogs – especially our two Quincy & Ezra. I absolutely love my job and feel lucky everyday for where I have landed. It all started when I graduated with a BFA in photography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My professors gave me an amazing understanding of fine art, and I do my best to utilize that while telling the story of the wedding day. I learned photography on film, and spent countless hours in the darkroom listening to great music, dancing with my photo buddies, and learning how to make beautiful images.
These days the camera is digital, but I get the same joy out of producing those beautiful images. My shooting style is relaxed, a little quirky, and classically beautiful. I get super excited at the sight of perfect light, and there is nothing better than getting those photographer butterflies when I know the shot is going to be spectacular!
See more of the interview and photos after the jump…
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
Weddings were not something I ever really considered while in college. Things have changed a great deal in the wedding photography world since then. Those days most wedding photography was very traditional and posed – not something I am too interested in. As the industry grew and the photographers became more and more creative, I was inspired and it hit me that it was something that would be a perfect fit for me. It turns out that I was right!
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
For every wedding I shoot, I make sure to leave as much time as possible to spend with the bride and groom alone. Even better, if I can grab them during the reception while the sun is setting and the light is perfect. It’s a welcomed few minutes of “alone” time away from the hustle and bustle of the party. The couple is in that perfect happy mode. Just married, the pre-ceremony nerves are gone and they have been surrounded by the love of friends and family.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
For me, it’s always the bad or just plain inappropriate toasts. The ones that make everyone in the room cringe. It happens often, and I’m always grateful that I can hide behind my camera!
5.What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
While I was living in the Minneapolis area, I shot a wedding that was catered by D’Amico & Sons who also happen to own my favorite restaurant there – Cafe Lurcat. It was an amazing surprise that they also had my favorite dish. Miso Glazed Seabass. It’s incredible and I never expected it to be served while working.
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
That’s a hard question! I am still fairly new to the Charleston area, and am so excited to be seeing more and more venues here. So far, I have really enjoyed The Legare Waring House and The Creek Club at I’On.
7. Nikon or Canon?
Canon, of course. My first camera was a Canon, and I’ve never looked back.
8.What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I’d love to do a vineyard wedding. Whether in France, Italy, or California – I just love the idea of the rustic vibe and photos in the vines.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Something low key and simple. In a recent Country Living Magazine, Neko Case, my favorite musician’s home is featured and it would be a perfect venue. I don’t think she has any plans to get married, but I’m sure her wedding would be amazing. On her farm land in Vermont, barns, animals, great food and without doubt there would be some incredible live music.
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 have learned over my years as a wedding photographer is to really search out your target client. Work with wedding planners that share a similar aesthetic or find the right blogs and websites tow showcase your work to find those clients. It’s just so much fun to be excited about what you are doing when you’re on the same page with your clients.