Today’s interview is with WeddingPhotoLove’s very own Photography by Mélanie! Thank you, Melanie, for sitting down with us and giving us the scoop–we had so much fun. On a side note – isn’t her photo adorable? I just want to teleport into that little fishing village and have a lobster roll. Now, onto the interview!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I’ve always believed that home is where the heart is & there is no better way to make a house a home then by filling it with things that remind you of your loved ones.
Not only do I want to establish trust with every one of my clients so that they feel comfortable enough with me to let me capture their genuine emotions and quirks, but I also want to enable them to fill their homes & the homes of their loved ones with beautiful tailored-to-you galleries of memories.
Imagine your future wife’s living room in all its glory. Now imagine the face she would make every time she sat in there or walked by there and saw her beautiful gallery filled with images of herself with her loving husband and beautiful children having fun together.
The goal of all photographers is to capture memories, but my goal is to make the ones you love just a little happier today than they were yesterday …
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I guess it happened because I am crazy about all the details… the papers, flowers, rings and ribbons that are used in weddings. Of course, everyone will tell you that they love the celebration of love that people have on this majestic day & I agree with them wholly. However, if I had to pick ONE thing, it would have to be the details.. It shows off the couple’s personality and dedication to each other (do you know how hard it is to get all of that in place!?) ha! Love it!
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
As I was just saying, the details are a sure fire for me but there is also the morning when the bride is getting ready with all the women who are close to her there. This moment of tenderness and love that is shared with her best friends, relatives & especially her mom. Makes for moments that you can never forget!
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I have been lucky in the sense that I haven’t really had any awkward moments so far. But I’ve heard some stories, and I sure hope I will keep the Irish luck going because some of these are funny now, but then? Oh gosh!
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
It’s really popular now to have a table of sweets & small nibbles put out as the evening goes on & some of those darling little things are delectable! Chocolat-y goodness always has a good place in my heart.
6. Nikon or Canon?
The never ending debate. *sigh*. Haha. Nikon for me, don’t ask my why… they just feel better in my hands & there’s something about the colors that I just can’t get over.
7. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
ISTANBUL! Without even having to think twice. I had the chance to visit that lovely city & fell in love with the very first moment I saw it. I was still in the plane and it was all misty and beautifully lit.
Another fabulous thing about Istanbul is that they have a tendency to make quite a big affair of weddings over there. The whole church community + family + friends as well as friends of friends are there. It’s just one big celebration of love & they have a few intricate ceremonies (engagements, bridal showers) that are quite different then our north American versions. I would love to get to capture those one day.
8. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Audrey Kathleen Ruston (aka Audrey Hepburn) when she got married to Mel Ferrer in 1954. Without the shadow of a doubt. She was stunning with a simple elegant style & he wasn’t half bad looking himself. As far as wedding photos go, these would have been glorious!
9. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Not having been around for ages myself, there’s still a bunch of things to learn for me. However, from what I’ve gathered, if you’re not a panicky person & you’re always on the ball, you will have a blast doing weddings. You’ve just got to love what you do and not be afraid to ask them (politely) to give you what you need to make their photos worth keeping a lifetime!
Check her out on WeddingPhotoLove or visit Mélanie’s site to see more!