Today’s wedding photographer interview is with r3mg::creative boutique, who also has a profile on our wedding invitation directory as well! I have to admit — their photos are some of my favorite wedding photos I’ve ever seen. Love this interview!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
r3mg::creative boutique started out with three cousins bored in another family business. Brooke (senior designer), myself (head photographer), and AJ (swinger) all worked for our families retail packaging business, which just from reading that you could gather didn’t test our creative natures. The three of us all grew up with an art background. I started playing piano when I was 7, started painting at 10, writing at 14, and documenting with my camera at 20. There really wasn’t a time in my life where I wasn’t creating, and that’s the point isn’t it? To create something that didn’t exist? To top that awesome feat off, freeze a moment in time for eternity with a camera? I’m a big enough nerd to go all in for that. And here I am.
See more of the interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
Accidentally. What started out as one favor has now developed into what will hopefully be a long and fulfilling career. I had just started taking photos and creating what could only be described as “National Geographic” worthy images of railroad tracks, flowers, and the sky when my buddy asked me to shoot his wedding. I jumped right into it. Full kilts, bag-pipers, a beach in Michigan, the whole nine yards. I produced images that he and his wife cherished, and I felt so honored to have been the one to provide that for them. Then something amazing happened. He gave me a check. A check I never expected; a check that opened up my eyes to the idea of making money in the art field and provide future memories for people to enjoy.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I know this might be the easy way, but honestly every part of it. Just to be invited into such an intimate group of friends and family on such a huge day is enough. But then to capture it all in images? What can go wrong? Ripped zipper? Broken boutonniere? Dress to small? White socks? Lost Rings? These are the things I live to shoot. While they may seem like annoyances and worst case scenarios, these are things that will truly make it your wedding. I remember in the case of the groom’s broken boutonniere we tried hiding it from the bride. We performed surgery on a rose so it wouldn’t fall of the grooms jacket. After the ceremony we were on the lake front taking photos when it fell, and instantly, in slow motion and in sync, we all looked at the bride for the horrible reaction that never came. She started laughing hysterically and we ended up joking about their being a chalk outline around the rose like a crime scene. So when they look back and see the photos of them pinning the boutonniere on perhaps with a little too much focus, and the 200 images later see the rose lying on the concrete… instant memory.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Again, being included into such an intimate group of friends and family on a huge day with all the stress, anticipation, anxiety, and nerves flying around provides some pretty raw and unfiltered behavior. I have seen and heard a lot, most of which I am not comfortable talking about. Now you are interested right? Sorry.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
The best thing I have ever ate at a wedding was mashed potatoes. This couple had a swanky venue, and had a mashed potato bar. You got two scoops of potatoes in a martini glass, and then a whole array of toppings, from the standard chives and bacon, to truffles and caviar. It was simply amazing.
What is your favorite venue and why?
Not any one in particular. I do love the nice venues in the city, but my favorite I shot at was at a couples farm. They had a decent sized guest list, and the whole thing was just amazing. It somehow felt a little less formal even though everyone was dressed the same as any other wedding. The setting just provided a nice laid back atmosphere, and it felt like even more of a celebration. Not to mention we incorporated corn, wheel barrels, and old barn wood into our shots, which is always a plus.
Nikon or Canon?
Nikon. For no other reason than that was what I first shot with. I am not a big advocate of the war between the two. It might be cliche at this point, but if you don’t have the innate vision and creativity neither camera will save you. People do get hung up on the tech side of things when they first start out. Upgraditis.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
My dream venue would be the grecian islands or Florence.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Recently, I would have to say Reese Witherspoon’s intimate, rustic, classy wedding would be an awesome event to be a part of. In a broader range of history, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She was the one who first made the white wedding dress popular after all. Plus the period dresses and gowns would be amazing.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
The biggest lesson I learned is to make a connection. With the technology being so accessible right now, and the big studios persisting, you need to stand out. There are a ton of good photographers around. If a bride to be doesn’t find you to be welcoming or friendly, guess who is not going to be invited into the close knit group of friends and family? You. While I know I am not going to be best of friends with these people, I still meet with them at least twice before the wedding, and more often than not most of that time is talking about other things besides work. We establish a relationship. They are trusting me with some pretty important tasks. They need to be comfortable and confident in your ability, and when they are, you will find that there is no such thing as a bad picture when they trust you.
Thanks so much! For more on r3mg:: creative boutique, check out their WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to their website.