Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Sheena of West Michigan-based S.C. Photography. Thanks for interviewing with us today!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I attended Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, MI to get my degree in Graphic Design. Having taken basic photography courses in high school, I took every photography class in college I could get my hands on, and seriously debated switching majors. In the end I graduated with my BFA Graphic Design and a huge passion for design and photography and how that can mix. After working for a wedding photography company for a few years, I left to work for an advertising agency as a designer. Unwilling to give up photography, I opened my business in 2006.
See more of the interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
My first “real job” in college was with a wedding photography company in Grand Rapids. It was invaluable exposure and experience. When I left Grand Rapids for my design job, I didn’t want to let go of the emotional climate of a wedding day. I jumped face first into doing weddings as my primary focus and I haven’t looked back. Getting to spend the most joyous day of someone’s life with them is an amazing experience.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love bride and groom portraits. 90% of my couples choose to not see each other before the ceremony. There is a build up of emotions that peaks at the ceremony and leaves behind a level of contentedness and the readiness to party. In between those moments, the bride and groom are usually so overwhelmed with loving and caring for each other, you get to spend really touching moments with them. When they do choose to see each other before the ceremony, the first look portraits can be chock full of emotion from the groom seeing his breathtaking bride for the first time.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Groomsmen can get a bit unwieldy at times, especially if they’ve been indulging all day. I once had a gaggle of groomsmen that thought it would be a good idea to start undressing for the camera. It was funny for the first few shots, but they took it too far and left me blushing!
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Honestly by the time dinner rolls around I’m so famished, anything tastes good. However I once tasted a strawberry dessert with a balsamic reduction that was out of this world. I love photographing weddings with The Gillmore Collection catering because their food and service is phenomenal! (http://www.gilmore-catering.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I love anything with a good vista. It makes for excellent photos and a great backdrop for your guests. I love shooting on beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan. I also love destination weddings. I photographed a wedding in Edinburgh, Scotland and there wasn’t a bad background anywhere you looked.
Nikon or Canon?
I have great respect for both brands, but I shoot Canon. I love my gear and their L-glass series of lenses are to die for.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
There are so many to choose from, but I think the top of the list would be to shoot a wedding in Thailand or India. I’ve never been, but all the photographs I’ve seen from those regions are so vibrant and colorful with culture. Ireland would be another dream, but I thank my lucky stars that I got to shoot in Edinburgh, which is pretty close.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I would have died to be the royal photographer for Prince William and Duchess Catherine. (Although I hear the official photographer was not allowed to capture the ceremony). I’m obsessed with the royal family and love the Duchess to death!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Never stop improving. Always strive to make a better photograph, to improve your craft. There is no mark to say you’ve “made it”.
Thanks Sheena! For more about S.C. Photography, check out their WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to their website.