Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Samantha from Samantha Lauren Photographie, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
My company was begun in 2008 and has grown considerably since then. I split my time between NYC and the Hudson Valley. I have a studio in a restored firehouse on the Hudson River but do a lot of my weddings in NYC, Long Island and New Jersey. I shoot for the dreamscape, not the conventional. The artifact book, not the album. I want to create signature experiences and images that are not romantic because thats what they’re suppossed to be, but romantic because that is what you are. These aren’t just my “clients” or my “jobs”. These are your memories. This is what you look back on.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I have always been interested in photographs since I’ve been a young girl. My parents always took tons of photos at every event, milestone, and on a daily basis. I began shooting film in high school and developing it myself. I was always drawn to images, editing both my high school and college’s literary and art magazines. I took more film classes in college but it wasn’t until after I graduated that I realized I could do something I loved as well as make a living. I have been shooting professionally since the summer of 2008. I graduated from Temple University in May of that year and began working as an assistant/ 2nd shooter directly after that. After my first season I knew I wanted to do this on my own.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I truly love capturing the whole wedding day. I love the getting ready process. I love the anticipation leading up to the first look or the ceremony. I love when a groom sees his bride for the first time. I love the whole day and seeing what brides have prepared and created!
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I haven’t encountered too may awkward moments myself, usually they happen when something else goes wrong and the bride doesn’t have a coordinator to help take care of incidentals. The bride herself usually ends up dealing with the situation and I can tell everyone around her feels bad and its a little awkward for them. Its for this reason alone I always encourage hiring a coordinator. I am friendly with several
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Honestly I don’t eat too much at weddings because I like to stay on my toes but I have to say that Russo’s On the Bay puts out an amazing spread, as well as the Crest Hollow Country Club. I also always like the ‘farm fresh’ weddings because you know everything served is as fresh and local as it could possibly be!
What is your favorite venue and why?
I was born and raised in NYC so all of the classic venues in the city are at the top of my list. I am in love with what the Gramercy Park Hotel does, Bobo restaurant in the West Village creates a wonderful intimate affair for smaller weddings. The Hudson Valley also holds a special place in my heart. I have expanded my business to include most of the Hudson River and Catskill towns and I love Estate weddings on the Hudson and some of the great Barns and tents that offer an amazing rustic chic wedding experience.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon, all the way
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Monte Carlo, or the plantation where The Notebook was filmed :)
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
I would say that the most important lesson that i’ve learned is that you are never too experienced to learn new things. There are always lessons in everything we do. We have to look for the love in our lives and be guided by our driving force. Furthermore, it is not an easy business. Many photographers get into this business with big dreams but when the paperwork and business end of the deal begin to require attention, that is where many stagger. If your dream is to run your own business, don’t forget that a good company needs strong business practices to guide and structure it.
Thank you Samantha! For more about Samantha Lauren Photographie, visit her WeddingLovely Profile or head straight to her website.
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