Scott Andrew Studio is a California based wedding photographer who “fell in love with love” (and his pictures prove it!). We were able to take some of his time for an interview, which had to be a challenge with a busy schedule and THREE kids. Thank you, Scott!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Scott Andrew Studio was founded in 2007 and focuses on documenting beautiful wedding stories throughout the world. I’m Scott Andrew, the principal photographer and a native Californian. My wife Cheryl and kids (Eden, 7, Huntley, 4, Holden, 8 months) are my joy and the zest of my life. We live in the Central Valley of California and love to travel, spend the day at the beach and roast marshmallows.
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I got suckered in to second shooting for a friend who had just started shooting weddings himself and the rest was history. I fell in love with everything that a wedding day is and all of the possibilities for amazing photographs there are. Weddings are truly amazing.
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love photographing the several minutes right after the recessional when the couple is surrounded by their friends and family. Their is so much emotion, joy and elation there. It is an amazing time and the smiles are priceless. Also, I love shooting portraits of the couple at sunset.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
This could be embarrassing, haha. Probably dropping a camera onto the tile floor during a catholic mass (due to a faulty strap). It was really loud and I was really embarrassed! The camera was okay, but my ego took a little hit.
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Ramekins catering makes the bacon-wrapped, smoked figs that are delectable. I could eat a plate of them, mmmm.
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
I love anything in wine country and feel that the organic nature of most of the venues really reflects my aesthetic well. Carneros Inn, Anderson Ranch, Annadelle…they’re all pretty awesome.
7. Nikon or Canon?
I shoot mainly on a Contax 645 and Leicas (film) but if I shoot digital, it is all Canon.
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I want to shoot in Israel somewhere and Buenos Aires.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
David Lauren and Lauren Bush just got married and I feel like I gelled with their sense of style a lot. I’m not really into Hollywood that much so it would probably be someone low-key, although I think Natalie Portman is a gem and would love to photograph her wedding.
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Be yourself and let that come out in your work. It’s okay to check out other people’s work, but there comes a time when you should shut out all of the voices (aka: photoblogs) for a little bit and find yourself. Shoot a ton of work, refine yourself and truly set your own vision. People will see it and you’ll have the clients you want.