Tammy Sue Allen Photography takes the stage today! Tammy has been shooting for a long time, I’m jealous that she actually had a darkroom in her house. How awesome is that? I won’t tell you anymore…I don’t want to spoil the rest of the interview. Thanks, Tammy!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My name is Tammy, and I am the owner of Tammy Sue Allen Photography. I am a wife, mother to an 11 year old son, and step mother of two teenage daughters. My husband Terry is also into photography and actually works with me as a second shooter and assistant for some weddings.

The full interview continues after the jump . . .

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2. How did you get into wedding photography?

I started playing with cameras in junior high and took my first photography class during my senior year of high school. I was instantly hooked on the darkroom process and loved creating photographs. After high school, I continued to seek out photography knowledge. I built a darkroom and studio in my basement and started taking photos of my son after he was born. I enrolled in a few photography classes at my local community college and decided to focus my career on photography. I made the transition to digital photography, started my business, and shot my first wedding in 2005.

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3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

 I love to capture the little details of the day. Detail shots of the cake, shoes, rings, flowers, and wedding favors. The bride spends months and months planning all of these little details, and I want to make sure every detail is captured in a photo!

4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

My awkward moment happened after I had sent a couple their wedding photos. The mother of the bride called me to tell me how beautiful the photos were, but she was so upset that she wasn’t in more of the photos. Looking back, I realized that the bride and groom had scheduled all of their wedding photos with the bridal party to be taken before the ceremony and the mother of the bride wasn’t there for any of the photos.

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5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

It nice when a couple has a seat for me during the dinner, but that doesn’t always happen. During the dinner, I am usually trying to capture photos of the reception venue and guests seated at tables. The best dinner I ever had at a wedding was served family style, with many courses of food brought out to the tables to pass around and share. I was able to grab a little bit of each course while still being able to get the photos I needed.

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6. What is your favorite venue and why?

We are lucky to have the beautiful college campus of Michigan State University in the area. The campus provides a variety of backdrops and locations for shooting.

7. Nikon or Canon?

I’m a Canon girl!

8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

My dream location would be anywhere warm and tropical. I’d love to shoot a wedding at one of those “all-inclusive” beach resorts!

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9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

I’d love to shoot Zooey Deschanel’s wedding. She is my favorite actress, and I love her quirky style. I can imagine her having a vintage/retro/mid-century modern style wedding with tons of cute details and props!

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10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Learn the timeline of a wedding day. Knowing the basics of what happens, and when it happens, will help you plan your shots on wedding day. Also, get to know your location. The more you work with a venue, the better you’ll be at predicting the timeline and flow of the day.

Check out Tammy Sue Photography on WeddingPhotoLove or on her site as well. :)