U Me Us Studios of WeddingPhotoLove joins us today for an interview. Evonne turned went from planning events – to photographing them. How awesome is that? Evonne, thank you so much for sharing your work with us today.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I have been in Corporate Marketing since I graduated from college. When I went back to grad school 10 years ago to get my MBA (that’s where I met my husband, Darren, too), I knew I wanted to start my own company. After Darren and I got married, an amazing opportunity brought us to Hawaii for 7 years and that’s where we started our company with another partner, Jon, in Honolulu. We just moved back home to the San Francisco Bay Area and the 3 of us are still in partnership.
Learn more about U Me Us Studios after the jump…
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I have always enjoyed photography, especially when I am visiting family and friends or when I go travel. I can’t even remember when I don’t have a camera with me. Back in the Fall of 2007, I started my own wedding/event design company and I had a difficult time getting photos from wedding photographers for my blog, so my husband and I started taking photos of the events that I put together and we were hooked! We started second-shooting for other photographers and have been shooting together since then!
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
There are so many parts of the wedding day that I enjoy capturing, but I specifically love the portraits between the couple and the love that they share with one another. It gives me goosebumps seeing how in love they are and it reminds me of my own wedding day! And being the planner that I am, I also love capturing all the details from the rings to the shoes, the dress, the paper goods, the florals, the cake…etc. Most clients spend a lot of time putting those together and I think it’s extremely important that we capture those as well.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Luckily, I haven’t experienced any awkward moment while on the job yet… but with my planning background, I know what to anticipate and hopefully that will smooth out any awkward moments that may arise.
5. What is the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Steak and lobster!
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
I have shot at a lot of different amazing venues from private estates and golf courses in Hawaii to wineries in California, but I am excited about the lakeside wedding in Lake Tahoe we have this September, the San Francisco City Hall wedding this October, and a historic estate wedding in Philadelphia this November!
7. Nikon or Canon?
I am a Canon girl all the way, had to make my hubby switch from Nikon because I was getting too many Canon lenses!
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Gosh, I have so many dream locations – the Amalfi Coast, Santorini, somewhere in Africa and definitely India…
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Since I grew up in Hong Kong, I love the Royal Family! I would have loved to shoot Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding! I think they are an awesome couple and it will be so fun to spend the entire day (or even a few days) with them!
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
There are so many facets and different styles of shooting in wedding photography – portraiture, traditional, photojournalistic, details… and we have to be good at all of them in order to cover the entire wedding day. For someone who is just starting out, the best way is to second shoot and assist other photographers. That way you get a lot of experience and get to practice a lot.