Sandra, of White Ivory Photography gave us a really nice interview today. I just love doing vendor interviews, it’s great to learn more about each and every one of you. We hope that they are just as enjoyable and inspiring for you too!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am a full fledged french Canadian, born and raised in Quebec City. I moved to the U.S about 10 years ago and have been loving it here! My intrigue for photography started about 8 years ago when I met my husband. Being an engineer, he knew so much about the inner workings of a camera system, that I became very interested in the technology itself. So I started shooting for fun. When I was younger, I had absolutely no flare for this art form. It was typical for me to take pictures of the ceiling instead of the people I was supposed to get in the frame. Oh well, that was a long time ago and things have changed, thankfully! I am also a graphic designer by profession and worked in that field as well as marketing prior to starting my own photography business. It’s been a wonderful experience to have worked in two fields that help me running a photography business.
Learn more about Sandra after the jump…
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
Initially photography was a hobby of mine. As I became more involved and experienced at handling my camera, I knew that there was a future for me in this field. One day, a friend of mine asked me to second shoot a wedding. So I did and immediately knew that this was one of the paths that I wanted to take in photography. I took on some more second shooting gigs. Once I had enough confidence, I started doing them on my own when I officially started my business.
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
It’s so hard to narrow down. I would have to say there are two parts that I like most. I really enjoy doing the bride and groom formals. The couple is newly married it’s a great time for them to enjoy their time together. It’s so sweet to watch newlyweds. The other aspect that I love to photograph are all the details such as the rings, bouquets, cakes, shoes, dresses, and so on. I like to capture all the pretty things that enhance the mood and theme of the wedding.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Waiting at the end of the wedding to receive payment. Now, you know this should never happen, but it did in my case. I attempted to settle the balance due prior to the wedding. I was told at the latest I would receive it before I started shooting. I insisted on that. However, it didn’t go as I planned. I had to wait until the end, where it seemed like they were scrambling. I figured at this point, no payment, no pictures. Despite the chaos, I remained calm and pleasant which I think was good for everyone including me. Despite the awkwardness, I really did like the couple and they paid up in the end. Live and learn!
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
It’s all about the cake. Even if I don’t have time to eat, I make time to eat a piece of cake. The best part is the icing. Wedding cakes are the best too. They are always so scrumptious.
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
I don’t have one particular venue per se. However, I especially love old, historical buildings. We don’t have as many historical locations here on the Florida Gulf Coast, so I always jump at the opportunity when it comes around.
7. Nikon or Canon?
I am a Nikon girl all the way! Everything from lenses to flashes are Nikon.
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
My dream location(s) to shoot at are in California and Oregon wine country! My favorite places in the world.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Ever since I saw the movie “Walk the Line,” I have been in awe and inspired by Johnny Cash and June Carter. To me, they represent the epitome of true and unconditional love. Despite their trials and tribulations, they never abandoned each other. Johnny died in September of 2003, a mere four months after June. I don’t think he could live without her. That is the raw emotion I would love to photograph.
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Wedding photography is difficult. It takes time to learn how to shoot a wedding and how to be successful at it. My advice is to second shoot as much as you can. That will get you a tremendous amount of experience and you will be able to work with a mentor. Mentors are great for learning about photography and lighting techniques as well as tricks of the trade.