Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Andre of Andre Blais Photography, based in Rhode Island!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
My name is Andre Blais, owner and lead-shooter of Andre Blais Photography, a Rhode Island based wedding photography studio. We serve all of New England and have photographed weddings from Newport to Providence, Block Island to Boston, New York to Cape Cod and all points in between. We strive to capture emotional, artistic images that are as unique as the couples we serve.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I first worked as a commercial photographer, then took jobs as a second-shooter to help supplement my income. After I photographed a friend’s wedding as a favor I got so many referrals everything grew from there.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love emotion and dramatic images, so whether it’s during the preparations, ceremony, or reception I love capturing the moments that are most meaningful to people, when emotions run high. When it’s time to create rather than document I really enjoy the creative portrait time with the bride and groom.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I’ve seen plenty of wedding crashers, wardrobe malfunctions, and embarrassing toasts. For myself personally one of the most awkward moments happened in the morning before a ceremony when an assistant sliced her finger with a jackknife while trying to open a new pack of memory cards. Thankfully she was okay and came back later after getting stitches.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I’ve been fortunate to have my fair share of gourmet meals on the weekends. Quite honestly it’s not something I often take note of as I usually scarf down my dinner with one eye open, camera ready. I do however love a well stocked candy bar!
What is your favorite venue and why?
I love photographing at the Newport Mansions here in Rhode Island. They offer a timeless sense of elegance and beauty and of course have endless locations for portraits.
Nikon or Canon?
I shoot Canon, but beyond that I’m a firm believer that a photographer’s most valuable tool is his or her eyes.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I’d love to photograph a wedding in Paris, I think most anyone would agree that absolutely everything there is pretty. (Brides take note- my passport and luggage are ready :)
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Okay well I have to admit I’m not too much of a follower of celebrity pop culture…. I suppose Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale because I’ve had a celebrity crush on Gwen since the 12th grade and I know they’d have good music at the reception.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
The best advice I can give to new wedding photographers just getting started is to ignore what everyone else is doing and be true to your own unique vision. I believe when you shoot for yourself and develop a style that speaks to who you are clients will take notice. In turn you’ll be booking clients who choose you for the most important reason – they love your work.
Thanks Andre! For more about Andre Blais Photography, check out his WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to his website.
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