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I’m loving today’s wedding photographer interview with Cassi of Cassi Claire Photography — what great energy! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I’m addicted to cereal, mint ice cream, and nooooodles! But not together, that’d be weird. I have crazy curly red hair, which has led to many a debate over my ethnicity. I’m married to the most incredible man in the world, who happens to love my mysterious hair. I love LOVE, good style, and creativity…and people who love love, good style, and creativity! Oh, and I love berries.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I photographed my first wedding two weeks after my own wedding. I was on a wedding high! The wedding I photographed was for two of my friends and they had the most AMAZING wedding ever – think family farm, mason jars, peacock feathers, parasols, and a row boat! I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to have that much fun! :)

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

The getting ready time with the girls! I love pretending like I’ve known them all for years,
laughing along-side them, and of course…photographing all the girls beautiful attire,
accessories, and flowers!

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

Haha, oh that one is easy! If my couple (you know who you are!) is reading this, you know love you but I also know you can admit it was pretty awkward haha! :) The gorgeous bride had just walked down the aisle, the room was full of emotion, and everything was perfect. Then the elderly priest realized his mic wasn’t working. He held up the ceremony for almost 10 minutes while my second shooter ran to find someone to help. She brought back a new mic, and that one also didn’t work. The room was completely silent, but guest’s eyes said they felt just as awkward as me! Finally the sound guy was able to hook him up with a working mic. With the working mic in his hands he announces “Okay, now I’m going to give some private advice to the couple so please be silent for a few minutes.” Then he spent two minutes whispering to the couple while we all continued to sit in silence! Thankfully, the rest of the ceremony was absolutely beautiful…and now we all have a funny story to tell! :)

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

Another easy one! My husband and I photographed a Chinese wedding in Boston this summer. All of us wedding pros were sat together at our own table, and course after course was brought out to us! There must have been 10 different authentic Chinese dishes! I couldn’t stop eating!

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What is your favorite venue and why?

That’s tough. If I had to pick from all of the one’s I’ve shot at so far, I think my favorite is the Shawnee Inn in PA. It has a GORGEOUS outdoor ceremony location, beautiful cabins to get ready in, and more! Feel free to check out the wedding I shot there this summer.

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Nikon or Canon?

CANON! The colors are so much more natural.

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What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

Oh man, I have so many! How about my top three?

  1. New York Public Library
  2. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  3. American Museum of Natural History

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

Can I choose a fake celebrity wedding? If so, I totally choose the Twilight wedding…ohmygosh, that ceremony?! I would photograph the heck out of that! But, if I’m going with real weddings…I’d take one of Julia Robert’s. She has the best smile ever and I would love to photograph her as a bride!

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

Learn from others, but remember who YOU are. This industry is very personal, and it’s so easy to hear someone speak and think “Well, it worked for them so I should do it that way.” This is YOUR business, so what works for them might not work for you. Every time I heard a great photographer speak I would think about revamping my entire business model. And I realized it’s because I wasn’t doing business my way, I was doing it everyone else’s way. I didn’t have my own reasons for doing things! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have figured out my way if I hadn’t tried everyone else’s way! But don’t feel like you have to do something just because it worked for someone else. And feel free to do something completely new and different – even if others aren’t doing it! :)

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Thanks Cassi! For more about Cassi Claire Photography, check out her WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to her website.

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