Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Charlie Juliet, based out of New York. Love her gorgeous photography, especially the one below!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Originally, I was born and raised in Tennessee, and yes, I am a Southern girl all right. I graduated from The University of Tennessee and worked for several Design Firms and Ad Agencies before I realized my true calling was my love of photography. I decided to move to NYC after completing a graduate program in Photography at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s been a little over over 2 years in the Big Apple and yet it feels like only yesterday that I moved here. Once I moved up here I started shooting portraits and editorial work on the weekdays and weddings and engagement sessions on the weekends. Weddings were always so beautiful, and every single one was different so it always gave me something to look forward to on the weekends. Whether the wedding was in NYC or out of state, it was always like a little surprise on the weekends to see what everything was going to look like from, what dress the bride picked out, the cake, the flowers and decor, and how everything all came together.
Charlie Juliet is based around photographing the love and laughter couples and families share. I love being able to capture those moments a bride and groom didn’t even know existed. And after it’s all said and done, it’s such a joy to receive a thank you email or note after the wedding with such wonderful remarks on how they will cherish those memories forever. That’s what makes my day, and I really wanted my company to reflect making families come together and smile at the end of the day.
How did you get into wedding photography?
After undergrad I got a job in Baltimore at an ad agency as a graphic designer. Blogs were just coming out, and on my slower days I would research and research blogs and photographers. A lot of my friends were getting married at the time, and I loved going on wedding blogs to get inspiration. I think photography was always my passion, and I knew I wanted to eventually do it for a living, so I ended up quitting my career and moving to Atlanta to go to grad school to learn how to be a photographer. It was the best decision I ever made.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
There are two moments that will always make me tear up no matter what. When a father first sees his daughter and the few moments they share before he walks her down the aisle to give her away, and the groom’s face as the bride enters the room with her father. Those are my two favorite moments. For me, there is nothing that compares to those two faces on a wedding day!
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I recently photographed a wedding in Brooklyn the same weekend I wasn’t feeling the greatest. I kept away from carbonated drinks the whole day, but it seems like every time I drank any water, I got the loudest hiccups. During speeches, my hiccups decided to come back and they were extremely loud. I couldn’t leave the room cause I needed to photograph the reactions and toasts, but they wouldn’t go away and I felt so bad cause you could definitely hear me in the background just hiccup-ing away.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Oh my goodness, deserts! I love deserts and I could care less about dinner. When a couple offers me a piece of cake, a piece of pie, cookies or anything else, especially in New York, I am just in heaven. Especially with all the different types of deserts couple have now, there are so many options. It’s really fun to see what each couple picks out for their big day.
What is your favorite venue and why?
My favorite venue in New York City is The Metropolitan Club. That venue is just breathtaking, and something about it is so old New York to me. It’s classical and timeless, and makes me think of Frank Sinatra. The red velvet drapery, the gold details, the marble floors and gorgeous staircases, it’s exactly what you think of when you think of timeless New York Weddings. It’s truly magical.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon, and of course some Polaroids.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Martha’s Vineyard. I have always wanted to photograph a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard with nautical details, lobster tails, pinstripe suits and a gorgeous house on the cape for the reception. Sounds dreamy, right?
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
This probably isn’t your typical couple, but I would love to have photographed Ethel and Bobby Kennedy’s wedding. I just watched the documentary Ethel on HBO, and she talked a little bit about their wedding in Greenwich. She looked beautiful! They had over 600 guests which is a huge wedding, but it really looked like a fun wedding to have attended.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Well I guess this isn’t really a lesson I have learned, but one piece of advice I have is to always give every single client your undivided attention and care. It doesn’t matter if one client is having a small wedding that costs less than your typical couples normally spend, and it doesn’t matter where or how they are getting married. Every couple wants to know they are getting your full and undivided attention to ensure their wedding photography is going to be spectacular. The wedding industry itself is a referral based business, and every single referral counts. Go above and beyond and you will in return, have very very happy clients who will spread your greatness.
Thanks CJ! For more about Charlie Juliet, check out her WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to her website.
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