Today’s interview is with Berlin based wedding photographer Thomas Beetz of Thomas Beetz Photography! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Thomas Beetz Photography is based in Berlin, Germany. I fuse over 15 year’s photography experience with film industry knowledge (and a love of HBO drama series!) to create my images. Think high-end fashion photography meets grainy magnum photojournalism! I specialize in wedding reportage and portrait photography, in Germany, and internationally. Both professionally and privately, I try to be very conscious of my impact on the environment. To that end, I recently pledged to plant a tree for every wedding booking received! In my spare time, I’m developing a dramedy TV series, set in Berlin.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
At 16, I discovered photography. After school, and a 6 month internship with a Munich-based fashion photographer, I went on to study photography, film and imaging in Scotland. I fell into wedding photography just before my move to Berlin in 2008, after photographing a couple of friends’ weddings. It was such fun, and I realized then the opportunities wedding reportage presents a photographer – a mixture of action shots, fashion photography and portraits in constantly changing locations and lighting conditions. It requires you to be fit in all areas of photography! I’ve been honing my wedding and portrait photography skills ever since.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love taking the newly married couples off for a private shoot. There I’ll take a mixture of staged and natural shots. Generally, I like to walk around the previously scouted locations with the couple. In addition to letting them take a breather from the wedding mayhem, this allows plenty of time for paparazzi shots and spontaneous creative moments!
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I was taking the getting-ready pictures of the bride at a wedding a few years ago and everything was going as one would expect. Her mother and maid of honour were there helping her. Then the bride got naked and went into the bathroom. I put the camera away and went into the room next door to wait for her to dress. But she asked me to continue taking pictures anyway, while putting on her bra and tights. That was a bit of a surprise for me, as normally most brides are a bit more conservative with nudity. Anyway I continued taking photos and they turned out well, so the bride was happy!
What is your favorite venue and why?
Gut Wengraeben in Brandenburg, near Berlin. That’s where my wife and I got married
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Somewhere in the Mediterranean! I love the landscape, plants, crystal clear sea and, of course, the food.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I would have loved to be the photographer during the wedding in the film ‘The Graduate’. The moment during the ceremony when the bride (Katherine Ross) decides not to get married and runs off with Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffmann) instead. The reactions of the groom and the guests would be just fantastic to capture.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Always be on the ball, so you can react quickly to great moments. Always be friendly and blend into the wedding as much as possible. That way you can get the best pictures and capture natural moments. Make sure you have a backup for every piece of equipment. That way, if equipment fails you can continue working straight away. Never stop learning and keep finding new inspiration. My main sources of inspiration are art exhibitions and movies.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
I covered this issue in a recent blog post. There, I detailed 8 tips for how to get the most from a wedding photographer. Below are the four most important:
- I think, above all, communication is key. Having an itinerary of the day, including all locations and events, is essential.
- Establishing a good relationship before the event is also helpful, in order for the couple to feel at ease around the photographer, and to ensure their photography wants are clear and understood.
- The more attention paid to wedding details, from the locations and outfits to the make-up and decoration, the better the wedding photographs will look.
- Weddings can be long affairs, and wedding photography is hard work. To ensure your photographer is as energized as possible, allow them to have regular breaks and include them in the food plans.
Thanks Thomas! For more information about Thomas Beetz Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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