Today’s photographer interview is with Erin of Erin Hoyt Photography based in Chicago, IL! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Erin Hoyt Photography is a photography studio based in Chicago that specializes in creative documentary wedding photography. I’m so happy to call Chicago my home! Born and raised in Michigan, then lived near the ocean, on a mountain, and in the desert before settling in Chicago. I’ve photographed over 100 weddings and am dedicated to capturing the most exciting moments of your big day! I am also a Director of Filter Photo, a non-profit, small arts organization based in Chicago focused on promoting arts education for fine art and documentary photographers as well as hosts the annual Filter Photo Festival.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I’ve always had an interest in photography since buying my first camera when I was 13. In college, I worked at The Miami Herald and developed a strong sense of documentary photography and photojournalism. Since moving to Chicago, I felt that photographing weddings became the perfect next step by utilizing my skills as a documentary photographer and mixing it with my passion for portraiture.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I have two! Bridal Prep and Portraits. I really love the beginning of the day when the excitement just builds and builds! It really adds to the whole day to be able to look back and see the day unfold starting from the beginning. I also love portraits and feel like this is the time you can be the most creative. I’ve been lucky to have such amazing clients who are down for anything!
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
This is tough! Awkward may not be the word but I was photographing an outdoor wedding when out of nowhere came a crazy thunderstorm. No surprise in Chicago rain comes with gusting winds, almost knocking down the tents! The bride walked down the aisle in tennis shoes and everyone was soaked! This definitely did not ruin anyone’s fun and just as fast as the storm came it left just in time for dancing in puddles.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I absolutely love the Drake Hotel! The bridal prep room is incredible and the ballroom is so killer historic Chicago. It’s also just steps from downtown and the lake making it a great spot for portraits.
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Anywhere with mountains!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Have backup equipment for everything. I look like I’m going to the airport every time I shoot but it makes me relaxed to know that if something fails on me I have one or more options and the couple never has to see me sweat.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Look at a full wedding. Be sure to see a full range of work, from prep to reception, to see how a photographer handles natural light, flash and portraits.
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