Today’s photographer interview is with Joshua of Joshua Rainey Photography,based in Eugene, Oregon! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

We are a husband and wife team of wedding photographers from Eugene Oregon.  We try to approach weddings a bit different than other photographers and we want to keep things unique, interesting and fun!  Our goal is always to provide our clients with beautiful images that tell a story.  I (Josh) handle most of our process, freeing Rachel up to be creative with a camera on wedding days and creative raising our three young kids the rest of the time.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I started shooting film in 2001 and was quickly hired to photograph weddings for family friends.  I felt confident in what I was doing but shooting film with very little experience was scary!  I did well on the first few weddings and started building my portfolio.  Photography was a side gig and a hobby until 2009 when I made the plunge to full-time wedding photography.  I was so blessed right away to have enough bookings to make it full-time and I’ve worked hard to keep it that way since!

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

Being a bit different from other photographers, I don’t have a favorite moment of the day.  I really love to capture emotion in my images and anything that can’t be recreated is where my heart is on the wedding day.  It could be hysterical laughter during toasts, a romantic kiss between the bride and groom after their ceremony, or a special moment with grandma during family portraits.  I love how each wedding is unique and the moments and emotions at each wedding are never the same!

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

Besides me accidentally saying some awkward things on the wedding day (yeah that’ll happen sometimes, haha) we haven’t had too much awkwardness.  We’ve had a maid of honor or two sink a heel into the grass and fall during the processional, some incredibly awful DJ’s here and there, wrong songs for first dances; stuff like that, but nothing that wasn’t able to be laughed-off quickly.

What is your favorite venue and why?

My favorite venue is the one I haven’t shot a wedding at.  I love approaching each day as if it’s new to me and being at a new venue helps spark creativity.  I love wineries, beaches, and fancy private residences.  If I had to choose a location that we’ve shot at so far, I would pick Zenith Vineyard near Salem Oregon.  That winery is amazing and the photography possibilities are endless!

Nikon or Canon?

Ha, isn’t that the question these days!  We try to think outside the box and make sure that our gear doesn’t define our process.  So many photographers get caught up on what camera body they use or what lens they have to have, rather than creative ideas and unique imagery.  That being said, we use Canon professional gear with too many L Series lenses to mention.  We also use Fuji X-T1’s and a Pentax 645 medium format film camera.

What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

Back to the favorite venue question, my dream location is somewhere I haven’t been.  Give me somewhere new and let me get to work!  Anywhere tropical with a beach and water is a bonus.

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

We’ve had a string of professional athletes come through our business and that’s been a lot of fun!  If we’re talking legitimate celebrities then Rachel would definitely pick Etta James just so they could become best friends and I would pick Henri Cartier-Bresson just so I could rack his brain on photography technique and timing in the moment.

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

The biggest thing I’ve had to learn is not to stress on the wedding day!  Brides and grooms (and everyone else) have so much to oversee and stress about already.  The day should be fun, amazing, beautiful, and stress-free!  We get much better images if we come prepared, confident, and ready to have fun; rather than stressed out about every detail.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?

There’s three things to consider when hiring a photographer for your wedding: style, personality, price.  Don’t skimp on any of these!  You want to find a photographer that has a style (of shooting and editing) that you enjoy and that you know will be timeless so you can enjoy the images forever.  You’re going to have your photographer around for almost all of the key moments on your wedding day so think of it like hiring a best man or maid of honor, make sure you want this person at your wedding!  And price, you get what you pay for and you’re never going to regret paying a bit more for better quality in the long run.  Have you ever heard someone say “I wish I had hired a cheaper photographer” or “I wish my wedding photographer wouldn’t have done such a great job”?!!?  I hear the opposite about other photographers a lot though!

Thanks Joshua! For more information about Joshua Rainey Photography, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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