Today’s wedding photographer interview is with the dynamic sister and brother duo Traci and Troy based in Indianapolis, IN. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Troy and I are a sibling photography team based in a small Indiana town. For twelve years we lived in different states. We met our spouses, started families, and pursued other careers. We shared a love for photography and always questioned “what if?” “What if” we lived in the same town? “What if” we joined forces? Our “what ifs” became a reality in 2012 when Troy joined Traci’s business. I operate as the principal photographer on the wedding day. I’m a big multi-tasker—posing, talking, keeping track of the wedding schedule etc. Troy is our secret weapon. He’s steady, easy going, and goes with the flow. He likes to get in his creative zone and constantly searches for a different perspective. We’re different people with different strengths, but working together is something we’ve done all our lives. We love what we do!
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
After succeeding in my portrait photography business, it was natural for me to pursue the challenge of weddings. After my first wedding, I was hooked!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Although there are so many moments that bring tears to our eyes—the first look, the bride immediately before she walks down the aisle—the part of our day that leaves us giddy with excitement is the portraits with the couple. They can relax, laugh, and show how much they’re in love—and we get to capture it!
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Perhaps this is too much information, but four years ago, I was shooting a wedding on a farm. Troy had not joined the business yet. It was July, the heat was intense, and the whole day I had a dull headache that wouldn’t go away. I hydrated. I took medicine. Nothing helped. It eventually turned into a migraine that I simply had to ignore to do my job well. During the couple’s portraits after the ceremony, we found a quiet spot on the other side of the barn, away from the mingling guests. It happened so quickly that I still don’t know what I said in the moments leading up to it, but I vomited right in front of the couple. I ended up on my hands and knees and couldn’t stop. At one point, the groom asked if he could help. I remember saying, “Just give me a second…” I composed myself, finished their portraits, and then proceeded to shoot the rest of the reception. Looking back it was a total nightmare. The couple and their bridal party were so gracious and understanding though. I tried to be as professional as possible through the whole event, but I quickly learned that I would never shoot a wedding without backup again! Regardless, I have great pride looking at those pictures. You would never know I had been sick.
What is your favorite venue and why?
We’ve photographed so many beautiful venues! If I had to choose, my favorite was probably the Moses King Brick & Tile Works in Colchester, Illinois. It was during my first season as a wedding photographer. The groom was my husband’s cousin and the venue has significance for our family. It’s now a National Historic District. The emotional connection made it very special.
Nikon or Canon?
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I have one wedding bookmarked on my computer and that’s the wedding of Zach Gilford who plays Matt Saracen on Friday Night Lights. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m obsessed with the TV show or because Jonas Peterson was their photographer or because it took place with the beautiful northern California backdrop, but I would love to have captured it through my lens.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
We believe communication with your bride before the wedding is beyond important. The relationship you establish during your introductory emails and meetings is the foundation for her experience with you. Get to know one another. Talk through as many details as possible so there are no surprises. Set expectations with each other.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Meet with potential photographers. There are a lot of folks who can produce great pictures, but you spend a lot of time with your photographers and need to see if their personalities, working philosophy, etc. align with your expectations. Ask insightful questions to assure they’re organized, personable, professional, and will fit in well with your family.
Do you have any questions or comments for Traci or Troy? Add them to the comments below!