Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Wes Perry of Wes Perry Photography, based in Moncton, New Brunswick! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I’ve always been someone with greatly varying interests. I had a B.A. in religious studies and a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology. By day, I work as a commercial fire alarm technician, doing installations, repairs and inspections, and by night and weekends I engage in music, photography and acting. It’s in photography that I found a unique place that bridges both art and technology.
I only got into photography ‘as a business’ about a year ago. Since that time I’ve watched and read every tutorial I could get my hands on, with great interest. My company is just me, my camera, and when I need a little help, my wife.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
As far as starting to earn a living doing photography, wedding photography is a pretty clear goal. What is compelling to me, however, about wedding photography in particular, is that it’s a very improvisational art.
In the studio you can often take your time, make sure everything is aligned and balanced, but with wedding photography, the day is just happening all around you, and sometimes you get the chance to change how it’s unfolding, but most of the time you don’t. You have to think on your feet and roll with it, and I’ve enjoyed that challenge and process.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
My favourite part would have to be the prep stage. Everyone is excited and getting ready, and I’m just a fly on the wall for the most part. There are so many little details, rings, shoes, clothes, to capture, and I love working to create the most interesting shots I can find.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Near the end of a wedding ceremony while I was about to photograph the couple coming back up the aisle, a fellow with a camera in his hand approached me and began chatting to me about his camera, and what he thought about my camera. He was both in the way, and I don’t think he even realized that I was the wedding photographer (one could give him the benefit of the doubt on that one, to a small degree. More on that later). I was probably a bit more rude that I should have been, largely just pushing past him, but it caught me off guard.
What is your favorite venue and why?
That’s hard for me to say at this point, since all of my weddings thus far have been outside! I would say that the shaded personal garden was the best, since not having to deal with direct sunlight (in shooting or in post!) made life much easier. The harsh noonday light of the beach was a force to be reckoned with.
Nikon or Canon?
I shoot with a Sony mirrorless camera. Although I’m not going to try to tell you that it’s the best thing for absolutely everything, I do believe it’s the best thing for me. As I said before, I’m bit on both art And technology, and Sony satisfies the technophile in me. Nikon and Canon cameras have a way of making themselves seem like large, lumbering dinosaurs of technology, and my small Sony camera is fast, unique, and still takes great pictures.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I don’t think that there is a particular place that would make me most happy. For me, what makes a wedding is the people. Give me a funny, happy couple, with an entirely silly wedding party, and the sun soon setting through any kind of nature, and I’ll be happy as a clam.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
That’s definitely not the sort of thing I would have thought about before. I don’t really follow celebrity lives much, so I don’t have much of an answer for that one.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
There are so many things I could say, but I would say the more important thing would be not to assume anyone’s wedding is like anyone else’s. The order of things, the importance of some things, and speed of some things, can vary greatly from wedding to wedding, and next thing you know, you could be in the wrong place and unable to get the shot you needed to get. Make sure you know how things are going to go down, and keep it in mind as you’re shooting.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Don’t just hire someone based on reputation, reliability, or experience. While you do want those things, you also want to make sure their style is one that you appreciate and prefer. When I got married a few years ago, it was before I got into photography, and I didn’t realize exactly how a ‘good photo’ could mean many, many things. Our wedding photographer was fantastic, experienced and knew exactly what she was doing. But her style isn’t necessarily a style that I actually prefer. While we have a whole bunch of amazing pictures, they’re not ones that I’m going to look back on an awful lot, as they don’t resonate with me as strongly.
Thanks Wes! For more information about Wes Perry Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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