Today’s photographer interview is with Vera Varley, owner of La V image, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
A blend of photojournalism, fashion and fine art. I aim to take photos that capture the essence of the couple and what makes them special, and not let anything feel unnatural or posed.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I am a very visual person. I’ve always loved to draw, design, and create things. Wedding photography for me is a perfect combination of the visual artistic aspect and being around people and action.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Unexpected unplanned moments that just happen by themselves: reactions, tears of joy, laughter etc. These are the moments that capture the magic of the day, and the ones that are the best surprises when we look through the photos later. I love when a couple sees a photo they never knew was taken for the first time, those little moments are what make my job so important.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
In the morning of the wedding day I mistook the groom for his twin brother!
What is your favorite venue and why?
Science Center in the Old Port of Montreal. It always looks incredibly different from wedding to wedding, and I love seeing how it changes with every couple. It’s also situated in the most gorgeous part of Montreal – right by the water. Cobblestone streets and beautiful old churches and fountains make for a really great background during any shoot with a couple. It has a romantic vibe that comes through in the photos.
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Venice. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting some fashion shoots there in the past, and I would love to be there for a happy couple. The magic of the city would find its way into the photos we take.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Myself and Brad Pitt : ) I’ll shoot selfies.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Practice is the key to success. Without a drive to keep working and getting better and what you do, people will catch up. I always have to keep in mind how much I love what I do, and then the creativity starts to flow. I’m always looking for adventurous and exciting ways to grow as a photographer.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Make sure you look at a lot of photographers and wedding images, and educate yourself and determine the style of photography that you like. Do you like photos that have a classic, traditional feel, or are you interested in a photojournalistic way of looking at your day? Do you want gorgeous high-fashion inspired photos of yourself, or do you want to get the perfect jumping shot? Trust your internal instinct and go with the photographer that actually makes you feel something; whose photos move you – don’t get too wrapped up in an elaborate shot if it feels superficial. Pictures last forever.
Thanks Vera! For more information about La V Image, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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