Today’s interview is with Portland based wedding photographer Fritz Liedtke of Fritz Photo! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
FritzPhoto is a boutique wedding and portrait photography studio, located in Portland, Oregon. We love what we do! We’ve traveled the world photographing for magazines, agencies, weddings, models, non-profits, and personal projects. We’ve won awards from the likes of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers, Portland Bride and Groom, Oregon Bride, WeddingWire, and MyPortlandWedding. We’ve been the wedding photographers for the likes of NBA All-Star Brandon Roy and TV personality Drew Carney, and for ordinary people like you and me. Our images have appeared on the cover of magazines and books, hang in homes and galleries, and are featured all over the web. Our team of professional wedding photographers offers this award-winning experience to artistically inclined wedding and portrait clients all over the country. We love to tell love stories.
Read the full interview after the cut!
As a high school student, I studied photography. Friends started to ask me to take pictures for them—portraits, weddings. So I just kept going!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
We really enjoy 2 things in particular about wedding photography: Capturing the little moments that slip by so quickly—a look, a gesture, a funny moment. And we also love creating really cool portraits. Those two qualities combined define our style.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Hmm, it’s always awkward when a stressed-out bride let’s someone have it. Thankfully we’ve never had a bridezilla get mad at us, but it can be awkward when they do let loose on someone. We just smile and keep working, and try to be a calming presence.
What is your favorite venue and why?
In the Portland, Oregon area, there are so many beautiful wedding venues, that it’s hard to choose. Some favorites include Ainsworth House, Abernethy Center, Youngberg Hill Vineyard, The Victorian Belle, Zenith Vineyard, and Bridal Veil Lakes.
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
On a beach in a sunny place, during our winter.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Hmm, we’ve photographed a few celebrity weddings in Portland. But if we had our choice of anyone, it might be Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. They’re both such interesting actors to watch, and we could do some stunning bridal portraits with Emily!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Practice, practice, practice. Look at excellent wedding photography, learn from it, and apply it to your work. That’s how you learn. I’ve tried over the years to always be trying something new as a wedding photographer. When there’s nothing new, the work gets repetitive and dull.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Don’t compromise. When your wedding day is over and the candles blown out, you’ll take three things home with you: your spouse, your ring, and your memories. Professional wedding photography brings those memories to life for you, over and over again. . If you compromise and hire Uncle Bob because he got a camera for Christmas, you’ll likely be sorry. I can’t count how many people have told me, “I had my cousin photograph my wedding, and I cry every time I see them because they’re so terrible.” Like a glittering ring, quality wedding photography is an investment–one that you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life.
Thanks Fritz! For more information about Fritz Photo, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website. Do you have any questions or comments for Fritz? Add them to the comments below!