Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Mitch Lenet, Owner of Mitch Lenet Weddings based in Ottawa, Ontario!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I’m Mitch Lenet and I lead a team of professional wedding photographers in Ottawa. We invest a lot of time in truly understanding and working with our clients’ vision of their wedding day. We understand that planning a wedding is likely a first for many of our clients, therefore, we emphasize clear communication and guidance that surpasses the parameters of photography. We are present to our clients through the the entire process; from our first meeting until their wedding day and follow-up. My team naturally finds beauty, elegance and personality in each of our weddings and we tell those stories through the lens of the camera.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
Wedding photography is an extension of what I was already doing in corporate and commercial photography. Capturing moments through the lens has always been my hustle. I only began seriously considering wedding photography after a commercial client of mine asked if I’d shoot her wedding. We all had a blast and and the results were well received. I began receiving wedding photography requests from others which led me to create the wedding branch of the Mitch Lenet brand.
On a more personal note, I planned my own wedding along with my lovely partner. We had a great time planning and organizing all of the personal details of our special day. I became enamored with the entire process! I understand from my experience the energy and attention that goes into planning a wedding; I enjoy walking our clients through the process from a photographer’s perspective and being there right along with them on their big day and beyond.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
The bride getting ready is one of my favorite wedding moments to capture; the excitement and nervous tension is palpable. That experience lends itself well to the camera. One of our signature shots is the first kiss as a married couple. We capture that moment from the perspective of the officiant. In doing so we also capture the guests’ celebratory reaction which is really meaningful to our clients. While not necessarily from a photography aspect, I have to admit to really enjoying the speeches. Again, these are richly emotive moments that allow for a more intimate perspective of my clients.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
A seasoned photographer never kisses and tells! I will say this though; experience in the field has conditioned my team to always arrive prepared for a change of plans. Preparation with our clients and knowledge of the venue is paramount. Having a plan is essential, but arriving prepared with alternate solutions is key.
What is your favorite venue and why?
That’s a tough question to answer because there are a quite a few venues that we enjoy working with. We appreciate venues that offer natural vistas as well as urban landscapes. I’ll say this though, a great photographer can reframe any venue. We routinely hear from couples during their photo reveal, “I was there but I don’t remember it looking like that!”
To be fair to the question, there are popular venues that we really enjoy collaborating with. We never tire of Orchard View Wedding and event Center, their grounds are really spectacular for wedding photography. Temple’s Sugar Bush is another beautiful location. Their outdoor church pewed ceremony area nestled in the woods is simply magical. Another favorite is the historic Courtyard Restaurant. It’s a venue that lends itself well to an intimate celebration and right in the heart of the market. The Museum of Nature is as gorgeous as it is fun. The venue lends itself to comedic potential; think night at the museum!
Nikon or Canon?
Right now Nikon…but I was Canon diehard for over 20 years. Why the switch? I felt like I needed to try something new. I’m not loyal to any brand. It just has to do what I need it to. I’m not married to the tools.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Space…the final wedding frontier! Short of that, there are a couple locations on my photography bucket list.
There is an underwater hotel in Dubai that seems really incredible. Marine life surrounds you through glass walls; the architecture alone would be dreamy to work with. I’ve read that they take you down to the hotel in a submarine! Costa Rica boasts stunning land resorts but I would really love to shoot a wedding in the luxury hotels built in the tree tops! It’s the ultimate tree house!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Prince Harry and Meagan Markle…assuming they do get married. Westminster Abbey is such a stunning cathedral that I would most likely spend a good chunk of time capturing that! I’d welcome the challenge of bringing a fresh take on the pomp and pageantry of the royal photos.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
It’s taken me over 25 years to refine my style and find voice to the work I produce. It’s an ongoing quest that should remain flexible to change. As a mentor to several professionals, I remind us all not to rush that development. In terms of practical tips. It’s important to learn to use flashes and various lighting equipment. Lighting can be grueling to master but contributes greatly to the integrity of a shot. In addition to the technical aspects of photography, it’s crucial to learn how to integrate yourself around people. It’s takes confidence and solid people skills. The ability to meet people where they’re at will contribute to capturing genuine moments.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
My advice to couples looking for a wedding photographer is primarily to do your research. Peruse their websites and take the time to visit your shortlist of photographers in their studio spaces. This allows for a good feel of their work and professionalism. This also ensures that you find a good fit for you. Remember that your chosen photographer will be accompanying you throughout the planning process and on your wedding day.
Thanks, Mitch! For more information about Mitch Lenet Weddings, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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