Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Jen, the Owner of Blush Sky Photography, based in Vancouver, BC!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I’m Jen, a natural light wedding photographer based where the mountains meet the ocean in beautiful Vancouver, BC. I believe in the beauty of true emotion and documenting those moments with soft, artful photos. Combining a passion for natural light photography and stunning scenery allows me to create timeless, romantic photos that will be cherished for generations. Medium format film has been influential in the overall style of my work; it’s soulful and rich, as though the image is alive, and evokes emotion unlike any other. I photograph local and destination weddings and have a special place in my heart for elopements and intimate weddings. I travel often and love exploring and photographing clients in new and stunning places.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I was initially drawn to photography as a creative outlet while I was in university completing my Bachelor of Science degree. A few years later, while working in physiotherapy, I realized a career in that field wasn’t as fulfilling as I’d thought and that something was missing. I never imagined being an entrepreneur but was drawn to many aspects of owning my own company and photographing weddings. I reached out to a local wedding photographer, and while chatting over coffee, realized wedding photography was a great fit for me. To this day, that photographer is one of my closest friends and we often shoot together.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
There is a special beauty that lies within even the smallest of details, which is why photographing details on a wedding day is one of my favorites aspects of the day. Some of the smallest details can be the most sentimental to the bride or groom on a wedding day; a heirloom locket attached to the bride’s bouquet with a photo of her grandmother, or a groom’s wedding ring that his father wore for decades before his mother passed away. A vintage brooch or a family ring, all have been cherished heirlooms my clients have included in their wedding day and I’m honoured to capture those details. Along with those special details, portraits of the bride and groom are a favorite for me as well. Those are the photos that are cherished, not only by the couple themselves but by family, and are often passed on for generations to come. One of my brides recently told me she has her grandmother’s wedding album and it’s one of the posessions she holds most dear; included is her favorite photo of the two of them, a simple black and white, that means so much.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Any photographer who shoots weddings in a busy metropolitan area knows that finding parking isn’t always the easiest on a hectic weekend in the summer, and long weekends, well those are even worse. Whenever I have a wedding downtown, I always have a plan in place for parking well ahead of the day to ensure I don’t run into any issues; I often valet park so that I can quickly and easily drop my car off and pick it up when we need to leave quickly from the venue for photos. On this particular day, even my backup plan for parking was foiled so to avoid missing any coverage for my clients, I had my second shooter take my car and drive around to find parking, while I went inside the venue to continue shooting. It was awkward to have my second shooter miss a portion of the coverage but thankfully my clients were understanding about the whole situation.
What is your favorite venue and why?
This is such a tough question because Vancouver, and the surrounding area, is home to some stunning locations and venues; between the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan I have many favorites. In Vancouver, I love Cecil Green Park House at UBC; it’s a beautiful stately manor with overflowing gardens and ocean views. On Vancouver Island, Villa Marco Polo Inn is stunningly beautiful with it’s Italian architecture and Tofino is home to some gorgeous beachfront venues. In the Okanagan, I love Quail’s Gate Winery and God’s Mountain Estate.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon for digital work and Contax for medium format. I’ve been using Canon gear since I began shooting profesionally; it was an easy choice for me as I’m a big fan of their L-series lenses, the quality is incredible. For medium format film, I shoot with a Contax 645 with an 80mm f/2 lens. I shoot Fuji film, I love it’s timeliness look along with it’s beautiful tones and dynamic range.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Photographing a wedding in France would be amazing. I was in Paris this year and exploring the city was simply incredible, it’s definitely a photographer’s dream. I love the setting and the stunning architecture throughout the country and would love to shoot a wedding there.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I’m not much of a celebrity follower but if I had to choose, I would say Blake Lively and Ryan Renolds. Ryan is from Vancouver, so we have that connection and Blake is classy and elegant, I adore not only her style but the grace in which she carries herself.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Comparison is the thief of joy. This famous quote couldn’t be more true, and although it can be easy to compare yourself and your work to photographers around you, it’s best to focus on your work instead. Often times we compare ourselves to someone who’s been in business much longer than we have or has more experience than we do, so it can be easy to feel frustrated or discouraged. Focus on your own business and improving your photographing rather than comparing yourself to those around you.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Having a genuine connection with your wedding photographer is so important and should be a priority when searching for the perfect fit for your wedding. It goes without saying that finding a photographer who’s style you love, is of utmost importance but most people overlook how crucial it is to also find a photographer that you genuinely mesh with. For me, building a great connection with my clients is important, as it allows us to get to know one another and develop a relationship throughout the wedding planning process. Every relationship is founded on trust and creating that connection with my clients allows them to feel confident placing their trust in me knowing that on their wedding day, I always have their best interests at heart.
Thanks, Jen! For more information about Blush Sky Photography, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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