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1. How did you get into wedding photography?
I never really got “into” photography; it’s just been a part of my life since I was a kid. I practically put my parents in the poorhouse buying Polaroid film! I had a 110 cartridge camera, then 35mm, then as soon as digital came about, I was all into that. It’s funny though, how we go full circle in life – I now shoot regularly with 35mm and a Polaroid again ;) I didn’t pursue photography as a career until about 5 years ago when I started doing landscape, nature, and equine photography. After experiencing a wedding as a second shooter with a friend, I realized that was what I wanted to pursue most, and set about second shooting for a couple great Chicago photographers, reading everything I can get my hands on, attending workshops and seminars, and practicing, practicing, practicing on anyone and anything I could. After a few years, Love Above was born and has been going strong ever since!
More of the interview and photos after the jump…
2. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love love love photographing the bride as she’s getting ready. Watching a woman transform from her normal every day look into a bride is something to behold. I enjoy capturing the banter, jokes, and laughter with the bridesmaids and family that are present. Often after a bride slips on her dress, the tears begin to flow, and I love becoming a part of the moment. There are so many details at this part of the day – flowers, jewelry, dress, shoes, hair – that I otherwise do not get the opportunity to capture. These to me are important images not only for the album, but as part of the entire story of the wedding day.
3. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
So many to choose from! I think the most awkward was the bride & groom that disappeared for over an hour to their suite upstairs while their guests waited downstairs to begin brunch. The comments that were being made…well, I’ll leave it up to your imagination to keep this article rated PG! A close second would probably be the mother of the bride that called me at 2:30 am three days after the wedding, demanding to see the pictures from the wedding. That was indeed, awkward to say the least!
4. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Surf and turf, baby! The wedding was at an exquisite supper club in Oakbrook, and I was completely floored when I was served dinner. A huge lobster tail and beautiful fillet! I’m grateful that all of my brides and grooms feed me well, and I enjoy getting to know their friends and family at the table while I take a brief respite in the day to refuel.
5. What is your favorite venue and why?
I have to say, of all the venues I’ve photographed in, the Carriage Greens Country Club in Darien really stands out to me. Last year’s couple had a sunset wedding ceremony on the patio overlooking the 18th green, it was just so gorgeous. After the ceremony, we were even able to take the bridal party and family photos on the golf course. The staff was very attentive, the room was beautiful….it truly was a memorable venue.
6. Nikon or Canon?
Although I am a firm believer that it’s not the gear that makes a photographer, it’s the creativity and vision….I am a Nikon girl ☺
7. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
My ultimate fantasy would be a wedding in a castle in Ireland………oh, I can just see the beautiful rolling hills, natural stone walls, and royal feel of a castle. That would indeed be my photographic Narnia.
8. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Anyone that knows me well knows how much I stalk adore Johnny Depp, so of course my answer to this is his wedding, whenever it happens in the future. I’ll make sure to submit an estimate to his wedding planner when the day comes; maybe I’ll get lucky and it will be my images you seen in People magazine!
9. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
There is no shortcut to becoming a great photographer. It takes years of dedication, education, and practice. No one seminar, book, or video will teach you everything; you need to experience and learn in person as well. Being a photographer is not a “rock star” life as some big names in the industry would lead you to believe; being a photographer means being a savvy business person. There are so many aspects of a business that a lot of want to be photographers don’t realize: marketing, advertising, taxes, sales taxes, more taxes, insurance, liability, incorporation…..I think most people are surprised that I spend 75% of my time running my business in front of my computer, and only about 25% of the time actually in the field creating photographs. For me, I live for that 25%!
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