After our post about the the eight questions to ask your wedding photographer we decided to ask our favorite feature photographers the questions you need to know. Hopefully this will help you with the process of discovering the best photographer for your big day!
1. How long have you been in business as a wedding photographer?
I have been photographing weddings for six plus years.
2. How would you describe your shooting style?
My style of wedding portraiture has a romantic, soft, and airy feel. I am easily able to capture the connection between my couples and the emotions of the day.
I use a mix of both photojournalistic and portraiture approaches. I love all the little details, fabrics and textures that go into the whole grand theme, and have an affinity for french country cottage, bohemian, and elegant timeless brides!
3. Do you have a portfolio of an entire wedding, and can you provide a list of references?
I personally photograph all of my clients weddings. When clients come for an in person meet and greet, they leave feeling excited and confident that every detail will be elegantly captured. I offer a gifted engagement collection to all of my wedding clients. This is a wonderful time for me to get a feel for them as a couple, and a time for them to experience how comforting and fun it is to be on the other end of my camera. At the end of my engagement sessions, my clients tell me they forgot they were having their portraits taken, they were having too much fun laughing and interacting with each other. It feels as though they were on a date in the park having a romantic picnic together.
I know the best way to get those true emotion, laughter shots I swoon over, is to give my clients a fun task to do together. When you give your clients direction like this they are more focused on each other and the task together. This way they are able to relax and their true personalities peek out and that is what I capture.
4. What kind of equipment do you use to shoot weddings, and what is your backup plan?
I have an affinity for the soft pastel and dreamy look, which I can achieve through digital. I have two Nikon D4’s in my camera bag and backup gear for all of my lenses, flashes, soft boxes, and CF cards. I back up all my RAW images throughout the wedding day. So if a CF card fails I have all of the RAWs on another card.
I personally retouch all my clients images from the wedding day, I also retouch all my second shooters images, so that my clients has the same look and feel for all their wedding portraits.
I am a very experienced photographer, there is no type of weather that has ever prevented me from finding the best clean soft light to flatter my clients portraits in. My confidence and skill level comes with years of experience and a broad knowledge of lighting and how to properly use the best type of light to flatter each one of my clients. As people, we are all diverse in color and shape. Each person requires their own unique lighting pattern, to best fit their style, color, and shape. The finished look is all the same, just a different path to get there for each client.
5. Can a client provide you with a list of specific shots that they want?
I encourage all my clients to share their Pinterest board of images they just swoon over. I make sure to bring this digital list along with me the day of the wedding, and we as a team can make sure to capture those memories for them.
6. If you have not worked with a couples vendors or at their venue, what steps will you take to entail that their wedding day goes off without a hitch?
I believe vendor communication is the key to a successful celebration. I always make sure to reach out to all of my clients vendors, and provide them with the custom timeline we have planned together.
For venues that I haven’t been to before, I will always make an in person visit the month of the event date. This gives me time to tour the space and watch all the lighting patterns at the venue. Knowledge of where the sunrises and sets is key to achieving those soft golden formals for my client.
7. How long does a client get you on their wedding day?
I offer a wide variety of wedding collections for all my brides and grooms. My clients are also in full control of customizing their wedding collections to include all of the amenities that fit their photography needs.
I only book one, engagement or bridal session per day, so that we can take full advantage of the golden hour. My wedding collections begin at a minimum of 6 hours of coverage. My clients have hired me personally for their event, so they get my undivided attention for the entire day.
8. How long will it take to get wedding day proofs, and what are your restrictions for sharing photos?
My turn around time for sneak peeks is 24-48 hours, delivered to social media. The lovely couple is not even in the air for their honeymoon yet!!
For engagement and bridal collections, the turnaround time is generally 2-3 weeks. This time frame depends on peak wedding seasons. Wedding images generally take 4-6 weeks for all images to be retouched, packaged and mailed. For all my luxury print products the delivery time is generally 1-2 weeks from the order submitted date.
We are overjoyed that Trish let us interview her, and hope that you enjoyed getting to know her as much as we did! You can look at more of her photos from Hollow Hill over on her feature gallery and check her availability for your wedding at BeatBox Portraits.