This week we go abroad and chat to Anna Smith, a wedding photographer based in Dallas, Texas; specialising in engagement, wedding, children & family photography.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
2 years. I am in love with love, and this is the most natural field of photography for me. I have always had a camera in my hand, and one day I thought – why not? I could really make this in to something and show off my passions.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I absolutely love the connections people make throughout their lives and how many people come to support couples. All the emotions, joy, laughter that comes with weddings is unparalleled.
How would you describe your style and approach?
My approach is to really capture the day as it was, with main focus on the couple. I want to capture their small moments and big moments, and how they interact with each other and their friends and families.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
My advice is to find work that you connect to, meet the photographer and make sure you “click.” It is so important to have a personality match with clients and to make sure that you love THEIR idea for your photographs. After all, you hire a professional to capture your day, this is going to be about their vision as much as it is yours.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Make sure to get a photographer that focuses on your most important part of the day. For me this is how the day flows, it is never the formals and I consider myself a photojournalistic photographer at heart. My most important moments can’t be recreated and that is what I focus on. Avoid giving shot lists if you want a photojournalistic day.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I had a change to photograph my best friend getting engaged and one of my best friends getting married. You can’t trade that for anything.
Many thanks for Anna for taking time out to speak to us, if you would like to get in touch with her or wish to see more of her work, then do check out her website here.