In our behind the lens wedding photographer interview series we chat to Julie Pepin.
I photographed my first wedding in 2007 when one of my best friends couldn’t find a photographer that she liked enough to hire, so she hired me! People saw the photos from that wedding and hired me for another and another and it just snow-balled from there.
I really like the photojournalistic aspect to it. I like being present for the myriad of emotions that happen over the course of a wedding day and that I am allowed to photograph them happening.
I don’t have a specific time that I like more than the rest … I really think it’s the day as a whole that I really love, when all of the different parts and people come together over the course of the day to make one big wedding “quilt”, if you will.
I am definitely a watcher. I try and be patient and wait for the sincere moments rather than push people into standing and smiling for the camera. And when I do give direction, I like to give a little and then see what they do with it. I give time for them to process it in their own way so it’s always the client and their vibe coming through in the pictures.
Everything. The weather, light, movies, books, music, the people around me …
Pick someone that produces photos that they have a strong emotional connection to.
Create a great schedule and then just trust the people you chose as your vendors, give yourselves over to the day and all it’s moments and just really lean into the flow of whatever is happening whether it was scheduled or not.
Scotland. Because I have never been and it looks amazing! And I would love to shoot more in England. Pretty much anywhere, the country is just breathtaking.
Every single time a client emails me that they are over the moon about their wedding photos is the new best moment for me.
Many thanks to Julie for taking the time out to chat to us and giving us an insight into her world of photography.