So first off, how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I went to college for photography, and as it so often happens- found myself in a field of work that did not relate to my photography degree whatsoever. I thought to myself… ‘you need to work for yourself, do something you love and use your education’. I knew it was going to take a lot of time, sacrifice and hard work to grow a successful business… but I decided that I was going to commit myself to it. I began by working late nights on my computer at home for hours after my regular full time day job. Lots of researching, lots of learning, lots of time. The business was not a Cinderella story… I didn’t book 40 weddings my first year or even makes thousands of dollars my second year. I am now going into my fifth season and I am able to say wholeheartedly that I am a full time wedding photographer and loving it. Still learning, putting in elbow grease and watching it pay off!
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I love having the chance to be artistic and creative…. all while capturing photographs for a couple to cherish forever. Being with couples on their wedding day and capturing the moments that tell their story is endlessly rewarding.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I strive to photograph beautiful little moments that naturally happen on wedding days. Moments that you’d never be able to set up. To find those moments, I have to be continually proactively observing in a quiet, unseen sort of way. The second a ‘moment’ notices that it’s being photographed, it will change into something more conscious and less natural. Along with beautifully photographed moments, I want to give my couples gorgeous portraits as well. Even during the portraits, I love to photograph the moments ‘in between’- the moments when the couple forgets that they’re being photographed and they give each other little looks or touches, giggles or sweet glances. Those moments are beautiful and truly reveal the emotion and love that the couple has for one another.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Different aspects of a wedding day have different levels of importance to every couple. If photographs are important to you, then don’t settle. Choose a photographer that you really love. Their photos should move you and speak to your heart. You should enjoy their personality and have natural chemistry. You should have confidence in their work and professionalism. You should be excited about having them there with you on your wedding day and even more importantly, you should be excited about the photos that they’re going to give you afterwards! Don’t settle… request to view some of their full wedding galleries, meet them for coffee, respect their pricing, ask them questions. Settling for the wrong wedding photographer is not something that you want to regret.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Time. Allow plenty of time for photographs. Wedding days often run a few minutes late, and that’s ok. Just keep it in mind when you are deciding what amount of time to give the photographer. Your photographer wants to give you beautiful portraits, but to do that- they need time. Rushing through your photographs is never any fun.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
There are so many great moments that I experience as a wedding photographer, and I am so thankful for every one. I remember one time after delivering wedding photographs… the bride’s mother called me in tears. She couldn’t stop telling me how beautiful the photos were and how thankful she was to have them. Moments like that make every second worth it.
We shall be featuring a lovely wedding from Kelcey in the next couple of weeks, but if you would like to find out more or get in touch then you can do so via their website at Silent Moment Photography.