In our latest interview we chat with two people behind Virginia & Evan Studios, a Calgary, Canada Wedding Duo.
How long have you been photographing weddings and how did you get into it?
Between the two of us Virginia has been photographing weddings for two years but her love for it began a decade ago. It all started with her mom who was a wedding photographer in her 30’s. At the age of 10 Virginia was helping her at photoshoots and editing the photos later on. She carried these experiences with her until she began shooting weddings herself.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
When all the family and guests come together to celebrate at the wedding everyone is saturated with heavy emotions. Every moment becomes more valuable to them and we get to see some of the most powerful memories of their lives created on that day. Something like that sticks with you and you can’t help but let it change you.
What is your favourite part of the wedding day?
Virginia: Preparation photos are such a fun experience. This is where the story of the wedding begins and I feel I have the creative liberty to illustrate their day in a way that fits who they are. These preparation photos set the tone and emotions for the rest of the day.
Evan: I’m pulled between two moments at a wedding. First the portraits are a time of emotional self-discovery and helping lead couples into a profoundly intimate moment with one another is a powerful experience.
Second, well it’s embarrassing but I can’t help but hit the dance floor at the end of the night.
How would you describe your style and your approach?
This is all about creating something honest. We believe that there’s something profound within everyone. Our approach is to welcome the people we photograph into our lives. All of our work comes out of that.
Who or what inspires you?
It’s difficult not to mention specific photographers, many of whom have become such great friends in our lives. But one form of art that has inspired us more than any other is music. Musicians such as Ben Howard and James Vincent McMorrow, and Lucy Rose give us visions of the emotions we believe our photos should emulate.
What advice would you give couples looking for a wedding photographer?
You need a photographer you can trust, who can be your friend, who can be professional, who can be a dance floor champion, and who can be a fly on the wall.
You need a photographer who is brave enough to draw out profound emotions when they’re with you and who are fearless enough to get that one amazing candid photo. But most importantly your photographer needs to know when to leave a beautiful moment untouched.
What tips would you share with your couples to make their day go more smoothly?
Ask your vendors for as much advice as you can. We’re always happy to offer it. We experience dozens of weddings every year and that gives us honest insight into the flow of the day.
But if we could give just one tip for now, bring a second pair of shoes for later on in the evening. Loosen up and get comfortable. It’s your day.
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
We talk about this almost every night! We dream of shooting a wedding in Morocco. We believe the sand dunes, the desert castles and the incredible culture would make for one the wildest weddings. Someday we know we’ll make it there.
Finally, what is the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
While it hasn’t happened yet this is going to be one of the most important moments of our lives. We grow very close with the couples we work with. In the process of preparing for their wedding they become a part of our lives. This approach to wedding photography has led us to an incredible opportunity.
We’ve been asked to officiate the ceremony of our client’s elopement in Iceland.
The couple and us will be climbing a mountain in Iceland that overlooks a waterfall where Evan will officiate the wedding. It’s an ode to how much our couples mean to us.