Get to know your wedding photographer

So all this personal talk is nice. But I know why you’re here. You want to see some beautiful pictures and know a little bit more about me, Tammie Gilchrist Photography. And I want to give this to YOU! A few posts at a time – I will tell you more about me.

Here goes nothing…

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company?

I started shooting in 2009. It was by accident actually. My father in law, Charles Gilchrist, is an amazing artist. He draws, sketches, paints and is a photographer. He lives in Ohio and in 2008 he traveled west to stay with us for a week. He brought with him a Canon G9 point and shoot camera. He said of all the cameras he’s own (digital) he loved this one. I used it a few times and the fact that I could take a picture of my kids without getting that dreaded blur amazed me, and so I was hooked! My birthday rolled around and guess what I got? Yep, a Canon G9.

My first victim, um…client, was my best friend and her family. We had a great time and I actually don’t cringe looking back at those photos. They were really good 🙂

Then it hit me. I LOVE doing this. I get this warm feeling when I’m shooting people and then as I pull the images from the camera into the computer it’s just like Christmas morning for me. Every. Single. Time. I was hooked! Fast forward just about three years and here I am. I still shoot Canon, just with a little nicer of a camera. I have an assistant and I’m mentoring a teenager who is an aspiring photographer herself. Although I could say I shoot ‘everything’ I don’t. I specialize in Wedding Photography. If you need maternity photos done, I can give you some names. If you need boudoir images taken, let me know and I’ll hook you up with someone fabulous.

2. How did you get into Wedding Photography?

A few years before getting the G9, I was in college. I had been an EMT and decided I wanted to be a flight medic. For a long time flight medics were paramedics, but the two companies that flew around here were getting out of hiring paramedics and hiring RNs. I was taking all my courses for RN school. That particular semester I was in Anatomy. Ben was the only guy in a group of us 5 girls. I kind of felt bad for him, but he fit in just fine. I loved that class, not only because I got to experience all sorts of gross stuff you wouldn’t get to experience without taking a hands-on anatomy class, but I made some pretty special friends in that class as well. Fast forward a year after Anatomy, Ben decides it’s time to marry his fiance, Caitlin.

They are both in school, don’t have a lot of money and because of facebook, he knew I was dabbling in photography. They were my very first wedding clients I shot on my own. It was fun and nerve raking all at the same time.

3. What is your favorite part of the Wedding day to capture?

This is easy for me. I love bridals.  If I thought my brides would be interested, I’d start offering bridal sessions before or after the wedding day. It’s a time in our life that we don’t get back. We have spent hours and HOURS planning this day out to be perfect. For us to look perfect.  It’s also the only quiet time you will get with me during the day. I don’t allow anyone else with us (except my assistant) so you have a chance to breathe and relax. The day gets hectic after your bridals, I won’t lie. But for this, sometimes very short, amount of time with me, you can relax and take it all in.

4.  What is the most awkward moment you’ve experience while on the job?

Hmmm….awkward? It’s not awkward for me, but while my brides are getting ready, sometimes they feel a bit uncomfortable changing in front of ‘everyone’. I always play it by ear, but make sure if she is feeling self-conscious, the camera goes away and my assistant and I turn around while she slips into her dress, before the buttoning starts. I would never want to make anyone feel uncomfortable, and everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to body image. This is why it’s always good to have a relationship with your photographer ahead of time. We become more of a friend than just a person, the paparazzi in your dressing room. It’s about trust.

5.  What’s the best thing you’ve ever ate at a Wedding?

I have to be completely honest here. I don’t usually ‘eat’ at the wedding. Sure, I always bring snack bars for me and my crew.  But most of the time I just don’t feel the need to sit still and eat a meal. I will however, take the time during the meal to do other things related to the day, like prep for toasts or dancing.  Thinking back to last year, I had a very short wedding day where my clients booked me for 5 hours. I never shoot while people are eating, because no one wants to see pictures of them with food in their mouths, right? So my assistant and I did eat, together. And it was the BEST food. It was authentic Mexican food and it was delicious.

 

And tomorrow’s post will be 6-10 ‘Getting to know your photographer’ questions that include things like what’s my favorite venue and if I were to shoot a celebrity, who would I pick and why?

If YOU have any questions for me, please feel free to ask in the comment section and I’ll answer them for you. I’m an open book – ask away!

 

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