Getting to know your wedding photographer, part 2

Today I’m going to finish up my post from yesterday, questions 6 to 10.

On with the questions…

6. What is your favorite venue, and why?

I’ve shot a little over 20 weddings in the past 2.5 years, and they have all been very different. Unique. Just like my brides! My most favorite place I’ve shot at has been a winery in Calistoga by the name of Hans Fahden Vineyards. I actually wasn’t even the main photographer at this wedding, I was the 2nd. It is a beautiful place and I’d LOVE to shoot another wedding there again in 2012!

But on that note, I’d have to say all my weddings to date have been beautiful in their own way – in a church, backyard, winery, barn and open field…

7. Nikon or Canon?

As noted in the previous post, I started with a Canon. And I still shoot with a Canon. I am not biased one way or another. It’s just what I know, so it’s what I use.  That gives me a good idea on a future post – listing and showing what gear I do use!

8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

This is where the obvious answer would be inserted – Hawaii or Mexico! But I’m not really big into hot weather. I get all red faced and sweaty. It’s not a pretty site people. I really haven’t given this much thought, because I actually live in a destination city – Mendocino, California. We’re about 4 hours north of San Francisco, and it’s a pretty amazing place to get married. We have the forests and the beaches.  So I have the best of both worlds – Dream destination, and I just happen to live here 🙂

9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

It would have to be someone with classic style, someone who incorporates a lot care into their wedding day.  Jill Stonerock and Josh Schwartz’s wedding was absolutely stunning.

10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Practice. Practice. Practice. Shoot your bowl of oranges in the kitchen. Outside. With a flash. Without a flash. Have some kids dance while you practice shooting them.  Don’t think you can just show up on the day of an event and knock it out of the park. It’s just like any other sport – you must practice, so the day of the game is like any other day.

Also, be willing to 2nd shoot for free. I know you’re probably thinking I’m nuts for suggesting this, and yes, I do pay my 2nds. But as a 2nd shooter you will learn so much, you will have so much more freedom with your photography. Do whatever the main photographer asks you to do. Watch. Learn. Soak it up. You’ll get a lot more inquires to 2nd if you are willing to do it for little to no money, at least for a year or so.

And lastly, don’t go broke. Photography can become just one very expensive hobby if you’re not careful.  Rent before buying gear. Make sure it’s exactly what you want before spending the $ on it.

So there you go internet – a little bit more about me!


If you’re wondering where on earth did she get these questions from, look no further than a blog by the name of Wedding Lovely.


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