Ladies and Gents I have found the most amazing photographer. Mae Photography She does not only do weddings but the whole package – engagement to bridal, portrait, or family shots. I have been dying to share her with you all over the last few weeks but thought we should utilize her talents and knowledge. I bring you a very special Wedding Wednesday – our first Q & A with a captivating photographer.

How do you break the ice during a portraiture session with people you’ve just met?

People generally respond to smiles. I like to remind people that the first 15-20 shots that I take rarely make the final cut…this seems to make people relax a little bit which — of course–makes for the best photos. Nothing about being photographed is natural. That’s just how it is. But that does not mean that the entire session has to be painfully awkward. There is a moment of transition between being part of the conversation and being the subject of photos where I think a client just decides to embrace the idea of being in the spotlight. I try to be only slightly directive, and only when needed. I honestly feel like too much direction just creates an unnatural photo.
What are your top 3 tips for brides when choosing their wedding photographer?

1 – Find a photographer whose personality and style FIT your wedding. What is important to you? Are you looking for someone who takes great, traditional group shots? Or are you looking for someone with a photojournalistic viewpoint? Photography is a creative industry, so you will find that there is a wide variety of people within this profession.
2 – When you have narrowed down your list of potential photographers to 2-3 (check to see if your date is available!), ask if they have a portfolio/slideshow/website of one wedding. This will give you a better idea of how they view an entire event. Remember that we all –always– show our best work. Not every shot will be as stellar as the next. But you DO want to make sure that the photographer you hire takes great shots in general!
3 – You’re hiring a professional. Photographers tend to be extremely passionate about what they do. You will likely get the best results from your photographer if you give them creative license on your wedding day.
What is your favorite moment during a wedding?
Honestly? The best moments tend to be after the ceremony during the reception. Everyone relaxes and just appreciates the time they have with friends & family. I feel like couples are most happy during their receptions.
Most played Song?
I’m currently addicted to the songs “Rio by Hey“, Marseilles and “Small of My Heart” by Madison Violet. The latter will make you homesick, I promise. But listen anyway.
Who are your idols?
I am inspired by many different artists…Tamara de Lempicka, Agnes Martin and Andy Warhol are among my favorites. Seattle Art Museum currently has the Picasso exhibit that has been traveling the country this year so as of late, I have been fairly buried in his work. Current photographers that continue to inspire me by cranking out innovative work would be…Noa of FeatherLove Photography, Chase Jarvis, Zack Arias, and editorial photographer Jen Altman. Oh, man. There are so many. I keep thinking of people as I type this! These people are super passionate about what they do and go beyond…yeah. They just go beyond. I don’t even want to modify that sentence.

Location : Maryland

Featured Wedding!

Couple Names : J&J

Over all theme : The phrase “dorky vintage” was coined that weekend. Awesome.

Date : 10/23/10

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