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March 20, 2013

Doing what you love is important! Today we spoke with Jenny from Captured Photography about her beautiful work. Jenny explains what she loves most about her job, and how important a relationship is between a bride and her photographer. Also, she just received a Two Bright Lights 2013 Editor's Choice Award! If you're a bride in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Northeast, you should check out her work! Enjoy!

What initially interested you into photography?

I originally worked in television news and have a major in journalism. I think I love photography because it is such a beautiful way to tell a story. I get to preserve memories for others. Itís a pretty sweet gig.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

I started Captured Photography by Jenny back in 2007. And jumped in to it full time once my oldest daughter, Ellie, was born in 2008. Honestly, it was super scary and intimidating to be a business owner at first. One thing led to another and after 5 years, I canít even begin to describe how happy I am to do this.

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

Oh man, I don't think I can pick just one. Obviously, the weddings were we really get to know the couple are always special. It's always fun to work on those, because you love the people in the images!

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic, etc.?

If I had to describe my style and tasteÖ it would probably be fresh, crisp, cleanÖ I love simplicity. I want my photos to be creative and modernÖ but still have a classic, timeless touch.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

Both!

What is your weapon/camera of choice?

I use Canon equipment. The Canon Mark 3 is what both me and my second photographer use to shoot weddings.

Film or Digital?

Mainly Digital.

If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be?

I love Millie Holloman, mainly for her business skills. I would love to learn more on that end from her!

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Understand what your budget is for your wedding and then decide how much of it you feel should be put towards photography. But donít just stop there. Understand what style of photography you like. Check out the photographerís portfolio and recent weddings. And be sure the photographer you are interested in does quality work every time. Then, meet with them. Get to know each other. After all, they will be with you the entire wedding day. You want to be sure they are easy to work with and helpful.

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posted by Laura at 11:01AM
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February 26, 2013

Photographers want us to get a special feeling when we see their pictures. For those who are planning a wedding, you'll want to have photos that always bring you back to that special moment. Today we spoke with Photography by Megan. Megan has ten years of photography experience, and has been as far as Mexico to get that perfect wedding picture! She has even covered some celebrity weddings! We hope you enjoy the feature.

What initially interested you into photography?

It all started when I was sixteen and I got my first camera. Once it was in my hands, it never left! I loved taking pictures of everything from my friends to the wheat fields beyond our farmyard. Back then everything was still on film, and I loved the thrill of opening up afresh package of pictures to see what I had captured. I then spent my college years studying photo journalism and design, learning everything I could about photography from the inside out, spending hours in the darkroom. I graduated in 2004, and In 2005, I launched my official business just as I was starting to break into the digital world. By the summer of 2007, I was able to resign from my day job to focus on myphotography full time, which was a dream come true!

How long have you been professionally shooting?

I guess I kind of answered that above... total would be almost 10 years! (My first wedding was shot in 2004)

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

This is a tough one, because I love each and every wedding for so many different reasons. The most memorable weddings have been my destination weddings (I've photographed in Mexico, Florida, and Arizonato name a few!) and some 'celebrity' weddings, including country music singers Ashlee Hewitt's wedding to Jesse Whitley (the son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley) and professional snowmobile racer and X Games gold medalist Levi LaVallee.

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic,etc.?

I would say a mix of both. I love posing people, however I try to do it in the most natural way possible. I want people to look relaxed and happy, not stiff and uncomfortable. At the same time, I try to capture those candid moments like the father of the bride wiping away a tear before he walks his daughter down the aisle, or the look on a groom's face when he first sees his bride in her wedding dress.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

I prefer color, and love BRIGHT colors!

What is your weapon/camera of choice?

I shoot with a Nikon D3s--LOVE Nikon and their lenses!

Film or Digital?

Definitely digital, but I love that I was able to learn on film. You truly appreciate the art of photography and all that goes into a photograph and where it all started from when you have to spend hours developing negatives and working with enlargers in a darkroom. My very first camera was even manual focus! I still shoot manual to this day with the exception of focus, in order to shoot quickly during the fast pace of a wedding day. I love having complete control over the image.

If you could work along side any one photographer who would it be?

Too many to count! If I had to narrow it down, maybe Jessica Claire. She's a wonderful photographer and entrepreneur, plus she has two little boys almost the same age as mine, so we'd have lots to talk about. :)

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Pick a great photographer that you love, even if you have to save up for them--they will be capturing your wedding day and some of those details would be lost if not for the pictures that are captured. It's good to start looking for a photographer as soon as you get engaged, too, because some of them book up fast and the summer months seem to bethe first to go, with fall a close second. Most of all, be sure to pick someone you "click" with (pun intended!) that has a great personality and can make sure your wedding day memories are captured forever! 

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posted by Laura at 11:49AM
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