Photographs are key to our memories. What better way to preserve that special moment in your life than taking a picture? Some of us have the expertise in photography, while others have to find someone with it! If you're the latter (like me!) and thinking about finding a photographer for your wedding, you might want to read this. We recently spoke with Jennifer Medeiros, a wedding photographer who knows how to capture and preserve "true, honest human emotion."
What initially interest you into photography?
It was kind of an accident how I stumbled onto photography. In my sophmore year of high school, I had one more class I needed to fill and a friend had mentioned that she heard photography was a fun class. So I took it. And man, I fell head over heels in love! But then I had children right after high school, so I did the responsible thing and put my dreams on the back burner to raise my kids. Now that they are older (13 & 10), I decided it was time to get back into it and give my dreams a real shot.
How long have you been professionally shooting?
Almost two years.
What was your favorite wedding to work on?
I would have to say my first. It was a beach wedding in Sarasota, Florida and it was really a litmus test for me. I really wasn't sure how I felt about photographing weddings. To be honest, they scared me. How could I handle being responsible for capturing the single most significant day in a couple's life together? But again, I fell completely in love and haven't looked back!
What is your photographic style?
I very much prefer a more photojournalistic style. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than capturing true, honest human emotion as it happens. I know that when I look back at my old photographs, the ones that draw the most emotion are the candid moments and not the school portraits or the "say cheese" ones. But that's just my opinion...
Do you shoot mostly color, black and white, or both?
I like to do a combination. I never really know what I'm going to do until I sit down to edit and I just kind of go with my gut.
Film or Digital?
Well, it's funny you asked. In the time I had put my photography goals aside to be a mom, the shift in the industry went from film to digital and when I decided to pick it up again, I felt like I had to re-learn photography. Most of the things I did in the darkroom I could now do in the camera and that was definitely a learning process! But now I shoot primarily digital. I do still have my film camera, but it needs to be dusted off!
If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be?
Without a doubt, Jasmine Star. She's amazing and we totally have similar personalities!
Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?
Honestly? I would say to do some research. Your wedding day is so important and the relationship between a bride and her photographer is very intimate. At the end of the day, one of the most important elements to choosing the right photographer is that your personalities mesh well. I think this makes the day run very smoothly and you both have the same goals in mind.
Want to see more? Check out Jennifer's website.
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