Jasmine Star is an extremely talented wedding photographer in California. I follow her blog regularly, and was intrigued by a recent post entitled "What questions should I ask a wedding photographer?" Here is a snippet from her post:
"Here are a few questions I came across in a recent article regarding Meeting with Your Wedding Photographer...
Is it okay for other people to take photos while you're taking photos?
What do you wear to a wedding?
Do you have my wedding date available?
While important, these questions will likely yield the same answer if a bride interviews three prospective photographers, or 30. If you're meeting with a wedding photographer, your main objective is get to know her. You'll be spending the majority of your wedding day together, so knowing what gear she shoots with is important, but it's not as important as knowing if your photographer is awkward, if you can let go and trust your photographer, and if you share a similar sense of humor."
Challenge accepted, Jasmine! Below are my answers to her proposed questions:
How Do You Spend Your Free Time?
Free time?! Free time??! My husband and I joke that we haven't had enough free time in the past 6 years to even know what that even is anymore! Running a full time photography business in addition to raising two amazing but needy little people, leaves little "free time," but on the occasion that I do get away, you will find me shopping at Anthropologie, LuLu Lemon, or Nordstrom, because NORDSTROM! Followed by dinner and wine with friends at a trendy new restaurant in Boston.
What's Your Most Favorite Memory at a Wedding?
This year marked my eleventh year photographing weddings. There are so many moments that come to mind, but I think my absolute favorite moment was at a wedding I photographed this past year. The bride's father had been sick - in and out of the hospital for months leading up to the wedding. Neither of them knew for sure if he would make it to the wedding, be able to walk his daughter down the aisle, give his toast, or dance with her at the reception. Thankfully her father made it through every single one of these events throughout the evening, and after he danced with his daughter, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. As he sat down at his table, his wife of 30+ years, gave him a high five and kiss on the cheek. The pride and joy in her expression was something I will never forget. It is in these moments that I come alive. These are the moments worth capturing.
What's the Worst Thing That's Happened to You on a Wedding Day?
I fell. Loudly. In a church. During the ceremony. In front of everyone. You know those kneelers in Catholic churches? I was kneeling on one, got up to go toward the center of the aisle for the kiss, forgot to put the kneeler up, tripped and FELL in front of everyone. Yep. The Priest and couple turned around to make sure I was ok, which I was, and I just blushed and smiled and kept on shooting. Because hey, it's not about me :)
What Are You Most Proud Of?
I have worked really hard to create a certain kind of life for myself and my family. Like many of us, my childhood was challenging. Early on in adulthood I made it a priority to create a life filled with peace, joy, and love. I have been very intentional in making decisions based on these three things, and am very proud to say that my current home life is just that: Peaceful, joyful, and filled with love. We are not perfect by any means, and there are often times when one or all of these things are out of sync, but this is the goal. When we don't reach this goal, we try again. And again. And again.
Why Did You Become a Wedding Photographer?
Because cake - every week :) And because weddings are awesome! I know, it sounds obvious to say that I love being able to capture real, intimate moments between couples and their guests, but that is truly what it comes down to. Wedding photos are the only concrete memory from the event. I have the privilege of freezing those moments, and presenting them to the couple.