Meant to share this with you sooner. Either way, here's an interview that was recently posted to the White or Ivory blog to help local photographers select THE wedding photographer for them based on personality and shooting style. For the full post and interviews with other photographers, visit White or Ivory.
Name: Lauren Richwine
Check her out: on Facebook, or on the Portrait of a Lady website.
Focus: Female portraiture and women's issues photography
Addicted to: Burt's Bees Toffee Lip Shimmer
Movies that inspire you: The Fountain, Jane Eyre (2011 version), Finding Neverland, Peaceful Warrior
The world needs more: Authenticity
Photographers who inspire you: Anne Brigman and Brenda Stumpf (among others)
Words you would use to describe your work: earthy, passionate, resplendent
How do you define a fantastic photograph? Movement and stillness. A quiet image can be profoundly moving and an image full of movement has the potential to settle something in our hearts. I love a bit of wildness (or a lot of it!) and bringing out the ethereal beauty that we all, as women, innately possess.
What can clients expect from your wedding photography? I believe that committing your life to another human being is one of the most sacred decisions we can make with the time we're given. If ever there were a day to have amazing photos taken it's definitely your wedding day! At every wedding I not only photograph the big and small moments, but work with the couple to create images of lasting romance and devotion. I'll cover the traditional family shots and your girlfriends getting crazy on the dance floor all day long, but it's the "fine art" shots that my heart is after. I'll know your style and the unique nature of your love story well before the wedding day (each of my wedding packages includes an engagement session) which means your photos will reflect more of you and your essence as a couple.
Advice for brides? Know yourself. What really makes photographs communicate on a deeper level is what you yourself carry within. I've worked with women in less than ideal settings for 20-30 minutes and come away with amazing images, but spent 2-3 hours with a woman in a perfect setting only to have the images feel like they lacked something. That something is authenticity and a beautiful spirit. Don't overwork yourself trying to be "original." None of us is truly original. We're each a combination of other people and things that have influenced us. Be grateful for those influences, acknowledge them, then celebrate yourself. Like the bride I photographed who danced with her love barefoot on a rainy beach, let yourself go. I'll take care of the rest.