Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Brandy of Brandy Angel Photography based in Madison, GA! Enjoy:
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY?
I have always loved photography. I mean LOVED it. When I was 10 years old, I would dress up my nieces and nephews (who were closer in age to me than my siblings), throw up a backdrop and take pictures. There was nothing more fun than playing photographer. I can fondly recall every camera I have ever received and can sit and look over photographs for hours on end. My dream was to grow up and be a national geographic photographer.
I ended up being a surgical technologist for 10 years and loved every minute of it. Helping people in their time of need was a wonderful thing for me. However, when I had my daughters I stayed home and rekindled my deep love for photography. I bought my first digital camera and with my friends, taught myself how to use it. From that, Brandy Angel Photography has evolved. Not only have I been able to capture incredible moments for brides and grooms but also continue to help people in their time of need with my own non profit origination, Be the Change, Brandy Angel Foundation. I could not be more blessed and happier with where I am today.
Read the full interview after the cut!
HOW DID YOU GET INTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
As soon as I second shot my first wedding I fell in love. There is nothing more special than being allowed to be part of such an important, irreplaceable day. The responsibility that is held on me, as a photographer, is not lost. I take great pride in being able to make each bride feel comfortable and to capture moments and emotions she will treasure for the rest of her life, for generations to come.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE WEDDING DAY TO CAPTURE?
The EMOTIONS, the LOVE, the EVERYTHING. Documenting a wedding is a huge undertaking. You can’t fake it, you have to stay on your toes and be sure to capture every important moment. My favorite part is seeing and feeling the look of the bride’s face when she gets to see her images for the first time. Seeing the happiness and appreciation for capturing those moments is everything I could ever imagine.
WHAT IS THE MOST AWKWARD MOMENT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED WHILE ON THE JOB?
The most awkward moment was when a guest/family member/grandmother stood up in the middle of the aisle and COMPLETELY blocked the first kiss photo with her point and shoot camera. I LUCKILY managed to get ONE shot before she moved in and thankfully it was in focus. I was blown away that she blocked every other shot.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VENUE AND WHY?
I love any venue that offers great light and great personality.
NIKON OR CANON?
CANON ALL DAY EVERY DAY.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM LOCATION TO SHOOT A WEDDING?
FUJI, Barbados, Hawaii, anywhere tropical and beautiful.
IF YOU COULD SHOOT ANY CELEBRITY WEDDING (PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE), WHO WOULD BE THE LUCKY COUPLE?
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. First off, they are amazing and Tom Hanks is my all time favorite actor. Secondly, they are obviously in deep love with each other and I am sure that contrary to Hollywood’s reputation they had a perfectly beautiful wedding full of love and laughter and I would have loved document that. #teamforrest
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED, AND WOULD PASS ALONG TO OTHER NEW WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS JUST GETTING STARTED?
BACK UP YOUR BACK UP and then back that up too! Prepare for disaster and always give 200%! You don’t get a second chance!
WHAT TIPS OR ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO COUPLES WHO ARE LOOKING TO HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THEIR BIG DAY?
Find someone who fits your style, your budget and who you can feel comfortable with! You will spend a GREAT deal of time together and being comfortable will make your photos turn out better than you can ever imagine.
Do you have any questions or comments for Brandy? Add them to the comments below!