FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Mariah & Trish of Snap Weddings

Studio Name: Snap Weddings

Website: http://snapweddings.com

Editor: Mayala

Can you tell us how you got started in photography?
We started out as competitors waaaay back in the late 90's, but joined forces in 2005 to create Snap. Life is 100% better with a partner!

What was the first camera you ever purchased?
Mariah: Pentax k1000 film camera (in high school)
Trish: Minolta x700 (age 13)


What's the latest piece of equipment you bought?
105 macro lens for Nikon - we love it!


On average how many pictures do you take per wedding?
3000-4000

How do you find inspiration?
Our clients provide the inspiration! The relationships between people and the emotion of the moment is what we love to document.

What would be your dream assignment and where would it be?
Mariah: Traveling anywhere colorful and warm - an underwater assignment would be amazing!
Trish: Photographing cars in Havana


How do you spend your day away from the camera?
We both love to be with our families. Trish loves to swim, craft and read. I (Mariah) like to write, cook, and walk my chubby dog.

How much time did you spend editing each week before The Image Salon?
We don't edit at all - we just cull the images and send to the professionals! Culling takes about 4 hours per job though.

Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?
Because outsourcing is a no-brainer. We need the time we save for marketing our business and we're not good at editing! We chose Image Salon because the website and examples were amazing and the customer service is beyond excellent. We love the individualized attention we get.

Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have?
Oh yes! We save tons of time, and use that time for marketing, such as creating blog and instagram posts. We have also saved time in the blogging process because the images look so good we don't have to edit them at all for the blog. Additionally, we're able to spend more time on sales and that puts more money in the bank

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelli Wilke

Studio Name: Kelli Wilke Photography

Website: http://kelliwilke.com/

Editor: Serena

Can you tell us how you got started in photography?

I went to commercial photography school after college (The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA). After I finished the two year program, I assisted a variety of photographers in Atlanta. The work varied from studio, fashion, food, architecture and even industrial. After assisting for a couple of years, I began to pick up some clients and eventually was shooting for myself. I didn't start shooting weddings until about 5 years ago when I moved to Delaware to raise my family. After 20+ years of commercial shooting, I was ready for a change! I never thought I would a. be shooting weddings and b. love it so much!

What was the first camera you ever purchased?

Besides my first camera I got at 7 years old (a Polaroid SX-70) , my first camera when I was 16 was a Canon EOS film camera. It still sits on my shelf at my desk. After that I moved into 4x5 film, then Mamiya 645 film and eventually Nikon Digital then Canon Digital

What's the latest piece of equipment you bought?

Mag Mod Mag Box (it's brilliant)


On average how many pictures do you take per wedding?

I usually shoot around 2500 - 3000, between the second shooter and myself we will have 5000-6000


How do you find inspiration?

I follow a lot of photographers with a LOT of different styles. I find bits and pieces of things I like from all over and then try to visualize an image before I go into it. I also think studying the old masters is a great way to learn light and see how light works.

What would be your dream assignment and where would it be?

An tuscan or southern france countryside wedding

How do you spend your day away from the camera?

With my 7 year old twins and their 9 year old brother usually fishing with them and their dad.

How much time did you spend editing each week before The Image Salon?

WAY too much. I was up at all hours of the night stressing about getting caught up and getting the images delivered.

Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?

I had tried a few editors and never clicked with anyone. There was no personal relationship and I didn't think it was very custom. The Image Salon was recommended to me and I couldn't be happier with my experiences so far. Serena helped me tweak my preset to make it my own and works closely with me to streamline my look (something I was having trouble with )

Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have?

I've been able to expand my business by adding a luxury photo booth business, spending more time with my family, going to bed at a normal hour (usually!). The stress level has gone WAY down in my life!

INTRODUCING: The Giving Salon

Social responsibility is one of The Image Salon's core values, and The Giving Salon is our way of giving back and helping our clients give back too. We're very proud to launch THE GIVING SALON to help showcase our efforts and encourage and challenge all of us to get involved.

If you've photographed any charitable project, The Image Salon will edit those images for free*. Reach out to us to see if your project qualifies!

(photo of our team (a part of it) bringing prepared lunches to Maison Benoit Labre in Montreal)

29694762_2039356102997528_3396009691182499799_n.jpg

Featured Photographer Interview: Chrisman Studios

All images taken by Chrisman Studios and edited by Betina at The Image Salon.

How did photography find you? 

Ben: I have wanted to be a photographer from as far back as I can remember. I joined my high-school yearbook staff as the photographer and have been a working photographer ever since.

Erin: I hung out with photographers during my previous career as a newspaper reporter. I fell in love with photography by getting to witness firsthand the magic that photographers can capture by knowing how to work with light and composition, and knowing when to click the shutter. I have been learning photography on the job ever since.

 

How and why do you use The Image Salon?

We use The Image Salon because our editor really gets our style and aesthetic, and we are consistently thrilled with the results. We use The Image Salon so we can have time to work on the infrastructure and operations of our wedding and portrait businesses, so we can have a shot of being ahead of the game instead of constantly working to keep up with it.

(Photo above by Mauricio Arias for Chrisman Studios)

 

How do you stay inspired?

We are inspired by the uniqueness of each person who entrusts us to photograph them. We are inspired by their story, their love, their quirks, and their family relationships, and we let those elements guide our photography.

 

Describe your photography style in 3 words:

Intimate, bold, modern

 

Where do your weddings typically take place?

All over the place! As close as our hometown of Charleston, South Carolina; as far away as Mongolia and Bhutan.

 

How do you spend your day away from the camera?

We always have our cameras.

 

What's in your gear bag?

Nikons and Fujis.

What was the last piece of equipment you bought?

A Fuji 23 mm f1.4 lens for Erin's Fuji XT10

 

What has photography taught you?

Photography has taught us never to have expectations - to show up with an open mind and let life surprise us.

 

What is your favorite marketing tool?

Our SEO-based website, created by Kim Ercius of Sercius and built by Mike Dickson of CodeNameMikeD

 

Who are your favourite photographers?

Ben: James Nachtwey, Jonas Bendiksen, Brett Butterstein; Erin: Alex Webb, Martin Parr

 

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were starting out?

We would both agree we wish we had known more about the actual business of photography when we started out.

 

Do you have any routines or rituals before starting a big day on the job?

We sleep in as long as utterly possible, order a big breakfast from room service, and are super quiet. Before separating, we give each other a kiss and say "good luck today."

 

What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Ben: "Don't be lazy." (from Ben's grandmother)

Erin: "Always go for it even if you think you're going to miss it." (from Erin's legendary high-school soccer coach Herman Halter)

 

Thanks so much, Ben and Erin!

Images taken by Chrisman Studios and edited by Betina at The Image Salon.