For your reading pleasure, we present to you our interview with up-and-coming wedding photographer Maria Vicencio Miller of Maria Vicencio Photography! Maria and I have a strange and interestingly tangled relationship. Maria and her hubby Drew hired me to be their wedding DJ in 2007... When I first met with them, I remember riding in the elevator with Maria and thinking, "I know her!" but I couldn't pin down exactly how. A few months later, it randomly hit me one day that we had met (and had several lenghy conversations) during my former life as an computer tech for the Bozzuto Group, while she was working in property management. If that wasn't strange enough, when I showed up for their wedding reception, it turned out that I'm actually related to Drew (although twice removed) through my wife, Jennifer. Small world! As fate would have it, Maria and Drew are also really talented wedding photographers with a very unique approach. Maria, I hope you're ready to get grilled! I'm not holding back just because we're quasi-related -- nepotism will get you nowhere on my blog... Here we go!
How did you get started in the wedding business? Our wedding photographers (Three Blondes and a Camera: www.threeblondesandacamera.com) inspired us to take the dive into weddings. We had already been shooting portraits for about a year when we met Michelle Rose and the other blondes. They made wedding photography seem fun and fabulous. So we tagged along and second shot for a few photographers. Then we shot our first wedding as the main photographers last May. We ended up loving it and getting bitten by the wedding bug.
What do you do when you’re not working? We love spending time with our family, eating out with friends, and going to concerts. Also, Drew likes to do yard work, and I supervise while working on the laptop. I’m a good boss!
How would you describe your approach to weddings? Our approach is both photojournalistic and traditional. We love letting the wedding day unfold and catching those unscripted moments, but we also like to direct the couple some if we see a patch of amazing light or a great background that can’t be missed. The most important thing to us is capturing the love of the couple and the emotions of the day. Drew and I love shooting together because we always know that the other person is capturing that moment but with a different perspective/angle.
What inspires you in your work? We’re inspired by films, magazines, flickr.com, and speaking to our brides + grooms and hearing their love stories.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? The most rewarding aspect of our job is being able to freeze those amazing moments in time for our couples and their families. We love putting a smile on their faces.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? Being a husband + wife team, we can read each other’s thoughts without having to speak and that helps us a lot on the wedding day. Also, I spend an insane amount of time editing pictures. I love working in Lightroom and Photoshop.
What do you think sets your company apart from other wedding photographers? We look at wedding photography as an art, not just a job.
What do you love about weddings? We love that it’s the happiest day of the couples’ lives, and that we get to witness all of the love, laughter, and tears first-hand. What do you hate about weddings? We hate having a limited amount of time to take pictures of the bride + groom. In a perfect world, we would love to have a 2-hour photo session with them.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? We’ve seen some cool dance moves. It’s like watching the auditions for “So You Think You can Dance”. You see some good, some bad, and some just plain strange. We love all of it – dancing pictures are always awesome.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? To alleviate stress, start planning early and be organized. When Drew and I got married, we maintained a spreadsheet using Google Docs. This allowed us to collaborate and update information as each one of us received it. Also, make sure that you hire vendors you feel comfortable with and whose work you really love.
Who is your favorite artist or band? Maria: Thievery Corporation and Ben Harper (couldn’t pick just one!) Drew: Fugazi
What is the worst song of all time? It’s so hard to pick just ONE, but I’d have to say Dancing Queen.
Open mic, final thoughts: We hired Evan as our wedding DJ and he rocked! Since then, we’ve worked with him and some of his team members at a bunch of weddings. We can’t say enough great things about their professionalism, talent, and expertise. Thanks for interviewing us, Evan!
[EVAN] Well, thanks for letting me interview you! This was a lot of fun. I'm sure you two will be really successful in the future, it's always fun to watch new artists build their businesses and I'm really excited for what lies ahead for you!