We're back again with another fabulous wedding vendor interview! Today, we're "in the mix with" Kate Headley of Kate Headley Photography. Kate just did a wedding with David Johnson a couple weeks ago and the photos are fantastic - you can see them on Kate's blog. She also contributed to our wildly popular article on hiring a wedding photographer that we published earlier this week. Kate, I hope you're ready to answer some tough questions -- here we go!
How did you get started in the wedding business? I always loved photography--my favorite subjects were always people and food. Over the years, I studied photography, took a ton of classes and experiemented with different equipment. I took photos at a friend's wedding and they ended up framing the photos I had taken, so I said, why not try this? It was love at first wedding. It kind of came natural I guess you could say.
What do you do when you are not working? I live in Old Town Alexandria and I'm always downtown, at the farmer's market or looking for treasures at flea markets. I love visiting my grandparent's farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
How would you describe your approach to weddings? I look at is a very historic day in two people's lives. I try to capture the mood and feel, in addition to amazing portraits. Sometimes I'm a fly on the wall, sometimes I'm hands on posing people, sometimes I'm on the dance floor in the middle of it all.
What inspires you in your work? I get inpsired by color, texture, details, beautiful people, textiles, architecture and anything old. I love old black and white photos.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? Well, first and formost, when my clients love their wedding photos. And I love photography so much that it really fulfills me to shoot and edit them and pick my favorites.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? I'm extremely dedicated to my clients, they come first. I also love working on wedding details, concepts and have done that a little this past year -- I have fun doing that with a planner and invitation designer I work with.
What do you think sets your company apart from other wedding photographers? I have a great sense of style and I know what brides are looking for. I'm reading what they are. I'm really detail oriented and I love to take nontraditional and editorial style portraits.
What do you love about weddings? All the prettiness and happiness going on. The whole day is just fun. I love being behind the scenes too.
What do you hate about weddings? When a site coordinator tells me what shots other photographers have taken. I try to always do something new.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? One of my brides spent next to nothing on her wedding and it got recognized by a national wedding publication. It really shows you what is driving the wedding -- love and a lot of creativity and style.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Book the big stuff early and decide the details later, trends can change over a year and a cool idea can come up later. Choose a unique color combination to carry out your vision. Don't do flowers yourself.
Who is your favorite artist or band? My favorite band is Hem, but I love all types of music.
What is the worst song of all time? I've shot a lot of weddings this past year and I'm really tired of Oldies, like Sweet Caroline, that genre, sometimes it can really disperse the dance floor.
Open mic, final thoughts: Cut those hanger ribbon straps out of your wedding dress.
[EVAN] Thanks, Kate! Some great advice there. I'm no dress expert, so I'll leave that last one to your expertise! It's obvious that you really love your work, and I think it shows!