We first got to know Tracy Timmester because so many of our clients were hiring her to shoot their weddings – and once we saw their photos, we knew why! Tracy’s such a gifted photographer, but she’s also incredibly kind. We love working with her and couldn’t wait to find out how she got into the wedding industry, what she enjoys about weddings, and more! Read on to learn all about one of our very favorite people!

How did you get started in the wedding business? I started by second shooting for a local photographer, and I fell in love with weddings immediately.The day was filled with so many meaningful moments and emotion, and I loved being able to document all of that.I knew that I had found my calling at that first wedding.

What do you do when you are not working?  When I am not working, I love to explore the city and go to as many museums and dance performances as possible.I also love to read and spend time with family and friends.My husband, my friends, and I are all big dorks.We have lots of game nights.:)

How would you describe your approach to weddings?  We like to document weddings in an unobtrusive and documentary style.We love to disappear in to the background and capture meaningful moments.We have this same documentary approach when it comes to portraits of the couple and the wedding party as well.Although we are involved in the posing and lighting, of course, we want those portraits to lookand feel very natural and relaxed - like a candid moment that we just happened to capture.:)

What inspires you in your work?  Clients that are real, relaxed, and clearly in love.Those couples are an absolutely joy to photograph.The venue also brings me lots of inspiration.We have so many stunning venues in this area and such variety!I love being able to shoot in a museum one weekend and a vineyard the next.

What do you find the most rewarding about your job?  Providing my clients with fabulous pictures.There is an adrenaline rush when I know that I have just captured a key moment or a meaningful expression that I KNOW the couple is going to love, like a tear in a proud parent’s eye or grandma laughing.I love being able to provide my clients with a document of their special day – something that they can look back on for years and then pass on to their kids and grandkids.

What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business?  That wedding vendors work really, really hard and put a lot of heart and soul in to each wedding.While I don’t feel this way with my clients, fortunately, I think there are some people out there that don’t appreciate or respect how hard wedding vendors work.I put a lot of thought, heart, and dedication in to each wedding that I photograph, and I know that all of the other wedding vendors do the same.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?  I think that I am very friendly and approachable, and thus, I am able to put my clients at ease.A lot of my clients don’t necessarily like being photographed, and I am good at making them feel comfortable and natural in front of the camera.This is a big emphasis of mine because I remember how weird it feels to be photographed from my own engagement session and wedding day!

What do you love about weddings?  What is there not to love about weddings!?Weddings are so emotional and joyful.I love seeing so many intimate and meaningful moments like mom’s face when her daughter first puts on the dress and the groom’s face when he first sees his bride.I still get teary-eyed at lots of weddings.The father/daughter dance gets me almost every time.

What do you hate about weddings?  That everything happens so quickly!I remember what it feels like to be a bride, and it seems like the day is over in a flash.I wish there were more quiet moments to sit back and reflect on how special the day is.We try to give the Bride & Groom some quiet, reflective moments during their portraits so that they can enjoy one another and what has transpired so far. And, of course, we try to document everything so that the Bride & Groom can remember what happened and even see what they missed.

What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding?  I got to take wedding party pictures in an empty Ravens stadium, which was such a unique experience.I had never been in an empty NFL stadium, much less ON THE FIELD, so that was a first for me and it was awesome.Abraham Lincoln – one of the Nationals’ Presidential mascots – attended one of my receptions last year.He greeted guests at the cocktail hour and then cut in on the couple’s first dance so that he could dance with the bride.It was hilarious.

What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding?  Hire vendors that you like, respect and trust.Research, read reviews, and then meet the vendors in person and hire the ones you think are the best match based on skill and personality.And then once you hire them, trust them to do the job well.Try to relax and let them do what you hired them to do.

Who is your favorite artist or band?  It’s hard for me to pick just one, but I LOVE dancing around to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis right now.Their music is a good pick-me-up in the middle of the day – almost better than coffee.:)

What is the worst song of all time?  “The Song That Never Ends”.Fortunately, that is never played at weddings.

Open mic, final thoughts:  I’m just flattered that I was chosen for this.Thanks for the honor, MyDeejay!