We've had the pleasure of working with the talented Deb Lindsey on several weddings in the past, and we know our clients are in good hands when they've chosen her to be behind the camera on their special day. Today, Deb is sharing a little bit about her transition into wedding photography and what she loves most about it. Here's what she had to say!
How did you get started in the wedding business? I had been a photo editor for several years at The Washington Post—primarily working behind the scenes, coordinating photographers and photo coverage for the paper. After my son was born in 2000, I began to feel the urge to get behind the camera again. It was a need to be creative in a different way and a return to my roots as a shooter. I started shooting weddings in 2001 as a contract photographer and by 2007 I knew that I had discovered my passion and I decided to go into business for myself. I stayed at the Post for another three years and then left in 2010 to do weddings and other freelance photography full-time.
What do you do when you are not working? Mostly I drive my kids (Hannah, 16 and Wyatt, 13) to and from swim practice. On weekends when I don’t have weddings or engagement shoots, I am usually at one of their swim meets! As a result, I’ve gotten pretty good at shooting swimming and I serve as the unofficial photographer for both my daughter’s high school team and the kids’ summer swim team.
How would you describe your approach to weddings? I would say it’s documentary style. With my photojournalism background, I spend a good part of the day as a “fly on the wall,” being unobtrusive. But I also love the part of the day when I do get to take control—during the couple’s portraits in particular. My goal in wedding photography is to make beautiful photographs. In photojournalism it’s not about pretty--it’s about moments. I try to do both.
What inspires you in your work?I am inspired by the couples that allow me to photograph their weddings and create indelible memories for them on one of the biggest days of their life. Their joy is totally inspiring.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job?Making my couples happy and making photographs that make me happy. The absolute best thing for me is a phone call or email from a bride telling me that she cried as she looked through the photos. And when I’m shooting and I find an image where it all comes together—the light, the emotion, the body language — that’s what gets me excited.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business?That experience counts. Yes, a family friend can shoot your wedding but unless they are an experienced wedding photographer, you might not be thrilled with the result. And bad wedding photos are forever.There isn’t enough Photoshop in the word to rescue missed moments. I love shooting weddings and if you’d told me that weddings would be my passion 15 years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it. But being a good photographer isn’t the same as being a good wedding photographer.
What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?I’d say my experience. Every photographer brings with them their own unique perspective. I have a style…I strive to make clean elegant photos with an emphasis on the couple’s interaction and emotion. I like a mix of vivid color and timeless B&W. I love the problem solving and thinking on my feet and adjusting to the situation that comes with shooting a wedding in a documentary style. There are a lot of very good wedding photographers around but no one brings exactly the set of skills/experience/personality that I do.
What do you love about weddings? The story line! It’s really the perfect linear story with a beginning (preparation), middle (ceremony) and end (reception). And for the most part everyone is excited, dressed in their best and they’re happy to see me.
What do you hate about weddings? I get frustrated sometimes by the timelines—not having enough time to get the photos I really want to capture. Being rushed is the worst.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? Every wedding has moments where everything just comes together…sometimes it’s the light, sometimes it’s the great chemistry between the couple and sometimes it’s the emotions of the family and friends. But probably the coolest in recent memory was Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiating Michael and David’s wedding last fall.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? This sounds self-serving but don’t skimp on the photography. At the end of the day, it’s what you have left (besides the spouse of course!).
Who is your favorite artist or band? That’s a tough one! There are different bands/artists for different periods of my life. I loved the Who during my formative years and went through a long phase of listening to singer/songwriters like Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. My current favorites are informed more by what my daughter is listening to while I drive her back and forth to swim practice. I’m currently a fan of Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Adele. And I can always listen to Green Day.
What is the worst song of all time? I don’t have a specific song I hate but I’m not a rap fan and generally can’t listen to anything that’s been heavily auto-tuned. So maybe something by Britney Spears would qualify…