Let’s hear from a photographer

I am so excited about today’s blog post it is all about one of my friends, fellow wedding vendor and a brilliant photographer.  We get to hear from Kali Lu Photography.  I met Kali a few years ago at a work party her husband and my husband are coworkers, we got to talking and found out we both work in the wedding industry and hit it off.  One of the things I love about Kali is her heart, this woman has the biggest giving heart.  She is a wife, mother, a nurse and a photographer.  She wears so many hats and juggles everything beautifully.  Alright enough gushing let’s get on to the interview.

1) Tell me a little bit about how you got your start and what you love about photography?

I can remember sitting cross legged when I was around 10 staring up at pictures that were projected through slides that my dad took when he lived in England.  He used an old 35mm camera.  I was mesmerized by the beauty and emotion the pictures gave off, right then and there I knew I wanted to learn to take pictures.  I took middle school and high school photography and shot my first wedding while I was in Nursing school.  It was one of my classmates sister’s.  That was 10 years ago and they paid me $100 for the whole wedding!  Since then I have gained a lot of experience though second shooting for other photographers, attending workshops and teaching myself a lot by using the amazing interwebs. When film started becoming popular again I immediately added it to my arsenal it was easy for me because that was how I originally learned photography.  I currently shoot a mix of digital and film and continue to learn and study the art of photography. 

2) What makes you stand out to your clients and different from other photographers?

First, that I shoot with real film.  I think this is unique and has a look and feel that can not be duplicated with just shooting digital.  Two other reasons I stand out is because I genuinely love my wedding couples.  By nature I am a caretaker, my other occupation is a nurse and I am second oldest raised in a big family.  Loving and caring for others is part of me and I do this with my wedding couples.  I really talk and listen to them and what their needs are for their wedding.  I get to know them and after the wedding is over I have made some of the most amazing friends.  Last but not least I stand out by experience.  I have been shooting a long time…10 years and although this makes me feel old this also makes me experienced and knowledgeable.  Experience is something that can not be told or taught it is something that has to be lived.  

3) What are some tips you can give brides when figuring out the photography process for their wedding day?

My top three tips are be concerned about lighting, trust your photographer and enjoy your wedding day. Lighting is one of the most important factors for getting beautiful wedding images.  I would highly suggest allowing time for bride and groom shots during the golden hour (during or right before sunset). So much time and preparation is put into your hair, make up and the dress so getting just the right lighting to show these off is essential.  Trust your photographer.  You hired a professional for a reason we know how to manipulate the camera and lighting, we know what poses work, we know where to place you, we have done this before. It will put your mind at ease if you can realize that putting your faith and trust in your photographer will give you the best results.  Enjoy your wedding day, the more natural and happy you are the more it will shine through into your pictures.  Relax and have the best day of your life. 

4) How far in advance should a client book you and what is your process?

Ideally it is best to book one to two years in advance.  If your wedding is off season (not during May-August) you have a much better chance of your date being open.  I understand every wedding is different and I will book weddings that are less than a year out as well.  The process of booking with me is pretty simple.  If I have your wedding date open I let you know, we talk over the phone or meet in person to make sure we would be a good fit and go over the package and what it includes.  If we both feel good about each other then we both sign my Terms and Agreement form.  I ask for a $500 deposit and then the day if officially booked. 

Kali is such an amazing photographer and I am so excited that I got to feature her on my blog this month.  What I love about her style is it is so light and airy and that she uses film.  To learn more about Kali please go here.  Next weeks blog post is going to be a fun one so stay tuned.