What do you think is the most likely answer you’ll get when you ask a bride about what vendor to splurge on for your wedding? The photographer. Why? Because after the day is over and done, images of the celebration are what help keep the memories alive for the happy couple, their family, and future generations. You want a photographer who is talented, professional, and will take pictures as clear and beautiful as the captured moments themselves. Robert and Tiffany Peterson, the talented team of Rustic White Photography, have shot dozens of weddings and styled shoots in the Southeast, including our own gorgeous Summer 2015 cover pictorial. Learn their perspective on how weddings look behind the lens with the questions and answers below!
Location and weather conditions can be critical to a successful picture. How do you handle these relatively unpredictable factors?
A shoot is always easier when we have control over the location and time of day. With many of our regular shoots we can manage these factors, but on wedding days we’re working with a set schedule and usually photographing around other events that are going on that day. So a wedding day is all about being prepared. This is where Tiff shines for us. Once a couple books us Tiff will send them a questionnaire to gather all pertinent information. She then uses this info sheet to start building a photography timeline for the day. We always try to do this far enough in advance to have some input into the ceremony time. This allows us to really make sure we’ll have the best light possible for the couple’s portraits. We also make sure we scout or do online scouting of a location beforehand. Then we arrive early on the day-of to plan out alternate locations in case the weather changes on us. If a photographer really wants to be successful in the midst of cloud, wind, or rain, the best thing they can do is stay positive and keep a smile on their face. Tricky weather happens and it can be very stressful on a wedding day, but the photographer with a cheerful up-beat spirit and a plan for sheltered spots to keep shooting in will be remembered fondly long after the wedding day is over.
When you photograph a wedding, what does the day look like from behind the lens?
Our wedding days are meticulously organized, and this goes back to all of the work Tiff does in advance with our brides. We keep a printed timeline on us at all times, and as we’re shooting Tiff will give me little time warnings, i.e. 10 minutes left, or in 5 minutes we move to the first look. This keeps us on track with everything we need to capture in order to tell a complete story. Tiff is truly the left side of our brain on wedding days. She’ll style the detail shots, make sure everyone is ready for the next shot, and capture the majority of our candid images during portraits. This frees me up to focus on the technical aspects of a great photo as well as the energy of the shoot. Keeping things happy and as free of stress as possible is key to capturing those genuinely relaxed and joyful moments.
Photography: Rustic White Photography | Venue: Ambient+ Studio | Bridal Boutique: The Sentimentalist | Planner: Ashley Baber Weddings | Videography: Hampton Road Studios | Hair, Makeup: Scoobie West & Company | Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Floral, Decor: Kristine Finke for Bold American Events | Cake: Lush Cakery | Catering: Soiree Catering & Events | Invitation Suite, Paper Goods, Handlettered Aisle Runner: Kelly Lee | Modeling Agency: K. Starr Management | Model: Karen Arboleda