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Wedding Photographer Alberta Delightful Perception Photography shoots a wedding at Macdonald Island Park, Canada

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Wedding Photographer : Delightful Perception Photography  
Couple : Rogers
Wedding Photographer Alberta
Ceremony Location : Fort McMurray, Alberta
Reception : Macdonald Island Park
Wedding Date : August 30th, 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

I have been intrigued with photography, since receiving my first Polaroid camera at 7 years old. It was when I became a mother in 2010 I began to delve into digital photography. I have chosen not to specialize in a specific area of photography at this point because I’m still thoroughly enjoying watching families grow, and love the variety.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

People describe me as friendly but focused. I am absolutely addicted to learning and always like to try original ideas. I am a people pleaser to a fault.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

What could possibly be better than a wedding? I fight back the tears behind the camera every time and get deeply into the story of families being united. This wedding was an 8pm ceremony followed by a cocktail reception. The Bride and groom did a first look, and then formals prior to the ceremony. We chose a timeless greenery location for the family formals, and then headed to a local pub to a different feel for the second location with the wedding party. Near the end of the reception I snuck the couple outside for a sparkler photo to really end their night with sizzle.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I was convinced to shoot my first wedding by a client! I had only been in business for about 6 months as a portrait photographer and had a client beg me to shoot her very small ceremony before she and her husband were to go to a destination wedding location for their reception. That day I knew I loved the rush or emotions this opportunity provided, and the ability to provide such an incredible collection of memories for people.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I shot my first wedding in September of 2012, and am building on the number of weddings I shoot each year.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

The wedding portion of my business is just getting out of infancy, so I guess it’s in its toddler years. It is most important to me that the Bride and Groom have a collection of images they love, that they feel captures their day. If they don’t cry at the reveal I’ve failed right? In order to ensure I feel up to the challenge I started out doing smaller weddings, and am now building up to bigger ones. I also severely limit the number of weddings I do so that I can give each couple the attention needed to know them well enough to make their day photograph seamlessly. Second shooting weddings for photographers I admire has really helped build my confidence and transition me into doing larger weddings. Also building a great relationship with other excellent wedding photographers has gotten me referrals.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

Every bride and groom is unique. I think a couple needs to look at the portfolio first and foremost, but realistically the price is usually a huge factor. First narrow down price, then identify photographers within that price range and then sit down and look at their portfolios. Next they need to meet with those photographers! It’s important to make sure personalities mesh, because you’re going to be spending a huge part of one of the biggest days of your life with this person. Plus you’re entrusting them with some of the most precious photos you will ever have taken.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

I primarily advertise through word of mouth. Making connections with other wedding vendors and within the young families of my community has been my most effective source of booking clients. However, I also use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkdin, 500px, and Pinterest. My website has also been credited with introducing a few of my brides to me, through wedding photographer directories, the Professional Photographers of America or Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada.

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Why do you think people hire you?

People hire me for the reasons I listed under what I think couples should look for, price, portfolio and connection.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

Annual averages aren’t really representative of my business since I only broke into the wedding industry a little over 2 years ago, however this year I currently have 6 weddings booked.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Anyone who is madly in love!

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

I just booked my first destination wedding, and it will be in Yellowknife NWT Canada next summer! I am thrilled to be able to capture the rugged land and immense character of the community.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

My main camera body is the Nikon d750 with my Nikon D600 as a second body. I bring my 3 Nikon speedlights, Pocketwizards to trigger them if I’m not using one as a master, a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 vr1, Nikon 24-70 2.8, Sigma 15mm 2.8, Sigma 20mm 1.8, Nikon 105mm 2.8 micro, Nikon 85mm 1.4, a Westcott Icelight, Cokin filters, a Manfrotto tripod, and a handful of light stands. I’m excited to also be adding the magnet-mod accessories to my wedding equipment arsenal next month!

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

The nerves leading up to it! Once the day arrives it’s so much fun, but I think wedding photographers go through a mild version of what brides go through in thinking there’s something they’re missing, and more planning to be done, right up until the wedding day.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Every wedding is so unique, as is each couple and their story, so my approach is to get to know my brides and grooms, and the people important to them. I want to know their history so I can recognize those symbolic moments that may otherwise go over my head.

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Who or what inspires you?

My couples inspire me! My children inspire me, art of all sorts inspires me, but especially music. I will admit I have caught myself taking photos to the beat of the music on multiple occasions.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

n/a

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

I used to be a math teacher, and a math consultant and I’d probably be that again; with maybe photography teacher thrown in there.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love this image because when I booked this wedding a year and a half prior to the date I did not know how to make this photo happen, but the bride wanted a sparkler shot. It was a great opportunity to put my learning addiction to work, and the results were exactly what we wanted. I get a lot of compliments on it from other photographers, but mostly I love it because the bride cried and cried and cried when she saw it. She contacted me the day after she saw it to say she was crying again. She was so proud, and I feel this photo helped to elevate my photography and changed my perspective a bit on how I see photography. Now I want to not just capture moments, but create magic.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

I am addicted to learning remember? I’m attending a wedding workshop next month, I’m taking an editing workshop online right now, and I’m hoping to transition my portrait business to include more seniors and engagements with a focus on creating dramatic, artistic portraiture.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Loving what you do, loving who you do it for, and letting them love you back.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

Chrystal Stringer Photography is the amazingly talented local photographer who let me second shoot for her and has taught me more than any other photographer. I’ve done Susan Stripling’s creative live workshops and learned a lot from her as well.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

My proudest moments were becoming the first person in my family to graduate from university; the successes of my students; marrying my husband; having my children and every day that I see them grow and learn; the relationships I build with my clients and I love making them cry happy tears!

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