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Wedding Photographer Tennessee JoPhoto Wedding Photography shoots a wedding at Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, United States

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Wedding Photographer : JoPhoto Wedding Photography  
Couple : Erika + Chris Thompson
Wedding Photographer Tennessee
Ceremony Location : Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch
Reception : Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch
Wedding Date : September 6th 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

We are a husband and wife wedding photography team based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joe and Kathleen have been photographing weddings for 7 years and shoot a mix of digital and film photography. We often travel throughout the southeastern United States for weddings, and we've even photographed a wedding in York, England.


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

Most of our clients describe us as being easy to be around, comfortable, helpful, and that we go above and beyond their expectations.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

We're whisking you away to a mountaintop wedding at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch! This Beaver Creek wedding in the Colorado mountains is full of natural details and a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Erika and Chris got married on Sept 6th 2014, on the Skier Bridge Lawn. During the winter, Skier Bridge is covered in snow and thousands of skiers float across it. During the summer and early fall, it serves as a beautiful Beaver Creek wedding ceremony site.

Erik and Chris live in Texas, and Chris's family has a winter home in Beaver Creek. This sweet couple often visited Beaver Creek while they were dating, so the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch was the perfect venue for their destination mountain wedding in Colorado!

Their wedding included lovely blush colored flowers and purple bridesmaids dresses. Groomsmen wore gray suits, and Erika and Chris got married under a natural wood wedding arch. Violinists played music as Erika and her father walked down the aisle. It was a beautiful summer wedding in the mountains of Colorado!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Joe has always been a photographer. He used to work for an advertising agency. When he met Kathleen, they began shooting weddings for friends, and then they shot more and more weddings and it evolved into JoPhoto.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

We have been shooting weddings for 7 years.

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

We feel that our business is successful because we put a lot of hard work into it. The more work you put into a business, the more results you receive. We feel that our hard work and customer service is what is the key to our success.

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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?

Brides and grooms should look for photographers who take photos that they like, in the style that they love. In addition, they should look for photographers who they like and get along with. Your wedding photographer will spend your entire wedding day with you, so you want it to be someone you are comfortable with and enjoy!

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

We mostly do only online advertising. Facebook advertising is what has worked the best for us.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Brides hire us because they like the style of our photos and they like our personality and that we are easy to work with.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

Our studio averages 95 weddings per year. We have an associate photographer and a videographer. Joe and Kathleen shoot 50 weddings per year, and others in our studio shoot approximately 40-50.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Our favorite weddings are small weddings with just a few people in a lovely natural location such as the mountains or a waterfall.

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

We would hope it would be in Ireland.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

We shoot a mix of film photography and digital photography, so we have Canon 5Dmiii cameras with various lenses, a Contax645 film camera and a Pentax645 film camera. We also have a light meter, reflector, flashes, and lighting for receptions.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

The most challenging thing about a wedding is when the bride is late because their hair & makeup have taken longer than scheduled. 99% of the time a wedding schedule is late is because hair & makeup take longer than planned. Then, the challenge is for us to “make up” the time we are already behind so we have enough time to take the appropriate amount of pictures on the wedding day.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Yes, we create a photo time-line for the wedding day and try to follow the time-line as best we can.

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Who or what inspires you?

Artists and other photographers outside of the wedding industry.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Worst marketing idea was doing giveaways, contests, coupons, and discounts. Best marketing idea was having a good solid brand that is consistent across all social media and web sites.

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

Kathleen would be a veterinarian and Joe would be a professional golfer.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

The favorite image of this wedding was the bridesmaids with the mountains in the background. We love this because of the mountains and the bridesmaids with their pretty flowy dresses and the beautiful bride.

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

Yes, we would like to photograph more destination weddings outside of our hometown in Tennessee.

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

The key to being a successful wedding photographer include great customer service, patience, a good eye, and solid business skills.

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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?

There are many photographers who inspire us, and one of our favorite places to view their work is on Instagram. These photographers are in a wide range from weddings to nature and landscapes.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Last month, one of our photos was named among the '25 must-see wedding photos from 2014' by The Huffington Post

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