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Photographer: Victoria Sprung at Sprung Photo
Couple: Kate & Rudy
Location: Salvage One, Chicago
Wedding Date: 30th January 2016
Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m Victoria, Owner/Lead Photographer at Sprung Photo. I’m an animal lover and a sci-fi nerd. Please ask me about my A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones theories.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?
As a person? Intense, but loveable. ☺ My photography: bold, modern, colorful, authentic.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?
From the blog post on my site: Kate and Rudy had more than a Wedding day. It was a day for ceremony and celebration, officially joining the forces of Rudy, Kate, and their beautiful daughter Eve. Their wedding ceremony was one of the most unique, intimate, and spiritual we have ever had the pleasure of photographing, and Salvage One was the perfect setting. I am so proud of the images we took, and excited to share them.
You can also read a Q&A with the Couple about their experience!
Looking back, what were some of your favorite parts or moments of the Wedding day?
For both of us, the ceremony stands out as our favorite part of the day. It was very meaningful for us. We crafted our own ceremony with the help of our mentor and friend, Talya Ring. She was originally our yoga teacher (Rudy and I met in her class) and she has a gift for creating sacred space, and for drawing out the truth in each of us. With her guidance, we were able to speak intimately to each other about our love and our intentions, so that rather than repeating the words everyone is used to hearing at a wedding, we shared with each other our deepest feelings and promises. We stood up there in front of all our family and friends and were vulnerable but confident in our honesty. It’s hard to describe how meaningful it was to share that ceremony with each other and to feel that we were supported by everyone present.
Another favorite moment is at the very end of the ceremony, lifting up our 14-month old daughter who had been sitting in the front row with her grandparents, and walking back up the aisle together as a family!
What was your favorite piece of fashion or accessory, and where did you get it?
My very favorite accessories were my earrings! I bought them at BHLDN before I even bought the dress I wore. Every dress I tried on needed to pass the earring test: could I wear this with the earrings?
I also loved wearing the long veil that my mother wore at her wedding. So much lace!
What was the inspiration for your decor or styling?
The minute we saw Salvage One, we knew it was the place we wanted to get married. After that, everything we needed to decide about the decor followed that vibe: a little vintage, a little industrial, a lot eclectic. We especially loved the vintage china we rented from Vintage Plate Rental and the copper floral centerpieces from Magic Flowers.
Mention a funny moment here:
Rudy’s brothers each gave a toast before dinner, and one of them (Perry) was especially funny to those who knew Rudy and his family. But what was even funnier (to me, at least) was that my 2-and-a-half year old nephew Julian (who was sitting at our head table with my brother) laughed hysterically every time the adults around him would laugh at one of Perry’s jokes. He is such a happy little kid and he was having such a good time! I actually sort of stopped laughing at Perry and just laughed harder to see Julian laugh!
Any wedding advice for engaged couples?
Our advice for engaged couples: Wait until after the baby is born to get married! It puts everything in perspective. Plus, how many people can say they saw their parents get married?!
Tell us about the honeymoon!
Rudy and I took Eve to Florida for a couple weeks. We relaxed by the ocean, enjoyed fresh air, and played in the sunshine. It was pretty great.
How did you get into wedding photography?
In 2007, I had already been working part time as a photographer doing model portfolios, actor headshots, etc. I started doing live events, tried my first Wedding in March of 2007, and the rest is history!
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
I’ll be going into my 10th year of photographing Weddings in 2017, and I have documented about 400 of them!
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?
I think the key is a lot of hard work and practice. I wish I had found a mentor early on!
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
I think couples should first consider the style of the photographer before they even take a look at the ‘packages’ the photographer has to offer. But I also think it’s important to be very clear on what you’re getting. How many hours of coverage? How much is it for extra hours? Things like that.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?
I don’t do advertising. Word of mouth is where it’s at for a small company like mine!
Why do you think people hire you?
Because I have a unique perspective, and because I work very hard for my clients.
How many weddings do you average per year?
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?
Anyone who appreciates the amazing story telling art of photography. But really though, I am jealous of whomever is shooting Chris Hardwick’s Wedding.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
Either an amazing city like London, or somewhere majestic like the Alps.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
I am a gadget nerd and a gear head. ☺ I bring lots of cameras, lenses, lighting, and backups of backups. I use canon, and my favorite lens is the 70-200mm. It gets heavy though, so sometimes I’ll switch to the 85mm. I’m excited for the Sigma 85mm 1.4 art lens to come out.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
Getting your brain to catch up with the speed of the activities!
Do you have an approach to a wedding?
Grab moments. Try to FEEL what’s happening, and make that show in the photos.
Who or what inspires you?
Photographers who really get in there and aren’t afraid to do what it takes to get the shot. People who think on their feet.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?
Huge “bridal” shows where you’ll just get lost in the sea of vendors.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
I probably would have tried to get into special effects makeup!
Share your favourite image of the day and why?
We were waiting for family to arrive so we could get some family formals done before the Ceremony. Kate decided to nurse her baby Eve, and I happened to notice this quiet moment. It’s one of my favorite photos that I’ve ever taken.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?
I’d like to educate other Photographers on lighting, and other things that I enjoy about shooting.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?
Be genuinely interested in capturing moments! Take beautiful images for your clients and yourself, not to impress other photographers.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?
Erin Chrisman, Maurico Arias, Kelly and Sergio, Todd Laffler, Irina Groza, Gabriela Matei, Pete Henderson
Proudest moment so far, photography related or otherwise?
I think a lightbulb switched on for me this year. I have been proud of myself for combining great moments and great light in photos for a lot of the weddings I’ve shot this year.
Wedding Photographer Chicago – Victoria Sprung