By now, you’ve likely figured out that wedding professionals end up as part of this series by virtue of me thinking they’re fantastic, and Lisa Christine Austin of Brightside Photography — formerly of Lisa Christine Photography — is certainly no exception! I have had the privilege of working on multiple events with Lisa, and I’m so pleased to feature her on the blog, today!
Much like Something New Entertainment, Brightside Photography is the collaboration of a husband-wife team (and — P.S., Lisa: I love your “Part 2” comments about what you enjoy most about being a photographer. You expressed that special perk perfectly! AND — thanks for the compliment in your last response — that’s something that we work hard at and very much pride ourselves on!).
Something New Entertainment’s DJ Anna-Jeannine “AJ9” Herman: What first interested you in photography?
Brightside Photography’s Lisa Austin: Before I understood anything about the technical, or even artistic, aspects of photography, I just loved the idea of documenting the people in my life! I know it sounds cliche, but being able to capture a moment in time – whether it’s a wedding day, or my family at the holidays- is so precious to me. Since it’s an industry that is always evolving, there’s always something new to learn and I love that.
AJ9: How long have you been photographing weddings?
AJ9: How would you describe your photographic style?
LA: While we spend a good portion of a wedding day just documenting what’s happening, we are very deliberate with our portraits. We strive to create timeless photographs. This rolls over into our post processing work, too. We want our clients to appreciate their photos years, and generations, from now. There are new trends popping up in our industry all of the time, but we choose deliver consistent, quality images. Our family portraits are slightly more traditional, without being rigid and uncomfortable. And our bridal party portraits are more relaxed and fun- with an occasional dose of “serious face”. 🙂
AJ9: What do you enjoy most about being a wedding photographer?
LA: I have two and answers for this one- 1. We work hard to capture their day so that when they look back on the photos, they can relive that moment. When I get an email from a bride saying how she felt like she was right back in her wedding day as she’s going through the photos, that makes my day. 2. Being able to attend a wedding every week with my husband- hearing vows, seeing those commitments made- makes me so thankful for Chad and our marriage all over again!
AJ9: What is the most important consideration couples should make when hiring a photographer for their wedding?
LA: In my opinion, a couple should be able to trust their photographer. This comes through seeing a variety of weddings/locations/people in the photographers portfolio, and when possible, meeting them in person prior to the wedding day. If they are confident in their photographer’s artistic/technical abilities, they can relax on their wedding day! Instead of thinking “Did they get the shots we wanted?…”
AJ9: What are some ways that couples can prepare for their wedding day to help ensure better photos?
LA: We always communicate with our couples about the wedding day timeline, usually from the very first meeting. When we know exactly how much time we have and what locations we’ll be using, we can plan ahead to get the most out of their wedding day.
AJ9: What’s your favorite “must capture” moment during the day?
LA: I definitely have more than one! But if I have to choose… it would actually be some of Chad’s work. He always stays back with the bride and her father during the processional, while I’m at the other end near the groom. In those moments just before they walk down, he’s able to capture the most genuine excitement/anticipation/joy/
AJ9: What’s the question I’m not asking you but you wish I would, or What’s the question that clients usually don’t ask you but you wish they would?
LA: We just met with one of our couples recently, and at the end of the meeting the bride mentioned the other vendors involved in their day. It’s not essential for us to know these things, but it does give us a better idea for the flow of the day, if say a videographer will also be there.
AJ9: What do you look for in a great DJ and what are your DJ pet peeves? How can your DJ “co-workers” help you, hurt you, or irritate you throughout the day?
LA: For me, a great DJ just keeps us in the loop! There’s nothing worse than walking out of the room, and then hearing “Ladies and gentlemen… the bride and groom will now be….” We always introduce ourselves to the DJ/Band and politely ask to be given a cue before anything happens, so usually we can avoid this. You two (and everyone in your company) have always been a dream to work with!