The Something New Entertainment team first became acquainted with Terry Goodman of Platinum Photography through our mutual association with an informal photography (and photographer-admirers) club — a band of fun wedding pros who love an excuse to hang with other “cool vendors,” whether it’s to eat tacos on a Tuesday evening or to network online, helping answer one another’s questions about venues and computers or just provide support and humor about the crazy life that is working in the wedding industry.
Terry — who has a kind heart and a sharp sense of humor — and DJ AJ9 became internet pen pals and fast friends. Later, DJ Justin, DJ AJ9, and DJ AJ10 took some family portraits with Terry, too!
What we like about Platinum Photography: Terry is warm, welcoming, and friendly, which is a HUGE plus for someone that will effectively be your shadow for 8+ hours on your wedding day — wouldn’t you rather be with someone who will make you calm or make you laugh? We also like her style — she has a very vintage-y quality to her work. She sometimes uses black-and-white, quasi-sepia, or faux hand-colored effects in her editing, which compliments that shooting style well.
Enough talk — let’s see the pictures! On to the interview:
Something New Entertainment’s DJ Anna-Jeannine “AJ9” Herman: What first interested in pursuing a carer in photography?
Terry Goodman of Platinum Photography: I used to work at a car rental company here in Cleveland. An Angel came in one night and spoke to me for an hour about my passion for photography. He asked me why I wasn’t pursuing it. I told him I could get school loans & mentoring from other photographers but I couldn’t afford the equipment. A week later he showed up out of the blue and handed me a bright yellow Dodd’s Camera Bag. He gave me his card and left. He bought my first new camera so I could go to school for photography. I wrote him numerous thank you emails and cards over the years, but he has never responded. So I call him my Angel. And take it as a sign that this is what I’m supposed to be doing!
DJ AJ9: How long have you been photographing weddings?
TG: I’ve been a photographer now for 12 years. I’ve been a professional wedding photographer for the past 7 years.
TG: A fusion of fine art, photojournalism & traditional images.
DJ AJ9: What do you enjoy most about being a wedding photographer?
TG: My favorite part of being a wedding photographer is hearing my client’s love stories. I’m a romantic at heart. My 2nd favorite part is that I get to create art as my full time job. That is pretty awesome!
DJ AJ9: What are some ways that couples can prepare for their wedding day to help ensure better photos?
TG: I always meet with my clients one to two weeks before the Wedding to go over all the final details including photo locations etc. That way I show up on the wedding day prepared for whatever the day may bring. In this way I always help my clients prepare for wedding day photos by assuring them that I will take care of everything. 🙂
DJ AJ9: What’s your favorite “must capture” moment during the day?
TG: I love capturing the Groom’s face as the Bride is walking down the aisle. And also the first dance. They are always the MOST romantic moments to me.
DJ 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?
TG: Why should clients do an engagement session? It helps the photographer get to know the clients so there is a level of comfort on the wedding day. And it allows the photographer to see if there is anything they need to pay attention to like a blinking groom etc. It also allows the clients to see the photographer’s work before the wedding giving the client even more faith in the photographer.
DJ 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?
TG: DJs who try to put me in control [of the timeline] during the reception (basically doing the DJ’s job). It’s happened to me twice. I need to be worried about photographs, not what time the cake cutting is or getting the clients away from guests to do the cake cutting. 🙂