Recently, I virtually sat down with Karl at Mohr Fun Events for a fun little interview to learn more about each other. He asked me some amazing questions that really got me talking about how I excel at what I do, and I wanted to share those thoughts with y’all!
1. How do you prepare for your day as an Asheville wedding photographer? Do you have an assistant to help direct people for arranged photos?
For me, staying organized is key. Thankfully I am organized by nature, so looking through my notes from past meetings with clients and creating lists of their wants and wishes is how I set myself up for success every time. I often shoot alone without an assistant so I wear many hats on a wedding day. As we know, weddings rarely ever go exactly as planned and often plans change on the fly, so my staying flexible is really important, too. I enter each wedding with a full go with the flow attitude, regardless of how specific my lists are.
2. What are your more preferred types of photos? Do you like candid or formal photos better and why?
I LOVE couples photos. The time just after the ceremony and before the reception when couples can spend some time together (often for the first time that day) is one of my favorites. The love and connection that couples exude is amazing and so sweet. Capturing all of those moments, whether posed or candid is fantastic. This is a time for them to relax and for me to truly capture some creative photos for them to hang on their gallery wall at home.
3. Do you love the work you do? What is your favorite part?
Yes! This is a chosen profession for me, my second career actually, and I love it! By far my favorite part is connecting with my clients. Each client has a different background, story, and need. I pride myself in listening well and create a custom experience for each couple. After all, they deserve to have their story told in a way that suits them specifically!
4. Do people realize how much time you have to put in after the event to produce the final deliverables?
Not at all. In this digital age many people think that when you take a photo, it's one step and is fully completed. For professional photographers, the reality is that taking the photo is only a small percentage of what we do with photographs. Post processing is a lengthy process with dozens of steps and typically takes 4-5 times the amount of time I spent shooting the event. In my opinion though, it is totally worth it! Removing red exit signs from the first dance photos, and bugs and twigs from the layers of the bride's dress should always be done for cleaner photos, and to do it well takes a significant amount of time and patience.
5. What does the final deliverable package look like? How long after an event does this part of the job take place? I'll bet it is a great feeling when it's delivered!
For my couples, I want their final package to be customized to them. I feel that this package is a gift I am able to give them, and I put my heart and soul into taking their wedding photos as well as delivering them. My final wedding packages are typically delivered in 3-4 weeks and include a high end glass USB drive with their digital wedding photos, a handful of custom printed photographs so that they have a few to place around their home right away, and a thank you note sharing how grateful I am that they chose me to be a part of their big day. This is all wrapped up in a custom box with silk chiffon ribbon. I truly love to spoil my clients!
Bonus: Is there anything that happened at a wedding that completely derailed your ability to execute your plan of action?
Yes, while the wedding party was getting ready a very heavy chandelier fell from the ceiling and landed on the shoulders of a bridesmaid. It instantly stopped us all so that we could care for her. Thankfully she was okay and proceeded with the day after resting for a bit. It pushed our timing back about an hour and that was perfectly okay. The bridesmaid's health was most important. When we did get back to the wedding day, we all adapted and let things flow as they needed, knowing we would still get everything completed even if the approach looked a bit different. We did just that and the rest of the wedding day was absolutely beautiful!
For the other half of the interview where I asked him questions, click over to Asheville Wedding Photography | Meet DJ Karl at Mohr Fun Events!
And for more info about me and my photography, click over to Asheville Wedding Photographer | Jessica Merithew Photography Inside Business Secrets and 5 Things to Know About Jessica | Photographer Introduction!