[Editor’s Note: Hey all, Brad Moore here! I’ll go ahead and admit that I’m a little biased with this guest post. I recently got married, and Hannah was our wedding photographer! As you’ll see though, I didn’t just invite her to do a guest post because she shot my wedding. She’s truly awesome and has some beautiful, amazing work. Apparently photography is in the Foldy DNA since her cousin is sports photographer Rob Foldy! Anyway, I thought that since so many of you know me through my time working with Scott, you might be interested in this little life update from me as well. So, without further ado, here is my interview with Hannah accompanied by her photos from a very special day!]
How did you get started in wedding photography?
My mom got remarried in 2014 and I befriended her wedding photographer because I was very interested in photography. I had been doing families and senior portraits for a while and was ready to plunge into the wedding world. Her photographer graciously let me second shoot for her 5 times (unpaid) and I learned SO much just with those first 5 weddings. The few most important things I learned immediately with those first 5 weddings were the following:
- Always be on your toes and adaptable, you never know what is going to be thrown your way.
- Smile, always. Positivity and enthusiasm is huge, especially when people are only looking to you for guidance on a wedding day.
- Never be too prideful and always be hungry to learn something new. This industry is always growing and changing, so grow with it.
What’s the most rewarding part of wedding photography?
Capturing humans and their raw emotions and moments are the reason I do what I do. We are incredible creatures. There is nothing like us (as far as I know). It makes me realize how similar we all are. We all have emotions, feelings, moments, life, death, etc. Capturing life as it is is truly euphoric. The fact that I am literally stopping time for others to reminisce on later is demanding yet humbling at the same time.
Is there a lesson you learned the hard way early on that has shaped the way you work today?
ALWAYS write to two memory cards. If you don’t have a camera with two card slots, go buy one. Now. Do not risk it. Cards corrupt all the time, and the one time you think it won’t happen, it will. At least that’s how it was for me. So don’t risk it. Don’t shoot a one time event with a one-time card. Seriously, it’s dumb.
Is there a specific piece of gear or technique that helps you achieve your style?
I love shooting at f/2.2 – f/2.5 pretty consistently (unless it’s a large group portrait, then I stop down more to make sure everyone is in focus). But I love the bokeh it creates, and I feel like that has really been my style for the last 2 years or so. And I like it, and my clients seem to like it, so I’m gonna keep doing it :)
What’s the most memorable moment from photographing Brad and Katelyn’s wedding?
All the love surrounding them was impeccable. It was intimate and so many moments were happening around me that I wanted to capture. They are clearly so loved and it was an honor to witness such an amazing celebration.
But I will say that when the confetti cannons went off and most of us weren’t prepared for how loud they would be, that was probably the most memorable because the whole room was scared sh*tless, but it was THE BEST.
What was it like photographing a photographer’s wedding?
Honestly, it was nerve wracking at first, but I soon realized that this is my craft and I have done a ton of weddings so I GOT THIS. So I quickly got over it and just did my thing like I always do :)