With a gift for finding the perfect lighting for every occasion, Elizabeth from Elizabeth Ann Photography is phenomenal at capturing all of her couple’s favorite wedding moments. Not only is she a beautiful photographer, but her and her sister are both wonderful and inspiring people to work with.
We have had such amazing experiences with Elizabeth that we just couldn’t resist taking the time to interview her and pick her brain about wedding photography, as well as her own unique style!
AED: Describe your photography/editing style.
Elizabeth: I am pretty organic in my approach. I have a thought process on how I want to style and pose my clients, but I’m always looking for the in between moment. I tend to get really excited and happy while I’m shooting, which in turn makes my clients laugh and feel more at ease so those candid shots added in with the more editorial posed look brings a beautiful, well-rounded wedding. I want to feel and see the emotion that was there on a wedding through my images. My editing style compliments the images I take; again, more of an organic approach. The image is taken in the lighting I want, and then editing is merely enhancing the colors a bit or removing blemishes, etc.
AED: Which shots do you think are the most important to capture on a wedding day?
Elizabeth: All of them! Haha okay, but seriously, a wedding day is filled with priceless moments. The look a mother gives her daughter after she has helped her get into her dress. The way a father hugs his son. The sweet hugs the Bride gives her grandma. Definitely the look a bride and groom give each other when they first see each other. There are so many beautiful and precious moments. It’s kind of hard to pick the most important as the day is filled with so many firsts. I want to photograph them and help tell the story of the day so that when you open up your images you go back every time to all of those memories. From the bridal party, to the stunning portraits of the Bride and Groom, to the first dances…ahh, you can see I love weddings, so I’m sticking with all of them!
AED: What do you love most about being a photographer, and specifically a wedding photographer?
Elizabeth: It’s an honor every time to me when I have been chosen to photograph someones’ beautiful day. Every time I am aware that trust has been given to me to see your day, to photograph it, and to show you the beauty of it. I don’t take it lightly. I love putting smiles on my clients’ faces. I love that the Mom’s of the brides often hug me and tell me that it feels as if I’m part of their family. I love when I get emails from my brides and grooms telling me how much they LOVE their images. I love that I get to put my artistic soul into weddings.
AED: What qualities do you admire in couples that you work with?
Elizabeth: All of my couples have such a unique outlook of their wedding. They bring in creativity…but at the heart of it…all of them want the day to be about sharing it with the people they care about. It’s not a rush to be the best wedding of the year (all though in my opinion each one is). They are caring, adventurous, and funny…seriously I have yet to have a couple that didn’t make me laugh. I’m always in observation mode when I meet couples…how do they relate to each other? How does the groom treat his bride and vice versa? It’s beautiful to see. I guess my couples have compassion and creativity. A lot of my brides continue on throughout the years as my friends, and I love that. It’s such a fun way for me to meet so many cool and unique people.
AED: Do you have a favorite wedding that you have worked? What about it made it your favorite?
Elizabeth: As I love all of my weddings I photograph, that is a tough question. However, I really fell in love with a wedding I photographed at Boettcher Mansion this past fall (Side Note – AED worked this wedding with Elizabeth and it tops our wedding favorites too!). The colors were so vibrant, and Jess’ dress…AHHH! So unique and playful! I’m a huge detail fanatic at weddings because it makes me smile to see the different and creative touches that each bride and groom brings in. I love seeing the expressions on the guests faces as they walk into a reception room, it’s truly magical. This wedding had fall leaves, gorgeous tea lit mason jars, accents with wood slices, vintage couches, market lighting…you get the idea. Stunning.
AED: If a couple came to you for advice on choosing a photographer, what advice would you offer them?
Elizabeth: Pour over their images. Check their website, blog and Facebook page. Follow them on Instagram. Get a feel for WHO you are going to be working with. Do you click with them? Do you like what they are representing on the Internet? I always make sure when I visit with a possible bride and groom that they have looked at my work. I want to know that they already love the work I’m putting out there because I think there should be a level of trust from the beginning. Love the work, then meet up with me! Find out a little more over coffee or wine. See if there is a connection. It’s just as important to me as it is for the possible client to get to know each other better. It’s kind of like an interview both ways when I meet with people. Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the biggest decisions you will make, so trusting her/him and liking her/him is SO important. If possible, ask around and see what other people are saying about them.
AED: What is your favorite season to photograph?
Elizabeth: Well, I’m a huge fan of sunlight…its pretty prevalent in all of my work. I love the soft, summer glow at the end of a day. The way the colors reflect my style…it’s magic for me. However, I also LOVE fall. The sharper colors that the pretty broken leaves bring in is perfect. I’m happy to say I have a few winter weddings this year so I’m excited to try out snowy mountain weddings. I think that might become a favorite.
AED: What time of day do you think provides the best lighting?
Elizabeth: Sunrise or sunset, soft glow…the light is less harsh and the shadows are softer. If I can get portrait time at either of those times, I’m a happy girl. Often a wedding planner will help arrange to have a couple leave the reception for a bit to provide sunset shots for the bride and groom, so I usually get it in regardless of the portrait time. That sunset light is SO romantic.
Thank you so much Elizabeth for all your insightful feedback and knowledge! You are truly amazing to work with, and here at AED we definitely recommend you as both a beautiful photographer and individual. Check out all of the stunning work done by Elizabeth by clicking here!