My Pals over at Borrowed & Blue – a fantastic source for Nola Vendors – got in the touch the other day to learn more about the wedding photography scene over here in NOLA
Here is my Q&A from Helen!
As Helen, Borrowed & Blue’s New Orleans Market Specialist, says
“We all know New Orleans weddings are special”, but they’re unique, too, and couples need unique vendors to carry out their amazing vision. That’s where people like Elizabeth from ERayPhoto come in! At Borrowed & Blue, we know everyone in the world deserves a beautiful wedding; Elizabeth works particularly with couples who have offbeat, creative sensibilities, and her photographic eye helps to set the tone and preserve the memories of their awesome wedding days. Between Elizabeth’s local NOLA knowledge and her cool-meets-quirky aesthetic, she’s a perfect fit for cool New Orleans couples, and we can’t wait to learn more about her business!”
– Helen, Borrowed & Blue’s New Orleans Market Specialist
Here’s our Q&A:
Hey Elizabeth! How did you get started as a photographer?
I found an old film camera in a drawer about 15 years ago and it was true love <3
When i started out I used to have friends come over to dress in ballgowns and we’d take pictures.
Weddings are pretty similar 😉 I’ve been shooting them over 10 years!
Share an image with us that you think sums up your photographic aesthetic—and tell us why:
I wanted to pick something that was unique and full of color. Wedding photography can be anything you want it to be!
What is your favorite question to ask couples when you meet them for the first time?
Oh yes! I love to ask couples tell me three words to describe their wedding day … These descriptions often channel a mood with the photography because most people describe colors, emotions, songs, places. With Photography you can bring out that mood with scenery and light. I think your gut reaction to that question taps into the style of photography you are seeking. What are your three words?
Do you have a favorite moment in a wedding day to photograph?
Moment wise i enjoy people just being themselves. There’s a lot of expectation packed with these events so its nice to shoot people off the grid having a good time.
Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?
What I enjoy is when you shoot , or paint, or do any creative job you’re always learning, evolving, and changing. Wedding Photography has room to be different every time and it’s been fun to play around with the new trends like tilt shift lenses, double exposures, or shoot new wedding idea trends (thanks pinterest) I guess specifically I look forward to people that dress their dogs up at weddings. Let’s take a real moment to appreciate dogs with better style than any of us.
What are some of your favorite places to photograph in the area?
All the crumbles. New Orleans is a weathered wonderland. The French Quarter is top of any list but let me give you some scenery treasures to google:
The dreamy swamp beach in Fountainbleau State Park, the mississippi river and city views over by Cresent Park in the Bywater, and the flower field in city park.
I love the cajun tradition where they make the unmarried older siblings dance with a broom.
The last wedding that did the broom tradition they put a wig, lipstick, and bra on the broom. #wasdying
What makes a New Orleans wedding different from a wedding in another part of the country
It’s probably the to-go cup’s at the end of the wedding BUT
I will answer this question with a photograph.
We hope you enjoyed the Q&A! Make sure you check out Borrowed & Blue, too; it’s a great place to find New Orleans wedding planners.