For Photographers: Lightroom Zen Interview

So, this is a first! I was asked by David Childers (of David Childers Photography and owner of Lightroom Zen) if I would be interested in answering some questions in a video interview on his Youtube channel. If you check Lightroom Zen’s older videos, he shares a lot of tips and tricks for Lightroom and editing. I was honored to kick off his new venture of photographer interviews and am looking forward to seeing what others have to share!

I learned why I’m usually behind the camera (I froze up about five times in the beginning of this interview and David had to start over again), but once the initial jitters wore off, I think I strung together some cohesive sentences :)

I’ll make a few notes under the video about some of my thoughts, in case you missed something!

What’s in my bag

Nikon D750
35mm f/1.4
50mm f/1.8
Sigma 85mm f/1.4
70-200mm f/2.8
60mm macro*

Editing

Photo Mechanic for culling images
VSCO for Lightroom (I currently use VSCO 5)

Philosophy

I know I didn’t go into this very much, but I did want to give a shoutout to some really helpful and nice photographers who are definitely worth looking up to.

Mark from LeahAndMark — was one of my mentors when I first started in my business. As a fellow A Practical Wedding vendor (at the time), he dished out a lot of practical advice, like how to blog, how to market, and how to think when you’re a business owner.

Jamie from The Modern Tog — also a wedding photographer, Jamie has built an incredible business in helping photographers, and in a very genuine way. She uses a foundation of good customer service to ensure that her clients refer her to newly engaged friends. If you are a newer photographer and haven’t read through her vast resources, go now, because she helps with everything: pricing, troubleshooting emails, budgeting, everything. 

And though I didn’t mention him in the video, I did want to add Ryan Brenizer in this list. He’s a very successful New York City wedding photographer. As I told David after he’d stopped recording, I drank from the fountain of Brenizer’s customer service well. He is an amazing photographer and approaches his job with joy and humility. I was lucky enough to attend a workshop of his a few years back and he mentioned that while some photographers may have egos about being on a “best wedding photographers” list, etc., no one outside of our industry really knows who they are. I think that’s a healthy perspective.

In short…

I really hope that this was somewhat interesting to you, and if you have any questions, please leave a comment below! *Disclosure: the links to Amazon are affiliate links.

Jenni & Bryan | Intimate Wedding at Zilker Park

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Jenni and Bryan were planning a June wedding, but became overwhelmed with the entire “big wedding” process. Instead of one big shindig, they decided to have a small pop-up wedding in Zilker Park in March, to be followed by a more laid-back reception on their original June date.

Zilker was the perfect setting for their little wedding; on a pretty weekend afternoon, they marked their spot with a ton of yellow and grey balloons, strapped a GoPro to one of their two pups, and exchanged vows in the middle of flying Frisbees and fetching dogs. Bryan, who proposed with a blue French horn à la How I Met Your Mother, and Jenni, who was escorted by her parents (her father in a top hat) celebrated with 30 of their favorite people, then dined at El Chile with Hey Cupcake for dessert.

I’m still very excited about their reception this summer, but for now, here is Part 1 of Jenni and Bryan’s very Austin Zilker Park wedding.

If you are friends and family of Jenni and Bryan, you can view their gallery here.

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Claire & Melissa | Inn at Wild Rose Hall Wedding

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Melissa and Claire’s wedding was a beautiful celebration in the chilly outdoors of early March, with curlicues of dark greenery accenting the grounds at the Inn at Wild Rose Hall. The entire place was strewn with twinkle lights, which gave the overcast day an extra twilight glow. Though the temperatures dipped below 50 — unusual for this time of year in Texas — Claire and Melissa’s guests were warmed with homemade apple dapple cakes, by shaking their feet to Johnny Bravvo‘s tunes, and by the happy sense of community all around. This was an extraordinarily cheerful wedding, and I’m so glad it was the first one for me to shoot in 2015 — I think the year started off amazingly!

If you are a friend or family of Claire and Melissa, view their full gallery and order prints here.

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More credits: Inn at Wild Rose Hall; Royal Fig catering; DJ Johnny Bravvo