I’m really excited to be introducing you to one of our newest Featured Photographers, Emily Wenzel Photography. Emily is a Gonzaga grad from Spokane who is passionate about wedding photography (as you’ll see from her interview!). On top of being an amazing wedding photographer, Emily was married in 2011, so she knows all about the ups and downs of planning a wedding and strives to be a resource for her couples.
I currently live in Seattle, but grew up in eastern Washington and went to Gonzaga. I would love to move back to Spokane!
Do you travel?
Yes! I love to travel. I don’t charge any travel fees for weddings in Washington State or Northern Idaho. Beyond those areas, my travel fees are low – I only charge for travel & hotel.
What makes your photography unique?
I’ve been a photographer since the day my mom trusted me to use her old film camera, but I really got into photography when I lived abroad in the Czech Republic. Images were the best way to share my life with my friends and family back home. After coming back, I worked as a photojournalist for the Gonzaga newspaper and yearbook while getting my degree. More and more, I was drawn to telling peoples’ stories through the images. After getting married in 2011, I knew I wanted to tell others’ love stories with my camera. I went full-time as a wedding photographer in 2012 and I haven’t looked back. Also, as a business owner, I’ve decided that I want to be more than the person you hire to hang out with you all day while sporting a big, black neck accessory. One of my goals for 2013 is to really be a resource for my couples. I want to be there to help my couples from the moment they book me.
What is your price range? What is included in your wedding packages?
My wedding package prices range from $1800 for 6 hours of wedding coverage to $3800 for all day destination-wedding and rehearsal dinner coverage. I tried to create a package for every situation, but am happy to work with my couples to create a package that fits their needs. Every package includes a complimentary engagement shoot and a print credit (ranging from $50-$100). I added the print credit because I’ve been disappointed by the quality of “drugstore” printers and thing that everyone deserves quality prints from their wedding. My all-day coverage packages include two wedding photographers, but I always have the option to add a 2nd shooter, fine art prints for your home, and – soon – wedding albums, in my ala carte options.
How would you describe your style?
On the whole, I would describe myself and my style as laid back. But I have my bossy moments. I don’t interrupt people to pose during cocktail hour or dinner and I don’t do table shots. Overall, I’ve found that while wedding guests love to pose for the camera, I work best when I stay invisible. I prefer to avoid posing and let my couples do their thing, because poses that seem “comfortable” or “right” to me might not be comfortable or right to you. And that’s okay! Everyone has a different camera presence. I tend to give directions more than poses. That way, I’m providing the bigger picture (who, what, and where) but you fill in the details in your own way. My bossy moments come during family formals. I’ve learned that the larger the group, the more posing is needed. Plus, since family formals are usually during cocktail hour, everyone just wants to get back to the food.
I think that there are three things to consider in a photographer. First, do you like their style? It’s important that you, the engaged couple, like a photographers’ work because YOU will be the subject of the majority of those photos. Second, it’s important that you feel comfortable with your photographer. You’ll spend most of your wedding day with them, and you don’t want to spend it with someone that doesn’t make you feel comfortable. No matter how much you love their work, if you can’t feel comfortable in their presence, you shouldn’t book them. Third, you need a photographer that understands the vibe of your wedding. That doesn’t mean that you need someone who has the same taste, but rather, someone who appreciates your style and can showcase it in their photography. In other words, you need someone who is nice, caring, and versatile.
Any advice or tips for wedding planning?
Don’t try to do it all on your own! When we got married, so many people offered to help out, but I wanted to do it all on my own. This lead to major burn out. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Weddings are much less stressful when your loved ones help you with the planning. In addition, ask your vendors for advice! Vendors are around weddings almost every week of their lives. They’ll have the experience to know which flowers will last 12 hours under the hot July sun, what time is best for portraits, or which wine will go best with your salmon dish. My vendors were amazing. They helped me with everything from our table layout to menu planning.
Emily is also offering Apple Bride readers $200 off any package if you book your 2013 wedding in January or February! Contact her asap for availability!