They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I say wedding photos are priceless. I recently sat down with amazing talented photographer Bri McDaniel. We have worked with Bri on a couple of weddings and have a few more for 2014. We are thrilled she took some time out to share a little about herself. Read on for a little Q&A and see some of her beautiful work.
Tell me a little bit about you-I’m a self- proclaimed hopeless romantic. I love everything that has to do with love, and I have a huge passion for photography. I take the time to get to know the couples that I work with and find out their story. I find that by doing this, it makes everyone more comfortable and relaxed on their wedding day. This in turn, results in wonderful, natural photographs of the bride and groom, who feel free to express their emotions and are not inhibited around the camera or me. It also allows me to find out more about a couple’s individual style and personality so that their images will reflect who they are.
How would you describe your signature style? My style focuses on real storytelling, and I like to think of myself as a romantic storyteller. I will document your day as it naturally unfolds with as little interference as possible, capturing every little moment and fully telling your story. My images are full of emotion and have a dramatic and dreamy feel to them. I aim to create art, and I’m really into making my couples and their love stories look epic. I love to really get to know the couples I work with so they can feel comfortable around me and be themselves. In turn I can create images that reflect their personalities, and who they are as a couple in love.
What is your favorite thing about weddings? My favorite thing about weddings is that everyone is always happy. Happiness in contagious and I always leave with my heart glowing.
What is one thing you like to tell your couples? I like to mention to my couples about “unplugged weddings”. This is when the guest don’t bring cameras or don’t use their phones during the ceremony. This is great for both the couple and guest because it allows everyone to really be in the moment. This is great for me as the wedding photographer, also because it eliminates distractions and allows me to capture the couples special day.
Do you have any suggestions for couples in search of a wedding photographer? My biggest advice for couples looking for a wedding photographer is to be sure that you feel 100% comfortable with the photographer you choose. It’s important that you vibe well with your photographer because that is the one person you will spend most of the wedding day with. You want to make sure you can be yourself and have fun around the person you choose. This will guarantee the most natural photos possible for your special day and photos that truly display who you are as a couple in love.
If you weren’t in the wedding industry, what would you like to do? If I wasn’t in the wedding industry, I would still pursue my passion for photography. I like to keep tabs on the fashion industry. I think it would be really fun to be a high fashion photographer in New York.
Tell us something we don’t know about you? I’m obsessed with Coldplay. Like obsessed. Over the years its calmed down a bit, but I’m pretty sure its about to ramp up again because they have a new album dropping this year. I’ve seen them live 4 times. Love love love them.