WPPI 2018 | Interview with Wedding Photographers

Love is in the air! Are you headed to the WPPI Conference & Expo February 25 – 28 in Las Vegas? It’s one of the biggest photo events of the year for the professional, amateur, and emerging wedding and portrait photographer. At WPPI, you can visit the booths of some of the world’s most beloved photography brands like Canon, Nikon, Leica, Sony, Fujifilm and more! Many brands host special presentations geared towards wedding and portrait photographers. It’s the perfect time to load up on gear specials and heighten your photography skills. We’ll be there (booth #1046 – come visit!) so bring gear you want to sell. We offer top market value.

We are so excited to be at WPPI and learn more about the wedding and portraiture communities, that we kicked off the fun early and reached out to two metro-Atlanta wedding photographers – Kate Lamb of Wild in Love Photo and Kim Lindsay of Oh Happy Photography – to share their experience shooting weddings with us and you.

Kate Lamb, Wild in Love Photo

(1) Please tell us about yourself, your business or studio and your style of photography.
Hello! My name is Kate Lamb. I am the main photographer behind Wild in Love Photo, a film and digital wedding photography business based out of right here in Atlanta, GA. I also love to travel and create tintypes, which are images exposed onto metal.

(2) How many weddings do you shoot a year?
Anywhere from 15 – 25

(3) What’s your favorite season to shoot?
Definitely, fall and somehow my clients know as I’m usually booked up!

(4) Do you like using shot lists or would you ideally want free reign to capture what you like?
I like a little bit of both. My clients trust that I know what to do, so I don’t need a list stating the obvious, but I also like being aware of what’s going on, so timelines are really helpful. Before the wedding, I make sure to ask each bride and groom if there’s anything extra special they want pictures of, like a must have picture that I need to make happen, like a group of friends, or a memento to loved ones unable to be there, or anything important to the bride and groom.

(5) We know couples are usually anxious to see photos from their big day. How long does it usually take for couples to see the finished product?
Normally, it takes 4 – 6 weeks, but during fall or around the holidays it can take up to 8 weeks.

(6) Digital or Film? Why?
Both! I lovvvvvve film so I decided to start shooting my favorite parts of a wedding day on film. The rest of the day is shot on digital as I like to move around and shoot a lot.

(7) What do you currently shoot with and what’s on your wish list?
I have a Canon 5D Mark III with a few prime lenses and a Pentax 645N. Between my personal collection of inherited film cameras, my digital gear, and everything to make tintypes with, my wish list is pretty empty! But I do love new digital lenses and really old historic cameras. I have a super old, brass, Petzval lens that still works that was the most recent item on my wishlist and I’m still getting to play around with it and use it for tintypes.

(8) If you could give someone starting out in wedding photography some advice, what would it be?
Be willing to work and second shoot, and have a good attitude all day. Build relationships with other photographers and this network of friends you can talk to about being a self-employed photographer will be invaluable. Life happens and you’ll want these friends to talk to or bounce ideas off of and it will make you feel so much better when you’re frustrated trying to wear all of the hats of owning a business and being a photographer. Once you’re well into your business, and things hit a serious rough patch, whatever you do, don’t give up! Take a look at your business from a business and marketing standpoint and it will work out.

Kim Lindsay, Oh Happy Photography

(1) Please tell us about yourself, your business or studio, and your style of photography.
Hi there!! I’m Kim Lindsay of Oh Happy Photography! My hope is for my clients to see my photography as real moments in their lives that highlight everything they love about themselves and their families. Light and happy images all the way! I believe everyone deserves beautiful photography and I’m thrilled to be able to give couples and families classic images that they will pass down through generations.

(2) How many engagements/weddings do you shoot a year?
I’ve been a part of well over 300 weddings in the last 11 years and countless engagement sessions. As my life experience and my heart grows, I currently photograph up to 5 intimate weddings a year and have lots of adventures second shooting 15+ weddings with my favorite photographers.

(3) What’s your favorite season to shoot?
Fall and Winter are by far my favorite seasons to shoot weddings. Autumn is obviously for the sweeter temperatures and colorful trees. Winter weddings are so exciting for me because I LOVE naked trees as a backdrop! Put some wintery colors like cream, light blue and green against naked winter trees and I’m in heaven! OH, and who doesn’t love the possibility of snow photos!! I also love cozy accessories like a beautiful shawl, a fuzzy stole or even a thick sweater blanket to wrap up the bride and groom for super cozy photos.

(4) Do you like using shot lists or would you ideally want free reign to capture what you like?
I like a little of both. I definitely want to know what’s important to the couple as far as their details and family so I love having a guide in those areas. For the creative portraits of the couple, wedding party and moments throughout the day, I love to have a bride and groom that love my work and trusts me to capture their day in the most beautiful way.

(5) We know couples are usually anxious to see photos from their big day. How long does it usually take for your couples to see the finished product?
6-8 weeks but I always try my best to under promise and over deliver. There’s nothing better than surprising a couple with early wedding photos!

(6) Digital or Film?


(7) What do you currently shoot with and what’s on your wish list?
Nikon D300S is my old standby with my Nikkor 35mm 1.8. I love it and it has been good to me but the Nikon D800 is on my wish list.

(8) If you could give someone starting out in wedding photography some advice, what would it be?
Brides want their photographers to be their friends, so make sure to go above and beyond to make a connection with them. When a couple is comfortable with you, it will show in your photography! Ask them lots of questions and be a great listener during your meetings. Remember their stories and bring them up later at the engagement session. During any photography time, keep talking! A quiet photographer makes people nervous. Call them by name as you’re giving directions and constantly reassure them that what you’re capturing is so beautiful, so perfect, amazing, whatever great description word you can think of!! 🙂 Your style and quality of photography will shine through when your clients are relaxed, happy and truly having fun.


Still looking for more inspiration? Why not join us at WPPI in Vegas! Click here to get your FREE PASSCome visit us to Sell Your Gear, meet KEH team members, and enter to win fun prizes, including a Grand Prize $500 KEH Gift Card! Just stop by the KEH Booth #1046 to have your badge scanned to enter.


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  1. Thank you Carolina! This has been an amazing treat to be in the spotlight and I can’t thank you enough for thinking of me!! Have a ball in Vegas!!!

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