The most important thing at the wedding isn’t the chalkboard with the calligraphy on it – it’s pretty and we love it, but… The most important thing is the two of you, your families and your friends.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Photographers in Charlotte Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Nick, from Blue Bend Photography.
Where have you been featured?
Doing self-promotion is definitely something that I do not excel in. My favorite part is making the photos for people and very often I forget that I have to continue to promote myself so I can photograph other couples. I need to do more of it. That said, I’ve been lucky enough to see my work in Style Me Pretty, The Knot (both print and online), Junebug, Mountainside Bride, Ruffled, Green Wedding Shoes, Borrowed and Blue, as well as other wedding blogs and magazines.
Why do couples love working with you?
I’ve had the chance to try all different types of photography. I’ve done product photography, photojournalism for a newspaper, editorial work for magazines and newspapers, formal portraiture, event photography for corporations, etc. Without a doubt, wedding photography (the actual day of the wedding) is by far my favorite type of photography that I’ve ever done. I love the excitement, the emotions, the planning… I get almost as excited about the wedding as the bride does. I think that shows and I think that people like working with someone that genuinely cares about their wedding.
What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
This is a tricky question. When I was 15 and decided that I wanted to be a professional photographer, I thought that would mean that people paid me to take photos. That is, kind of, what I do. Being a professional photographer is 90% about office work and 10% about taking photos. The office work is not my favorite part – not even close. I enjoy being outside and being with other people. So, to answer your question, my favorite part about being a wedding photographer is being able to take photos as part of my job.
How did you get started?
I got started as a 14-year old that wanted to take artsy black and white photos. Starting like that forced me to learn not only the technical aspects of photography but also the aesthetic part of it too. Learning how to properly expose film and how to develop film and prints was a fairly quick process compared to the long (and sometimes maddening) process of learning how to compose a photograph.
What 3 words best describe your wedding photography style?
Love, laughter, family.
What budget range do you cater to?
Most of my clients invest $3-5k.
The perfect combo of excellent photos and someone you’ll be happy to have around at your wedding 🙂 Blue Bend was great! We had a really low budget wedding but agreed that one thing we had to spring for was a great photographer. We are so glad we did! Nick was so helpful, he happily answered so many questions for us beforehand and most importantly the photos turned out beautifully!
All you have to do is look through the wedding albums on Blue Bend’s website to know that they do beautiful work. After meeting with two other photographers, my meeting with Nick was casual and informative and made it clear that he was our top choice for our wedding. Nick was professional, creative and helpful with everything on our wedding day. He found a way to work with the insane amount of iPads and smartphone pictures that people wouldn’t stop taking and was able to steal us away for some gorgeous shots on our own. This was one of the most expensive parts of our wedding but worth every penny. We were delighted with our photos.
Nick shot both our engagement photos and our wedding photos and he was so awesome to work with! He took beautiful shots and was never in the way which is one of the biggest complaints I have heard about photographers. He seemed to be everywhere at once! He was a lot of fun and fit in really well with our group. I could not have picked a better photographer!