Thursday, September 6, 2012
Are you from Maine? What do you like most about our fair state?
I am originally from Wisconsin. Having spent the last 10 years exclusively in Maine, I have a deep connection with the area. I admire the loyalty Mainers have towards the land and sea. When I’m away I miss the ocean and food the most.
How long have you been a photographer? What do you love most about it?
My mom gave me an old Pentax film camera when I was in high school. I still have it and pull it out once in a while. I love that photography is always evolving and changing. It keeps me on my toes, makes me think, and gives me creative purpose.
I’m always so honored to be invited to a couple’s wedding. They have spent months, sometimes years, planning an event for their closest friends and family, pouring creativity and personalization into every detail. I feel so proud that I can document it for generations to come.
Who are some of your favorite photographers?
I have so many that it’s hard to pick just one! Cig Harvey, Jill Greenberg, Edward Weston, Dorothy Lange, Penny De Los Santos, and Richard Notkin are just a few I admire. I love wedding photographer Sergio out of Arizona; I admire him for his great attitude and drive to motivate others.
What other passions do you have?
Currently my kids are my biggest passion. They show me new things every day and I'm grateful for the time to explore with them.
Why do you enjoy doing wedding photography?
Yesterday I got a hug from a bride that lasted about 5 minutes – that doesn’t happen in the corporate world.
Any tips you'd offer couples prior to selecting a wedding photographer?
Try to interview your photographer in person and set up a consultation. If you can’t meet in person, try to Skype. It’s a lot easier to see if you are a good fit after talking in person with somebody rather than over email. Also, engagement shoots are a great opportunity to get comfortable with your photographer before your wedding.
Speaking of tips, what's one bit of wedding day or marital wisdom you'd offer newlyweds?
Go on a great honeymoon. It’s much harder to plan a big trip later (especially with kiddos)!
To see more of Kari’s work, visit www.kariherer.com