Tell us about yourself and your company.
I started Borrowed Blue Photography in 2000, and a year later Jamie Suthard joined the team. I have a degree in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and try to find ways to apply an artistic bent to all of our sessions. We limit the number of weddings a year to be able to provide our clients with the best possible customer service, and to not stretch ourselves too thin. Having recently opened a studio, we are proud to offer baby and children’s portraiture, as well as headshots, in a studio setting.
How did you find yourself in the wedding industry?
By chance. I was asked to shoot a wedding because I was a photography student, owned a camera and a flash, and was willing to work for almost nothing. I liked the results, as did the clients, and used those images in my portfolio to secure more clients, and everything just snowballed after that.
What inspires you or your work?
Fashion inspires me. Trends inspire me. Looking at other work inspires me. Learning inspires me.
What do you love about working weddings?
I love that every wedding is different. No two weddings are ever the same.
What’s your favorite part about a wedding?
I love the fast pace of a wedding. We as photographers often have a few minutes to set up a shot, or to get ready for the next part of the day. We have to be creative on the fly.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your field?
To listen. Every client, whether wedding or portrait clients, wants us to listen. They have a vision for their photographs and we need to listen to be able to fulfill that vision.
A good piece of advice for brides and/or grooms to be.
Hire professionals for your wedding day. People who do this full time, whether photographers, florists, planners or caterers, know what is expected on a wedding day, have experience with all sorts of situations, and are insured. We as photographers know where to be and when, what is a good angle, where the sun will be setting, and know how to use our equipment and have back-ups for it when something fails.