Here at Altar, we love being able to refer some of our favorite vendors to our brides in order to help them out in the planning process. For awhile I have wanted to feature some of our favorites so we could all get to know them a little better! So to kick off the series, one of our all time favorite photographers responded with her questionnaire with record speed! Enjoy finding out a little more about Alea of Alea Lovely and some of her beautiful photos.
How did you get into the bridal photography business? Well I started off shooting some friends of mine for fun, trying out the “fashion” aspect of photography. I was working at William Jewell College at the time and people graduating and getting married (on a budget) asked if I would do their weddings. Brave souls they were. After my first couple weddings I swore I would never do it again. But then another one came and another one after that – they kept coming and as I gained more experience I fell in love with the event. After moving to London and actually shooting fashion, I decided that the wedding industry was where I was happiest. I love applying my editorial background to a wedding.
How many years have you been in the industry? Going on 7 ½ years.
What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part is the amazing people I get to meet and the wonderful places my job brings me. This year we got to go to New York, California, Mexico, and Hawaii just to name a few. And all my clients have been the most amazingly happy and gracious people. It’s been so wonderful to make new friends and feel like I got to have a purposeful role in one of the greatest events of their life. That to me is a privilege.
What do you think is the best thing you have to offer to your clients? I think that I bring a level of quality to my work that isn’t represented as much in this microwave culture. I spend a lot of time on my work- not just because it’s important but because I believe in the art of what I’m doing. I am a hybrid shooter-shooting film (like old school film) along with digital. I favor film because of the quality that comes out of those old tank cameras. The way the light carries on the film makes even my most nervous client look amazingly beautiful along with my calm disposition that sets more people at ease.
How would you describe your photography style? I would describe it as romantic…lovely…loving and warm. My heart is so intertwined with my work that it’s rare that I don’t feel emotionally attached to it. I’m a hopeless romantic that is in love with love.
What do you do in your free time- just for fun?! I love to go dancing with my husband. We like to travel A LOT. I’m a music freak- ranging from electronic house to hiphop to rock to indie and folksy wonders. And for fun I’m writing a book about my husband and I’s crazy love story. People always told me it sounds like it should be a movie so I’m trying to finish up a book in case we could be the next book turned movie sensation.