Autumn Wells, the owner of Autumn Bliss Photography
, has married her love of photography and entrepreneurship into a successful Maine business.
How did you get started in photography?
I’ve always been active in the arts and I earned a business degree, hoping to run an ‘empire’ of my own one day. The marriage of my love for photography and entrepreneurship blossomed in 2011, and thus my ventures officially began in the field.
What do you love about wedding photography?
All the feels! The laughter, the tears, the dancing...the celebration of life and love and overall happiness that it offers. A wedding is such an intimate occasion, it’s always an honor to be able to be a part of it all. Since my passion is in candid images and the human emotion, events like this truly invoke that fervor to document the range of sentiments we all know so well.
I also love the beauty and creativity my couples and other vendors incorporate into their unique experiences, whether it be intricate floral or decor details, or a surprise presentation like a dance off or an adventurous bride arriving to the ceremony by plane or boat.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Balance. A wedding certainly isn’t a controlled environment, as the variables can be unpredictable. Weather, timeline, lighting…things like these heavily influence the outcome. A wedding is far from a stable photoshoot. Finding that right balance with the time and opportunities available to me can be a challenge, but it’s actually quite exhilarating.
I’m thankful for my ‘lemons into lemonade’ attitude, for my years of experience and quick thinking, and for my super amazing clients in trusting me, in order to always produce a favorable outcome, no matter what the day may throw at us.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
While my style is strong in documentary, I am comprehensive in ensuring a touch of traditional and editorial styles as well. You’ll find vibrant colors and rich contrast, and you’ll often see images that incorporate the natural outdoor scenery of Maine with the couple. My style, most importantly, will hopefully evoke a few chuckles and swoons from you.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
A Maine native, I’ve spent my entire life scaling the White Mountains, foraging for wild blueberries, and beach combing at a family cottage in Pemaquid, among other things. I’m now a parent, and I have the privilege of passing on these traditions to my own young children. You can also find me frequenting nearby microbreweries, restaurants, and local artisan shops. My children are now entering compulsory schooling, so I’ll hopefully be mom-ing hard and chaperoning trips to Boston, coaching pee-wee sports, attending holiday concerts, and all that jazz.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Communication and trust all the way. Mapping out your expectations and collaborating a game plan prior to the wedding helps immensely. On the actual wedding day, I honestly just want you to be yourself. Breathe, embrace the jitters, hold your loved ones tight, and just enjoy the day for what it is. You worked so hard for this to all come together.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
While I have stayed true to my documentary style, I have certainly honed in on technical abilities like understanding lighting, composition and developing a photograph that tells a story.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Happiness. Tears. Wildlife. Sunrises and sunsets. Landscapes. Fleeting moments.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I aim to still be thriving in wedding + family lifestyle photography, and hopefully adding birth photography. My business degree has helped me land some great commercial marketing gigs as well, so I hope to expand in working with other small businesses and fulfilling their needs through product and service photography.