Hailey was given her first camera at the age of 10. Today, as the owner of Hailey Tash Photography
, she challenges herself to produce creative, natural images for her adoring clients.
How did you get started in photography?
When I was 10 years old, my father bought a 35mm Nikon off a friend a work and asked me if I wanted it. I spent my summers in the woods by the lake, so I was always wandering around with it and begging my dad to take me to town to have the film developed. I received a few more cameras throughout the years as gifts, including my first digital camera from my mother. I was a member of the yearbook staff in high school and loved capturing candids of other students to help fill the pages. At the end of my college days, my sister-in-law's sister asked if I'd be willing to take their engagement photos. I'd only ever shot for myself, but I knew that I was ready for more!
What do you love about wedding photography?
I love the emotion on the day. Candids of laughter and tears are my absolute favorite shots! I love that my couples trust me to document such an important day in their lives. I also love hearing back after they've received their photos. They're always excited to see the shots of things they didn't see happen on the day, like grandma dancing or mom and dad sharing a laugh.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Going in knowing that you could be thrown a curveball at any moment. It's kind of exciting at the same time, though. It keeps me on my toes! I've done this so long now that I don't get too nervous about this anymore, but things like traffic can throw the timeline way off. For example, we've had family members or wedding party members show up late because the traffic in Maine can be a little crazy during the summer! I always suggest that couples add extra time into the timeline because things never go 100% as planned on the wedding day and that extra time can eliminate any worries.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
I work with natural light as much as possible. I love playing with shadows and sunlight and I think natural light adds a little extra magic that you just can't get with artificial light. I do use flash during the reception when needed, but during the rest of the day it's all natural. I also document the wedding day in a photojournalistic style. I will pose family formals and, after studying the way my couples interact naturally, do some light posing based on that. I document the rest of the day as it happens.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I love to write. I studied creative writing all through high school and majored in English with a creative writing concentration in college, so I'm always working on something. I'm also in my second year of guitar lessons, so I play quite often.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
They can send me as many details as possible. I ask for a copy of the timeline weeks in advance so that I can point out any possible problem areas. I also ask for a list of unique details and family members for family formals, but really, any information they want to send me is great! I've had many brides send me photos of their dress before the day.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
I think my photography is much more natural now. I used to worry too much about getting the perfect pose, but now I just watch how my clients interact on their own. I don't over-direct. I give simple directions and love that everyone interprets them differently. I'm also much better at manipulating natural light now than I was when I started. I'm not afraid of dark, dramatic indoor shots using window light like I used to be. In fact, I really love them now!
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Fog is a big inspiration for me. I love how eerie it is. I also love playing with direct sunlight. It can be intimidating shooting in bright sun, but I really love the images I've created in it lately. I'm also incredibly inspired by watching people interact. I find myself watching people at coffee shops and wishing I had my camera to capture their exchange.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I really hope to be shooting more personal work in the next 5 years. I have all kinds of projects I'd like to shoot for myself, so it's just a matter of finding the time to do them. We've been so lucky to have had AMAZING clients and I hope that continues as well. Our clients are just as excited to have us there as they are to have friends and family and it really means a lot.