Photographer Kim Chapman
didn't think she'd like wedding photography. But once a friend begged her to photograph her wedding, Kim was hooked!
How did you get started in photography?
When I started my photography business, I only photographed children using black and white film and hand coloring the photo using oil paints (back when that was cool). A high school senior saw my work on a friends wall and asked me to do her senior portraits. That same person also asked me to shoot her wedding. I said NO WAY. After a lot of convincing I finally said yes. Much to my surprise I LOVED IT!
What do you love about wedding photography?
I love that each and every wedding is unique and I really don’t know what palette I’m getting until I get there. It’s a huge challenge and I’m always trying to out do myself! I will also add that I LOVE editing and blogging my weddings.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Timing. There never seems to be enough time for photos. At times, I’ve only had 10 minutes to photograph the bride and groom! It’s a tough thing. It’s a photo shoot integrated into a party, which is on a time schedule.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
That I change up my style just a bit depending up on the type of wedding I shoot. For example, if I’m shooting in a victorian setting, I go a bit darker. My shutter speed gets cranked up a bit to create that look. If I’m shooting a barn wedding, I like to shoot that a bit more light and airy.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I LOVE to travel (my husband and I are planning a trip to Egypt later this year). I love to spend quality time with my kids, love going to Broadway shows, and love skiing—although I don't do it enough.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
They can help by completely trusting me, don’t over think, and don’t over plan. Just HAVE FUN! When you hire experienced professionals in this business, your day will go smoothly. A happy couple will have amazing photos.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
I’ve always had a sort of vintage/romantic style but I’ve really honed in on capturing moments with natural light.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Looking and finding the right light inspires me no matter what the subject is. If I found the right light hitting a roll of toilet paper, I would find beauty in that photo.
Where will your business be in the next five years?
I plan to stick with wedding photography but I have a few surprises that are going to take my business to a higher and different level. My husband and I have talked about doing weddings in the Caribbean in the winter time down the road as well! There are lots of things brewing! Stay tuned!