Jenn Lamoreau and Mindy Mercier are working moms who share a love of photography. Together they are the creative force behind Untamed Violets Photography
How did you getstarted in photography?
Jenn: I have had a love for photography since I was a teenager. I always had the camera at family functions, taking photos of everything and everyone. In college I decided to take some classes in photography and after that I started some amateur photography featuring nature and friends/family. Despite my career, I always found time on the side to pursue my love for photography. I attended several classes and seminars even though I had a full time job. Once I had children in 2006, I decided to stay home with my kids and start a career in photography. I self-taught myself how to shoot manual then I joined the Maine Professional Photographers Association where I attended programs and seminars with other professional photographers.
Mindy: I started with a love for photography at a young age as well even while working in the childcare field. She did a lot of self-taught photography, took seminars and started out on her own before joining up with me to form Untamed Violets Photography.
What do you love about wedding photography?
Being a part of the most special day in a couples life and being able to be the one to document it is a great experience and an honor. It feels great to be able to say you will be one of the reasons the couple is able to look back 20 years down the road and remember all the little details of their day. We love the creativity we can explore with couples and the wedding itself. I think we are also attracted to the excitement and the ability to act as a photojournalist all day.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Making sure the bride and groom will be able to look back on their images years from their wedding day and say that they were happy with what we captured. We aspire for them to say that our images bring them back to the happiness and excitement of their wedding day. On the wedding day itself, the biggest challenge for us is taking on the role of coordinating people for formal group shots. Another challenge is making sure we get all the photos that we want to capture and balancing that with what the couple wants. Weddings are very exciting and busy days, and it’s often difficult to make sure we get all the images we all want.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
We have a fun photojournalistic style to photographing weddings. Though we know there will always be family and friends that the couple will want photos with, and while we love to pose fun wedding party photos, we generally like to take a backseat to the ceremony and reception to capture the candid moments as they happen. We prefer to be discrete and as invisible as possible—but when we have to do more coordinating for photos, we approach it with humor and fun attitudes. We are there to tell a photographic story of their day, not to stage it.
How can the couple help you on their wedding day?
By keeping an open mind to the photography of their wedding and letting themselves have fun. We consider it our job to know what we need to do. While we love to have input from the couple about what they want for family photos and their ideas on locations for their formal photos, we love it when a couple is willing to let us explore fun poses and different areas for their photos. Letting us know what you love as a couple and a little bit about your love story helps us explore great photography. Also, making sure there is enough time to capture photos of just the couple. After all, those are the photos you will hang on your wall.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
People inspire us at weddings. The people, the couple, the wedding party, and family and how the love and happiness really comes out on a wedding day really inspire us to pick up the camera and capture that image so they can have that memory forever.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
We imagine our business being successful, but not to overwhelming. We both have families and love to make sure we have time for them as well. Wedding photography is a lot of weekend work and for most people that is family time. We want to known as a great professional wedding photography business that knows how to capture great images while balancing success and family.