Rebecca Richards Photography

Posted: September 21, 2016
Rebecca Richards fell into photograph by accident. But now she has no doubt that it was her calling all along.

How did you get started in photography?
It was an accident. I’ve always loved art, but I lack whatever specific gene enables a person to draw/paint/design. After college, I migrated to Bar Harbor and I purchased a camera to photograph the beautiful scenery around MDI. I often didn’t have a clue what I was doing. When I tried to capture the sunset one evening, I accidentally photographed a silhouette. And it was beautiful. It’s cliché, but this was my lightbulb moment: I realized I could create art with my camera. 
What do you love about wedding photography?
Wedding photography gives me purpose. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is what I was meant to do. I love that it’s my job to stop time by preserving moments from such a special event. In addition to capturing portraits of madly-in-love couples, I’m also there to photograph dancing grandmothers, nervous flower girls, and emotional fathers. Families will cherish these photographs for generations. It’s rewarding to know that the time and effort I put in to this career is valued.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
I want to capture real smiles and genuine interactions. If couples are feeling self-conscious or stressed, my job becomes quite challenging. I know many people feel awkward with a camera pointed at them, so I work hard to get everyone to relax. I have some sneaky methods, but getting those true expressions is more difficult than it seems!
What should clients know about your style of photography?
I play with many styles, but mostly a very relaxed form of photojournalism. I will photograph your day as it naturally unfolds, but I will also guide and give direction when necessary. I’m not a good match for a client interested in very traditional/classic portraiture. However, I’m perfect for those who want candid moments and authentic smiles. My ultimate goal is to create vibrant photographs that tell the story of your wedding day so that you can look back in 50 years and still remember everything.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
Many things! I pick up new hobbies all the time. In addition to my extreme reading, writing, and Netflix addictions, I also enjoy antiquing and meeting animals. I like the idea of gardening, but I can’t seem to commit to a watering schedule. I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I’ll take a fire pit and craft beer any day!
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Have solid timeline to keep everyone on track. It’s incredible how quickly the day passes by! And when things fall behind, the part of the day that is most often cut is portrait time. To avoid this, couples really need to have a timeline prepared in advance (with a little wiggle room for the unexpected). 
How has your photography style changed over the years? 
I use to try to make every pose, every smile, and every stray hair look “perfect.” It caused me so much anxiety! However, perfection was such a silly thing to strive for. Today, I’m much more appreciative of the way couples, families, and friends all interact naturally. Some of my favorite images are the “imperfect” ones—like when a bride’s nose wrinkles from a huge grin, or when the best man tears up during the ceremony.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
People. The way we all communicate with and act around each other is fascinating to me. I love photographing expressions and emotion… and there’s certainly a lot of both on a wedding day.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
Being a wedding photographer is a lot of work, but it’s also a huge privilege. I hope that clients continue to trust me to photograph wonderful memories so that my business continues to grow for many years to come!