Last August, I had the opportunity to work with one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever met in this business. You may remember Alexandra Whitney Photography‘s work from Amanda and Brian’s wedding last Summer? Well, I’m SO excited to share more of her awesome-ness with you here. And I love that she went on a fantastic journey prior to starting her business, just like I did. Makes me feel almost as cool as this chick. Ok, everyone – meet Alex…
Hello. Who are you?
Hi! My name is Alex and I am the photographer at Alexandra Whitney Photography. Officially I opened my doors about 2 years ago. I live and work in Emmaus, Pa, but I am always traveling.
Who or what got you started in the industry?
There really wasn’t a who or what that kicked off my love of photography but I did get into this industry by a string of events… In my senior year of collage I decided I wanted to be a caterer so after I graduated I headed home to work for a friend’s catering business. Within two months I realized I hated it and suddenly didn’t know what to do. So I hopped a plane and took the first flight to Rome (and then on to Paris) for two weeks to do a little soul searching. During my trip all I could think of was that for the past 10 years the only thing I have ever done consistently and with joy was photography. With a bit of luck and a lot of hard work I started building the foundation of my business when I returned back from Europe. I found I loved working in the wedding industry kind of by accident when I photographed a friend’s wedding. Since then I haven’t looked back!
What is your favorite part about being in the wedding world?
Honestly? Other than meeting new people (which I always love to do) my favorite part of the wedding industry is the high emotions of the wedding day. The constant movement of events, the intense emotion, the beautiful details and making sure everything is perfect. I spend so much time with my clients, with their families and friends that I become absorbed in their lives for the day. I love that. It’s can be tiring being that amped up but I wouldn’t trade that exhausted joy for anything. It’s a special feeling being part of someone’s wedding and doing something that will help them bring back the memories of their day. In my mind, you have to love seeing how all of this comes together or you just can’t do this.
Besides weddings, are there any other special events that you service?
Outside of weddings, most of my work revolves around lifestyle portrait photography. Out of all of the sessions I capture, boudoir and senior sessions would be my two favorites. In boudoir I get to see such confidence in my clients as our session moves, I love it. With seniors, I get super-happy, fun-loving individuals ready to take on the last year before they move on with the next big step in their lives. Also, I do a lot of food photography (and who doesn’t love eating for part of the job!)
Ok, we all know I’m a big fan of yellow. What’s your favorite color?
Danielle, you have excellent taste in color because you are 100% right that yellow is the best color. It’s such a happy color. When I’m designing somehow it always shows up in my work. Plus, depending on the shade, it pretty much matches everything, or at least I pretend it does!
As a photographer, where do you go to be inspired?
Inspiration comes from all over. In the beginning of my career it came from other photographers, then fashion magazines. Pinterest was and is a great resource. Now, I would say that I gain a lot of my inspiration from what is around me and other artists. I have to keep reminding myself to step out of my comfort zone and try something new and typically from that exploration I find new inspiration. Also, I always find my clients as one of my best sources to fuel my creativity!
What sets you apart from other fellow photographers?
You know, I don’t really have an answer for this. I never really work towards setting myself apart because honestly I don’t care about that. What I do care about are my clients and capturing the vision that we create (or my own vision if it’s a personal project). For my clients, I get to know them – where they are coming from, what they want from our session together and also in life. I really want to know who my clients are or want to showcase. That would be what I wanted from any photographer, to have them capture the real me (or at least what I wanted to project). So I guess what sets me apart is my ability to listen and learn.
Whether you’re single, married, divorced, widowed… we all have words of advice when it comes to relationships. What is your advice to couples tying the knot?
This is going to sound weird, but learn how to argue. My parents have the best marriage I have ever seen which is why they have been together so long (33 years this year!). When asked by a minister what their secret was to having a successful marriage, my dad, without hesitation, told her that they learned how to argue with one another. Any relationship you are going to have differences of opinions, you can’t agree on everything. In a marriage you will be dealing with huge life changing decisions. You need to learn what matters you can compromise, give in and what to hold strong on. Part of learning how to argue is also how to get your point across without hurting the other’s feelings.
Aside from weddings, what are some other hobbies/hidden talents/secret powers?
Before I switched full time for photography I worked a variety of jobs. Two of them, I swear were godsends because they taught me a lot about my other two loves in life – coffee and food. I pulled the best shots of espresso when I worked at a local coffee shop. To say that coffee is a passion of mine would be an understatement. I miss being behind the machine sometimes and once I save up a little more I will be the girl with a giant espresso machine in her house. In my mind, it’s a practical kitchen tool and is always needed. Which brings me to food. I can cook. I can throw down. Call me a foodie, but I would rather eat a good meal with friends then go on vacation.
Speaking of super powers, if you could choose to have any, what would you pick?
I don’t know if this is a superpower but I would love to have the talent of looking at something and remembering every detail. That would have helped me study for a test or two in college…
Finally, how do we connect with you?
To see my work visit me at: alexandrawhitney.com
My most recent work will be at: alexandrawhitney.com/blog
Email me: email@example.com