I'm so excited for this next installment of my Behind the Lens series. It all began with sharing my own quest for a wedding photographer, and then I wondered what kind of insight could be found from the ones behind the lens—the photographers themselves! I asked some of my favorite photographers to share their perspective, and I have loved reading their heartwarming and insightful responses. Of course, the best part is getting to share it all with you!
Today, I'm thrilled to introduce you to the delightful and talented Kristyn Hogan!
I was first introduced to Kristyn's photography when I saw the wedding photos of a college acquaintance, and I've admired her work ever since. Keep scrolling, and you'll see why!
Based in Nashville, TN, Kristyn has a gift for capturing the "lovely" in a moment, a setting, a relationship, or an event. Her spirited approach to photography shines through her images and tells beautiful love stories.
I hope you'll enjoy seeing a few of my favorite Kristyn Hogan photos as well as hearing from the heart of Kristyn herself!
tlk: How do you describe your photography style?
kh: Our logo says it all - "Spirited Fresh Timeless". Those are words we have used for years to inspire and refine our work. Every moment we capture, every story we tell, and every interaction we have with our couples, we want to stay true to those words and the feeling of what it means to be spirited, fresh and timeless. We want our photographs to evoke emotion and joy, and to capture the spirit of the moment and the people. We want our photographs to look and feel fresh, and to be handmade, real and honest. And ultimately, we want our photographs to be timeless. We want these moments to be moments our couples share with their children and with their grandchildren, and for the memories to stand the test of time and to be a documentation of life's most important moments.
We want our photographs to look and feel fresh, and to be handmade, real and honest.
tlk: What is one of the most important things you recommend for brides and grooms to consider as they select their wedding photographer?
kh: This may not be typical, but one of the most important things I think can be missed in looking at wedding photographers is versatility of their portfolio. Beautiful, posed photographs in natural light in an ideal location are not hard to come by these days. And while we all love those photographs, they only make up a tiny bit of what a wedding day actually is. A wedding day happens in the brightest sun, darkness of night, not always perfect backdrops, and sometimes even rain. A wedding day is more than just styled portraits in perfect lighting, it's also photos of your ceremony, details, moments, family and guests in all elements and lighting. Find a photographer who can show you the full story of a day with all its important elements. Otherwise, you may end up with gorgeous portraits but no photographs of all the guests who traveled across the country to celebrate with you. Or great moments but no photographs of the details you spent months designing.
tlk: What is your favorite part of a wedding day to photograph?
kh: Of course there are the classics that we love: the look on the groom's face when he sees his bride walking down the aisle, the father daughter dance, and walking back up the aisle together as husband and wife. These moments never get old and are always special, but my favorite part of a wedding day to photograph are the moments unique to that specific wedding. There are a handful of moments from each wedding day that truly tell their love story. A story that is no one else's but their own. These moments are never the same from wedding to wedding and they can't be planned for or anticipated. These are moments that simply have to be watched for. Sometimes they happen in an instant and are gone, so we are always mindful of being aware of what's going on around us, looking for those moments that only happen once and are cherished for a lifetime.