Welcome to my Q&A with Tabitha Mee from illuminate Photography.
I think it is important to learn about the providers that you are going to book for your special day.
They know a lot about the industry and are really talented at what they do.
Tabitha is one of those talented providers. I LOVE her work. She has a beautiful style that is so calm and serene. Everyone looks so relaxed and happy in her photographs. I asked her a few questions and here is what she had to say.
1. How long have you been photographing weddings?
2011 was my first wedding season. I had shot one or two weddings for friends and acquaintances before that, but I’d say 2011 is when I got “serious” about it.
2. What made you start in this industry, or have you always known you wanted to do wedding photography?
Very soon after I got my first “real” camera in 2009, I realised that I was most drawn to portrait photography. Weddings just seemed to flow naturally out of that love, and I haven’t looked back
3. How would you describe your style?
Natural and romantic with a creative and personal touch.
4. Is there a photographer that inspires you in your work?
I am hugely inspired by SO many photographers! I feel like I can really learn something from everyone, including from my amazing second shooters who push me to be a better photographer without even realising it! In terms of the bigger names in the wedding industry, I really admire both Ryan Brenizer and Jonas Peterson’s creativity and love looking at all the fearless photographers’ work. I also really enjoy following some lesser-known fashion and fine Art photographers.
5. If you could shoot a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be?
That’s a really tough one! I’m going to be sneaky and pick two countries – India and Indonesia. The Mediterranean coast or somewhere in the dessert would also be amazing!
6. How do you charge for your weddings? Can you work with most budgets?
I have different collections depending on your needs, and am also happy to customise something for you specifically. I’d say that I can work with most middle-range budgets.
7. How important is photoshop and/or lightroom or any other editing programme to you? Do clients ask you to “photoshop out their wrinkles” How far is too far when it comes to editing?
I do spend a decent amount of time on the post-process as I am a bit of a perfectionist, but my aim is always to keep the pictures looking natural and to honestly reflect the wedding day. I always try to think of what I would want if I was a bride. No one wants photos that look obviously photoshopped! However, if you woke up with a big zit on your chin on your wedding day, I’ll ensure that you won’t need to remember that every time you look at your wedding pictures!
8. How far in advance should brides book you for their wedding day?
6-9 months seems to be the standard. If you are getting married in season, you’d probably be safe closer to a year. I prefer not to take on weddings that are too much further away than that.
9. How does Pinterest work for you? Is it sometimes too much inspiration for a bride & they give you impossible tasks?
I am always open to trying news things! Some of my favourite shots have been based on ideas sent to me by brides. As long as they understand that there are many factors that influence how a shot looks and therefore I cannot guarantee an exact replica. What I can guarantee is that I will add my own creative flair to it
10. What is your favourite wedding to date and why?
I am going to be very cheesy and say “my own!”. And the reason I loved it so much has nothing to do with the venue, the weather, the decor, the dress or even the photos – I love that I got married to my best friend and that we had our favourite people around to share in that joy. Weddings that echo that sentiment are my favourite.
11. What equipment do you normally bring to a wedding?
Besides my “paparazzi” 70-200mm lens that I use for outdoor ceremonies, everything I own just about fits into one small bag. I don’t feel that flashy gear suits me at all. I shoot with a Canon 6D and mostly use 50mm or 85mm prime lenses to achieve the look I want. I may bring out my flash during reception if need be, and I like to use a video light for some more creative shots occasionally.
12. Best piece of wedding advice?
Remember that a wedding only lasts a day, but marriage lasts a lifetime. If something doesn’t go 100% as you planned it, just let it go. It’s not going to be what you remember about your wedding in 10 or 20 years time, unless you allow it to bother you endlessly on the day, which is just counter-productive.
Thanks for your time Tabitha!
If you would like to have a chat with Tabitha about her work or would like to book her for your wedding, contact her on the information below. You won’t be sorry!