Nov 30 2011
Today I am beyond excited to bring to you our first vendor feature. One of the hardest decisions to make when planning your wedding is deciding on your wedding photographer. I am so excited to share with all of you a very talented and good friend of mine, Chris Kirby. He is a San Diego based wedding and portrait photographer and has been in the biz of making your special day memorable for years to come. Without further adieu …
Q: When did you realize being a photographer was what you wanted to do in life?
A: It was when I saw the power of photography first-hand. The pictures that become special to us have personal meaning and a growing nostalgia to them. It’s a humbling honor to be able to provide something like that for people. I still remember the first time a client had happy tears, because she liked her photos so much. That pretty much sealed the deal for me.
Q: What would you say is your photography style?
A: Artistically attentive and emotionally revealing. My goal is always to tell one’s story in a creative and memorable way.
Q: What is the most interesting/unexpected thing to happen to you while on a shoot?
A: Oh, wow. That’s a good one. Well, I’ve seen groomsmen faint, bridal parties jump into pools, and more electric sliding Grandpa’s than I can remember. But the most interesting, as well as memorable moment that happened on a shoot was a proposal during a portrait session. I sort of knew about it a few days in advance, but it was all very spontaneous when it came down to it. It was a very genuine and heartfelt moment. That was really cool to photograph.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would offer an aspiring photographer?
A: Don’t get too caught up on how to be successful by emulating photographers that you look up to. It’s important to have role models and inspirations, but always remember to be you. It’s the only way to survive in the long run. If you’re true to yourself in your craft and do what speaks to your heart, the rest will always follow if accompanied by hard work.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would offer a couple searching for a photographer?
A: Style and budget will always be important considerations, but also try to choose a photographer that gets to know you as a person, one that sincerely asks how you’re doing and cares about your recent happenings. This type of connection can significantly benefit your shoot. You’ll feel more comfortable, look more natural, and have more fun.
Q: What is your current obsession?
A: I would have to say it’s an even tie between Netflix and fun sized chocolates.
Q: What are your 3 favorite things about San Diego?
A: The stylish people, amazing food, and laid back atmosphere.
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.
Q: Where do you go for inspiration?
A: Movies inspire me quite a bit. Some of my favorite movies inspire the way I see locations and how they can be utilized creatively. Other movies inspire me through their art of storytelling, showing and reminding me of the beauty in relationships. I like to think of shoots as stories for my clients.
Q: Which items can you absolutely not live without?
A: I think my camera would have to be a given. My sketchpad, a pen, my bike, guitar, music, food, water, and love.