Once upon a time, there was an amazing woman who picked up a camera and something magical began to happen. This is the story of The Dutch Princess.
Okay, well it’s not really a story. It’s more of an interview and here are her answers 🙂
Tell us a bit about yourself (Who are you, and what is your business?) I am a wife to the most amazing man in the world and we have four beautiful sons. I love reading, spending time in the kitchen, hanging out with our wonderful friends and family. I am the owner and main photographer at Denise Blommestyn Photography.
How did you get started? I started my business in 2009 as a hobby. I took pictures of family and friends and from there the business grew very quickly. I hadn’t had any formal training at that time and was a bit overwhelmed with how quickly my business was growing. I decided to invest in better gear and took some online courses. I had also contacted another photographer in Toronto whom I could ask questions and who would critique my work for me. Saying all of this, I give all the credit to God for the artistic eye He has given me. Without Him I would not be where I am today.
What is your favourite part about your job? I LOVE shooting. Hands down that’s my favorite part of the job. It allows me to be creative and, as well, interact with interesting and amazing people. By the end of an engagement shoot I consider the couple my ‘friends’. I am still friends with many of my couples years after their wedding. Who could ask for anything better than that? I LOVE MY JOB!
What sets you apart from your competitors? Initial consultations are very important in finding out why the couple has chosen to meet with me. What I hear a lot of is how relaxed my posing is…almost like it’s not a pose. They love the emotion shown in my photography and the soft romantic feel the weddings portray. Yesterday, during a consultation, the ‘groom to be’ said he could picture his bride and himself in my photographs and that he could see them hanging many of my photos on the walls of their new home.
What do you feel is the most important thing that a potential client should consider when looking for their wedding photographer? A client should connect with their photographer on a personal as well as professional level. They need to ‘click’. It’s one of those things you pretty much know right away when you meet with them or chat on the phone. The vision of your wedding should match the style of the photographer’s work as well. If you are having a farm or winery wedding you would want your photographer to have these sorts of weddings on their blog for you to see. You should also like the style of finishing the photographer uses on their photos. Every photographer has a signature ‘look’ and you want to love your photos for years to come.
What are some important questions for a client to ask a potential photographer? “What is the timeline for the photos to be finished from the wedding date?” “What type of gear do you use?” “Do you have back up gear?” “Do you use a second shooter or shoot alone?”
Anything else you’d like to add? Your wedding is the most important event in your life. You want to be comfortable with your photographer and you want to love their work. Your photographer is the vendor you spend the most time with on your wedding day so choose one that you love. You want to be able to look at your photographs 5,20 even 50 years from now and see your day captured in the way you envision it. Invest wisely in you. You are worth it. xo
More information can be found on Denise’s website: http://deniseblommestynphotography.com/blog/