Matt and Michelle’s stunning modern intimate wedding in the Historic Berkeley Church shared by Olive Photography.
Q : It was very evident from the wedding album that Matt and Michelle really prioritized their guests experience and you so creatively captured all the social moments. What do you attribute to this success ?
A: A big part of why I photograph weddings is to capture and remind people of those happy times and connections they have with the special people in their lives. I photograph from the heart – I keep it open so that I can document not just the event taking place, but also the feelings within it.
How do you capture all the precious moments between your couples?
It’s hard to describe it, but my eye knows when it sees something worth capturing. Then I adjust my camera settings to my style for different scenarios & it all comes together.
Question: What are some of the priorities you have for capturing on a wedding day ?
Answer : So much thought goes into personalizing the details in a wedding, so I try to make sure couples get photographs of them!
When you photograph a wedding how are you influenced by the choices the couple has made for their wedding day?
Couples hire me largely because of my attention to emotion, as well as to detail. So I’m always scanning for special little things or moments they have planned, as well as the kind of vibe they envisioned for their wedding and try to accurately portray that in the visual storytelling of the day.
You created a beautiful intimate feeling in your photographs that show the connectivity of the couple with their guests, how did you achieve this?
Olive Photography: I’m always on the lookout for real moments! I love getting photographs that are genuine! It’s important for me that the couple and their loved ones are able to view the photos and feel the day again.
You utilized the space of the venue so creatively in your day of portraits. How did you prepare for this and what do you think made your photographs so succesful?
I have a saying that is pinned up in my office that I think sums it up pretty well: “You don’t need to try to be creative. Look for things. Stay in the moment.”
I try to approach each wedding with fresh eyes, even if I’ve photographed at a venue before (which was the case for the Berkeley Church venue). I scan a space for light as well as areas that suit the vibe of each couple’s day. Truly, most of what I capture on a wedding day (or any of my photo shoots) happens because of inspiration while there!
Photography: Olive Photography
officiant Ange Kanavas
Cake: Cakes by Design