interview with wendy laurel photography
Everyone’s photography is different — or at least it should be, because we are all different. I love color (although I love black and white just as much), I love to be creative, and most of all, I love to have fun. I think my photography reflects this. Because I love color so much, I shoot film. I used to shoot digital but all the work I was drawn to ended up being shot on film. So I switched and I have never been happier.
The reason I shoot film is easy to answer: the colors. The look of film. The satisfaction I get from shooting film. The challenge and skill required to shoot film. Film is the reason I love photography. And the reason clients love my photographs.
Would you describe your photographs has having a special style?
If I had to name a style, I would say Fine Art. My images are definitely artistic and creative. And because my colors are true colors (i.e. blue skies not washed out yellow skies), my images will never become passé. After 50 years, the couples will still love their album and be able to relive their day.
Do you have any favorite places that you love to shoot?
I love just about anywhere in Hawaii, but somewhere new is always fun and exciting. I think you can compose a terrific photo shoot walking down the street or standing on a beach. It’s about seeing what is around you and being creative with what you find.
Who or what inspires your work?
My work is inspired by color, patterns, and composition. I love to look at both fashion and surf magazines for inspiration — sort of a surfer girl a la Vogue mentality.
Do you have a favorite moment when you shoot a wedding?
I’m not sure I have just one favorite moment. I really love the kiss and moments just after the ceremony when everyone is happy and a bit more relaxed. I especially love the time together with just the bride and groom.
Can you share a photo or two that reflects your work? What’s the story behind these photos?
These photos show my style. Lots of color, a bit of quirkiness, and everyone having a really fun time. I love having some time to do creative posing with the bride and groom. The one shot with the very saturated color was shot on my holga. I like to incorporate a bit of toy camera or Polaroid work into all of my shoots. I always bring my Polaroid to the wedding reception and give away the Polaroids. Everyone loves it and has a good time. I can make scans of the negatives I keep to include in the couple’s album.
What advice can you give couples when they are looking for a photographer for their wedding day?
My best advice is to look at the several portfolios and pick the one photographer whose images make you happy or touch you in some way. It’s a bit like picking a best friend for a day.
Things that make your heart happy…
My children, rainbows, film, creating, popsicles, stripes, smiles, the ocean and cherries.