Owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings, Erin Bouchard chatted with Rebecca Nash of Rebecca Nash Photography to discuss all things bridal photography. Rebecca and Erin met through mutual colleagues and their shared interests of weddings and helping brides plan their big days have helped them develop a friendship over the past few years. Rebecca Nash Photography is a London based photography company that helps you celebrate life and love through captured memories. Whether you’re hoping to capture your wedding day, a birth, belly shots, your growing family or engagement pictures, Rebecca is your go to girl. I chatted with Rebecca about photography, planning a wedding and what brides can expect when they meet up with her. She also shared some exciting new plans (think even cooler services) she has for her business over the next few months. Once Upon A Time Weddings is so proud of the business that Rebecca is building as she has a great eye for detail and a really easygoing personality. So, grab a mug of tea or a glass of wine and read on!
1. How did you get into photography?
It's been a hobby since childhood, it took on an even more important role to me when my daughter was born, but my business didn't really become an aspiration until I saw the looks on parent’s faces when they saw images on the walls of my classroom as an early childhood educator.
2. Why did you want to be a photographer?
I’ve always enjoyed creating. Art (both visual and performing) has always been a focus in my life, however, I never had the talent to create my vision for others to see through painting, drawing or sculpting. With a camera in hand, I finally found the joy of creation and sharing my vision with others. This started my love for photography.
Fast forward a few years and I was blessed with a beautiful daughter. I was passionate about being a mom and about capturing every moment of her young life. I knew at this point that photography would always be a part of my life but never could have expected the reactions I received to my work. As I returned to work as an ECE in a childcare classroom, I brought this love of photography with me. It was there that I found the answer to my dilemma. How do I balance my love of photography, helping people, weddings, and working with children? Become my own photography company!
3. Describe your style of photography?
It has been a journey to find the style of photography that I love to shoot, I’m excited to share with friends, family, and most importantly clients, and that my clients love.
Every session has the classic shots that parents, vendors, and planners want to see but I also have my own style that comes out in every image. A style can be hard to describe but at the end of the day my style is best described as Soft, Artistic, Emotional, Romantic, and Whimsical. Not every image will match every word but the style represents what the overall story of the day will be. At the end of the day photography is about celebrating love and life in art while telling a unique story.
4. What is your favourite part of being a photographer?
Oh My! How can I choose?
Let me see...it’s definitely not paperwork and bookkeeping!
I love meeting new people, building relationships, learning people’s stories, and watching them react to the images we have created together. When people hire me as their photographic artist they are asking me to document and become involved in an important part of their life whether it’s the wedding day, the birth of a child, the growing of a family, or the celebration of their own fabulousness! It’s an honour, a privilege, and a passion in my life. It’s amazing and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to be part of so many people’s lives and help them celebrate!
5. What services do you offer brides?
Okay I just have to confess...I’m a bit of a wedding junkie!
Rebecca Nash Photography is a full service wedding photography service. Our services include everything from engagement portraits of the couple and bridal portraits of the bride in her wedding day beauty (in advance of the day), to the wedding day coverage, day after creative couples shoots, and product creation.
Whatever you need captured during the wedding process, I’m here to document it all for you! Want me there for the shower, stag and doe, or bachelor/bachelorette party? I’m in!
Another new service Rebecca Nash Photography now offers...Wedding Registry! You know you’re going to want albums, prints, or future sessions so why not ask your guests to help you out? You can create a wish list of items or just leave it open. Let your guests know about your registry and on the day of your image viewing session you will receive gift certificates for the products or dollar amount your guests have gifted you as part of your wedding day.
6. What other services do you offer?
I’m thrilled to offer a range of services including (but not limited to) Maternity Portraits, Newborn Portraits, Child & Family Portraits.
This year we are thrilled to be launching some new services to meet the needs of our clients (and have even more fun!)
1.) Bridal Portraits
Launched in January of this year, this is a great way to capture all the beauty and details of your wedding day ensemble. Spend a half day having your hair & makeup done just like your wedding day, slip in to your gorgeous gown, and become the inner model you’ve always wanted to be.
This is the day to get those beautiful images of yourself in all your bridal splendor that you and your family will cherish for years to come without the craziness of the wedding day!
2.) Portrait Parties
Coming this spring....
Get together your friends and your kid’s friends for a great day of fun and mini-portrait sessions in your own home! With special mini-session pricing and unique print packages this is a great way to get updated images of each of your children. Interested in hosting? You can earn sessions and print packages for your own child(ren).
3.) Modern Elegance Portraits
Coming this spring...
It’s a pampering day out! Come on your own or bring a small group and spend the day being pampered. This luxury experience includes a hair stylist and makeup artist on site to pamper and prep you, a custom made gown created on you, and a day of celebrity treatment!
Celebrate yourself! Celebrate your Beauty! Celebrate your life!
7. When should brides book your services?
This is always the toughest question I get by far! I have had clients book me 2 years in advance, but I’ve had calls 3 months ahead. I usually recommend booking 12 to 18 months in advance to be sure you secure your date.
Know you’re getting married in 2013 or 2014? Let’s start a conversation now. The more I get to know you and your wedding day (and you get to know me) the better experience and images we’ll have together! I don’t want to just be your photographer; I want to make this an experience you won’t quickly forget!
8. What can brides expect after they book your services?
Once we have gotten to know each other, fawned over all the details of your unique wedding day, and signed the contract here’s what you can expect...
* Engagement Portraits – I encourage every couple to do an engagement portrait session with their wedding photographer. This is the best way to get to know their shooting style, their directing style, spend some time getting to know each other more, and get comfortable in front of the camera.
* To hear from me at least once a month – I want to know how the planning’s going, what you guys have been up to, and keep learning more about you as people and as a couple. This lets me give you the best possible service and gives you one less thing to worry about on your wedding day.
* To feel supported – Looking for a vendor and don’t know where to look? Call me! Run into an issue? Call me! Looking for ideas or inspiration? Call me! I may not have the solution to every problem, but I’m here to help you achieve your goals for the wedding day and enjoy every minute leading up to and on the day of! It’s your day, and I want to help make it perfect for you!
* Little (good) surprises along the way.
9. What is your biggest tip for brides as they plan their big day?
From my experience as a photographer, a bridal party member, and a guest at many weddings I cannot stress this enough: Know where photography falls as a priority on your wedding day, find photographers whose images you love, and then make sure that their personality is a good fit for you and your day.
There’s nothing worse than finding out on the wedding day that the person you hired doesn’t see eye to eye with you. The images will show the tension. Your memories of your wedding day will be tainted with this negative experience.
Remember, the day is about celebrating you love, and the beginning of your life together. It’s about the celebration, and the memories you’re creating!
10. How can brides get a hold of you to book your services or ask questions?
I love meeting new people so please, get in touch! You can check out my website at www.rebeccanashphotography.com, give me a call at 519-204-0309, or email me anytime day or night at Rebecca@rebeccanashphotography.com
I can’t wait to hear all about your celebrations of life and love!
Thanks Rebecca for sharing with our Once Upon A Time Weddings family! It was a pleasure chatting with you! Rebecca also writes a regular blog which you can get to by visiting her website above. Check it out for tons of great ideas, fashion advice, wedding planning tips and just plain fun!