It's Day 2 at Design Aglow's Wedding Week. Say "hi" to Julia & Yuriy Manchik...
Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and how you got started in photography. Yuriy started shooting weddings with a Craigslist ad. He was 19 years old, just got a nice camera, and wanted to make his money back. Apparently it went well because he quit his day job soon after and pursued photography. A couple years later, he started bringing a girl named Julia to a lot of gigs. Not so much for the help, but just for the company. They ended up falling in love, got married, and now shoot weddings together full time, based in Seattle.
How do you describe your style? Our style is natural and unforced. We want our couples to feel like themselves when they are being photographed and look back on the photos and feel proud of how they were captured.
What or who really inspires you? People’s faces—they’re all different and they’re always changing. Nature—it’s both a blank canvas and it’s a piece of art. It’s stunning with or without a human subject.
What are your top 3 tips for photographing weddings? 1. Don’t try to replicate perfect Pinterest photos or other photographers’ exact poses. You’ll end up focusing on getting a stiff pose just right and missing the authentic stuff. 2. Photograph details and interesting parts of the day that aren’t traditional wedding shots. These are the moments that will transport the bride and groom back to their wedding day. 3. Be alert. When you hear laughter, run there with your camera. You won’t capture special moments and emotions by luck; you have to be ready.
The iPhone camera is an incredibly powerful tool. After learning a few basics, you can start practicing your own skills with what I like to call a “creative exercise régime.” First of all, l always hold my phone horizontally with two hands. I form a "C" with my left thumb and forefinger and tuck the phone into it so it rests on my hand with my middle finger holding it up along the back. Then with my right hand I form a similar backwards C with the phone against the palm of my hand and use my right thumb to take the picture. By having a steady hold on the phone, I eliminate shake. The result is a sharper image.
This past March, my family and I took a road trip from Marietta, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina. The trip fell during the first few days of spring, and we all dreamed of warmer weather and a nice change of scenery! Our trip started on a Friday and ended the following Monday, but despite it’s brevity, it was an amazing experience!
If you run a photography business, you may feel like you spend 10% of your time actually creating images and the other 90% juggling endless administrative tasks. And when you’re focused on taking care of your clients, taking care of your business can get pushed to the back burner. But…that needs to stop. Organization isn’t a luxury. A streamlined studio gives you a solid foundation on which to build a successful business. So go ahead and make those brass tacks a priority. Here are the ducks you should get in a row, like, yesterday.