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.
Learn more about Julia and Yuriy at themanchiks.com.
Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What was your road like to becoming a photographer?
Hello! I am a portrait photographer based south of Boston, MA. My passion is capturing mothers and their growing families. Maternity and newborn portraits are the foundation of my business, and I also capture baby milestones, children, and families. Fun fact: I returned the diamond earrings my husband bought me for our first Christmas as a married couple to buy a digital camera.
When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.