It’s our pleasure today to complete our interview with Auey Santos, owner ofPhotograffiti and lover of all things photography, cupcakes and yoga. Check out part 1 of the interview with Auey to start from the beginning!
Tell us one or two fun facts about yourself.
I love yoga, cupcakes and the color purple. People make me laugh and cry at the same time. I’m an introvert masquerading as an extrovert.
What was your favorite wedding or event you photographed and why did you love it so much?
Back in 2002, I was asked to shoot a Lord of the Rings themed wedding. I am a huge Tolkien fan, and as you can imagine, it was a dream come true. The gig did not pay much but it was a project I felt passionate about. As an artist and a businesswoman, it’s difficult to achieve that balance of being valued and paid for your work. But I really wanted to shoot the wedding I knew I’d enjoy and the risk paid off. The wedding became my showcase wedding that year and led to my first published feature in a national newspaper. Various LOTR fan and wedding blogs around the world featured the wedding and got things rolling for me.
What is the most important thing someone should consider when hiring a photographer for their wedding or event?
The wedding photographer is probably the most important vendor you choose for your wedding day and I’m not saying that because I’m a photographer. The images we capture and the albums we create will be the doorway back into your wedding day. It’s a major investment. I would like to say, hire a professional, but these days anyone with a good camera and a sleek website can call themselves “professional.”
A true professional knows how to capture great images under various lighting conditions, wedding day limitations and time pressure. I advise potential clients to examine example portfolios carefully. Look at several weddings, including one full-day coverage, so you can see the entire wedding and not just a few selected images. Invest in the photographer’s expertise and don’t leave things to chance.
Personality and aesthetics should also be considered. Wedding photography can range from photojournalistic, fashion-driven to portrait-centric styles. It’s best to find a photographer whose style appeals to you. If you like their work, meet the photographer in person to access their personality and approach. Remember, you will be spending a considerable amount of time with the photographer on the wedding day. My personal philosophy is that couples must inspire me and be my muse so I can do my best work. That energy manifests when there’s a good client-photographer dynamic.