Photography Spotlight is on Dana Siles Photographer.
1. How did you get into photography?
I’ve been taking pictures almost as long as I can remember – starting with 110mm film at around the age of 10, taking funky close-ups of the orange shaggy carpet in our living room and graduating to the Kodak Disc camera, which I adored into my teens! When I was 13, my Aunt and Uncle gave me my first Pentax K1000 for a school trip. At first click I knew I’d be a photographer when I grew up – literally. From then on I attended photography classes in and out of high school, and graduated from Rhode Island School of Photography in 1994. After assisting photographers, shooting music, news and editorial assignments on my own and also shooting for a wedding photography studio, I officially launched my wedding photography business in 1998. One thing that has remained true throughout all these years: I love looking through that viewfinder and consistently get a jolt of energy when I press that shutter release. Especially when I know I’ve captured something special.
2. What is your photography style?
I love to make photographs that, especially when presented as a series, tell an honest story about a person or a time in a family’s life. I aim for authenticity and timelessness in my work.
3. How far do you travel to provide your service?
My business is based in New England and New York. However, I have photographed weddings in several states as well as outside the country. I’ll travel anywhere for a good photo opportunity!
4. What advice do you give to anyone being photographed?
My advice to anyone being photographed – whether for a wedding, event or portrait – is to stay true to yourself. Twenty years down the road when you look back at your photos, is it YOU that you are seeing? I think hiring a photographer for any reason can be compared to writing in a memory journal: you want it to be accurate – perhaps with a kick. In addition, I recently wrote two blog posts on the subject of how to choose a wedding photographer: Part 1 and Part 2.
Photography Spotlight is on Dana Siles Photographer. 1. How did you get into photography? I’ve been taking pictures almost as long as I can remember – starting with 110mm film at around the age of 10, taking funky close-ups of the orange shaggy carpet in our living room and graduating to the Kodak Disc camera, […]
This week the Photography Spotlight is on Erin McGinn!
1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you started a career in photography.
After graduating URI with a degree in Marine Biology, I moved to San Diego for the most amazing three years, thinking about what comes next career wise (meanwhile shooting tons and tons of film in the beautiful surroundings), and started dating a friend of mine from URI. He and I moved back to little Rhody together in 2006, as New England never left our hearts, and we missed our families and friends. After a brief stint as a travel agent (and getting engaged in Prague!) I began working as an event planner for the renowned Longwood Events at Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island and planned 40 weddings and my own wedding in the same year (phew!). Seeing my couple’s photos come back and immersing myself in weddings everyday through planning my own big event, I was sold that “marrying” my newfound passion for weddings and my long time love of photography was the career path I wanted. While developing my skill set and completing RISD’s CE program in Digital Photography, I worked for Southern New England Weddings magazine as a blogger and editor, and then as a staff photographer, editor, and blogger for Bliss Celebrations which really helped me hone in on my eye for editorial based imagery, and helped create so many lasting relationships with vendors I love!
2. What is your style of photography?
I’m a natural light wedding photographer with a focus on editorial style imagery and fine art processing, striving for timeless, bright, and warm photographs. With a unique background in event planning and as a magazine editor, I see not only moments, but details and design in order to tell a complete story. I’m very laid back and easy breezy when it comes to working with my clients, I choose to look more for the natural, organic, intimate moments between the laughter and happy tears of the day, rather than intricate posing. I’m a minimalist and try to simplify everything for my clients and myself. People who view my work often comment on how relaxed my clients look, and I think that has a lot to do with my focus on building relationships with them from the beginning, doing an engagement session, and being there not only for them on their wedding day, but throughout the planning process as a resource who is intimately familiar with the ins and outs of the local industry.
3. How far do you travel to provide your services?
I travel anywhere and everywhere! I’ve photographed couples in the Caribbean, mid-west, the south, new york city and all over New England from the coast to the mountains. Travel is something very special to me, and I welcome the chance to go somewhere new any chance I get. I’m hoping to shoot more weddings outside the US, and would love the opportunity to do more of that!
4. What is the key advice you give to those being photographed?
The key advice I give my clients is to just simply focus on each other, and forget I’m there. This is a special time in their lives, and this day is about the two of them. Let everything else blur away, and just stay razor focused on what the day is really all about – celebrating their marriage. It doesn’t matter if it rains, if there is a misspelling on their ceremony program, if one bridesmaid’s dress is hemmed to high, or one groomsmen forgot his matching socks. You can’t control everything, but you can control how you react when things inevitably go wrong. Another big tip I give to all my clients is to consider an unplugged wedding, or wedding ceremony. Having everyone watching with their eyes and really taking it all to heart instead of behind a screen is just so special (and so beautiful to photograph)!
This week the Photography Spotlight is on Erin McGinn! 1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you started a career in photography. After graduating URI with a degree in Marine Biology, I moved to San Diego for the most amazing three years, thinking about what comes next career wise (meanwhile shooting tons and […]
Rebecca Arthurs, known for her editorial style photography, is a true visionary. From lifestyle to details her photography is an art form. Her work speaks for itself, but we had her dish a little more for us so everyone can get to know the woman behind the camera.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your photography style.
I am a hopeless romantic, dreamer and tea drinker (I had my first cup of coffee this year!). I love hunting for antiques, deep conversations, hiking with my dog Rowan, and traveling for work and adventure. I’m a Fine Art Wedding Photographer. The majority of my current weddings are shot on film (think old school), developed in a darkroom, and then the negatives are beautifully scanned into digital files! I love weddings that are authentic & romantic, with lots of happiness and laughter. My couples also have a wild side. They are wild about each other, wild about pursuing their hopes and dreams, and wildly passionate about creating a beautiful life together.
2. What type of photography services do you offer?
Portrait and Lifestyle sessions are shot 100% on film. I shoot weddings hybrid, some digital some film.
3. What is the one thing you tell anyone you’re photographing?
I tell my clients not to worry about what to do! I’m here to help them relax and move naturally in front of the camera. One of the most common comments I hear is how pretty my “candid” photos are. And while that’s wonderful to hear, most people aren’t comfortable enough to really let loose and relax with a giant camera in their face. So the images that look so natural are often a product of my direction. I am an artist and visionary. I observe the mannerisms, emotions and relationships of the people I’m photographing, then intuitively direct them into authentic motions and poses that allow me to capture their true personalities.
4. How far do you travel to provide your services?
I’m based in Hawaii 6-7 months out of the year (living in Kailua Kona and shooting on all the Islands) I head back to New England during the Summer/Fall for those gorgeous North Eastern weddings. But I’m always happy to hop on plane to capture a celebration in a new location. Your imagination is the only limit!
Rebecca Arthurs, known for her editorial style photography, is a true visionary. From lifestyle to details her photography is an art form. Her work speaks for itself, but we had her dish a little more for us so everyone can get to know the woman behind the camera. 1. Tell us a bit about yourself […]
Photography Spotlight is on M.Studios this week — Learn more about this talented duo as well as their best advice!
1. How did M.Studios come to be?
Marisa and I have been friends for almost 20 years. One thing that we’ve always had in common is a love of photography. We were both doing photography professionally but separately. I was working for Snap! Photography as a lead photographer. Marisa was shooting portraits and doing freelance work for companies like Alex and Ani. We started hiring each other to assist on jobs we had when we finally had that “aha” moment! We saw the opportunity of not only doing what we love but being able to do it with your best friend. Could it get anymore perfect than that?! So, in 2011 M.Studios was born and it has been the greatest thing for both of us.
2. What types of photography services do you offer?
While we mostly focus on weddings we also do portraits, head shots, and event photography. We also have a super swanky photo booth that is always the life of the party!
3. What is the best advice you can give to anyone being photographed?
Trust your photographer! You hired them because you saw something in their work that spoke to you. If you trust in their vision it allows your photographer to work their magic. Also don’t be afraid to ham it up! Laugh a little too much, flip your hair, be overly romantic, and just have fun with it!
4. How far are you willing to travel?
We will travel anywhere and everywhere! We have shot weddings in New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Maine, New Hampshire as well as many other places in New England. We even traveled to Philadelphia for an engagement session. This year we are going to the Adirondacks in upstate New York and we can’t wait! We love to travel so destination weddings are our favorite!
Photography Spotlight is on M.Studios this week — Learn more about this talented duo as well as their best advice! 1. How did M.Studios come to be? Marisa and I have been friends for almost 20 years. One thing that we’ve always had in common is a love of photography. We were both doing photography […]