Interview with SheHeWe!
How many years have you been in business?
7 years – that's like 49 in dog years
Ain't that the truth! How did you get started in weddings?
I (ilde) always said I would never shoot weddings. “It's sooo stressful,” I said. A family I was photographing at the time asked me to document their wedding and after the third bite of cake and tearing up during the first dance- I was hooked. I asked Jim, not long after, to second shoot a wedding with me and he quickly realized he wanted to do this permanently also as a team. It was really good cake.
Hahaha! I bet it was. Wonder who the cake artist was! What do you like most about weddings?
The drama. No I mean it, but I'm not talking about in the “diva” way. So much emotion is happening on a wedding day. There's the bridal party ready to celebrate, the parents conflicted by sadness and joy, the groom walks a fine line of nerves and anticipation, the bride has the jitters all the way to her toes but inside her heart is warm and excited and all of these mix together to make the day electric and beautiful. We love being a part of that magical storm and especially grateful to be in friendship with the two people who are responsible for all of it. We are kind of mushy like that.
What’s your favorite wedding pic/video and why?
This is like asking someone what their favorite song is or if you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one kind of food what would it be. The pictures change often but I recall one most recently. We shot a wedding and a bride had a first look with her adoptive father. As he turned, she embraced him in the most tender hug and as she did so, one solitary tear traced down the side of her face in sheer joy and gratitude for her dad. Jim snapped the moment and it is a stunning example of what is important about a wedding day.
Ok, what is your service philosophy?
Relationship first. No boring brides, second.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
I hope this doesn't come across as arrogant but we don't compare ourselves to other photographers. Our hope is that people will come to our website, see our work, learn a little bit about us and either run away screaming or throw their hands in the air and do a little dance because they found their people. The couples who hire us typically “get us” and we, them. I believe that is why we have so many deep relationships with our couples and why we can make such unique and beautiful photography with them.
Who are your five favorite Nashville wedding vendors?
Only five? My goodness that is difficult. We have worked with some amazing talent over the years.
Our favorites: Sweetface Cakes, Chefworks Catering, The Cupcake Collection, The Southern (can you tell we like food?) Also Rebel Hill Florist, Band 24/7, Amy Lynn Larwig hair and makeup, Avenue and War Memorial. I think we are past our limit (ha ha). Nashville is an amazing place to get married largely due to the fact that we have so many gifted artists here.
All very good ones! And yes, you obviously love food.