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"We tend to be drawn to capturing those special moments between the bride and her mother or the great grandparent dancing for joy". Erin & Tara talk to us about their early days, how they've become the success they are and most importantly, what makes a brilliant photographer.
This week we had the fabulous opportunity to interview photography duo Erin & Tara. Known for their distinctive style, eye for detail and their candid photography, it is not hard to see why brides and grooms from all over the country are seeking these girls to photograph their wedding.
You are definitely the leaders in wedding photography right across the country, how did you start off?
Our photography journey started 5 years ago when Erin & I thought it would be fun to photograph a wedding! This was before we owned a camera let alone knew how to use one. Let’s just say Google is our best friend!
What was the main turning point in your career that made you become the success that you are?
Each year has had it’s own turning point from personal achievements such as creative growth to learning how to accept rejection gracefully. I believe the key turning point for us was when we started to trust our own judgment and abilities, which lead to more confidence giving us the freedom to express our creative vision.
As a wedding photographer, what is it about a wedding that inspires you? What grabs your attention on the wedding day?
Family is very important to both of us, so we tend to be drawn to capturing those special moments between the bride and her mother or the great grandparents dancing for joy for example. These are all such special memories that we don’t take for granted!
Tell us a little about your signature look? What is it that makes your work so distinguished in comparison to other wedding photographers?
We’re driven to make photographs which are timeless and dreamy with hope that our couples still adored them 40 years on. We do LOVE black and white photography and feel this is becoming our signature look!
Being a huge success you girls are, what makes a fabulous Photographer?
The ability to work well under pressure while juggling 10 different tasks with a smile. And that’s just the family photos part!
For couples planning their wedding, how important is it for them to know what they want in their photographs? Or is it best to leave it to the photographer?
The majority of our clients find us via a photograph they’ve seen of ours and instantly felt a connection. That’s when they get in touch! The worse thing you can do is hire a creative and not give them creative freedom. The key is finding a photographer you instantly feel a connection with, then you’re confidence in their ability will follow.
And to finish, from your experience, give us 3 key points couples should consider before choosing their photographer?
- Do you feel an instant connection to the photographers work? - Go with your gut!
- Asked them how they work on the wedding day e.g. Do they like the limelight or is their approach more relaxed - I’d prefer to blend in?
- Does my desired videographer and photographer complement each other's work?
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Before they were business partners, they were best friends who thought photographing a wedding could be fun. One season and forty weddings later, it was clear that Erin and Tara had found their true calling creating unique, raw and beautiful weddings. We sat down with the girls to find out more about their story and their skincare secrets.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
Tara: We photograph beautiful weddings, internationally and Australia wide. Before that, I was working for my family business and Erin was busy raising a young family of her own.
How did you meet?
Erin: We went to school across the road from each other and kind of knew the same people. We ran in the same circles, saw each other at parties. Our kids started playing together, so we started hanging out. It grew from there.
Three words to describe each other?
Erin: Tara is strong, generous, kind.
Tara: Erin is thoughtful, caring, beautiful.
Most memorable wedding that you’ve shot?
Erin: I love all of our weddings and brides! We feel lucky, as we seem to have attracted the most amazing couples to work with.
Tara: All our weddings are wonderful and luckily for us, so far we’ve had no divas! Generally for our clients it’s all about their family and the party, making sure everybody is enjoying themselves and preferring not to take the spotlight themselves.
Favourite thing about weddings?
Erin: The emotion evident on the day is pretty special. That almost palpable energy between the bride and groom, the family, everyone there.
Tara: I love the dancing! When everyone loosens up and lets their hair down on the dance floor, that’s when the fun really begins. You get to see a different side to people, the mood is more relaxed, you see a grandfather busting a move, and you think “how did he get down so low?” It’s hilarious, and wonderful.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Tara: Fake it until you make it.
Erin: Yes, most definitely what Tara said.
And if you could give one piece of advice to a bride-to-be, what would it be?
Erin: Relax, live in the moment, enjoy it.
Tara: Don’t get wound up over little details. Just let it go. Look around you, be present, take a moment to absorb everyone who is there, and try to just enjoy the experience.
What kind of impact has social media had on your business?
Tara: It’s been amazing. Incredible. We can share our work on this unique visual platform that’s accessible to everyone. We don’t really know any different because we started our business via social media but it’s proven such an amazing way for photographers to show their portfolio.
Erin: We get so many enquiries through Instagram. It’s how the majority of our clients find us, and happily, it’s also a place where we can express our brand.
What are your top accounts to follow?
Erin: So hard, there are so many… I love looking at @elisazaccanti
If you weren’t photographers you would be….
Erin: An amazing painter, in a light filled studio…covered in paint, drinking endless cups of tea!
Tara: An interior architect. I’m so inspired by light, and space.
Who inspires you?
Erin: My children, my husband and my friends and creatives who step outside of their comfort zone.
Tara: I get inspired by other creatives, not necessarily photographers, but artists, painters, ceramicists… I think anyone who is really good at their craft. And definitely my children and husband.
What song puts you in a good mood without fail?
Tara: Anything Beyonce
Erin: Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, by Paul Simon.
One thing we would be surprised to know about you?
Tara: I have a 15 year old daughter.
Erin: My favourite pastime is reading..words are my ultimate escapism.
What’s something everyone should try at least once?
Tara: A pastry or cake from Le Petit Gateau!
Erin: Cajun Chicken Sauce Piquant, it is amazing.
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you were starting out?
Erin: So much….and our biggest lessons emerged from trial and error. We found it’s really important to get your work flow down, so you aren’t on the computer 24/7.
Tara: Oh, everything! You don’t need all the expensive equipment that you think you do. If you’ve got the eye and the style, you’ll be fine.
Favourite restaurant in Melbourne?
Erin: Shanghai Village Dumplings.
One place in rural Victoria that everyone should visit?
Both: Kyneton! It’s a beautiful little town, with great food and great spots to explore.