We are pleased to announce Kelly Blackall / Blackall Photography
as our August Photographer of the Month.
Facebook // @blackallphotography

 


 

What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? I was very attracted to the Legend Album. I love the leather cover! It’s the type of leather that only gets better with time!

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? Quality.

Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? The Legend is my favorite album…so far! It was the first one I made with Woodland from a bridal session I had at The Milestone-Morgan Creek Barn. It was just one of those days where everything was perfect. The bride was so sweet and GORGEOUS!! She had also booked Coco Fleur Events for her florals and Kiss her Face Bridal for her hair + makeup. Two of the best ladies in their perspective industries!! It was a dream shoot! I choose the Legend Album- because it’s my favorite! The pages are crafted with beautiful detail and it all ties together with a beautiful leather strap.

What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? Really all types… I’ve used this album mostly for my wedding clients but it’s just one of those albums that will hold its quality over time. I recently just made one with photos from a recent engagement shoot- a gift from the bride’s mother and I know as soon as she gets it she will love it!!

How long have you been a photographer?  10+ years as a professional.

How did you discover your passion for photography? My grandfather was a photographer- had a dark room in his home and I loved being there! I got a little more in depth in high school – using the school’s dark room!

How do you define your style? I’m really not sure if I’ve found it yet! I think it’s just one of those things that is always changing and evolving. I can say I’m not a big fan of the light & airy or the dark & moody but maybe somewhere in between is me and my “style!”. I like to think I photograph subjects that speak to me and depending on what I’m photographing at the time my ‘style’ will be harmonizing in turn.

What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? I am a Nikon girl for sure! Right now I mostly carry a D5 and my backup D4s- plus a variety of lens’ depending on what shoot I’m headed to! I always have my hold fast camera harness, a lens pen, a pocket knife and a cute little camo handkerchief a client gave me! You never know what you will need it for but I’ve used it often!!

Your favorite lens? I’d probably have to say my 85mm. I love that lens and the magic we create together!

Share with us your favorite image and why. After being in business 10 + years, it is VERY hard to pick a favorite image but these two (pictured above) are on my list for sure. Mostly because I have watched both of these couples from when they were single to when they met all the way to their wedding day. Both of these couples are my friends and I love them dearly. It was such a blessing to be able to be there for them on their wedding day! The first one was at a wonderful venue called Hawthorn Hills Ranch and the second one was shot in Colorado in a spot we just happened upon! Both were perfect!

When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned? As they say… “Failure to plan is planning to fail” but that being said- I am firm believer of the ‘ish’ factor!  It’s always a grand idea- especially at a wedding to have a general timeline but you have to be able to roll with changes and instinct plays a big role there! On any given wedding day there will be a lot of changes. When I tell the bride, ‘okay, we’ll be doing your bride + groom formal images at 6pm directly after the ceremony’- they know that really means 6ish.  When a bride + groom can let go of their pre conceived notions that they have to run a tight ship on their wedding day they will be so much more relaxed and be able to enjoy their day… which absolutely will translate to their images. 

What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? When I am mentoring new wedding photographers I always tell them to look at a shot and decide in that split second if it will go in an album… if not, don’t waste the digital ‘film.’ I read a blog post a few years back from a newer photographer preaching how the “Spray & Pray” method of shooting worked wonders for her. For those of you that don’t know what that is- it’s where you just take as many photos as you can and pray one turns out!  I thought to myself after reading that… 1st: who has that much time on their hands and 2nd: man that’s a lot of work to go through all of those images!! So I really try and be aware of what we’re photographing- taking the entire scene in and then focusing on the details of the day. Those are the images that will last a lifetime and create meaningful memories!

Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? I’ve always loved watching photographers that take risks and break the mold. Von Wong is one that comes to mind (https://www.vonwong.com). He has these amazing visions and completely brings them to life! A lot of them are to support a cause but some of them are just because he wanted to see what it looked like! He’s so cool! I’d love to just follow him around one day… in a non-stalker sort of way of course!

What’s the best part of being a photographer? As I sit here in my office contemplating the answer to this one I am looking around at my walls and taking in all the memories I’ve made in this line of work- because I print… I print a lot!! Being part of someone’s best day ever is truly a gift from God and I will never take it for granted. It’s remarkable to me that I still have clients that booked with me when I first got my license to do business and they continually support me 10+ years later! I’ve made so many friendships because of this line of work and I have to say that is the best thing about it. I always knew I would be my own boss some day- wasn’t really sure at what but I knew owning my own business was what I wanted to do!

What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer? Book me please! 🙂 Besides that, I will always tell inquiring couples to request a full wedding gallery from any photographer they are looking at hiring. It’s important to see a photographer’s work from start to finish. When I share a sample online gallery it will include an engagement session, bridal session and the full wedding day!

If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? Professional dog owner, Pro archer or maybe a story book writer…I  love a good ‘who done it’ mystery!

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