- Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am the primary photographer of Kim Reimer Photography in the Fraser Valley BC. My husband Jake is always my second shooter / assistant (he hates it when I call him that). We have a 3 year old daughter who is already turning into a photographer herself with my old gear and a toy camera. I am truly passionate about photography and count myself in the lucky few who get to do what they love for a living. I like to tell people that my hobby turned out to pay the bills!
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. My dad had an old SLR that I would frequently run off with to take pictures. I finally decided to have a go at photography for a profession rather than a hobby when my husband and I got married in 2006. Our wedding photographer made photography as a business so interesting and she let me help out on a few weddings. I haven’t ever looked back.
How long have you been a photographer?
I guess I sort of answered this one in response to the last question. I’ve been a photographer since I was old enough to hold a camera, professionally though, I’ve been one for 6 years.
How would you classify your style of photography?
I guess hands off photojournalism with a touch of timeless and classic elements thrown in. My favorite type of wedding photos are the candid ones, where you can really see the emotion in the scene. I do spend time doing posed formal portraits too on weddings (gotta please the parents, you know).
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
On a personal level, definitely my family. They have always been supportive of me becoming a photographer, even at the start when things were not working out the way I had initially hoped. Now, they are the first people who want to sit down and look through the photos from my latest shoot. They’re my biggest fans. On a professional level, I have always been inspired by the photos of Chris + Lynn (www.chrispluslynn.com) who are AMAZING photographers here in Vancouver BC.
Do you have any good wedding stories?
Not one wedding story perhaps as this has happened at about a third of the weddings I have photographed. I don’t know what it is, maybe the colors I tend to wear or the fact that half the time I’m shooting I am laying down in the grass, but bees are attracted to me at weddings. I have been stung by bees so many times while shooting weddings I am starting to lose count. I’ve actually started to expect it! At one of my most recent weddings I got bit on the leg by a wasp. Surprisingly it didn’t hurt much so I just said “ouch, I think I got stung” and went back to shooting. The mother of the bride, bless her heart, was so worried she ran over to me, made me stop shooting to tell her I wasn’t allergic, then promptly hunted out the wasp in the grass and stomped on it shouting “Take that!!” Needless to say, I got some great shots of everyone laughing!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
I am a Nikon shooter. Not for any particular reason really, it just happened to be what I bought when I started investing in my own gear. I currently use a D700 and my ultimate favorite lens is the 70-200mm f/2.8. It’s just plain amazing… even if it is freakishly heavy! My second favorite lens is the 24-70mm f/2.8. I do like prime lenses, but I find for my style of photography having the freedom of zoom lenses works best for me.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
The very first thing I tell my potential clients when we meet is, make sure your photographer is someone you get along with, even if that may not be me! You are going to spend a majority of your day with your photographer and if you don’t get along.. well it will suck. It will make your day stressful, it will show in the photos and you will always remember the crummy photographer that ruined your day. Under no circumstances should you feel obligated to hire a photographer just because you met with them. Oh, and the other thing you should do is always ask to see a full wedding from front to back. You want to make sure the photographer is consistent and isn’t just showing you his or her lucky shots.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
I’m a total nerd with a weakness for video games, I love to knit (when I have time), and I am obsessed with Care Bears (thankfully my daughter is too so I have an excuse to get care bears paraphernalia).