Between Lenses and Roses is the most recent photographer to our list of Los Angeles, California photographers! We are excited to welcome Nolwen and hope you enjoy some of her playful and vintage wedding photos!
1) Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Nolwen, I am the sole photographer and owner of Between Lenses and Roses. I live in Los Angeles with my wonderful boyfriend. I’m a vintage loving, chocolate fiend, shoe-obsessed girl with a passion for love and pretty things.
2) Why did you choose to become a photographer?
My mother gave me a camera when I was 12 years old, I started shooting all kinds of random things but it wasn’t until after college that I became interested in weddings. I assisted a friend on a wedding shoot one day and became hooked! The emotions, the rush of the day, the pretty details and all the happiness, I knew at once this is what I wanted to photograph. I fell in love.
3) How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve been shooting weddings for three years now, starting right out of college. But before then, I had a passion for capturing light, moments and faces. I shot on film and took my camera everywhere, afraid to miss a moment that could be held onto forever. Traveling to Europe, South America and other parts of America gave me inspiration to do things differently and to find creative ways of telling a story. I studied photography and design at UCLA and had the opportunity to work with some very prestigious photographers.
4) How would you classify your style of photography?
Playful!! I’m not into posing, a lot of my clients tell me they hate having their pictures taken and its because they are used to the forced posing. I’m not like that, I want you to be comfortable, I want you to play and have fun and the honest moments will come out of that. After couples have pictures taken with me, they usually say:
“Wow! That was so easy and so fun! I never thought I could love taking pictures.”
I love playing with light in a creative way and using the sun as an element in my photos. I love that washed out, back lit, romantic look.. it creates such a whimsical-ness to my images.
5) Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
My biggest influence are my parents, I talk about them often but they really have shown me that life-lasting love and marriage is possible. They didn’t have an extravagant wedding, but they have a beautiful marriage. Together still after 30 years, their love has really inspired me to capture weddings and the beginning of a journey and adventure together.
I’m a film lover, so many movies influence my style as well. A recent one “Moonrise Kingdom” definitely gave me some ideas for photo sessions and styling. My favorite photographer is Eliot Lee Hazel, he has a way of telling stories through his images in a beautiful and dark way. I love his emphasis on fashion and light and the way he uses playful elements and props to bring together a series of images. He uses light and texture as pivotal factors in his photos and creates ethereal looks by manipulating natural light. While my style is completely different, I really respect the way he shoots and creates stories through photography.
6) Do you have any good wedding stories?
Weddings have so many great, unexpected moments. One of my favorites was when the parents of the bride came onto the center of the dance floor and did a fully choreographed salsa dance! Being a lover of salsa myself, I was absolutely giddy. I’m already planning this at my own wedding!
7) What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
I shoot digitally on a Canon 5D Mk II, my favorite lenses being the 50mm 1.4, 85 mm 1.2, and the amazing 24mm tilt-shift lens. All three create such a soft, romantic look that work so well with the sun. The tilt-shift lens creates an interesting effect of blurring half of the photo, something that brings that look of creativity and fine art to your image.
8) What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
Don’t price shop!! I know weddings can get expensive, but your photos are one of the most important part of the day. Everything else is going to disappear, the only thing that stays forever are your photos. If you only look for the best deal without comparing actual image quality and style, you’re going to end up with bad photos, a low-quality album and a negative experience. I recommend meeting face-to-face with your potential photographer before you hire them to see if you get along and see what they offer. Most of the time, you’re going to be dealing with this person for the next year and the entire day on one of the most important days of your whole life. You need to make sure this is a person you mesh well with and that you can trust. Visit their website and look at their work, only after that you should check out prices. Wedding photography is a life investment, it’s so important to hire someone that can capture your wedding with the beauty it deserves.
9) Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
I speak French and Spanish! While I grew up in Southern California, my parents are from France and Colombia and I grew up speaking their languages. I’ve traveled all over from Europe to Mexico to Hawaii to South America, saving up for China next! I’m a happy person and can’t wait to meet you :)