Please give a warm SnapKnot welcome to Emily March Photography – one of our newest additions to the Chapel Hill, North Carolina list of photographers! Emily has a fun and sweet way of working with her clients, which allows her to capture amazing quirky wedding photos!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I’m a Carolina girl down to my core, follower of Jesus, and I drink way too much coffee. I have a minor obsession with trinkets, so my apartment is littered with little finds from all my travels. I just graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and stuck around this area because I just love this town so much!
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
I’ve known for a long time that I wanted my career to be something that I truly love. I wanted to be passionate about what I was doing every day. I also have way too much energy for a cubicle job! I really see life through a camera lens and I love telling stories through pictures. I’m blessed to be able to pursue my passion in a professional atmosphere. I just love it!
How long have you been a photographer?
Well, professionally speaking, just over a year. I’ve been taking pictures for ages, though, and have been known as the “girl with the camera” since I was in high school.
How would you classify your style of photography?
I call my style a mix of fine art and candid photography. I love catching the fun, quirky and sweet moments of a wedding. I want my couples to have fun, so I’m all for silly jumping pictures and filling my images with personality. The artistic side of me comes out in my love for natural light and really capturing the beauty of such a special day. A wedding is more than the details that make it an event. It’s a beautiful culmination of a couple’s love for one another, and I want my photographs to exude that love.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
Confession: I stalk wedding blogs on a semi-regular basis. I adore the work of Jose Villa, Nancy Ray and Caroline Joy. They each have a unique style and brand, but their images are stunning. I love how they adore their art and treat their clients. They are truly passionate about what they do.
Do you have any good wedding stories?
Nothing too crazy (yet!). But the best was when I arrived to a wedding in Georgia and the estate manager ushered me in for some cake and sweet tea before the wedding. “You have to stay hydrated and energized!” she said. Gotta love that Southern hospitality!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
I use Canon with prime lenses. I bounce a flash off the ceiling once it gets dark, but for the most part, you’ll just see me running around with my camera, snapping away! I use natural light until the all the sunlight is gone.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
I think it’s essential to know what the style of your wedding is going to be. You want your photographer to be on the same page, so that neither of you has to compromise what your taste is. If you want your wedding to be very clean and traditional, then a photographer who uses a bunch of vintage filters probably won’t be a good fit. Communication and getting along are key. It’s SO important to get along with your photographer. You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person, so they need to have a personality you click well with and someone who you can be comfortable with.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
I love, love, love to travel. I lived in Florence, Italy for 5 months and came back with a love for all things foreign. I’ve been all over Europe, worked at an orphanage in Kenya and explored the Amazon rainforest of Peru. I have overwhelmed my computer with thousands of pictures from all over the world. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of destination weddings. On another note, I really love giraffes. They are the funniest and most awkward of God’s creatures.
If you would like to see more quirky wedding photos, check out Emily’s work on her website!