Kyle Scharf is one of our newest Diamond Photographers on SnapKnot. Kyle is a wedding photographer based out of Sarasota, Florida. Read our Q&A with Kyle below and learn more about him and his work:
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Well I was born in Florida where I’ve lived my whole life. I grew up in a small town on the west coast where nothing really big ever happened. After surviving a massive hurricane and graduating high school, I went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology. In my opinion, my anthropology degree helped my photography as it gave me unique insight into humanity, the very subject I’d been shooting for years before. I loved my studies and I love my work.
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
As cliche as it sounds, I think that photography picked me. From before I could talk, I was a story teller. A favorite family photo is one of me on the couch babbling on the phone to my aunt, inevitably telling one of my legendary stories. While progressing through my life, my story-telling became more involved and I got a reputation among friends and family as being a huge teller of stories: true or made up, people always looked forward to hearing my tales. When my mom bought me my first camera, it really opened the doors for me to document these stories. It was a natural match and now it’s become an extension of who I am.
How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve been shooting professionally for almost six years. I got my start right out of high school when I pestered the local paper into giving me an interview. They hired me on the spot and I shot for two years, eventually moving on to shoot on staff for the USF College of the Arts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. My journalism was published in papers and magazines around the country. In my free time, I covered local executive events and, basically, anything people asked me to.
How would you classify your style of photography?
My style leans towards documentary, because that’s my background. When I shoot weddings, I approach my photography as more of an art than just solely documentation. I’ll take more liberties and more chances and, I find, that using my artistic liberties and taking chances when shooting weddings has allowed me to make some amazing images that my clients love.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
My influences are photographers of old such as Henri-Cartier Bresson, Manray, Sally Mann, William Eggleston, Annie Leibovitz and Dorothea Lange as well as a couple of modern photographers (my favorite is Scott Pommier). My biggest influences, though, have been the great war photographers Robert Capa and Eddie Adams. My mentor, John Lewin, has also been a huge motivation to me, always encouraging me to find my own voice.
Do you have any good wedding stories?
During one of my first weddings there was a fire in the kitchen. They called the fire department and, I guess, diffused the situation quickly because the fire truck had left by the time I finished the post-ceremony portraits.
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
I shoot Nikon D700s (digital). My favorite lens is the 50mm f/1.4, probably because it was the lens of choice for most of my influences.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
Find someone who you get along well with. If you meet the photographer and it feels too business, find someone else. You need someone who makes you feel comfortable being who you are. That might be me, it might not be, but I’ve always said and will continue to say that I’d rather you have wedding photos that you love than have you hire me to shoot your wedding. Part of getting those great photos is being comfortable with your photographer.
Any other fun facts we should know about you?
I originally thought that I was going to be a conflict photographer covering wars and conflict around the world. Eventually I changed my mind and it was my interest in fashion photography and love for photojournalism that led me to shooting weddings and I love it.
To see more of Kyle’s wedding portfolio and to contact for booking info, please check out his SnapKnot profile. Also be sure to follow Kyle on Twitter (@frestepi) and like Kyle Scharf Photography on Facebook! no comments