Today we want to introduce you to SnapKnot member Erin Bhoorasingh with Grand Lens Photography. She is a local photographer based out of New York City who is willing to travel and has 4 years of experience with some amazing photos to prove it!
We asked Erin a few questions so we could get to know her a little better. You will also get to see a few of her beautiful wedding and engagement photos. Enjoy!
Why did you choose to be a photographer?
“Captivated by the sound of a shutter, I developed my passion for photography at an early age. I was taking “selfies” before they became a trend. While other children were at the playground, I was busy taking close up pictures of my parent’s faces and driving them insane; wasting countless rolls of film. Hours of infatuation turned into days, days into months, and months into years. I cannot name a single childhood memory that was not experienced through a lens. I began shooting events for family and friends. I had become a photographer without even realizing it! My first paid event was a wedding, some of the pictures may be seen on this website. From there, word began to spread like wildfire. Subsequent jobs came in by referral. A happy customer is a referring customer! I have been strictly working on referrals—until now.”
How long have you been a photographer and what experience do you have?
“I have been taking pictures for over a decade. I started taking on part-time work about four years ago. I worked at a photo studio on Long Island for a year before I decided to venture off and start my own company. I mainly cover events (i.e. weddings, bridal showers, etc.), however, I have also done corporate events, headshots, and portraits.”
How would you classify your style of photography?
“I am always willing to conform to the wishes of the bride and groom. From personal experience, however, a mixture between traditional (think posed shots of the ceremony) and photojournalistic (think reception shots). I truly believe the best photos are those that are taken without notice. Raw moments of happiness, produce the best photographs.”
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
“Definitely my parents! They immigrated from Jamaica before I was born. It is amazing to me what they have accomplished here in America. What an inspiration. My father was in the Army and my mother works in sales for a major airline service. My father also takes pictures and to this day, I love it when we share our photos with one another.”
Do you prefer Nikon or Canon?
“I prefer Canon. I shoot with a Canon 1-D Mark IV as my primary and I have multiple backup cameras. Backups are arguably just as important as the photographer’s primary. I prefer Canon “L” lenses, however, other brands definitely have a lens or two that are hidden gems. Sometimes you can find another brand lens that beats Canon (shhh!). In fact, I would argue that any photographer that swears by only one brand is not the photographer you want covering your event. A culmination of gear from multiple sources will always make the best photography kit.”
Do you have any really great wedding stories?
“I was covering a wedding about three years ago when the bride went missing. Everyone was afraid she got “cold feet”. The search waged on for more than an hour before she was found in a closet upstairs at the venue! She was returning from the lady’s room when she spotted her groom coming out of the men’s room. In an effort to avoid him seeing her before the ceremony, she leaped into an open closet. What she did not know at the time was that the closet was open because the lock was malfunctioning. Not only did the door not open from the inside, but the malfunction also caused the key not to work when they finally located her! What an amazing wedding story! Yes, it’s a little crazy. Yes, not everything went as planned. But the way the groom embraced her when she was finally freed…what a memory to share with the one you love.”
What would you recommend for a couple starting their search for a wedding photographer?
“TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT! I always recommend a trial run prior to hiring a wedding photographer. Engagement shoots are a fun and cost-efficient way to test out a photographer before you hire them. Beware of a wedding photographer that is not willing to take your engagement photos before signing the contract for the wedding! Again, this is an easy way to test out the working relationship between you and arguably your most important vendor. Yes, the food needs to be on-point. Yes, you want the venue to be top-notch. But at the end of the day, even when the memories begin to fade, your photographs will last on.”
What is next for you and/or your business?
“I am proud to announce that Grand Lens Photography has purchased our first photo booth! Our open air photo booth is perfect for weddings. With the open air design, there is no longer a need to cram a bunch of friends into a tight booth. Just grab all friends and/or the wedding party, pick out some fun props that are provided with the package, and get ready to say “cheese!” Just use the digital touch screen and the state of the art photography system will do the rest! Guests will be able to take unlimited photographs with your very own custom monogram which can include the name of the bride and groom along with the date. Guests can instantly send their photos straight to their personal email address or they can upload to their social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter). No more misplacing photo prints by the end of the night!”
Thank you so much Erin for sharing all this great information about your photographic journey, your company and your love for wedding photography. If you are getting married and looking for a photographer in the New York or surrounding areas, be sure to check out Erin’s company website at www.grandlensphotography.com or be sure to see the work showcased on her SnapKnot profile.