We are delighted to welcome Emily Reiter of Anna Delores Photography to the SnapKnot family. Romantic, nostalgic, and photojournalistic are all perfect ways to describe Emily’s vintage-inspired wedding photos, and she prefers candid moments to formal photographs. Here’s a sneak peek into the life of this Ventura County, California wedding photographer:
Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Emily Reiter and I’m the founder and photographer behind Anna DeloresPhotography. I’m a native Southern Californian and currently reside in Ventura County, shooting weddings from Santa Barbara to San Diego and beyond! My company (Anna Delores Photography) is named after my maternal great-grandmother (Anna) and paternal grandmother (Delores); I thought it appropriate to pair my passion for vintage-inspired imagery with a name for my photography venture that honored my own heritage.
Why did you choose to become a photographer? I’ve always loved taking pictures. I was always the friend at high school and college parties and events who couldn’t put down her camera. I have endless candids of friends and family, and I love to scrapbook and catalog images of loved ones. It seemed only natural that I transition that passion to a career in photographing the most meaningful moments in people’s lives.
How long have you been a photographer? I’ve been a professional photographer for three years.
How would you classify your style of photography? My style is vintage-inspired, romantic, nostalgic, and photojournalistic. I prefer candid moments over formal, posed photographs (though I take lots of those for my clients, too!).
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level? My cousin, Kristin, inspired me to buy my first DSLR camera a few years ago. She has a very artistic, creative eye and her images are always stunning! Looking at her images motivated me to get more serious about photography. Professionally, I find inspiration from a number of other professional photographers. I especially love Jill DeVries in Ann Arbor. A mentorship with Mark Brooke Photographers also helped me jump-start my wedding photography career. Sal Cincotta has also be incredible in his generosity of dispensing advice.
Do you have any good wedding stories? During a wedding I photographed earlier this year, the bride and groom led a processional of their entire wedding party and all their wedding guests down the street with a big brass band accompanying them! They marched the neighborhood for about 15 minutes. It was an incredible idea and so much fun!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment? I’m a Canon girl all the way. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II. My favorite lenses are 24-70mm and tilt-shift lenses.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer? Find someone whose style you love. Almost anyone can pick up a camera and snap images of your day, but the best wedding photographers are also artists. They’ll have a vision for your big day and should be able to offer a unique perspective that no one else can. Also, someone who comes with a second shooter is a must! Having two photographers instead of one is important for ensuring that as many of your special wedding moments as possible are captured. Finally, make sure your photographer is someone who will take care of you on your wedding day (and someone you’ll like hanging out with, since they’ll be with you all day long!). The last thing you want to worry about during your wedding is rounding up the family for photos! A great wedding photographer will get your shot list ahead of time and be there to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you? I have a crazy sweet tooth! The dessert table at any wedding is always my favorite. I’m especially partial to macaroons — I studied abroad in Paris in college and practically lived on macaroons (and baguettes, of course) while I was there!
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, photography, brides, grooms, etc? Brides and grooms, remember that this is one of the most, if not THE most, fun times in your lives together! Try not to stress and find vendors that will alleviate your stress, not add to it. Make sure you enjoy yourselves at your wedding and enjoy that food, drink, and ambiance you paid for!
To see more images from Anna Delores Photography, visit her SnapKnot Profile.