Shutterbug Photography is one of our most recent additions to SnapKnot, and we’re happy to have Katie Crook of Shutterbug add her talent to our listing of Austin wedding photographers. Check out a few portfolio images from Shutterbug and be sure to read Katie’s answers to our
Katie of Shutterbug!
Tell us a bit about yourself: Me – I am silly, romantic, creative girl. I met my husband (& best friend!) almost a decade ago. Since then life has given us one adventure after another. We have lived in several different cities, in different states and still aren’t settled! I have one cat, Mr. Meowgi who is absolutely adorable and always makes me smile.
Why did you choose to become a photographer? I think I have always been a photographer. Even when I was little I always had a camera and would snap shots of friends and family. In fact, my favorite thing was play dress up – big dresses, sloppy make up and then do a photo shoot! Those are some of the best memories I have with my friends. And then one day about a year and half ago, it “clicked”. I knew that I wanted to pursue photography as a profession. Being a part of this wonderful community of professionals has been amazing. I am always meeting new people, learning new tricks and developing new techniques.
How long have you been a photographer? I have been photographing as a profession for just a little over a year – but I have been taking photos long before that!
How would you classify your style of photography? Real. Very much about catching people in moments that aren’t posed or planned. I will of course do posed portraits, but I love the little moments when a bride & groom are giggling because they are so excited and don’t think anyone is watching. Or the bridesmaid that has a single tear running down her face because she is witnessing her best friend say ‘I do’.
Do you have any good wedding stories? Of course! A few months ago I was in the bridal suite with the bride, mother of the bride and bridesmaids when the groom’s mother popped in to say congrats. She was wearing the same dress as the MOTB – completely unplanned. Needless to say the MOTB was shocked. It ended up looking good for photos though! I have also seen a brother of the bride dance on a table after a few too many drinks. I see all kinds of stuff – most of the craziness is all in good fun.
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment? I am a Nikon girl. I shoot with a Nikon D700 and have several lens that I use with it. My favorite is my nifty-fifty :) Although I must say that for weddings, I really like a good zoom lens.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer? The best suggestion I can give is find somebody that you connect with personality wise. This may sound silly, but it helps everyone involved if you have the same vision and similar personalities. What this means is you may have to make several phone calls, or meet ups, before you find the right photographer. When I was planning my own wedding and looking for a photographer, I was looking through photos on a particular site and found myself saying, “Wow, this is exactly what I want my day to feel like” and after speaking to the photographer knew she was the right person. Connections are everything.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you? Probably, but it is so hard to talk about myself. I always go blank. When I was designing my website I found the most perfect quote for me: “I am not a particularly verbose person. I think that’s why I like taking photos…they speak for themselves” – Jeb Dickerson.
Anything else you would like us to know? I recently won an award for 2011 – Bride’s Choice. It was given to me by a wedding site. The Bride’s Choice Award goes out to the top 5% in each category. I was pretty honored to have received that after such a short period of time. What that ultimately means to me is that my brides & grooms are happy with my services and the attention that is devoted to them. I know how special a wedding day is and go out of my way to make sure it goes smoothly.