Meet the husband-and-wife wedding photography team of Elizabeth and James Hafner, aka Vignette Photography! Today Vignette launched a major site rebranding so be sure to take a look at the new site. Learn more about Elizabeth and James below:
Tell us a bit about yourselves.
We are Elizabeth and James Hafner – husband and wife photographers! We actually met because of photography. James concocted this day shoot with friends as a means to finally meet me. We only knew of each other from our ‘matchmaker’ and by being Flickr friends. I shot film with a Nikon camera and he shot digital with a Canon so it wasn’t love at first sight by any means so we had to work through that. Haha! I guess it wasn’t that big of a deal though, we were married a year after our first meeting and started Vignette Photography not long after the wedding two years ago. I am a born and raised Texas girl who loves living in Austin. James moved here about 4 years ago from Missouri with a band he was in and eventually left to pursue photography and web development. Up until May of 2010 I was a full time administrative assistant, now I am fully dedicated to the business and our brides.
Why did you choose to become photographers?
Elizabeth – I think I chose photography because it was an art form with instant gratification and it was also one I could do where the image in my head actually came out on the paper or the screen. I tried painting and drawing but usually ended up pretty frustrated when what I came up with was flat and boring. Once I got a hold of a camera and started shooting I was hooked. I became the family photographer and never left home without my camera. I loved documenting events, capturing people and basically ‘saving’ a memory that I could revisit later.
James – After a formal design education in college, photography really captured my attention. The lines in a building or the pop of color in a model’s outfit–I had found a new creative outlet. I loved being able to create shots with a heavy emphasis on composition and color, taking traditional shots in a whole new context or from a unique approach. I bring a strong sense of architecture and fashion photography to the table, hopefully taking wedding photos that are as natural of a fit in an art gallery as they are hanging on a wall.
How long have you been photographers?
Elizabeth – I have been a photographer since the age of 11 or 12 when my mom let me use her 110 camera.
James – for the past 5-6 years.
How would you classify your style of photography?
I would say our style is classic, elegant, laid back and photo journalistic. Our goal is to capture images our brides will still love in 20 years.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
I think we could both say our families are our biggest influences. They have always been incredibly supportive of us and our dreams. Also the amazing photographers out there that have built a solid business doing what they love and sharing their knowledge with others.
Do you have any good wedding stories?
All wedding stories are good!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
Don’t tell James, but I’d love to go back to Nikon! We actually use Canon and I must admit I am pretty in love with the 5D.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
Don’t get overwhelmed! There are a lot of good photographers out there. Also, get to know the photographer you are going to or have chosen. I know for us, the more we know our couple the better our images of them are. Ask to see a complete wedding, from start to finish and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
We only shoot weddings for the food and cake. Joking! Um, James has been a bass player for about 8 or 9 years and was in 2 bands. He currently plays for our church worship team. We ‘stole’ a crepe recipe from a French cookbook in a book store so we could make them at home and relive our Parisian honeymoon. I am addicted to looking for vintage finds on Craigs List but James won’t let me buy anymore ‘projects’. We love coffee and trying out cafes around town or on our travels.
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