Shutter Pop Photo is our newest wedding photography team out of Tallahassee, FL. We had a chance to ask Spencer and Ashley of Shutter Pop a few questions so you could learn more about them:
Tell us a bit about yourselves:
Shutter Pop Photo is the husband and wife team of Spencer and Ashley Hopkins. We both came to Tallahassee, FL for college, met in the dorms, and got married just under 4 years later.
Why did you choose to become photographers?
We’re both very visual people with a strong background in art and
Spencer: I got into filmmaking while in high school and pursued it in college. In 2004 I got a job as a wedding videographer and fell in love with the job. That then led to a gig as a wedding photographer where I started learning more and more about SLRs. The knowledge and learning has been non-stop since.
Ashley: I’ve been an artist since I was a wee one. I’ll never forget the art contest I won in 2nd grade! My poster hung in the Hawaii International Airport for a full month. In college, I concentrated heavily on medical illustration. When our daughter was born and we were gifted a professional camera, I caught the shutter bug!
How would you classify your style of photography?
Spencer: not sure if I follow any particular style, but I do try to make my photos look very cinematic, taking part of my college aspirations as a filmmaker into another realm.
Ashley: I’m a fan of candid and natural photography.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
Spencer: Joe McNally’s photography and attitude is a big influence for me, I have learned a lot about flash photography and its possibilities from watching behind-the-scenes videos of him, as well as reading Joe’s books.
Ashley: I’m a huge fan of the recently discovered street photographer, Vivian Maier. Every picture of hers speaks volumes!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
Nikon is the preferred choice ’round these parts. Love the versatility of their CLS (creative lighting system) using remote speedlights.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
For the couple looking for a photographer, pick which photographers you like by style and meet with them. Then choose whose personality you like best. You’ll either be miserable posing for your pictures with someone whose demeanor clashes with yours, or you’ll have a blast letting the photog snap away. I read the following idea in Marcus Bell’s “Master Wedding Photography” – if price is a concern, weigh what’s most important to you. Instead of making a gift registry, ask friends, family, and guests to contribute to a fund to hire the photographer you want – you’ll never regret it. Your wedding only happens once in your life, you can always buy material goods later, but you can never get photos of your wedding when it’s over if they didn’t happen at that time.
What else should our readers know about you?
We’re both vegan, twenty-five years old, have a three year old daughter and a great sense of humor.