Capturing the Moment with Erin Costa

Erin Costa Photography

How many weddings have you shot?

“I have been photographing weddings for almost ten years and have roughly photographed over 300 weddings.”

What’s one that remains memorable to you?

“This past summer, I had a bride whose mom had been paralyzed in an accident, and they were unsure if she was going to be able to even make it to the wedding. Thankfully, she was able to make it, and one of my favorite moments and photographs from that wedding was photographing the sheer joy on her face as she was watching her daughter during the father-daughter dance. It’s hard to beat moments like that.”

How do you get nervous brides and grooms – or nervous families – to relax for portraits time?

“I have found that just talking and joking with my couples and the families while we are photographing as if we are just having an everyday conversation tends to put them at ease and takes their mind off the fact that they are being photographed. The more I can take away from that fact that there is a giant lens pointing their way, the more relaxed they become. I have also found that just by giving people something to do with their hands while they are being photographed – hands in pockets for gentlemen, ladies holding their dress or bouquet, as a couple snuggling into a pose – really tends to also help relieve that nervousness. I can’t tell you how many times a guy has said to me, ‘I don’t know what to do with my hands!’ in a somewhat panicked tone.”

Working on a wedding takes longer than just the day-of, right? What else is involved after the big day?

“After the wedding day is when the work really begins. We download our images from the wedding, which takes a few hours, then back up all of our files in multiple locations for safekeeping. Once our files are backed up, we begin the process of removing any photos that people may have eyes closed, perhaps a flash didn’t fire, etc. Once we have our final selects, we edit the files, prepare the files for export, then upload the images to an online gallery for our client. If our client has ordered a wedding album, we work with them on the design and finalization of that as well. The whole process after the wedding can take anywhere from twenty to forty hours or more depending.”

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