Hey belles and beaus! Today we're talking with Wayne & Angie Eggleston, the owners of Wayne's View Photography in Murrell's Inlet, SC.
Wayne & Angie are a highly-sought after husband and wife photography. With over a decade of experience, they are well known for their attention to details and their fine-art photography style.
They were gracious enough to sit down with me to talk about all things photography, so let's get started!
Describe your ideal wedding photography client.
Our ideal wedding clients are couples that come to us with an idea in mind about what photos that they want and the style of photos that they want.
They are keenly aware of just how important their photos are, because after the cake is gone and the guests have departed, all they’ll have are their memories and their photos.
As such, they're willing to invest more in quality photography. They know it's not possible to get magazine or blog-worthy photography on a bare bones budget. You should run from any photographer that tells you otherwise!
Our ideal clients understand that they are investing in our time, our talents, and our years of experience. We are continually honing our craft and they appreciate our commitment to the art of wedding photography.
Above all, they are PASSIONATE about photography just like we are.
How do you tell a couple’s story without words?
We try very hard to tell a couple’s story starting from the engagement session all the way through the wedding day. We try to weave in a common theme so when you’re looking at them all together it’s a continuous story, even with apparel and location changes.
Capturing the love between the couple is our ultimate goal. We like to start at the beginning of your big day and tell the full story. It’s so much more than getting people lined up shoulder to shoulder for a formal shot.
We like to get all of those ‘must have’ details but there is so much more that gets captured that the bride and groom never see that day. The majority of the time couples don’t even realize that that particular moment happened during the day and they are so excited to see it.
What are your favorite parts of photographing a wedding?
Our absolute favorite part of a wedding is capturing the love and joy between the couple. When the bride walks into the ceremony and the groom sees her for the first time that day – their elation gets us every single time.
We pride ourselves on catching the tears, exhilaration, and the genuine happiness whenever and wherever they happen.
How can couples achieve a ‘fine art’ or ‘magazine editorial’ style in their wedding photography?
Well first let’s talk about what qualifies as “fine art” wedding photography. The Knot describes it as similar to documentary photography, but the fine art style gives the shooter greater artistic license to infuse their particular point of view and style into your photographs.
The photos are dramatic and gorgeous, with a grainier, dreamier, more muted appearance. Usually the couple is in focus and the background appears to blur. Motion also looks very natural with fine art photography. Soft, diffused lighting is a huge component of the fine art style.
And if you’ve ever noticed, the couples always look relaxed and serene. To achieve that it’s critical to be comfortable around your photographer, so spend some time with them beyond a cursory email or phone conversation.
The more relaxed you are the better your photos will turn out.
So how do you find a fine art photographer?
Do your research. Look at full albums if they’re available. Ask them questions. Go on Pinterest and search for wedding photos. Look at the big name photographers that are consistently featured in magazines and blogs. You can hire those photographers or you can look for someone with a similar style in your local market.
Keep in mind that these photographers are often more expensive than other photographers in their market, so be prepared for a larger investment.
How should photo timelines be structured so couples get the shots they want with plenty of time to party the night away?
Timing is such a crucial part of the day! You’d much rather give us too much time to get all those fabulous details instead of not enough, so here’s what we recommend:
- Allow for at least an hour for the pre-ceremony shots. This will give us plenty of time for the getting dressed shots, intimate moments with mom and bridesmaids, and photos of the bride alone.
- Guys are much quicker – 30 to 45 minutes is perfect to capture all their details.
- If you’re planning on exchanging letters or gifts, now is the perfect time to do it. Plan on about 15-20 minutes for this part.
- Give your photographer about an hour to capture the ceremony & reception space details that you’ve worked so hard on. Don’t skimp on this, even if you’re tempted.
- You’ll want to be finished with pre-ceremony photos a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Trust us, your wedding planner will agree with us on this point!
- 2 to 2.5 hours total shooting time before the ceremony is perfect.
- Plan for at LEAST an hour between the end of the ceremony and start of reception if you aren’t doing a first look. Keep in mind, though, that this time frame depends on family and wedding party size. A huge wedding party, like 10 bridesmaids & 10 groomsmen, is much harder to finish in the allotted time so plan accordingly.
- For the most complete albums, your photographer needs to be there to capture the entire reception from start to finish. Plan your photography package so that your photographer doesn’t leave until after you've made your grand exit!
Other Timeline Considerations
- Plan on your photographer being with you a minimum of 8 hours. You’re only getting married once (hopefully), so allow enough time for them to capture all the hard work and time you put into your planning.
- Golden hour photos (the hour before sunset) are a perfect way to get a few more photos with your sweetheart. The soft, diffused light is gorgeous and we recommend taking full advantage of it. Whether you’re at the beach or a plantation, you can create some stunning photos with all that natural light. We LOVE golden hour photos with a capital “L!”
- Any photographer will tell you how much they love first look photos, and here’s why: you get to see the first burst of emotion on the couple’s faces. The couple can reach out and touch each other and we’re there to capture all of that on camera. As a bonus, it makes post-ceremony photos much quicker so you can get to the party and socialize with your guests before dinner. Win, win!
How do you recommend couples get used to their photographer before the big day?
We like to do an engagement session with every couple. We laugh, we ask questions, swap stories, and find out how they met. The more time we spend together the more relaxed you’ll be around us. You're less likely to tense up because some stranger is in your space pointing a camera at you.
You’ll see your photographer more than anyone else on your wedding day. Even though we try to blend in, we’re there, and if you aren't completely comfortable then it’s probably a better idea to work with someone else.
We also like to do a bridal portrait session because we get to spend extra time with the bride and get to know her style even more.
That time together helps us know your quirks. For instance, if you like to be photographed from certain angles, we’ll know that from our time together and can plan ahead.
Being comfortable and relaxed is the key to getting great photos on your wedding day. We honestly can't stress that enough.
If you could only use one piece of equipment besides your camera & lenses what would it be and why?
If we could only have one additional piece of equipment, we’d choose our camera flash because photography is allllll about the right lighting. Lighting can make or break your wedding photos.
What are the over-the-top details you love to photograph?
The gown, the bouquet, and the reception décor! Whether it’s your sweetheart’s bourbon and cigar bar, your Nana’s wedding china collection, or the custom designed chandeliers and tent draping, we want to capture every detail so you can look back over your album for the next 50 years and smile each time you open it.
What are the trends you think will take off for next wedding season?
Right now we see a lot of vintage styling to weddings, but slowly but surely we are going to see a shift back to more modern, clean lined wedding style. Both are beautiful, but change is the spice of life!