• Anna Swanson

Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Earlier this year we started doing Vendor Spotlights for our clients and readers to get to know some of the incredible venues and vendors in our area. Today, I am sharing a recent interview that I had with the amazing photographer, Meredith Ryncarz!

A: "One thing I always enjoy is working with married couples that are wedding photographers!  They have a certain chemistry when working together and have a way about capturing raw emotion and special moments that occur throughout the event day. So, tell us... how long have you been married and how did you meet?"

M: "Jason and I have been married for 14 years, and we met while both attending college at NGCSU. He says we met in our computer class. . . I say it was our college sweetheart dance.

I would agree with the chemistry. . . I have had a lot of second shooters on a wedding day but Jason and I just flow well together like yin and yang. He is great at connecting with the groomsmen and I love insuring that everything feels calm amid the chaos."

A: "How long have you been shooting weddings and what brought you to the industry?

M: "I have been shooting weddings for 6 years and Jason officially joined the team 2 years ago though really he has been an integral part for 11 years behind the scenes. When I first started the photography business, I swore I would never do weddings after a bad experience we had with our own wedding photographer. I kept running into brides dealing with the same

issue and shot my first full wedding in 2013. I loved it and have never looked back since.

A: "How would you describe your photography style?  What would you compare your work to?"

M: "This is a really hard question. We have had clients describe our work as light and airy while others have said we are dark and moody. The reality is that we shoot for the vision at hand. If the clients have intended the day to be light bright and airy then that is what we are capturing. If the reception is intimate candlelight, we don’t want to destroy the authenticity of the moment by artificially inserting something that ruins the images.

A: "How would you describe your working style? Do you prefer to blend into the background to capture candid moments, or do you like to be more visible and take choreographed images?"

M: "We are a mixture of both. There are certain parts of the day where we will direct our clients and their families more to insure that they have a great experience while there are other portions of the day where we prefer to hang back and let things unfold.

A: "Do you shoot digitally? Film? Or both?"

M: "Great question! We use both 120 and 35mm film to capture our clients memories as well as digital. While many will call this hybrid photography, we prefer to say we use the right camera and tool for each lighting situation."

A: "What is one thing couples should take into consideration when booking a wedding photographer?"

M: "When booking a wedding photographer consider their skill level first before ever looking at price. These are your memories and they cannot be redone. Can your photographer capture work consistently in any lighting situation? Beautiful golden light is not guaranteed and

so you want a photographer that can still create

consistent images even when it is pouring rain or overcast."

A: "What is something signature to your brand that couples can expect to see?" 

M: "We believe in gathering around the table to relive memories through the oral tradition shored up by beautiful imagery and one of the best ways to experience that is through a handcrafted heirloom album from your wedding day. Because of that deep set belief we offer a wedding album with every one of our custom wedding day proposals."

A: "I, personally, love your albums! They are truly incredible."

A: "Meredith, thank you so much for your time. In closing, do you have any other thoughts to share with us or our clients?"

M: "If you are still trying to determine how to figure out which photographer is right for you, check out our YouTube series on that topic here: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+meredith+ryncarz&docid=608020326789220165&mid=2F0089A25EC9709C281F2F0089A25EC9709C281F&view=detail&FORM=VIRE


Planning & Design: Rustic to Ritz Events

Photography: Meredith Ryncarz

Venue: Jekyll Island Club Resort

Catering & Cake: Jekyll Island Club Resort

Floral: Carlson + Co. (formerly Carlson Premier Events)

Rentals: Beachview Rentals and Design

Stationary & Lettering: Lowcountry Paper Co.

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