Preserving Precious Memories with Greer Photography

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Here at Kentucky Bride, we cannot stress enough the importance of picking a wedding photographer that is right for you. To help you in your search, we've interviewed Kelly Greer of Greer Photography. Along with her Mom and sister, Kelly has developed incredible photography skills and a fun attitude that are sure to please any bride.

Kentucky Bride Magazine: Your mother started Greer Photography in the 80s. Did you always have that same passion for photography and know that you wanted to go into the family business?

Kelly Greer: Actually, no, I didn't. I took the LSAT after graduating from Centre in 1997. I was going to go to law school and then after I got done taking the exam, I thought it sounded horrible.  However, the prospect of moving back to Ashland didn’t appeal to me either so Greer Photography opened another studio in Lexington, in Chevy Chase. My sister, who was attending UK at the time, had a similar experience and decided she wanted to attend photography school in California. She joined my mom and I at the studio in 2001.

KBM: After discovering your passion for photography, did you instantly know that you wanted to photograph weddings specifically?

KG: I've always focused on weddings. Studio work can be fun, but it's often very technical and rigid. I knew I wanted to interact with people on the happiest day of their lives and wedding photography seemed like a good fit.

KBM: What made you decide to leave your mom’s Kentucky studio for a photography career in St. Croix?

KG: I’m allergic to winter. Also, my husband and I are also both certified divers, so we are constantly diving. In a way, I feel like I’m cheating because I get the best of both worlds. I get to photograph beautiful destination weddings then come back to Kentucky and work with my mom and sister, shooting beautiful Kentucky weddings.

KBM: On the Greer Photography website it states that you are back and forth between Lexington and St. Croix on a regular basis. What would you say is the most difficult part of being a traveling, destination-wedding photographer?

KG: Managing my schedule would definitely have to be the most difficult part. The typical wedding season gets so busy, even here. Everyone wants to be a June bride!

KBM: What is your favorite part of being a destination-wedding photographer?

KG: I love getting to meet so many people from all over the world. I've met some great couples with awesome love stories.

KBM: Now that we know a little bit about your side of the family business, tell us about your mom, Winnie, and sister, Leeann, and what kind of photography services they offer to brides in Kentucky.

KG: Greer Photography is a custom boutique studio. On location and in private homes, they photograph everyone from high school seniors to entire families. Also, they do a lot of professional portraits for lawyers and realtors. My sister is currently honing her fine art photography skills as well.

KBM: You are a Certified Professional Photographer. How does this certification help you in your photography business?

KG: The CPP certification comes from Professional Photographers of America. For the initial certification, you take an exam on all of the different elements of photography (lighting, color, tone, camera functions). Then, in order to maintain your certification, you have to take continuing education classes. I believe my CPP certification shows clients how dedicated I am to providing them with the best quality of photography.

KBM: Do you offer engage photography and boudoir sessions as well? How about your mom and sister at the Lexington Greer Photography studio?

KG: In Kentucky, my sister and I will do many engagement sessions together. In St. Croix, I do some boudoir sessions as well.

KBM: Apart from wedding photography, what is your favorite type of photography?

KG: Lately, I’ve been getting into maternity photography and I’ve done a lot of really fun shoots, especially on the beach.

KBM: Describe your own personal photography style to our brides.

KG: I am trained in classic portraiture, so my goal is for every couple to have that "wow" image from their wedding.  I try to give every person I photograph something unique that they will love and want to hang on their wall.

KBM: When would you recommend that a bride book her photographer?

KG: The bride should book her photographer as soon as she knows her wedding date and venue.

KBM: What are three elements of a perfect picture?

KG: Composition is extremely important. Also, you want a good amount of motion so the picture doesn't seem to posed. Finally, you want an impact element that makes you really  stare at the picture. This final element can be anything from lighting to scenery.

KBM: When it comes down to it, choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions a bride can make. Why should a bride choose Greer Photography for her wedding?

KG: Well, combining my mother's, my sister's and my own photography experience, we have what seems like a million years of experience between us. Also, having done nearly 500 weddings, I've learned that building a relationship with the couple is important as you will be spending their entire wedding day with them. Plus, we always want to sit down with the bride and groom to plan out their wedding day photography prior to the actual wedding. This is a good way to lessen the stress and make sure everything goes as planned.

KBM: At Kentucky Bride Magazine, we like to educate and inspire our brides.  Give us a few words of advice that can achieve both of these tasks?

KG: In the digital age of photography, have your own access to your own digital photos is important. However, ake sure you know where you’re going to have them printed. Your wedding album is your first family heirloom. I know many people want to share every picture on Facebook, but your wedding pictures are way too important to be left only in digital copy. Have your photographer create a wedding album for you. This is something to leave out on your coffee table to enjoy day in and day out. You want tangible photography memories that you can keep and cherish forever.

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