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Hello Hello!  Since it’s my Birthday I thought I’d share a little bit about myself, Whitney Anderson and a few other tid bits.  So here we go.

Where is home?  Home is currently in Garfield, Washington.  They say home is where the heart is. If thats the case, our heart is in Wisconsin/Minnesota and we plan to return in the very near future.

Whitney Anderson Photography(photo by: Electric Lime Photo )

How long have you been doing photography? I have been shooting weddings since 2009.  Seven whole years!  Ooofta!!! You can read more about my story here .

What type of photography do you specialize in? In the 7 years that I have been shooting, I specialize in documenting weddings.  I have photographed families and babies but in all my years I have never photographed even one senior session. I plan to keep it that way ;–P

How would you describe your style? This questions gets me every time. I’ve always described my style as a photojournalist (I know a word that’s over used) look but with gentle direction from myself.  I also like to capture the details of your wedding day.  Who doesn’t!

What type of camera do you shoot on?  I shoot on a Canon Mark II & III

If you had to choose one lens to shoot with all day, what would you choose?  This is a toss up.  I would have to choose between the 50mm 1.2 or 35mm 1.4. Since we are most likely shooting a wedding in this question, I would go with the 35mm.  This would allow me to get room shots or large group shots as well as fun portrait shots.  Either one could get the job done.  So I’m golden either way.

Favorite photography computer program? Photo Mechanic. It makes culling 4000 images from a wedding day a billion times faster.

Scariest or craziest thing that has happened at a wedding? I will go with a little scary and a little crazy.  This story happened when I was second shooting.  Keep in mind I had rented the 24-70mm lens for this wedding. I had just arrived at the cocktail hour and I was getting my gear ready. I pulled out my 24-70 and it was like in slow motion.  The lens flew out of my hands onto the floor.  Ummmm….yeah.  My life and my finances flashed before my eyes. Mostly my finances.  I was freaking out inside.  Other side note, I did not have insurance on this rented lens. I quickly picked up the lens put it on my camera to do a quick check.  Sure enough, something had shifted internally.  UGH!  I decided I couldn’t think about it while I working this wedding.  I needed to just move on and worry about this later.  But really all I could think about was having to purchase another lens for the rental company.  Long story short, I called the company the next day and told them what happened.  Lucky me, I only had to pay for the damage repairs.  Phew!

What inspires you or gives you motivation? Chip and Joanna.  Just kidding.  That was really trendy of me to say :P. But I do really like them and cannot wait to have my own shiplap barn house of my own.  I would say mornings with my precious baby girl and homemade lattes gives me daily motivation.  What inspires me currently is listening to podcasts, looking through interior design magazines and riding horses.

What advice do you have for people wanting to pursue wedding photography? I would say first, you do not need to attend college for photography.  If you have an eye for framing you can learn the rest on your own.  I suggest photographing everything.  If you have kids, photography them. If you have pets, photography them.  Practice photographing and documenting moments.  Also seek out a photographer that you enjoy their work. Meet up with them and pick their brain. You never know where that might lead.

What would be your dream wedding to photograph? My dream wedding would be in a white shiplapped barn. The style of the wedding would be boho chic and the flowers would be in abundance. I mean flowers EVERYWHERE.  The couple would let me photograph them only for 2 hours and we would sneak out for the most amazing sunset session where they would include their horses.

What would you like to be doing in 5 years?
 I would like to be shooting 20 weddings a season, taking care of my babies, riding my horses and decorating my beautiful barn house.

Besides being a photographer, what else do you enjoy doing? I taught myself how to knit a year ago today. That was the best thing I could have done.  It is so relaxing and it makes me feel all warm and cozy.  I also like spending time with horses. I took up horse lessons last year before I was pregnant and that was life changing.  My husband and I hope to have horses of our own one day.

So I hear that you have 6 dogs.  Why do many?   Haha. It’s true, it’s true.  We have 6 lovely dogs.  Two of them are our only house dogs.  Juice (boston terrier) and Shelby (lab).  The other 4 are English Shorthaired Pointers.  Their my husbands hunting dogs.  Archie, Maple, Spruce and Cedar.

There you have it, a blurb about me.  If you have another question ask it in the comment section below.

 

Have you ever had second thoughts about capturing a moment? Maybe you are like me and don’t want to hold up the crowd you’re with.  Well, let me tell you a little story about how this photo right here came to be?Farm Midwest Weddings

 

After the day was all said and done, I remember we packed up our equipment and were driving down the driveway.  My assistant and I reminisced on how great of a day it was as I looked back at the farm and saw it.  It was picture perfect! The farm, the starry night, the tent all lite up. I thought to myself, “Should I stop and take a night shot? I’d have to get all of my equipment out.  Set up the tripod.” I immediately remembered when I was told by a wiser much more experienced photographer, “If you think about taking a photo of something, take it. You might regret not taking it later.”  So I got out of my car, set up my tripod and took the extra time to photograph this image.  This one image has been an image that to this day as received the most likes and one I am most delighted with.  Not to mention the couple and their family and friends were so grateful for capturing their family farm.

So how do you get past the insecure feeling of not wanting to capture the memory or subject?  For me, I don’t want to look back one day and regret not capturing a moment.  I love to look through photos of events or just friends and family and live those moments again through the photos. Sometimes…most times I fill my phone with garbage photos.  Other times, I have so many awesome memories in my possession I am so thankful that I took them.  This quote always resonated with me when I am unsure of when I should capture a moment.

“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.” -Franz Kafka

Be encouraged.

Mollie, owner of The Glow Lounge is taking the spray tanning industry by storm.  I love this girl and I want you to love her and her business more.  I met Miss Mollie at the Twin Cities Wedding Professional Christmas party. Jenn from Rosetree Events would always tell me, “You have got to meet Mollie from The Glow Lounge. She is hilarious!!!! You will love her!” There isn’t a time Mollie and I don’t talk that we are laughing together.  Did I mention she’s the most beautiful red head on the planet? And yes, her tan always looks effortless.

The Glow Lounge is located in now three locations; Edina, St.Paul and Excelsior. Go check them out – you will not regret it!!!

Makeup & Hair: Allison Jean Aubuchon
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Tell me a little bit about you and your business.
The personal stuff.  I’m married to my BFF and love my big Mastiff, Tilly.  I enjoy traveling, delicious food and wine, and being with the people I love.

The work stuff.  I’m a redheaded girl who just wanted to look tan like all my non-ginger friends.  I pushed my skin to the limit as a teenager just trying to get some color, but the only color I ever got was red.  Not fair, huh?  In my mid 20’s I found sunless tanning and bought my first airbrush machine.  My skin thanked me. 

I’ve been in the airbrush tanning industry for 8 years.  Launching The Glow Lounge was an idea I’d had for quite some time before I finally bit the bullet and set up our first shop on France Ave. in Edina.  We hit the ground running 4 years ago and I’m still loving it.

The Glow Lounge is a custom airbrush tanning boutique with locations in Edina and St. Paul.  We specialize in giving our clients the most natural-looking tan to fit their skin tone and desired look using our heated airbrush system.

What should a person expect when going into a spray tanning appointment?
We recommend taking some steps to prepare your skin for the tanning appointment and we send all that information to our clients in an email when they book their appointment.  At the appointment you can expect to have a consultation with your technician which helps her be able to formulate the best color for you.  The application itself is heated and takes about 8-10 minutes. You can expect to be in and out in 20 minutes.  It’s quick and easy!

What is your fav thing about being in your line of business?
There are so many things!  But one thing I love is that we provide a service that makes people look and feel good without causing any damage to their skin.  

Usually people come to see us before going to a fun event or on vacation, which means they are looking forward to getting their tans.  Our clients do the funnest things and we love hearing about it.  The energy is always high at The Glow Lounge which makes our work fun.

How early should people book their appointments?
If you’re tanning for something important like a wedding or vacation, book as soon as your dates set.  We tend to book up at least 2 weeks ahead of time, or even more during wedding season.  So if having the tan is a must then it’s best to plan ahead to be safe.

We suggest that if you’re tanning for your wedding that you come in for a trial appointment at least a month before the wedding.  No bride is the same! That is why we customize your tan to your skin tone and preference.   A bachelorette party is the perfect excuse to schedule your trial tan.

What is one thing you do not forget to tell your clients?
Can I say two things?  First, after your appointment you have to stat dry, meaning sweat-free and shower-free,  for 10-12 hours after the tan is applied.  Plan ahead.  Schedule all mani/pedis and waxes to be done the day prior to your tanning appointment. 

Second thing, the products you use on your skin while you have the tan can make or break it.  We will go over the do’s and don’ts with you before you walk out our door, so no worries.

If you weren’t in the tanning industry, what would you like to do?
Good question.  In a perfect world I’d be living on an island with my main man and my Tilly, and I’d enjoy making and selling natural skincare products made from local ingredients.  My life now is a close second to that dream though.  No complaints.

Tell us something we do not know about you?
I’m also a sign language interpreter.

Pick one:  Pop or Soda?  (no judgement)
This one’s easy…Pop!

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How to be become a Wedding Photographer
How did you become a photographer? It’s the number one question people ask me.  I’m happy to share my story with you.  So grab your cup of coffee or choice of drink, sit back, relax and read on…..

Back in 2008 I was given a Canon d30.  This camera was one of the first “home grown” DSLR cameras from Canon.  Right away I was smitten (I didn’t know otherwise).  I was taking this camera to the farmer markets, photographing my cat, I was even practicing my depth of field on rocks.  Yes, rocks!  I was photographing everything. I even signed myself up for a community recreational photography class.

That winter I booked my first family session for $75. Oh man, I was SO freaked, intimidated, feeling not good enough. You know all those feelings.  I remember talking with my brother before I went into my shoot and he said, “You have to start somewhere.  Remember this day in 2-3 years.”  I went into the family session and it lasted literally 15 mins.  *Gasp* haha. Just for funsies, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at my first photo session. Oh, look at that, I can’t seem to find it. Oh darn!? Sorry about that  (???)

Anyways…moving right along.  After the photo session, I knew that I wanted more of this photography world.  I went home and searched the internet finding the best way to learn.  I was certain that I would be attending Art School for photography for $xx,xxx.  I was quickly talked out of that!  Then the idea popped in my head to shadow a photographer.  I went on craigslist (because thats where you look when you need to further your education) and came across a wedding photographer in need of a assistant.  Doing weddings was probably the furthest thought in my mind to photograph.  I ended up contacting this gal, chatting and we hit it off right away. To speed up this story I shot with her until the wedding season of 2010. I even upgraded to the Canon 40D. Then of course like every other photographer I was stalking photographer blogs.  I ended up contacting Miss Laura Ivanova as I really wanted to expanded my knowledge of wedding photography and wanted to pick her brain, period.  I remember before I met with her she asked me to bring some of my work with.  At this point, I never printed images from a professional lab nor did I have work that I felt was good enough to show. You could say that I had a mini panic attack (I’m sure Laura is laughing if she’s reading this hahaha).  I also had very little time to get any type of professional prints.  I did the unthinkable and took my images to Target. *gasp*.  Trust me, I was MORE than embarrassed.  I remember my parents saying, “If she’s a true artist she will see your potential and not care that you printed your images from Target.”   It was a wonderful meeting that led to me becoming her second photographer for the 2010 wedding season.  That later turned into me being an Associate Photographer in 2011 as well as second shooting her weddings. 2012-2013 I was strictly Associate shooting as well as booking my own weddings. It was beyond my wildest dreams of a learning experience.  I traveled to some amazing destination weddings from St. Louis, MO to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.   With all of those experiences, it has truly formed the direction, the person I am and the business I own. And I am beyond blessed by this journey and honored to be photographing love stories.

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The one question I ask all my couples and potential couples when planning their wedding day timeline is, “Will you be seeing each other prior to the wedding?” The answers they give me are equally split.  Some are certain they will stick with tradition and not see each other and others are game to see each other prior to the ceremony.  While the rest are very uncertain what they will do.  Let’s talk this through and shed some light on answering this question for ya.

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First let’s talk about “tradition”.  Once upon a time there was a time where you just did not think about seeing each other before the wedding.  The thought didn’t even cross their mind.  I remember my brother got married in 2002 and that was the first time I had ever heard of the bride and groom seeing each other prior to the wedding.  Slowly the movement of seeing each other spread and now more then half of my weddings see each other prior to the wedding.  There are beautiful moments either which way you choose.  It’s just deciding which is best for you and your honey.

The benefits of seeing your honey before the ceremony is simple.  You get to have those first moments together.  You get to have that moment where you look at each other and say, “Holy Moly, we are getting married! I love you!”  With my couples, I like to set up a private moment where you see each other for the first time.  Even though we are still photographing you, we try out test to give you that private time together without the cameras clicking ;–)  And of course the other benefits of seeing your honey prior to the ceremony is photos.  All photos can be done before the ceremony that way the rest of the evening is yours to celebrate.  Of course I encourage my couples to break away before or after their first dance for a few sunset shots.

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Now, the benefits of not seeing each other before the ceremony.  Obviously, there are huge pluses of having those doors open and bam there is your husband- to-be at the end of the aisle. *love sigh* That is a magical moment!  Tradition is always a cool thing. And of course the waterworks will flow at this moment. haha.  Now, not to turn debbie downer, but this is something to consider. When you get down to your honey there is realistically only a small window of time where you can  smile at each other and try to read others mind.  Does he love my dress?  Does she think I look ok? Man I love him!  I sure do love her!  Yeah, there are  a million things you want to say to each right then and there.  So it’s up to you as a couple to decide where tradition beats out emotions or if you want to have that chat with your honey before the prior to.  With the photography piece of not seeing each other prior to isn’t impossible but you will want to consider that you have to take about 2 hrs after the ceremony to finish up the rest of the photos.

*Sigh*  Deep breath. Lots to think about but I hope this helped. Happy Wedding Planning!!!!