I am thrilled to be posting this photographer spotlight with the ever-so-sweet Theresa, of TAK Photography, right here in Grand Rapids. I honestly do now know exactly when we sat down for coffee, but I do know it was months ago and the afternoon we spent together was lovely!
I've enjoyed her work since our meeting, and I do hope you do too - check out her blog for lots of recent work - it's all gorgeous!
How long have you been photographing weddings & events?
My passion for photography began in middle school with my grandma's old Konika SLR. Since then, I have known that this is what I was supposed to be doing. I stayed busy with portraits and loved every minute of it. When I got the opportunity to second shoot a wedding in 2008, I was immediately in love. That was it! I knew from there on out that weddings were what I wanted to photograph. Since then, I have been blessed with two amazing seasons and am working on a third season that is shaping up to be just as wonderful!
What inspires you as you work with your clients?
Oh, so many things! Most of all, gratitude. I look at my life and my business, and feel SO blessed. I am truly 100% in love with what I do and I owe it all to the amazing people who trust me with the most important moments of their lives. What can be better than that?!
Why did you chose to photograph weddings?
As I said above, after helping out at that first wedding, I was hooked. Weddings are crazy with always something going on and always a moment to be captured. It's a thrill, it's exhausting, and its amazing! At the end of that very first night, I wasn't sure if I would be able to walk to my car - I was so sore! But, I was also so excited; I don't think I slept at all that entire night. I kept going through the day over and over again, and it was even better I got to relive the entire day when I went through the images. I was able to laugh at the funny moments captured and admire the love that the bride and groom shared. It was the best night ever!
If you could shoot a wedding for anyone who would you pick?
Oh goodness, what a difficult question! There is not a specific person that I can think of, but I just love the couples who are fun, and goofy, and a little funky! People who are able to totally be themselves in front of the camera.
Do you have one "gotta get it" shot at every wedding?
I don't have a specific shot, but any moment that captures the emotion of the day. Weddings have SO much emotion in them - happy, sad, nervous. The moments where the bride realizes "Holy smokes! I am getting MARRIED today!"; the father seeing his little girl all grown up; the ring bearer and flower girl who are SO bored sitting during the ceremony; moments where you desperately miss those who are no longer here with you; that moment right after the ceremony where the bride & groom realize that they are married; and moments that you think you're going to explode because you don't think that life could possibly get any better than this moment right now. All of the images I have selected for this most are some of the moments I have been so lucky to capture.
What is your favorite way to spend a non-working Saturday in the summer?
I am a shopaholic - I LOVE shopping. During the summer, if I have a Saturday off I would definitely start the morning off going to garage sales with my mom - something we have done for YEARS. I LOVE garage sales! Then I would just spend the day relaxing and re-energizing!