Getting to be a witness to and supporter of the work and lives of artists is exactly why I love working here at Junebug Weddings. Each photographers life and path is so unique and yet, they all offer inspiration. I know I was certainly left feeling enlivened after today’s interview with Samuel Lippke of Samuel Lippke Studios. His beautiful work is the perfect balance of photo journalism, fashion photography and fine art and speaks volumes about his pursuit of beauty and love.
What gets you up in the morning? The constant competitive desire to push myself to higher places in my craft.
What is your favorite moment or tradition at weddings? I really enjoy when my clients do a first look. I think it is the future and makes the most sense. That moment when the groom sees his elegant bride and she’s looking like the most gorgeous human being he’s ever seen…it gets me emotional every time.
What’s your favorite camera? lens? I currently use a few set ups with the same camera. I love the Canon 5D Mark III. I have to have a full frame camera, otherwise the lenses lie. Favorite lens is the Canon 50mm 1.2. Its the exact millimeter your eye sees, so its extremely honest. Plus the sharpness is brilliant.
Do you shoot film, digital or both? Digital with a few instances I use 35mm Film for a gritty, imperfect look.
What are your favorite destinations locations? Khayangan Estate Bali, Mar-A-Lago West Palm Beach, Florida, and almost any Riad in the Marrakech Souks.
Where do you want to shoot next? I’m dying to shoot in a castle in Russia or a wedding on Lake Como Italy.
With so much great talent in the wedding industry, can you name five professionals you adore working with right now? Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac Inc., Alicia Townsend of Details Details, Julie Hill of Elysium Productions, David Tosti of Samuel Lippke Studios and of course my amazing studio manager Jon Phelps.
What three photographers do you admire or who has inspired you, either in the past or right now? My extremely talented brother Ira Lippke, brilliant documenter and adventurer Steve McCurry and the amazing fashion photographer Mario Testino.
What really gets to you at weddings? Makes you cry? Makes you laugh? I am a sucker for the brother to brother best man speech. Really hits home. I’m also extremely affected by well written vows from the bride and groom.
Describe your wedding photography style in less than 6 adjectives. Honest, Romantic, Adventurous, Energetic, Natural and Alive.
A tip or two for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer? Find someone who you enjoy being around. Find that person that has amazing work. With that combo you won’t lose.
What makes you give yourself a mental high five? Seeing the look on the bride and groom’s faces or the tears of joy from the mother of the bride when they see the images. Priceless. Nothing like it.
Favorite image you’ve taken lately? I shot some insane images in Mykonos last week. I’m really hyped about them.
Something that has inspired you recently? I just read the Kite Runner, I’m very visual and many of the scenes from the book I drew in my head and inspire me. Also that trip to Greece gave me some amazing energy to push myself creatively.
How has being a wedding photographer made you a stronger photographer over all? You need to be extremely on top of your directing skills, people skills and knowing your gear. You don’t want to miss a once in a lifetime moment. Also it’s amazing how many styles of photographing you need to master: High Fashion, Lifestyle, Commercial, Food, Portraits, Children and Landscapes. All of which need to be handled professionally and sometimes in tough conditions.
Favorite image of yourself? It’s one that celebrity portrait photographer Joseph Llanes took of me (It’s of me in my tuxedo on the left side of my blog). It literally took him 2 shots and we had it in the bag. He’s a genius.
Best thank you that you’ve ever received? $1000 tip. Such an amazing gesture.
One thing you’d like every bride and groom to know before their wedding? How can they look amazing and feel comfortable in their photographs? Be yourself and really take in every beautiful aspect of your wedding day. Any stress should be passed off on a planner or members of your bridal party. Have fun! Don’t worry about how you look. The best photographs are when you are relaxed and enjoying those around you or taking in every moment one at a time.
Best advice you’ve ever received about being a business person? Be true to yourself, don’t cut corners but take risks. You never know where each door will take you.
Best advice you’ve ever received about being a happy human? Love and be loved. Pull the people you love closer and push the negative people away.
Thank you Samuel for inspiring us with your work and your dedication. See more at Samuel Lippke Studios website.