Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa and Scott Hopkins of Scott Hopkins Photography are full of Southern charm and they impart their kindness into their work as wedding photographers. Getting in close to the emotion, they capture once-in-a-lifetime moments and heartwarming expressions in timeless works of art. And even after years of being in the business, Scott and Melissa are still learning, pushing themselves to make each wedding fresh and unique. Enjoy our interview with Scott Hopkins Photography!
Where/What is home? Melissa, Henry and I currently call the Savannah / Hilton Head Island area home. We travel a fair amount, so home can often be the road.
How did you get into wedding photography? A good friend of Scott’s in Philadelphia was chatting about weddings with him one day and asked if he would like to be a third shooter at one of his upcoming events. That was the start of it all. I, Melissa joined on after we got married in 2008.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a wedding photographer?
Scott – Two of my favorite things are being in nature and traveling, so I’d be photographing them.
Melissa – I would be back working in the education field focusing on instructional technology.
Besides weddings, what/who/where would you love to be able to photograph?
Scott – I would love the opportunity to document a project for a NGO or a nonprofit in a different part of the world.
Do you have any advice for beginning photographers? Build a strong foundation by learning the basics. Learn the technical, learn light, learn weddings, never stop learning.
What changes/improvements have you observed within your photograph over the years? Our approach and how we see has evolved over the years, and continues to do so. I look at light and composition in a way I didn’t use to. The growth has led to more dramatic images and images with more depth and substance.
How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t shooting weddings? We try to keep as busy as possible, but with the down time that we do have, I love catching up on movies, traveling and spending time in the mountains.
Do you have a quieter season? How does your work change during that time? How do you end up spending your time? We are lucky to live in an area with warm winters. Being in a destination area, we have weddings year round, but things do slow down a little from December through February. During that time we work on creating new marketing materials, designing new sample albums for ourselves and the vendors we work with. It is also a great time to of year to catch up with industry friends around the country at various conferences.
What are your favorite wedding locations in your area? One of the benefits of living in the south is that we are able to access a variety of locations within an hour of where we are located. One of our favorite locations is a private community on a local island that we absolutely adore. We’ve photographed events for the community and weddings for a number of members and guests there. Cars are not allowed, so you have to drive a golf cart everywhere you go, plus you have to take a ferry over to the island. The views are great, there are loads of live oaks draped with Spanish Moss, tabby ruins, docks and wonderful views.
Describe your wedding photography style in less than 6 adjectives. Romantic, thoughtful, modern, timeless, emotive, authentic.
What do you find to be the biggest challenge/most difficult part of being a wedding photographer? After about four hundred weddings, you have to really work at keeping fresh and pushing yourself and your work.
What three photographers do you admire or who has inspired you, either in the past or right now? Wow, there are so many photographers whose work we admire right now, but the common element is the photographer’s use of light. Daniel Aguilar blows our minds. His images are soulful, his use of light is impeccable, you really just have to see his work for yourself. Chrisman Studios is in a league of their own, everyone there is incredible and constantly motivates us to be better. Cliff Mautner is a pro’s pro. He captures moments that move me and he knows how to find the light. Not only are these all amazing photographers, but they are all great people too!
Thanks Scott and Melissa! Readers, you can continue to experience their beautiful work over at Scott Hopkin’s Photography blog.