I’m so thrilled to share our Spotlight Interview with Vue Photography, Atlanta, Georgia based wedding photographer. Genya Garrett is full of energy, exclamation marks and smiles. Her excitement is infectious and as she puts her “shiny, sparkly spirit” out there, her clients become their beautiful happy selves as well! The weddings she shoots are classic and glamorous but Genya takes them to another level as she captures the unique beauty of her clients in the loveliest way.
Why photography? What draws you to it? When I was younger I was always on the arty side. I was a kiddo with a active imagination – and art had no rules! By the time I made it to high school I had learned to tame the 4 year old version of me that had colored on the living room walls and direct my energy elsewhere. My dad built me a darkroom off of the garage and that sparked it all! I love INSTANT results- and if you ask anyone who knows me — I’m decisive, and quite speedy at times. Photography was a great fit for that reason. Not that great images don’t take time to create — (because they do) it’s just that I loved being able to see something and immediately seize the moment.
How did you get into wedding photography? I went to college to study photography and had no intention of doing weddings. While I was in school I was sure that I was going to go the commercial route. I thought of weddings as stiff and boring — WOW was I wrong!!! I was living in England and assisting on larger shoots and took my first wedding job. I had no clue that I was about to fall in love. True, the day exhausted me and the pace was unpredictable, BUT after running around for 8 hours watching the day unfold and having the freedom to capture each and every moment as I saw it, I realized that it wasn’t restricting or boring. It was AMAZING!!! You are given the chance to make REAL artwork for clients that would hold it dear forever! To me that was and is priceless!!!
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t shooting? I’m a mom and a wife – perusing my masters in multi tasking. I’m a RUNNER. I run ALOT. MARATHONS or bust! I love to walk around town – it’s my favorite mode of transportation…feet are wondrous inventions and way underrated by some! One the best dates Pete and I ever went on included strolling 10 miles, 2 summer festivals, 1 restaurant, a sundress, and a tasty libation. Perfection!
Where/what is home? Home is Atlanta! We have a 1930’s cottage like house – that sits in Candler Park. The house is rarely quiet…its natives are lively. Two adults, two little girls, and two dogs make for a full abode!
What do you find to be the biggest challenge/most difficult part of being a wedding photographer? The weekends away from family!!! 100%!!!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I would be “TIME-EXTENDER-GIRL”- granted the power of adding time! Need more time in a day? An extra day in a week? Another 10 days of vacation? Poof—I’d be your gal. Time flies by so FAST- and while I like things speedy it’s not always one of them.
Do you have a favorite camera or lens? I really love the Canon 70-200 2.8, a close second would be the 50 1.2
Do you shoot digital or film or are you a hybrid-shooter? Digital
What are your favorite destinations locations? I think after years of shooting at the beach some of my favorite locations now tend to be the mountains – or dessert areas – or even cities! Maybe I don’t have a favorite, I just love new places! In fact, you could say I thrive in environments where I’m a visual virgin.
Describe your wedding photography style in less than 6 adjectives. Happy, genuine, light-hearted, emotion-soaked, spontaneous
What makes you give yourself a mental high five? Gaining the total trust of my clients!
One thing you’d like every bride and groom to know before their wedding? Hire someone you LOVE. Someone that you can tell 200% is there to capture your story and not just click the button. Passion and enthusiasm should shine through!!!
Favorite trick to capture images of reluctant subjects? (kids, grandparents,nervous-in-front-of-the-camera-types) There’s really no trick…I think it just helps to be transparent as a person. Let your shiny, sparkly spirit out – and show them your heart! It’s a trade…your clients won’t let you see the real “them” unless you revel the real “you”!
Best advice you’ve ever received about being an artist? Never stop learning and keep your EYES WIDE OPEN!
Best advice you’ve ever received about being a happy human? In the words of my Nana (you can interpret these any way you wish):
1. If the tree is in the way, move the ball.
2. Don’t be so damn stupid.
3. Don’t go behind the bushes with boys.
4. It just ain’t happening.
5. You can’t go back.
What is your favorite reaction from a client when you deliver their images and how do you know you’ve done a great job for your wedding clients? Tears, tears, happy tears!!! And when they can say “You honestly captured our relationship and the real us!”
What are looking forward to most right now? Some down time! After a very busy year – shooting 30+ weddings, running a marathon, 2 half-marathons, getting married myself, trekking through the jungles of Belize, editing over 175,000 images, working, working, and more working…I’m looking forward to the next few months where I can enjoy the holidays, my family, and rest!
Wasn’t that fun? Check out Vue Photography’s blog for more wedding photos full of beauty and joy!