Need a new friend? Tennille Fink is technically a wedding photographer but after one or two coffee dates, most couples refer to her as a close pal who happens to take rad photos.
Here we chat to this exceptionally talented lady about human connection and why weddings are her favourite thing to photograph.
Tell us a bit about what you do…
I photograph loved up couples being in love… and all the amazing celebrations and good times that come with it.
What is the main advantage for couples who work with you?
I really love getting to know my couples before the wedding. I want them to know that they are going to have a good time getting their photos taken and that they will truly reflect them as a couple and all of the feelings from the day. They know they won’t feel awkward and won’t be made to pull silly faces or force fake smiles, it will just feel like we are friends hanging out… in fancy clothes.
I also wear many hats – I’m also there to pin buttonholes, hold dresses, find missing groomsmen, drive them to locations for photos. My kit doesn’t just contain camera gear, I also have spare bobby pins, buttonhole pins, bandaids, gum and now tweezers after a groomsman got himself a splinter leaning up against a fence! I am completely invested in each wedding and want every couple to have the best, fuss-free day.
Can you share some of the things that go on behind the scenes?
Lots of time and energy goes into each wedding before it even begins! Often couples have lots of extra non-photography related wedding questions that I am able to help with, ranging from other vendor recommendations to what the schedule on the day should look like. We often meet in person or Skype a couple of times so by the time the wedding rolls around we feel like firm friends.
Before the wedding I often scout for new and fresh locations and some possible wet weather options, just in case and put together a wedding day schedule so everyone knows where they should be and when.
Then there’s the wedding day which almost always involves travelling (around three to four hours for me), a whole day shooting and then three to four solid days work on editing and packaging the photos.
In addition to each individual wedding, a lot of work goes into marketing, social media, blogging, research, wedding fairs, meetings that may not lead anywhere, networking with other industry professionals to build good working relationships, maintaining my equipment and also shooting for fun and personal projects to give me an edge and keep me on my toes!
Do you think there are any preconceptions about the wedding industry?
People that I know that don’t work in the industry think it’s just a fun job where I only have to work one day and I get paid a lot of money. Hahahahahaaaa! I work more now that I ever did in my nine to five corporate job. As any business owner would understand, when you work for yourself, you are never really clocked off.
Some people don’t value the art of photography and how much actually goes into it, along with the value of a lot of other wedding professionals. Some people think we hear the word “wedding” and instantly increase our prices. I can assure you that is not the case.
A wedding day is THE most important day to a couple and the pricing reflects the amount of expertise, effort, blood, sweat and tears that goes into every aspect of making a wedding dream a reality. Of course budgets vary and couples just have to plan within their means but you can’t expect a Bollinger wedding on a cask wine budget (nothing against cask wine, of course).
What are some of the main questions couples ask you? And what are the answers?
I get asked all sorts of things! From how I think the schedule of the day should run, to who should have the rings, to what side of the aisle do we stand on. This is (mostly) the first time that people are having a wedding so often it’s simple logistics that are unknown. Given that I have photographed countless weddings, I have answers to most things.
Couples also ask me what I do on the wedding day, the answer is I will simply document the day as it happens. I’ll be where I need to be at the right times and they trust that I’m all over it.
Can you describe what sets your business apart?
I love what I do, it’s not just my business… it’s my passion. I’m always so humbled to be invited into someone’s life for such an important milestone. That shows in my work and in my approach to my clients. My couples aren’t just getting a service, they are getting all of me and often by the end of the night it takes me so long to leave by the time I hug everyone goodbye!
What’s your next predicted wedding trend?
People are definitely moving away from wedding traditions, and I see so many more personal touches in each wedding – weddings being held on private properties or backyards, brides wearing non-wedding dresses, mis-matching bridal parties, couples getting ready together and walking down the aisle hand in hand, cocktail style parties and lots of personal and meaningful touches. It’s exciting and I hope to see that continue.