Fun and Modern Wedding Photography on a Budget: Monica Roy Photography

Meet the talent behind Monica Roy Photography, a destination wedding photographer based out of San Francisco and Los Angeles. She aims to deliver fun and modern wedding photos while sticking within your budget!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a very visual person.  Even before I owned my first camera, I was seeing the world “through the lens”, in terms of what would make a good photograph or what wouldn’t.

Why did you choose to become a photographer? For me, the decision to enter professional photography was a natural culmination of my deepening practice and knowledge of the field.  In a sense, going pro was my answer to a call that’s been a long time in the making.

How long have you been a photographer? I’ve been a snap shooter for a decade, a serious SLR hobbyist for half that time, and a professional photographer for about 1.5 years.

How would you classify your style of photography? It’s  hard for me to pinpoint my style of photography since it’s a bit all over the map.  I implement improvisational shooting as well as the staging.  I like light and summery as well as moody themes; at the end of the day, I strive to capture the natural essence of an event in an ideal light.  I suppose that what all my images have in common are that they are defined more by their captured content and less by their editing.

Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level? Any photographer who has a distinct vision, maintains that vision, and runs their business ethically is someone I can admire.

Do you have any good wedding stories? My first solo gig consisted of shooting a ceremony in a dimly lit church on a stormy day.  Did I also mention that flash was not allowed?

What’s your preferred type of camera equipment? I use Canon products, primarily because the Rebel XT was the cheapest consumer level model at the time of my first SLR purchase and I’ve since stuck with the system.  The decision seems to have worked out since the company also carries the EOS 5D, which has amazing low  light capability as well as a full size sensor (two features which are very important to me).

What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer? Define your budget and know what you want before you start your search (no peeking!).  The former is easy and the latter is hard–especially if you’ve never thought about photography in general before.  In order to get an idea of what you want, flip through wedding blogs and magazines that showcase real weddings .  You already know that you want the story of your wedding to be told, but what aspects of the storytelling are most important to you (i.e. natural vs heavily Photoshopped, formal vs unorthodox portraits)?  After answering that question, you will be better prepared to initiate your search and avoid being overwhelmed with all the options.

Any fun personal facts we should know about you? Going into business was eye opening in that it revealed that it takes more than photography skills to be successful in a related business venture.  There are myriad non photo related skills that come into play such as book keeping and branding, with people skills being paramount.  It is these people skills which are the key in attracting clients and producing easy, natural portraits.  All photographers have these skills in varying amounts and it is these variations that distinguish us from one other–not just purely our photography.

Any fun personal facts we should know about you? I love travelling and learning.  About almost everything :).

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