Wedding photography these days. Is it just me, or has it gotten over-the-top beautiful in the last 5 years or so?
I blame blogs. The internet and the sharing that wedding blogs bring with them have inspired photographers to capture couples in a more personal and intimate way, it seems. From bokeh to photojournalism to beloved, wedding photography has evolved. And we couldn’t be happier.
Today I am overjoyed to share the work of Bobbie Recob, owner of Roberta Rae Photography.
One look at her work and her passion for what she does shines through as bright as the sun flares she loves so much. These are just a few of the reasons why I love her work:
- She is so very good with light.
- She uses unconventional framing and camera angles to create a unique look.
- She captures a couple’s personality and connection beautifully.
Tell us a little about you and the way you work.
Bobbie: I pretty much eat, sleep and breathe photography. Even when I don’t have a camera in my hands, my eye is constantly working to see compositions.
I recently moved back to Wisconsin with my husband after living in Las Vegas for the past 8 years, I’m excited to be back home again and for the scenery to change. I’m obsessed with natural settings: woods, water, green grass. I’ll never shoot in a studio, I’m very moved by my surroundings and become on-the-spot inspired when taking photos on location. Life happens “out there” and that’s where I think it should be captured.
Putting people in an environment they are partial to or a place completely out of their element always ends with great imagery. I like to see the connections or exploration in people and I feel this allows me to capture the moment, after the moment.
All of the couples you shoot seem so comfortable with you and your camera. How do you put them at ease?
Bobbie: I think it’s so important for me to get to know a bride and groom prior to their big day. I encourage engagement shoots for this reason, so I can see how they interact as a couple and play off of that. It also gives them a chance to see how I work and that being photographed can be easy.
I’d like to think I have a subtle approach when it comes to capturing moments, I let them happen naturally and I think that’s refreshing for a couple on such a high-stress day. When I back off to let a couple breathe, sometimes (I hope) they forget I’m even there.
What was your favorite wedding to shoot and why?
Bobbie: Well, wow…oh don’t make me choose! First of all I have to say that I’m very lucky when it comes to the clients I’ve worked with. I felt an instant connection to all of them and I think it’s because we have a common goal…to create beautiful, unique images that reflect the couple and this amazing experience, ones that aren’t forced but tell a story.
My favorite couples to work with are the brides and grooms who put sentimental details into their day and the ones who tend to break the rules a bit, they are laid back and carefree, just like my work.
My favorite weddings have been those that have that quality – a forest setting on family land or a favorite vineyard the couple often visits. These places have a visual beauty that is so fun to capture and when it’s important to them it totally reflects that in the photography.
You are so good with light. What is your favorite time of day to shoot?
Bobbie: Thanks, I really try to push it sometimes! It’s funny, when I was in school studying photography I remember that moment it clicked that photography IS light. It’s just as essential as the camera is and with practice, creative technique, or just plain happy accidents it can make a moment stop you in your tracks!
I’ve definitely been known to bring coffee to many engagement shoots – I love the early morning light. It’s attractive on all skin tones and it just sets a very specific mood. I find it to be a vulnerable time of day and the quietness allows me to see things simply. Dusk isn’t too shabby either and as far as weddings go it’s a more common time of day for me to be shooting. That type of light forces me to be quick on my feet, there’s a very small window of when it’s just right and that helps me concentrate just on the couple and their expressions. Timing is everything and makes getting that shot so worth it!
Let’s get down to business. How can someone book you for their wedding?
Bobbie: Phone! (414) 217-4702 or Email! firstname.lastname@example.org – I love to hear about a couple’s story initially and any details about the wedding they know so far. Outside of WI weddings are so encouraged to apply. This wedding season is going to be amazing and I’m very excited about already booking for 2013 – I can’t wait to hear from you!
Bobbie and I first met many years ago in art school in Milwaukee. Back when we were staying up all night painting tiny color squares with that evil paint-like substance known as gouache, I never could have imagined she would be capturing my wedding a decade later.
Yes, that’s right, Bobbie is going to be the one capturing out full moon wedding and engagement session. It’s funny how life works out, isn’t it?