Are you looking for a amazing wedding photographer? We are thrilled to feature this talented and lovely local lady! Lindsay is both a rad photographer and a sweet person. She will bring the total package to your special moments and big day. Read below to learn all about Lindsay Blair Photography! We love her and we know you will too.
This is Lindsay and her adorable kids! Photo Credit: Lindsey Williams Photography
Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
I am a Portland native! Aside from living in Northern California for a few years, I have been living in Portland for 33 years!
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
I love the versatility. Both in the neighborhoods and what you can do in a single day. One day, I can go to the beach, and the next, the mountains!
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
I spend a lot of my free time outdoors. I love hiking in the Gorge, running in Forest Park, and just exploring new places throughout town.
How long have you been working as a professional wedding photographer?
I started shooting weddings in 2014, after photographing professionally five years prior to that.
Photo Credit: Lindsay Blair Photography
My love for photography started when I was in grad school. After the birth of my kids, I began photographing families and lots of babies. In fact, if you had asked me 5 years ago if I would ever want to be a professional wedding photographer, I would have said “No way!!!!”. And then I started seeing all of these beautiful l images of couples on their wedding days, and I noticed this desire to document and capture love and its uniqueness between each couple. But I was absolutely TERRIFIED to start shooting them on my own. It is such a big responsibility, and while I was able to photograph families and babies at the time, I knew I had so much to learn about photographing a wedding.
So, I dedicated a year shadowing professional wedding photographers. I am so thankful for this experience and the opportunities it has created for me as a professional. When I booked my very first wedding, I walked into that day confident and knowing exactly what needed to be done. From that point on, I was hooked!
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional photographer for their wedding day?
A great wedding photographer does so much more than simply show up on your wedding day and take photos. From the first time we meet with you, to the day of your wedding, we are there helping you make important decisions about how your day will look and feel. This will ultimately reflect not only in your memory of the day itself, but what you have to remember it by. A professional photographer will know how to give you exactly what you want. We will also know the most efficient way to achieve it, so you are able to enjoy the day you have long prepared for! We come to your day with a plan! And a backup plan! We will know what to do if it is raining and we need to quickly go from an outdoor wedding to an indoor wedding. That’s especially important in Portland.
What is the best part of your job?
Hands down, the couples I work with. My career allows me to get to know my couples very well, and it is one of the best parts of what I do. Although it probably won’t make sense until you experience it yourself, photographing people can be a very bonding and trust building experience.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
This can be a tough one, but without a moments hesitation, I would have to say Pinterest. Pinterest, when used as an inspiration tool is fantastic. However, as a creative professional, it can really take us away from what we are hired to do! Instead of finding the inspiration that you venue has to offer, we have to focus instead on how to recreate a shot taken by another photographer in a completely different venue, and likely under very different lighting and space circumstances. Recreated photos NEVER look as good as the original and as professionals, we feel that we are not giving you the best experience or images that are authentic to you as a couple or to your wedding day. Pinterest boards limit our creativity, which is hopefully a huge reason we were hired to begin. Also, when having to continuously check a long board of moments to recreate, we are not able to be present on your day and capture the events that are organically unfolding.
Photo Credit: Lindsay Blair Photography
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
I rarely photograph weddings alone, because most of my couples opt to add an additional photographer to their wedding day. I hire and contract with other professionals in the area that I respect, admire and trust to work with me at any wedding I shoot.
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding photographer? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
I believe the personal relationships I build with my couples are what have attributed to my success. My couples know that I am there to support and help them from day one. This is also great when it comes time to photograph! By the time we are ever in front of the camera together, we have usually met for happy hour, gone to dinner, spent time on the phone together and really have had the opportunity to get to know each other. Its kind of the like going on a “third date” on wedding day as opposed to the first! Everyone is so much more relaxed!
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
As soon as they have a venue booked! Wedding photographers schedules can fill up quickly. The sooner the better!
Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
My couples themselves are what inspire me the most. It is so much fun seeing their relationship and personalities emerge during a session. Once I see what is natural to them, that really dictates the rest of the session for us. I also draw inspiration from my surrounds. Anyone who follows my work will notice that I love shooting in more scenic locations (the beach, the mountains, nature in general), and I am always opting to drive several hours away to shoot in those locations.
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Assuming that you love the professional’s work, and you are initially considering hiring them based upon that, it’s not so much a question, but a feeling. I am a huge believer in chemistry, and a lot of couples do not realize how much time you will be spending with your photographer on the day of the wedding. Always meet someone in person (Skype or FaceTime if this isn’t possible) before hiring them as your photographer. I always tell my couples to ask themselves “could I imagine myself hanging out with this person?”. If you feel like you aren’t connecting or that something is off, this will likely be magnified on the day of your wedding! Always go with your gut!
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
It’s going to sound so simple, but ENJOY your wedding day. Hiring the right professionals is going to be a major component to accomplishing this. The best professionals are going to take care of you all the way around. Hire a wedding planner or at the least someone to coordinate the day of the wedding, so that you can be present and enjoy every moment of the day. And keep in mind what your day is really about!
Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
I love what I do! I am looking forward to meeting with you and learning about your story and wedding day!
Other information: To see more of my work, please visit my Instagram page or website!
My contact info:
email : [email protected]
phone : 503.869.2064
Featured image on this post by Lindsay Blair Photography (of course!)