Wedding photographer Erika Gerdemark is mainly shooting in natural light. She is sharing some good examples of best practice. See some more beautiful wedding photos at Erika Gerdemark’s blog
Lighting For Photo: How old are you?
Erika Gerdemark: – I’m 28 years old.
Lighting For Photo: Where are you from?
Erika Gerdemark: – I grew up on the countryside outside a small town called Tierp, about 40 kilometers south of Gävle. Today I live and work in Stockholm.
Lighting For Photo: How long have you been into photography?
Erika Gerdemark: – It’ all started when I was 16 years old. I knew I wanted to study something creative in high school but I didn’t have any photo experience. My two choices were hairdressing or photography. Since all the other girls wanted to work as hairdressers I wanted to be different and choose something else. I started to study photography when I just had a red plastic pocket camera that I got from my aunt when I was 12, but in just a few weeks in my new school it grew to something bigger. It became my dream to work as a professional photographer.
Lighting For Photo: What do you like best about wedding photography?
Erika Gerdemark: – The storytelling part. That I can be able to pose the bridal couple during the portrait session but also work more journalistic during the day. Together it combines a beautiful story when I can be able to express my artistic side.
Lighting For Photo: What is your favorite piece of photo equipment?
Erika Gerdemark: – Absolutely my 50 mm 1.2 lens.
Lighting For Photo: What other photograpers do you like?
Erika Gerdemark: – I find much inspiration in many fashion photographers. But if I have to mention a wedding photographer that I want to shoot my own wedding (if I ever get married) it will be the two Canadian photographers at Red Leaf Studios, Richard and Amy McDowell. There’s a tenderness and uniqueness in their work that they combined with nature, that I havn’t seen in other wedding photographers work.
Lighting For Photo: What are your three best tips for taking better wedding photos?
Erika Gerdemark: – One. Love what you do. If you don’t love to photograph weddings you will never become a good wedding photographer. Two. Use the natural light, because you don’t have the time to set up flashes all the time if you working with weddings in a documentary style. Three. Get well connected with the bridal couple and make sure that they have the same vision of their wedding photographs as you. You want to get hired for your style and to document their day with creative freedom.
Lighting For Photo: What is the most misconception about shooting weddings?
Erika Gerdemark: – That it’s old fashion. Many wedding photographers don’t shoot weddings in front of a mottled background in a studio. Another misconception is that you get easily earned money and that you can get rich on shooting weddings. People who thinks that don’t know how it is to run a business and how much time you have to spend on every single assignment.