Vendor Spotlight: {a}strid photography

Take a peek inside our Little Black Book and meet one of our favorite photographers, Astrid Woltering of {a}strid photography. I met Astrid a few months back when I was looking for a photographer for my daughter’s potrait session. After spending only a few minutes with Astrid, you will quickly see that she has a passion for photography and really enjoys what she does. Get to know Astrid and take a look at her work below:

Name: Astrid Woltering

Company: {a}strid photography

Web: myastrid.com

Blog: myastrid.com/blog

Tell us about {a}strid photography:  I started my business in 2009 shooting lots of families and a few    weddings that year.  Since then I have come to specialize in wedding photography in the DC/MD/VA    area as well as destination weddings. I still love shooting  lifestyle sessions– maternity, newborn, and family sessions will always be close to my heart.       

What makes you the best of the best?  I would never claim to be the best, since there were many more that came before me who I still admire to this day. However, I think everyone brings something different to the table. I love using soft, natural light to create thoughtful, dreamy portraits. I love timeless black and whites. I love photographs that evoke emotion and give you a sense of that person’s story. My photographs are a reflection of how I see the world, and that alone makes unique from any other photographer.

How do you exceed your clients’ expectations? I am much more than just a photographer to my clients. I love being a part of their wedding process-­‐ I get emails from my brides asking advice on what color suits to wear, which flowers go with their theme better, and even how to handle personal family situations! I send them a wedding planning brochure to aid them in the process, offer preferred vendors to cut back on their research time, and send them small surprises such as movie tickets or Starbucks gift cards to give them a break from the wedding planning.  By the time the wedding day comes, they are much more than clients and I am sad at the end of the night when it’s time to say goodbye.

What excites you most about the work that you do? I love that no matter how much planning you do, when the wedding day comes you never know exactly what you are going to get. It is challenging and requires a great deal of flexibility and being adaptable to any situation. I love that my job requires me to be creative. There is no better feeling than at the end of the night being able to put your camera down, put your feet up, have a glass of wine and know that you totally rocked that wedding.

 What has been a highlight or milestone in your career? It was pretty awesome having one of my cake shots be featured in Brides DC magazine last year! It’s also been an honor being featured on some local wedding blogs such as United With Love and Capitol Romance. However, there are some very exciting things that are coming for {a}strid photography which will also add to these milestones-­‐ stay tuned!

What should couples look for in their wedding photographer? It is so much more beyond the photography. You absolutely should be in love with your photographer’s images. However, your photographer is probably the one vendor (other than your planner) who will literally spend the entire wedding day with you. Be sure you are not only hiring someone based on their photography, but also someone you feel comfortable with and will be glad to have at your side on this important day in your life.

What venue(s) do you enjoy working at the most? There are so many fun venues in the DC area-­‐ however I think my favorites have been River Farm, Halcyon House, Woodlawn Manor, Molon Lave Vineyards, Whitehall Manor and so many more.

Advice for couples planning their big day? Or advice for couples when researching a wedding photographer?  If you have room in the budget, getting uplighting and pin-­‐lighting at your reception makes a beautiful and dramatic difference in your reception photographs. Don’t forget to consider what time sunset is into your timeline if you are taking pictures outside after the ceremony! Lastly, make sure you account for transportation time into your ceremony. Many couples forget that a 5 minute car ride to the reception can EASILY become 25 minutes when you are bustling your train, and trying to get the entire bridal party to focus and get in the car! I find that you can get groomsmen to do almost anything if you bribe them with cold beer

Anything else you would like to add? Have fun with the process and make it your own. It’s your day and you make the rules!

 

 

 

 

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